In September of 2009 I made a major shift in my strength training. After training for a week in scenic Minot, North Dakota with performing strongman Adam T. Glass (Here’s Part I of an interview we did last year), I agreed to start experimenting with Gym Movement and biofeedback-based training.
One of the results of this has been increased body awareness. I’m constantly reminded of how asymmetrical I am. That’s to be expected. We’re not machines. I’m not talking about strength, though.
I’m talking about how clumsy I feel when I try to do anything with my left hand/side. Can’t write. Can barely manipulate a fork. Can’t brush my teeth without endangering my eyes. Kicking a ball with my left foot is a delightful comedy of errors, and throwing with my left hand leaves me looking about as masculine as Nancy Drew.
The end. Or is it?
Left and right
Every book I read about creativity mentions right- or left-brained thinkers learning to access the other hemisphere. I want to do that with my hands and feet.
So over the coming weeks, whenever possible and convenient, I’m going to be writing, eating, and doing whatever else I can think of with my left hand and on my left side. I have no idea what kind of changes I expect, if any.But the better I move, the better I feel. Possibly this will be a way to move even better.
But as James Thurber said, is it better to ask some questions than to have all the answers.
If you’re interested in playing along, please give it a try and we’ll compare notes as the experiment progresses. Unless you’re already ambidextrous, in which case I’d prefer that you just give me the secret so I don’t have to practice.
How to be ambidextrous? Let’s find out.
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