How Do You Think Your Workouts – Trash or Treasure?

Hi, everyone. Today we will talk about Trash and Treasure. Are you exciting?

My wife is a real bargain shopper. Sometimes she takes me to all these yard sales on Saturdays to look at other people’s garbage.

She thinks it’s great… I hate it.

But sometimes I can realize something important about my workout from the strangest places.

Yes, I learned something from a yard sale. Hear me out though, I’m going somewhere with this. And no, I’m not going to tell you how I learned to do squats right by picking up a TV or something stupid like that.

I realized that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I bought an old office chair with a decent sized hole in the seam of it. I took it home, stapled it up and then put just a few inches of electrical tape over the seam.

It looks great and my back feels much better than it did with my old chair. I couldn’t be happier… It’s funny though, because it reminds me of something an old roommate of mine was doing in the gym that made his own back feel much better. It was a method I would have never used, but it worked for him.

Cutting Through the Trash

To me it seemed really silly… He was doing deadlifts holding onto a trap bar with parallel grips rather than doing the usual deadlift. Basically, instead of lifting a regular bar off the floor, he was using a special bar designed for shoulder shrugs to do his deadlift. That exercise seemed like nothing more than a piece of trash to me.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but the exercise he was doing actually had some great reasoning behind it. Since he was so tall, the typical deadlift bar was lower to the ground for him than it was for me.

He started using the trap bar because the handles came up several inches on either side, and he was able to raise his shoulders higher and straighten out a bit more to get a better angle. The regular deadlift would put his back parallel to the floor.

I tried to persuade him to stick to the regular version of the exercise that was working well for me, but he just kept doing what worked for him. As he added weight to the bar week after week, I started to see the light of what he was doing.