Sunday, June 17, 2018

GQ Magazine: The Conde Nast Family’s Autistic Child.

As a fitness author who walks the walk, I’d like to see more people think critically when it comes to “the newest thing.” Behind EVERY newest thing is money. New fashions for fall. New tech. New cars. It’s all about making a buck.
People overwhelmingly reject the basic truths of health and fitness because they are “too difficult” and instead chase every new money-making fad as if it were a promise, a magic cure-all.

Cryotherapy is fucking bullshit. Detox is a completely fabricated concept. There are no “superfoods.” Extreme stretching is damaging to muscle, tendons and joints. 

Online is epidemic with this kind of crap because people want to believe in the “new” and the “easy.” Idiots write bullshit like this latest lunacy from off-the-rails GQ magazine, the Conde Nast family’s autistic child. Sadly, humans have an unquenchable need to believe nonsense, to follow, to be told what to do.
As for this cryotherapy screed, if you work out with proper form utilizing challenging yet manageable weight/resistance, you will not get injured in the first place. Only morons continue to work out once they’ve injured themselves. But to be so gullible as to believe freezing themselves makes any sense whatsoever reveals how detached from common sense they are.
Consider the source of this air-headed garbage: the writer states this:

"Since I was between sets—checking all of my social media pages and taking selfies—I took the time to Google this procedure."

Lamar Dawson cluelessly admits to being in-the-way, useless dead weight in the gym by revealing “between sets”  to taking up valuable space and distracting herself from the task at hand by engaging in social media, googling, and taking selfies rather than keeping her mind on her "workout"—such as it is.

Go home, Lamar. Seriously. People are waiting for that machine.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Whose Advice Should I Take?

Seriously? If you're a man taking online advice from a woman on how to
build a man's body, then you're beyond hopeless.

I give advice. So why "should" you listen to me—to what I've got to say? First off, I never tell anyone they “should” anything. I never use the word "should" because I have no idea what you should do; I will however advise that you try something and see if it fits.

Do I think I’m right about what I advise? Everybody thinks they’re right about what they advise. I may have a LOT of experience to draw from after a lifetime of working out and decades of being a personal trainer, but in the end what works for me or feels right to me might not to you. All we can do when faced with something new is try it out and see if we like it, or if it works for us.

My advice to those clients who question my direction by what-abouting, “yeah, but my previous trainer said the opposite” or “I read someplace online that doing things the writer’s way was better” is to go back to their previous trainer. Paying me to train them and then questioning my methods tells me I need a different client, and they need a different trainer. Either respect and believe in me and the results I've achieved for myself and others—or not—and if not, then they need to keep looking to find someone who they can believe and trust.

There’s no shortage of Bros and Bullies and overbearing Know-It-Alls who know not of what they speak, yet engage in the fitness business regardless, and usually in a very loud voice. The problem is, the uninitiated have no way of knowing when training advice is poor, counterproductive or even injurious. We don’t know what we don’t know. However, we do have eyes, if not common sense, and automatically adopting advice from some faceless / bodyless online hack or a self-professed “trainer” who looks like they’ve never set foot in a gym in their life indicates a reckless follower personality. When have you ever seen an online fitness article in GQ, Esquire, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, etc., etc., that was accompanied by a shirts-off photo of the author as an indication that the writer is qualified to advise you? The answer is: never. And don’t get me started on women writers for men’s magazines giving authoritative directives to men on how to work out to build a man’s body.  

95% of the population are followers. They want—need—to be told what to do. And primally so, these people are most receptive to alpha personalities—the bros, the bullies and the know-it-alls. That’s just human nature, sadly enough. And despite a lifetime of poor choices with poor outcomes they will still fail to learn any lesson from this habit, simply because they are programmed to be followers. It's their nature.

So, the first step in whether to take anyone’s advice regarding fitness is to consider what they look like. Oprah Winfrey has cursed our world by elevating fakes and charlatans by the dozen upon her cult followers. She spawned Dr. Phil, who has the breathtaking hubris as a fat man to "write" diet and fitness books (actually they are ghost-written by others) that millions of morons have actually paid money for. Equally laughable among the faculty of Oprah U. was her personal trainer Bob Green, he with the pencil arms and obvious absence of any muscle tone.

Look at him. Look at her. Enough said.

Bob Green and Oprah

Dr. Phil's qualifications as a fitness guru are on full display here. 
When you're lying down and your fat roll STILL hangs over your belt,
your need to get out of the fitness-advice business.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Embracing The Brace

If you’re a runner/jogger, reexamining your running style from time to time will keep you on track. I cringe observing how some people run, the craziest and unfortunately all-too-common being the slamming of the feet into the pavement. Ouch.

Usually it’s the gut wrenching sound that first draws my attention to this counter-productive phenomenon. They invariably do this with great force and one can only imagine the damage they’re doing, which is exactly the opposite of the purported purpose of running, is it not? Slamming your feet into the ground is irreparably damaging to your feet, ankles, shins and knees, as is only logical, yet they embrace and continue with this style. In what parallel universe do the people engaging in this destructive running style think they’re improving themselves?

Joints do not get bigger and stronger with excessive force, but rather deteriorate, diminish and wear out when crushing pressure such as this is applied. 

Running when injured is another bizarre habit the “no pain no gain” fools adopt. I call it “embracing the brace,” since they are usually wearing a knee brace or wrap. Or two.

And those who run in the street alongside rush hour idling traffic, breathing in concentrate exhaust fumes. This is downright stupid.

Exercise is meant to strengthen, heal, enhance health and well being, not damage and diminish.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Exercise Will Kill You.

The common disclaimer to “consult with your doctor before beginning” any exercise program is admittedly a CYA (cover your ass) move to protect against idiots’ lawsuits, but it more strongly and perniciously sends the message that exercise is inherently dangerous, hazardous to your well-being, indeed, to your very existence.

The most interesting part of that caution is that doctors don’t know shit about exercise—or healthful living for that matter. 95% of Doctors’ training is all about making sick or injured people better. Doctors’ education and training has little—if any—emphasis on remaining healthy and avoiding illness and injury.

I reject people’s backhanded compliment that I “look good” for my “age,” because I look good, or great, for any age. I have eyes. These eyes look around and see few 20 year olds who are in better shape than I am, much less other 70-year-olds. This is especially evident in doctors’ waiting rooms. In fact I have only been in a doctor’s waiting room once in the past two decades where another exceedingly fit person, who may or may not have been Jason Mamoa, was waiting.

Due to my rare conditioning and the fact I never smoked, barely experimented with drugs back in my 20s, and drink very sparingly, one might think one of the dozens of doctors and med techs I’ve seen in the last 20 years might notice the fine results of those things. They don’t—or if they do they’ve remained conspicuously silent. This fits in with my realization that the majority of people are strangely disconnected from their own bodies, let alone anyone else’s.

I don’t need acknowledgements from others. My dedication to a healthful lifestyle pays off in spades every day and the results are plainly visible both in my case and in the majority of those people who chose the opposite lifestyle. The take-away is that only a small minority of doctors and medical professionals themselves lead a healthy lifestyle, so don’t be depending too strongly on them to be the last word when it comes to advice on exercise or healthful living.

With few exceptions, they’ve got no idea.