Festive Survival for Gym Rats and Iron Heads

It’s that time of year. That dreadful period where you are forced to sit next to people you don’t like from work and relatives whose name you can’t remember. You are expected to make small talk. You are socially conditioned to eat and drink to excess. If you deviate from this you run the risk of becoming a social pariah. Not because you’re doing anything wrong, but because your will of steel is making your mother/brother/sister/co-worker feel bad about themselves.

Why are you trying to make me feel bad for things that are wrong in your life?”

Anyway, it is a time for celebration and enjoyment. I really like this idea from Buddhism:

Buddha describes the middle way as a path of moderation, between the extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification.” Read more

The Noble Push Up

The push up. Quite possibly the first ‘proper exercise’ many of us experienced at primary school, after school sports, or if we thought it was the way we could transform ourselves into Batman. The push up (or ‘press up’ for our US friends) is so ingrained in our cultural psyche as a part of ‘physical preparation’ that it appears in training montages from Rocky, to Tim Burton’s Batman, to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, through Rocky again, Christopher Nolan’s Batman and most TV shows where the protagonist has to be shown to ‘get serious’ to face the coming challenge.

Rocky OAPU

The original training montage!

Here are a few simple points on training the push up.

  1. No push ups on knees!

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