I work with a lot of dancers. I also work with people that spend a lot of time around dancers. Actors, singers, move-wellers, etc.I feel that I have a unique advantage working these folks because I used to be a part of that culture. I may not have a been a great dancer, but I immersed myself in it pretty intensively in college and studied very hard to maximize my modest talents. I’ve also spent (and continue to spend) most of my social time with folks who live in that world, so it’s fair to say… I know them pretty well. We hang out, we go out, we make out. Kidding! (no I’m not.)
From Stu McRobert’s Beyond Brawn: “This gym is all appearance and no substance. It is only because we have a lot of fancy-looking equipment that we impress everyone who knows little or nothing about training. Because we have spent a lot of money on marginal, useless and sometimes dangerous equipment we must encourage our members to use it. We never encourage the old-fashioned basic exercises. In fact, to save you from being tempted to use the latter, you will never find a power rack or lifting platform here, and the squat racks we have are flimsy and unused. Who on earth wants to squat? Too much like hard work. Our instructors are as useless as we are, though some of them have very good physiques due to excellence genetics and/or use of steroids. To deter you from using the time-proven most productive (but most uncomfortable) exercises, we have joined ranks with other gyms to perpetuate the hokum that basic barbell exercises are dangerous and, at best, only useful for beginners who are not fortunate enough to train in a modern well-equipped gym like ours. This is convenient for us though, because we barely know the first thing of instructing safe and productive technique in the biggest and best barbell exercises. We promote the idea that you need a wide variety of isolation and machine exercises in every workout. We make exercise fun. You can watch yourself in the many mirrors we have, listen to music we entertain you with, talk while you train, and ogle the skimpily clad bodies of the genetically blessed, sensual female instructors we employ to keep you interested in renewing your membership. Training here is fun, and fun means lots of members, though few of them stay long term. We depend on a constant influx of new members to make a profit. Welcome to this gym. We promise we will not push you hard, and we hope you will enjoy your time here. That is, you will enjoy it until you realize that the methods we promote will not help make you big and strong unless you have fantastic genetics or are pumped up on gear. Or like our regulars you will decide to forget about getting big and strong, and come here only for social contacts and visual kicks. Welcome to our gym!”
One of the most controversial topics in the fitness industry these days is the good old crunch. More specifically, rounding the low back, something we call spinal flexion when we speak in our secret club language of Pretentious Asshole.
It’s time. You’re ready to do this. You want to lose those five pounds that are making you uncomfortable during beach time. You dust off the gym card and hit the gym. You start doing cardio for 60 minutes 5 days a week. BOOM.
At 32 years old I found myself at my heaviest ever, 207.5 pounds and a 44-inch waist. I have early arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, I’m hyper-extensive, flat footed, I had Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome as a teenager, which did a number on my knees. I’ve fractured an ankle, I’ve injured my back, separated a shoulder, and spent the first couple years of my life in first position, literally, as a baby I slept with shoes on and my parents tied them together so that, hopefully, my legs would grow straight. Translation: I got one fucked the fucked up body. And then my friend Angela introduced me to this crazy brilliant mo-fo Mark Fisher.
I’ve been an active, gym-going type for many years. I have, at times, eaten extremely well. I like to think myself as having an advanced (albeit not expert) knowledge of fitness and proper nutrition. I’ve never done of this with any amount of regularity. Mark Fisher has absolutely revolutionized the way I approach exercise and eating. He does this with a tireless wealth of knowledge, support, joy, humor and humility. Many trainers can behave as if they know everything about every human body. The wonderful thing about Mark is he probably knows more than most “professionals” out there but when he doesn’t, he is unafraid to say “I don’t know but I will find out.”
It’s always been kind of hard to just have a nibble of Fisher Fitness. For personal training, since I design individualized programs tailored to a client’s particular goals and needs, I can’t get very far without a couple of sessions. In Snatched, we use some exercises that require a certain amount of technical proficiency (ie. hurling around a cannonball with handles). Therefore I can’t really allow people to “pop in” and try a class.
Health and Hotness is more than just working out. Yes, we want to burn fat. Yes we want to preserve and/or build muscle. But if you reeeeeally want to live the good life, you’ve got to actually take care of your body. You’ve got to drink water. You’ve got to sleep a reasonable amount. You’ve got to occasionally defend Manhattan from the advances of dragons, pirates, and other undesirable forces.
I love books. I love them. I LOOOOOVE them.
As those who’ve contacted me of late have found out… I’m rather busy these days and I can’t take on every training client who comes my way. This breaks my heart, because I don’t like to send those who want fitness glory out into the cold, cold world of fitness silliness. So… I cloned myself. Well, not quite, but seriously, I did the next best thing.