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WTF!? Not Everyone Wants to be Conan

WTF!? Not Everyone Wants to be Conan
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Rich Thurman MA, CSCS CPT, ONNIT KB Specialist
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Rich Thurman MA, CSCS CPT, ONNIT KB Specialist

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Rich is Founder of Xodus Fitness in San Francisco California, which provides Personal Training, Yoga and Wellness Programs locally.

Connect with Rich via Social Media or find out more at www.coachrichthurman.com
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Look, I get it… Everyone on both ends of the Fitness spectrum believes their methods, their exercises, their activities are superior.

On the extreme end of Yoga, Pilates, etc, there is the belief that it is THE only way to human body optimization and overall health.

Then we have the guys who are all about that Iron. They believe that if you aren’t lifting heavy weights then whatever you’re doing is somehow useless.

At some point we need to call a spade a spade and point out the Extremism in the Fitness Industry.

All of these people are like religious zealots when it comes to their training, unwilling to see the One True Goal (or what should be the one true goal) and that is Health.

At some point we need to call a spade a spade and point out the Extremism in the Fitness Industry.

I read an article about dieting recently and when discussing types of Fats to consume, the article referred to Fat from Avocado as somehow “wimpy”… GTF outta here! Seriously?? Avocado fat is “wimpy”?

Yoga MenI read another article on T Nation, and don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of the content on T Nation and respect some of the authors… But this article harped on the idea that juice cleanses and Yoga are somehow futile in terms of achieving a change in shape and physique.

The article stated that Yoga wasn’t much more effective than walking and that cleanses were somehow not useful. There was no data or empirical evidence to support these assertions by the way, simply references to some unknown, uncited “research”.


And here’s my thing. If you don’t like cleanses or don’t care to do them, then DON’T!

I mean who cares what someone else does with their food intake anyway? If people choose to improve nutrient density by juicing, etc then so be it. There are plenty of people who care more about internal health over outward appearance.

I mean, come on! The man known as one of the fathers of modern fitness, Jack Lalanne, lived by the juicer. I’d say he did pretty damn good for himself healthwise. Sure juice can contain high amounts of sugars, but I’ll take the sugars from a fruit and vegetable over the refined sugars any day.

It would be important to note that I’m not saying you should go on a week long juice fast high in fruit content. What I am saying is that juicing can be a useful supplemental way of getting high nutrient density into your diet. AND if you utilize the pulp, it can also be a useful means of increasing Fiber intake.

Obviously, if you’re a figure competitor or hell bent of being less than 10% body fat then this isn’t for you. But one must understand that not everyone cares about that and that looks are not THE determining factor of overall Health and Wellbeing.

On the “I Lift Heavy and you don’t so you’re a P*ssy crap”…

“Train insane or remain the same.”

“Train like a beast, look like a lady.”

…and on and on and on…
All this ego driven nonsense gets tiresome at times.

Strength TrainingI like lifting heavy. No, I LOVE lifting heavy. And I encourage anyone who hasn’t done so to try it because it really does make you feel like a BAWSS!! (Boss!!)

But, I also like doing Yoga sometimes. There’s a happy medium space somewhere in the middle of Fitness where everything coexists.

The problem is that most people are on the fringes and are too afraid or stuck in their own faction to step into the center of it all.

At the end of the day Joggers Jog, Strongmen lift heavy things, Bodybuilders focus on Aesthetics, CrossFitters CrossFit, Yoga folks do Yoga, all because they love it and have a passion for it.

Is your training for Health and Wellbeing?

We must understand that despite all of these passions the distinguishing factor is that some people are training for Sport/Competition and others for “Fitness and Health”. Consider that when you think about what it is YOU do and participate in.

Is your training for Health and Wellbeing? Is it for a particular Sport or is your training in and of itself a Sport/Competition, or some combination of the two? Once you figure that out hopefully a light bulb will go off in your head and you’ll have a better understanding of yourself.

We are all different and we all place value on different things, and this is what makes the world of Fitness a great place to be.

You don’t have to like what others are doing in the fitness industry, but unless it’s hurting or causing injury/harm to people physically, then respect the hustle and keep doing you.

 

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Rich Thurman MA, CSCS CPT, ONNIT KB Specialist Rich is Founder of Xodus Fitness in San Francisco California, which provides Personal Training, Yoga and Wellness Programs locally. Connect with Rich via Social Media or find out more at www.coachrichthurman.com