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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
July 30, 2018
As I sit at home and play Madden 2004, creating my old fake teams like the Sacramento Surge, the Arizona Rage and the LA Apocalypse, I wonder about the timeless factor of such a piece of hardware. For those that read this blog regularly, I came across this game a couple years ago and magically it still worked. It was funny looking into this time capsule, staring at a league that had virtually none of the modern stars of the NFL and had weird, younger versions of most for he coaches who are still stealing paychecks from various teams. There is a finite timeline to the game of football which is why I don’t recommend anyone should really desire to play it for a long time…the longevity just ain’t there for your success. Even kickers and long snappers—guys that used to be the lowest paid players on the field and last forever in the league—are expendable. While you might say “What about Tom Brady?!” I will say shut up and look at all of the rule changes made because of him. It’s like NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell owes his job to Patriots owner Robert Kraft….oh wait he does. Baseball people….play baseball. If you can get out of the minors and make a major league team, you can maybe make 500K easily. Or go to Japan or Korea or something. Anyway, where was I going with this? There is a blog to write here, so let us continue. I find it odd that so many people seem to hate playing old video games, like there has to be a faction that only plays the newest and craziest stuff versus the faction that loves the old stuff. Neither side really seems to get the idea they are the same team, and they are continuing a trend regardless of how they perceive their role within that structure.
Fitness is also a grand structure of cogs and wheels, manipulating motion and creating a force which needs to be maintained. While I harp on certain types of boutique fitness trends, they keep the conversation pushing forward because a lot of times they actually work (for a steep price of course). And so here today, we are gonna clear some things up in honor of Jon’s Vlog that he is posting on Youtube right now.
5. DON’T MIX UP THE FITNESS MOVEMENTS
Jon recently posted a video about Olympic Weightlifting, which is a huge part of the training philosophy here at Parsons Training. https://youtu.be/1K5U6tXDOuY When you see people doing clean and jerks and snatches, some people might say “Oh, I saw that on the CrossFit games!” No sister!! THAT IS NOT CROSSFIT! Now Olympic Weightlifting and CrossFit are completely different spectrums, one bent on form, concentration and body fluidity, the other being poor form and performing enough reps to send you to the hospital. Don’t get these two things mixed up people, for it may save your life and an appearance on Fail Army. Olympic Weightlifting is learning how to use your body to perform complex tasks which to the naked eye, should not be able to be performed. When done properly, you reduce your risk of injury and also strengthen your body in areas that might not be used on a regular basis. CrossFit, which attempts to use the same exercises, are all about getting more weight and getting reps. It is safe to say damage is being inflicted on the body while doing this procedure. This paradigm of training is not meant for such rep counts. Hell, just doing a decent weight can knock you out for a couple days. Now why do people mix these two up? I mean you don’t see people mixing up TRX Suspension Training with Calisthenics. You don’t see German Volume Training being mistaken for Super Sets or Circuits. Knowledge my friends is key, and it is beneficial to make sure you know what you are doing before you claim you are doing. If you want to do CrossFit, that is fine. Come to Barbell Club Mondays at Parsons Training East and learn how to do the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk properly so you don’t break your neck and also so you learn to do it properly and tell your “box” leader to stop assigning 50 snatches at 60% of your max weight. That is plain stupid. Dumber than the Fast and Furious franchise. I continue.
4. FITNESS IS SUBJECTIVE TO THE INDIVIDUAL….
Man, this is a part I have no right writing about. I state this due to the degree of self hate I inflict on myself for my inability to be better than what I perceive myself to be. Essentially, I should be fitter, stronger and more capable. Now this comes from some issues I have had with my personal image and my poor stress eating habits which have been inflicted on me by my work. In all fairness, I am pretty darn fit. More so than the average person. I compare myself to the men at my work in my age group and I am probably fitter than most. Maybe on the level with many of the guys younger than me. But I still have a bad impression of myself, because I try to reach a standard which is well above my head, and this depresses me sometimes and make me eat my feelings…a problem I have struggled with for 20 years. You have to remember where you come from and compare where you were to that previous form. While some people might be content with the change, others break through that wall to exceed such placements. All I can say is this…get yourself into the right headspace and try to compare yourself to yourself. I know I need to.
3. ….BUT ALSO HAVE GOALS.
In previous blogs, I mentioned Chris Evans is my body idol. No, I will not try to look like Captain America in “Infinity War” (though that hair and beard combo was quite striking, especially coming from a guy that hates beards), but getting somewhere close to that build is something to shoot for. Now in my pudgy state, that is gonna take a ton of work and I will really have to hunker down and BELIEVE I can do that, but it is a goal to have. It keeps me thinking about what I really need to do do to get that look. If I could just get my eating under control and get my cardio back up…I know it is achievable. Now there might be some naysayers out there that say this is stupid and a man my age should just be happy to be able to lift weights and have sex without the aid of Viagra or a Low-T Clinic, but I say that is a poor conceptualization of your hopes and dreams. It is good to have a goal, and even if you never do achieve that goal, it means you are striving to be better than you were the previous day. And that is the true reality of life. Goals can be adjusted to smaller goals, but keeping that ultimate goal is still not a bad thing. As you kill the smaller goals, you gain that confidence and allows you to meet the future standards necessary to be a superhero.
2. THERE IS NO MAGIC FOOD COMBINATION THAT WILL DESTROY YOUR FAT
There is a little bit of truth and a little bit of falsity to that last statement. If you stick to some unusual diet plan, you will lose weight, but the key is you will have to stay on that regimen provided you don’t get sick or die from it first. There is a reason why Parsons does not promote one eating philosophy over another. While the Keto Diet (Atkins 2.0) is all the rage right now, you have to be a certain type of athlete to really make that sort of diet work.…like an endurance athlete or someone that has less than five percent body fat. Restricting a huge part of your diet (especially carbs) has constantly been the diet du jour of the fitness industry, and every decade you see two or three different ideas to try and place the blame on that one piece of nutrition. We have already seen the Paleo diet come and go, and we also are seeing less and less people doing ridiculous “detoxes” these days. Now, the biggest boogieman that people hate to talk about is smaller portions. It is tough, I know. How can you eat a few potato chips when you can just sit and eat the whole bag? This is why you really need to be careful about what kind of food you put in your body. Fill up on the good stuff and control those. The key to everything is controlling what you intake and what you burn off. Once you create some discipline, then you can tackle some other areas within the eating spectrum with some short term diets.
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Steve, a Parsons Training Client, went from 400 pounds to Running half-marathons, from lifting pizzas to lifting hundreds of pounds through training with us.
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