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THE NEXT WARI discovered this overshooting mechanism in the human body thanks to some interesting course of events. In the aftermath of the banking crisis, I received all manner of threats and the Wall Street Journal got wind of it as an article suggested that I “stock-up on bodyguards”. These threats were coming from disgruntled bankers, hence barking wussies and amateurs, so I didn’t take the warnings too seriously: people get whacked first, then you read about it in the newspapers, not in the reverse sequence. But looking into the bodyguard situation I found it easier and considerably more economical to become one, or, better, to look like one. Rather than get lessons, I watched and tried to imitate the workout of a trainer who moonlighted as security person and looked the part. The exercise got me into a naturalistic form of weightlifting, and one that is in accordance with the evidence-based literature. This consisted in short episodes in the gym in which I focused solely on my past maximum lift, the heaviest weight I could haul, sort of the high watermark; the workout consisted in trying to exceed it once or twice, rather than spending time on time-consuming repetitions. The rest of the time was spent resting and, splurging on mafia-sized steaks. I have been trying to push my limit for four years now; it is amazing to watch how something in my biology anticipates a higher level than the past maximum —until it reaches its ceiling. When I deadlift i.e., mimic lifting a stone to waist level using a bar with three hundred and twenty pounds, then rest, I can safely expect that I will build a certain amount of additional strength as my body predicts that the next time I may need to lift three hundred and twenty-five pounds.

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