More hype train nonsense…. The Mass Suit.

This stupid thing is called The Mass Suit. I think it should be called The Ass Suit cause thats exactly what it makes you look like….. a friggin ass.

This is the description on the website that is selling it;

This is one of the most unique pieces of training equipment around…it’s something you WEAR, making your body part of the apparatus! It’s targeted for athletic training, fat-loss and muscle and strength building.

So according to this description The Mass Suit is not only good for building mass ( ah yeah sure) but its good for any fitness need! C,mon!


Hardcore thought of the day.


Now boarding the Hype Train.

I am always amazed at what they come up with next to separate us from our money. If people just realized that they can get a much better workout using body weight exercises and keep their money in their pockets. What can this thing do that push ups,dips,pull ups,Inverted rows,lunges and squats can’t do?

These kind of gimmicky exercise tools are sold by hyping up the need for some sort of specialized workout that “science” has proven that we need.

The hype train just keeps rolling down the tracks!


Does hitting your max mean you should be getting injured?

Getting injured , a sign of good training?? More from The Hype Train

lifter straining

    When I take time to look at something I like to ask questions. I want to know how and why it is what it is. My curiosity goes beyond just wanting to know but wanting to understand every level of it from the small to the grand. To try and fully comprehend all facets of the matter. In understanding my fitness I feel it is in my best interest to remind myself that I know very little. Then I set out and try to learn as much as I can.
So I read a post on a website from an individual who was bragging about how they injured themselves weight lifting and found ways to “train around the injury”. They had it all, lots of injuries, back, knee, shoulder, wrist and probably a few more. They were very pleased with how tough they must have felt. I tried very hard to comprehend what this person was saying and really what kind of advice are they giving to people. I assumed that I knew nothing and tried to learn. But all I could keep thinking of was the times when I injured myself and it was completely avoidable right from the start.
 I pushed harder than I should have and wound up with an injury that would haunt me for months or like in the case with my shoulder….. years. Totally avoidable and sorry to say but no way to “train around”. How do you train around an injury? If by train around an injury they mean avoidance, then okay. Because that’s what I did. When I hurt my knee I didn’t train legs because I would cause more pain and damage. So I just did upper body. When I hurt my shoulder I didn’t train many pressing exercises so I just did back and bi’s  but found that I couldn’t do pull ups. So if somebody wants to call that “training around the injury” then go right ahead.But I call that a setback in my training and essentially what amounts to lost time strictly because I had to bite off more than I can chew.
 It’s either going to be bad form or too much weight that gets you hurt.Bad form can be caused by not understanding the movement or by having limited mobility such as from having very stiff and tight muscles. Bad form also happens when the weight is too much for the lifter and they alter their form in some way to try to “cheat” the weight along. This is improper lifting technique. If you lose proper form then you should consider dropping the weight. In the other case the lifter decides to go heavy and although they are maintaining proper form somewhere along the lift they receive an injury. Usually the lifter suffers a sprain which is quite common and usually heals quickly with rest. The key word is REST. About 2 weeks worth combined with some icing and heating and some light stretching not “training around”.

Other injuries are very serious and happen suddenly and are extremely painful and often debilitating. These injuries are torn ligaments or torn muscles. When you see injuries like this occur it’s because the person completely overloaded there muscles beyond what their body can handle. Put it this way, the sprain you get when lifting too heavy is your bodies way of telling you to back off and if you don’t listen then it’s a tear that occurs. This is just not smart at all. The lifter probably loaded the bar with too much weight too quickly because they felt they were ready to advance further then their body could handle. Never load the bar more than 20 lbs at a time and when you get to really heavy weight it may be nothing more than a pound or even ounces at a time. This way you allow your body time to adapt and if by chance you get a sprain then you know you can not go heavier until you train more. Other injuries can be tendinitis or nerve damage but these are more chronic and even a person who lifts light all the time can suffer these.
The amount of strength and size that you may gain by going heavier than you can handle is not worth the risk of the injury that may occur that will leave you missing valuable workouts. By being more patient and slowly adding weight over time and allowing proper muscle adaptation and more importantly, tendon adaptation, you are giving your body a chance to get stronger and bigger while remaining injury free.
Setting this good habit early in life can lead to excellent gains throughout your life even when you get older. Some injuries occur while young and heal well and completely go away.Others that happen when you get older may never really go away and they will result in loss of strength, size and mobility.
When you think back to the day you were injured and realize that you didn’t make the right choice it’s a tough pill to swallow. Getting hurt does not prove a damn thing other than you couldn’t make the lift. Anyone who would brag and advise people that this is the proper way to train “hardcore” or whatever is just irresponsible and in my opinion a dick.
Weight lifting is supposed to be good for you so don’t get hurt. Enjoy it and definitely push yourself but know and understand your body and allow yourself time to get through your plateaus safely.

Whats gonna be the result of your resolution?

New years resolution time.

New Years is coming and so is the mad
rush for everyone wanting to get back
into shape. But will the majority stick with
it and make their new year resolution last
or will they find themselves back to square
one by the following year?

Well pretty soon it’s going to be the new year. This is usually when you get a lot of people signing up for gyms and declaring that now they are going to get serious about their health.

Well, that is actually a good thing! That’s the kind of motivation you want. What’s not a good thing is that 2 or 3 weeks later they stop going to the gym and they stop caring as much about their health.

They let their memberships lapse and quickly sink back into a pattern of bad habits. Now there is much to write about on this subject and many have already done so. They offer advice like joining with a friend that way you are more likely to keep going. Or another one is to write down your goals cause you are more likely to stick to them. It goes on and on.

All these tips look good on paper but they really don’t offer much. If you never exercised before or you have a habit of taking very long breaks for weeks or months or even years at a time, then that list of goals is going to eventually wind up in the bottom of a drawer.

How about that friend you joined with? How many excuses are they going to make to not go to the gym with you or how many are you going to make? Also, what if they have a legitimate reason and can,t go to the gym with you anymore? Are you still going to get your training in anyway? Or will you just stay home cause your friends motivation is absent?

The kind of motivation you need to make a serious change in your life is the kind where you don’t need a crutch. A little help now and then is always nice but it doesn’t matter if it’s there or not. Your motivation should supersede all of this. You will make a change regardless of what anyone says or does or if you are alone or not.

Your drive and willpower should be absolute and you will make it a point to live a new way. But this turns out to be hard to find in most people. Why? Because they are inside a comfort zone and they don’t want to be , well, uncomfortable.

They have developed bad habits and know nothing else. Sometimes this comfort zone mentality can be serious and detrimental to an individuals health. There are people, who despite everything they read and see and what their doctor tells them they continue down a slope toward such bad health that they become diseased. Despite being told they have diabetes or a heart condition they still continue in their unhealthy ways continuing the downward spiral. That’s how hard it is for some people to change their lives.

These people should actually have some type of help from counseling. Unfortunately that’s not something you will find in our health care system. But their is another group of people out there who actually get scared from the bad news they get from their doctor and it shakes the cobwebs loose from their motivation center.

These people  actually do get on a serious health program and start to make changes in their habits. I say better late than never. But I have to ask, why do they let themselves go for so long and wait until they are sick or almost dead before they wake up and pay attention to the way they live?

If dying or being bed ridden is the great motivational factor then I say fine, what ever gets you moving. But don,t tell me they never realized this before in their lives.

Look, we all gotta go sometime, we know this. It’s not a very happy thought but its unavoidable. I also know that sickness and disease and premature death are rampant in our society and some of it is actually avoidable! What we did yesterday still affects us today. What we do today will still be affecting us tomorrow.

When a day is over and we go to sleep , how we lived that day is resonating into the future. It’s not like each day is closed off from the next by some barrier. Unhealthy habits have very long lingering effects. So beating yourself up with these habits everyday until you are 50 is definitely going to produce some serious complications in your future.

I’m not guessing this. This is a fact. Unless you are one of those super lucky ones out there. But most of us are not that lucky. Good habits and bad habits have a cumulative effect. The more good habits you have and seriously maintain the better you will feel further into the future. The more preventative maintenance you perform the healthier your cells will be.

Besides fighting off disease you also fight off muscle and bone loss. You shore up your body and protect it from injury. If you fight off disease then you stay away from having to be stuck taking medicine which sometimes has serious side effects to you health and longevity. It’s just a matter of looking at life from the right perspective.

Age catches up with all of us but it doesn’t mean you have to become old. I say don’t even wait for New Years Day to start your health program. Start right now!

If you want to put off being sick or worse in your future then don’t put off your health now. True motivation doesn’t magically appear on January 1st. True motivation is a spirit that is inside of you. Call it a spirit of happiness or a spirit of adventure. It really is what ever you want it to be.

High motivation can lead to great success. It is worth all of your effort to believe in yourself and to care enough about your health to find the motivation that really is inside you.

Forget the self help books and get out there. The best way to express this spirit inside you is to start today. Right now in fact! When you finish reading this sentence start your new life, drop and do 20 push ups and then do 20 jumping jacks and then do 10 crunches and repeat 3 times, that’s your first step to a new future. Good luck!

The hype train won’t take ya to Life Hardcore!

The hype train

Another infomercial???
Every time you turn on the television, or read news online, it seems like there’s another new best-yet fitness routine, hard-to-pronounce nutrition supplement, or great-tasting miracle food. These products often have marketing budgets that allow for flashy graphics or attractive videos-they are simultaneously hard for consumers to avoid, and harder to stop watching. The idea is to separate you from your money.
They promote the idea of quick and easy routines and short cuts with pills or powders. They mesmerize with “science” and entertain while lulling you into a coma induced spending spree. It is important to focus on reality, and stay off the hype train. Exercise should not cost you money. But it should be a lot of hard work. Sure you need a few things in order to get involved. If you want to mountain bike , you need a bike. If you want to squat, you need to buy a squat rack. But this is the basics. After that your just adding fluff. But there is nothing you can buy that will give you a short cut to good old fashioned hard training.