“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?” – Katy Perry, 2010.
Chances are if you’re a barbell that’s ever been lifted by Eirik Thingstad Lundstein, you do feel exactly like the plastic bag Miss Perry so eloquently spoke about in 2010 smash hit “Firework.”
For Lundstein is a Norwegian weightlifter/gymnast/magician, you see, and he makes things happen with barbells that those of us confined by the laws of gravity could only dream of.
And let’s be honest: lifting weights can be very, very boring at times. That’s why Lundstein insists on spicing up his routines with a good ol’ sprinkle of super gymnastics:
“I always like to challenge myself, but at the time I didn’t really have any good ideas. It seemed like a stupid idea. But I then thought: How can I make this possible without getting some serious injuries?
I would not recommend it for muscle gain, but it was really interesting playing around with weights, because they change your center of gravity and momentum.”
Check out exactly the weight heroics we speak of on the next page.
And they said white men can’t jump..
The three minutes and three seconds of gym-mania above show Lundstein performing deadlift backflips, kettle bell backflips, kettle bell frontflips into single-leg pistol squat, dual-lady barbell squats—and that’s all in the first half.
However, Lundstein also stresses the importance of safety when it comes to undertaking these kinds of practices, adding:
“I would not recommend this to anyone, unless they really know what they are doing,” he says. “There is a lot of body control, body strength and understanding of momentum needed to be able to do this and not get injured.”
Proper implementation is probably one of the most undervalued factors in the fitness industry and is probably the single biggest contributor to why CrossFit has developed such a poor reputation among some.
Do it properly, do it safely, and you may just end up not looking like a complete jackass.