I’ve seen some crazy lifting programs but this one might take the cake.
London Gym Uses Humans as Weights
(via Deadspin) Who wants to spend time lifting heavy pieces of cold metal when you can lift warm bodies instead? That’s the premise behind a new offering from Gymbox in London. The gym has several employees on staff available for you to lift while working out.
I hate it when I get to the gym and there’s ALWAYS a line to bench press the 65 Kg emo guy.
Since everyone is a different strength, Gymbox has a range of human weights that goes from a midget named Arti, who weighs 66 lbs., to “Super Human” Matt Bernard, who weighs well over 300 lbs.
As if this wasn’t ridiculous enough, the weights “wear black leotards with their weights printed across their chests and sit on adapted machines to let the weightlifter visualise what they are lifting.”
Not only that, they also shout encouragement, since everyone needs to be yelled at by a little person while working out.
Gymbox owner Richard Hilton said “Creating a mental image or intention of what you want to happen or feel is proven to improve physical and psychological performance.”
So if you want to lift midgets, then lifting midgets will improve your performance. That sounds pretty straightforward, but there’s a very fine line between midget lifting and midget tossing.
(found via Deadspin)