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Counter intuitive results from personal data

Unfortunately in society when we talk about fitness or getting fit, we often think of something like this:

Itโ€™s changing who you are

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We all know by now that social media is pretty damn unhealthy. What started out as a way for people to stay in touch more easily and form communities has basically become a misnomer for itself, because people feel more isolated, anxious and depressed than ever.

Maybe you havenโ€™t noticed, but thereโ€™s a definite trend with social media platforms thatโ€™s amplifying this even further. Facebook and MySpace were about connection with family, friends, old classmates. Pinterest was about a shared connection of people liking the same things. โ€ฆ

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You can reject it โ€” aggressively. Hereโ€™s why

If you consider yourself a polite person, possibly introverted, then youโ€™ve no doubt been the โ€œbeneficiaryโ€ of countless pieces of unsolicited advice. It could be a parental type figure who assumes you need their guidance despite the fact that they shouldnโ€™t be advising anyone, it could be that co-worker who tells you how you should do your job, or it could be your typical Karen type who thinks that everyone should listen to what they have to say.

The result is always the same: you take it all with good grace, try to nod and smile politely and then inwardlyโ€ฆ

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Donโ€™t fall for the bullshit

If youโ€™ve spent a decent amount of time reading self help, youโ€™ll notice that the same pieces of advice seem to appear all the time. Thatโ€™s because the advice works on people โ€” itโ€™s seductive and it sets up false dichotomies that make us feel like we only have two choices: make a change, or accept that your life is going to suck forever.

Nuance and different ways to get to a similar goal are taboo, because they require thought, and the second you start thinking about these pieces of advice, you realise youโ€™re getting sucked into something thatโ€™s goingโ€ฆ

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You canโ€™t just use mental health as a catch all excuse

So unless you live under a rock, youโ€™ve probably heard the kerfuffle regarding Naomi Osaka and her withdrawal from the French Open. If not, the brief summary is thus: she didnโ€™t want to continue participating in post match press conferences, saying that it was harmful to hear mental health. She was fined $15,000 for not appearing, at which point she withdrew from the event entirely.

Cue people on both sides gearing up, as they usually do, to throw their opinions at each other. One side wants to do anything they can to excuse her, saying that the WTA should careโ€ฆ

Phase 4, Courtesy of Marvel.

The writing is already on the wall

So weโ€™re 2 TV series and a couple of trailers into phase 4 of the MCU and itโ€™s pretty clear to me already that we could be on a sinking ship. Even after hearing initially what Marvel had in store for us shortly after Avengers: Endgame, I got a bad feeling. That feeling could be summed up in one word, which is still at the top of my mind:

Meh.

There was very little โ€œmehโ€ when it came to phases 1 through 3 of the MCU. You were invested in the characters, the storylines all melded together and it wasโ€ฆ

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The truth behind male celebrity body transformations (with examples)

Why am I doing this?

It would be so easy to just brush me off as a hater or someone trying to โ€œexposeโ€ these people. Look, the reality is that as someone whoโ€™s been in strength sports for over a decade and has trained at gyms all over the country and seen all kinds of physiques โ€” both natural and enhanced, I have a very good eye for whatโ€™s attainable without steroids.

The general public doesnโ€™t.

The media talks a lot about how we have unrealistic expectations for women with how magazines do airbrushing and good lighting etc. Hey, at least those women are actuallyโ€ฆ

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And itโ€™s past time that we talked about it

โ€œAnd thus I clothe my naked villainy with odd old ends stolen out of holy writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.โ€ โ€” William Shakespeare, Richard III

The sexual abuse of children by priests of the Catholic Church has been well documented and exposed to the world for some time now. Every part of it was absolutely sickening and the world was done a service by those that brought it to light and the priests to justice for what they had done.

But thereโ€™s another skeleton in the Catholic Churchโ€™s closet, one that is well knownโ€ฆ

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His facade is now crumbling

Remember when Prince Harry and Megan got married? Those first inklings of trouble? People pretty much lined up on opposite sides from the get go, much as they do with just about everything else, and viewed everything that followed as evidence that their point of view was correct.

Up until now, itโ€™s been fairly easy to sit on the fence. After all, there are two sides to every story. One could sympathise that palace life would undoubtedly be stuffy and could even be an unfriendly place for someone that hails from an entirely different culture in the US. โ€ฆ

Mistake 1 โ€” doing stupid stuff like this. Photo by Jonathan Borba from Pexels

Beginner or advanced, avoid injury and wasting your time

Iโ€™ve been training for almost 15 years at the gym now, and Iโ€™ve seen it all. Iโ€™ve trained at powerlifting gyms, strongman gyms, 24 hour gyms, beautiful people gyms (where I felt incredibly out of place) and military gyms. Different gyms, same mistakes. Some of these are pertinent for beginners, others youโ€™ll find seasoned vets doing. Here we go.

Focusing on numbers rather than technique

From the beginner just trying to get buff, to the powerlifter trying to hit bigger numbers and everything in between, this is a cardinal sin committed by many. Itโ€™s a human thing to do, chasing the next number, and in theโ€ฆ

Pete Ross

๐˜ผ๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ง, ๐™ค๐™˜๐™˜๐™–๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง. ๐˜ผ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ก๐™š๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ก๐™™๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™š๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™š.

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