Don't Look At Others And Expect
To Have The Same Body
Things you can pretty much be certain of:
- The fellow on the cover of the fitness magazine, has been airbrushed,
over-supplemented (legal or otherwise), tanned, oiled, teeth bleached, and
- The guy in the Bowflex commercial did not solely use that piece of
equipment to get the body he is displaying.
- The lady in the infomercial with the perfect butt almost certainly has,
or never will, use the tone ‘n tighten machine she is advertising.
- ‘I lost 39# in just 30 days!’ is not realistic or lasting.
- Your bank account will run out buying Nutrisystem meals before you get
the results they are advertising.
- The Victoria’s Secret model is 5’11”, you are not.
Knowing and accepting that these commercial eye-candy, body real estate
empires are in the business of selling and not helping is your best tactic at
dismissing garbage and staying on track. Learning to wade through the multitude
of health-diet-fitness falsities that are out there is a major aim of this
website and part of your journey in acquiring the right information. Some of
these products, like the Bowflex, are indeed worthy of purchase, if you learn
how to use and implement it effectively, but as the saying goes: ‘If it sounds
too good to be true, it probably is.’
Realistic expectations for your health and body is definitely a priority
because hoping and wishing for something that is not with your grasp pollutes
the mind and steers you off course.
Making real changes that last starts with charting a course you know is
feasible, armed with the right knowledge, and the dedication to persevere
through the ups and downs your body takes throughout life.
The Good News
The body you have is a well-equipped machine meant to run on quality
fuel, be disease free, and be lean for a lifetime. The right outlook, a
positive attitude, and the right information will guide your journey to succeed
in your goals. The mirror you look into is yours to create.
More physical and mental harm has been done to people who enter the
health and fitness arena wanting to make real and positive changes in their
life by those claiming to guide, advise, and motivate. False promises pervade
the industry by diet companies, fitness magazines, equipment manufacturers, and
so-called fitness professionals knowing nothing about the body sciences,
exercise mechanics, and sound equipment construction.
No Time Limits
Getting your body to look and function the way you envision it takes
time, a lot of time. I won’t beat around the bush on this. It takes years. Even
if you have less than 20# to lose, 15% bodyfat % to diminish, or want 18# more
of lean muscle, it takes years for the body to accept the change you are
imposing upon it. Positive habits have to be engrained physically and mentally.
Creating change within the body is FAR more than exercise, (as these 13
Priorities exemplify), and the number on the scale is not indicative of
positive results as so many people get trapped into thinking. The level of
commitment to stay on track on a daily basis and utilizing the right
information are key.
Fitness Competitions Have Nothing To Do With Fitness
Do not think for a minute that the people who are involved in these
so-called fitness competitions are the pinnacle of health the world has to
offer. This is a hobby, not a sport, and membership is gained mostly through
the gift of great genetics.
I belong to a large fitness center where many of
these extremists [Over]-train, and I watch 'pre-competition', as the water weight
comes off, (through use of diuretics), the bulk increases, (through synthetic
supplementation), and the tanned skin shows up, (through chemical body
staining). And the end product? To stand on a stage all oiled up
in colorful underwear to be graded subjectively by how big or lean they
are. Quite embarrassing, really.
Besides my utter disdain for this hobby, the real issue taken is the damage inflicted by these
synthetic supplements to human physiology, hormone production, and general
organ function. It is horrific. Injuries are sure to follow due to over-training
and not implementing proper progression, variation tactics, and neglecting
rest/recovery/regenerative factors. Artificial enhancement for the purpose of
show is not part of the Urban Caveman’s role call.