No Sugar…

I don’t often post a full on post from others, as I know you come here to read what I have to say on matters. The following post, by my friend and fellow trainer John Sifferman, is worth it though. Well worth it. Take heed. 

I’ll be honest. I’m guilty of sugar-coating the truth from time to time, too. I’ve bent it ever-so-slightly to try and convince people that it won’t be that hard to make positive changes in their lives – in hopes that they would be inspired to take one small step in the right direction. But people need to stop kidding themselves by avoiding the real problem. What people need to do is swallow the truth whole and then get to WORK.

So, if you want to improve your health, fitness, conditioning, and quality of life, here are some hard truths for you…

  1. You’re going to have to change things about the way you live your life.
  2. Change is hard. Accept it and move on.
  3. You will have to use your body – vigorously and regularly.
  4. You’ll have to show up every single day.
  5. Showing up is only the beginning.
  6. What you do today should always be more difficult than what you did yesterday. That’s how growth happens.
  7. You are in a constant flux of always training, always recovering. You cannot stop this process. Ignore it at your own peril.
  8. There are no days off, and there should be no easy days on. Period.
  9. Sometimes, it will hurt, and you’ll have to keep going anyways.
  10. What and how you eat is just as important as how you train (ie critically, vitally, unavoidably important). So, you’re going to have to eat good food that supports your goals. Yes, you will probably need to do some research. Yes, you will need to plan some meals. Yes, you will need to try some new recipes. Yes, you will need to do the shopping yourself. Yes, you will need to buy the best foods and ingredients that you can afford. Yes, it may even cost more. Yes, you will need to prepare it yourself. Yes, you’ll get to eat it yourself (yay!). And yes, it will take time. Yes, yes yes. Stop making excuses and stop ignoring the elephant in the room. Buck up and get with the program. Your life depends on it, and we’re counting on you.
  11. You are capable of more than you can imagine.
  12. You’re going to have to find time or make time for the important stuff – just like everyone else does.
  13. The details do matter.
  14. You’re going to have to give up some of the things you love.
  15. It won’t be easy. Let me repeat that in case it didn’t sink in. It will NOT be easy. Another way of saying that is that it will be hard – very hard if you actually plan on succeeding. So, if you’re not willing to work hard, or if you’re the type who gives up easily, then do yourself a favor and don’t even try. You’ll just let yourself down like you always have.

But if you do go through with it. If you actually do the work, then know this: it will always, always be worth it. And don’t you EVER forget about number 11 on that list. Sifferman, out!

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt


The Way is in Training

Any more there is just training. I don’t really make a distinction between doing a heavy squat, running fast on a trail, sitting in zazen, reading a philosophical treatise, flowing thru a kata… all necessary and beneficial.. all just training all just living.. the business of issness.


Regarding genetics. Its true we all have genetic predispositions that work for or against us… though most all predispositions at one time worked for us or they would not yet be with us…just that sometimes those predispositions can under different circumstances (like a sedentary life and fake-food) become maladaptive. That being said there never was a gene selection for being out of shape, foregoing healthy exercise, or foregoing proper nutrition etc. No such gene could have been passed on! So when I hear people claim they are overweight, or sick all the time, or in pain all the time, etc because of their genes that doesn’t really hold water. No offense but its bunk, its an excuse. Its true they may have predispositions that due to their lifestyle makes them more susceptible to particular conditions but predispositions, of which we all have, are not fate. They are to be responded to appropriately. Its everyones birthright and heritage to be a fit healthy human, just as your ancestors were. Only Zoo animals suffer such. Don’t be a zoo human.aborigines