Kettlebell High Swings Are Not For You!
You may have heard that kettlebells are great for building strength and endurance.
But do you really want to spend your time doing that? Do you really want to invest your money into buying expensive equipment?
If so, then kettlebells are not for you.
In fact, if you’re like most people, you probably don’t even own any kettlebells. That’s fine too. There are plenty of other ways to get stronger and build muscle without spending thousands of dollars on equipment or going to the gym.
Here are some ideas:
1) Get A Personal Trainer To Work Out With You (And Make Sure They Know How To Use Them!
If you want to get better at something, it helps to work with someone who does it first hand. And if you want to get better at working out, there are many personal trainers out there who will work with you and make sure they know how to use them.
2) Join A Gym:
Gym memberships cost money. Most gyms offer classes that include weight training as well as cardio. You can also usually go by yourself and work out on your own time.
Either way, it’s convenient and you don’t need to worry about buying expensive equipment.
3) Use Your Own Body Weight:
Weights are not the only way to get stronger and build muscle. In fact, you can do a lot just using your body weight. Push-ups, pull-ups, dips, and crunches are great examples.
You can even step it up with stuff like jumping jacks, mountain climbers, etc.
4) Use Your Local Park:
Most towns have a public park of some sort. Even if it isn’t perfect, you can probably find something to use for your workout. For example, you can run around the track or go hiking.
To really switch things up, bring your own set of workout weights and change things up that way.
5) Set Your Eyes On Something:
Every town has something; something big or something small. Maybe it’s a famous restaurant, or maybe it’s just a park that you’ve had your eye on for a while. The point is, it doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it inspires you to get off of your behind and do something!
As you can see, there are quite a few options out there. You just need to decide which one is right for you and then get started!
Why CrossFit Will Never Just Cool It With the American Swings.
For some people, kettlebells are a good investment. They’re small enough to store easily yet they allow you to engage in a wide range of exercises. While it’s true you can get a good full body workout with just a couple of dumbbells, there is something to be said for kettlebells.
For one thing, you get a much deeper burn with kettlebell work than you do with dumbbells. Part of this is due to the fact that kettlebell exercises engage more muscles and part of this is due to the fact that kettlebells are slightly out of shape.
In other words, they’re not perfectly shaped like dumbbells.
Kettlebells manufacturers go out of their way to make their product “look bad” with uneven coloring and paint jobs. This is on purpose to make the product look more rugged and natural. It’s this type of attention to details that has made kettlebells so popular in the past few years.
In fact, they’ve become so popular that certain aggressive CrossFit “boxes” have banned the use of kettlebells entirely. The reason being that these boxes tend to be full of males in their 20’s and kettlebells are a great way for people to get through a workout quickly.
In other words, there’s a chance you won’t have to wait for the one and only 20 kg kettlebell to be free. Instead, you’ll be able to get a great workout using multiple kettlebells in quick succession.
But this isn’t the only reason kettlebells are banned from these “boxes.” In fact, it has more to do with ego than anything else. Certain CrossFitters get territorial and loud whenever they see someone using kettlebells.
They view it as a symbol of weakness and something only “older women that go to the gym” should use. It has nothing to do with the fact that kettlebells allow you to get a great workout in very little time. No, it’s all about projecting dominance and masculinity.
So if you ever see a sign that says “NO KETTLEBELLS” in a CrossFit box, just ignore it.
Why You Shouldn’t Be Looking For a Girlfriend Until You’re Thirty.
While it may be true that men mature at a later age than women, the fact of the matter is most men become interested in finding a girlfriend or at least some no strings attached fun at around the same time they graduate from high school.
Most high school romances don’t last and for good reason. It’s hard to focus on something that’s supposed to last “for the rest of your life” when you’re only focused on what’s going to happen over the weekend.
Long term relationships are good things. Some of the greatest men and women in history have only stayed together for a short period of time. Think about it; George Washington had more than one wife and he’s on money!
However, the idea that most men and women don’t find their life partner until they’re in their thirties is a bit of a stereotype. This isn’t to say it doesn’t happen. It does.
A lot actually. In fact, you could easily wind up meeting “the one” when you’re well past your twenties and even your early thirties. Just depends on the situation I suppose.
But it’s not a bad thing to be out there dating. It doesn’t make you a loser. Doesn’t make you f*ck up.
Doesn’t make you any of the other words your brain has been telling you all this time. It makes you an average guy that isn’t rushing into something.
It also doesn’t mean you can’t be in a relationship. You could easily be in a relationship and still not want to get married. And that’s fine too.
Some of the happiest couples have no plans on getting married.
It could also just open up more options when you least expect it. Meaning, you could meet “the one” at anytime and anywhere. So don’t go walking around with your guard down because you’re not looking for “Mrs.
Right” anymore. You never know when “Mrs. Right Now” might come into your life.
As for the sexual part of all this, if you’re really worried about going on a bunch of Tinder dates and the pressure of having to perform, then hey…you could always fake it.
Whether you’re single or in a relationship, what you do with your own body is your own business.
The only thing I will say is, if you’re going to be single and looking, make sure you’re protecting yourself. The last thing you want to do is bring some girl or guy home that you meet at a bar because your judgment is clouded by your need for companionship.
Or maybe you’re in a relationship and perfectly content with it. That’s cool too.
Way I see it, everyone deserves their moment in the sun.
Hell, I would argue that pretty much everyone should experience being single for a while. Even if it’s just to know what it’s like. That way if you ever do get into a relationship you can appreciate it even more.
Whatever the case may be, know that you’re normal and you have absolutely nothing to feel ashamed about.
What you do with your own life is your business and yours alone. So keep your head up and your chin down soldier. And most importantly, keep a smile on that face.
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