Just Some Insight:
Today infomercials, internet ads, and magazines hammer away at the latest and greatest weight loss supplement. They always show the before and after pic of a certain individual and the amount of weight loss they have been successful with after a designated amount of time.
This may all seem very interesting to a quick viewer, but ask yourself this; Is this progress? I mean is this person healthier? Is the weight loss even real for that matter? Sadly this is what progress has been identified as concerning the fitness industry today.
True Measures Of Fitness…
Back during the ancient times primitive man had to be fit due to the act of hunting and gathering. There was no choice with society delivering the goods to you from a grocery store back in those days. It was all about survival and just flat out getting it done.
Fast forward a few thousand years to the era of the Ancient Greeks. This culture prided itself on physical fitness believing that the development of a strong body was equally as important as the development of a strong mind. They practiced with gymnastics, music, and then graduated to a school of more skilled training and gymnastics under the supervision of what we would refer to as a modern day strength coach or trainer.
Within this same scope let’s not forget the Spartans. Spartans would take kids away as early as age 6 to compete heavily in fitness with the function and goal of military service. From here until adulthood they were raised by the state in a strict physical development campaign to serve the state as a super fit warrior. The Spartan culture was probably the most physically fit culture in all of history.
So fast forward back to today. Instead of measuring fitness based on what we are capable of doing or how we can physically TEST ourselves in a given scenario we instead look at before and after pictures of someone that was supposedly successful in a weight loss campaign. Keep in mind these are campaigns that are paid for by an ad in which we know nothing of presented person’s ability to physically perform. Sadly this has become the new pedestal for which today’s society perceives fitness. Well not if I can help it my friend.
So back to my original question; Is this progress? You decide. Keep training smart.