Do you push your boundaries and challenge your comfort zones in life and training? If you don’t push your boundaries, how will you know where they are?! If you fail to challenge your comfort zone in life or training, you can’t grow; figuratively or literally. If your goals and dreams don’t scare the hell out of you, you’re doing it wrong! Specific to training and the gym, I see people going in the gym and doing the exact same thing month in and month out, year in and year out. They stay in their comfort zone. I try to suggest the guy who’s been doing strictly body building style training (moderate to high volume in the 8-12 rep ranges) for years to try some sled pushing, tire flipping, and heavy KB swings once per week for a change. Their ego, fear of change, and inability to train outside their comfort zone prevents them from even trying it in 99.9% of the time I find. Most athletes, even some top tier athletes, are virtually incapable of going outside their comfort zones in their programs, even when aware it could improve their performance! In life and in training, intelligently going outside your comfort zone and pushing your boundaries is how you grow, both literally and figuratively. Many will not do it because going outside their comfort zone is well, uncomfortable! It’s scary, or it threatens their self perceptions. There’s a risk they may fail, there’s a risk they may find they are bound by the same physical laws we all are and a risk they will not live up to expectations, either of their own making or that of others. There’s many reasons people are unwilling to push their own boundaries
Recently, I was reflecting on the number of well known figures in the industry I’ve known or met over the years, and it struck me that it might make a fun article. I’ve been in the “biz” a long time now, and it occurred to me that I’ve probably met just about every major figure in the industry at one time or another. Some of them are gone now, while others are still alive; some have names readers will recognize right away, and some don’t.
Although I can’t possibly cover all the figures I’ve encountered over the years, some stand out in my mind, and I thought a few anecdotes about them would be entertaining.
Now, these stories aren’t going to expose some sordid secrets about these people that will have readers saying “wow, I didn’t know he was a cross dresser!” or something like that. Even if I could (and yes, I know where the skeletons are…), I would not. Nor are they in any particular order—I just wrote them down as they came to mind.
I met Arnold Schwarzenegger when I was fairly new to the bodybuilding industry, and Arnold was “just” a movie star. We were both in Columbus, Ohio for the “Arnold Classic” – the show he promotes. I always stayed at the same hotel he did: the Hyatt on Capitol Square. Back then, he was pretty much a regular guy. Sure, he had some security around, but it was fairly minimal while he was in the hotel, and not very invasive. One morning, I was having breakfast in the main dining room, when someone behind me tapped me on my shoulder and in a strong Austrian accent said, “excuse me, can you pass the salt?” I looked around, and it’s Arnold! He was looking at me with a “you gonna pass that salt or just think about it?” look on his face. I passed the salt!
Every culture has its myths and bodybuilding is no exception. Like most myths, most are nine parts fantasy and one part truth, though of course, some myths have no truth to them at all. I have spent much of my career attempting to expose myths surrounding bodybuilding and topics that relate to it, such as drugs, nutrition and supplementation etc.
Some claim “you don’t need any supplements” to make progress in the gym, or when trying to lose fat, or improve performance. Some claim they “need” a long list of supplements to succeed. What’s the truth? I cover the facts in this vid!
The Importance of Critical Thinking & Understanding the basics of the scientific method
These two vids are very well done and useful for science minded and non alike to understand how important critical thinking is. “Skewed Views of Science” will be the best 10 minutes any non-scientist can spend. For example, most people don’t actually know what the term “theory” means in science. You will hear someone say “Well X is ‘only’ a theory” and dismiss it. All that tells us is the person is totally ignorant of the most basic science terms and how the scientific method works in a general sense.
These vids are for non-scientists who want (need!) to know how science works on a general level, and will help to combat the current anti science/anti logic/anti critical thinking that is so common today.
As with fashion, what gets sold for supplements are often many decades old, and have been re marketed to people as new and “cutting edge.” . Case in point, Deer Antler products. Been around longer than I have yet made a big return to the market recently. It didn’t perform as advertised then, and it doesn’t now. Yet, millions of bottles sold sadly.
Are your kids “picky” eaters? In this vid, I cover how I and millions of others were cured of this affliction! Yes, you can cure your kids too….
How many times have you seen that type on nonsense claim before? Claims like that are pure fiction, so why do people fall for it??!
Just say no to hype!
Of Laser Sharks And Other Topics!
Shawn Phillips and I had a candid conversation about a bunch of topics people should enjoy. Shawn has been in the industry as long as I have, and we talk about various current topics, as well as tell some funny stories about what was the “Golden Age” of the supplement industry, when Muscle Media (which was published by Shawn’s Brother Bill Phillips) was the best magazine out there. Some of the topics we cover in this Podcast:
- The Truth About Whey Protein Isolate and the Unfounded Rumors
- Why Whey Protein is the Choice of Champions
- The Final Word on Creatine that works (and water retention #myth)
- How Supplement Companies Make Fools of You
- Laser Sharks (don’t ask, just listen)
- A Funny story about a famous fitness icon!! Good one Will!
- Pre-workout supplements: What you really need, why
- Full Force the choice of Elite Operators (where is it now?)
- Where to buy supplements, why
And more! To listen to this Podcast, click below:
Successful Internet Forums For Owners And Users
By Will Brink
As a student of human nature, as well as a long-time forum member and owner, I am in a good position to offer some general thoughts (call it a rant if you like!) and guidelines regarding ‘net based forums. I guess I am as qualified as any to comment from the user’s side of the equation. Currently, I read or post to a least a dozen forums per day, some revolving around my line of work and others related to my hobbies and interests: fitness, health, bodybuilding, longevity, weight loss, audio-video, military, law enforcement, firearms—to name a few.
I can also comment from the owner’s side, as my two forums—Fat Loss Revealed and Bodybuilding Revealed—have over 10,000 active members. Not the largest forums on the ‘net for sure, but not small time either.