This past weekend Carrie and I had the amazing opportunity to learn from one of the best strength and conditioning coaches on the planet Dr. John Rusin
I’ll be going over my notes from almost 20 hours of lecture and demonstrations for the next few months at least- which is going to translate into some amazing stuff for our OF members!
There were former NFL and MLB stars in the room, a woman who is considered one of the best powerlifters in the sport right now, people that flew in from all over the world to hear this guy speak
You know what they say about surrounding yourself with greatness…
It was an amazing experience and just one of the ways that we’re constantly improving our level of coaching and keeping up to date with the latest research on strength, overall health and longevity
There was one phrase from the course that really stuck with me, I wrote it on the top of my notebook page and it’s been on my mind for the past few days.
It was about debunking outdated science and media myths about fitness and health, which John called “Vampire lies from the 80’s.”
I think it’s an amazing title, though at first movies like The Lost Boys and Interview with a Vampire sprung to mind
Then I got to thinking about what vampire lies are… they’re information that’s so misleading that they actually suck the life out of you
It got me thinking about all the tv products and diets that we’re constantly debunking and it’s true, it’ll suck the life out of you
And this is a world class coach who trains the highest level athletes in the country that’s talking about how frustrating old, bad information is to get past
Not only is it bad, it hurts people and confuses good information and bad information into one big pot of “diets” or “training”
In reality there’s the good, the bad, and the ugly
I’d suggest things like liquid diets, two shakes and a sensible dinner, bars instead of whole foods, and no fat/no carb diets in the ugly category
What they do to your body is the exact opposite of why people are buying them in the first place- to lose weight-
What many don’t realize is that if you’re body isn’t getting the minimum number of calories to run your vital systems the first thing it sheds is muscle, while storing your body fat in case of the emergency that you’ll cut calories even more!
Making you essential 10-20lbs less on the scale, but much higher % body fat in the end
Not what you want- in fact the amount of muscle you have as you age is a major health and quality of life indicator since it’s you’re metabolic engine
Resistance/weight training is the best exercise you can do to tone up, lean out, and tighten your skin. Like the adage says
Lifting weights doesn’t make you bulky, cupcakes make you bulky!
As a result steady state cardio training goes in the “bad” category. It’s not ugly because it has some great qualities to it- like recovery work, training your aerobic and cardiovascular system.
But it’s in the bad category because people place way too much emphasis on it. Going on the elliptical, walking on the treadmill, or riding a bike (especially stationary) are all good forms of exercise that will help you be healthier, but what this training is not is the best use of your time if you want to lose weight and tone up
And from my experience that’s why most people opt for “cardio” training in the first place. I hear people telling me all the time it’s not that they’re nutrition is off (even though I see what they post on social media every weekend) it’s that they need more “cardio”
Vampire lies suckin blood again
Now to the good- I would even say the GREAT
Exercise physiology is a pretty new science but’s it’s come a long way since the 80’s.
The great news is there’s more research being done all the time on how to stay lean, healthy and happy well into old age
Resistance/weight training has shown to increase muscle mass even with people in their 90’s
The body is a magical thing!
I’ll add that the right ratio of weight training, interval training, and recovery methods all geared towards your individual level are the best of the best when it comes to building a strong, healthy body and actually loving who you see in the mirror.
That’s what our programs are designed around, and we’re constantly evolving with the science.
But you have to take action in order to see your goals, dreams, and wants come true.
With all the craziness in the world today it’s important to know the real information about exercise and nutrition and that’s why we’re here.
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Your’s in Strength,