Why Do You Lift? The Snow Day Edition

February 2nd, 2011  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  11 Comments

I lift to deal with life. I lift to deal with the fact that I have to go out and shovel a big pile of white shit in the cold without my spine going sproing or my arteries going gloop. I lift because I can care for others — my back is powerful enough to clear the snow for myself, and for my two elderly neighbours.

I lift because it reduces my chances of being trapped or falling. I lift because it girds my bones and my mind for battle.

But I don’t lift because of fear, or because the world is a mean place — I lift because of joy and the way it makes my body thrum with an achey aliveness.

And should the heavens see fit to vomit meteorological bullshit all over me, as they are doing today, I can clamp a figurative cigar in my mandible and snort, Is that the best ya got?



  1. varsha tiwary says:

    February 2nd, 2011at 4:58 am(#)

    Krista your words lift me up powerfully.For five years now I have regarded you as a spiritual guru -and miss your regular posting on Stumptuous.
    My journey into lifting began with your powerful exhortations-and I high five your every word !

  2. simma says:

    February 2nd, 2011at 9:00 am(#)

    Amen, sister. I like that you’re always stressing the exuberance/enjoyment aspect of exercise, as well as the practical, everyday victories it helps people achieve.

    I have a real problem with what I call “Apocalypse Exercise”, by which I refer to a mindset that is annoyingly prevalent in “functional fitness” and “paleo” eating circles. It’s like everyone’s training/eating for a Roland Emmerich movie or some kind of gang war. I think it’s this aspect of this niche of fitness that attracts certain kinds of loonies, and I kind of hate it, because it’s fear-based an fundamentally lacking in compassion for those who do not “meet standards”.

    (Nicely chosen pic. Glenn Fabry, no?)

  3. Sharon D. says:

    February 2nd, 2011at 9:29 am(#)

    Today, I lift for similar reasons that you do, Krista, how ever, I have a story for you:

    I was raised in Georgia for ten years, and then moved north to Pennsylvania. I was 14. I still had a southern accent and stuck out like a sore thumb – no- like a girl with three heads. Add to that the fact that we didn’t have the money to dress me in clothes that were acceptable to the other students. The other kids started to bully me like something out of a novel; chasing me home, cussing at me, making remarks about how southerners are stupid and inbred. It happened in and out of school. The library became the only place I felt safe – those assholes were stupid, so I never saw them there.
    After a year of this, I did make some friends, but I was mean and withdrawn towards anyone I didn’t trust. Then my dad got remarried, we moved to a new school district, and I had to “fit in” into a whole other school that was very different from the last one. One day, feeling very depressed, I talked to my Dad for the millionth time about how shitty the kids were to me, etc. etc. He said “Well, you do carry yourself like a victim. Why don’t I get you some weights? I think it might help your self-confidence” And that’s where it started. My dad found me a beat up pair of 5 lb. dumbbells, and told me a few exercises. I knew nothing back then (1990) and I started with very light weights.
    Soon, I had to go heavier and started lifting after school, with the jocks, believe it or not. Something happened that now is very funny: one day after my workout I was on the floor stretching. I had my hands wrapped around my feet and was bent far forward, looking at my knees, not paying attention to the guys rough housing. Suddenly, someone set a pair of white underwear at my feet. They were like Fruit of the loom type tighty-whiteies. I was afraid to look up for fear of seeing one of my classmates nude from the waist down, so I kinda spun around on my butt and walked out. I told my dad about it later and he smiled. He said they weren’t bullying me, they were hazing one of their own, hence the underwear at my feet.
    I’m 38 now, and I started lifting heavy because I love being strong. Krista, you, Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove are my main strength Gurus, and I appreciate you very much. I now understand a hell of a lot more now, thanks to you guys, than I did 8 years ago when I first stumbled onto this site. I can’t lift as heavy and hard as I used to, due to tearing my right ACL, so now I lift smarter, and spend more time on mobility

    Thanks, Krista!

  4. Mistress Krista says:

    February 2nd, 2011at 1:11 pm(#)

    @Sharon: Awesome story. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mistress Krista says:

    February 2nd, 2011at 1:13 pm(#)

    @Simma: Then I have a site you might enjoy: DangerWOD.

    “Any good danger coach would have given rhabdo to at least 50% of his athletes if not the whole team.”

  6. simma says:

    February 2nd, 2011at 6:09 pm(#)

    Thanks for the laugh re: DangerWOD. *chuckle*

  7. Susan Mahaney says:

    February 2nd, 2011at 6:31 pm(#)

    Hi Krista! Love the snow and came up with a great new workout combining shovelling and jumping rope. Shovel 10 and jump 100 as fast as you can. Get out there in your shorts and give the neighbors something to talk about!!

  8. Teneshia says:

    February 9th, 2011at 3:23 pm(#)

    I always do my pull ups with the anticipation (paranoia) of some fateful day when I’m hanging off a cliff and need to save myself from falling into the mouth of death.

  9. Thursday 2/10/11 | Derby City CrossFit - Louisville, KY says:

    February 9th, 2011at 7:04 pm(#)

    […] WOD 5 Rounds 5 Push Press 15 – (1/2) V-Ups (Each Side) CF Football Here CF Endurance Here Why Do You Lift? 12 Paleo Testimonials Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh Exercises You Should Be Doing: Band Resisted […]

  10. Thursday 2/10/11 « Derby City CrossFit – Louisville, KY says:

    February 10th, 2011at 11:17 am(#)

    […] WOD 5 Rounds 5 Push Press 15 – (1/2) V-Ups (Each Side) CF Football Here CF Endurance Here Why Do You Lift? 12 Paleo Testimonials Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh Exercises You Should Be Doing: Band Resisted […]

  11. Brooke says:

    February 17th, 2011at 7:21 pm(#)

    Hey krista & the rest of the family,

    Wow I can definitely relate to this…..if I had a dollar for everyone someone at the asked me “what are you training for?”, I would be able to retire from my current stressful, cortisol producing job! For so long I felt kind of awkward, in that I felt that I too should have some event to be aiming for. But after self discovery and becoming fans of yours, Lous, and Rachael’s books and websites, I have discovered that there are many people out there who hit the weights hard, get amoungst the men, and train like they mean it, simply for the pure enjoyment of doing so. So now when people ask me what I’m training for? I simply reply……myself. Here’s to us!

Get "Fuck Calories"

Enter your information below and the magical gnomes that run Stumptuous will send you a copy of the "Fuck Calories" e-book for free!
Email Marketing by Javelin