I am sure many of you have seen this commercial and have maybe had a chuckle about it. Maybe it even got you to sign on at Planet Fitness because the commercial reassured you that there would be no monosyllabic muscleheads slamming weights around. While I do understand how some weight rooms can be intimidating (even to men), I am here to defend the poor guy in the commercial who seems to only know how to say “I lift things up and put them down.” Why am I defending him? Because you are much better off lifting things up and putting them down than doing the senseless machine that the guy in the background in the commercial is doing.
How’s this for lifting things up and putting them down?
Nia Shanks doesn’t look at all like the musclehead in the commercial, and yet at 120 lbs she is sumo deadlifting 275 lbs for 5 reps…and that looks a lot like lifting something up and putting it back down to me. In fact, deadlifts (in all their various forms) are one of the best exercises you can do for your hamstrings and glutes, which, quite frankly are something most people could work on. Here’s another video ~ this is my coach, Tony Gentilcore doing a conventional deadlift of 550 lbs for one rep (this video is a bit old…he’s getting close to 600 lbs).
And here he is doing a 600 lb trap bar deadlift (must have been video day as he is wearing the same clothing).
I have never deadlifted until I started training at Cressey Performance. I have now done trap bar deadlifts, sumo deadlifts and rack pulls (another exercise that utilizes those glutes and hammies ~ like a conventional deadlift, but not from the floor) and I have to say, I love them (don’t tell my coach ~ he seems to only let me do things he thinks I hate). I am back to doing trap bar deadlifts this month and yesterday for my fourth set I pulled 160 lbs plus two chains for 5 reps (I don’t really know how to count the chains, as the weight comes off the floor gradually…but trust me, it’s pretty badass). While I have made a lot of progress, I want to (always) do more…current goal is 200 lbs. Not sure how long it will take me to get there, but I like having goals.
So the next time you see the Planet Fitness commercial, maybe you shouldn’t smirk at the musclehead and instead think to yourself that maybe there’s more upstairs than appears. He’s certainly smarter than this poor woman. 🙂