I’ve seen some crazy lifting programs but “Human Weightlifting Program” definitely takes the cake.
London Gym Introduces Human Weightlifting Program
(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. A lot of our members felt that lifting metal weights was boring and not especially motivating.”
“They said that they had no idea what they were lifting. Experts in sports psychology agree that visualisation is a significant factor in improving performance and human weights are as visual as it can get.”, Hilton added.
“Our human weights will, at the gym-goers request, shout encouragement like ‘Come on, lift me harder and faster’ and ‘You’re doing great. Look at those muscles building’.
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)