Truth…It’s called the free weight area

Modern gyms seem filled with every known contraption to mankind since the Spanish Inquisition. I call it the Noah’s Ark method of setting up a gym – just buy two of everything and pray that you have all the bases covered.

I have to be honest and say that most gyms, just like most supermarkets, are filled with complete crap that’s bad for you. Just like you should know to only shop the edges at the supermarket for all the good stuff, the same is pretty much true in the gym – you really only need things that aren’t bolted to the floor, and they’re generally kept in their own private area these days.

It’s called the free weight area.


from an article by Andrew Read

Truth…Conditioning v Cardio

an excerpt from an article by Chris Shugart on T-nation


 Here’s what you need to know…

• Perform your conditioning work like the bad-ass predator that you are. Don’t run from it like prey.

• To accelerate the benefits, perform conditioning work in the post-absorptive state or after weight training.

• Adaptation is the enemy. Rotate conditioning exercises and the results will keep coming.


Cardio vs. Conditioning: There is a Difference

We could start here by listing all the studies about the drawbacks of long duration cardio and running. Then we could list all the studies that show the benefits of shorter, high intensity conditioning sessions.

There would be lots of fancy acronyms and PubMed links. You’d feel smart reading it, but most likely you wouldn’t apply any of it. Plus, that would be boring. So let’s make the distinction between cardio and conditioning like this:

• Conditioning prepares you for battle. Cardio makes you really good at running slowly away.

• Conditioning fires up the metabolism. Cardio extinguishing it over time.

• Conditioning makes a man look good naked. Cardio makes a man look good in lavender skinny jeans and not much else.

• Conditioning builds legs of steel. Cardio builds legs of an underfed seabird.

• Conditioning makes you lean and hard. Cardio makes you small and soft.

• Conditioning gives you an upper body made of stone. Cardio gives you an upper body made of twigs and Jell-O.

• Conditioning makes you better at any physical activity. Cardio makes you good at cardio.

• Conditioning is sex. Cardio is cuddling and a chick-flick.

• Conditioning is testosterone. Cardio is cortisol and estrogen.

• Conditioning is pecs. Cardio is man-boobs.

• Conditioning is Westside Barbell. Cardio is Planet Fitness.

• Conditioning relieves anxiety, boosts all-day energy and fires up brain function. Cardio increases anxiety and cortisol. (Runners are only happy when they run. The rest of the time they’re assholes. True story.).

• Conditioning is fun. Cardio is fun when it’s over.

• Conditioning is for hunters. Cardio is for Bambi’s mom.

• In short, conditioning is for predators. Cardio is for prey.

That was fun. Let’s move on.