I’ve had this nag for a long time.
Back when I was 20-something and living in Japan, I had visible abs. Not when I showed up — too many pizzas in college saw to that — but gradually, over some months as I ate more and more on the Japanese economy and when at sea and visiting Korea, the Philippines and other places in Southeast Asia, eating the standard food, I dropped weight: got lean.
But was I strong? I dunno; never tested myself. Did I care? Why should I? I was single, made very good money and had a party disposition galavanting in countries were my wages made me a "rich young man."
Do the math.
Among the many comments to my last post, one stood out to me.
so thats leangains for you mr, give me one rep full effort!!! kyaaaaaa!! me? healthy, pain free toned muscles all around, with my crappy bodyweitgh metod of chins, push ups, squats a backpack and a set of dumbbells. ( yes im an ashole) give those muscles a rest!
Leangains is grossly missrepesented, as you can see from my reply. But then, a commenter drew attention to the "toned muscles" bit with a lol and it got me to thinking about the time I was pretty weak, but had "toned muscles."
Well, perhaps I’m old fashioned. I think that if evolution dictated that we men were to be stronger than the female in general, and to such an extent that on average, a man can kill a women with bare hands at will and that women must live their lives under that realization and amazingly decide to bed down with such potential killers; that we, men, ought to take a moment every now and then to thank our fucking lucky stars. Secretly, I think the women have a perception far advanced past our own (but don’t tell anyone, particularly my wife, that I said that).
Please don’t give me the knife or gun in your sleep BS, or the severed penis. That street goes both ways and breasts can be severed with knives. I’m talking about the evolutionary reality of brute, foundational strength.
OK, so how come so many 20-something Paleos are content to become weak leans? This is sorta analogous to the skinny fat term that perhaps came from Art de Vany, but is right on.
You know what? I don’t give a runny shit about what 20-something paleo is eating, especially on Twitter for shit’s sake. I don’t even want to get into the inanity I see because it’s just so banal, and it goes on day after day. Yea, I get it: you like fucking avocados. Hey, news flash: when I was a 20 year old I could get 4 avocados for a dollar at the fruit & vegetable stand and I would eat all four at a sitting when I did.
That’s a long way off. It doesn’t matter. No one cares. And if I did it today, I would expect a big yawn in absence of serious effort to construct a complete meal and competently photograph it.
OK, perhaps it was time to call out the 20-somethings, because no one ever does but alas, there is an inherent advantage for leanness in them and I have yet to hear one call that out. Instead, I see some implication that they are Paleo Gods because they have abs. Big whoop. But worse, I see that so many are content to sit on their lean laurels while remaining weak, risking not being able to pay back; or, to really strut their stuff as men.
You see, there’s not really a mystery about why women bed down with killers. That’s how evolution designed it and they eagerly snuggle down to their role in the scheme. That means that your ego is well massaged. Your part is to be strong enough and determined enough — and serious strength builds serious determination — that you hold up your end. It serves a smart and capable women to have a natural born killer as a mate. Her job is to tame. Your job it to train.
…Not impressed with the weak-leans. …But keep on those bodyweight "exercises."
Addendum: It quickly became apparent in comments that I may not have been clear enough or distinct enough. The dig on bodyweight exercises is merely an archetypical reference, not a dig on bodyweight or really any form of exercise per se, so long as one’s goal is to attain reasonable strength. My point is that just as you can be a skinny or a fat fatty, you can as well be a fat weakling or a skinny weakling….a ‘weak lean.’ What I’m arguing for is a bit of a shift in emphasis away from leanness as a primary goal towards strength as a primary goal. Sure, get lean & ripped, but not at the expense of strength…and certainly not as the starting and end point for those already lean once diet is tuned up.
Addendum #2: OK, this one is to clarify something that’s not a failure to draw distinctions on my part. This is simply to call out your basic mush brained imbecile with no rational sense of perspective. So guess what? According to mush brain (@vic574m on Twitter — Victor Moreno) you need a total of 1,000 pounds combined on deadlift, squat and bench in order to write the post I did, above. This is nonsense and has no application to what I’m talking about. I’m not talking about — and anyone with an ounce of sense knows this — being competitive in powerlifting.
Nope, I don’t total over 1,000. Currently, 735# to be precise (325 DL x 5 reps, 225 squat x 5 reps, 185 bench x 5 reps). If I plug those into the One Rep Max Calculator, it comes out to 827#, which I contend is strong for a 50-yr-old and likely in a very high percentile even amongst today’s 20-somethings. And so I’ll just call his original Tweet — "do you even total over 1000? Don’t be calling others weak if you don’t man, everyone got a right to do what they want" — dumb on just about every level I can imagine. Most egregious is this sort of girly man ideal of "don’t judge."
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