Ok, so I’ve been at this for a few years now. That doesn’t make me an expert just from time spent, but I’m not one of those people that does anything, or believes anything, without fulling understanding everything surrounding it first. Here’s a short list of my experiences:
- TRX Certified
- Half Marathon runner
- Spin classes
- Bosu ball
- Swiss ball
- Exercise ball
- Agility ladder
- Wind Sprints
- Weight Vests
- Sauna Suits
- Bar Athlete
- Tower 200
- High calorie nutrition plans for mass gain
- Low calorie nutrition plans for weight loss
- No carb diets
- No fat diets
- No processed foods diets
- Intermittent Fasting
- Negative training
- the list goes on and on
Damn nature, you ugly
If we examine the wild, natural world we live in, specifically the animal kingdom, there are many truths to be found. For this conversation, the truth is that animals don’t jog. Go ahead. Think of one that you’ve seen casually jogging through the wilderness. They simply don’t do it. Animals either walk or sprint. I know someone is going to mention horses trotting but that is a behaviour we have taught them, so suck it.
Going long distances is not how we are designed. Of course, the human body is an incredibly advanced machine and can adapt to all of our needs and demands, regardless of the cost. That’s how most of us got out of shape in the first place. We put crap in, and our miraculous bodies have done the best they could with what we provided. The same is true of exercise. Consider the following example:
I go running for 40km three times per week. I maintain a brisk but doable pace, knowing I will sweat off a lot of calories. All of this is true. My body says ‘hmmm, you need to be able to go a long distance. Let me shed some weight for you.’ That sounds like what we want, right? The problem is that our body sheds good and bad weight, fat and muscle. It doesn’t take a super athlete to run a marathon. Don’t kid yourself. If you’ve ever participated in, or seen pictures of, a marathon, there are a lot of out of shape people that finish the race just fine. They may not have the top times, but running a marathon isn’t something impossible if you’re out of shape.
Now consider the Olympic sprinter who trains five times per week, running high speed wind sprints of only 100 meters. Their body says ‘Geez, you need to get from here to there as quickly as possible. I need to shed weight to make you lighter, but I also need to gain muscle to help you get there faster.’ That’s what we see in nature. You don’t see flabby animals in the wild. They are already dead, killed by something in far better shape then they were.
Further consider the picture below:
The guy on the left is a marathon runner. To me, he looks sickly, tired, and not at all what I want to look like. His body has eaten his fat, yes, but it’s eaten his muscle as well, leaving him weak and without stores of energy.
The guy on the right is an Olympic sprinter. Muscular, high energy, and totally how I want to look. He embodies good health, that ideal we see in our superheroes, our action heroes, and in Hollywood. If you’re honest with yourself, you want to look like him too.
Now, if you’re a lady, go Google search. You’ll see the result is the same. Most ladies are afraid of heavy weights and working out properly as they don’t want to bulk up like those huge women they see in magazines (we’ll talk about magazines shortly). Stop believing the myth. You don’t have enough testosterone to bulk up. Those beasts you see? They take testosterone specifically to get big. Women get leaned and ripped working with heavy weights, shredding a lot of fat percentage.
Who owns the Fitness Magazines?
Oh Roc, you have such silly ideas. Sure, you took a picture of some sickly looking marathon runner, read a few things online, then twisted it all to suit your argument. Anyone can do that. You’re absolutely right. The fitness magazines have been doing it for decades.
Did you know that nearly every single fitness publication in North America is owned by a supplement company? Here’s a challenge for you. Pick up any fitness magazine and see if you can get through a single issue without seeing several supplement ads. Couldn’t do it could you?
Do you know why that is? Because the fitness magazines actively endorse supplements. Why do they do that? Because they are told to by their owners. People believe media. If media says you need supplements to get the body you want, then it must be true. It gets even deeper. The professional bodybuilders and fitness athletes you see in most of these magazines are sponsored by the same supplement companies that own the magazines.
“Hi. I’m Roc Wieler. I got this massive by using the new Mutant Mass by Oxymoron. Sure, my testicles dried up like raisins, and I rage sometimes when even a gentle breeze blows against me, but I got huge. You can too. For only $89.99 plus shipping, handling, taxes, and admin fees.”
Magazines will tell you cardio training is good. Magazines will tell you supplements are good. Magazines wont’ say thank you for all the mortgages you’ve paid off in your ignorance.
But Roc, all my girlfriends love the spin classes they go to! Sometimes we’ll have treadmill parties in the mornings. We’ve all seen results too! Well, ok, if I look back and am honest, nothing has really changed in my body at all. I sweat. I feel like I’m working out, but I’m not meeting my goals. WTF.
Gyms are a ripoff for the most part.
Think about this. You could meet with me in person, have a chat, pay me $100 per hour, and within the span of eight hours I could educate you on everything you need to know in order to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life. That sounds like a good deal for $800.
Yet every year millions of North Americans waste money on memberships, rarely achieving the results they desire. Some even go further and hire personal trainers through their gyms, often paying $100+ per hour for their “services”
Here’s some more lies you’ve been fed. Cardio equipment must be good because they are the busiest stations in every gym. Wrong. Want to know why they are the busiest? Because the gym has a lease to pay, salaries to pay, equipment rentals to pay, utilities to pay, the list goes on and on. I can take a group of ten people, show them how to get on a treadmill and walk/run for 30 minutes in only a few seconds. It’s easy. It’s something people think is a good warmup to their program, or their workout, or some just stay with it as their only form of exercise. The point is that within seconds I have you paying for the gym’s bills.
As I mentioned, to teach you everything I know about health would take 8 hours. If I worked at a gym that was open 24 hours and worked nonstop, that’s 3 people per day I could actually help, but then they’d leave the gym because there is nothing else for them to learn. How can I make a living as a trainer doing that?
That’s easy. I let people do whatever the hell appeals to them for an hour, not really caring about their health, their form, their progress, or whether I am meeting their needs, or even if I am growing as a trainer. I just want their money so I make them do cardio and check up on them every now and then.
I’ve gone all over the place I know. I get really enraged and passionate about so much of the shit I see in the fitness industry, but the original point was this:
Cardio takes far too long, and does not benefit you in the way you’ve been told. Stop doing it.
There are far better ways to gain muscle and burn fat, all at the same time. Some of these workouts, like Tabata, take 8 – 16 minutes, and are far more intense and beneficial short term and long term than cardio.
Right now I’m in the middle of my “Big for Fanfest” program. I workout for about 45 minutes, three times per week, and have already gained a lot of strength, about 10 lbs of muscle mass, yet lost 5% body fat. Go figure. Just over 2 hours per week and I’m seeing results like I never have before.
Do I use supplements? Yes. I use protein isolate and glutamine. Nothing else.
Do I use gym equipment? For my current program, yes. I use heavy weights and a power rack. Again, when you go the gym and look at the guys you want to look like, do you see them on the treadmill or in spin class? No, you see them lifting heavy, and there’s a reason for that.
Do I think the cardiovascular system isn’t important? Of course I thin cardio health is important. What I am bashing is the industry coined term of “cardio” that represents wasted time, money and effort robbing you of everything you went to the gym for in the first place.
Now, having said all this, there are some good gyms out there. Not one of them is a franchise. There are small, privately owned and operated facilities that focus on quality rather than quantity. If you have one near you, you’re lucky. If you’re even luckier, you’ll find one that has a really good trainer.
Stop believing the lies you’ve been fed. In this day and age, there’s no excuse for not being informed. You can achieve your goals. Just find someone willing to actually teach you how to get there.
Don’t be a lifer.
What about you Roc?
I’m always happy to help. If you want my professional services, you have some options:
- Send me an email with your before photo, and I will create your own post here on my blog and put you through my First 30 program. It’s a basic, yet hardcore approach for everyone, to test your willpower and assess your level of fitness. From there, should you survive, we can customize a program suited just for you.
- If you live in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area, send me an email and we can arrange to get together sometime, your expense.
- If you don’t live in that area yet really want to spend some one on one time with me, drop me an email and I’d be happy to come to wherever you are, your expense.