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Old 09-03-2010, 05:33 AM   #1
Justin Z. Smith
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"If I had my way", by Tommy Kono

I found this and thought it interesting to share with the CrossFit community:

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IF I HAD MY WAY

by Tommy Kono


If I had my way, the weightlifting area would be treated like a "dojo" as the martial arts students would use their area and equipment for training.

The entire area would be treated with respect from the bar to the barbell plates, from the chalk box to the platform.

The barbell bars would never have the soles of a lifter's shoe get on it to move or spin it, no more than you would place your shoes on the table top. The bumper plates would never be tossed or stepped on.

The barbell will always be loaded with double bumper plates on each side whenever possible to preserve the bar and the platform. The purpose is to distribute the load over two bumper plates instead of one with an assortment of small iron plates.

The barbell lifted would never be "thrown" down or dropped from overhead except for safety reasons. The hands will guide the bar down in a controlled manner as it is in a contest.

Anger from a failed lift will be controlled so no four-lettered words would be used.

Instead the energy for the anger will be directed for a positive result.

A good Olympic bar will never be used on a squat rack for squatting purpose. There is no need to use the good bar on the squat rack where it could ruin the knurling or cause the bar to be under undue stress, damaging the integrity of the quality of the bar that makes it straight and springy.

When a lifter finishes using the area for training, it would be left neat and clean with the barbell bars and plates properly stored.

Imagine how it would be if you did not have the gym to work out in and had to go to one of the spas, health clubs or fitness gym to practice Olympic lifting.

Imagine if you did not have a "good" Olympic bar and bumper plates for training.

Imagine if all the equipment was your very own and you had to replace it if you or someone damaged it by abuse - the money coming out of your own pocket.

Treat the Olympic barbell bars, bumper plates, platforms and any items used for training or competition with respect.

Development of a strong character begins with respect even for innate objects.

Character Building begins with Respect and Responsibility.
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http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/kono_article.html (safe for school, work, etc.)

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Old 09-03-2010, 06:59 AM   #2
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Re: "If I had my way", by Tommy Kono

I agree with most of that, but I'm still going to spin the bar with my foot. I've met guys who thought they were in a shrine and get offended if you so much as step over the bar. I'll go with... Treat it like it's your own, like you had to pay for it out of your own pocket. That applies to most things in life.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:01 AM   #3
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Re: "If I had my way", by Tommy Kono

My only pet peeve is folks who don't put their stuff away when they're done. They probably still have their mothers come over and clean their apartments.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:30 AM   #4
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Re: "If I had my way", by Tommy Kono

Excellent.

But then pretty much everything from Kono is.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:56 AM   #5
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Re: "If I had my way", by Tommy Kono

"Development of a strong character begins with respect even for innate objects."

"Character Building begins with Respect and Responsibility."

People could learn a lot from this.
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:15 AM   #6
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Re: "If I had my way", by Tommy Kono

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"Development of a strong character begins with respect even for innate objects."

"Character Building begins with Respect and Responsibility."

People could learn a lot from this.
Very Shinto in philosophy. The weights and bars have a "Kami" or "spiritual essence" that will be offended and thus work against you when you need them to cooperate.

So that's my problem! I keep making the gym gods mad! lol.
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:29 PM   #7
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Re: "If I had my way", by Tommy Kono

amen to that.
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:48 PM   #8
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Re: "If I had my way", by Tommy Kono

I wish he'd said something against curling in the squat rack.
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Old 09-05-2010, 03:23 PM   #9
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Re: "If I had my way", by Tommy Kono

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Very Shinto in philosophy. The weights and bars have a "Kami" or "spiritual essence" that will be offended and thus work against you when you need them to cooperate.

So that's my problem! I keep making the gym gods mad! lol.
That explains my super-elusive bodyweight snatch
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:26 PM   #10
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Re: "If I had my way", by Tommy Kono

Little too strict for me...no bar on the squat rack, well that's sure nice if you can afford two bars but if these things are meant to be bomb-proof you don't exactly need to treat them with kid gloves.

I subscribe more to the old school lifting gym philosophy. Work hard with solid equipment and don't be scared to make a little noise or put some chalk on your hands or drip sweat on the floor.

Now the part about cleaning up after yourself and respecting the space and the equipment that all is great; more people should do that.

Also, not to be a nitpicker, this sentence doesn't make sense: "Development of a strong character begins with respect even for innate objects."

Inanimate objects is what he was going for I think...
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