By Jim Bryan
I still remember when I started weight training. I was about 12 years old and had trained for a couple of years on a small weight set my Dad got me. Then I was involved in a serious Motor Cycle accident and was out of training for a while. That was when I was 14. The Dr. told me If I hadn’t been lifting I’d probably be pushing up daisy’s.
I got back into training as soon as I could and have been at it ever since.
I also remember the severe diets when I was doing Bodybuilding Contests. Don’t miss them at all. This was before Dr. Atkins. Funny thing is we were doing the Low Carb thing long before it got popular. It happens that way in Strength Training. Much of what is considered “New and Cutting edge” is actually old and recycled. We trained to failure back then without making a fuss over it. We also used free weights AND machines and never thought about the latest “Functional Training” smokescreen.
A little story about “Functional Training.” It seems the KING (That’s what he’s called) of “Functional Training” was doing a seminar and was going to demonstrate how to develop balance by jumping onto a “Swiss Ball.” He did and busted his ass…….right in front of everyone! I don’t know if anybody got their money back but this type of BS goes on all the time. Thank goodness in my day we were limited to basic training ideas and didn’t have to deal with as much BS as trainees today.
I also remember the Supplement Craze in my day, that has continued up till now. The idea that you can’t gain without supplements is still big business. Now you have Pro Hormones that companies are hawking that may only have bad side effects and none good. In my day There was the Body Building Camp and the Strength Camp. I did both and am happy I did. But Body Building back then wasn’t near as freaky as it is now. I don’t believe for a second that today’s top BB’s are healthy. AND they haven’t been “clean” in years.
Things have gotten much simpler for me now. I still try to train hard and often. I still try new things. I still read. But I don’t worry about all the small things. I have some strength left but I find it’s hard to stay lean as I want to. I just eat less most of the time. I don’t go to Internet Discussion boards much anymore for the simple reason that I’ve heard most of it…..several times. I don’t worry about TUL or TUT. I’m not looking for the latest get big drink. I filter BS pretty good but now and then I find some good Info or Friends to discuss it with. I don’t give a c**p about “what’s best Free Weights or Machines?” They both work. I also don’t care if “Failure Training” works for the masses. I know it worked for me and everyone else that I have seen. I don’t see anything wrong if you do or don’t want to train to failure. It’s your business. Why are you training? Is it for you or someone else? If it isn’t for you, you’ll fail. I also think you can enjoy training, most people won’t continue something they don’t enjoy. I also believe Safety should be an issue for your training. Without it you may be limping around someday.
Mahalo Nui Loa!
This article was originally written by Jim Bryan on 03-28-04. I want to thank Jim for sharing another one of his excellent, straightforward, no-nonsense articles with me.
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