Strength is earned, feeble happens
April 27, 2019
I’ve returned to swinging heavy kettlebells, starting where a man my size and age should, 24kg.
Before that, I had mostly abandoned my Concept2 rowing machine and SkiErg as well as my Very Heavy 24kg, 32kg, and 40kg kettlebells from Kettlebells USA.
What happens when you only focus on your cardio, your fitness, your stamina, and your legs?
Your arms, chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps, grip strength, and core become feeble and your arms become puny and scrawny.
So, while my legs and some of my posterior chain are pretty strong from the indoor cycling and shuffle running, my physical stamina is well above actual upper-body musculature, nervous system, traps, abs, tris, and even glutes, lower back and especially hamstrings can bear.
So, while the commitment is surely worthwhile, it proves to me that one needs to pursue a number of things concurrently: portion control, intense cardio, sustained cardio, as well as full-body strength training.
To ignore any one part puts the rest at risk.
Heaven forbid I would ever want to develop the physique of a Tyrannosaurus rex with its powerful quads and calves and puny little arms.
Worse, I would never want to have the physique of a professional cyclist!