[align=center:8isbfj00]According to the biblical account, a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar, where they resolved to build a city with a tower "with its top in the heavens...lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the Earth." God came down to see what they did and said: "They are one people and have one language, and nothing will be withholden from them which they purpose to do." So God said, "Come, let us go down and confound their speech." And so God scattered them upon the face of the Earth, and confused their languages, and they left off building the city, which was called Babel "because God there confounded the language of all the Earth."(Genesis 11:5-8).
Once upon a time there was man and there was woman. Fitness clubs were created to promote better health and better living. Everyone knew what a healthy, good looking person looked like and viola.
And then a man came along and figured out that by hosting a contest and creating a statue with his head on another mans body he could create a "fitness" empire selling books, magazines, and equipment to people who wanted more. Health clubs have been replaced by globo-gyms to satisfy the consumers idea of what is "normal". These clubs provide services from exercise machines with built in mini fridges, alarms to ensure that no one is grunting, and even smoothy bars to replace those 700 calories you didn't burn off to begin with.
Magazines and website about promising to satisfying your every need and desire, filling your eyes with superhumans and your mind with guaranteed tools to make you look like your hero"¦which is obviously true in every way. Of course you need to spend $150 to be sure.
The main problems that I see are the simple issues with people speaking different languages. Someone asks a simple question: "How do I get strong?" Piece of cake right? Lift weights. Done. Next question. How about we rephrase that slightly to "What is strong?" Is being able to do a pushup "strong"? What about bench pressing bodyweight? How about Deadlifting 600lbs for a set of 5? This is where context is important. In order to take you to your goal we have to be speaking the same language. If you want to be "healthy" you have to start w\ a common understanding of what "health" is. Taking a page from the book of Dan John, health is defined by the "optimal interplay of the organs". You can quantify this by markers such as blood pressure, panels, resting heart rate, etc. If you want to be fit, you have to start with a common understanding of what fit is. Is a marathoner fit? What about a powerlifter? Again, going back to the world of Dan John, let's define fitness as the ability to complete a task. So with our running definition of fitness you can quantify the success or failure by simply identifying what task you're trying to improve and measure periodically. Are you getting better? If yes then you have a good plan. If no, then your plan doesn't work.
Goals of the day: Speak a common language. Identify your goals. Create a full understanding of what success is and how you are going to measure your progress towards it. Communicate all of this to those who you're asking help from.[/align:8isbfj00]