Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: Haters Gonna Hate
Ever notice that when it’s cold outside – for the record: yesterday and today are the first two days of legitimate snow here in Boston – people bitch and whine about how cold it is?
By that same token, when it’s too hot – people bitch and whine about how hot it is!
I don’t get it.
Then again – these are the same people who will find any excuse to complain about something. It’s too windy; the Dew Point is f’ed up; ObamaCare is the next Death Star; the barista at StarBucks put too much cream in my latte; I can’t believe “so and so” is on the new season of Dancing With the Stars; the checkout person didn’t ask me if I wanted my receipt, bitch; that rainbow is too “raibowey;” for the love of god, people, HAN SHOT FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyways I have no other reason behind this keen observation other than it’s something I noticed today while standing in line at Panera while someone complained that the line was moving too slow.
People complain way too much.
Now if you excuse me, someone just looked at me wrong and I have to go scissor kick them in the pancreas.
If You Are Not Sore, You Are Not Working Hard Enough…Or Are You – Kyle Arsenault
It’s a common fallacy people make. If they’re not drowning in a pool of their own sweat or don’t feel like they’re on the verge of an epileptic seizure after a training session, it obviously was a waste of their time.
This is a battle I have fight all the time and my retort is usually saying something along the lines of “any tool with a certification can make you tired and sore. But it takes a COACH and someone who actually know what they’re talking about to be able to tweak programming to garner a desired effect – whatever it may be.
Making someone tired for the sake of feeling tired is a pointless endeavor and rarely yields positive results in the long run. Likewise soreness doesn’t mean much either
On one hand, especially with newbies, it’s a matter of teaching them the difference between sore and hurt.
On the other, especially with those who are more advanced, it’s a matter of teaching them that fatigue will always mask one’s true level of fitness.
Yes, soreness is okay and it’s perfectly fine to want to kick yourself in the ass sometimes so that you ARE sore the next day.
But it’s certainly not the “x-factor” when it comes to long-standing results, and it’s certainly not something that should be strived for on a consistent basis.
Supple Leopard vs. The World – Dr. Quinn Henoch
It’s the fitness industry’s latest version of the classic West Side Story rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks.
On one side you have those who lean towards the CrossFit mentality – in particular, Dr. Kelly Starrett – and advocate pushing the knees out when squatting or deadlifting in an effort to create more torque and not to allow any torsion stress on the body.
On the flip side, you have those who have a little bit of an issue with this mindset.
I thought this was a fantastic (and fair) discussion which lends the opportunity for the reader to make up his or her own mind on the topic.
My thoughts? I think much of the controversy is lost in translation. I’ve heard Kelly talk about this and from what I can gather – and I could be wrong on this – he never really states that he wants people to excessively push their knees out. Rather, it’s more of a cue so that people don’t go into knee valgus (which I agree with, 100%).
I know I’d never go out of my way to allow someone to squat with excessive knee valgus. And I think by that logic it makes sense that letting the pendulum glide too far to the other side – where people are going into excessive knee varus – doesn’t do them any favors either.
What are people arguing about again?
Take the Lunge – Lee Boyce
Lee’s been on a writing tear lately, and with this gem he touches on the intricacies of the one of the more overlooked movement patterns – the lunge.