🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland – Heavy Athletics

Welcome to Scotland, home of the original weightlifters who wore kilts! Lifting logs, throwing stones, jumping, and other feats of strength are still practiced at Scottish Highland Games today, but this method of resistance training can be traced clear back to the fourth and fifth centuries when the Scotti migrated from Ireland into Dalriada (Argyll). Then the royal family of Malcolm Canmore made an official set of contests in 1040 in order to select strong soldiers.

New York was the first place in the USA to host Highland games in 1836. If you ever get the chance to attend an event near you, definitely go! Listen to the beautiful bagpiping, take in all the toe-tapping dancing, and watch the earliest form of a CrossFit-style workout: Instead of flipping tires, they’ll be flipping tree trunks. By the way, the Scots are also known for the “Kilted Mile” foot race. 

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿  About Scotland  🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Scotland boasts the greatest number of redheads in the world, and it’s also the site of the worlds’ first floating wind farm which is handy because beyond its mainland it includes 800 little islands! At the time of releasing this course, it’s population is 5.4 million souls. The Scottish people speak English, Gaelic, British sign language, and… Scots! Their currency is the pound sterling, and they are part of the United Kingdom. Now, did you know that Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn? 


Featured Workout: Weightlifting 101

We haven’t sorted how to film the flipping of logs – and honestly, I’m not up to that yet – so here is the first of our 3-part weightlifting series. Since most weightlifting exercises are traced back to the traditions of the Scottish Games, this routine seemed fitting. It will strengthen all the muscles you need to lift {small} logs should the need arise. If you’re craving more iron in your workout diet – or maybe you’re actually missing the gym – but you want to be sure you’re using tummysafe concepts, this fully body workout will teach you how to approach weights with strong strategies. When you’ve mastered it and increased your weights, please advance to Weightlifting 201 and 301.


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