So, Metallica played at Glastonbury and the world didn’t end!
I’ve been a huge fan of the Metallica boys since my youth and this song has always been one of my favourites, when this came on my walkman when I was cycling home from my mates house I’d go round the block an extra few times just to listen to the track play out.
I still play it to this day and it’s as fresh as it was 20 years ago.
Which gets me thinking about things that stand the test of time.
In the time I’ve been involved in the martial arts and fitness worlds, many things have come and gone, fads and failures, but other things have stood the test of time, never going away.
1 – Bodyweight Training
It’s as old as training itself and as much as people try to reinvent the wheel and sell you gadgets and gimmicks, all you need is a few square feet of floor space and something to hang from and you have everything you need to develop strength and fitness.
This was made exceptionally apparent at the recent Ido Portal seminar where he explained how the gymnastic rings were the only tool he used to develop his and his students impressive upper body strength.
2 – Lifting Shit of the Floor.
Be it a deadlift, a clean, a snatch, an atlas stone, a child or your elderly mother. There is never a time where being good at lifting stuff of the floor is a bad idea.
3 – Lifting Shit Overhead
The overhead press gets a bad wrap, but again, it’s essential. These days there are few enough reasons for us to raise are arms over head in day to day life. I’m “full size” ie over 6′ tall, so the overhead compartment in an aeroplane, the top shelf in the supermarket and most other things are all within easy reach for me, so when would I ever need that strength over head?
Truth is, I almost never need it, except for the times when something out of the ordinary happens and suddenly I’m thankful for it.
Now if you’re less than full size, you better get your press on!
Ok, sizeist jokes aside, overhead pressing, especially with the kettlebell is great for the rotator cuff. As are turkish get ups and windmills, two old fashioned lifts brought back to life by the ole Kettle.
4 – Endurance.
“Cardio Kills” yelled out several recent article headlines.
Yeah? So does not doing cardio.
As an animal of the genus Homo Erectus, I find that I have an extremely efficient cooling system, long legs with these magic springs on the end called feet. These feet are fitted with arches that act like the leaf springs in a Landrover and the bungee cord that is my achillies tendon.
I can breathe independently of movement as I don’t need to severely compress and expand my abdomen to stride out.
Yet apparently, the wisdom touted by strength coaches (who might just be biased…) and the medical community (who’d have us sitting down taking medication if they had their way) seem to think we shouldn’t run.
Bollocks I say.
5 – Play
Play sports, play games, play with movement.
Fun is considered childs play and has largely been taken out of fitness.
Yet attend WG-Fit and there’s laughing. Yes there’s sweating and grunting, but in between there’s laughter as the guys tell dirty jokes and slag each other.
Go to the local Globo gym and it’s full of po-faced, oh-so-serious dicks getting no where fast with their training.
So play, tell jokes, muck about a bit during rest periods, do fun shit in your warm ups and cool downs, accept silly challenges and stop taking everything so seriously!
Do you notice something about that list?
It’s not easy to sell any of those things.
Bodyweight training means you can go anywhere and train anywhere, I can’t sell you anything (except my eBook that is…..) so gyms don’t encourage you to do body weight training.
Lifting shit off the floor and lifting shit overhead are both frowned on in gyms because yes they’re hard and yes, they carry an injury risk and yes, from time to time you might grunt, squeal, shout, yell, drop the weight and even pass out. But who said getting awesome was easy?
Running, well treadmills, treadmills, treadmills. I hate treadmills. There’s a whole outside for you to run in. There’s parks, beaches, mountains. But you can’t monetize these things, which makes running cheap. Get some shoes and learn to flow. You’re welcome.
Well, how far we’ve come as adults that we’ve forgotten something we did naturally as kids eh?
repeat after me:
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing”
I want you to repeat that every day. Then apply.
So thanks to Metallica being around for as long as I’ve had the option to pick my own music choices, and they’ve been a constant in that choice. As have all the other points listed above.
They’ve stood the test of time, not just for me but many, many others. And will for many generations to come.