There is no magic. There is no shortcut. If you do things the right way, it doesn’t take that long to see results, but for some reason people are sold on the false hope of some instantaneous solution. The fitness industry spans the gamut from dedicated people who care about people achieving safe and lasting change, to fly-by-night hucksters with a pretty smile and inspiring vocabulary who only want to make sure your money ends up in their bank account.
In this 6th episode, I review a so-called “Extreme Fitness Guide” that is included as part of the Ab Circle Pro information guide. The copyright on this is 2008 so I am not sure if they’ve updated the information, nor do I care. The fact that this guide was given to me by a client shows that even old bad info can still affect people’s decisions (and many of her mistaken ideas about nutrition come from guides like these).
If any guide, book or program tries to dictate every single portion of your life, you will not be able to stick to it. Humans, especially Americans do not like to be told what to do for years on end. If however the “rules” are loose guidelines that teach you how and why the body works, then allows you to customize things for your own life, that is something that you can sustain for a very long time. Some fitness gadget guidebooks are short on real data and information and sound more like one of those “10 Reasons Never To Eat After 8pm” slideshows posted on websites these days. I don’t know about you, but my life goes by the John Locke mantra of “Don’t tell me what I can’t do.” Tell me why something may not be a good idea, but give me the raw data and allow me to decide for myself.
In any case, I do get into a bit rant on this clip but for a good reason. I do not want anyone to believe everything they read or hear. I always encourage you to look up anything that you don’t understand. That includes me…if I say something that doesn’t make sense, look it up or even call me out on it. I’m not a messiah that you have to follow to the tee, I just have a lot of experience with what works with peoples bodies AND minds. What I tell you is the best combination of changing your body and not becoming obsessive/neurotic over it.
Hola. In this episode, I try to make deadlifts easier to perform via strategic cues to perfect your form. I also delve back into the nutrition education with a discussion of malnutrition and how it affects people of all sizes. Finally I answer a question on how to workout when away on business trips.
As promised, there are links to limited further reading (I’d post more but you know…laziness).
Every once in a while I have to be direct and tell people the truth. Who am I kidding, I’m always direct! This episode deals with why your feelings are a horrible substitute for biology, thermodynamics and exercise science. Find out why starving yourself and working out like a psychopath will only result in your lights getting turned off.
Additionally, I address the 99% male trait of trying to lift too much, too soon and why it’s okay that you’re not as fast as Percy Harvin. Confused about calories? Squeamish about squats? Send me a question at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll reply in the next episode.
It’s that time of year. We’ve already passed Halloween and with Thanksgiving around the corner, more and more people are going to start blaming holidays for their eating habits (why we pick the last quarter of the year to keep track of holidays is a mystery to me…nobody ever said that Armistice Day added 3 inches to their waistline).
There are two ways around this issue. The first is to stick to whatever dietary plan you’re on come hell or highwater. The second is to eat whatever you want and not worry that an extra turkey leg is going to cause unchecked obesity.
In Option #1, you have to be a bit of a hardnose in order to make it work. You have your eating plan and you stick with it. Going to Aunt Tallulah’s house? I hope she isn’t going to be insulted when you decline the stuffing, cranberries and pie. You really should hope she doesn’t have a baseball bat in the house, because when you pull out your Tupperware container of grilled chicken breasts and avocado slices and say “This is my dinner, but thanks anyway”, she’s gonna be livid.
In Option#2, you eat as part of the celebration with family and friends. You don’t intentionally try overdo it, but there will probably be a photo of you passed out on the couch with your belt undone in a post-feast stupor. That’s not a big deal because you never tag yourself in pictures anyway. The next day, you don’t freak out and run for 2 hours on the treadmill to “burn it off” (that’s not how it works anyway). You just go back to your normal workout and eating patterns, psychologically unaffected by the holiday.
Which one is right and which is wrong?
Neither and neither.
The wonderful thing about being an American is that you can still do what you want provided it doesn’t cause harm to anyone else (real harm, not “OMG I feel bad because he’s in better shape than me but ate more than me” harm). So do whatever makes you feel better. Personally, I’d choose Option #2 because I like people and I like to eat. I also understand the relationship between the body and food so the prospect of taking in extra calories is not frightening in the least bit. Not to mention, Option #2 gives much lower odds of getting wacked by Aunt Tallulah’s baseball bat. But I could see myself using Option #1 if the house I was going to was ridiculously unhealthy…I’m talking hot lard on top of Twinkies unhealthy.
The bottom line is no matter which one you pick, you cannot transfer responsibility for your actions to an inanimate day of celebration. Eat or don’t eat, the choice is yours. Just make sure when you make that choice that you own it and the results of that action.