Sunday, June 24, 2007

No More POSTS!

Yup thats right! no more blogging here!... but not to fear, all the posts have been transfered to my new blog.

Here is the link:



Thursday, June 14, 2007

Impressive Taxi Driver

Today I was taking a taxi... I met probably the fittest taxi driver ever. The guy is 55 years old and exercises daily. Maintains a 6 pack and wears the same pants as he wore 20 years ago as a member of the air force. Run's a 10 minute 1.5 mile. and a 65 sec 400m... It was pretty impressive. I even had the pleasure of helping him with some trigger points in his forearms which were possibly from spending all day gripping the steering wheel.

All wonderful news... except for a sad part of the story. He has a son who is a fat slob (his words not mine). The culprit: Computer games... no surprise but still quite a numbing thought. Most problems are traced to family issues and poor role modeling by parents. But this did not seem to be the case (from first contact).

It was scary that my children might end up like that! ... No computer games for them! That means that the entertainment will be ME. Read them books, play games, run around.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

An observation...

What is that worth to you?

I was walking past a food stall yesterday... there was this monster line formed at this famous wanton mee stall. That is something i would not do. Wasting life (time) and wasting health (processed food) all in one swoop! what a mistake!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

This Year's NBA finals

Its the San Antonio Spurs vs the Cleveland Cavaliers. The spurs are the ultimate basketball team. They play outstanding team defense, they play selfless offense, always making the correct passes. They do ZERO do fancy stuff. They WIN.

The Cavaliers have Lebron James. I like him. He's skillful, athletic, strong and big. Much more than that... he made for the mass market, hes made for TV highlights and Youtube postings. He sells lots of jerseys...But the cavaliers are not nearly as good a team as the spurs.

But there is one strange thing about this finals.

People are pretty sure the Spurs are going to win. Vegas Betting odds confirm it! But I feel that people are rooting for the cavs! Not because the Spurs are bad guys, just that they do everything SO EXACTLY RIGHT, ALL THE TIME that they get "boring!" how sad! Excellence is now called boring. No wonder so many people don't strive for it.

No sex, no violence, no stimulation, --> Boring. Thats Sad.

Excellence demands rigor, not being inflexible, but being throughly committed to greatness. Endless stimulation is just a weak way out of problems.

Excellence is what life should be about! Thats why I deleted all my computer games. Thats why I read books during all my free time... what about you?

Monday, June 04, 2007

The false stuff is still out there...

I was recently at a lunch with my dad's friends. As expected, I got asked many fitness related questions. I am sorry to say that we as fitness professionals are, no matter what we may say, not doing a good job of getting word out about what is true and what is not. These are smart, professional people earning good salaries in the finance industry. But expertise doesn't transfer from one industry to another. However, they were open to learning and thats great news! Expertise does not transfer, but a learning attitude does!

Here were the fallacies that came up:

  • Core stability? How do you train it? - Stability exercises not sit-ups
  • Nutrition basics - whoa! a calories is NOT a calorie... the Quality of calories matters alot!
  • Isolations, slow, machine exercises - Oops, those combine the 3 LEAST effective types into one time wasting program!
  • Jogging - dangerous and unproductive
  • Eating more often makes me... LEANER?
Clearing these up person by person is not going to happen. Good thing we have the internet and I have my free newsletter (which is wonderfully well subscribed - thanks to all who signed up!) and my website and blog to post articles on. Maybe one day the old wives tales will be gone!

It took a while to learn that the earth was round. I will be patient!

Sunday, May 27, 2007 is up!

I wanted a place to post more more "complete" articles and profile. A blog is great for day to day happenings, but a website gives a more stable place to post stuff that doesn't go "out of style"!

I will write articles as often as I can and will send out a free newsletter to all subscribers as well:)
Stay Tuned For more exciting stuff up there!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Kindness vs foolishness

Note: no names will be revealed so that I don't end up destroying anybody's reputation. It is the principle that we are talking about here, not the facts themselves.

Recently I was asked to give a series of public speaking engagements on 2 topics. Posture and nutrition to a groups of youth who are at risk due to their sedentary lifestyles (yes... adults are at risk too!).

Thats easy. I love talking about this kind of thing. And to back up the talking (and uh... so my reputation as a fitness expert is not tarnished), I also love reading health, fitness and performance related books, DVD's and science journals.

However I faced a situation. In this series of talks (about 12 -15 in total) the first 2 were terrible logistically. No microphone, no working projector, no suitable area to project on, organizers were late getting people in, sudden changes in venue and timing. All in all an unprofessional organizational job...despite being given prior instructions to have these in place.

It happens. Not everybody matches our expectations.

But what to do about it? I thought it through. On the one hand, I want to give the talks because i really do care that these youth will end up dead prematurely with their current lifestyles. However with the support I am getting, the quality of the presentation and the perception of myself as a professional goes down...

So far I have kept cool about it and "shared" my views with the organizers. 2 times... is actually 2 times too many. But I'm trying to be understanding about it. I hope they can match the standards of excellence that I expect (and really, its not a lot that I am asking for as a speaker). Or else this will be an unpleasant experience.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Agility Is not just for athletes

This is a pretty nutty story! Paula Abdul breaks her nose avoiding her dog. Ok while not poking fun at the misfortune of others, I'm a person who takes all "non contact" i.e. nobody hit you.. injuries as a training (or lack of training fault).

There are SO MANY non contact knee ligament tears, ankle sprains and back problems. Most people are no able to control their bodyweight well enough to avoid these injuries. Desk jobs and excess calories make this happen.

Thats why when I train people they first have to be able to accelerate and decelerate their own bodies before we start going wild with the heavy weights. Sometimes people ask me why my clients are doing "simple" stuff like push up and bodyweight inverted rows. Lunges and step-up's etc... Well... its because thats all they can handle at this moment and any more is irresponsible program design!

Yes... thats a woman! and thats good control of your bodyweight!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Back Pain is real!

The statistics are pretty shocking... 80% of people will have some kind of back pain during their lifetime. Seems pretty accurate! I know 4 people who have recently injured their backs.

  1. Injured While Sneezing
  2. Injured helping an old lady carry her goods
  3. Injured slipping on a badminton court
  4. Injured helping a friend move furniture
All legitimate. All preventable.
The key is core stability.

Contrary to what is commonly thought, the core is NOT about endless crunches and other weird movements on a swiss ball. Just about every muscle in the core is set up to stabilize the lower back to PREVENT movement not create movement.

2 VERY basic core exercises that are safe for your spine, and train the core the way it was meant to be are the front plank and the side plank. Hold them for time 30-180 seconds depending on your ability.



Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Families are Important

Fathers may be more important than mothers in determining whether a child becomes overweight or obese, according to a ground-breaking new Australian study by the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

“This study of a large cross-section of Australian pre-schoolers has, for the first time, suggested that fathers could be at the frontline in preventing early childhood obesity,” explains Associate Professor Melissa Wake of CCCH. “Mothers are often blamed for their children’s obesity, but this study suggests that for more effective prevention perhaps we should focus on the whole family.

“Given the importance of the family unit in a child’s preschool years, and its influence on their nutrition and physical activity levels, it is timely to look at the parenting roles of both parents and the impact they have on a child’s tendency to be overweight or obese,” she said. “This makes even more sense given that more than 40% of these young mothers and more than 60% of these young fathers were themselves overweight or obese.”

“We know from earlier research that childhood obesity is highly stable during the primary school years, right from school entry. For instance, the BMI of a prep- grade child has an 85% correlation with their BMI three years later. Obese school children are very likely to become obese adults,” warns Associate Professor Wake.

So dad's are even more responsible for the way kids turn out than moms... I am sure that this is not just a health related truth. Check out all the truly balanced, happy kids, they all have strong father figures.

Even more than running fast, lifting heavy stuff and being a successful and influential fitness professional, I want to be a world class dad and husband. Making myself a positive influence to the next generation is the stuff that legends are made of.