Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Charting Extremes in Exercise

Bottom End of the Chart: Richie will try to find a parking spot on the same level as the gym. Reason? The up and down escalators are always broken, or so it seems.

Moving Up: "Protect and Serve" also means carrying a gun belt with a pistol (varying calibres) flashlight, handcuffs and more. Police officers report that in full rig, including boots and body armor, they gain from 15 to 22 lbs.

Still Higher: A fire fighter in full turnouts - boots, yellow pants and top with oxygen tank and mask carries 65 lbs. A fire fighter told me that he trained for this by running the Pacific Palisades stairs with a backpack full of sand. "Now," he said, "I'm used to it."

Highest (and degree of sanity involved is up to you): A friend of ours, "Raffish" has a black belt in Okinawan karate. Lately he's been training by wearing his karate uniform into the ocean until he and it are soaked, then standing in knee-deep water practicing his moves. He said it's doing wonders for his balance. And when the suit dries out, he submerges and does it all again.

Where are you on the Chart?


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