awkward, imperfect & deceptively hard

You’ve heard people say, “In a perfect world_________________”

Then they fill in the blank.

Since the perfect world doesn’t exist in this life, why train like it does?

One of my favorite mentors, Zach even-Esh, often talks about training in less than perfect conditions.


Because that’s how life is lived each day.

You know, doing things when there’s not enough room, or when you can’t get a good grip, or you’re way off balance.

For instance, doing a deadlift with 200lb is not that hard for most people.

Compare that to picking up a 200lb sandbag.

Huge difference!

Look at doing a seated chest press on a machine compared to doing a standing chest press with two steel clubs.

Let’s say you are repping 100lb on the machine.

Now stand up and press two 20lb steel clubs to full extension parallel to the ground.

It’s less than half the weight but it feels twice as hard.

Even with two 10lb steel clubs it’s deceptively hard.

Just a few things to think about today,

Coach D

Published by ironcave1

I was the owner of the Cave, a strength-based, veteran-owned, unconventional coaching facility, which closed on May 31, 2022 after almost 12 years. My full focus is now on bringing our steelclub and mace training called Mace Fit out to the public. Follow us at and @2slingsteel.

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