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11/19/2012 5:29:22 PM - Clint Darden
My Son's Skewed Perspective

If you have kept up with me on The Twitters then you will know that I've been on a training rampage lately.

Last week I trained 5 sessions in 6 days which I haven't done in 7 years. Sunday I pulled some big deadlifts and axle clean and presses.

This morning I was up bright and early after 5 hours of sleep and was right back at the gym for front squats, Atlas Stones, GHR, Dbell Floor Presses, and abs.

Went straight and got my son and we played at the park for a couple hours where I sat and ate about 12 bananas, 2 pears, 1 boxed juice, 2 liters of fluids, and a can of tuna and then we headed back to the Olympic Weight Lifting gym in our town.

Again today, I did front squats, OLY squats and back extensions and played with the idea of speed deads but we were pressed for time after helping out some of the younger lifters who are just starting their 2nd week in the gym.

I learned 3 big things today.

1) These kids have no clue how good that they have it! They have a coach that works with them and watches their every move, teaches them to be responsible and good human beings FIRST! They also have the best bars, plates, and chalk buckets in The World at their disposal!

2) Helping these young kids is a blessing. It isn't what they do on the platform that they actually learned from is all the lessons about life, kindness, and helping others that they learn. Those are the traits that we all sit back and like to say "society has changed, kids today have changed..." so I encourage you to volunteer to ANY local school, take a bench press, a squat rack, barbell and a couple of small plates and HELP THEM!

3) My 4 year old son has a very skewed version of what "normal" is. Pictured here is my son not being impressed at all with a 64 kg (141 lbs) lifter nailing a snatch of 110-114 (242 or 251 lbs). After this, the lifter went up to a solid and easy 160+/352+ front squat right in front of my son and he just sat and watched like it WAS NORMAL!

I feel blessed to have a son who can see me "open up and let it out" and not get afraid and "understand" what is going on. It does bring a little sweetness to my heart that my 4 year old considers what I do, what this lifter did today, as "NORMAL".

What Is Normal...,
Clint Darden

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