A little under two years ago, my weight coach The Beserker added me to an app for training. It is called TrainHeroic. It is much more convenient for him because it allows him to just enter the program for the week (mine is three days a week: one day upper body, one day lower body, and one day core). The exercises are all pre-entered and often there are helpful videos for exercises. It is certainly a step up from recording everything in my notebook, which I had been doing for the preceding 4 years.
It also, of course, tracks your workouts and gives you all kinds of data which, if you are the kind of person that is into such thing, can be useful.
So imagine my surprise when randomly in my e-mail box yesterday appears the following notification: "You've logged two million pounds".
I immediately had two thoughts. The first was "That cannot be right, can it?" The second thought was "That is the silliest statistic ever".
So I checked the app. Given the period of time using the app, about 20.25 months, I have something like 172 workouts. On average (cue calculator), that is 11,628 lbs per workout. Well, okay, that math seems to work.
Honestly, I do not know what to do with that number. 2,000,000 is a lot of anything. And in a way - especially with weights - it is incredibly ephemeral: one trains and then one leaves the training floor. There is nothing that tags along with you (other than, hopefully, some sort of muscle gain or fat loss). No physical item you can point to.
Really, nothing except you.
I chuckled a little bit as I read it. I do not think I have ever done 1,000,000 of anything, let alone 2,000,00 - not even different cuts for Iai, although I bet I am close. It is the sort of statistic that makes one cock one's head in curiousity, think a moment, go "Well maybe that is true", and shrug. After all, it is just a mark. And, at least for myself, I am nowhere near done training.
On to 3,000,000!