Many moons ago, I was a young lad of around 14 or 15 – STILL trying to pack on some much needed beef to my upper arms and shoulders to “match” the other guys at school that were far bigger than me.
And though I did everything under the sun – including follow a lot of ridiculous advice given to me by (in most cases) people that were the complete opposite of the ideal I was hoping to achieve – it never happened.
Case in point being my Dad telling me that “curling 5 kg weights” repetitively for reps would make my muscles much stronger – if I did it for 15 minutes at a time.
I still can’t help but laugh when I think of this – NOT only because he himself has never ever been anywhere near fit in his whole life – but mostly because yours truly accepted that advice, and actually thought it would work.
Did it work at the time? Well, I’ll let you figure it out – but this pattern continued with me for quite a while.
Many of you know that I’m a writer, and have written a lot OUTSIDE the fitness area – and a lot of my work has been done with other publishers.
And guess what – NONE of any of that really allowed me to blossom – or take me anywhere near the ultimate goal I was looking to achieve at the time.
What really turned my life around was reading Pyscho Cybernetics – an immortal classic available on Amazon and elsewhere – a book which quite literally changed the way I think from the INSIDE out.
After that point, one of the things I started to do was reject advice from all excepting those who had DONE what I wanted to do – and I did everything I could to learn from these people – and learn about their lives in general.
And it was only then that things started to work for me and my life started to turn around in ALL areas, my friend. ALL areas.
When it comes to fitness, if you’re tired of not having time to go to the gym – or frustrated by the lack of progress – or are looking for a quicker and better solution – and have thus invested in the 0 Excuses Fitness System, one of the first things that’ll happen is folks that have never DONE any of it will come up to you and start offering “advice”.
“Oh, those squats! I heard those were bad for the knees”
“Handstand pushups! You’ll never be able to do those – and they’re bad for the shoulders!”
“500 pushups does nothing for strength!”
And so on and so forth and other such ridiculous advice given by those who have never actually PRACTISED what they so ignorantly preach.
Would you take advice on learning how to swim from someone that does not know how to?
Would you learn a foreign language from someone that has no clue on how to speak – let alone teach – it?
Would you take advice on diet from someone that pounds six – or 12 packs on a nightly basis?
I didn’t think so, my friend.
Amazingly enough these very same “experts” that dispense advice seemingly freely, willy nilly, ad infinitum on topics they have VERY LITTLE (if at all) REAL knowledge of, will turn away when asked for a logical explanation – complete with experiences – as to WHY said exercises won’t work.
Even more amazingly, these same people harbor desires of doing the very same thing internally – but are actually “scared” of getting to that level – and this inner battle manifests itself in said negativity towards actual doers.
Case in point being handstand pushups – anyone claiming they’re dangerous has never actually gotten to any sort of level where they can claim proficiency and be qualified to dispense advice galore.
Everyone, their mama, and their dog seems to be handing out fitness advice – and you, my friend, would be WELL advised to ignore all but advise that comes from those that have been there and done that.
I categorically state on my site as well as most of the product pages that there was a time in my life I was not only overweight – but OBESE.
“From 120 kgs – > 60 kgs”, and so forth.
You’d be hard pressed to find this stated on the sites of the vast majority of fitness “experts” or “gurus” out there.
And yet, I have no qualms about saying it – and WHY?
Because not only does it show the efficacy of what I’m telling YOU to do – I’m 100% PLUS qualified to tell you to do these things because – I’ve been there – and done that.
So if you’re looking to get past a 100 straight squats, ask someone whose been there and done that as opposed to the gym rat furiously pushing away at the leg press.
If you’re looking to get better at pushups, Jane Fonda is probably NOT the best person to ask, methinks.
And if you’re looking to get better at pull-ups – – well – – again, the person best qualified to tell you how to get there is someone that’s been in the trenches in that regard.
So that’s today’s tip. Be very picky indeed about whose advice you take as “gospel”. It might just be one of the best things you can do for yourself!
P.S. – Pull-ups are one of those topics EVERYONE and their mama has an “opinion” about, but few adults are anywhere near “good” at pull-ups – let alone do more than a few reps in a workout if even that. However, you CAN get to elite status at these – and it’s NOT as hard as you might think if you’ve got the right tools. And the perfect tool in this regard is right HERE – – http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/