Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: The Day Before My Birthday Edition
That’s right, it’s the day before my birthday. For the record, I wear a size 10.5 shoe, large t-shirts (okay whatever, smedium), and if you’re looking for any other gift ideas, I’ve been eye-balling the Star Wars collection on blu-ray.
…..I also take gift cards.
Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a birthday person. I mean, I’m one of seven BILLION people in this world, so who am I to think that November 30th is somehow a bigger deal than any other day throughout the year? Come to think of it, though, I do share a birthday with Bo Jackson – so that’s pretty baller.
Nevertheless, tomorrow I turn 35. 35! To put that into perspective, 20 years ago Goodfellas came out in theaters (but Silence of the Lambs won Best Picture. Bullshit!), The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was my favorite television show (Blossom was a close second), and I was totally performing my fair share of bicep curls while listening to Gonna Make You Sweat by C+C Music Factory.
In a way, I guess you could say I was pretty awesome for a 15 year old.
Okay, enough with the walking down memory lane business – I’m sure this is just thrilling to everyone reading. Anyways, here’s some stuff to check out that I felt were fantastic reads from this past week!
Core Power, with a Twist – by Tonge Mccor Erotempo of Econazole
For those wondering who the hell Tonge Mccor Erotempo of Econzole is – that’s me; albeit it’s my Star Wars name. Go a head and click the link. Don’t pretend you don’t want to know what yours is as well.
If you turn to page 57 of this month’s issue of Men’s Health (the one pictured above), you’ll see a quick 15-Minute workout I wrote. Sorry there’s no link, so you’ll have to visit your local CVS. That is all.
The Real Reasons You Should Exercise – by Ericka Hurst
This blog post was sent to me by my internet buddy, Juliet, because she felt it would be something I’d think was pretty badass. And she was right!
I’ve always been curious as to why, when a woman is seen training her butt off in the gym, she’ll inevitably be approached by someone asking “so, uh, what are you training for, a competition or something?” My girlfriend gets interrupted all the time during her training sessions by either personal trainers or random gym patrons asking her about her program (which I write). She doesn’t mind or anything, and she’ll answer their questions, but it’s funny to think that just because she’s performing a heavy set of deadlifts followed by kettlebell swings automatically means she’s stepping on stage next week.
Why can’t a woman train just to train?
I love Ericka’s comment: I workout because being weak and mediocre sucks!
New Cholesterol Guidelines: Utter Madness – by Jonny Bowden
Anyone who’s been reading my blog for a while knows my thoughts on cholesterol. I think it’s been wrongly demonized, and feel that the lay public is woefully misinformed.
Here, Jonny Bowden responds to the news that The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has issued new guidelines on cholesterol, and now advise screening for all children between the ages of 9-11.
I’ll let Jonny take over from here, but suffice it to say, I couldn’t agree more that this is setting a very, very, very dangerous precedent.
How a Chubby Trainer Became the “Go To” Guy Among Dozens of Hardbodies – by John Izzo
I’ve always appreciated John’s perspective on things, because he doesn’t sugar coat anything. If you’re an upcoming trainer or coach, you’d be remiss not to read this excellent post. At the end of the day, it comes down to something Mike Boyle has stated numerous times: no one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Comments for This Entry
DanBe sure to click on "the primal butt" link in Ericka's blog....great pic, er.....article, great article!!
November 29, 2011 at 9:40 am |
ErikaThanks so much for the link! ..and happy early birthday!!
November 29, 2011 at 9:48 am |
Damon BrobstGreat Stuff Tony! I really enjoyed reading John Izzo's post, thanks for the link.
November 29, 2011 at 10:00 am |
JulietHigh five internet buddy. Good stuff. I'm stoked to read the cholesterol guidelines and that last link. On that note, I am going to go pretend to work. OH! And happy birthday. Enjoy the dead animal flesh I'm guessing you'll be celebrating with!
November 29, 2011 at 10:25 am |
BarathHappy Birthday Tony!
November 29, 2011 at 10:34 am |
'House' of FitnessDude! That is Erika Hurst, and She Rocks!
November 29, 2011 at 10:51 am |
AnonymousThanks for the heads up! I tried to find her last name on the blog, but couldn't. Already made the fix.
November 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
NockTony, your first link on "Core Power....." doesn't have the hyperlink set up properly. Just F.Y.I.
November 29, 2011 at 11:08 am |
AnonymousNock - There isn't supposed to be a link because it's only in the print mag (I believe).
November 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
R SmithTony, Eager to read the MH piece. I have a date with the bookstore later today. AND the blog by Ericka is, so far, my read of the day. Just...dayum! Also, it was great to hear an NPR commentator deride Chik-Fil-A for going after the "Eat More Kale" folks on my way to the gym this morning. I believe the line was, "Yeah, whenever I reach for kale, I often worry about confusing it with chicken."
November 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
Dwalkdebate about cholesterol at work today with people who refuse to believe that it is not the evil bastard of heart disease, lasted until I brought up all my evidence and studies ( some from your site ) and not another word was said about it
November 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
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