Lazy attitudes to health & fitness have been annoying me recently. Some people seem to think that anyone who enters a gym and picks up a weight is hell bent on competing in pro-bodybuilding and becoming the next Arnold Schwarzenegger. These are the people whose only lifting involves 10 reps of picking up and opening a can of Strongbow.
Chances are, if you’ve ever made any gains in size and strength you’ve been on the receiving end of words like ‘roidhead’, ‘meathead’, ‘gym wanker’ etc. People are forgetting the massive health benefits of weight training, and with the UK facing a massive obesity crisis it is potentially holding thousands back from improving their health!
In terms of muscular fitness there are 2 main aspects – strength and endurance. Muscular strength is typically gained from lifting heavy with low reps. This can help with tasks like moving furniture. Muscular endurance on the other hand is built up with lighter weights and a much higher rep range. This is good for tasks like skiing, gardening, and carrying bags of shopping for instance.
You’d be amazed at the amount of older people in particular that consult PTs for help carrying out these kinds of tasks. All of this involves lifting weights, increasing the cross-sectional area (size) of a muscle and its strength – but it’s a world away from stepping onto the Mr Olympia stage covered in baby oil and a tiny pair of trunks FFS!
Even if you just enjoy training and eating well, you’ve probably been labelled a ‘bore’, ‘obsessive’ or some other crappy buzzword. By living a generally healthy lifestyle you can actually afford to have the occasional drink and some of your favourite foods.
If you think to yourself of some crabs in a bucket – when one tries to escape, the others do their best to try and pull it back down. A lot of people will act in a similar way when they see someone else realising their true potential.