Recently, Meisha Tate (a premier fighter in the UFC) carried an injured 6 year-old girl over two miles down a hiking trail when her parents could not achieve the task. While it is a great story that the fighter volunteered her service when she saw the need, it is also very telling regarding the parents’ lack of general physical preparedness.
At HPC, we have baseline levels with respect to what we believe EVERY human being, regardless of age, should be able to accomplish to enjoy a productive and uninhibited lifestyle. One of those baselines is a bodyweight deadlift (lifting a bar from the ground to hip height).
On one end of the spectrum, some of our patients laugh and say, “don’t you mean 2.5x body weight?” Such a lift would mark a competitive level of strength and, once achieved, a body weight lift is looked at as a very light warmup set.
However, there is probably a larger group on the other end of the spectrum that would laugh and ask, “on purpose?”
By no means do we want people to feel bad or ashamed of their current level of fitness. However, we do think it important to identify baseline needs and set a strategic plan to progress towards accomplishments. Checking such a goal off the list not only better prepares you for the scenario represented above, but it also ensures a stronger core, upper extremity, and lower extremity. This is something that translates to injury prevention and/or more efficient healing capability in the event of injury… ALL GOOD THINGS!
Don’t just love your children. Be able to provide, protect, and progress them with living examples of capability. Be the change the world needs to see. We can help.
Good Luck and Keep Moving.