Back in college, I worked as a grocery store cashier, so I could see all the magazines that were in the checkout lane. Each month, they would add a new Cosmopolitan. It didn’t take long to see a pattern in the titles. They were rewriting the same content over and over.
We can laugh at the Cosmo ladies, but we guys are no different. We read the same ponderous articles on the same fitness topics over and over again. The only thing that changes is the title and maybe the name of the new study with 12 untrained college-aged males that confirmed the last 100 studies using 12 untrained college-aged males.
Everything’s been said before
There’s nothing left to say, anymore
When it’s all the same
You can ask for it by name
Marilyn Manson – This is the new shit
I’m going to list a few of the fitness articles and video topics that I never want to be exposed to again. Then I’ll rewrite the article in as few words as possible with common sense. I may forget a few, so add them in the comments.
When is the best time of the day to exercise?
Whatever works best for your schedule. If multiple times of the day work for you, experiment.
What is the best number of reps or sets to gain strength or hypertrophy?
Experiment. If you do higher reps, try lower, or vice-versa. Cycle quarterly, weekly, or even mid-set. Men have successfully gained muscle and strength using every combination of reps and sets.
All these articles are nearly worthless because they used a fixed rep cadence which they maintain throughout each rep, set, and workout. How mechanical.
There are a trillion combinations to try that will never be tested. Nor do they need to be. Do whatever gets you results, holds your interest, and keeps you coming back to the gym.
I’m not even going to get into the skill aspect that rarely gets mentioned when measuring strength. Been there, done that.
Is 10,000 steps a day correct?
There is no magical number. It would be impossible to test. We are of different ages, different weights, and different levels of fitness. Experiment.
Is running safe? Or does running cause injuries?
Running hurts for some of us and feels great to others. Do you need an article convincing you that the choice you made to run or not run was correct or incorrect? No, you don’t.
Is sitting too much hurting our health?
Probably. Stand up and maybe go for a walk.
Why fitness goals are good/bad?
Has anyone else noticed the trend that media cycles between “set goals” to “goals are bad”? My goal is to never read another article telling me why I should or shouldn’t set goals. 😁
99% of the stuff being written about fitness is for first-year fitness enthusiasts, not for us. We have some wisdom. We have life experience. We don’t need to click on these articles or videos. If something truly groundbreaking is discovered, you’ll hear about it from multiple sources.