Stop Taking Things At Face Value.

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You’ve heard this, right?

Advertised contents are not always what they seem these days… for food, or your gym membership.

Make sure you pick a “trainer” who is more concerned with how you move than how much you move.

Diets are only as good as their ingredients, not their labels…

Seems like common sense, but is it?

You can use titles and labels to make damn near anything look attractive, but if you don’t look behind the curtain at the core principles and building blocks behind something, don’t expect to get anything more than just a label.

Most of us ignore the fact that most people just pay lipservice to something that is a current trend. And the media exploits the false promise makers and here today gone tomorrow, fly by night, organizations and people who make empty promises with no real data. I mean, nothing more than some fake, made up stories of people who never even used their programs or products.

I have had the misfortune of knowing and working with some people who claim they do one thing, yet when you see their method, clearly they’re just on that bandwagon. There’s nothing functional about working your a$$ out until you’re exhausted, that’s just silly, and doesn’t provide long term benefits (like strength, fat loss, muscle tone, increased energy) you signed up for.

A good program (or product) should therefore, work for EVERYONE.

That includes – Athletes, Young People, Old People, In Between People, Short People, Tall People, Yellow, Brown, Purple, White, or Pink People, EVERYONE.

A good program should be highly transferable. Meaning it carries over to more than the specifics you train. Try getting better at playing football by doing only Zumba and skipping the weight room… (good luck)

Now, there is a time and place for (most of) these programs… some of them, they have no place, but don’t count an incomplete program for a full one.

You need to be strong

Real strength does not mean 5# dumbbells during your jazzercise class…

You should get a metabolic hit from the training

At least 2x per week is good, but no more than 3, 3 is ridiculous and should be reserved for the 1% (which, if you’re reading this, you’re probably not… sorry)

You need to train ALL energy systems.

Sorry, running only works one and causes chronic injury and metabolic disorder if no strength training is implemented, plus, you’ll have no butt, and that’s just wierd…

I could keep going, but I won’t. I can’t, after all, give away all my secrets at once… then what will I do next week….

If you honestly want more information, Strong First is a fantastic resource. In addition, my good friend Pat Flynn and other (Facebook) friend Aleks Salkin are amazing minimalist gurus who know sooooo much more than my little brain can handle. Check em out, you’ll be entertained too 🙂

Until then, don’t be like my landlady, who constantly says she’s following “x” healthy diet, yet can’t seem to lose the 100 + pounds she needs to shake to make it past 40 (it’s all the candy se doesn’t tell her diet she’s been eating…).

Be honest with yourself and anyone trying to help you, we can see through the bs, and so can you.

One last thing, do your homework. If you wind up with a bad trainer it’s nobody’s fault but yours(sorry, it’s just the way the world works).

Have a Strong Day!

Justin

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