I attribute my fat ass to nine years of a desk job, too much booze and nearly daily luncheons. Amazingly, changing jobs, eating a small lunch and salad everyday has eliminated much of this.
It ain’t science, but it is working.
Yeah, it does bug me when you ask the other PTers the same questions. Many of us talk on the phone a lot and some of the guys make a living from doing personal coaching. So, what I hear from these guys is that they feel like it is one thing to explain (optimize!) an article or training idea, but it is another to get baited into little piss fights or, for them worse, cause them to lose clients.
I mean, I hate questions like this: Dan, you wrote an article about Overhead Squats. Why? Do you hate Zercher Squats?
I get these…
My goals are to increase my jump. Should I jump?
So…I gravitate towards the questions from people that I feel are really trying to move from “here to there.” You can tell when you read them…
Let’s be honest, I offer a fair amount of free information on my website and I also post in several different forums, when I can. I don’t even cover expenses on this stuff. So, when someone asks me “What Get Up has this or that?,” I cringe. I mean, it’s free.
So, I’m not mad at you or anything.
Danny John wrote:
You know, I have been thinking about an assignment I used to give my students in my “Death and Dying” class. It was called “My Life is My Message.”
I am starting to think that these odd bytes of information left up here in T-Nation will be part of my legacy. Let’s hope I get something right…
How’s it going Dan?
Based on your answers to some of my questions, I think a lot of times you misinterpret my questions for either: being kinda obnoxious or “philosophical” as you put it. Actually, I never intend to be obnoxious and as far as being “philosophical” it’s just that there are sooooo many different opinions out there regarding strength/conditioning, so I like to see what your opinion is compared to the other experts’ opinions. (ex: John Davies, Charles Staley, etc) It’s not my intention to get you to bash anybody.
Half of the time, I get that damn paralysis by analysis that you talk about: I end up wanting to try kettlebells, free weights, bodyweight cals, gymnastics, functional this, strongman that, etc and it’s annoying.
My goals are (in this order): to lose some fat, and be all around strong, fast, agile, etc.
I was loving the power snatch/overhead squat combo for a while until one of my knees began acting up so I quit squatting of any sort but I still do power snatches but mostly w/dumbells at home now.
I know that you feel tabata’s are the most (or one of the most) powerful training methods for losing fat (which is one of my goals) so what exercise would you do if you couldn’t do thrusters or front squats like me because of my knee?
Do you feel like doing some sort of weighted tabata style workout once per week is more effective for fat loss than doing say bodyweight gpp stuff (jumping jacks, shuffle splits, burpees/squat thrusts, mountain climbers) every morning?
I know that you were saying that one of the things that you have been struggling on was overall leaness.
Do you attribute this to you not doing your tabatas frequently enough because you dread them and they are so hard?