1,000 lbs.....it's a big number....half a ton....1/4 the weight of my car.....more than 5x what I weigh.
Can I lift it?
Now why, you may ask, would I even contemplate such a question? What's the point, what's the use? (Or maybe you're really wondering why I stained my Spark reputation by putting a picture of Justine Bieber in this blog)
Hmmmm....I really don't know the answer to either question....but it's a pretty cool goal.
Here's the deal, the gym at work is pretty freaking great! Tons of great equipment, it's clean, it's well laid out (lockers are a little small, but I'm really looking hard to find something bad here)
And there's a wall.....a wall I walk by every single day.....a wall full of pictures....pictures of guys that have lifted 1000 lbs.
I want my picture to be on that wall!!
Every single one of those dudes (There's a separate wall for women who have done 500lbs) is 30 & under.....maybe one guy is in his 40s.
Me.....I'm 53.....and I'll be 54 this Dec
So how cool would it be to be the oldest guy on that board....how cool would it be if they made a separate board for 50 and over and I was the ONLY guy on it!
Sure it's vanity, but I would remind you that vanity in the defense of a healthy goal is no vice!
If I had to go all out today, I could probably do;
335 lb deadlift
235 lb bench press
295 lb squat
That's 865lbs....about 135 lbs shy of what I'd need....more like 150 lbs to get in a safe buffer.
So, what do I do?
Well, I'm giving myself a year to get there....I'm in no rush, I'm a firm believer in slow, steady, disciplined progress. The really cool thing would be to do this and not gain much weight. I'll need to get stronger (what a great SP name huh!), and so will have to add muscle, but man if I can do that and lose fat, I'll be one happy camper.
In the end, goals drive me. When I quit smoking in 2007, it wasn't enough just to be able to run around the track....I had to run a marathon. So 9 months after quitting smoking and 20 years of being a couch potato, I ran my first marathon.
After some major surgery, my running days were over so I switched to cycling and strength training with a trainer.
Now that I'm working out on my own, I need another big goal....and lifting 1000 lbs seems like just the thing!
More to follow....have a great night Spark friends!