Franz always wants me to pay attention to what he says, and learn, so that ‘You can do this on your own, and you don’t always need me’. Yeah ok, Franz. As if I’d push myself half as hard as you push me. As if I’d finish a set with as much determination, as I do with you. I wouldn’t.
I have, however, tried to pay more attention to the things we do, the names of the exercises, and why they are good for my body. At least I am trying to understand what each lift of a kettlebell, squat, pull-up, or sled push is doing for me.
The other day, on Upper Body Murder Day, Franz walks over to a resistance band that is tied to a steel pole. He says, ‘Ok, this is new. You’re going to do rows, like you normally do, except this time, you’re doing them fast. Speed Rows.’ He says this while demonstrating what they should look like.
‘What’s the point? What do speed rows do for me, besides make me look stupid while doing them?’ I ask. (Yes, I had to add the last part. It IS me, we’re talking about!)
‘You’ll see when you start doing them’, he replied. Normally he would answer my question with a well thought out, thorough response as to what this work out is doing to my body, where I should feel the strain in my muscle, and just how many parts of my body I am working, while doing it. Not this time, though. Not when I actually asked for an explanation.
I grab ahold of the band, and step back into position. Before I pull, Franz says, ‘Don’t let the band pull you back in’. He was probably having flashbacks of my feet flailing about while trying to do pull-ups, using the same kind of resistance band. Anyways, I start to pull the band in row formation, rapidly back toward my body. It was definitely harder than it looked, and I definitely felt it, in my arms. My core was feeling it too, because I was unknowingly keeping myself super tight to ‘engage my muscles’ (as Franz would say, usually while smacking my ‘abs’ to make sure they were tight).
I ask again, ‘So what is the point of doing it really fast?’
‘Because… it’s awesome.’ Franz replied. Oh…. ok then.
So, the next time I am looking for a new work out routine, that I most certainly won’t do by myself at the gym, I’ll just look around for anything that looks ‘awesome’ to do. Cool.