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It’s Waffle (Deadlift) Day!

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I know, I know. It seems like every day is a day to celebrate something: chocolate, coffee, cupcakes, siblings, cats, dogs…

Today though is Waffle Day and after my Friday morning training, I was offered a waffle. Cool and yummy.

Image of two waffles dusted with icing sugar and raspberries. Photo by Joyful on Unsplash

Even cooler though was the story my trainer told me. Turns out Eleiko, the world famous maker of weight lifting plates, originally made waffle irons and toasters. Back in the 50s, bars were snapping and cracking under the weights and lifters were frustrated.

So an employee of Eleiko, himself a weightlifter took on the task of harnessing the knowledge from waffle plates to barbells. He got the go-ahead to proceed from one Mrs. Johanssen, the managing director. Finally, in 1963, weights with Eleiko bars were hoisted in an official competition without any snapping, crackling or popping and in 1969, Eleiko was certified as an official maker of weight lifting equipment.

As a nod to the waffle origin, the knurling on the bar (the textured bit) is the same pattern as the Eleiko waffle iron.

The image shows a series of blue, yellow and green plates made by Eleiko. Photo by Victor Freitas on Unsplash

My waffles were tasty, my deadlifts were fast, and my day has been enriched with food, fitness, and fun facts! Thank you Waffle Day designators, thank you Eleiko, and thank you super trainer and friend Vicky!

MarthaFitAt55 lives in St. John’s and she has not met a waffle she did not like.

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