One of the things I most enjoy doing is conducting written interviews for. This has put me in touch with such a variety of inspiring people, and has even made lasting friendships too. Being able to share their stories is an honor that is not taken lightly. The other great thing about the interviews is they often give me ideas about challenges I'd like to try. Sometimes, as in the case of this past week, a good 2/3 of the Thursday small group challenge was from an interviewee (will share that workout AFTER his interview is live) mainly because it sounded like such a great idea and I wanted to see how it would do with my training partners and friends.
You can find all the interviews by clicking right here, by the way... and I will be talking about specific interviews more often from here on out, because these people are SO inspiring and awesome. There's bound to be someone's story in there that will resonate and/or inspire you.
Similarly, yesterday I was VERY much inspired by an extremely interesting interviewee to finally try the SSST (which when you say it over the phone to your training partner is apparently really confusing sounding... HOW many Ss??). Those who know me well, know that thetest is still a mental challenge for me, and something that I actually sort of dread in a recert situation. Seriously, even now. Its much better since they updated the weight classes and added the (which is in my group of "most favorite ") - For women, before there was this massive jump from doing the test with either the or which as my friend and I discussed last night there are worlds, nay UNIVERSES of difference hiding in those 4 kilos... heck there's universes of difference hiding between the and if you're doing 5 minutes of snatching!
Q: I want to work out, but have no idea what to do, I'm between programs or haven't decided what I really need to work on. The internet has filled my head with conflicting info and lists of 1,203 different exercises that I now feel compelled to work on RIGHT NOW! What to do?!?
A Short Answer: Do some(or even just ) get-ups!! After a bad run-in with the "cold from hell" which some have theorized was "the flu" my first workout after recovering, was single get ups - beginning with 50 get ups done throughout the day, then adding in a couple of reasonably light get ups with pauses, and a few "bottoms up" thrown in there for variety. The key to this is of course impeccable form, and taking the time to make sure each get-up done is given full attention... every time I do this sort of thing, I learn something.
Long Answer: Right now it's very trendy to bash mult-tasking, but I don't bash multi-tasking in all cases... if you can do it and do it well, then why not. Granted, the example below is more in the category of "very useful active rest" or "leveraging my time." I inherited a "special" habit from my Dad... and that's creating stacks of things, usually books, notes, lists, etc. I can remember as a kid carefully navigating the temporary obstacle course of books and papers which would appear in his home office if Dad was working on a particularly engrossing project. Guess what? I do it too, and will say, "Uh oh it's gotten all 'term-papery' around here" So last night I wanted to work on very strict form dead hang pull ups, which is a great opportunity for a workout that involves tidying up (putting books back in their category, evaluating to-do lists and adding items to the project management software when necessary, and generally just putting things away).