My workout partner, George, and I have our routine. He works out while I change weights then I work out while he changes weights. I’m NOT a morning person but this does really make my day better, so I get my grumpy self to the gym at 6:30 every morning after a great cup of coffee.
He is not JUST one of those morning people, he is also sassy and hazes me. This irritates me so that I pile on heavier weight to work out my frustrations. I’ve learned that if I talk about his boss during his workout, it pisses him off too. This has been working brilliantly for 10 years. Can you smell the testosterone? It is our daily man-therapy. We leave smiling, sweaty and ready for our day.
One day last week, we were doing seated overhead triceps extensions. On my heavy set I usually lift 80lbs 6 times. This time, I asked for the 95lbs dumbbell. George snarled and raised his eyebrows as he taunted me, “Do you think you can do this?” Wrong day to poke the bear. I smiled and said, “Hand me the 100 instead.” Pop would say, “He may have frost on the roof but there’s fire in the furnace.”
I knew something that George didn’t.
That morning, I awoke early enough to work on the Godfather of Organized Pain. I knew that if I freed up the restrictions in my cranium and upper cervicals, the shoulder joints would normalize, the trigger points would drop out and I’d have more strength and less pain. I’ve paid attention to it over the years. I often fail to get that extra rep or that extra weight because of weakness and pain created by trigger points.
George lugged the 100 over from the rack and lifted it up behind me so I could do my set. At 6 reps, he started to reach for the weight. I said, “I think I can get a few more.” At 8, I said, “Just 2 more.” At 10 reps, I lowered it behind my head and let him take it. George rolled his eyes and in his sassy southern drawl said, “Well, I can see you’re gonna butch it up today.” I smile as he lugged the 100 back to the rack. Cranial is the juice.
George has been a client for more than a dozen years. He and his friends come to me before they run the Peachtree Road Race or a marathon. It opens up their stride, turns on the juice and improves their times. I love my job.
Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, GA where he sees adults and children. He also teaches and writes about Integrative Bodywork.