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Exercise Morals

So I’ve now been witness to my first pyramid scheme.

I’ve been applying to jobs in Cali and I applied to a “Wellness Coach” position.

It sounded legitimate so I submitted my resume.

A day later I get an email about attending an informational meeting about the position. I emailed the woman right back saying that I couldn’t attend then because I wasn’t yet in Cali, but could I possibly attend one at a future date.

She then told me that I could watch the streaming video of the session.

I started watching the video and about two slides in realized what I had gotten myself into. About four slides in I saw visual evidence that what I had applied to was indeed a pyramid scheme.

At least I didn’t fall for it like Michael! I love The Office!

What got me thinking wasn’t so much the fact that I accidentally applied to a pyramid scheme, but that people actually roped people into SELLING junk like this.

When the woman who set me up with the video called after it was finished, she asked me if I had the three qualities to be successful.

I told her I did have those qualities. I then promptly told her thank you for the opportunity, but no thank you. I told her that my nutritional views are VERY different from what she is promoting.

Pyramid scheme or not, there was no way I could sell a product that I didn’t BELIEVE in!

For me health and fitness isn’t merely a job. It isn’t merely a way to make money.

It is a passion.

I want to EDUCATE. I want to EMPOWER. I want to help people GROW.

I don’t want to trick them into buying some junk just so I can make a few bucks!

Schemes like that are what dilute the health and fitness market and serve to confuse people about what is healthy.

Don’t fall for them. Don’t help promote them.

Don’t fall for the gimmicks.

Eat whole natural foods. Lift heavy weights. Sprint often.

Have you encountered gimmicks like that in your line of work? Would you sacrifice your beliefs to make money?

The good, the bad and the just plain stupid

Below are random things from this week that I just felt the need to share.

The Good:

1. Rock climbing is simply awesome. If you haven’t gone, I recommend you try it!

2. Kombucha. Why oh why are you so hard to find in stores? You are super healthy yet Whole Foods is just about the only store to sell you. Can someone please tell me why you can find WhoNu bars everywhere and Kombucha nowhere?

Also, soon to come a Kombucha recipe (and this won’t be like the foam rolling video…it will happen in a more timely manner. Although the foam rolling video will still be up soon! I promise!)

The Bad:

3. Kashi uses genetically modified products. I think food products that use these products should have to be labeled. Do you?

4.” Eating meat started from boredom and experimentation that became habit. If we eat dead flesh then we become dead flesh. It is said that humankind was immortal until it began eating the dead. Keeping the brain busy is how you feed the body. Keep it busy and only take from this earth what you need.

Sit on that for a few seconds, maybe even minutes. Keep your brain busy by learning, thinking, and creating. We have so much to unlearn.

We will chat again…”

This was the first comment on the NY Times “The Ethicist Contest Winner.” Oh boy….

And the Simply Stupid:


I wanted to share this photo for two reasons. One, I made it and thought it was funny. Two, it boasts that it is “A fat-free food.” As if that makes it healthy!!!

6. Ok so this isn’t really “stupid” per say. But it is really funny. In an old episode of The Office, Michael gets a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit for breakfast. He takes off the biscuit and says, “Healthier.” Haha I like it even though it isn’t totally true.

What if Dwight Schrute was your trainer?

First off I just want to say that I think I watch too much TV.

But that fact aside…What if you joined the Dwight Schrute Gym For Muscles and Dwight Schrute was your trainer?

If you joined the Dwight Schrute Gym For Muscles (in its early stages), you would have gotten to do some workout moves that Mark Sisson would have been proud of.

You would have strengthened your legs by squatting a log with two pails of stones dangling from it.

Or you would have worked your core by whacking a large tire with a sledge-hammer.

But just like Primal/Paleo/Crossfit, the mainstream wasn’t ready for Dwight’s gym.

So he brought in the traditional equipment and tells Darryl he will help him lose some weight. Dwight tells him, “Your path from obesity starts right here.”

Like any good trainer, Dwight first shows Darryl the proper way to stretch.

Of course you must always stretch your pelvic-bowl...

Then like any great motivational trainer, Dwight yells at Darryl to encourage Darryl to continue benching.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’d join the Dwight Schrute Gym For Muscles…The sad part is…there are lots of Dwight Schrute Gym For Muscles out there AND lots of under-qualified trainers like Dwight.

Be careful when selecting a gym and a trainer! You don’t want to end up training with someone like Dwight…

Welcome to the gun show! I wouldn't want him to be my trainer. He DEFINITELY doesn't have Man Biceps.

Planking – Not the exercise

So yesterday night, Candy Ryan and I watched the new Office episode. It talked about the new trend of planking in random places. Of course I was upset to realize that by planking they didn’t mean this:

But this:

This second version could, I guess, really work your core depending on how and where you decided to plank, but still…I was sad to find out people weren’t exercising in random places.

I’ve decided Man Bicep should start a new trend…push ups in random places!!! haha Maybe we will try to start this one today…. 🙂

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