Wednesday, August 10, 2011

AMRAP in 10 min. of:
1 Rope Climb
3 Deadlifts (275#/195#)
5 C2B (Chest-to-Bar) Pull ups

Attention Scale Addicts – Part 2:

Unless we’re talking about gravity, physics, or using your bodyweight as a deadlift load in a benchmark workout such as “Christine”, guess what? I don’t give two sh*ts how much you weigh. Check this before/after photo out.

Yes, same woman, same weight.

Faced with the visual facts above, basing your goals – or even worse, your happiness – on the number on your scale is absolutely ridiculous.  I’ll give you an example of why weight is useless information in all but extreme cases.  Let’s pretend Deb (the woman pictured above) came to me at a weight of 200 lbs and told me she wanted to get down to 155 lbs.  Which side of the picture above do you think she would prefer?  Do you think she would have been satisfied with the left side?  Look at her face.  She is ecstatic with her body on the right, but on the left she can hardly stand to have her picture taken.  We can glean from this that goals based on weight are too vague to be useful.  If I had only given you her circumference measurements (waist, hips, thighs, bust, etc.) and no photos, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind which 155 lb. Deb you would have chosen as the more aesthetically appealing.  But when you look in the mirror and see a body like the Deb on the left you probably say, “Damn, I need to lose some weight.”  Now you have undeniable evidence that defies that thought.  Losing weight is not what you want and pursuing a number on your scale is not the path to success.  It will drive you insane, though.  But that’s probably not your goal.

Change your perspective to something healthier.  Forever!

Many thanks to for providing the above photo/story!

4 thoughts on “Wednesday, August 10, 2011”

  1. Chad & John & whom ever is @ least 30. there are just a few spots left for the “MASTERS” comp @ FRCF… I think one or both of you should go for it…

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