Monday, January 11, 2010

Push Up and Pull Ups

One of my favorite blogs to hang out with is at Ross is a former boxer, now a physical trainer and his blog is always full of great inspirational ideas about physical fitness and health, as well as constant improvement, challenging myself and boundary bashing. I learn a lot from him about what you can do on the cheap, without a gym, just having a ball moving your body.

He recently put up several videos that just floored me. I don't imagine many people will want to watch these all the way through, but you can get the general idea in the first few minutes of each. What is particularly noteworthy in either case is that you are seeing people do things that are usually not thought possible for people "of their type." In particular this means large men (over 300 lbs), and women over 40.

Large men are not supposed to be able to do high numbers of push ups, and certainly not pull ups. They are just too heavy. Women, particularly those over 40, are not supposed to be able to do lots of pull ups. They are just too small with insufficient muscle mass. Apparently the common wisdom did not stop these folks from just going out and getting it done. Beautiful.

I doubt these people accomplished these things purely through some kind of weird genetic gift. They clearly earned the capacity to do what they do with time, and sweat and more than a dollop of pain. I find it inspiring.

I encourage you to watch at least a little of each of these videos, not as some kind of freak show, but to consider what you can accomplish with simple determination and hard work.

The next two videos feature a feminine powerhouse named Crystal West. Wow....just wow.

This last is Tara Scott, demonstrating not only exceptional strength, but also real creativity in how she challenges herself with a variety of movements. Gives me lots of great ideas. She has lots of other great demos and playful fun workout ideas on her YouTube Channel

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Anonymous said...

I might just agree with Jost.

Anonymous said...

You removed the guy I might of been agreeing with... does this mean you will remove my comments too?