And so the cycle continues…

February 26, 2007

     

While I was at the “local gym” today, I observed the following: 

Two different fathers each with one of their boys… 

One of the kids is about 12 years old, and the other was about 14. Both were obvious newbie’s to training with weights. I was glad however, to see boys that age spending time with their fathers. Hoping to see a demonstration in proper training techniques and fitness, I watched both parties closely while I took small breaks between my own training sets. Each father, at different places in the gym talked to their boy’s before starting the “routine.” Read the rest of this entry »


If your dog is overweight, than you probably are too

February 24, 2007

This statement may be true for some and not for others, but if you think about it, you should understand the point.  Many dog owners that have “fat” dogs are fat themselves. Not trying to be harsh, but honest in my assessment of what I observe. You see, I love dogs. I try to keep my pup as healthy as I try to keep myself. I try to walk and run my dog as much as I can. My dog’s health is important to me.   Read the rest of this entry »


Getting Started (on the fitness journey…)

February 19, 2007

One of the biggest problems that people have with fitness is getting started. For some it has been months and others years since they did anything remotely fitness related. Diets have become routines, filled with convenience only, and no nutrition or conscious thought into what a person eats comes into play anymore. Exercise is almost non-existent unless people count taking the trash out, the 5 minutes of sexual activity that occurs with their spouse and chasing kids around. Read the rest of this entry »


“I Don’t Know”

February 17, 2007

Mr. Hand: Why are you continuously late for this class, Mr. Spicoli? Why do you shamelessly waste my time like this?
Jeff Spicoli: [
long pause, but then with complete truth in his answer] I don’t know.
Mr. Hand: [Mr. Hand goes to blackboard and writes the words ‘I Don’t Know’, then underlines them]
[reciting]
Mr. Hand: I like that. ‘I Don’t Know.’ That’s nice.
[imitating]
Mr. Hand: ‘Mr. Hand, will I pass this class?’ Gee, Mr. Spicoli, I don’t know! You know what I’m going to do? I’m going to leave your words right up here for all my classes to enjoy, giving you full credit of course, Mr. Spicoli.
Jeff Spicoli: All right!”
 

Often is it so hard for people to just say, “I don’t know!” In my industry, the fitness, health and performance industry, there are many experts out there.  Some have earned that title, and others, well…lets say they are very good at self promotion. Some of these experts, you will find in gyms, others in hot, musty old training dungeons, and a lot on the internet. Many of these ‘experts’ spend time answering countless questions on message board forums. I have gotten my share of questions via email and across some message boards too. Many questions are straight forward and easy to answer and others, not so easy. With that said, I have yet to see many of the experts out there say those three words when they get one of those tough questions… “I don’t know!”   Read the rest of this entry »


Are Personal Trainers and Coaches worth the money?

February 12, 2007

This is a question I hear quite a bit these days and it is a great question. I encourage people to ask questions like this before they spend money hiring someone. The answer for me is yes and no. It really depends on the trainer. I have gotten over $100/session for my time and as little as $12 a session as well. It all depends on one thing: Can the trainer or coach deliver results? The sad answer to this question is that most cannot. I say this from years of being in the field and watching first hand the garbage that occurs out there. If you are shopping for a system or trainer that works and delivers results, do your homework and really take your time. Your progress will depend on finding that right person.   Read the rest of this entry »


“There are two types of people in this world…’Doers’ and ‘watchers’…”

February 10, 2007

  

Are you a doer or a watcher? 

Years ago, my high school wrestling coach said something to us that I still remember and take to heart to this day… “You either doing or you are watching other people do.” I believe he was on to something when he told a bunch of exhausted, bloody, and hungry teenagers that wanted to do anything but run, train or wrestle at the time. Most of us got the point and although we would rather be home, sleeping, resting somehow or just watching TV, we gathered ourselves, and started working again…training. Read the rest of this entry »


Things that must change

February 9, 2007

This is just a list of “Rants” that I have had stored up for some time and some new rants as well. I post them only to make people think a little more. Enjoy.

·        People thinking that eating a huge breakfast that consists of pancakes, syrup, fruit and a huge glass of orange juice is somehow good for you. Think about the amount of sugar that you are eating in this one sitting. Americans generally see breakfast as a time to get away with eating gobs of “dessert.” You know; things like cakes, pastries, sugar coatings. Think about what we buy and eat…Pop Tarts, Cereal with tons of extra sugar, Waffles covered with butter and more extra sugar. We wash down this meal with a huge glass of milk or orange juice. More sugar. No wonder we are so fat Read the rest of this entry »