Choosing a Fitness Approach

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There’s a lot of
‘he-said this’, ‘she said that’ kinda stuff in the fitness world.

By that I mean, that no matter what kind of question you may have about the subject,

… you’ll end up hearing very differing answers, depending on whom you ask.

So, lets say ‘newbie A’ wants to know about weight training…

She’ll ask trainer #1 a question like: “Can you burn more fat with weights than with cardio” –
and voila!

The answer given is very simple, very cut and dried: NO, cardio burns more fat.

For some reason, now, she gets around to asking Trainer #2 the same question …
and voila!

The answer given is very simple, very cut and dried: YES, weight training burns more fat.

Now, ‘newbie A’ is very confused.

Who to believe?

Hmmmmm…… that’s a tricky one.

I’ll explain it the way I see it… and then you can take it or leave it.

‘Cause basically…, that’s how it works.

You see,

there’s always a cutting edge study being done at some University somewhere,

studying everything from what amino acid gives rats the biggest boost on the treadmill,

to whether bananas are good for erectile deficiency.. ( or just erectile replacement )

And it never fails,
.. the results conflict with a least one of the previous studies on the same subject, done at some other University. ( sometimes – the same one! )

Anyone who has any experience with the ‘scientific method’ understands something about why that is….

… any kind of variation in the test conditions can mean completely different results.

And these variations can be minute –

— testing muscles from a rat’s leg instead of body,

— testing well-trained athletes instead of newbies,

— or whether an amino acid being tested is administered with, or without, a particular enzyme.

But, that’s only the beginning –

— you can’t really say that your average trainer is a voracious reader, exactly.

When they do read, most read very short blurbs or extracts of studies…

— and these, they may interpret differently– or miss the point of the study results entirely.

Many trainers havent picked up a book or read a study since their certification.

So, a lot of times, they’re operating on outdated information.

Stretching, for instance.

If you were certified (like me) in the late 80’s or early 90’s,
you might still think that 30 to 45 minutes of stretching is a good thing before heavy lifting, even though more recent studies have shown it reduces power and strength, and increases susceptibility to certain types of injuries.

And it’s like that across the board.

so, again… what can you do to insure you’re getting good info?

I think the answer is to read everything you can get your hands on,
— try out different ways of doing things,
— and then adding the ones that you like and you feel are working into your regimen.

Because every body is different , and what works for subject 28,737 might not work for you.

No matter what the study says.

homer

Just another fitness center

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So anyway….

I was on vacation last week, and finding a decent gym in a strange town is always a challenge…

But with the trend toward ‘fitness centers’, it’s really getting ridiculous.

A gym I used to love has gone that way, little did I know it, until I tried to work out there last week when I was in town…..

I walked in all ready for a kick-yer-head-in-workout only to find that the Hammer Strength plate loaded weight machines had all been replaced by shoddy old pin-loads with cables and pulleys.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Ok…
so, y’all know what happened before I even tell ya, right?

I paid for a week’s visit, and ended up busting a cable on the first implement I worked with.

It was a lat pull down with a max of 150 pounds… and the damn cable snapped on my third rep with it.

No, I didn’t add any extra weight, wise guy.

Anyhoo…. it went WHHAAAAAAAAM, and the top two cast weights split.

It made such a racket it woke up the people on the cardio machines….
….. who all scowled at me like I was some kinda mad-meathead rapist or something.

Now, lemme say right now, that I realize that their shoddy equipment and maintenance of said shoddy equipment is not my fault —-

Still, I was too embarrassed to make another appearance there, so I had to find another place to work out for the week.

It’s a damn shame though, ’cause it used to be a pretty good gym.

I have NO idea what it is now .

RATS.