By Crabby McSlacker
So yeah, wary Cranky Fitness readers may be wondering, which kind of “resistance” are we talking about here?
The kind that has you flexing your quads and glutes and lats and pecs? Or the kind that has you gathering in the streets and haranguing politicians and otherwise causing a ruckus?
Getting Physically Stronger:
I will “resist” the temptation to start from scratch with a long explanation about the many health benefits of strength training. You know already it’s good for your body, plus psychologically it makes you feel all badass and fierce and not-to-be-messed with. So you’re going to do some, right?
But there are so many websites and apps out there that it can seem too overwhelming and complicated to design a routine. Especially for those who don’t have an abundance of equipment at their disposal.
But I just came across a great link recently posted at The Hub by Tiffany Reiss (who has contributed some great blog posts here in the past), and it impressed me as being one of the most simple, straightforward, and speedy compilations of bodyweight resistance exercises I’ve seen before. So I thought I’d share it.
It doesn’t craft your routine for you–which it shouldn’t, because it doesn’t know if you can already lift a grand piano or can’t wrangle a gallon of milk into the refrigerator. But it gives you quite a few options at different levels. (It even theoretically comes with an app so you can haul it with you when you work out, a handy feature for those of us with too few brain cells willing to commit to retaining and retrieving information. But I couldn’t get the link to work myself, so you may just want to play the video itself on your phone).
Here’s the youtube link in case the embedded video below is hosed for any reason:
Also, if you’re looking for an even more comprehensive guide to resistance training, from beginner routines through hardcore bodybuilder stuff, I’d also recommend the encyclopedic ExRx. It’s one of the ugliest fitness sites in existence, but there’s a crapload of information in there.
But yeah, I seem to be compelled once again to address a different sort of resistance.
Dealing With The Current Appalling Political Situation
Four Forms of Resistance to Make You Feel Slightly Less Shitty About Trump’s Inauguration:
I’ve already lost a number of readers over this, and some I’ll really miss. But I don’t think this is just a “normal” political squabble. As hyperbolic as it may sound, I believe the fundamentals of our democratic system are under attack, and we are facing the rise of an administration as dangerous, ignorant and unprincipled as any we’ve ever seen in the U.S.
I’m posting this on Martin Luther King Jr Day. It’s good to remember that historically, ordinary people getting out of their houses and turning out for causes they believe in has made a difference. It is unlikely you will have to contend with fire hoses or attack dogs, but you may miss a Zumba class. I say, go for it. Protests get news coverage, and disrupt the narrative of a docile, complacent electorate willing to let incompetence and corruption slide. Plus, bonus: protests and criticism of any kind give the Great Orange One hives.
I’ll be marching in San Diego.
But what if you’re not a woman or have other issues you want to highlight? Not a problem! Huffington Post has a compilation of AntiTrump Protests, not exhaustive but there are quite a few. (Note, annoying video sound may play, mute your speaker first). And I’m sure a little industrious googling with your local info may dig up something closer to where you live.
Facebook petitions that circulate only among your liberal friends don’t help anything. What does?
There are tricks to getting heard and influencing elected representatives. To find thes out, download the Indivisible Guide.
I mean really, take a second and do it. It’s prepared by former congressional staffers who know what the hell they’re talking about. They have sneaky tips, some you might not think of. Then follow up and call or write or show up somewhere, particularly if you live somewhere Outside the Liberal Bubble.
Time magazine has a list of Anti-Trump charities (warning, sound), as does Slate. No doubt there are local organizations that will need your help too, and there are tons of various suggestions all over the web.
4. Try to be Extra Nice to The People Around You.
This doesn’t mean saying silent in order to be “polite” if someone says something clueless and offensive. But it’s definitely a time to be careful about how we express ourselves. I’m know I’ve been guilty of a little obnoxiousness myself and have resolved to walk myself back a little, even if I ain’t gonna shut up entirely.
Because even the most justified anger and fear aren’t a good excuse for rudeness. Conversely, try going out of your way to be kind and compassionate to others, even if it’s just being sweet to some lonely old semi-delusional dude in a grocery store line who would happily vote to deport you or invalidate your marriage or make sure you can’t have birth control. This “being nice” stuff is healing and restorative. (We’ll just kick have to kick his ass at the voting booth next time we get the chance).
How about you guys, are you planning any Resistance this week, of either the physical or political variety?