"As mortals, we're ruled by conditions, not by ourselves."
"What is new in the world? Nothing. What is old in the world? Nothing. Everything has always been and will always be."
"Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life."
"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please."
"People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do."
"The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?"
Edgar Allan Poe
"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life."
I was approached at the facility that I train at today and asked a question (while I was cooling down thank goodness!) about specific types of training and the gains that they produce. When I called what the young chap was talking about a "fad" and to stick to the basics, it was met with a quizzical stare. This isn't a big deal as I am so used to the "stare" by clients and general lay people when discussing nutrition and fitness that it doesn't even phase me anymore.
Like any good scam, the fitness industry has to roll out something new every year to keep the charade going and profits rolling in. Here is a quick (albeit not complete) list of training related fads (in no particular order).
1. The 150 lb "degree" guy (if he takes the degree out of his pocket he actually weighs 147...).
2. Stability training
3. Speed and Agility training....making unsuspecting high school kids with athletic aspirations faster and more agile since.....never.
5. High rep Olympic lifting (see #4)
7. Over excessive warm-up and cool down strategies
8. Taking supplements DURING training
9. "Corrective" exercise
As a matter of fact, I think I'm going to make a video on this. This topic is to good to pass up! Stay tuned.
"Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination."
e. e. cummings
As I sit writing this, it is 7 a.m. Michigan time. I woke up at 4:20 a.m. this morning - at the gym by 5 a.m. (see the "In the Gym Today" post for today) and left at 6. Drank a PW shake on the drive home and my first meal as I am typing. All of my meals for the day are in the cooler and ready to go. I will finish this post and proceed to go to work for 9 hours. No, unfortunately the Revolution doesn't pay all the bills. After work it's kids, dinner, homework etc and I'm in bed by 8:30 p.m. Why do you care? You don't....and maybe that is why you are not where you want to be.
Change takes prioritizing what is important - see training at 5 a.m. 95% of the population will disqualify themselves from the change process by deciding that this is much to early to get up, their bed is too warm, and I'm sure a host of other excuses. More on why I am a huge proponent of early a.m. training in a future post.
Change takes energy - see meals in the cooler and in bed by 8:30. What's that? Twilight is on Showtime at 9:30? Decision time! Again, most will opt to stay up late, throw off their circadian rhythm's and spend half of their next day dragging ass and sucking down stimulants. Let's not forget the food either - its not that big of a deal that you don't prepare meals in advance, have them at the ready and have a plan. I'm sure the "happy to be where they are at" folks in your office will share their daily garbage filled breakfast and lunch with you.
After 5 days of this, the weekend will come and you will pine about how you need to start a diet, start training and that "this week is the week!" Hopefully it will be, if your priorities are in the right spot - and remember, actions speak a heck of a lot louder than words.
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