Week 30: Arm Lever Holds: What’s your challenge?

After I do a meet. I always take some time away from the barbell. And as much as I love getting stronger, there are some other things that I would love to cross off my bucket list. One of those things is the Human Flag.

If you don’t know what a Human Flag is, it’s basically where you hang off a pole sideways, arms extended and legs straight out. I searched for the best progressions leading up to a full Human Flag and I found one on GymnasticsWOD.com.

Last week I started with the Arm Lever Holds. Much of it was just learning about getting my body in the right position to balance myself.

Day 1 looked a little something like this.

I went right into Day 2, even though my wrists were sore. Definitely got better and I tried the 2nd progression as well, which is the Arm Level Holds on the post.

I know you have things on your bucket list. Perhaps it’s something strength or fitness related. Perhaps it’s something life or career related. Have you looked into what it would take to cross that thing off? Have you gone above and beyond to make it happen? Or is it just a whim, a thought, a dream?

What will it take to push you to the next level?

Week 29/52: The selfless side of a selfish sport

It’s part of human nature to be selfish. Perhaps we have Adam and Eve to “blame” for original sin.

“Surely you will not die,” he said. “Your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

And so the story goes, they ate the forbidden fruit anyway.

 

Sometimes our selfish nature is needed for protecting our loved ones, or for sacrificing time and money to push a career forward or take a chance on a lifelong dream.

 

Sports are typically a selfish thing. We participate because we love the sport and we love to win. Individual sports are probably even worse.

Powerlifting – BE THE STRONGEST

Bodybuilding – BE THE BIGGEST

You’re standing on stage. The spotlight is on you. All eyes and judges are on you.

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But this past weekend marks the second time that I’ve participated in a Relentless powerlifting meet. And while the meet is a fully sanctioned meet, with judges and rules and records to be broken, it’s about so much more.

After cutting weight, complaining about being hungry and hot and tired and thirsty, after enduring long training days and 12 hour meet days… it seems so much about our hardships and our struggles.

And yet when your knees are wrapped so tight that you can’t feel your legs and your shoulders ache from the weight on the bar and your back feels like it’s going to break if you lean over…. yet all the aches and pains in the world disappear for a split second when you see those kids at the edge of the stage, reaching up to give you a high five… you see smiles and cheers and more hands reaching.

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After the meet, I received an award that had pictured all the families that we raised money for. My children asked who they were and I told them.  This morning, my daughter comes to me quietly and whispers.

“Hey Mom.”

“Yes, dear.”

“I want to sell candy, to give money to the sick kids”

“Which sick kids, babe.”

“The ones on the picture.”

“You know what? That’s a fantastic idea. I bet we can come up with all kinds of things for you to raise money for them.”

 

Self-less. To do something for someone else, especially those in need, can be the greatest feeling in the world. The second greatest feeling… knowing that your kids are following your example.

 

Go. Be selfless.

 

(The Families of Relentless DetroitSupport here)