Walk into any big-box gym, and you’ll likely see the same scenario: a sea of people talking on treadmills; others walking around alongside free-standing gym machines, unsure what to do. While yes, those clunky machines are there for a reason, the reality is they can be more detrimental than good. “Gym machines can be good for muscle activation and getting accustomed to feeling your body do work,” says Denzel Allen, kettlebell specialist and instructor at SoHo Strength Lab in New York City.
The energy in the room was electric as I stared down at the barbell surrounded by 20-or-so onlookers, a PR on my mind. But as soon as I got the weight overhead, I knew that my sixth round of overhead squat snatches would be my last. Persistent like an ex who “needs” their stuff back, the sharp pain in my lower back came on hard and fast. As the sweat dripped down my chest, I dropped the barbell and took a step back, upset. It wasn’t the first time I’d tweaked my back in a CrossFit workout.
It's tough to hit the gym when you’ve got a full to-do list including lunch plans and a full Netflix queue. Even tougher? Stepping within 10 feet of a barbell when you haven’t the slightest clue what to do with it. The good news? Olympic lifting doesn’t have to feel as intimidating as a first date, and it's not just for The Rock wannabes.
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Selecting a term
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