The heavier the better?

Six months ago I accidentally bought myself two maces, weighing 7 kg (15 lbs) and 9 kg (20 lbs). At first it was difficult to train. When I was learning the amplitude movements even the smaller of the maces threatened to hurt my joints. Gradually I got used to it and now rotate the mace dozens of times. The other day I picked up a heavier one and was surprised. It turned out that the heavier one was even more comfortable to work with than the lighter one. How so?

The point is that the correct execution of exercises requires efforts only at certain areas of the trajectory. For the rest, the mace does everything by itself. In the beginning, I lift it over my head, like in the epic Highlander series. Falling behind my back, the mace makes a semicircle from shoulder to shoulder. At the end, I intensify its movement with my arms (or rather my whole body) and, voila, the mace is in front of me again. The beginner tries to control the mace and lead it by force. Because of this, he does not join, but fights it. With experience comes an understanding of why the Japanese swordsman Musashi wrote that “the sword must become an extension of the hand.

As children, we loved heavy swings for the fact that from a certain point we could relax and enjoy them while they moved themselves for a long time. So too, the weight of a heavier mace kind of helps me by accelerating faster and stretching my musculo-ligament apparatus better.

Building a business and exercising with mace have a lot in common. The hardest part of starting a business is getting it off the ground. Especially if the entrepreneur is a novice. But then, as it gets bigger, the business begins to sort of accelerate itself. And if at first the founder worked 24/7/365, then later should free up time for rest and reflection. If for some reason it doesn’t get easier, it’s worth asking yourself, “What am I doing wrong?”

Yours sincerely,

-Alexander

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As a business therapist, I help tech founders quickly solve dilemmas at the intersection of business and personality, and boost company value as a result.