Watch your toes I’m dropping knowledge!

Posted on April 11, 2012. Filed under: Misc | Tags: , , , , , |

You have to know me well to realize how funny that title is. I haven’t talked like that in years. But I used to talk like that ALL the time. Amazing what reading a couple of biography books will do.

OK, moving on. So you don’t want to be just another talking head of fitness and you don’t want to go the ADD route either what do you do?

In a word… think.

It is amazing how often simple this is, yet gets overlooked. And quite frankly it’s quite understandable. The world we live in is constantly shortening our attention span and ability to communicate. Combine that with a biologic ancestry which built our frame of thinking on the fight or flight response. And you’re going to have trouble.

The question then becomes how do we learn to think?

Well before I explain I feel I should warn you. Learning to think does not guarantee financial success. In fact it tends to work against it. Think I’m kidding? Consider this…

Ever notice at a job that it seems the best people never get ahead and the people who are running things, the leaders are, well lets’ just say not the cream of the crop. Being the best isn’t usually what moves you up. Kissing up to the boss, putting down people below you, Being whatever other people want you to be, without taking stupid risks like trying to change how things are done or question why they’re done. Just keeping the routine going gets you ahead more often than not.

Sure you might end up empty inside but you’re more likely to retire comfortably. OK, warning given, let’s talk thinking.

First, as I mentioned in the previous blogy. Pick your goal.

Is your goal Fat Loss? Muscle gain? Strength gain? They are not mutually exclusive but for the ability to focus you need to pick what you want to know.

Second, why do you want to know?

Is this for you personally? Your mom? Your friends, teammates? A combination of people? Is this for helping people in general or do you plan to make this career?

That’s the easy part. Now you have to find a source of information. And I know there are a lot of websites, and educational apps to choose from. On this point I need to be very, very clear…

YOU MUST START WITH A BOOK.

For the love of all that’s holy pick a single book and read it all the way through. I don’t even care what book it is. The best advice I ever got from a mentor was to go in to a book store. Go to the subject section of what I wanted to learn about and pick whatever book I found most appealing regardless of topic. As long as it was in the section it was fair game.

Best. Advice. Ever

Because when I read that one book there were references to other books, which I found and read. They also had references to other books or gave me ideas and questions which I then sought other books to explain.

Now if it’s an eBook that’s fine. More and more good books are being digitized. Even more good ones are being forgotten as they stay in print, so don’t be afraid to pick up an actual book.

The problem with websites, and social media sites like Facebook and even news sites like Time or Fox is that you are continuously immersing yourself with other people’s thoughts. You are marinating yourself in the conventional thinking of others, not yourself.

When you read you have to think about what you’re reading. What YOU think about what you’re reading. You have to consider the information. Is it right? Would this work for you? Your friends?

Then you experiment and see if it works. If it works, great. If it didn’t, why didn’t it? Did you follow the directions correctly? Did you really understand the directions? Are you slacking in the eating department?

This is why jumping between multiple masters, or multitasking is the enemy of thinking.

A study done at Stanford found that people who multitask, people who are constantly use several forms of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time. Imagine that.

 

How can you figure something out without taking some time and actually thinking it through.  and it’s ok to make mistakes.  I’ve made hundreds possibly thousands.  and from them I always learn.

 

Now some might be thinking this may seem like a slow way to do things. But that’s the way true knowledge grows slowly, focused, and concentrated.

If your goal is general fitness I suggest starting with these books. I also recommend starting with thee before going to any fat loss books. As it turns out, healthy people lose fat easier.

  • Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe
  • Never Let Go by Dan John
  • Female Body Breakthrough by Rachel Cosgrove. Guys ignore the title and read this book
  • Power to the People by Pavel Tsatsouline
  • How to Eat, move and be Healthy by Paul CheK

Want to be a coach or trainer. I still pick the above books for you to start, with the addition of:

  • Supertraining by Mel Siff (if a trainer/coach tells you they have never heard of Mel Siff, RUN!)
  •  Science and practice of Training by Vladimir Zatsiorsky

And if you have interest in the therapeutic realm I would look at

  • Movement by Gray Cook
  •  Ultimate Back fitness and Performance by Stuart McGill
  • Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers

Now these are only a few books I’ve been exposed to, and I’m not saying take everything they say a gospel.  But they will give you a good foundation of info on which to think.  And it’s ok if the books you read don’t agree on everything.  It encourages you to think and choose your own path.

Keep Fitness Groovy

Coach W

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