FADS’, TRENDS’, & BROSCIENCE

FITNESS & EXERCISE


“It is what it is”

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I’ll make this easy so you don’t have to scroll too much. Fads’, Trends’ and Broscience are exactly that…..Fads’, Trends’, and Broscience. I once read a comment from a bro that basically made fun of people who always use definition’s.

Whatever.

I was under the impression, (and have been for some time,) we all needed a little more textbook fact these days.

But I digress.

  • Broscience is the predominant brand of reasoning in bodybuilding circles where the anecdotal reports of jacked dudes are considered more credible than scientific research.
  • Fad an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something. Especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the objects qualities; a craze.
  • Trend a general direction in which something is developing or changing.

Oh snap. Yes I did go there. You see, there are two very important words in that first definition which are, “….scientific research”. 

The Takeway

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Every last one of our bodies and metabolisms are different. We are unique in that sense. Our genetics play a part. Our ages. Our lifestyles. All of it plays a part. What one person responds to is quite different than the other. But confusing tried-and-true methods and research, or avoiding them all together, with the latest fad’s, trends’, and broscience, only leads to unnecessary frustration, anxiety and confusion. Just because your workout partner responded to something doesn’t mean you will too. And vice versa. That’s not to say you shouldn’t stray outside of the proverbial box every now and then. You should. Throw in an extra set and some reps. Make a variation on something. Take it to the next level.

Achieving results takes due diligence, dedication, and sweat. Establishing long term goals, researching and then committing to them requires work.

Are you ready to put in the work?

jwilliamstrains@gmail.com

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10 ESSENTIAL DO’S AND DON’TS FOR YOUR FITNESS JOURNEY

STAYING FOCUSED


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Most of us were taught basic, fundemental rules as kids to help us in life. Hopefully. No elbows on the table while eating, and don’t interupt someone while they are speaking, are a few that come to mind.


Here are 10 do’s and dont’s to help keep you on point in (and out) of the gym

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Community. No man (or woman) is an island. Find people who have common goals. Accountibilty, motivation, who knows, they could end up being your next BFF. (Or more.) Hashtag fitfam.

2. DON’T 

Don’t compare yourself with others. It’s one thing to see someone and think, “I’ll get defined abs like that.” However, we all have different genetic makeup. You may not have a perfect 8 pack exactly l like that one genetically gifted individual. Take what you’ve got and build on it. They, your abs, can still become extremely well defined.

3. DO

Have a definete plan of action. Set specific goals. “In six weeks will have lost…..” “Increase deadlift by…”Avoid aimlessly walking through your time in the gym without a purpose.

4. DON’T

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Please don’t scroll through your news feed the whole time. It can all wait, really. In fact, put the phone away. Wait until your done with your workout to post that ironic selfie pic. 


“Exercise is king, nutrition is queen. Together you have a kingdom” 

Jack Lalanne the “Godfather of Fitness”


5. DO

Have some patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day, you know. Results do not happen over night, but with dedication, over time, they will.

6. DON’T 

Do NOT be a weight dropper and stack slammer. Don’t think for a New York minute your a beast because you dropped a heavy dumbbell after 3 reps. This is probably the most annoying habit in the history of gyms. People will look at you and think…pure amateur. (They will) 

7. DO 

Be sure to focus on proper form. Results will come faster. Target each muscle group the correct way. Slow and steady, with good form. Feel the burn.

8. DON’T 

Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water. One symptom of dehydration? Fatigue. Sleepiness.

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9. DO 

Have a good time. Exercise should not be a “task”. What is a task? Getting up at 5:45am to go sit in a meeting all morning with a boss you can’t even stand to look at, let alone speak too. Like anything in life, fitness is what you make it. 👍

10. DON’T

Whatever you do, don’t give up. You’ll thank yourself later. Really.

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ONLY IN SPARTA

HISTORY


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SPARTA

From the eBook series INVENTING FITNESS PART I available on Amazon.com

Spartan

adjective

  •  Marked by strict self discipline or self denial
  • Simplicity, frugality

Boot camp

Today, a new recruit arrives to basic training pretty much having no idea what is in store. A Spartan boy however, would have had a few years preparation and by age 7, sent to the agoge.

Unlike the upscale gyms of Athens, the agoge was the original bootcamp. And still it got worse. Overseen by paidonomous, or “boy hearders,” a basic education was taught. No reciting of Homer. No poetry. Young men were not taught to challenge their minds like Athenians. Here, barefoot and with one set of clothes a young boy was introduced to life.

Today there are many races and workouts all themed with Sparta; however nothing compares to them or their techniques of strength building.


 

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IIFIYM and why it probably won’t work for you

EATING HEALTHY


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WHAT EXACTLY IS A FAD?

First, what ever happened to a simple cheat meal? The concept being, that after staying on track, eating wise and healthy for a specific amount of time, we reward ourselves with the meal of our choice. Guilt free. Your inner self thanking you, you revel in high caloric deliciousness, and your metabolism possibly getting a little jump start as well.

fad   noun

  • an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze.

IIFIYM


The acronym gone Instafamous, If It Fits In Your Macros, i.e. “flexible dieting”, has gone viral and taken the industry by storm, and not without it’s controversies. This one, in my opinion, has asked for it. The concept behind it seems simple enough. Stay within your “count” and you can be “flexible” and eat what you want, on a regular basis.

Yeah, no.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO, HMMMM

Pizza once in awhile is probably not going to cause you a lot of problems. Keep trying to justify eating it on a regular basis because 2 slices “fits in your macros” will probably lead to some issues, though. By the way, who says restaurants and companies are telling the truth on all that serving info? There are such things as “empty calories”. Unless you cooked the food yourself, fully aware of exactly what went into it, how does one know the truth?

We don’t.

“The only way to get the fat off is to eat less and exercise more” – Jack Lalanne

The man lived to be 96. Personally, I believe he was doing something right. Second, to be clear my favorite cheat meal happens to be onion rings. I love them dipped in everything from honey mustard to ranch. However, knowing that a typical serving has anywhere from 15 – 18 grams of fat, in roughly 6 – 9 pieces, do I just figure this into my daily count and eat them whenever I want?

No.

Fried food clogs arteries and contributes to a whole host of health problems. All of this leads me to my main point. Eating clean means different things to different people. To the majority of us it simply means consuming more fresh, relatively additive and preservetive free foods that are proven to be good for us. And full of flavor!

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Diets and fads come and go, but one thing remains the same, we have to watch what we eat and exercise more.

As with starting any new diet or exercise regimen I would suggest first consulting a physician.

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ANATOMY OF A WORKOUT

GYM TIME


 

“Sweat plus sacrifice equals success”

With all the fads, trends, and broscience out there, it can be very confusing trying to design an effective workout regimine. On one hand, I always say routines are not a one-size-fits-all. On the other there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

None the less, you’ve made up your mind and your ready to sweat. You need a plan of action. This is meant as an overview for getting started. If you already rock it out in the gym….props to you.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started”

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I. WARM UP

All workouts need a short period of warming up. Look at this portion of your workout the way you do your treasured automobile. In the winter, you turn it on and let it run for a bit, all the while wiping any fingerprints from the dash.

Why?

Besides getting your metabolism going and circulating blood and oxygen, your helping the respitory system get ready for what is to come. Keep it somewhere between 5 – 10 minutes. A little dynamic stretching here is good. Those stretches that are quick, ideal for getting blood pumping, and geared toward the muscle groups being worked. Hamstrings & Quads on Leg Day, or even bodysquats.

II. BODY 

Depending on your routine allot a specific amount of time for the entire workout, including time for rests in between sets. Say, for example, your working the shoulders: Below is known as a pyramid, typically used in a mass building phase.

Wide Grip Lat Pulldown

  • Warm up Set x 12 – 15
  • Set I (12 reps)
  • Set II (10 reps)
  • Set III (10 reps)
  • Set IV (8 reps) 

Leave 1 to 1-1/2 minutes in between sets for rest. Tip Watch out, scrolling through your newsfeed will seriously derail your concentration and turn that minute and a half into 10. With a quickness. Focus.

Workouts should be structured. You made it into the gym and thats awesome. Make it count. Aimlessly going from one thing to the next with no clear idea only hinders progress. Take a moment to plan out your weekly routines based on what your ultimate goal is. If strength building is your intention, decide how the week will should go ahead of time.

Week 1 

  • Monday – Chest
  • Tuesday – Legs/Abs
  • Wednesday – Back
  • Thursday -Shoulders/Abs
  • Friday – Biceps/Triceps
  • Saturday – Rest
  • Sunday – Abs/Light Cardio

This is known as your training split. Dividing your workouts by muscle group. Above is a basic “Push/Pull”.

III. COOL DOWN

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Benefits

The cooling down period is just as important as the warmup. Save static type stretches for afterwards. Stretches meant to elongate the muscles, they help prevent lactid acid buildup and stiffness. True, “leg day” wasn’t a killer if your not a little sore a day or two later. Stretch anyway. These are most effective if held for at least 30 seconds.

If your heavy on cardio and just performed H.I.I.T on the treadmill, don’t just stop. We aren’t 747’s that can just throw up spoilers. Gradually reduce your speed until the last, 1 – 1/2 minutes are a slow walk. Take sips from that water bottle you’ve brought along. Then do your stretching.

Spring will start officially in a few weeks. Summertime fun after that. Get a head start on all of it.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Weight Loss


 

Calorie

  • a unit of energy

 

Fat is stored as energy. A person looking to burn fat must increase their energy output. i.e. exercise, to burn off more calories than they’ve taken in.

I tend to prefer most things in layman’s terms. Lounging on the futon scrolling through meme’s doesn’t count as burning calories. According to The American Council on Exercise acefitness.org  one (1) pound of fat eaquals 3,500 calories.

Burn baby, burn

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Our Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR is the amount of energy, (calories) required just to function at rest, day to day.

“The only way to get the fat off is to eat less and exercise more” – Jack Lalanne

Healthy, and realistic weightloss is a pound to a pound and a half a week. Depending on a persons daily activity, this can be achieved quite succesfully with the right workout routines.

To get started on counting calories first, become familiar with two (2) things:

  • Maintenance
  • Weight Loss

My suggestions 

To find what your current maintenance level would be, multiply your current weight x 12. For example, a 185lb person x 12 would have a calorie maintenance level of 2,220 per day. This is your base to work from.

You can then subtract your daily count for losing weight, or add calories to gain mass, i.e. size. However, right now we’re not “bulking”. (More on that later)

Getting in the habit of reading labels helped me get a solid understanding of counting my daily intake.

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Granted these labels are typically based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet, again it is a base in which to work from.

Now, time to start counting.