Work Out World has this commercial touting the fact that their memberships are pretty inexpensive. There is no denying that their memberships are inexpensive. Like their cousin Planet Fitness, they’ve opted to price memberships at $10.00/month. There’s nothing wrong with that. Except for how they decided to pitch it on the radio.
In an alcohol-induced reverie my buddy asked me if I’m at the point in life where I thought I’d be right now. Truthfully, the answer is no. After some deliberation I’ve figured out that it probably doesn’t matter so much where you’re at in life, so much as the sense of optimism that you choose to keep through the entire process.
Realistically, accomplishing everything you really want to do is tough. So many of those things hinge on a lot of external factors. Factors that you can’t control. Now, I’m not suggesting in any way that you should assign blame to the things in life you can’t control. That hasn’t ever been a successful strategy. But its still important that you acknowledge those things in an effort to work around them.
I’ve read various articles detailing the dark side of this current generation. The narcissism, entitlement, and overall predilection for bitching incessantly is something that we are being branded with and subsequently judged on. It’s sad that my generation is viewed in such a negative light. But frankly, if the shoe fits, then so be it. Recently, I’ve not only thought on my own generation but the ones that will follow. I tend to think about these things when visiting my niece.
I’d like to preface this post by saying that I’m not super into fashion. Yeah, I can mix and match clothes and dress myself reasonably well, but I’m not scouring GQ magazines at any point during the day. Having said that, one thing this week did catch my attention: the fact that Abercrombie & Fitch refuses to make larger clothing sizes. Here is a quote from the CEO of the company:
It’s a sad fact that your fitness level will ebb and flow over any given period of time. Whatever gains you’ve made will most assuredly take a nose dive if you don’t do something to keep up with them. Hey, the body is designed to store fat not fitness. C’est la vie. Can’t argue with biological programing. We all know this fact, but that doesn’t really stop us from slacking off periodically. For one reason or another you may find yourself suffering through a workout drought. I use the term suffering loosely. Chances are if you’re not working out you’re doing something that doesn’t make you question your sanity. I digress, moving on.
I do a fair amount of reading on a daily basis. Blogs, newspapers, pretty much anything that’s informative. Frankly, I don’t spend too much time reading fantasy books or stories about vampires that sparkle in the sunlight. Having said that, I’d like to share a few points regarding corrective exercise.
I’ve mentioned this before: I’ve left the gym scene and traded up for a corporate office job. One thing I’ve learned since that transition is that office blogs often reference the fine art of looking busy while, in fact, doing absolutely nothing. The trick to this is making everything look oh so convincing. Ironically enough, the office isn’t the only place where this behavior is prolific. The gym is probably the number one place on earth where people go for the express purpose of looking busy while accomplishing nothing.