Lifting weights is more than just “picking stuff up and putting it back down”, it’s also the original (and possibly the best) fitness tracker.
In today’s world we love DATA. Think about all the data producing gadgets available; from Fitbits to heart rate monitors to GPS trackers, it is obvious that we love tracking our progress. And for good reason, because” if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”. It’s true, tracking our “fitness results” can lead to quicker progress, because if gives us insight to what is working and whats is not working. However there is a simpler and possibly even more effective way to measure progress and it doesn’t require purchasing yet another device. All this method requires is you and some IRON! It’s as old school as it gets…
One of the BEST weight lifting quotes around is from Henry Rollins:
“The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds”.
Read that quote again.
Two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds; it is a great reference point. I love this!
See, lifting heavy “stuff” (barbell, kettlebells, etc) tells you something about yourself. It tells you if you getting stronger, weaker, or remaining stagnant? In other words, picking up something heavy immediately let’s you know if you are getting BETTER, WORSE, or REMAINING THE SAME!
This is a huge piece of information!
If you are remaining stagnant or getting worse (basically the same thing) you need to find out WHY! Because this means what you are doing isn’t working for some reason. Once you know something isn’t working you can start the investigation:
- Are you eating right?
- Are you getting enough sleep?
- Are you working out consistently?
- Are you getting enough recovery between workouts?
- Are you surrounding yourself with the right training partners?
- Are you on the right training program?
Likewise, if you are getting stronger, you know that what you are doing is working and you should continue doing what you have been doing.
However STRENGTH is not the only piece of information the IRON gives you, it can also tell you if your ENDURANCE is getting better, worse or remaining the same. How? Well, can you lift a particular weight for a longer or shorter amount of time?
The IRON also tells you about your POWER OUTPUT. Can you lift a particular weight faster or slower?
It also tells you about TECHNIQUE. Are your movements becoming more or less efficient?
It also tells you about lifting KNOWLEDGE. Is your understanding of a particular movement getting better, worse or remaining the same?
So there you have it, the original fitness tracker might still be the best because it will never lie to you,two hundred pounds will always be two hundred pounds and your ability to lift (or not lift) those “two hundred pounds” tells you a lot about yourself and your training methods. It gives you instant feedback, letting you know if you are getting better, worse, remaining the same . It is the ultimate measurement of progress. So before you buy yet another device get out there and pick up some heavy stuff and pay attention to what the IRON is telling you!