Hi. i'm reading all your blog when i have free time, since 2007. Even if is too mutch "no pain no gain" for me. (training everyday etc)I really appreciate the content and what you write. I'm sorry you have only 500 like here. One thing that I did not understand is why you went from "no tools" to use the kettlebelsl and other "strongman stuff".continues to write please, it's good for my knowledge and motivation... bye and greetings from Italy!
Somewhere along the line last year I received this comment, probably on the Facebooks where I notoriously neglect to do much of anything to hype this place. I put it here so I can comment on it further in a draft. Then, like most everything that I did here last year, I completely forgot about it.
Since then, as I've felt more compelled to write I took a second look at it. The person who wrote it did bring up something that I've pondered myself since I decided to get into strongman: why do I keep writing about it on "bodyweight" blog? I've obviously strayed a long, long way from where I started this blog seven years ago. Maybe I should start another one?
Or, perhaps that my blog wasn't just about how I decided to move for purposes of getting strong. Maybe I was making points about training all along about stuff that I don't really like in this little subculture of people who like to get strong. As soon as I decided I wanted to make a conscientious effort to get stronger WAAAY back in 2002, I remember getting hit with ideas about how I had to
to do certain things to accomplish that end. Indeed, there's a lot of, "do what I say and do", that goes on with lifting.
You have to go to a gym...
How many times have I heard how necessary going to a gym to get your body in check I cannot even begin to say. An early motivator for me to use bodyweight was with the traveling I did for work and my pinched finances from importing a Peruvian wife decimated my capability to use gyms to get strong. Never being one to look at conventionality and say, "oh shit, I'm fucked," I searched for alternatives. I stumbled down some bad alley ways for information here and there before I finally got things working properly but I managed to get stronger, even bigger, with just my body as the source of resistance.
The moral of the story is that gyms are NICE. They are not NECESSARY. Yes, your life has to bend a bit to accommodate your training. That doesn't mean that your training doesn't have to bend to your life as well. You may not always be able to get to a gym. You may not always be able to use weights, or use the type of weights that you want to use. You have to figure out alternatives. These alternative can get you strong.
Do what you like to do
Okay, there were several points in time from 2002 to now where I could have easily joined a gym and lifted weights long before I did. I didn't have to stay in hotel parking lots or my basement and do enormous quantities of weird push-up circuits. The reason why I did was because I enjoyed doing it. That's also the same reason why I started picking up weights and I ended up getting into strongman.