Archive for February, 2013

Win! Win! Fail!

[Tuesday location change – in Candler Park again – details below]

The City of Atlanta came to its senses today and dropped its proposed ordinance to banish street-level sex workers; ICE suddenly and unexpectedly released hundreds of immigrants from detention; and it turns out IKEA’s delicious meatballs contained a wee bit o’ horse meat.

As Meatloaf said, two out of three ain’t bad.

ImageI had the great pleasure of talking about fitness at a Trans(forming) meeting this weekend, and got to spend some time with the awesome BT and most excellent AJ, meet new folks, and think through some of the science behind what we’re doing at queerfit. More on the geeky science stuffs in a later post, but wanted to give a shout of encouragement to any Trans(forming) folks on the fence about coming out and giving queerfit a try. J-Star is going to be coaching tomorrow in a workout that will involve hauling a whole bunch of really heavy sh*t around, up and down, and to and fro. And pushups, of course. And weighted squats.

Tuesday’s workout will be at Candler Park playground, same spot as last week. Turn into the park at ~1490 McLendon and go straight down to the bottom of the parking lot.

For your Tuesday inspiration, in honor of IKEA’s erstwhile meatballs, Ace Power’s Riding Horse Fitness. When you click on to watch, you must as always do squats. Do not stop when you start to laugh – just squeeze your stuff to keep from peeing and keep on squatting. Yee-haw!

queerfit cancelled today

It’s raining and we’re made of sugar.  But sugars, you’re still getting your workout on today. Here it is:

1 min. (or max) handstand (or headstand) hold against the wall
7 tuck jumps
12 pushups

7 rounds.

After round 2, do 15 air squats
After round 4, do 15 air squats
After round 6, do 15 air squats

After round 7, get your time and post to the comments that completed this, plus exhortations to others to get theirs in.

Then shake your arms out and do 16 pushups to get your 100 total for the day.

Remember that tomorrow is Long Run Sunday with J-Star, meeting at 10:30 in Charis.


Stronger than you think

[Tuesday location change at bottom]

Your inspiration for the week is this, which happened on Saturday: Monster-T pulling 225# after thinking 165# was too much…


This was after a workout that included throwing heavy sandbags around and a whole bunch of broad jump burpees.

And now we turn our attention to March 9 Spartan Race. The queerfit team is shaping up – check in with coaches J-Star or Shae about joining in the muddy fun. There are t-shirts involved! And yes, you will be able to get a t-shirt without doing the race. Details to come.

Tuesday evening’s workout is moved to the  Candler Park playground, so we can get in  some rising monkey bar work. Turn into the park on McLendon Ave. (GPS address ~1490 McLendon) and go straight down to the bottom of the parking lot. We’ll meet up in the the little roundabout there at 6:15 and scare the children off every piece of equipment that little park has to offer.

How do I love thee?

How do I love thee deadlift? Let me count the ways.
I love thee deadlift to the depth and breadth and height
My body entire can reach, when feeling out of sight
For picking a sh*t ton of weight off the ground.
I love thee deadlift to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, which often involves picking something heavy off the ground.
I love thee deadlift freely, as needing no piece of gym machinery;
I love thee deadlift purely, for the massive neuroendocrine response it illicits.
I love thee deadlift with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee deadlift with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee deadlift better after I go to Queerfit tomorrow morning at the usual time and place.

And then, on Sunday, J-Star takes us out for Long Run Sunday. Whether you’re training for a footrace and want to get your long runs in with a group, or you’re just wanting to shake out some cobwebs from the night before, meet up on Sunday at 10:30 in the Charis Bookstore parking lot and run like a muther.  The long version of this Sunday’s long run is 9 miles, but there are going to be folks taking the 2 mile and 6 mile options as well.

Rainy Tuesday – Under the Awning


That’s Ngowo putting the go and the whoa and then a little more go in Ngowo.

It’s going to rain tomorrow (Tuesday), so we’ll meet under the awning at the Inman Park MARTA station, street level next to where the buses pull in. You can park in the parking lot (entrance at 118 Hurt Street). We start as always at 6:15.

This Tuesday inspiration comes from the queer little world of crossfit, where people take the perfectly normal thing called exercise and queer it up by trying to make it a competitive sport. In a few weeks, something called “The Open” starts, whereupon 100,000 highly competitive, mostly white, wealthy-enough-to-pay-$250/month people who got cut from teams playing actual sports do a series of workouts that allow them to (1) take off their shirt, (2) see how they compare to the 100,000 other shmuckos doing the workout, and (3) cruise the shirtless ladies & fellas. How gay is that?! Yes, of course I’ll be participating.  And I’ll be cheering for Elizabeth Akinwale, because she’s a bad ass mama who can do this (turn off the sound – the commentary will make you gag, and not in a good way) (also, just fyi, that’s a 70 pound dumbbell she’s snatching with one arm).

For the workout under the MARTA station awning, we’ll be running stairs, doing partner medicine ball throws, and pumping out heavy overhead squats, all under the watchful eye of the MARTA bus drivers. 

Your Celebratory Dance

IMG_1588There was Beyonce and the power outage, and then there was some football. The most exciting play of the Superbowl being Jacoby Jones’ 108 yard kickoff return, you can guess what will be included in this Saturday’s queerfit workout. I’m giving you the heads up so you have some extra time to prepare for the most important part of any long return: the celebration. The dance. The oh yes I’m so amazing I can’t stand it shuffle.

Jillian has the right idea. Notice especially the knit arm warmers. Prepare, queerfitters. Practice your celebratory dance every day this week so you can properly express your delight at your own damned self!

And then you’ll show it off Saturday.

In the meantime, here’s what’s on tap for our Tuesday 6:15 – Read more…

Micro-moments of love

In Love 2.0, psychologist Barbara Fredrickson makes the argument that we should quit thinking of love as a private, self-contained emotion, and recognize it instead as something that happens between people. Duh, you might say, but we do tend to think of love and all other emotions as personal things, contained within the skin of our own being.

Fredrickson suggests that love – which she would like for us to understand as positivity resonance – is a back and forth thing that happens between people whenever there is “a momentary upwelling of three tightly interwoven events: first, a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; second, a synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and third, a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care.”

Let’s see…

1. A sharing of positive emotions between you and another. Like happiness at being outside on a gorgeous Saturday morning, delight in seeing friends, excitement to discover you can do one more push-up than the week before, and at the end of the workout, a deep satisfaction at having survived with all limbs intact.   Read more…