This weekend I became an Agatsu Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor. I had the privilege of spending the weekend training with Shawn Mozen, owner of Agatsu, and the person primarily responsible for bringing Kettlebell training to Canada. On the front of Shawn’s t-shirt was one of his slogans: Master of Movement. Shawn is indeed a master of movement. I could spend the next 2 hours blowing your minds about all the things he can do with his body but that’s not the point of this wee blog. You can google him if you want to learn more about him.
Besides being inspired by Shawn’s abilities, I spent the weekend training very hard with a group of other professional trainers – for the most part a group reasonably dedicated to their health and well-being. I did almost nothing besides train with this group over a 48 hour period. When I found myself at the ferry terminal for a two-hour wait to go home I was shocked at all the schleps in the ferry terminal eating crap and drinking pop and was powerfully struck by how dreadfully out of shape the vast majority of people really are. I had a sudden thought that all of these people were disabled. After spending 48 hours in a room full of trainers, it was like coming off the airplane from a month in Mexico and being startled by how pasty white everyone is.
Our bodies are designed for movement. We don’t all need to master it – we can’t all train 3 hours/day, nor would most people want to, but I saw the same kind of disparity between the rich and the poor and the fit and the unfit last night and we definitely need to build up the middle class.
A healthy mind needs a healthy body. I’m not talking perfection or extreme athleticism. I’m not talking beauty or big biceps. I’m talking about having reasonable strength, reasonable endurance, reasonably low-fat body composition, good flexibility, and good joint mobility. I’m talking about having a basic fitness level and following basic good nutrition. Most people – and I do mean most – really need to ramp it up or they are going to have slew of health problems while depriving themselves the joy of living in an able body.
Sobering thoughts on a Monday morning.