Tools To emPOWER You – Part II – The Human Swiss Army Knife

19 Jun

Think of Working Out Like A Swiss Army Knife

Screwdriver (the gizmo, not the drink)

The Figurative: A screwdriver is a tool for driving screws or bolts with the intent of stabilizing two or more items or an entire structure.

The Abstract: Think of the weights you use, whether dumbbells or your own body weight, as the screwdriver.  Every rep equates to a turn of the screwdriver, strengthening the muscle at use.  Squat one (tight), curl two (tighter), lift three (tightest)…catch my drift?


The Figurative:  A blade is a tool with an edge that is designed to cut, chop, or slice.

The Abstract:  Defining muscle cannot be accomplished by only strength training….but it sure helps.  Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue.  As we age, muscle mass decreases, thus weight training continues to be of importance throughout our lives.  A complete fitness plan is imperative by strengthening muscles, sustaining cardiovascular function, improving flexibility, and maintaining a healthy diet.


The Figurative:  A saw is a tool that uses a hard blade to cut through materials.

The Abstract:  Dissect your plan.  You have a goal in mind – lose XX pounds, run a mile under ten minutes, eat five fruits and vegetables per day.  But, how do you plan on achieving that objective?  Slice it down into smaller pieces in order to make it real.  What will you do today, tomorrow, and the next day reach your aspiration.  Baby steps equals success.


The Figurative:  Tweezers are tools used for picking up objects too small to be easily handled with the human hands.

The Abstract:  Once you’ve established your plan and have put it to use, examine and modify what is working and what is not.  Eliminate what is hampering your success, and augment that which is.


The Figurative:  Pliers are a hand tool used to hold objects firmly, for bending, or physical compression.

The Abstract:  Stretching is important for avoiding injuries.  After every workout you should spend at least five minutes stretching while the muscles are warm.  It also provides better mobility, improved posture, decreased muscle strain, and athletic performance.

Welcoming all “abstracted” tool stories here!  Corkscrews, sanders, blow torches, and more!


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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Health and Science


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