Thursday, August 16, 2012
Stay Calm and Chalk Up....experiencing some technical difficulties!
Yikes! I have been so resistant to new technology because...well, I guess you could look at it two ways... Lucky because I never worry about that stuff, you know computers and such. Or not lucky, because it's practically a foreign language to me and very intimidating. Maybe the latter.
I've got a couple of video workouts I have yet to get the energy to figure out how to post from my iPad. Also, I did a couple of new workouts this morning that will start to back up, so at the very least I've got to journal them so I don't forget! One is called "See Saw" and the other is a killer "work into rest" variation. Both of which I will repeat a few different ways this weekend...oh and I've got a "No Brainer" from Tuesday that is freakin' hard! Luckily no brain cells required!
Really I just wish I could invite you all over to swing with me!
Funny thing happened this afternoon...
I introduced one of my newbies to chalk! There is something hardcore about "chalking up". She is relatively new to the problem of sweaty and calloused hands and was shy about using the chalk. I walked over to her, motioned for her to hold out her hands and then aggressively rubbed a block of chalk thickly over her palms and fingers.
Rubbing chalk into your hands, walking back and forth to the chalk stand or whatever you've got a block of chalk sitting on or in, while doing hundreds of swing reps is cool! And then when you get chalk dust all over your pants it's just bad ass (in a good way!) So my new phrase is;
"Stay calm and chalk up!"
From that point on she was not shy about grabbing the chalk! Guaranteed she is a different woman now!
Getting used to my new computer and stuff can feel like a drag, but in the mean time I'm so lucky to be married to a bad ass former gymnast and lifter that shared his chalk with me so I can chalk myself up and chalk up my peeps!
FYI Above picture is of the chalk stand in our garage gym, also known as "Stone's Gym". It was part of the original Iron Works Gym in Campbell CA that we purchased and took over 1989, renaming it World Gym, Campbell. Iron Works Gym was the first major barbell gym in Northern California, and was host to some of the greatest Power and Olympic lifting athletes, as well as throwers, in the world. This chalk stand is over 35 years old and maybe had the likes of Bruce Jenner, Mac Wilkins, Jim McGoldrick, Ben Pluncknett, Kevin Winter, Tore Gufstasson, and Scott Wilson, Nick Sweeny, as well as special guests like Louie Simmons for starters and many many more! I was lucky enough to meet some of these amazing athletes (when I wasn't hiding out in shame about being fat!), and a few of them were some of Mark's very good friends (and still are!)
Another FYI We purchased Iron Works Gym from it's original owner, the inventor and creator of Met RX Dr. Scott Connely...just sayin!