“The “New Year’s Resolution” must be one of the most ridiculous of human customs. You identify a problem you’re having, and then you wait until January 1 of the next year to address it, in the spirit of a group-participation event that nobody completes and nobody approaches seriously. You decide that you’re going to quit eating chocolate or stop scratching your feet. You stop until January 5th. You’re typical.”
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Tried and tested.
“Deadlifts and barbell squats for a low back in pain sounds like the stupidest idea that has ever appeared on PJ Media, I know. It flies in the face of The Conventional Wisdom. The fact is that it works nearly 100% of the time if you do it correctly, and that 90% of the time a stronger back not only stops hurting but also returns you to full unencumbered activity in less than a month.”
“The below-parallel squat is the best exercise in the entire catalog for whole-body strength, power, balance, coordination, bone density, joint integrity, and mental toughness – good things to develop if you don’t have them. Learn to do them correctly, start out light and go up in weight a little each workout, and watch the improvement happen faster than it ever has before.”
“Squats require that you do some position stretching for the bottom of the movement, a few light squats, and an appropriate progression in weight from the empty bar up to the work sets using proper technique. And that is all. No jumping around in the floor, no 100 air squats, no goofy walking, no stretching other than assuming the bottom position a couple of times. Just get warm under the bar, add weight, and squat.”
“Kids can safely go to the gym and do the exercises for the sake of having fun. This is in fact the same thing done by most adults who go to the gym, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. If the kid views it as play, and the parents have enough sense to let it be play, that’s just fine. Adults who do this are, in my opinion, wasting time that could be spent more productively by actually training, because the deliberate process of getting stronger benefits every other physical parameter, and more effectively accomplishes the purpose of going to the gym.
But kids can’t train, because they can’t recover.
If you try to add weight to a kid’s lifts every time you take him to the gym, he will get injured. He will get mad at you. And he will not get stronger like you can, because he’s a kid. Kids should be allowed to just play, as long as they play safely. That’s what childhood is for, and you only get to be a kid once. There will be plenty of time to train later, but now, let’s have a dirt clod fight, build a fort, and maybe do some squats with dad. As long as it’s fun.”
Strength training is a much more powerful tool than running and aerobics for the modification of carbohydrate metabolism.
Strength training is scalable: it can be precisely administered at the proper level for each person. It is precisely increasable: the loads used can be adjusted upward as gradually as necessary to force a beneficial adaptation. And it is chronically therapeutic: strength can increase as a result of training for many years, and the health benefits that accrue from accumulating strength can continue to accumulate as well, long after the benefits from running and aerobics have stopped.
Ripp at its best!
“Fat doesn’t just soak down into the muscle because you’re making the muscle warmer by contracting it — the grease in a pan on your stove runs when it heats up, but it doesn’t work this way in your body.
This idiotic idea — that muscles use the fat on top of them, and that exercising a muscle will therefore reduce the fat on top of the muscle — is known as “spot reduction,” and some of the darker corners of the fitness industry still sell the concept. I have to be reminded occasionally that some members of the general public still believe this, because I don’t deal directly with the general public much anymore, and it’s easy to assume that people have gotten better educated about these things. Some apparently haven’t.
The most popular areas that people try to spot reduce are abs and triceps, because these are the areas regarded as most unsightly when fat. Sorry, but it doesn’t work anywhere, at any time, for anybody. When you lose bodyfat, it comes off of everywhere, just the opposite of the order in which it got deposited in the first place. So doing situps doesn’t make your belly fat go away. I have a belly because I eat and drink too much, not because I don’t do situps.
But, I don’t do situps.”