Archive for April, 2016

There are very few books I recommend any more.
This one is well worth reading!

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The general public is often scammed by the “latest and greatest fitness break through”.

Why is that so common?

Simple–

  • people are lazy
  • people refuse to do solid research
  • people are gullible

This is why people fall for the supposed shortcuts.

Take the recent study that claims that one minute of intense exercise is equivalent to 45 minutes of moderate exercise. Evidently they worked with really out of shape people in this study. Any exercise will get  untrained, sedentary people in better shape for a while.

That’s not the main point, though. The main point is most people have no clue what intense exercise is.

Intense exercise is way harder than most people will ever want to do, especially more than once.

Don’t be fooled by the hype and garbage that floods the Internet!

 

 

There are many parallels between how you train and how you live your life.

Most of the people I respect as mentors have gone “against the grain” of popular opinion in both of those areas.

They don’t worry about being cool or accepted or liked, they just blaze their own path or “follow their gut instincts” like Zach Even-Esh always says.

I learned very early in life that trying to be cool, accepted, or liked were dead-end streets.

That was way before the Internet existed (yes, there was life before social media, believe it or not). Just nowadays it’s easier for people to be coerced to follow what others think, often without ever thinking a matter through on their own. Just have the same opinion as those who shout the loudest or who can use the most profanity and you become part of the popular culture. How dare anyone defy popular culture and have your own opinions!

I don’t care if the subject is world view, lifestyle, nutrition, religion, philosophy, or anything else; don’t blindly follow the crowd! Do your own research, think things through, don’t make snap decisions.

To be healthy and fit throughout your life, this is vital. You are unique, so set up your training in a way that helps you achieve your goals. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing! Find what works best for you and work at it consistently.

While the basics don’t change, the applications of the basics can be quite varied.

If you are training to compete then use what enhances your capabilities in that sport.

If you are training for general fitness (which I do), then train that way.

Quit comparing yourself to everyone else, that is a huge waste of time.

 

 

 

I no longer drink any kind of booze, but when I used to I ended up in many “interesting” places (biker bars, usually). They have their own brand of humor and way of looking at the world.
This was a classic quote:
“We cheat the other guy and pass the savings on to you.”
For some reason, aside from the obvious humor, this stuck in my head for years.

It has a lot to do with how people run their businesses and, of course, live their lives.

I remember John Maxwell do a talk about leadership in business about business ethics.

He said there was no such thing as business ethics as opposed to being ethical in life overall, either you have ethics or you don’t.

This is very applicable to the fitness industry, which in many cases, there is a complete lack of ethics and integrity.

People need to be very careful who they listen to and who they trust when it comes to training.

I am thankful that I personally know some of the very best and most reputable coaches around. They stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Here’s a few things people need to consider when selecting a coach or gym–

  • how long have they been training themselves
  • how long have they been coaching others
  • how good is their safety record
  • how big are their classes (client to coach ratio)

now here’s some things that are not important when selecting a coach or gym–

  • how many square feet their gym has
  • how shiny is their equipment
  • how many clients do they have

You’ll notice I did not mention any certifications here. That is on purpose because some of the best coaches I know don’t have any at all, but they have decades of “real world” training experience and are very accomplished athletes.

Beware the guy or gal with the brand new t-shirt that says “Trainer” on the back. They  might have only completed a bogus certification somewhere and have never trained anyone.

Some certifications are very legit and I highly recommend them.

Do your homework before you join a gym or hire a coach. Be extra careful if they require a contract.

A word to the wise is sufficient.