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  • Article: Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie

    It's here:
    Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie*|*Men’s Journal

    It's a long article so I suggest skipping the history of all the CW he was following before and why gyms work that way... To skip it, go to page 3 here:
    Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie*|*Men’s Journal

    There's also an interesting chart here:
    Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie*|*Men’s Journal

    So, what do you all think? Sounds relatively on-target to me compared to what people usually think they have to do. This article just seems to focus on lifting as opposed to bodyweight exercises (but more advanced people seem to automatically progress to lifting anyway.)
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  • #2
    Good article!!

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    • #3
      (but more advanced people seem to automatically progress to lifting anyway.)
      Actually, many of us (including Mark) have "advanced" to bodyweight work after years of lifting. It all depends on your goals.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
        Actually, many of us (including Mark) have "advanced" to bodyweight work after years of lifting. It all depends on your goals.
        and also your likes/dislikes. I prefer body weight but include weights for certain things.
        I'll read the article when I'm home.
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        • #5
          great article.
          it's been almost a year since i was in the gym doing the big lifts, as i've been using bodyweight programs for power and endurance...but this makes me want to get back in there for a little bit just to give it a go again.
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          • #6
            Weights can be very rewarding, but there's more than one way to train. Some will tell you gymnastic rings are THE strength builder, others swear by sandbags, some by kettlebells, some by extreme calisthenics (serious bodyweight training)…

            They all have one thing in common: intensity.

            I’m going to post this on facebook though, women stand to benefit from reading this too even though it’s written for men.
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            • #7
              I read that a couple months ago and shared it with my 19 year old son. He couldn't understand why he couldn't gain muscle even though he went to the gym everyday (and spent 90% of the time on the elliptical).
              Everything in that article I told him, but when you are a 19 year old male, Father = person that knows less than said 19 year old.
              He is still a cardio bunny, but at least now he does something besides bench and curls.
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              • #8
                100% awesome.

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                • #9
                  Good Article - best part were the graphs.
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                  • #10
                    I love this comparison:
                    Most gyms do include a few token free weights, but think about where you’ll find them: around the edges of the room, like fresh fruits and vegetables in a supermarket that gives all the prime middle-of-the-store shelf space to Frosted Flakes and frozen cheesecake.
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                    • #11
                      A client of mine brought me the actual magazine a little while back to show me this article. Ah...good ol' paper.

                      It is nice to see an article like this in such a mainstream publication. I could do without the sensationalistic title though.
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                      • #12
                        I worked in senior management for a large multinational gym chain for a few years and I can tell you one thing - the commercial gym chain does not like people who train with free weights so they are always marginalised.
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                        • #13
                          Free Weights! Free Weights! Free Weights! .....Always loved them, Always will.

                          Nothing against body weight exercising, to each their own I firmly believe, but there is a component to moving weights that you wont EVER get from moving your body weight. And ....there isnt anything more grok-like in the world than lifting up/moving/carrying/pushing some heavy weights!!!!


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                          • #14
                            What a great article. I do a few more exercises then the big three but they are barbell exercises. He is absolutly right though. Sometimes you have to lift just to prove to yourself that your worth something, that you can do something, and to blow off some steam. Best article I've read in a long time. Thanks for posting it up.
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                            • #15
                              I think the guy is right, but he is overselling his point. Had he written this article in the 80's or 90's he might have been onto something, but with CrossFit, Rippetoe, Mehdi etc this is yesteryear's news, even with personal trainers. Look around the forum discussions here - I dont think that many of the regular contributors would be surprised by what he has to say.

                              Having said this - he does say it eloquently, and it is certainly worth the read (if you can ignore the title....)
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