I am going to tell you the best-kept secret to ultimate health and fitness. With this one piece of special information, you’ll have pain-free joints, ripped abs and the muscles you’ve always been after.
You’d better have a pen to write this down because this one inside tip will finally unlock the door to maximum fitness. This powerful technique is only known by a handful of experts with access to high-level information, and I’m going to share it with you. The search will finally be over.
Ready? Take a deep breath because this is going to take a lot of focus to grasp.
There is no secret.
There is no special information anywhere regarding what to do in the gym or what to eat. In fact, a four year old kid instinctively knows more than your trainer probably does about human movement.
When it comes to knowledge on how to eat and train, you already know, or at least at one time in your life, did know, everything you need. It’s in your DNA. Your ancestors knew it 3,000 years ago.
Yes, if your goal is to be an Olympia level bodybuilder with skin like saran wrap and a bloodstream full of cattle hormones, an internationally ranked pole vaulter or really good at darts there are going to be specific bits of insight within that field that will require the knowledge of someone with years of experience in producing those sort of athletes.
But I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about people with general fitness goals; everyone who just wants to look good naked, be pain-free and not have to live on medications.
I mean the people reading magazines with the words health or fitness in the title and making up 90% of commercial gym memberships.
If you’re in this group, you’re seeking out assorted experts, gurus, trainers and coaches to help you reach your goals. You’ve probably got a collection of magazines, DVD’s, supplements and exercise gadgets.
But you probably don’t need them.
The human body was not meant to be fat and disease ridden. Lean, mobile and healthy is actually your default setting.
We’ve gotten so far away from that default setting and the “fitness industry” has evolved to create such an elaborate web of misinformation and fairy tales that most people can no longer pick the useful information out of the ocean of nonsense.
“Seek to understand the root. — It is futile to argue as to which single leaf, which design of branch, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root, you understand all its blossoming.” – Bruce Lee
Will kettlebells be the key to the body you’ve always wanted? What about olympic lifts? Or a rope with a handle on it? Hey, maybe even just a rope. You can shake it. Deer antler velvet pills? The secret is out there somewhere. What is the very best fat loss exercise available? I bet some Hollywood celebrity knows it and they’re just not telling.
Everything works at least a little bit – except for maybe the antler pills – and none of it works forever, but you could still be in great shape without using any of it. The method doesn’t matter. It’s the root principle that drives the result.
You were built to consume plants and meat as fuel. Most of those plants should be vegetables.
The closer the item on your plate is to being a chunk of dead animal or something that had leaves on it the better. Don’t eat things with chemicals on or in them. That’s the only test your food needs to pass. Don’t complicate that. Organic broccoli, good. Organic Cheesy Poofs, bad. Yes, even if you bought them at Whole Foods.
Your body was made to squat, run, push and pull. That’s it. In the gym, your training should be designed to make you do those things better.
So why do we as a country spend billions of dollars on exercise gadgets, supplements and miracle plans?
Because the more technically complicated something becomes and the more mystery and pseudo-scientific bluster it can be shrouded in, the easier it is for the person doling out the information to seem to be in possession of something special.
Complication equals profit, and elaboration is an easy way to conceal fundamental ignorance. This is particularly easy when people can be duped into believing that the path to reaching their goals and easing their pain depends on finally solving some magical puzzle.
You’re being lied to. There is no single piece of equipment, exercise or supplement that is actually necessary for you to be a fit, healthy person. There are plenty of things out there that work, along with many more that don’t, but not one of them is an actual necessity.
This does not mean that there is no place for education or technology. It means that when we look for those things, we should use them to bring us back to the basic principles of how humans should move, live and eat; not create complication that brings us further from that.