Moment of Awesomeness: 4/4/18

Posted: April 4, 2018 in CrossFit, Training
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Two “Moment of Awesomeness” posts in one week?! Woot!

(Thanks to my buddy, Birddog, for sending me this one!)

Let me start this post by saying that I am not against letting children play video games. But apparently a lot of kids, and adults (#Fortnite?!), spend a lot of time playing them. I’m talking 2-8 hours PER DAY of video games. I do have a problem with that.

Now, it’s not my place to judge what you do or what you let your kids do. But since this is my blog and I can talk about whatever I want, I’ll tell you the only reason why I care about this at all. Odds are if a human being is spending 20 or more hours in a week playing a video game they are likely not doing other things in that time. The first thing they’re likely avoiding is sleep, and since I don’t sleep nearly as much as I should, in the interest of not sounding like a huge hypocrite, I’m not even going to touch that one!

Another thing that is probably sacrificed at the expense of online domination is exercise. I’m a personal trainer, so if a client were to cancel on me three times in a row because they needed to “complete a few side missions” (more Fortnite talk), I’d be pretty unimpressed. As a kid, it can feel like you’re only cool if you do the same things as all of your friends. If they’re all playing video games, you’ll probably want to as well!

To address this, super dad Jeremy Fielding (who also happens to be an extremely talented and innovate dude), came up with an awesome invention for his kids. He attached a Concept2 Rowing Machine to a generator. The generator was then attached to their video game console. Do they get to play video games? Yep, but only if one of them is rowing to power the system! The capacity on the generator is so low, that if the rower stops for even sixty seconds, the game shuts off. How cool is that?!

The R&B group Blackstreet once said, “You gotta pay to play,” and Jeremy Fielding took those words as gospel! Your kids are getting a work out while they play video games? I’ll allow it. Good work, dad!

  1. Eric Marshall says:

    That is brilliant!

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