Did Mark Twain really say that? Probably not. Just like dozens of the other quotes attributed to him. But I believe if someone had given him an anvil – he would’ve come up with a much pithier quote than “Give a man an anvil and you have a friend for life.”
Macklemore’s bliss face in that video when he’s riding on the back of the impressive big chick’s scooter is fantastic. I tried to mimic that, but with an anvil.
Our good friends Chad (and Tandis, although I believe Chad is probably the only one who used the anvil) gave me an anvil the other day! Even put a bow on it. We were taking care of their cat while they were away on a family emergency recently. I “discovered” the anvil while trying to find plastic bags to scoop cat litter. About 20 pictures on my phone later I climbed the stairs out of the basement and told Carrie what I found.
I vaguely remember joking about “stealing” the anvil. So, a few days later when it was placed on my front porch and Chad sent me a text about “a little present on the front porch…” I was so excited that I rushed it into the house and started taking pictures of it like it was a newborn baby that I needed to show off to every relative and perfect strangers.
I may carry it around in the Rav4 and refer to it as my “EDC anvil” (every day carry) just to be really annoying. It could be a self-defense tool. A grip strength tool. A step to help me reach the top shelf cookware. Many, many uses.
Tiny Overlord and I went to “Firefighter Park” yesterday morning. She did a lot slide action, which cracked me up because of what the static electricity did to her hair.
Josephine was delighted when I told her the other day that it was time to learn how to bench press. We started out super light, of course. Just the homemade faux barbell I made her when she was a baby. Just to get the feel of the movement. She begged me to let her try the 45 pound Olympic bar. I politely declined her request, but told her she would slowly work up to benching the “heavy bar.” That really made her day. I would say she was “chuffed” about it.
Josephine told me she wanted to lift something “very heavy” the day after her birthday. I asked her how heavy she wanted to go. Her go-to answer the past few months has been kind of a gibberish number – (“15-17-800”) – so I just picked something a bit heavier than she has lifted in good form and that turned out to be a good guess.
She also surprised me by lifting the warmup weight by the ring instead of waiting for me to attach the triangle handle I use for highland games WFD training.
Her bodyweight was 31 pounds the day she did these lifts. I got the 34 pound deadlift on video, but my phone is being a shit and not letting me upload it to YouTube.
She loves lifting weights. I had to stop her from attempting a lot more weight. I put the bricks on either side of the weight plates to give her a longer range of motion to pull so that the weight would clear the sidewalk.
I am very proud of her and hope that by the time she turns 5 she will start deadlifting on a standard bar or even an Olympic bar for partial lifts.
She told me the other day that she wants to learn how to “bimp press.” Which I assume means bench press. And that makes me happy!
The 2017 USAWA Grip Championships took place on Saturday, February 11th, at Al Myers’s Dino Gym in Abilene, KS. It was a spectacular contest – like it has been every year Al has hosted it.
I went home with my lowest placing in a USAWA grip contest. But the day was not a total bust. I got to spend it with Carrie (my wife) and Josie (my daughter, AKA: Tiny Overlord)! Josie enjoyed herself in the gym and she was pretty entertaining during some of the attempts where she mimicked my verbal encouragement. Her sweet little voice shouting “Smoke it!” or “You can do it!” was pretty hilarious to everyone, as far as I could tell.
My minor injury from two weeks before the contest – badly torn middle finger skin and deep bruise of the area that was torn – turned out to have a major negative influence on every lift of the day. I had prepared myself beforehand for a dismal placing overall. But I had hoped that my skin had healed enough to haul up a 320 pound Middle Fingers Deadlift. I hauled it up…only to have it pop out of my fingers a half-second before the down command was given. It tore the same spot that was previously torn and didn’t stop bleeding until about 10 hours later.
Here are the events in order:
- Pinch Grip
- Deadlift – Fulton Dumbbell, One Arm
- Deadlift – Fingers, Middle
- Hack Lift – Fulton Bar