Real Exercise

 I was thinking today about the contrast between real and pseudo exercise. Specifically, that nearly all of what passes as exercise today is

  • chaotic
  • randomized
  • proprimitive/anti-technology
  • erratic (mentally + physically)
  • unpredictable

Essentially it is a giant, messy, birds nest of ideas, slogans, and fallacies dressed up with good intentions and a few “certifications” — which are handed out by people who are also deaf, dumb, and blind when exercise enters the discussion.

In contrast, real exercise is a product of man’s mind, of reason, of reality, of civilization, and of freedom coexisting with the aforementioned. Primitive man started with nothing, was dirt poor, and starving half the time.

Looking to those early humans for reliable ideas or foundations for reality-based-ideas in the realm of exercise is absolutely ridiculous and reveals a complete ignorance of what exercise actually is as a matter of ontology.

Real exercise is the total inverse of the sorry excuse that passes as exercise today. It is

  • controlled
  • deliberate
  • advanced/pro-technology
  • consistent
  • highly predictable

It is nothing like the overflowing mess of injuries, production of future injuries, and wasted time that today’s “fitness industry” promotes.

It is pro-man, pro-science, pro-reason, and pro-philosophy.

And applied in physical life, it looks like this.

If one wanted the shortest explanation possible …

  • Real exercise is mindful.
  • Pseudo-exercise (99% of what is practiced today) is mindless; actively or by default.

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5 Responses to Real Exercise

  1. Charles Dahl January 11, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    As usual, you are right on the money. I think it was Mike Mentzer who said that if you took all that wasted energy, you’d have enough to create a new universe!

    • Donnie Hunt January 12, 2014 at 6:57 am #

      Great points Anthony. It all comes back to controlled muscle contractions for me. Something that keeps coming to me is the interaction with the resistance or rather the real purpose of contracting against resistance. I wonder if anyone is capable of performing meaningful dynamic contractions without resistance. Speaking of Mike Mentzer, on an old audio interview he said something along the lines of “on a much deeper, technical level the science of bodybuilding revolves around muscular contraction.” Granted he was speaking about bodybuilding but proper exercise is not much different. It’s almost like the resistance is there to sort of “wake up” the muscles or to help the mind muscle connection. This is why I see so much validity with contracting against an immovable object or doing dynamic contractions on a machine like an ARX. Hopefully not too rambly here.

      • Anthony Dream Johnson January 12, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

        Not rambly at all, thanks for contributing a comment!

        I agree WRT to the ARX as well as static contractions (ARX based or not).

        One thing to remember : physical activities do exist outside of exercise that are of net benefit to human health. Foam rolling, massage, walking, sex, etc. [I am not presenting these activities as definitive examples, I am simply of the opinion that they fit my need for examples in this context].

        So exercise does come back to controlled contractions of skeletal muscle, but exercise is not alone in the range of physical activities available to us, that are non-contradictory in terms of health maintenance and benefit. I believe Skyler Tanner recently commend on this distinction via his blog, hopefully he will again soon in more detail.

  2. Aum February 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    I was thinking today about the contrast between real and pseudo exercise. Specifically, that nearly all of what passes as exercise today is

    chaotic
    randomized
    pro-primitive/anti-technology
    erratic (mentally + physically)
    unpredictable

    Essentially it is a giant, messy, birds nest of ideas, slogans, and fallacies dressed up with good intentions and a few “certifications” — which are handed out by people who are also deaf, dumb, and blind when exercise enters the discussion.

    In contrast, real exercise is a product of man’s mind, of reason, of reality, of civilization, and of freedom coexisting with the aforementioned. Primitive man started with nothing, was dirt poor, and starving half the time.
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    If by “pro technology” it is meant expensive indoor equipment created for the purpose of making someone else wealthy through my hard earned money, then they can shove it.

    Health does not require such equipment. If someone is a professional body builder and makes their living as such, then that’s a different story. Such a person may need to spend money on some equipment. But that’s a very different story from “health”.

    As far as primitive people “staving half the time” that would depend on where they lived. If they lived in a dry desert region, sure. In the far global north with harsh temperatures and scant sources of food, of course. But in the global south where fruit trees, leaves, shrubs, herbs, greens, greens and more greens, along with fish, insects, snakes, lizards and their eggs were all very abundant, they had no problem accessing food. And that is why our planet’s first civilizations evolved from the global south. Their time was not taken up starving and trying to access food all day so they were able to develop in other areas.

  3. Ed November 8, 2014 at 6:05 am #

    I basically agree with almost everything you have said.However on the point of pro-tecnology whilst I agree that some of the interesting developments in advanced machines are good it is unlikely that I would have or even want one in my home any time soon.Basic equipment can serve me well if also used in a rational and considered way.Part of the problem very much in brief seems to be the ill considered training schemes and sometimes scams that the equipment is utilized to serve.Tracking back a little in time have you ever seen a mass weight training session such as BodyPump.I went to an Inroductory evening and it was a promotional talk{in which none of my questions were answered} and a demo classi n which I joined.Apart from the fact that I dont like group exercise they were very casual with the equipment and told me that they trained to failure.I saw no evidence of this but if true how could the group leader ever get off the podium fast enough to save someone who was dropping a bar towards theiir face in a bench press.They even boasted of the size of some mega classes.Needless to say it was all BS as was the claim that despite world wide success they had never had or perhaps heard of a single injury.

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