January 22, 2023

Picking a weight off the floor

Working out is too often reduced to the outcome of how you look. Training at the gym can be an experience that can help shape how your body works and moves. The how you look part is a small part of the outcome.

Training is about controlling the environment and objects you interact with to produce predictable outcomes. Case in point a move called the deadlift.

The deadlift is the simple act of bending at the hip and knee to pick an object off the floor while maintaining a consistent and firm back position. Let’s break that down quickly. The muscles in your legs are the ones that power your hips and knees. When picking any object off the floor, it would involve bending the knee and hip to reach for the object and straightening or extending those joints to lift an object off the floor. You are generating force by pushing the floor away through your feet. This requires you to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground at all times.

But this post is not about coaching you the deadlift. It is primarily about how one can prepare themselves to pick any object off the floor. Lifting weights is a controlled way to train this capacity. And it transfers well to everyday life. This post is to highlight that lifting weights and training is about how the body works not just how it looks. And how it works helps with aspect of life ranging from healthier bones, stronger joints and robust muscle than can help you improve quality of life.

The accompanying video will show you how we pick six objects off the floor. We use all of these to teach clients to lift objects safely and effectively. Every single tool helps you position yourself uniquely relative to the training tool. Every single tool also lets you hold the object at a different angle letting you engage your grip and upper back more effectively. This can help everyone from a person just learning to lift an object to the more experienced lifter seeking a training edge.

About Adarsh

- I run a strength and conditioning facility in Chennai, India
- I work with my clients to make training and eating for better body composition a part of everyday life
- I coach online and in-person
- I design and manufacture strength training equipment for use in our strength training facility