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on 06-20-2009 at 03:55 AM
The fitness industry constantly pushes you to work out, with the tacit message that it is free and accessible for you to do so. When anyone challenges this, saying something is too expensive, the end-all salesman comeback is "How can you put a price on your health?" But money is a legitimate issue. I respect people who raise this as a concern, despite how callous to it I was trained to be as a salesman - I mean, personal
on 06-18-2009 at 05:02 AM
On the subject of all things gym life, one of the best mental shifts I ever executed for myself was accepting that physically, I am the best I will ever be. This I coupled with the line "in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked." It's from Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich's 1999 phenomenon
on 06-17-2009 at 05:57 AM
Every strength and hypertrophy-based discipline faces the issue of natural vs. enhanced performance. Bodybuilding, Olympic lifting, strongman, powerlifting, even fitness and figure athletes eventually have to explore the issue and make a choice. While it may seem like a simple one, the deeper a person's identity is rooted in his or her discipline, the murkier the decision can become. Lines are drawn through
on 06-15-2009 at 02:17 PM
We were a bunch of competitive farm kids. We did combat with ornery cattle, heavy machinery, feed bags, hay bales.
One of our contests was climbing the silo ladder hand over hand - one-arm pull-ups. My friend could go the whole 60-foot silo, but I could only make it about 40. I was a wuss.
In the feedmill, we handled a steel-wheeled handtruck with twelve 100-pound bags of feed at a time.
on 06-11-2009 at 09:23 AM
When I gush and glow over my fitness life, I don’t talk rattle off my competition stats, titles or records. Not that my modest achievements would mean much to anyone anyhow. When I want to talk lifting, I talk of my gym travels – the gyms I have known, the equipment I have used. I relate to the skiers and climbers who talk not of their performance high points, but the high points of their journeys.