Friday, November 12, 2010

Collected Fitness Wisdom #27

The first thing you have to understand is that there are only a few things you can do to change the way you look. The word “tone” does not exist. It is not a reality and there is no definition for it. You can only make a muscle bigger or make it smaller. The same can be said for fat cells; you can make them bigger or you can make them smaller. That’s it. You can’t shape or elongate or tone a muscle or anything like that. So basically what every female should be aiming to do is build muscle and lose fat. While the phrase “build muscle” scares some females, it shouldn’t. When you build muscle you will end up looking better and burning more calories at rest, meaning it will help you lose fat and get leaner.

I am fortunate to know a lot of people who have made ridiculous progress in the weight room and dramatically changed their bodies.  And, I can tell you that just about all of them chalk up a big chunk of their success to just consistently busting their humps – both in the weight room and the kitchen – for years.  I’ve never met a world-class bodybuilder, powerlifter, or other athlete that devotes a huge part of their success to a supplement they use, or radical training program they did in their first few years of training.  It’s funny, though; when I meet an up-and-coming lifter or athlete (and particularly professional baseball players), the first question is “what supplements should I take?”  I generally recommend “Shut up and Train” in softgel form.

~Eric Cressey

If you keep goldfish or other tropical fish as pets - one of the best things you can do to keep your fish healthy is to change the water regularly.

In fact - if a fish gets sick - one of the recommended "treatments" is to change the water.

In other words - you don't treat the fish - you treat the environment.

The same is true for humans - whenever we aren't thriving - it's often our environment that needs changing. Take a look at your environment - the people you associate with, the gym you train at, the books you read, TV shows you watch, what you listen to...

Are you surrounded by like-minded people? Do you have support? Are you "planting" good material in your head through educational DVD's, CD's, books, etc. Is it a positive environment? Or are you slowly being "poisoned" by your own environment?

If you want to change your results, sometimes you need to change your surroundings.

~Alwyn Cosgrove


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