Getting back to the whole “well, that’s easy for him to say” thing that I’ve been harping on about for the past few entries… I don’t seem to get so much of this any more. I’m getting more of the people who just want me to tell ’em what works, so they can get stuck into it. That’s how I like it!
Generally speaking though, it’s a common thing for people to assume “this guy is a trainer, he’s never had to lose weight. He’s been an athlete his whole life! How can he possibly understand what it is like for me?”
It’s probably fair enough that people might be offended to be told “oh, it’s easy!” when they’ve tried really hard in the past and not been successful. Here’s the deal though. No matter how hard you try, if you’re doing stuff that does not work, you can’t succeed! What I’m trying to get across to people is that the stuff that actually does work, is not that difficult. You just have to stick to it!
There’s actually a really really good trainer who works from the same gym that I do, and I guess he got tired of hearing this sort of thing and so he deliberate put on like 50kg of fat, then got rid of it all again, and he’s just published a book about the whole experience. Since then a whole heap of people have kind of ripped off his idea and done the same thing… I guess so they can say to people “Well actually I DO know what you’re going through, because I’ve done it myself not long ago”.
So, I don’t take anything away from anyone or try to diminish anyone’s experience or achievements in any way, shape or form. But as far as me having it easy and being a life long athlete… I’ll tell you some amusing stories;
Remember tee-ball? It’s like baseball or softball, but with no pitcher. The ball just sits there on a tee. In school I was such a natural athlete, I would actually STRIKE OUT in tee-ball. Every time. That’s why I chose weight training in the first place, because I needed to get into shape and it seemed like something I wouldn’t be too unco-ordinated for. Why did I need to get into shape? Oh… chronic asthma, overweight, they cut out half my thyroid (you know, the thing everyone else blames for their weight problem) because it had a whopping great big tumour the size of my fist in it…
So, right there is enough to dispel any notion of it being “easy” for me. Throw in shift work as well for good measure. More to the point though, the information just wasn’t out there back then like it is now. Or at least, if it was out there, I never knew about it. Ironically while now I get told how easy it must have been for me because I’m so lucky, back then all I ever got told was “you can’t do it as a vegetarian, you will HAVE TO start eating meat”. In fact to this day I still get told that, usually by guys who’ve just asked why my arms are so big. Figure that one out!
So despite what you might have thought, it wasn’t actually all that easy for me. But it’s easy NOW, and it will be easy for you as well because you have the benefit of me training for however many years, doing a lot of things wrong, and a few things right. Taking on bad advice about what’s necessary in training, even worse advice about what’s required with nutrition, but eventually disregarding that bad advice, and ending up with just the stuff that actually works, that anyone can do.
I’ll say it once more.
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