I’ve learned a few things from my weekend deadlifting experience. Unfortunately, what I’ve learned is probably not what you are expecting. Here comes a rant…
I received a ton of email from people who wanted to know how my back was feeling. It is as if they wanted me to be injured and unable to walk (thanks by the way), so they could somehow justify the use of bodyweight exercise over free weights. Here is one message that I received on Tuesday.
I still can’t believe that someone actually wrote this…
“I appreciate that you walk the walk, but haven’t you learned by now that deadlifting is dangerous. I would have thought you were more intelligent. I hope you are not out of action for too long after this careless experience. It is people like you who keep chiropractors in business. When you wake up stiff and sore, please learn from this experience.”
Sorry folks, but my back feels fine. I woke up fresh and ready to run. I actually put in a solid interval workout with Matt Godfrey, ranked #2 by the WBC and the current NABF cruiserweight champion.
Now, back to the topic at hand. If you are ever wondering why our world is so out of shape, here is one reason. We live in a world where everyone wants to tell you what to do. The bodyweight exercisers want to diss weights, and the weight lifters want to diss bodyweight exercise. The newbie who is uncertain of what to do sees nothing but hostility between the exercise community, and decides to opt out.
Why don’t we become more open and receptive to other ideas? In all honesty, why does anyone care what someone else does in the gym? I’d rather see people pumping out high rep bicep curls rather than eating donuts and Bic Macs.
But no, so many people in this industry would rather see someone crippled from a deadlift, so they can somehow justify their own system. What gives?
Look, I’m all for exercise. I do a little bit of everything. I don’t care if you lift weights, sandbags, paint cans or people. I honestly don’t care. As long as you are doing something, you are doing more than most of the world.
And here is a news flash to those interested, deadlifts are not dangerous. Ignorance is more dangerous than any exercise.