Friday, September 22, 2017

Brooklyn Beckham: Workout Your Body, Not Your Ego.

Watch the video: click this link:

The foundation of your workout routine should be governed by exercising your body rather tthan exercising your ego.

Your primary goal—if you expect lifelong fitness and mobility—is safety. That means no Jackass stunts. No crazy crossfit moves you are physically unprepared and incapable of executing. No preposterously heavy weights. No macho assholes egging you on to exceed your physical limits. 

A recent video on Instagram of David Beckham’s 17 year old son performing squats is a great example. Two older male voices are heard off camera, barking instructions as Beckham peforms apparently very heavy squats with no safety and no spotter. If either of these voices is a paid trainer, Brooklyn needs to fire them, STAT. Why Brooklyn Beckham is working out in a gym that doesn’t have a squat cage or rack with safety stops is the first important question. I assume in watching this video he’s relying on “older” and “more experienced” males to guide/instruct/train him. In the end he loses his balance, and with no safety apparatus to catch the barbell, he could well have injured himself badly. I was also suspicious that a young man with undeveloped quads could—or should—be squatting with what appears to be over 300 lbs.

Ego is the primary enemy of fitness progress and gym safety.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Your Elbow Joints Are Nothing More Than Hinges


An online trainer on YouTube who I otherwise respect talks about performing triceps exercises by advising that people begin their triceps routine with pushdowns “in order to maintain elbow health.” Triceps exercises properly performed pose  no challenge to elbow health. This tells me he is hyperextending and/or locking out during his triceps exercises, that is, he is unnecessarily challenging his elbow JOINT in what is a MUSCLE-challenging exercise.

You should never challenge your joints. Joints are not designed to be challenged, to bear weight, or to move in opposition of their intended arc or range.

To make progress it is essential that you earn to isolate your individual muscles— your pecs, calves, lateral deltoids, etc. Learning to isolate, to put any given muscle in gear right before performing the exercise just as you do your motor vehicle, is the key to muscle growth and joint injury advoidance.

Guard your joints, especially your elbows, shoulders and knees. They are not muscles. They are not designed to bear weight:  They are NOT shock absorbers. Those things are what your muscles are designed for. Your muscles that surround the joint bear the weight and stress and absorb shock, ensuring that the joint can safely bend or rotate well into old age. Our joints are merely hinges — that’s all they are.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Here We Go Again.

The New York Times is on a desperate mission to absolve overeaters from any responsibility for their poor physical condition. In the last year alone a spate of mindless articles have been published colluding with the fat and the unfit to reinforce what they’re always telling anybody who’ll listen: “It’s not my fault!”

So here we go again. Now it’s our gut bacteria that’s keeping people from doing what they damn well know they have to be doing in order to stay mobile, balanced, energetic, healthy, attractive, youthful, etc., etc..

The shopping baskets, kitchen cupboards and refrigerators of overweight people tell the true tale, always.  Overweight people consume more calories than they burn. This simple fact being a ridiculously easy thing to fix, people instead complicate the issue extraordinarily so as to justify their choice not to.

Hey NYT—who exactly does this article and others like the aforementioned serve anyway? No articles showing studies that reinforce the life-enhancing benefits of eating nutritionally rather than recreationally and a challenging exercise routine exercise appear as regularly or on such a high profile manner in your newspaper. Obviously there are a lot of overweight, not-my-fault people on your staff—and an army of readers in denial you're kowtowing to.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

FOOD: Feeling Deprived?

Photo: Hamburger Hamlet, Sherman Oaks CA

Feeling deprived that you can’t have the exact kind of food you desire in the exact quantity and at the exact moment you crave it?

Poor baby! Here’s a radical thought:

How about feeling deprived of the strength you need to rescue yourself or your children from a sinking automobile, a house fire or a violent attacker? How about feeling deprived because you can’t run two blocks to save your life, can’t find flattering clothes, don’t get the respect or opportunities from others you feel should rightfully receive? How about feeling deprived about your lack of stamina between the sheets? Nobody seems to express angst or deprivation about any of that stuff!

How about feeling deprived instead that you don’t enjoy the exact level of health, the range of mobility, or the beautiful body hidden underneath all that fat and unchallenged muscle awaiting your getting off your ass to do something about it?

Yeah, sure, go right ahead and keep making FOOD a top priority, along with everything else people choose to  medicate with: cigarets, drugs and booze, for starters.

I have no investment in what others choose to do. Keep right on volunteering for diminished capacity, premature aging and physical degradation, day after day, year after year. But please, just stop whining about it.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

How Long Should My Workouts Last?

Richard Sullivan @ age 56

Q: How Long Should My Workouts Last?  

A: One online trainer whose advice I usually think is fantastic recently stated that a workout should last no longer than one hour—with 40 minutes being “ideal.” Wait—what?

Another stated, offering no proof other than his hubristic opinion, that “your” muscles no longer respond to your workout exercises after an hour, you know,  because he’s acquainted with you personally—not.

My workout lasts two hours or more, because I really like working out. I love all the benefits. It zaps away daily stresses. I think of nothing else but the workout during those 2 hours. Whatever was bothering me when I walked into the gym is no longer bothering me when I walk out. Even on the cusp of age 70 I build new muscle and bone. That feels good and looks good and is literally anti-aging, as most people at age 70 are deteriorating, especially their muscle and bone, totally needlessly. I can’t stop the aging process but I can stop certain aspects of it. Lastly, nobody, even those offering “scientific proof” ever infuence me when my own personal experience tells me they don’t know what they’re talking about.

So, my advice to you is work out as long as you feel like. Slow down your workout so as to make every rep a deliberate mindful movement, concentrating as much on the negative portion of the exercise as the positive. People who think a workout is something to zoom through just get it out of the way will find their results minimal.

You get out of it what you put into it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Gwyneth Paltrow Knows What's Best For You, So Shut Up And Get Out Of The Way.

Watch the woman who thinks she knows what's best for you
put her own daughter's life on the line.

My previous post cautioned about signing on to someone’s bullshit based on their sheer brazen hubris: the know-it-all personality.

The Atlantic Magazine presented a clear-headed piece on actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her crazily-popular goop website (here.)

It doesn’t take a surplus of brain cells to figure that Paltrow is no authority on things medical, much less health-related. But she thinks she is:

Featherheaded women in droves are attracted to this Hollywood celebrity's website dispensing new age advice and selling magical potions at sky-high prices—and they're clamoring to buy.

He Said, He Said: Who To Believe?

Richard Sullivan @ age 53

Conflicting advice from so-called “experts” drives people crazy. Whether it’s about food, exercise, supplements, or mothers-in-law, we’re being bombarded from all sides: youtube, internet news sites, celebrity blogs, Instagram stars, loud-mouths at the gym, etc.

After viewing some  blow-hards’ videos on youtube I cringe at commenters who thank or praise the author for their views or advice, my experience telling me the advice is bogus, thoughtless, naive, dangerous, or all four.

Fact is, only you and your brain can decide whose advice to follow and whose to reject. Our personal  worldview has a lot to do with that decision, as we tend to follow or listen to those who we feel share our values or are more like us.

Are there bad foods we should avoid? of course. Are there bad exercises we should never do at the gym, bad machines we should never use at the gym? Well, not so fast there. Some youtube exercise/fitness “gurus” who I agree with most of the time have stated nonsense with regard to “bad exercises” or machines which were only bad in their case because these gurus were demonstrating their own poor form in performing these exercises.

The root of this problem lies with the public's looking for quick fixes or some antidote to the complicated decision-making  process. To these people I say “slow down,” and then do your homework. Watch comparative videos—and lots of them—and proceed cautiously with anyone advising you to go to extremes, such as “work through the pain” (never do that), or lift more weight than you know you can handle. Attention-seekers go to extremes to attract attention, so don’t be so easily led. Be skeptical. Do your homework. Devote yourself to learning your craft. Finally, understand that because someone claims something outlandish or extreme  worked for them does not translate it will work for you.