The Truth Hurts


Lets face a few facts. Most of what the “fitness’ experts have been telling us for the last twenty years is wrong. What’s the song title? Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word . The baby boomers reading this might recall the Fonz on Happy Days and his complete inability to say the word “wrong”. Ok, I’ll start.

Training with machines. Sorry, we were wrong.
Took up jogging and got injured. Oops, sorry. Wrong again
Hurt your back at Yoga. Sorry again.
Gained weight on your high-carb low-fat diet. Oops.

The truth hurts but, here it comes.

The best training is most often done standing and does not include any type of machine.
Aerobic exercise tends to cause a lot of orthopedic problems and is not the best way to lose weight or to get in shape.
Yoga just might not be good for everyone.
High-carb low-fat was a total disaster.

There, I said it. Sorry. More advice?

Beware of fads. They will come and go. I started lifting 37 years ago with a York 110 lb set. I survived Nautilus and HIT. I remember that eggs were good for you and then bad for you and are now good again. However, last week I read another study that linked eggs to diabetes. I eat eggs, yolks and all.

All I can say is the more things change the more they stay the same. Get a bar and some dumbbells and do simple stuff. After your done, eat some food.

3 Responses to “The Truth Hurts”

  1. Gary W. Pitts Says:

    Michael,
    You spoke only a few words but said a lot. I’ve tried to digest as much of your expertise in your articles and publications as possible in the last couple of years. Of course the content is super but I think that you should write more-your style is great and done with a tongue in cheek style which I really enjoy. I think that you might consider publishing a collection of your greatest articles (at least those you still believe !) The 20 Things I know I just re-read.Maybe you could give us an updated version for the start of the year 2009 ? Maybe ..title it …20 things you STILL know or the Truth STILL Hurts. I believe you say that a year later you may not believe what you believed last year… I remember in one of your articles you said that if we went to most commercial gyms and looked at what clients were doing …we should probably do the opposite ! Great comment …another great Truth.
    Keep up the great work… Great site.

  2. haha you make me laugh. Thanks for that and for reminding us to keep it simple and not get sucked in to every new fad that rolls around. Nice to have someone admit that they don’t know it all. Makes me feel much better.. haha

  3. Ha ha, nice. You know what i really hate? Creatine. I just read the Four Hour WorkWeek, where Tim Ferris described the marketing genious behind the first Creating product. If you’re really serious about it, u can sell anyone anything. Kinda sad, actually.

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