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Gym to Life

If you aren’t active in any sports how do you know whether your progress in the gym translates into what you do outside of it? Other than getting laid more, of course.

One of the best things about lifting weights is that I start to notice that various tasks seem a lot easier than they used to be. Hauling various things (rocks, tiles, bags of fertilizer, my bass), digging large holes etc.

I’m guessing chopping large pieces of wood is gonna be a lot easier, too, when I cut another tree down. I was always good at these kinds of things even when I was extremely skinny (guess I have a healthy back) but they’re becoming much less tiresome.

I just wonder how others see this.

[quote]DSmolken wrote:
If you aren’t active in any sports how do you know whether your progress in the gym translates into what you do outside of it? Other than getting laid more, of course.

One of the best things about lifting weights is that I start to notice that various tasks seem a lot easier than they used to be. Hauling various things (rocks, tiles, bags of fertilizer, my bass), digging large holes etc.

I’m guessing chopping large pieces of wood is gonna be a lot easier, too, when I cut another tree down. I was always good at these kinds of things even when I was extremely skinny (guess I have a healthy back) but they’re becoming much less tiresome.

I just wonder how others see this.[/quote]

I never think too much about this. If my numbers in the gym are increasing im happy.(My training diary is therefore my best indicator of progress). Obviously certian everyday tasks do become easier, but really, i could not care less about how many bags of shopping i can carry at once. Im far more interested in getting to a 500 dead!

I have noticed im much stronger when boxing, especially when it gets messy up close and on the inside.