Friday, March 16, 2018

Why Your Personal Trainer Should Never Be “Hands-on”

Personal trainer WRONG.
(BTW, why is the client buffer than his trainer?)

Go to Google, search “personal trainers” and click “Images.” A troubling majority of the images that pop up show personal trainers (PTs) with their hands literally touching their clients, “guiding” and “helping”. This is a Red Flag.

Personal trainer RIGHT.

No one requires another person to manually guide them through an exercise—especially on a gym machine, of all things! Gym machines were designed in the first place to do exactly that, to guide you through the exercise. They are designed specifically to guide you through the exercise based on, and mimicking, the classic free-weight version of the exercise. You can do biceps curls using a dumbbell in the classic manner, or you can hop on a fancy machine designed to guide you through performing the exact same exercise. The machine in essence is your personal trainer.

So when I see PTs with their hands on the elbows of someone sitting in an overhead shoulder press machine for example, “guiding” the client through an exercise that the machine is already guiding the client through, it makes me crazy. “Push up with your hands as high as you can,” is the usual verbal instruction. Uh—NO, you don’t push up with your hands, you idiot, you “push up” by engaging and flexing your shoulders. It’s a SHOULDER exercise. Your hands have nothing to do with the exercise other than connecting you to the machine. Demanding the client focus on their hands rather than their shoulders during a shoulder exercise is an all-too common illustration of trainers' overall incompetence.

Their main strategy of course is for the PT to create in the client a dependency upon them and their expensive service, to generate a psychological reliance within their client where none is actually required. Not only are these PTs' hands-on style completely unnecessary, this contrivance prevents the client from performing the exercise to full benefit, correctly and rewardingly, by compromising the client’s aptitude and potential. 

After my many decades of gym attendance I can state that 95% of all trainers I have observed going about their work are absolutely sub-par. No certificate can teach someone how to teach, as we all know from our school years: we can all name those teachers we have had who were amazing, and those who were useless, and yet both types had earned a teaching certificate.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Fat People’s Fixation On Diets That “Don’t Work”


Dear Fat People,

You’re fat because you use excessive consumption of bad food as a coping mechanism. Confront your problems head on, preferably with a good therapist, and you will no longer need to eat your problems.

You’re welcome.


To read continually the justifications of fat people, which never include personal responsibility or the acknowledgement that they have deep emotional problems that they soothe with large amounts of crappy food, reveals they just don’t WANT to get it. They are so spooked by the prospect of actually confronting the problems that cause them to eat excessively they go to absurd lengths to justify their fatness in other ways.

Predictably these writers focus on diets and how they never work. Well of course they don’t work, you morons—diets are  temporary and unrealistic. Of course you’re going to gain back your lost weight when you return to the original diet that made you fat in the first place (2+2=4). It’s not about going on a temporary diet, fat people—it’s about changing your daily diet permanently because your current daily diet has obviously proven to be a fat-gain diet—because you’re fat.

You might want to start by caring enough about yourself to learn how to cook a few things. The number of people who boast and laugh about not knowing how to cook, which means in fact they don’t have (and don’t care to have) the basic LIFE skills needed to keep themselves—and God help them, their kids—alive, is baffling. Depending on others to feed you rather than learning how to feed yourself is the epitome of self-sabotage.

Yeah, not being able to feed yourself is hilarious.

Monday Geezer Inspiration

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Eating On A Schedule Is No Fun

Arnold: photo from Muscle and Fitness

Intentional eating, as opposed to random eating, is one of the keys to muscle growth. Intentional eating means eating certain foods at a pre-determined time, day in and day out, for maximum results. 

We all know our bodies need certain nutrients to remain healthy and many people take vitamins and other mainstream supplements as a ‘fix” to make up for deficits in their eating regimen. Didn’t eat vegetables today? Pop a multi-vitamin, we think. Rather though, we should aim for obtaining our nutrients the old school way, via balanced nutrition.

The joy of eating comes from eating a food we love, a food  that may or may not have much nutritional value. Comfort eating means eating what we want whenever we want or crave it. Intentional eating is the opposite of this. Eating eggs and oatmeal at 8:00 followed by a protein drink at 10:00 followed by chicken, broccoli and brown rice at noon—there’s little joy in that. But when such intentional eating produces previously elusive muscle-gain results, there is certainly a lot of satisfaction to be found looking in the mirror.

Our aim should be to make a list of nutritional foods that we actually like and enjoy eating from which to shop at the market. Protein, as an example, is found in many sources, both in foods we like—or even love, and in foods we avoid. Taking the time to Google nutrition facts from which to compile a shopping list is a wise investment in moving toward building a strong, healthy, attractive physique.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Getting Back To The Workout After Illness

For 15 years I was untouched by the flu. In all those years I had only one cold lasting three days. This year like most I had a flu shot, but nonetheless I contracted the flu anyway, and it hung on for over three weeks. The first four days I couldn’t even think of food, and for a week after that I had to force feed myself, as I was losing hard-won muscle fast. The ultimate tally was 7 lbs. of muscle lost. It took me more than a year to gain that.

It’s sobering to see how quickly we can lose muscle, especially in relation to how long it takes and how much effort nutritionally and workout-wise it took to create that to begin with, but that’s life.

Getting back into it is a challenge in and of itself, as I am noticeably weaker and have diminished stamina. But as I learned earlier in life when this same thing happened, it takes less time and effort to reestablish stamina and strength and regain lost muscle than it did to establish and create it in the first place.

Since I am 15 years older than when this same set of circumstances was a factor, it will interest me how having aged 15 years since the last time this happened affects the process. This experience provides me with an experiment to see how quickly I can get back to where I was pre-influenza, and I will report on this as I progress. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Monday Inspiration


Don’t Blame The Kids For Being Fat

Salon. come needs to pay closer attention.

This headline on uses language that deflects from parents’ responsibilities for the health and well-being of their own children.

Kids can’t get fat without their parents’ full cooperation and participation. Parents who hobble their kids by overfeeding them are setting them up for a whole host of life-long problems, both health and mobility-wise, as well as emotional. Fat kids are far more likely to get bullied.