I'm tired of all the new experts and guru's and "I've got the answers" types flooding the online strength-training and fitness and nutritional worlds.
A few years ago, those of us who watched the Internet eat our print publishing world right out from under our desks, used to say “everyone with a computer and online access is a publisher now.” No events since then have changed my views about that reality. Ask freelance writers in today’s marketplace.
In the universe of fitness, strength training and nutrition today, I’m beginning to be overwhelmed with experts, pundits and gurus. In our world of obese populations, gyms full of out-of-shape people, and skyrocketing sales of junk and fast food, the proportion of “experts” to regular exercising people seems out of whack.
Not a day goes by that a new “guru” or expert doesn’t pop up in my Facebook or Twitter feed, or my email inbox, with the newest, latest information. I don’t care whether they’re telling me how to get lean, muscular, ripped, better at CrossFit, powerlifting or regular ‘ol strength training, I’m awash in advice. Swimming in “here’s the real deal” offers, articles and memes.
Let me assure you - nobody has all the answers. Everyone’s situation and life is different. If someone tells you they know just what to do, and have a ready supply of correct solutions for you - run for the hills! They’re scamming you
I know this: what works to enhance fitness and health has generally been effective for a long time. Our society and world is evolving; the food supply is altered in many ways; food marketing has changed a hell of a lot. Exercise and food scientists know a hell of a lot more than they used to. I’m a little smarter each day; so are many others who are much smarter than me.
To achieve success enhancing your fitness, losing bodyfat, gaining muscle, living a healthier life, becoming better at CrossFit - whatever you want, absorb information from everywhere you can find intelligent discussion. Read every book, blog post, and article. Scour message boards. “Like” a diverse bunch of fitness, coaching, health, nutrition and workout Facebook pages.
Anyone setting themselves up as a guru or expert just may not be. Sure, perhaps they are real smart, and all gurus have to begin somewhere, but use common sense. Science rules what does and doesn’t happen with your body, health and fitness. There’s much scientists haven’t figured out yet. There’s a great deal of conflicting theory bouncing around in the world of nutrition, much less nutrition as applied to strength training, or CrossFit. Read and learn all you can, then make logical changes and decisions.
I’ve lived through a couple of generations of gurus and experts in the worlds of fitness, strength training and nutrition. Many have come and gone, burning brightly, attracting attention and money, sometimes selling supplements, often selling books. I enjoy buying the books and reading them; I always learn something. Of course I’ve bought and used all the supplements at one time or another - I’m that guy. I harken all the way back to Hoffman and Weider supplements in the early 1970s - when we believed. I’ve even met many of these experts and gurus at one time or another.
Reading Vince Gironda convinced me to consume 100 dessicated liver tablets daily - for years. Dave Draper had me eating cans of tuna, washed down with water - for many years. Dan Duchane offered some unusual nutritional counseling, in person and via the printed word. In my nearly 45 years of hanging out in gyms and lifting, I’m confident I’ve read nutritional advice from everyone at one time or another. Today I watched Mark Bell advise “Dorito’s” for massive muscle and strength gains!
In my opinion, the one “expert” with the best long-term advice for me, ever, is Dr. John Berardi. John and I worked together for Biotest / Testosterone magazine, did some shows side by side, even trained together once at the Arnold Classic. He’s of course gone on to great acclaim with Precision Nutrition. Berardi doesn’t need me to pump him up, and would be the first to spit if I called him a “guru.” But following some simple eating advice from Berardi worked well for me for years, whether I was bodybuilding, powerlifting or simply working out all the time.
He may have had a fancy name for this program, but I doubt it. Alternate meals of protein/fat with protein/carbs. Never combine carbs/fat.
That’s it. I used to begin my eating day with a powerful bowl of oatmeal with raisins, protein powder, peanut butter, flaxseed, etc., all stirred into a tough mess of mush. But my next meal would be protein/fat only, and on and on. I always tried to end with my final meal of any evening protein/fat; my go-to for years was cottage cheese and peanut butter. For most of those years I was relatively lean, and certainly carried a hell of a lot of muscle.
Remember, this is before Paleo, Primal, Facebook, Twitter and damn near before the Internet! And it worked.
My point is you should read a bunch, experiment, weed out the crackpots, fear “guru’s” and be logical. When in doubt, eat more real food and listen to those who’ve been around for a while (Berardi, Dave Tate, Robb Wolf, Draper, on and on. Do you think these new kids on the block know more about nutrition for weight training than Frank Zane does? I don’t.
Enjoy “liking” all the new Facebook pages appearing daily, you’ll learn something if you’re discerning, but keep in mind that the human body has worked the way it does for many years. Lift heavy, do interval cardio, work hard, eat plenty of protein, vegetables and fat. Rest. Repeat.