In the world of fitness, there is room for disagreement and intelligent discourse among reasonable educated people. The human body is complicated and the reality is there is still a lot we don’t know about how the body responds to training and nutrition. I think the hallmarks of a good fitness professional are an aversion to dogma, a ravenous intellectual curiosity for continued education, and a genuine burning desire to provide the best service and information to their clients (and blog readers).
The fitness industry is a breeding ground for weird fads. Some come and go (usually the ones that suck, thank goodness) but some stay around and change the way we look at exercise.
Balance. It’s one of those often neglected life principles that we all know is important… but don’t always respect as we live our day to day lives. This is particularly true for Western society. And NYers. And overachievers. And young aspiring fitness guru/entrepreneur types.
Remember when people used to do “calisthenics”? For most of us, the word carries memories of gym class circuits of jumping jacks, pushups, and perhaps some stretching. And although the phrase has fallen out of frequent use in the current fitness vernacular, its etymology is worth considering: Kalos Sthenos.
So as loyal readers know, I recently launched one of the most ambitious programs of my career to allow people to fast track their health and hotness results and knowledge base. And I think it’s fair to say the first ever “Snatched in 6 Weeks” Total Body Makeover was a HUGE success!!!
So I finally got around to reading Starting Strength. The short review is I HATE myself for only getting around to reading it now. Now I’m a meat and potato kind of guy as far as my exercise selection goes. I like to keep it simple and get my clients proficient at the basics. …
“I can really feel the burn!” So let me qualify my bold headline by saying, I don’t think there’s any form of movement that’s wrong per se. Some are more efficient than others. Some carry more risk than others. And some are probably not creating the response in your body you think they are (ie …
It never fails. One of the biggest concerns that people new to working out often voice is the fear of getting too bulky. And because of a supplement industry and marketing culture that makes ludicrous claims as to the speed of muscle growth (New Xtreme Muscle Gain 2000!!! WARNING: DON’T USE UNLESS YOU WANT TO BUILD SLABS OF NEW BEEFY MUSCLE EVERY SECOND!!! EXTREME!!!!!!!!!), many people think if they lift anything bigger than the pink dumbells this is gonna happen: