An ode to the iron

ironAgitation, frustration and too much coffee
My mind is racing and thinking about all the shit I gotta do
My body is “off”
My eyes have seen too many screens
My brain has one too many batteries plugged into it
My blood is starting to simmer
I fight it, but part of me is searching for situations to find disagreeable, things to be upset about and people to be pissed off at
I need to be in a better place
Right now, I’m a fucking problem
I’ve got demons to exorcise
Fortunately there is one thing I can always rely on
It’s time to make peace with the day
I get in my truck and crank stress music fueled by angry musicians to match my mood
And I drive to church
Not a church of bibles and preachers
But one of iron
A place where I can lift, breathe and sweat
A place to get the devil out
I push, pull and squat
I try to kill the iron
It’s been a great friend over the years
A hard won ally
But right now I’m out to destroy it
I unleash a lifetime of suffering onto it
The pain, loss and loneliness
All taken out on the iron
A channel to release that part of me I’m not proud of
That dark place filled with ugliness
I exhaust it with the iron
All of it
I take it to the limits and give it everything I’ve got
And then I give it some more
And some more
Until I have beaten it into submission
Until all the troubles of the world have completely faded away
The angst of the day is gone
My sins have been washed away in sweat
Shirt drenched, I walk back to my truck
I have transcended all that is wrong
I can now take on the world
A world much brighter than it was just one short hour ago
Knowing that today
Is gonna be a great fucking day

Talk soon,

Big Chris

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  1. Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

    this post was inspired by Frankie Faires putting “Are you exercising or exorcising your demons?” on his FB wall

  2. I freakin love this…amazing. That right there is why most of us go to battle with the iron.

  3. Thanks for sharing your darkness and your light Chris, I can relate. Cheers!

  4. Love this! Read it right before tearing it up in the gym.

  5. Michael Gallaher says:

    Great stuff, Chris! Have a wonderful day!

  6. Chris, thanks for the inspiration. I was thinking about not working out today and feeling a little stiff and stressed physically. Now, I’m off to the gym.

    Have a great day today!


  7. Yeah, that reborn feeling I can definitely identify with. When all the stress of life builds up there’s really no substitute for hitting a hard workout and leaving everything you’ve got on the floor so to speak.

    You’re physically drained, mentally relaxed, connected to some strange spiritual universe of the ‘Iron Gods’ yet there’s this sense of peace, fulfillment and accomplishment that few others can understand.


    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      yeah Kevin, I couldn’t agree more my friend

      just go back from legs and cardio right now – feel amazing

  8. Damn that’s awesome, thank you for sharing this

  9. Amen.

  10. Awesome dude, I’m printing this and putting it on my fridge.

  11. I spent 4 hours on the mats today training. I know exactly what you mean.
    I don’t lift heavy, but I sure do throw down.

    I ran up an 8 foot wall the other day. Just to show that you can overcome obstalces, even if you’re at a dead end.

    I’m learning to defy gravity in a new way. It used to be that there was no way I could lift that.

    Now, I like to learn to fly with momentum. Kettlebells swinging in the air. Jumping up, off, and over obstacles. Making my 140 frame feel like a ton of bricks on the mat. Dancing and bboying like I am light as a feather.

    Can you relate? Well, if you train and you love it. Aren’t we all the same??

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      totally Daniel

      sounds like you’d be good at that parkour stuff

      yeah, any kind of hard training does the trick

      being over 300lbs, I stick with what I know best, lifting heavy shit

      but it definitely is all the same

  12. Love this Chris!

  13. Jim Lamp says:

    Chris this hits home. Thank you so much for your inspiration.

  14. Michelle says:

    I wish I had learned this years ago…but likely I wouldn’t have paid attention. At 41 I found what iron can do for a soul, for a spirit, for clearing my head of the crap that builds. Still a lot to learn at it…can’t wait.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      right on Michelle

      there’s sooooo much shit I didn’t learn until I was 41

      41 and 42 were actually a HUGE year for me in terms of gaining insight and applying good things to my life

  15. Exercising does many things for me. The two I can think of are the removal of stress and the removal of guilt. Stress dwindles every mile I walk or run,every kettlebell I swing, every punching bag I destroy with my fist. Also I can also go about the rest of my day without the guilt of having a useless day.

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