Learning to Fly (Workout Included)

Loosen up those muscles, they were built for flying, ya know. Maybe we’ve forgotten how, or maybe we just like the touchy-feely attention we get from bored TSA agents. Just because we don’t doesn’t mean we can’t . . . fly.

We know the feeling of flight . . . those days when everything is going right and you feel the gap between your feet and the ground below. Nothing can touch you, nothing can hold you, you’re on top of life and nothing’s gonna bring you down.

Stage enter Gravity. Crash! Boom! Fall! Ouch. Now life looks like it does for every other mortal. We see what they see, we feel what we feel. There’s a reason for that . . . we’re mortal. Bad things happen. The wind stops blowing. Our wings aren’t enough to get us out from under that bully, Gravity. Whatcha gonna do? Mope? Nope.

When the talking heads talk about healthcare, you have to wonder if that word means what they think it means. Or maybe you wonder if it’s actually two words. Most of what they’re bickering about is sickcare . . . what to do once you’re sick. Nothing is gonna 100% keep us from getting sick, but preventative maintenance goes a long way.

A strong body is a healthy body. We seek strength in pursuit of better health. A weak body is a greater potential for strength. See what we’re doing here? Lifting each other up. We don’t step on others to feel taller. We lift so that we all might fly together.

There’s something psychological about lifting weights, manipulating your body weight. It feels like laughter, light hearted laughter. Laughter in the face of Gravity. That bar is, er, uh was too heavy, and now you’ve raised it. How high can it go? Depends. How high are you willing to fly?

Lift often, fly far, raise our bar.

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This is a simple one. Not easy, but simple. We dig on kettlebells because the aerobic & strength gains are explosive. We dig on barbells because, well, maybe they look & feel cool over your head. Oh yeah, because they build muscles, and we like to fly.

Sets 1, 3 & 5:

  • 10 kettlebell swings
  • 10 power cleans
  • 15 kettlebell swings
  • 5 power cleans

Sets 2 & 4:

  • 10 kettlebell swings
  • 10 military press
  • 15 kettlebell swings
  • 5 military press

Finish with:

  • 25 power cleans

Feeling good, flying high.


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