Happy Friday and don’t forget – it’s R.E.D. Friday.
I hope everyone’s had a great week and this whole virus thing doesn’t have you using it as an excuse to not go train.
While I’m really glad gyms have started opening up again, because of social distancing this pretty much means you’re gonna be a solo lifter for…well, who knows how long. Hopefully for those of you who are used to having a gym partner, it won’t be too long.
But if you can’t wait until then and social distancing has you down, it’s time to kick it old school.
Let’s get started.
Workout Edge: Love Lifting? Love Football? You’ll Love This.
For as long as I can remember, while I’ve had gym partners in the past I’ve always favored being a solo lifter. It’s my meditation time…but as of late, this whole lock down thing has me reminiscing back to my teenage youth.
So let’s build a scenario. You like working out, love going to the gym, and want to work out with your gym buddy. The problem is uncle Sam is saying you’ve gotta stay 6 feet apart. Which means no spotter. No fist bumps. Nothing.
What do you do?
Say fuck ’em and do it anyway (at least in your garage gym)? Sure – it’s your life…but for those of you a little more wary or who just like following rules…?
Get back to basics.
What exercise gives you freedom where you can still interact with people (serotonin boost), you can still get a workout in (protein synthesis), and you can still social distance during lockdown?
Throw a damn football.
(That’s American football. For my readers outside of the USA – the alternative would be rugby, I guess).
30 minutes to an hour of throwing a football around with your friends on the weekends is more than enough to stay loose and catch up with friends. Do it twice a week and you’ve not only gotten a chance to socialize, but you’ve also banged out two good workouts.
There’s a load of benefits packed into something so simple:
- Hand-eye coordination improvement (mind muscle connection)
- Sprinting (HIIT conditioning)
- Using muscles outside the scope of a fixed movement (improving mobility, stability, and flexibility)
- Maintaining protein synthesis outside of lifting days
- Keeping muscles loose (pliability – as you start slow and gradually warm up)
Just to name a few.
Guys and girls, you know what I’m talking about – it’s a good, different way to train yourself outside of hitting the iron. We all know (at least I hope we do) that not every athletic person is good at sports…and not every sports athlete is good at lifting. Hence why I’m an advocate of mixing the two into your workout week. It’s the perfect way to be well-rounded in more than just one form of exercise.
So many times a lot of people can get caught up in doing one type of workout, one type of exercise. I’m a strong believer in training your body multiple ways. Plus…
….do you have any idea how satisfying it is for someone to think you’re some slow, heavy ass, muscle bound lifter – only to see them look on in terror as you fucking mad man sprint to catch that ball? Speed and strength are glorious combinations, amigo.
It doesn’t just have to be football.
Playing catch in baseball, Frisbee, etc…are all the best back-to-basics forms of exercise. They’re a low cost investment and easy to pick up either online or at your local sporting good store. So you get to keep your distance, socialize, and get into sports which will loosen up and train different muscles outside of fixed movements.
All in all it’s a good way to work up a sweat, all while making sure your sucking air a safe distance away from each other. It can be with 2 people or however many you like. The bottom line is, you’re killing two birds with one stone, and getting double the fun.
Keep it simple, stupid.
Have any other ideas? Write to me and tell me some of your favorite sports.
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