Archive for May, 2012

Are you my dumbbell?

It’s day two in our Dumbbell/Barbell Drive, so keep spreading the word by sharing away on all y’all’s social mediations thingys.  You can either drop your lonely, neglected weights off at a Saturday queerfit workout or at Charis Books & More.  If you choose the latter, you can also:

(1) Buy a book. An antidote to Mother’s Day treacle, Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?  dives headfirst into the mother-daughter oil wrestling pit – anxious lesbian cartoonist vs. artistically frustrated, emotionally frigid mother – and lets us watch.  Twenty-five years ago, Bechdel drew inside jokes into every frame of her Dykes to Watch Out For strip. The 51-year old Bechdel now draws psychoanalytic theory, Virginia Woolf, family history, states of mind, and the damned improbability of human relationships into her comic drama. It’s a wowzer, worth putting down the extra cash for the hardback book book.    Read more…

Dumbbell/barbell drive

Your dumbbells want to come out and play.

A couple of years ago, you bought a pair of dumbbells, to help you get in shape.  For a few weeks, you hoisted them.  Some curls, some shoulder presses. Then one day you needed a doorstop, and there they were, conveniently heavy and inert.  So there they sat.  And sat.  Until, slightly embarrassed, you put them in the closet.  Where they have remained ever since. Every once in a while you catch a glimpse while digging around for socks. Hmmm, you think, I really should try that again…oh look, my green argyles.

Well you know what? Those dumbbells are pissed about being stuck in the closet.  They want to come out. They want to be hoisted again. They want to be wanted.     Read more…

Asking for help

Why are most queerfit workouts done in teams?  So you’ll work harder. Put together a 2-6 person team, give them something to try and beat, and everyone of the team will almost always increase their intensity level.  It doesn’t matter whether the competition is “us against them” or “us against the clock” – what drives people to put in a little extra ooomph is being part of “us.”

Yet, exercise tends to be a solitary pursuit.  The loneliness of the long distance runner and all that.  Even in group exercise – zumba, cardio kickboxing, krankcycle, mini-trampolining – the set-up is every person facing front and individually mimicking what the instructor is doing.  It’s the myth of rugged individualism dressed up in leotards.

Problem is, relying on personal drive to improve our performance is contrary to human nature. Read more…

The Chicano Movement’s Cinco de Mayo

Tomorrow we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of  Puebla, where Mexican forces, largely indigenous, outnumbered 2-to-1 and outgunned 10-to-1, defeated an invading French army.  Oh, you say, Cinco de Mayo, that fake holiday where you wait two hours to drink Corona and eat lukewarm enchiladas at El Azteca. Isn’t a Mexican holiday that’s  celebrated in the U.S. but not in Mexico inherently suspect?  Yes, but wait.  David kicking an empire-building Goliath’s butt is reason enough for celebration, but there’s more to the story.  The French, see, were not just trying to conquer Mexico; they were supporting the plantation owners of that other war happening 150 years ago, the U.S. Civil War. Read more…

May Day

Most excellent queerfitters,

Welcome especially to the newbies – Tuesday mornings at 8:30 we are in East Point, at the playground immediately north of the police station.  Today, in celebration of International Workers’ Day and  the 2006 general strike of undocumented workers, queerfit had a factory-line style workout of throwing a medicine ball from person to person, with squats and push-ups in between.  Working as a collective, there was no factory boss yelling at us to speed up the line.

There’s still time for you to make it to the 11:00 May Day Rally at the Washington Street side of the Capitol, led by the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, calling for an end to deportations, racism, and mass incarceration. All that before lunch – hurry on out! Read more…