So does anyone else have stress dreams about kittens? Like there’s always one or two kittens first and I’m like “awww!!” but suddenly there’s actually 5 kittens, 10 kittens, like “where the hell did you come from?” And so on, till there’s probably like 100 kittens and I panic because I can’t keep track of them and they’re all just stumbling and pouncing and mewing and some are getting away and I’ve already probably lost like 12 and I don’t know what to do but more and more are getting away every second…
It (obviously) makes you stronger. Increasing functional strength and lean muscle mass improves your mobility, bone density, and effectiveness just in going about your daily life. It also decreases your risk of injury as you get older, since you have more muscle to control movements.
It gives you better posture. Because weightlifting requires good form and spinal stability, there’s a natural carryover to life outside of the gym. A regular strength training routine will improve your natural posture, which improves your body’s overall performance and decreases risk of injury.
You’ll live longer. Statistically, bodies naturally lose muscle as they age. This is a big contributor to injury, illness, loss of bone tissue/osteoporosis and, consequentially, a sedentary lifestyle. Working to improve and gain lean muscle mass will promote longevity and mobility. No broken hips for you!
It helps you burn excess body fat. Improving your muscle mass helps ensure that your body is burning fat and glycogen instead of muscle tissue during exercise. Cardio can be highly catabolic - meaning it breaks down proteins (muscle tissue) in the body. Lift weights to keep your body from breaking down muscle - you’ll probably want that stuff! Furthermore, the body continues to burn fat and glycogen as it repairs and builds new muscle tissue during the recovery period after a weights session.
Endorphins, baby! Heavy lifting creates a state of high exertion that raises the levels of feel-good chemicals in the brain. Similar to what’s referred to as a “runner’s high”, weight lifting will quickly trigger a flood of natural chemicals that target the pleasure center of the brain. Regular weight lifting can make you happier and better at coping with stress.
It helps you eat and sleep better. When you use your muscles hard, you create millions of micro-tears in the tissue. Your body then releases growth hormones to help repair the damage and build the muscles back up for next time. Hormones are a way for your body to involuntarily regulate itself, so the act of lifting can release hormones that naturally alter your hunger cues and sleep cycles. You may find yourself craving more nutritious foods, experiencing a more healthy and regulated appetite, and falling into deeper and more refreshing sleep cycles.
It makes you feel more positive about yourself. We all have those days where you look in the mirror in the morning and you don’t feel great about what you see. Lifting might not make you automatically love the heck out of your reflection, but a negative self image often loses power in the perspective of knowing how much weight you moved yesterday. When you feel proud of your body’s ability, it’s easier to be gentle with yourself in terms of appearance.
It improves your mental responsiveness. Weight lifting is as much about mental strength as it is about physical strength. Your body is controlled by your central nervous system (CNS), which is a pathway for neural commands. When you lift something heavy, the command from your brain to your body has to be as strong as your muscles. If you aren’t focused and alert in the weightroom, you aren’t going to be able to lift as much weight. Regular weight lifting trains the nervous system as well as the body. As a result, you may become more cognitively alert and responsive in your daily life. This effect can also help with recovery from depression, anxiety, and other mental/emotional things.
It’s rewarding as hell. There is very little gray area in weight lifting. Either you were able to pick up the thing, or you weren’t. If you weren’t able to pick up the thing, keep picking up smaller things until you are able to pick up the thing. It is possibly the most satisfying thing in the world of fitness to see the numbers on the bar get heavier and heavier. If you train, you will get stronger.
It makes you pretty f**king hot. Round butts. Firm arms. Defined shoulders. Strong, shapely legs. Solid core. JUST SAYING. ;)
So I don’t do too much at my job, so I decided to sit down on a gigography website to figure out the Coheed shows I’ve attended. If you’ve been to any of the same shows, let me know! I’d love to hear about your experience!
In chronological order:
April 7, 2006- Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Avenged Sevenfold & Head Automatica
May 30, 2009- Hunter, NY at Mountain Jam 2009 w/ Gov’t Mule
August 29, 2009- Buffalo, NY w/ The Dear Hunter
March 25, 2010- Clifton Park, NY w/ Earl Greyhound
May 26, 2010- Manhattan, NY w/ Circa Survive & Torche
June 11, 2011- Brooklyn, NY w/ Tigers Jaw
September 22, 2012- Albany, NY w/ Three
March 14, 2013- Boston, MA w/ BTBAM & Russian Circles
August 13, 2013- Saratoga Springs, NY w/ Alice in Chains & Circa Survive
I was at the Clifton Park show with Earl Greyhound! Weird little venue in the middle of an abandoned strip mall. It was insane because the venue oversold the show by 200+ tickets, plus the fire code capacity was based on how many people could fit into all the rooms combined but of course no one was in the side rooms because you couldn’t see the stage from there. So pretty much 1000 people in a room only capable of safely fitting 600 or so. The fog machine was broken and choking everyone, and the roof was leaking. All the hardcore kids came out to that one and that place was getting torn up like a punk show from ‘87.
tl;dr one of the best Coheed shows I’ve ever seen.
I actually quite appreciate when a person shows their true colors all over the internet because it saves so many others the trouble of finding out on a personal level.
I don’t care if you have the same favorite band as me. That doesn’t make you a good person. If you lack basic decency and are a complete failure at respecting your fellow human beings, get out of here. Don’t talk to me. You’re done. Goodbye.
I used to weigh more than 300 pounds. I smoked like a house on fire, I drank like a blues guitarist, I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, and I never, ever exercised.
As someone who has weighed 260 and now 140, I can relate to being on both sides of the spectrum. I am extremely proud of myself, for what I consider not only changing my lifestyle, but saving my life. When you think losing weight will solve all your problems, what you really need to understand is how life does change in some respect and it’s not what you thought. I urge everyone to read this short article.
"I’m the luckiest person I know, in large part because my personality and perspective were developed in the context of being a fat woman."
It’s only one question, and as a formerly plus size woman I know how I personally feel about it, but I’m trying to gauge how other women feel. Please click the above link and anonymously submit your answer, I would really appreciate it!
Signal boost! & I voted.
This is definitely an interesting poll question though, and I’d be curious to see a deeper discussion of this within the fat acceptance community.
Only takes a second to answer the poll by the way!
“Balls are actually notoriously weak, far as parts of the body go. I mean, I could catch a wiffle ball in the crotch and double over in misery. The testicles are very sensitive and about as strong as a couple of raw quail eggs rolling around in a set of fishnet stockings. You wanna be hardcore, dang, grow a vagina. Those things are built Ford tough, man. The vagina is like the Incredible Hulk of the human form. It does all the heavy lifting. You ever see a woman give birth to a child? You see that, you’re like, “That thing could lift a burning car if it had to.” If anything, the entire scope of masculine history has been an epic attempt at trying to convince the world that the vagina is tissue paper and our balls are titanium. It’s a huge and ugly ruse.”—Chuck Wendig (via housewifeswag)
Coheed and Cambria’s A Favor House Atlantic, Lullaby Version by Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star
“The new collection reworks a dozen of the band’s biggest hits and fan favorites into nursery-friendly jams for baby, which is oddly appropriate since Coheed frontman Claudio Sanchez and his wife are expecting a new release of their own this June.” - The Rock Father