I was standing around in Hy-Vee the other day, waiting on my prescription to be filled. So, as I usually do when I’m alone in that store, I journeyed over to the magazine rack. I skip the bodybuilding magazines. Used to look at those about a decade ago. Several years ago I felt like I was maturing when I started to be more interested in the Men’s Health-type magazine vs. the bodybuilding or powerlifting magazines.
A concealed carry magazine caught my eye. And I spent a few minutes daydreaming over several of the handguns.
But the past year I’ve been interested in the running magazines. Trail running. Road racing. It doesn’t matter what it is. I enjoy leafing through them. And I occasionally even buy one.
What stops me from buying one every month?
The so-called “beginning runner” programs. They are often horrible. And not at all suited for a beginner to running. Or more specifically, they are not well suited to a heavyset out-of-shape beginner who is starting to add running into their fitness regimen.
A typical “workout” for a beginner in one of the running magazines I browsed said to “warm up with a 2 mile jog.” Really?
I have an idea. I’ll write a “beginner’s grip training program for runners.” Ready? Okay, first off, close the IronMind #2 gripper 10 reps with your left hand. Rest about 20 seconds. Now close it 10 reps with your right hand. Don’t use a set. A set means using the other (non-gripping) hand to pull or push the handles closer together to get a more advantageous (leverage-wise) position in the hand.
But wait. You’re not able to do the beginner’s grip training workout? Oh, that’s a problem. Scaling workouts to the user is a pretty standard practice in the strength world. It is in the running world, too. But I really don’t get some of these magazines giving out beginner’s warm up advice that is not appropriate at all. Even if it said “walk 2 miles” – that would make a lot more sense. These programs with unattainable warm ups for beginners are hurtful to the beginners who either give it a shot and fail, or don’t even try because they know they’ll fail.