Saturday, December 2, 2017

This Circus Stunt Is Not A Fitness Exercise.

Screw this idiot: I don’t much care if he kills himself (Darwin’s law usually wins) — but I do care that he’s a danger to all those around him. Clearly the old saying "wisdom comes with age" does not apply in his case.

According to the stupider subset of so-called trainers, this stunt is claimed to build core strength, you know, because the already existing, specifically-targeting on point 50 or 60 core-strengthening exercises simply aren’t good enough.

To position themselves as relevant, younger trainers feel the need to be continually running after the trendy and the “new,” even as ineffective and dangerous as the newest thing might prove to be.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Your New Year’s Resolution: Get Tested for Testosterone.

Cranky lethargic old men are cranky and lethargic because they have lost the ability to produce testosterone in the same quantities they once did naturally, which leads to all kinds of unhappy consequences, most egregious of all, depression.

A blood test at your doctor’s will determine if you are a candidate, medically speaking. Some doctors are inexplicably reticent, especially if your test levels are borderline, yet some of these same docs will happily prescribe Propecia for hair loss or Viagra for erectile dysfunction in a heartbeat. Go figure.

There are plenty of up-to-date educated, non-threatened doctors who understand the full value of robust testosterone levels in men who will be happy to make you happy, because that’s what doctors LIVE for — making their patients feel better.

If your doc discourages testosterone supplementation (Hormone Replacement Therapy) for reasons other than immediate medical concerns, research in your area for an HRT specialist or HRT-friendly doctor. Your testosterone levels should not have to be at rock bottom for you to qualify. Some family physicians and GPs are well behind the curve when it comes to HRT, which is why an HRT specialist is recommended. Every older man will benefit no matter what his current testosterone levels.

Most men will find the changes brought about by HRT nothing short of miraculous.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ross Edgley Is The Real Deal

Being a life-long magazine contributor as writer and photographer and graphic designer, I keep a close eye on the medium. I love magazines—paper magazines and digital both. 

It’s interesting that various international versions of GQ will sometimes share some fascinating articles—but usually not. American GQ has a fitness contributor in a person named Jay Willis while British GQ has Ross Edgley. One difference is we never see proof of what Willis has accomplished for himself physically, to back up his qualifications to be advising anybody, while Edgley is pictured in all his physically-fit glory on a regular basis, as in the photos borrowed here from British GQ. American GQ relegates Fitness to the bottom of the splash page, revealing their lack of respect for self-care as well as not “getting” the number one rule of Men’s Fashion: Clothes only look their intended best on a fit body.

It's exhausting just reading about Ross Edgley’s challenging of himself, always upping the ante and finding unusual ways to push the fitness envelope to extremes. For me, Edgley is commendable for not just looking amazing—he’s built for himself the best body in the business— but for using the muscle he has built to test himself strength and endurance-wise. After all, building large and abundant muscle should be synonymous with strength, endurance and vitality, but somehow that equation has been minimized, or even lost, along the way.

Take a few minutes and have an inspiring read of the latest Edgley-authored piece describing his latest strength and endurance feat which led to an unintentional world record HERE in British GQ.

Thursday, November 23, 2017


All PTs have at least one story of the odd reasoning behind a client’s choice to either hire them or move on to another alternative.

In my case I’ve had potential clients demur due to my being “too muscular,” “too serious,” and “too old.”

OK, let’s begin with “too muscular.” The inference here is that the client him/herself would be in imminent danger of becoming “too muscular” if they hired me, obviously believing that I possess the wizardry necessary to visit upon them such an unwanted outcome overnight, and that the condition is irreversible.

As far as “too serious,” the inference there is that our workouts would not be entertaining, or that I might dare to encourage them to challenge themselves.

Finally, “too old” makes perfect sense, because as we all know, everyone naturally loses all their accumulated knowledge, wisdom and experience once they hit 40. Undoubtedly, 22-year-olds have all the insider knowledge on the newest trendy moves and eating regimens, because long months of experience. And apps.

In a New York Times video published earlier in 2017 a middle aged woman who had been a contestant on Biggest Loser gained back all the original weight she had lost on the show and yet is now working as a 300 lb. personal trainer. Yep, you read that right. They showed her training a client of normal weight, and the first question that came to mind upon seeing that mismatch was, why would someone who’s already in fine shape hire a personal trainer who is in terrible shape?

A number of male friends of mine have hired female trainers because again, they were afraid a male trainer would work them too hard and act in a dominant manner. For men who want to start slow and whose primary goal is to lose weight and begin the process of getting in shape, this does make sense. But for others who have dreams of building a kick-ass beach body in 6 months time, nope.

I tend to think that many clients’ decisions are based on their fear of being pushed beyond their comfort zone. This explains the success of chatty and fun trainers who physically aid the client to move the weight on every rep, or trainers who themselves are in poor physical condition, usually dressed in head-to-toe baggy sweats to disguise that fact. Clients timid or apprehensive about what for them is uncomfortable uncharted territory do not equate a trainer’s ability with his or her own physical condition and achievements. These are often the people who utilize terms like “unattainable body standards” and the like to lay the groundwork for their upcoming failure. Their bizarre choice of personal trainer is akin to their turning over their investment portfolio to the guy begging for spare change outside the 7-11 store.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Are you aware that “your” foundational beliefs are not yours at all?

All of us were born absolutely devoid of belief. For the first eight or ten years or more of our lives we were not sufficiently mature or capable or intellectual to form any of our own beliefs. Every belief we absorbed up until we had our own awakening originated with someone else—parents, teachers, religious leaders, older children.

We were programmed by others fearful that we might turn out different than they, frightened we might believe other than what they believed. An ongoing incessant unrelenting program of mind control was inflicted upon us from day one by every person we came into contact with. This, any thinking individual already knows.

Adults who justify themselves by reciting the deplorable phrase “that’s the way I was raised” are telling the rest of us they are too inept, fearful or both to think critically for themselves, to think as an individual with functioning brain cells, and the self respect to question rather than follow blindly.

Whoever said “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right.” hit the nail on the head.

Allowing fearful people into our lives who manipulate and control as a method of coping with ideas and ideals bigger than their own is personality suicide. So called “friends” and “loved ones” who are demanding you follow their lead are capable of neither friendship nor love. Staying silent to “keep the peace” in any gathering of loud-mouthed, angry, contrary individuals, whether it be your own family or society at large, will only end in the further breakdown of the situation.

Disallow people any place in your life who are out to discourage, mock or sabotage your fitness efforts, not just as a New Year’s Resolution, but as a rule—a law that goes into effect immediately. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Richard Sullivan age 52

Involuntary eyerolls are already beginning as they tend to do around this time of year with people, especially Facebook people, boasting that soon there will emerge a whole new person in place of the old them, because New Year’s Resolutions.

If you’re waiting until January 1st to change your ways it is well proven you will not change your ways. If you’re truly serious about NEW, you will start today.

Fitness is not temporary. It’s not something you work at for a few months or weeks so you can look good for wedding pictures or a class reunion. Fitness is about not getting old, weak and destabilized long before your time. Fitness is every day, like brushing your teeth.

People who are bound and determined not to exercise or eat healthfully do not respond to the avalanche of information supporting the basic horse sense for doing such, but they will always ask for “prayers” on Facebook when the damage that never had to happen in the first place rears its ugly painful head.


Saturday, November 18, 2017


Living in Hawaii with its year-round summer and flocks of tourists, we are daily subjected to cringe-worthy displays of droopy bouncy man boobs. The disconnect that so many people have with their own body is fascinating—obese women packed into skinny jeans or short-shorts, fat old guys wearing tiny speedos and proudly and shirtlessly displaying female breasts are an everyday sight here.

Man boobs primarily are due to a low level of the male hormone testosterone and an overabundance of the female hormone estrogen. One might think those who consider themselves to be “manly men” would be horrified to be producing estrogen in such copious quantities that they have literally grown female breasts, but apparently this is not the case.

A secondary culprit is, of course, diet—the food and drink choices these men make on a daily basis. Youthful muscle being replaced by fat is yet another intentional contributing factor.

Yes, I’m shaming these men, if only for the humorous way they’ve convinced themselves that their breasts are not womanly rather than just fixing the obvious problem. It’s the same level of denial that causes giant-bellied guys to appear on a public beach proudly wearing a speedo.

HRT is essential for the majority of older men and they should consult with their doctor as to their candidacy based on a simple blood test. This condition is known as gynecomastia and in most cases surgery, such a liposuction, is the only treatment. But unless the individual also changes his diet and begins a challenging workout routine, the feminine condition will return.