Once it is established that it is time to start weight training, the question “now what?” has to be answered. In this article I will first talk about what happens most often and the problem with this approach. Then I will give you what every athlete should be doing and the reasons for this.
Let’s take a quick look at the whole ” fitness industry.” Here, with Billions of dollars to be made, is the start of the problem. There is so much misinformation, to put it kindly, that it borders on insanity. On occasion I have to get up in the middle of the night to give my son a bottle. I sit on the couch half asleep and search for something entertaining to watch. This never seems to be easy.
All I can find are the seemingly never ending infomercials. I laugh as I say to myself, “man why do we have any problems at all in this country.” I’m telling you there is everything you can think of out there. They can make you rich, famous, better looking. If you watch long enough they will get you girls, cook your meals, and sell you knives that will cut a truck in half and stay sharp. I mean for 3 easy payments of $29.95 you basically can become a rock star over night, not bad.
Leading all of this is the so called fitness industry. There are so many machines for fantastic abs. that I am still wondering why everyone isn’t walking around with 1/2 shirts to show off their six packs. If there claims are true, you can just buy the latest Bow Master 6000 with the optional quick mixer drink fixer. Pop a few pills and war-la, tell Ellinger to take a hike.
In the last muscle mag. that I had the pleasure to look at, I counted over 20 pages before I came to anything to read that wasn’t an advertisement. There are so many mixes and pills; it is impossible to keep track of them all. Every so often a new member of my gym will ask me what I think. It usually goes something like this. Hey coach what do you think of this animal builder with protein. It has 58 Amino Acids, Creatine fusion technology, and now with 25% more nitroglycerin.
At this point all the regulars at the gym quickly gather round. Some to see me pound the kid and get a few laughs, others to make sure I don’t. The nicer kids remind me that he’s new, and tell me what I always say. “Is it any wonder these kids have no clue with all this @#%* filling there heads. I then will almost always tell them, “Believe nothing that you hear and half of what you see.” The moral, If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
So you have a young athlete who wants to train, he’s bombarded with Bull$hit and he has to make some choices. He can head to the gym with whatever info that he has, and try to put some kind of a program together. He might ask his coach, gym teacher or local gym guru. Maybe he hires a personal trainer.