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.