One of the things that is vital to us at Size Strong is that fitness should be something you deeply enjoy. While we will always be sharing things that we love to do and suggesting workouts to try, we do not believe that we know what’s best for you to do — because what’s best for you to do has to be something that you love (or at least really like) to do.
Obviously, I love yoga (and on some level I do believe that everyone should do yoga, because it’s sort of adaptable and malleable and about breathing and becoming more yourself — but more on that another day). The other thing that I love is Krav Maga.
For those who are not familiar with it, Krav Maga is a form of self-defense training developed by the Israeli military. It incorporates techniques from a variety of martial arts and focuses on real-life situations. Lina and I started going together in Chicago about a year and a half ago, and my first order of business upon moving to New York (before I even moved, actually) was to find a place to train. I took some time to think about what it really is that I love about Krav Maga, and I think these are things that you should get from whatever form of exercise it is that you choose to do.
It makes me feel capable. ‘
There’s something special about a workout that teaches you functional skills. I’ve done other things where I leave sweaty, I leave happy, I leave more peaceful (and they’re all great!)… but what I love about Krav is that I leave feeling like I’ve learned to do something. That’s powerful stuff.
It pushes me.
Krav is the hardest workout I’ve ever done. Punching, kicking, and grappling are exhausting, and part of the point of training is to teach you to fight when you’re tired. After all, you aren’t going to get attacked on the street in the perfect workout outfit after a light warm-up — you need to learn reaction and perseverance in the least desirable of circumstances. In every class, there’s always a moment (or five) where I feel like I might keel over… and I love it.
It makes me more aware.
When it comes down to it, fitness is a part of life. It shouldn’t be something that is totally separate compartment — the best fitness informs who we are and how we exist in our lives. Since starting Krav, I’m a more aware person and a more careful person. I don’t walk around with my hands in my pockets. I pay attention to my surroundings. At night, I choose the train cars with the most people and walk the most well-lit streets with open shops. Where yoga has given me more awareness of body, Krav has given me more awareness of the world. Both make me a stronger, better me.
Here’s to being happy, healthy, and (slightly) harder to kill!