At the gym I train at (CrossFit Memphis, best gym in TN) we have a deadlift platform with a set up specifically for deadlifting against bands. In the past, I’d pulled with chain weight, with reverse bands, all different kinds of DLs. I’ve always loved the DL and it’s variations because of how pure a lift it is. My favorite was perhaps pulling from any kind of deficit.
Last week though, I finally decided to pull against bands. I had all these preconceived notions that it would control the bar and mess up my groove, or not feel natural, etc. However, by the time I was done, I was fully and completely, unapologetically, addicted to that exercise.
It’s been over a week since I’ve done it, and I can’t wait till I can do it again. I find myself thinking about dragging a pull up the thighs with all the band tension and weights forcing the weight down. I sit at work and imagine how it feels like I’m pulling against an immovable object that no matter how much I pull, will only move an inch at a time. If it wasn’t hell on my body, I’d do a set with my morning coffee.
I may never break this obsession, nor am I sure I want to. I’ve made it through the first of the 12 steps (admission) but I don’t see myself getting any further than that. Even if I break the compulsion, I wouldn’t make it long before I relapsed.
What’s your drug?