Clean 1 rep on the min for 12 mins *Build by feel
5 Squat Cleans @ 75-80% of 1 rm
I was thinking of that popular Oprah Winfrey phrase–"What I know for sure"–and it occurred to me that I know for very little for sure.
Most things are in flux in my mind, in my life, in my world from day to day. Even the sunrise seems tenuous at times, although I know it will be there again. Can there be such knowing without certainty? It seems so, at times. Such is the nature of human existence if you are fortunate and unfortunate enough to have a working brain in your head. The library never closes.
We all think too much, and in that thinking we often rob ourselves of joy. We process, we plod, we race, we deliberate, we obsess, we ignore, we create and destroy. As Bruce Springsteen sang in the song "Leah": "I walk this road with a hammer and a fiery lantern. With this hand, I built. And with this, I burned." So it goes with the road in our mind, as well. With this hand, we build, and with this, we set those fields afire.
So, what is there to do? What constant holds to center, when center seems to be giving way?
The gym is always there: this I know for sure.
In good times and bad times, the barbell beckons. With cheers or tears, the iron can be lifted. When your heart is heavy, your feet can still move swiftly over the path. So can they too when your heart is light.
Burpees don't care if you are rising or falling, because both actions are required: the cycle makes up the movement that will grow you more fit and capable. (So too does life.) Remember, pain hurts but it marks the beginning of healing. Fitness saves, if you want it to. Health is always a noble goal.
See, what matters not is what is happening to you, but what you happen to do.
When things get crazy, do you shut down? Do nothing, and hope things improve? Or spin in your seat, making yourself dizzy and distracted but still going nowhere? Or do you take the moment and seek to improve? Do you help your mind settle itself?
We forget the power of our own minds.
And we forget their connection with our bodies.
So, if you have risen today with a heavy heart or a heavy mind, I would urge you to lift something heavy.
Training won't change your situation, but it might change your thinking. After you burden yourself and throw off your burden, you may know lightness again, if only for a moment, a sparkle, a glimmer. It will feel like hope. And that will be enough for today. Come back tomorrow and chase that hope again. Eat something good for you like the stuff from Steve's PaleoGoods.
Don't purify your body only to put poison back in.
This life is full of burdens, but in the gym you can put them back down and walk away. Enjoy that freedom. Bathe in it. Revel in it. And find solace in it. Then return to your world with a lighter spirit and a willing work ethic.
By: Lisbeth Darsh