It’s strange the things you remember. I’ve been having thoughts of my sixth grade health teacher, Cindy Okerlund, lately. Health class in general is a very awkward experience for teenagers. In fifth grade they at least split you up into separate classrooms before they tell you that the rest of your life is going to sucks in a variety of ways. Every gory detail is covered….with pictures. But then you get into middle school and they make you go through it all with boys in the room!!! (with fewer gory details of course)
I remember one day in particular that the health teacher just went too far. She started talking about boobs!!!! In front of boys!!!! And worse, she was talking about our boobs getting saggy. As sixth graders (11 or 12 years old), most of my classmates didn’t even have much for boobs. And those of us that did were certainly not at all worried about them getting saggy. How mortifying! I thought she was crazy, but it turns out….I was wrong.
The point she was trying to make was that chest exercises, like push ups and pec flies, were really good for maintaining the perkiness of the girls later in life. So ladies, if this isn’t the look you’re going for….
Start working those pecs! I bench and do push ups, pull ups, and chest flies. All of which help build big, strong muscles. Of course, I started this mission on a quest for added strength, not added…..bouancy. But, as an added bonus, I am starting to notice a bit of perma-cleave. It’s great! The stronger I get, the less I find myself having to rely so heavily on the numerous straps and cinchers and buckles that we’ve all grown so accustom to. Now don’t get me wrong, I haven’t gone hippy or anything. I just feel like my body is more so working with the hoisting contraptions instead of against them.
Anything come back to you from sixth grade health class? It’s amazing how crazy you think “old” people are when you’re a kid.