A few days ago, I nonchalantly picked up my 16kg kettlebell and did a few kettlebell snatches. It’s been a few months since I last did a full proper workout so perhaps I was a bit dull in my movements. I still had it in me though, and I could felt the familiar strain on my body, it’s just that my form could be better I guess.
Perhaps it’s because I’ve already gotten used to the weight since I don’t treat it with as much caution as I did when I first bought it. So what happened earlier was that, when I was casually passing the weight from one hand to another, my hand accidentally slipped and dropped the kettlebell. Luckily, my other hand managed to catch it in the nick of time, before it fell too far away, which is good.
Had I not caught it in the nick of time, that 16kg kettlebell would’ve fallen right on my left foot, and you don’t want a 16kg weight to hit squarely on your left foot, or your toes, or any foot for that matter. Imagine the world of pain you’re gonna feel from the impact, all the fractured bones, and whatnot.
At that moment, I felt very relieved. Grateful, for being able to catch the weight in time. And it was at that moment, I imagined the universe splitting into two and a parallel universe was born. One where I wasn’t so lucky and didn’t catch the weight in time. One where it landed squarely on my left foot and has the potential to change my life forever.
I love my left foot and I wouldn’t want to see it harmed in any way. I’m sure you do too. And so, I paused for a while, put the kettlebell down and had a short timeout. Weight training is dangerous. Respect the weights and treat them with caution and you will be glad you did lest you accidentally hurt yourself badly.
It’s easy to forget that when you’ve trained with it a thousand times or when you’re used to handling the weights regularly. It’s easy to forget because accidents rarely happen. But all it takes is one accidental slip, one momentary lapse of concentration, and things could take a turn for the worse.