Ep. 41 – Odyssey update, why figure and BB shows are dumb, all about ABS, rotation, read books, and some deep learning

Welcome to Episode 41 of Coach Taylor Radio!


On this episode:

Update on my Health Odyssey     ( 3:00 )

Why I believe that figure and fitness shows       ( 43:24  )
are DUMB AF

All about ABS     ( 30:24 )
–> yeah….most of you are going to skip ahead to this section right??

Deep Learning   ( 14:14 )
–> this is a little bit meandering but I thought I would invite all of you inside my mind and see what goes on in that bald head of mine…

The Importance of rotation and movement   (39:11  )

Books – you need to read more   ( 24:31 )


Hope everyone enjoyed the episode!!! Questions? Comments? Feel free to send them my way, otherwise I am essentially just sitting here talking to myself….. 😉

-Coach Taylor

 

Ep 40 – Odyssey update, why most fitness people are stupid, stretching is useless, blog overview, seafood, what are the best treats, what to eat while fasting

Welcome to Episode 40 of Coach Taylor Radio!

 


On this episode!!!!!

2019 Health Odyssey Update    (4:10)
–> listen to this section!!! I drop some awesome info!!!!!!

Why seafood is important  (27:00)

What foods are the best ‘treats’    (30:20)

While fasting what can you eat??  (35:20)

Fermentation Cont’d         (39:00)
–> recipes and what to expect taste wise
–> PLUS a huge truth bomb about food!!!!!!

Stretching    (45:20)
–> why I don’t prescribe it

99% of all fitness ‘coaches’ are stupid idiots (50:40)
–> Yeah…. a lot of ranting on this one – BUT also some huge knowledge bombs!!!!!!!


People have been asking me for fermenting info….here are some good books!

There are no links, so yeah, you’re going to have to search for them yourself. If that bothers you, well, then you didn’t listen to my podcast did you!!!!

As always – if you have questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to send them my way!!!!!

-Coach Taylor


This is a great book for people wanting to learn about fermenting for the first time. Well written, interesting, and has lots of recipes!

 

Sandor Katz is credited with reviving fermentation for the modern world! I have not read this book of his but it is very highly reviewed!!!

I have read this book and I love it. It is more about the history of fermenting and an amazing overview of fermenting around the world. There are no recipes but as you dive hard into fermenting you will realize there are no recipes….. 🙂

 

Everything You Need for Optimum Health Is Older Than Your Grandma

 

This is a longer article. It’s going to take a good ten minutes of focused attention. Come on – you can do it!!!! Because this is a vital message.

Everything you need to know about health and fitness happened before 1920. Everything since then is stupid.

I have spent the last few years learning. Deep learning. Most of 2018 I stopped putting out any new content and focused solely on being a student. And it was glorious.

It was also disheartening, scary, thought provoking, eye-opening, and interesting. I wouldn’t say my philosophies or techniques changed. I think I have always known the right path to human health, as I believe that all humans instinctively know deep in our genetic code.

I have spent a lot of time in the modern world of health and fitness, I have learned all the ‘new’ techniques, studied every diet and nutritional strategy, and sometimes been woo’ed by the idea that modern knowledge and technology has somehow created a superior way to care for our health.

This is not true, however.

Everything we need for our health and fitness was being practiced from about 1920 and earlier.

[Side note: modern medical technology is amazing. This is not what I am talking about. If you have been in a horrific accident, developed cancer, have a genetic disease, lost limbs, or a suffer a variety of other ailments that have killed humans in the past, like plagues, bacterial infections, and pandemics, then relying on modern medicine is an amazing aspect of the modern world.

But modern medicine is horrific at prevention and constantly either ignores fitness and nutrition or gets lulled into peddling garbage as doctors are no longer trained in anything other than treatment. I have great respect for aspects of modern medicine, however, this does not mean that it is perfect or that it is missing some huge and very vital components of health. ]

Lol, I do not know how to make this post less ‘boring’ and to get everyone interested enough in the topic to soldier on to the end! Because this is probably the most important information I have ever presented to the public.

This is how I train, how I coach, and how I instruct my team. Everything I am talking about is the culmination of two decades of intense study and learning in the world of human health and fitness. It isn’t going to be flashy or glamorous but it is going to be important.

 

Nothing is Better Than the Old Ways

Yeah, I said it. I fully believe that everything you need for your health and fitness was around before, let’s arbitrarily say, 1920. Nothing. Nothing that has been developed since that time has improved the health and fitness of the human body.

Now, before a bunch of indignant armchair warriors rise up in arms against me, listen. 

  1. Our understanding of the physical sciences has dramatically improved. This has led to the development of a lot of terribly shitty fitness. Body-part splits, selective training, separation of energy systems, and a host of other issues. We have become so enamored with the increasing detailed knowledge base that training and nutrition has become cumbersome and overly specialized. We forgot that the human body works as an integrated unit.
  2. We have really cool looking equipment made out of insanely advanced materials. Cool. We don’t need any of it. It’s all unnecessary. Does that mean that all of the new fangled equipment should be thrown in the garbage? Well, I would argue yes….however, I believe some of it can find a place in your training if you really cannot let go.
  3. Our food systems have been completely decimated and bastardized since the advent of mass production and refrigeration. This is beyond the scope of this article but there is A LOT of very good information out there if you dig in a little.

There. Band-aid ripped off.

Oh but what about how much better athletes are today? Modern athletes would crush athletes from the early 20th century!!! True!

.s¯@

ARE YOU A FUCKING ELITE ATHLETE? No? Then what the fuck is your point? I am not writing about training elite athletes and this is an entirely separate article I could write – STOP TRAINING LIKE AN ELITE ATHLETE UNLESS YOU ARE ONE. We have put elite athletic training up on some pedestal like it is the epitome of health and fitness. It isn’t. Athletes are not healthy. They are impressive but they aren’t healthy. They push their bodies far past the point of good health. They also dedicate their entire life to training. They have hours of practice, training, recovery, and fitness daily. They have entire teams of coaches, trainers, physiotherapists, doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, psychologists, and athletic therapists supporting them. Because they need it. To handle the beating they put their bodies through.

You are not an elite athlete and you shouldn’t train like an elite athlete.

What do I mean by nothing is better than the old way then? That is literally the entire point of this article.


We need to regress fitness and nutrition to a very different time.


  1. Training wasn’t for decreasing fat and getting jacked biceps.

There was a time when the purpose of physical training was merely to make the body strong and resilient. When was this? From about the early 20th century and going back roughly 4000 years…

There were exercise programs and there were exercise tools. But they were very, very different than the disaster I see today. And for most of human history our lives themselves kept us strong and mobile with the need to grow, raise, and prepare food, look after our homes, and care for our families. Our lives were very physical.

Fitness equipment was first and foremost the body itself. Climbing, jumping, sprinting, and obstacles made up the majority of training. Yes, there was training equipment and we are starting to bring back some of these classic methods such as the mace, stones, and Indian clubs. But note something about these tools: they only existed for two reasons, 1) as weapons, or 2) as tests of strength to assess someone’s ability to handle weapons.

Training was designed to improve strength, resilience, balance, and movement. The goal was always to develop a stronger human capable of doing a variety of things. To be able to handle life.

The outcome goal was to be fitter and stronger, period.

And the training program was not really designed. When formal training programs were instituted it was typically simply a block of time dedicated to working on the body. It was varied, it was intense, and it was doing whatever was available at the moment.

There were no 10% monthly improvement goals, no rest days built in, or recovery weeks. The purpose of training was TO DO REGULAR TRAINING.

Training was for the sake of training. To keep the body ready to handle whatever it needed to handle.

 

  1. It wasn’t about more weight and it shouldn’t be now

There is a limit to how much weight you will ever lift. At some point you will hit your max ever and for the rest of your days it will be a constant downhill slide. How’s that for motivation??!! So why are we so fixated on always, always looking for more?

The same goes for all you ‘cardio’ junkies. There is only so fast you can go on a bike, so fast you can run on a treadmill, so long you can ruin yourself on an elliptical trainer. At some point you can’t or won’t go longer or faster. Then what? A life looking back at what you USED to be able to day.

How motivating.

I have the discussion frequently with people; it shouldn’t be about how much you can lift, it should be about how much do you need to lift.

What are your goals? What are the activities you do in your life on a regular basis? Do you NEED to be able to deadlift 300lbs? No? Then why put yourself at risk of injury trying to get to 300lbs? If you want to be able to pick up a cooler of beer to take to the cottage what you need is to be able to pick up about 40lbs, at a weird awkward angle, carry it beside you and then lift it into the car at yet a more weird and more awkward angle. Barbell deadlifts do not prepare you for that.

‘But coach they make the muscles strong, so then you can do those things!’ Do they? Do they really? There is a big difference between a strong muscle and strong muscle that can actually DO stuff. How many people have I seen over two decades who can deadlift 400lbs and then torque their back to shit picking a case of water bottles out of the car?

One for sure. Me. Lol.

Training historically was never about how much you could lift. It was about what you could do and how long you could do it for. 1RM might be great at a powerlifting meet today but when you had to swing weapons for an hour in a battle or spend half a day chasing prey, or spend a whole day gathering plants or fishing, a good combination of strength and endurance was far more important.

And to all the fitness people out there, AND ESPECIALLY to all the trainers and coaches out there…listen up. And listen hard.

YOU get off on how much you can lift, on the thrill of picking up a bigger dumbbell, on adding another plate to the bar. You talk about it with all your friends, post it on Insta, and add it to your CV like it’s important for some reason.


Are you listening hard?


You. Are. A. Freak. YOU are the abnormality. Not your clients. Not the people sitting on the couch. It’s you. It’s you who is different. Because the VAST MAJORITY of people Do. Not. Give. A. Fuck. about how much they can lift. Oh I know, ‘Mary Sue was so stoked last week when she grabbed that bigger dumbbell!’ Ok. Check with her again in 3 years if that is still her guiding force.

Oh. And most of your clients are abnormalities too. They are the people who are actually doing something for their fitness. A small minority of the population. And know why most of them won’t be training in 3 years? Because they don’t give a fuck about how much weight they can lift.

It doesn’t matter how much you can lift. It doesn’t matter how much endurance you have. It matters that you have the strength and endurance to be healthy and to do the things you like to do.

 

  1. Machines Didn’t (Shouldn’t) Exist

Machines came about during the first world war. A man by the Name of Alexander Mackenzie became interested in helping the men wounded and maimed in the first world war live better lives. The birth of physiotherapy followed.

For my purpose here we will simply need to understand that he began to create machines to figure out how to help these men get stronger because they could no longer do proper fitness training.

Somehow we have come to a place where machines are considered normal for exercise. It is the expectation that a gym be filled with torturous looking constructs of steel with an array of cables running through pulleys that require months just to understand. Why? Why are we there?

I often am presented the argument that machines are more effective and that they are safer. No. And No.

More effective? More effective at what? Yes they can isolate a specific muscle and strength just that one place in that one specific range.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO DO THAT? It’s weird. It literally makes no sense. Oh, and IT ISN’T HOW THE BODY WORKS. Our body is an interconnected system that balances and supports itself in a beautiful symphony of movement. Exercise machines completely destroy all of this.

Safer? How are they possibly safer? I think they are the opposite of safe. They fuck up your basic movement ability leaving you are way higher risk for issues in your everyday life. You know, like when you carry groceries, or your kids, or have to lift that pesky cooler of beer into the car…

Life doesn’t happen in controlled predictable ways moving through set ranges of motion. Training it that way leads to far more harm than it does good. Exercise machines are stupid.

And this included the exercise bikes, ellipticals, treadmills, and whatever other new contraption your local gym has installed to keep you interested. They are all stupid. They are all stupid. They are all stupid. Am I being clear enough?

Want to have some fun? Grab a couple of machine junkies, either cardio or weight machines, and get them to push a heavy sled, toss some battle ropes, sprint up a hill, or jump onto a box 50 times. Just see how hard that is for them. Watch them suffer.

Trust me, it’s fun!!!!

Because those machines are NOT getting them fitter, they are masking how unfit they really are. Or letting them hide behind poor movement and injury. If you can’t jump on a box or push a sled or carry a heavy kettlebell across the gym floor but you can elliptical then you are hiding. You have to get yourself to a point that you can do those things or your movement will degrade to the point you won’t be able to do anything.

 

  1. No one separated ‘cardio’ and ‘strength

I am not going to spend much time on this. Why? I have ranted on about it enough in my career and frankly the whole idea of doing this is so fucking stupid that I am totally in shock that it is even debated anymore, or that it is still a thing.

Your cardiovascular system and your muscular system do not work independently of each other. That is literally basic physiology. Like, that’s basic biology most high school students could explain to you. Muscles need oxygen when they work, therefore, the heart and lungs must work to get oxygen to the muscles.

There is your reason.

Now, all of you researchers out there, stop being idiots. Stop basing your research on either strength training or ‘cardio’ training. Enough is enough. The body works as a unit, let’s start studying it as a unit.

Thanks.

 

  1. No one went for a jog or took up running

Why? Because it’s stupid. Lol. But it is. Walking and running are activities with a purpose – to get us places, to get away from something that was going to eat us, or to catch something we wanted to eat. If we didn’t have to do one of those things then you minimized these activities.

I am not going to dive into the history of the running movement. Look it up if you like. I can’t spoon feed you everything.

Our bodies are designed to run and to sprint when we need them to. And they are fucking fantastic at it. But they were not designed to run, and run, and run, and run, and run. Nor were they designed to ONLY run.

We ran sometimes (see above reasons for running) but then we also lifted things, threw things, built things, gathered things, moved things. And stuff. We did all of those things with stuff as well.

Not today though. Today ‘runners’ are about as annoying as vegans. They are a self-righteous group of people who don’t actually understand what it is they are doing. Do you know the stats? 80% of runners have pain or injury at any given time. What? But no one see’s an issue here? You shouldn’t be this injured or in pain.

Running is a limited range of motion activity that decreases markers of cardiovascular health, wreaks havoc on numerous body systems, and completely throws off proper movement patterns.

CAN you run? Sure. I think everyone should do some running, especially sprinting! However, it should be a small percentage of your overall movement and training. You know, like what it was designed to be.

We were NOT meant to run hundred of kilometers a week. We just weren’t.

 

  1. Nutrition was easy

 

Before the 1920’s nutrition was easy. Everything was local, naturally raised, pasture fed, non-processed, seasonal and fermented. Restaurants barely existed, food manufacturing was in it’s infancy, and people ate well. (Let’s ignore the issues with poverty and access for this article please). Literally, you couldn’t eat poorly.

Cakes and cookies etc. existed but they were rare and expensive. So you had things like that as a treat on very special occasions. There were no hydrogenated oils. No chemical stabilizers.

You had to cut and prepare all of your food. You had to know how to cook. You prepared food as a family and as a community.

You ate once a day, maybe twice on average. This would have been a pre-1900 and really pre-industrial revolution which is where we begin to see the advent of breakfast and scheduled eating. Before that we ate like all other animals on earth: when food was available and when we had time. Typically, lunch was a large meal. There were no scheduled snacks and breakfast pretty much didn’t exist. Look it up, this is real history. Now we call it intermittent fasting but it is really just the way we evolved to live.

Fast food, deep fryers, and packaged food didn’t exist.

Food was seasonal. In off seasons (like winter in Canada) we relied on fermentation to have food supply. This kept us stocked up on good bacteria and our micro biomes healthy and happy.

Done. There it is. Everything you need to do to eat healthy. Eat like we did before the 20th century.

 

  1. Sacrifice, hardship, and pain

I think this is the most important thing we need to consider.

Our modern culture is fixated on ease and on taking away any kind of hardship. We create products and systems to minimize pain and discomfort. Everything with health and fitness is designed to be easy, quick, simple, painless.

This is not normal.

Pain is real. It sends signals we need. When you learn to play the guitar it hurts. But your fingers build up callouses. The same as doing pullups. At first it hurts. Your poor little modern baby hands will hate it. But you keep going and you will build callouses. And then it won’t hurt as much.

Hardship is real. Historically people trained because life was training. Life was hard. Everything was physical. You didn’t get to go to every party. Vacations? What the hell are those? Is that when you are off to war for a couple of years in a foreign land? Which is also why you were training with those heavy maces, consequently. You had to work the farm, build a barn, fix your house, care for your animals, grow your food.

Sacrifice was part of life. It just existed. It didn’t matter if you didn’t feel like feeding the livestock that day. It didn’t matter if you wanted to do something else. No one cared. It was life. You didn’t get to do what you want whenever you wanted to. Sometimes FOREVER. For your whole fucking life.

We are built to deal with these things. This is what makes us strong and resilient. And while you may think this is a strange thing to add to this article, I am telling you that this is the most important part.

 

Conclusion

 

Life itself was training before the early twentieth century and early, to the dawn of humanity. Literally just staying alive and feeding ourselves required an enormous amount of physical labour. There are lessons we must take from this to live a healthier life now.

 

  • Do physical activity every single day
  • Fitness should be based on whole body training
  • Fitness should be ancient tools or just your bodyweight
  • Mix it up with different activites: run, sprint, climb trees, swim, swing a mace, carry heavy things all over, throw stuff, roll around on the ground, act like a kid, hang upside down.
  • Deal with the pain and discomfort, it makes you stronger
  • It is a challenge. It isn’t easy. But you have to do it. You have to schedule it. You have to suck it up. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not. Do it. Or you are an asshole.
  • Eat once or twice a day
  • Eat less red meat, more poultry and seafood
  • Eat veggies and fruits and whole grains
  • Eat eggs
  • Eat fermented food everyday
  • Always be learning new skills

 

That is the roadmap for you to be healthy, strong and fit for the rest of your life.

And that, my friends, should be the goal.

 

-Coach Taylor

 

 

 

Ep 39 – Odyssey update, fermented foods, machine training, dips dips dips

Welcome to episode 39 of Coach Taylor Radio!!!!!!!!


On this episode:

Health Odyssey 2019 Update    (3:10)
–> even if you are not interested in my year long journey you should LISTEN to this segment. I talk about a wide range of topics and drop some awesome truth bombs

Ferment Foods      (28:20)
–> We NEED to talk about this. I believe this is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

WHY are machines so bad for you?         (20:13)

Dips, dips, dips: are ANY versions safe?       (16:10)


 

Hope there is some great info in there for everyone!!!!

As always – hit me up with any questions or feedback!!!!

-Coach Taylor

Ep 38 – Intermittent fasting, sprinting on treadmill, cardio is stupid, playing sports is NOT training, child abuse and food

Hi Everyone and welcome to episode 38 of Coach Taylor Radio!

My now weekly podcast covering all things human health!!!!


On this episode:

A wicked rant on why Monday is so important – and the rant is right there in the intro!!!!!!

#healthodyssey2019 Update   (3:20)

Intermittent Fasting      (30:00)
–> I also facebook livestreamed this section so if you want to SEE the podcast recording, check it out!!!!
–> This is a 20 minute chat about all things IF and wh I believe EVERYONE should do it

Playing Sports is NOT training       (19:15)
–> This is a terrible idea that keeps getting propagated

Cardio Workouts are stupid     (24:45)

Is sprinting on a treadmill a good idea?   (27:10)

Is junk food child abuse?    (11:20)


 

Thank-you very sincerely for listening, I truly hope that this podcast helps to cut through the bullshit in the fitness biz and delivers some value to help make your life just a little bit better!!!

As always, please contact me if there is anything you would like me to discuss!!!!

-Coach Taylor

Episode 37 – Health Odyssey Update, Strength Days vs. Cardio Days, Epic Truth Bomb, Journaling

Welcome to episode 37 of Coach Taylor Radio!


On this episode:

An epic truth bomb                      (21:30)
–> Why you’ll never be healthy and fit

Health Odyssey 2019 Update  (3:11)
–> My continuing year long journey

Cardio Days vs. Strength Days           (14:54)
–> Yep. Still have to talk about this.
–> How should you separate cardio and strength training?

Journaling                  (10:20)
–> Don’t skip this because you think it sounds boring……
It’s actually very important!!!!!!


Podcast was right at 30 minutes this time!!! Yay me!

As always – if there is something you would like me to discuss, do not hesitate to message me!!!!

For more regular updates – check out my Facebook page, check out my instagram, or join my Coach Taylor facebook group!!!

-Coach Taylor

Ep 36: Odyssey 2019, Marathons are dumb, Who do I follow, Goal setting, Death to squats and bench

Welcome to Episode 36 of Coach Taylor Radio

Weekly podcast goal is on track! As a part of my #healthodyssey2019 I am committed to podcasting weekly! I am hoping I don’t run out of things to talk about…… 😉


On this episode:

Why I think marathons are DUMB                 (18:10)

Odyssey 2019 updates              (2:43)

Squats, bench press, and 1RM testing must die       (33:20)

What goals should you set??               (30:00)

Who do I follow in the fitness industry?        (10:40)


I was attempting to make the podcast shorter and less ranty…. I DID NOT accomplish that this morning……..whoops.

Hope that this information inspires some of you to make awesome positive health and fitness additions to your lives!

As always – send your comment or questions my way!

-Coach Taylor

Episode 35 – where have I been, Health Odyssey 2019, #healthodyssey2019

Happy New Year!!!!!!!

An all new episode of Coach Taylor Radio!!!! That’s right – to kick of 2019 right I am dropping a podcast!

What is it about?

I chat about why I left the social media side of the fitness industry, why I am back and how it is going to be different!

The last year I have learned a lot and really made some dramatic changes to my philosophies when it comes to human health and fitness. I will chat about it a little in this podcast but in a lot more detail over the coming weeks!

#healthodyssey2019

I am embarking on a pretty awesome, some might call it scary, journey into the world of health and fitness. For the next year I am on an epic odyssey.

I chat a lot about what it is all about, why I am doing it, and what I hope to achieve! This will also guide all of the information and material that I am going to put out for the next year so tuning in will let you know if you are still interested in following my stuff!!!!!

Hope everyone is doing well and AS ALWAYS I am happy to answer questions!!!!

My instagram feed and facebook page will be updated much more regularly and with more detailed information!!!!

-Coach Taylor

Fitness Should Be A Chore

I can feel the fitness industry cringe as they read the title of this article.

There will be a backlash coming for sure. “How could you say that Coach Taylor? We have to make fitness fun and exciting for people to keep them interested and help them change their life!”


 


After 15 years working full time in this industry I would just have one question to all of those who disagree with me: how is that working out for you?

Seriously. Let’s just try for one second to look at the ACTUAL statistics instead of further diving into the magical unicorn wonderland that exists inside the heads of all the well meaning but grossly maligned people working in the fitness industry.

Obesity is on the rise.

Participation in fitness programs is stagnant.

Diabetes is on the rise.

Heart disease is not disappearing.

Joint replacement surgeries, bariatric surgeries, and other medical procedures related to poor fitness are all on the rise.

Depression is on the rise.

I could continue this list for most of my morning. However, I believe I have made my point.

The entire fitness industry has acted with alarming repetition for the last 4 decades. Fun. Interest. Excitement. The keywords that guide every fitness program and are puked out of the mouths of almost every speaker at every conference I have ever attended.

The thought is that we need to entice and coax people into a fitness environment that they enjoy and find fun in order to get them healthy and exercising. The whole industry does everything they can to make sure people have a plethora of options so that they can choose something that work the best for them. If we can help people find that one thing that they love doing then all of their health and fitness problems will be solved!

And guess what? YOU SHOULD LVOE LIFTING WEIGHTS! Or, YOU SHOULD LOVE RUNNING.

Not only do we want to make sure you love what you are doing, we also know what is best for you and will spend exorbitant amounts of time coercing and convincing you that you will love it too!

Three weeks! That’s all it takes to make a habit! You just have to stick it out for three weeks and then you’ll also love getting up at 5am, chowing egg whites and cabbage before heading to the gym to throw some iron around! Don’t worry you’ll love it! Look at me, look at me, look at me!!! See how much I love it!!!! And have you seen the latest half naked pic of me on my Instagram feed? Don’t I look awesome? Don’t you want to look awesome like me?

All you have to do is find out what you like doing that fits within the same things that I do and tough it out for three weeks and then fucking BAMMMO…..you will also be living inside my magical unicorn wonderland!!!!!!

Again fitness industry….how it that working out for you?

We need to flip the script. To change everything. To completely revamp the message and the practice.

I have evolved. And now you all need to live inside MY magical unicorn wonderland.

Lol, that’s a joke for all the idiots who are going to message me later about my huge ego and how I have no fucking idea what I am talking about. Don’t bother, there is a very high likelihood I don’t much care about your opinion.

Why?

I am old. Very, very old. I am pushing towards 40 years old and have been doing this full time as a career for over 15 years. Literally, when this became my career the majority of today’s fitness trainers and coaches were averaging in age around 5 to 10 years old. If you survey fitness professionals with more than a decade of full time experience and are around 40 years of age or older I would suspect they would tell you the same thing I am about to tell you.

I don’t know for sure though as it is a tough group of people to question as they are more concerned with actually working to make peoples lives better and aren’t answering the latest insta story survey question.

Alas….I digress again.

Fitness should be a chore.

No, wait. Let’s make that a more assertive statement.

Fitness IS a chore.

I hear the chorus of voices now, ‘but I love fitness, it isn’t a chore at all!’ I hear you. You just might think that.

Did you know there are actually people who LIKE gardening? Who LIKE cleaning their house? There are even humans that exist who LIKE cooking their own food!

But for the vast majority of people all of those activities are chores.

They are all activities that HAVE to get done in order for us to live and be healthy. We let farmers do our gardening. We either force ourselves to clean or join the growing trend of hiring house cleaners so we can avoid that as well. And most people wouldn’t know the difference between sautéing, steaming, boiling, or roasting their veggies anymore. Because that is just so much work.

These three examples are great to elucidate the fact that fitness led the pack many decades ago of things that are vital to humans that we will not do if given the chance.

And I truly believe that it is destroying us.

The great social experiment has to end. We have tried. We have tried to convince people to exercise. We have tried to make it fun, inviting, and entertaining. It hasn’t worked.

Now more than ever we must change the entire way we perceive health and fitness. Because we are on a treacherous path that is getting worse and most people have their heads stuck in the sand.

People don’t open their own car doors anymore. Chop or prepare their own food. Walk anywhere. Fuck, grocery DELIVERY is becoming more popular. We are so lazy now we can’t even be bothered going to a store to collect the food that has been grown, harvested, and prepared already for us.

We are moving less and less and less. If you truly look at how much you move in a day and go even deeper and look at the quality of that extremely small amount of movement I believe most people, including those working in the industry, would be truly shocked. It is horrific. It is scary. It needs to change.

And we need to change our entire collective attitude about it.

Fitness is a chore.

We need to coach it as a chore.

We need to treat it like a chore.

We need to market like a chore.

It needs TO BE a chore.

I am going to let you in on my philosophy of physical fitness:

 

I.Do. Not. Care. If. You. Like. Your. Fitness. Program.

 

I don’t care if it’s boring, I don’t care if it’s not exciting, I don’t care if you have done that exercise twice this month already, I don’t care if you don’t like getting up early, I don’t care if Netflix just released a whole season of Stranger Things and you need to binge it right now.

I. Do. Not. Give. A. Fuck.

What I do care about it that you are able to move better tomorrow. I care that you are able to wipe your own ass when you are 70. I care that you can take that dream vacation to Europe and you don’t have to spend it riding around on a bus merely looking at landmarks as you pass by. I care that you don’t have high blood pressure. I care that you don’t develop type 2 diabetes. I care that you can take our dog outside and enjoy watching them frolic in the grass while the sun warms your face and you sip a freshly ground coffee.

How much you ‘like’ getting to that place is irrelevant.

We live in a culture of excess and comfort that is beyond anything humans have experienced in our thousands of years of evolution. And if we continue to view our fitness as something that we don’t have to do simply because we don’t like it and it makes us a little uncomfortable then we must prepare to build more braces, commit to more surgeries, and get a drug plan subscription in order to keep our hearts still beating.

It is a truly horrific path that we are walking down.

And I won’t be a part of it anymore.

If you can find physical activity that you love and you get excited for I think that is truly awesome. Keep it up!

But for the other 90%…

It’s over. Your lazy, excuse fueled, bullshit rhetoric of why do choose to let your bodies die a slow death while you agonize over the atrophy of decay that is so visceral you can smell it, just won’t work on me anymore.

I am here to help those who want advice and who want to make their lives better.

I am not here to be your entertainer, your friend, your confidant, your motivator, or your therapist.

I am here to be your health and fitness coach. I will tell you exactly what you need to do to ensure the best chance of a long and active time on this earth.

I don’t care if you like it. I only care that you do it.

And if you do then you will be in a position to truly make the most of this precious thing you have been granted that so many are deprived of: Life.

 

-Coach Taylor

Ep. 34 – News updates, 5 exercises for cyclists and spinners, importance of anthropology, and breakfast isn’t important

Welcome to episode 34 of Coach Taylor Radio!

Wow….my first episode was way back in 2014…DID NOT realize it had been that long. This getting older thing DEFINITELY is catching up to me!!!!

My podcast is now sponsored by my online training platform….

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On this episode…..

News Updates  (2:50)

  • Diet and diabetes…no kidding…
  • Prehistoric women were jacked
  • Motivation is overrated
  • Useless rotator cuff exercises
  • Brazil’s food guide
  • Alcohol is poison

5 Exercises for Cyclists      (21:40)
**If you do a lot of cycling AND THAT INCLUDES spin classes! then you NEED to listen to this section

Also – at (17:40) I talk about the people who asked me the cycling question. You should listen to their story – it is life inspiring!!!!
Can check them out at www.zerotocrusing.com
Intermittent fasting    (28:30)
-The importance of anthropology
-Why I will still be advocating this in 10 years
-Why breakfast is NOT the most important meal of the day


Less topics but just as much time with me 🙂 You’re welcome!!!!

As always, if you have questions or want me to chat about something in the future, just drop a line! I love your feedback!!!

My podcast is now sponsored….by me!!!! Check out my online training platform where you can work with myself and my entire team every single day!!!!

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Strength and Fitness Coach