Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Health Interlude (and please, eat meat!)

I'm a huge fan of Steve Ilg's book, "Total Body Transformation." In the introduction, he makes a small point that continues to shape my understanding of training, health, and life.
Very simply, he notes that the word "Fit" comes from the Old Norse meaning "to knit." I can't think of a better way to describe, in the most basic terms, the goals of life...

...[consider] Ilg's insight: Fitness is knitting.

An old friend of mine who died not long ago once told me that "life is a tapestry." These threads from here and there knit together to form you as a person, and Ilg's work is a great example of this. Yoga, strength training, cardio, nutrition, and meditation are his pillars, but you also find in his work insights about life, living, and everything (with apologies to Douglas Adams).

With that in mind, I'd like to suggest a few ideas about seeing your training and fitness goals as part of a larger tapestry of life...



  1. No meat...,

    Down 28lbs, stamina up to 3-4 hard fought sets in the blistering midwest sun, quickness sufficient to reach those precisely placed 98MPH serves coming hot and heavy off the boy's racket.

    I haven't felt this good in years!!!


    1. Don't forget beginners gains. As Mark Rippetoe says, a beginner can make their bench press go up by riding a bicycle, but it's not the ideal method.

      Don't worry about weight so much, I'm five pounds heavier than two years ago and have lost 4 inches off my waist. All about performance. I'm within 40 total pounds of 200/300/400/500 at 195 (press/bench/squat/deadlift).

  2. I can testify to the fact that every single adult injury is tightly woven into the very fiber of my being. If I didn't continue to exercise, I'd be a hobbled-up old goblin.

    (I'lll check out that book).

    1. Don't forget these are the words of Dan John, not me. I don't really know Ilg, it looks a little touchy-feely for my tastes.

      Dan John however I wholeheartedly endorse. Push, Pull, Hinge, Squat, Carry.