Sunday, November 7, 2010

Seen at The Gym

As mentioned in my first post, sometimes I see things at the gym that I just have to comment on. Today was one of those times.

I noticed him very soon after I walked in - a "big guy," in every sense of the word. Standing at about 6'2" and weighing probably 330 lbs, he was a true heavyweight. While he did appear to be carrying a lot of extra cuddle, he also looked solid and sturdy - a guy who could probably move some serious weight in the gym.

What I noticed next was his T-Shirt. It was black, and written in white letters on the front, was "Shut The Fuck Up and Train." Ok, a little cheesy...but still hopeful this guy could at least push some serious weight around. I mean, he's 6'2" 330, right??

So he gets on the bench press and works his way up to an astounding 135 for 3 sets of 10, 10, 7.

SERIOUSLY?!?!? Ok, how about this. Why don't you, Mr. Large Man, shut the fuck up and train??? Start putting up some serious weight, and don't wear attitude t-shirts until you do. While you're at it, lose 100lbs. ASAP.

You might ask, why am I so bitter about this guy - after all, isn't he doing the right thing by being in the gym and trying to get healthier? Yes, he is. But he loses all credibility because of wearing that shirt. You want to be serious? You go the the gym, workout hard, go about your business, and go home. You wear a shirt like that, you better be able to back it up. If you weigh over 300lbs, you better be able to bench press at least your bodyweight. The faux-badassness is another example of what's wrong with people following Men's Health or Muscle & Fitness "programs."

Monday, November 1, 2010

Good Stuff to Read

Some good things I've read recently:

- Mike Boyle on Anterior Core Development: http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/anterior_core_training

Note that Rip, who doesn't have a whole lot of respect for Boyle, is adamantly a "just squat and deadlift" guy: http://startingstrength.com/resources/forum/showthread.php?t=19808
While I don't really have enough of my own evidence to judge here, I tend to think Boyle is probably right on this one)

- Mike Boyle again, on lifts he never used, used to use, and abandoned but now uses again: http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/lifts_i_never_did_used_to_do_or_just_started_doing_again&cr=

More than the specifics of the article (some of which I definitely disagree with, especially his "no heavy pulling" convention), is the important philosophical point of always be looking for what works best. Don't be enslaved to programs, lifts, methods, etc... just because "this is how we've always done it." If your results, properly analyzed (a BIG KEY), dictate a change in methodology, then change. This doesn't mean everytime you learn something new, throw out everything you've been doing. Doing that just means you never really thought through what you were doing before. It does, however, mean, if true scrutiny and analysis tells you something you're doing isn't as good as something else, then start doing that something else!

- Eric Cressey on not doing stupid stuff in the gym: http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_repair/are_you_doing_stupid_stuff_in_the_gym&cr=

- Cressey on Deadlifts (Part 1 of 3): http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/mastering_the_deadlift_part_i&cr=
Anyone who Deadlifts well over 600lbs at a 181 bodyweight has my attention!

A Little Fun at Crossfit's Expense

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZp1bLh06Fo&feature=related