Archive for December, 2012

The key to bodybuilding is to use moderate weights and develop a strong mind/body connection

December 29, 2012

Ever since I was a child I wanted to be a bodybuilder. When I was old enough I started lifting weights. I worked hard and ate right. But I got little results. It was particularly disheartening as those around me got bigger and bigger. Clearly they had the genetics and I did not.

Nonetheless I have persisted in my training over the years. Recently two events have given me insight into why I have never achieved all that I believe I am capable of:

1. I was watching a YouTube video on Kai Greene. He took 2nd place in the most recent Mr. Olympia contest. In the video he said, “I am not a weightlifter.” He distinguishes between a weightlifter and a bodybuilder: a weightlifter is focused on lifting as much weight as possible whereas a bodybuilder is focused on hypertrophy (increasing muscle size).

2. I read this statement by Ron Harris in an exercise magazine: It is the stubborn refusal to train with moderate weights and have a better mind/body connection that prevents many would-be bodybuilders from ever looking quite like a bodybuilder.

Those two events have rocked my world. I will now approach my training in a completely different manner.

Weightlessness (here on Earth)

December 27, 2012

The body is composed of a series of building blocks, one on top of the other. The head is the topmost building block. It rests on the neck building block, and so forth down to the foot building block. Gravity pulls the building blocks down. We feel heavy and tired because the building blocks are not aligned perfectly. For example, if our head is forward we are constantly fighting against gravity. However, if the building blocks are aligned such that none of them are leaning forward or to one side, then there is a straight line of gravity pulling from the top of the head down through the middle of the foot. In such a case the building blocks are perfectly stacked and the body feels … weightless.

The Lost Art of Reading, Writing, and Conversation

December 14, 2012

I am in the airport awaiting my flight. I am reading a book. I look up and around and see one person reading a newspaper (USA Today), a few  people texting on their cellphone, many people intently focused on their mobile device (doing what, I have no idea), one person is talking on her cellphone, a couple people are sleeping. No one is talking or involved in a conversation.

I think back 5 years and remember many people reading books, writing with pen and paper, and discussing events with others.

What has happened to our society?

Someone just pulled out “The Economist” and started reading it. That’s exciting.

I received this feedback from a learned friend: People don’t read except “tweets.”  It used to be that young people learned Latin, Greek, and the Classics in high school. Now they struggle to learn Remedial English in college.