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So what is gravity+ and what does it look like?

Let's forget about the romantically defined “honest sticky movement” for a second. (And not just because many jokes could be had at gravity+'s expense with that as a definition.)

Unfortunately, there are no Capsule Corp. training rooms that apply gravity+ equally across your entire body. We look towards different kinds of equipment.

There's a lot of equipment out there. Bodyweight stuff, bands, kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells, machines, bags of sand, etc…

But let's step back and take a deeper look at gravity+ first.

Consider “load.”

Load = Gravity + Weight

Look at the hand. The hand allows the fingers to overcome gravity. So the load is (gravity) + (weight of the fingers).

Now look at the forearm. The forearm allows the hand to overcome gravity. So the load is (gravity) + (weight of the fingers) + (weight of the hand).

Now look at the upper-arm. The upper-arm allows the forearm and the hand to overcome gravity. So the load is (gravity) + (weight of the fingers) + (weight of the hand) + (weight of the forearm).

Now look at the chest and back. The chest and back allow the upper-arm, forearm, and the hand to overcome gravity. So the load is (gravity) + (weight of the fingers) + (weight of the hand) + (weight of the forearm) + (weight of the upper-arm).

And guess what?

The muscles of the forearm are bigger than the muscles of the hand. The muscles of the upper-arm are bigger than the muscles of the forearm. The muscles of the chest and back are bigger than the muscles of the upper arm.

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Bigger loads necessitate bigger structures.

Nature ain't no dummy.

You can play the same game for the lower body, but the lower body is a little different than the upper body.

If I say, “Move your arm,” you'll probably flail it around like you're doing the hokey pokey. You can do the same with your leg.

These are open kinetic chain movements. Your moving limbs aren't anchored. They are free to move and wiggle around through spacetime.

Contrasting open kinetic chain movements are closed kinetic chain movements, which are when your moving limbs are anchored to a fixed object.

The side kick is an open kinetic chain movement. Your leg is free to move and wiggle through the air. The bodyweight squat is a closed kinetic chain movement. Your legs are anchored to the floor.

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Your lower body lives a more closed kinetic chain life (in comparison to your upper body) because it transports you around. Meaning your legs are always overcoming (gravity) + (weight of the upper body).

And guess what?

Your upper body weighs a lot.

Bigger loads necessitate bigger structures.

Your arms don't have to support and carry anything during every day life…but what if they did? What if your arms were your legs?

If only we could do a controlled scientific study to examine what would happen if…

Oh. Wait. Gymnasts. Duh. Gymnastics is essentially the sport of using your hands as if they were feet.

And what happens when you make your arms consistently overcome (gravity) + (upper body) + (lower body)…?

They grow.

Look at a gymnast's upper body development.

Coincidence?

I don't think so.

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