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The other day my inbox was inundated with THIS story of actress Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly being diagnosed with osteopenia, a precursor to the bone thinning disease, osteoporosis.

In light of my past transgressions towards Ms. Paltrow and her “intelligent as a ham-sandwich” trainer, Tracy Anderson, let me first say that I will never make light of someone’s misfortune. The situation sucks, but if we’re going to look on the bright side of things, it seems as though she caught this early enough and should be able to reverse any damage that has already been done.

That said, with all the rainbows and puppy-dog kisses out of the way, let me just say WTF!!!! At 37, I’m really hoping this is a wake-up call for Mrs. Coldplay. It can’t be a good feeling knowing that Betty White could kick your ass.

What’s more, does anyone else find it a bit comical that despite suffering from a fairly severe tibial plateau fracture a few years ago, she namely blames her condition on the fact that she was recently diagnosed with low levels of vitamin D? From her blog:

I went on a prescription strength level of Vitamin D and was told to…spend a bit of time in the sun! I was curious if this was safe, having been told for years to stay away from its dangerous rays, not to mention a tad bit confused. As we are all well schooled in the dangers of overexposure to the sun…..

Yep, 15 minutes of sun exposure a day is dangerous, but a decade’s worth of detox cleanses and macrobiotic dieting focusing on nothing but veggies, grains, soup, and fish is completely healthy! Sorry, as much as I love my veggies, any diet that eliminates several food groups at a time and considers what mounts to sandpaper dipped in battery acid as a treat is borderline retarded.

Moreover,Gwyneth has also been quoted as saying that she trains six days per week following the routines that her trainer, Tracy Anderson gives her. For those not in the loop, Tracy Anderson, in all her infinite wisdom, believes that no woman should lift a weight heavier than three lbs. Ever. Brilliant. Apparently she missed the part in exercise physiology class where you learn that, while strength training is a superb way to help prevent the onset of osteoporosis in women, you still need what’s called a Minimal Essential Strain (MES). Doing cute arm-circles and leg lifts for hundreds of repetitions at a time ain’t gonna cut it. Nice work Tracy!

Nevertheless, this story really hits home with me because as someone who makes his living training women on a daily basis, this is the kind of thing that I’m constantly trying to fight. As much as I try to educate women on the merits of strength training and that eating calories is actually a good thing, I sometimes feel it’s a no-win situation when you’re battling the likes of People Magazine and Access Hollywood.

I’ll keep fighting the good fight, though. And, with any luck, maybe someone will hear me

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