The other day after carrying a heavy load of groceries in each hand while walking up the stairs to our apartment, I felt a little burn in my legs. It made me think of how the exercises I’m doing in Stage 1 of NROLFW mimic actions we would do in our day-to-day lives. I know this is certainly not an original idea, but I thought it would be a fun reminder of how practical lifting weights really is!
Below I’ve noted the exercise, and the type of action it mimics/supports:
Deadlift – picking up a heavy box off the floor
Squat – picking up a big backpack (think backpacker style! I have many experiences with this!), pushing off, and carrying it on your back
Lunges – Carrying heavy grocery bags in your hands and dodging puddles on the road (yeah…we have a lot of these where I live)
Step-ups – Carrying heavy grocery bags in your hands and walking up stairs
Dumbbell Shoulder Press – Putting stacks of books into a tall bookshelf
Lat Pull-down – Pulling a heavy screen over a window
Cable Row – Pulling your couch across the floor while rearranging furniture (I also do this a lot)
Push ups – getting off the floor and or/ (sex)? he he he
Swiss ball crunches – rolling up out of bed
Prone Jackknife – Ok…I can’t think of any for this one with the exception of kicking off in a swimming pool. Or something. any ideas?
Realizing this made me see the power that weight lifting gives us. What do you guys think….Does your weight lifting mimic or support real-life movements?
PS. I am hella-sore today. Turns out that extra rep in my new workouts really works those muscles!