It’s interesting that in our world of “functional” fitness we described things like atlas stones, sandbags, sleds, and yokes as “odd objects” – when almost every object requiring physical fitness we interact with outside the gym is even more awkward, asymmetrical and difficult to handle. The only thing “odd” in the gym is a piece of equipment that is perfectly balanced, used with “perfect form”, the load is outside the perimeter of the body, is easy to grab and hold on to, and can be modified according to the user’s ability. It seems like the bigger priority we give to something that provides less function, the less functional we will become.

This is 1200 pound planer we had to move down a flight of stairs yesterday. Heavy, awkward. When @strongfit1 talks about the interaction of person and load in the real world being “between the hands”, you don’t understand how exactly right that is until you have to pick up a heavy piece of machinery and move it across a trailer and into a basement. Would back squats, deadlifts and whatnot help prepare someone for this? Sure. But lifting something like this doesn’t feel like those movements. It feels like a sandbag carry, a farmer’s walk, or picking a stone off the floor. If training doesn’t train people for objects they will encounter in life and the movements required to interact with those objects, how functional is it?

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