Music and Lifting

A few months ago I was talking with Charlotte about fitness. She was taking a class in gymnastics at around the same time I was getting into wrestling. So the talk was about being past our 20’s and finding physical activities that will take us into our middle and older age and just overall fitness. Charlotte had found crossfit before me, but we ran across it for different reasons, from different angles. It ended up with me, Jim and Charlotte looking into it, e-mailing each other links and such.

The nearest crossfit gym is in Syracuse, a shlep by anyone’s standards. They offer a foundations course, though, so we could learn the olympic style lifts that the crossfit work-outs of the day feature. That has been neat. I haven’t been able to do the work outs of the day yet but it has been fun to learn something new with my body.

I am taking a hard look at my schedule next semester, thinking about making school the priority but still enjoying wrestling out in Cortland, heading out to the swamp, gaming, yoga and such. Something has to give, methinks.

I am thinking that Cortland has to go; I can go to the university BJJ club if I feel the grappling urge. All of my week-day gaming has been moved or canceled. Yoga and hitting the gym is something I could do before work with only a little bit of jiggling here and there.

I woke up this morning but was up too late for yoga. So, not wanting to waste the morning, I hit the gym, worked on an olympic movement called cleans, which was fun. The university here has really nice equipment and it is dead in the morning.

The iPod is great for working out. I made a playlist titled Rock Out with Your Cock Out. It features Bad Relgion, a new find for me (thanks, Aaron). I have never heard punk so damned smart. Also on the R.O.w.Y.C.O. playlist is Guns n’ Roses, Fugazi and the Black Diamond Heavies, who sound like Tom Waits heading a southern rock band.

Warren Ellis linked to Sam Russo, who is brilliant accoustic punk but I can’t figure out how to buy his shit.

So, that is me, thinking about getting stronger, listening to rockin’ music and looking at finishing my degree already.

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52 thoughts on “Music and Lifting

  1. Oh man, Bad Religion is generally as smart as punk comes. The lead singer is (was?) a Cornell PhD candidate (can’t recall if he’s completed the dang thing yet) in paleobiology or some such madness. Great, great stuff.

  2. Oh man, Bad Religion is generally as smart as punk comes. The lead singer is (was?) a Cornell PhD candidate (can’t recall if he’s completed the dang thing yet) in paleobiology or some such madness. Great, great stuff.

  3. Oh man, Bad Religion is generally as smart as punk comes. The lead singer is (was?) a Cornell PhD candidate (can’t recall if he’s completed the dang thing yet) in paleobiology or some such madness. Great, great stuff.

  4. Oh man, Bad Religion is generally as smart as punk comes. The lead singer is (was?) a Cornell PhD candidate (can’t recall if he’s completed the dang thing yet) in paleobiology or some such madness. Great, great stuff.

  5. If you like bad religion and fugazi and want more “smart” punk, I would suggest the following:

    Propagandhi- Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes
    Black Flag- Damaged
    Rites of Spring- End on End (this may be too lo-fi for you)
    Bad Brains- attitude the ROIR sessions

  6. If you like bad religion and fugazi and want more “smart” punk, I would suggest the following:

    Propagandhi- Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes
    Black Flag- Damaged
    Rites of Spring- End on End (this may be too lo-fi for you)
    Bad Brains- attitude the ROIR sessions

  7. If you like bad religion and fugazi and want more “smart” punk, I would suggest the following:

    Propagandhi- Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes
    Black Flag- Damaged
    Rites of Spring- End on End (this may be too lo-fi for you)
    Bad Brains- attitude the ROIR sessions

  8. If you like bad religion and fugazi and want more “smart” punk, I would suggest the following:

    Propagandhi- Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes
    Black Flag- Damaged
    Rites of Spring- End on End (this may be too lo-fi for you)
    Bad Brains- attitude the ROIR sessions

  9. The Working Out Collaborative Setting

    I find a social aspect a really necessary part of working out or really any physical activity.

    There might be some lessons to be learned from gaming here.

  10. Re: BR

    The most extremist track on ESF is “Sinister Rouge,” which is the most anti-Catholic song I know of. The rest is more reasonable stuff that I can get into, as the same kind of post-Enlightenment, pseudo-Marxist tirade against superstition and predatory clergy that I’m used to reading in older Chinese documents from the 1910s-1970s.

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