Monthly Archives: December 2012

Just a number

I hear friends, clients and people in general complaining all the time. It could be about their weight or age or dress size or body fat % or something else, but there is always a number and there is always whining.

How does it matter how much you weigh if you look great? How does it matter how old you are if your physical capability and mental calmness is trending north ? How does it matter what your dress size is if it looks awesome on you?

How does any number matter if you’re happy with the way you look, feel and function? Or how does any number matter if you’re unhappy?

The goal is not to get to any number. The goal is to continually work towards betterment. Period.

Born to run, but…

… did you learn to run?

Just because you have evolved to be able to do a certain movement, that in no way means you are capable of doing it safely and efficiently especially in a competition/race type setting. Humans can swim. No question. But without really learning to swim, would you jump into a lake assuming all will be well?

More than 95% of recreational distance runners today are sadly only worried about running longer and faster. Very very few runners actually take the time to learn to run better.

Do you have random niggles? Do any of your joints hurt? Do you need to ice your joint(s) multiple times a week? If yes, it is time to drop your running mileage and spend some quality time learning to run.

Any idiot can go out and start running. But do you care enough to get better at running and to continue running injury free for a long time to come? If yes, quit mindless running and start learning.

Here are some resources that will help you start off on the right foot.

You can’t do everything that is good for you

Olive oil is healthful. So are blueberries and chestnuts and avocados and organic milk and green leafy vegetables and ghee and dark chocolate and honey and nuts and fruit and eggs and cheese and lentils. Does that mean you need to eat all this everyday? Absolutely not.

Kettlebells are awesome. So are barbells and dumbbells and slosh pipes and sandbags and ropes and weighted vests and barefoot shoes and punching bags and indian clubs. Does that mean you need to train using all these? Absolutely not.

Smoking kills. So does chronic alcoholism and stress and uncontrolled chronic junk food consumption and trying to drop kick a moving train. Does that mean you need to avoid all this? Well, of course!

The trick to becoming fit and healthy, as demonstrated by our south Indian ancestors in the early 1900s, is to not do everything that is supposedly good for you but to stay away from most things that are terrible for you.

World’s fittest people

Like for most men, my journey towards fitness has always been a quest for strength (and in turn muscle). I read everything about strength. I did everything I could to get strong as soon as possible. I worked in short rep ranges, lifted very heavy loads, ate everything which had a face and a soul and lived a life which seemed more beautiful when I hit a deadlift PR than when my wife kissed me.

Over the years all I was left with was regret. I never gained enough muscle. I never got strong enough. My arms were never big enough. My abs weren’t visible enough. And, most importantly, nothing ever happened soon enough. I always thought I wasn’t doing enough.

But looking back, in the process of losing 45 lb of fat, gaining 25 lb of muscle and, most importantly, falling in love with fitness, I’ve realized that there is no quest. There is no race. There is no such thing as “enough”. The world’s fittest people are not the ones who lift the most weight or run the fastest mile or have the most defined set of abs but the ones who sustain an active lifestyle for the longest.  And you and I can be one of them.

Find something you love. Do it repeatedly because you enjoy doing it. Train to get better at it. Rinse and repeat.

How to lose 15kg in 6 days

It is pretty simple actually. Here is what you need to do on each day.

Day 1 – Run a full marathon.

Day 2 – Cycle 100 miles.

Day 3 – Sprint 400m in under 40 seconds. Repeat for 4 rounds.

Day 4 – Push a car for 15 miles.

Day 5 – Eat nothing.

Day 6 – Eat nothing and drink nothing.

Day 7 – Weigh yourself but remember to subtract the weight of your casket.

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