Plugging back in

Fun in the weight room this morning! I stuck to upper body/core stuff because I bumped my knee hard on the coffee table yesterday and somehow that was enough to make my knee very unhappy. I didn’t have a spotter so I couldn’t do the uber bench presses, but everything else got bumped up and that was pleasing (if tiring). I need to figure out a good way to do my skullcrushers– the 30lb dumbbell is just about too big to hold comfortably by its ends and I’d rather not drop it. (Wonder if the curl bar would work well?)

My hands are tired. Between rowing last week, hours spent practicing piano finger exercises over the weekend, and deadlifts today, just making a fist is hard. I have lifting straps arriving in the mail today so that should help with one of those at least.

I was talking with a friend last week, and she was explaining to me how she felt a sort of fundamental disconnect from her body, as if her body was just a walking brain-holder and she just did the bare minimum to keep it functional.

I felt the same way for a long time, and didn’t actually reconnect with my body until I started using it and asking it to show me what it could do. It turns out that my body is pretty good at lots of things! And now I am much more aware of being a body; my experience is bound up with it and I’m conscious of the feedback loop between my thoughts and emotions and my body. And the increased kinesthesia helps me physically and emotionally too; I’m more aware of the way I express myself through my body and that’s really powerful.

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9 Responses to Plugging back in

  1. It’s awesome how your mind can reconnect with your body. I was wondering though, how you do all those things with weight-training and rowing without injury! I was on the Erg machine once and pulled my ankle quite badly somehow, and now have recurring peronial tendonitis – were there any resources you use to make sure you have proper form, since you don’t have a spotter?
    Great blog by the way! -DCBG

    • G says:

      Normally I do have a spotter; my coworker comes with me to the gym and I bug him for spots when I need them. I’ll only lift without a spot if I’m pretty confident with the weight, and even then I lift very conservatively and pack it in when I start to wobble.

      I use the site for exercise guides (it is AMAZING) but mostly I listen carefully to my body– if something hurts, stop! (Experience has taught me something about the difference between tired-pain that I can push through, and injury-pain when I need to stop right there.)

      Of course, the staff at your gym would probably love to help you exercise injury-free, too– hit them up!

  2. Just reading the amount of activity you do makes me want to go have a nap :)

    Do you have an E-Z bar you could use for the skull crushers?

  3. Gingerzingi says:

    I do skull crushers with a plate weight; mine have holes in them so it’s easy to get a good grip.

  4. Caitlin says:

    Love the point about using your body to feel more connected to it. Our bodies evolved to be active and to do stuff, and so it makes sense to me that we will feel more in touch with everything happening with our bodies the more we use them.

    • G says:

      Thanks! For me, the realization that my body could do many cool things was life-changing. I always feel like a broken record when I talk about it with friends, but it’s a big deal to me :)

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