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Bright Promises, Dismal Performance

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Just as the notion that “video killed the radio star” is often posed in a humorous tone but with dark overtones of the plight of the modern music industry, did the internet destroy participation in healthy sporting activities? Furthermore did it change the realm of sport coach with the good intentions of bettering the lives of its community to proverbial snake oil salesmen selling poor grade products with glistening packaging to entice the public not accustomed to “watching rather than doing”?

The answer to both questions are uncomfortable to admit and a sad commentary but very likely a resounding “yes”.

The internet and technological improvements for all its wonderful opportunity, if I may borrow upon Mr. Friedman’s opus, is one of “bright promises, dismal performance”. Quite naturally many advancements have profoundly improved our lives but for all the opportunity of “connectivity” the majority live highly sedentary lives and the term “neighbourhood” can only used casually as true community, not one used to cleverly promote a service or product, is sparing.

This is seen quite easily within sporting and exercise front where the business aspect, the clever affiliate programs that fuel endless levels of endorsements, back room agreements to “log roll” and many tactical approaches to create the tsunami of emotional contagion, have played a role in this culture of “watching not doing”.

Healthy participation in sport does not require a membership to a gymnasium nor the purchase of training services, might I add “overpriced” fees, from an individual whose claim of being a “professional” is paying for a weekend certification and the ability to edit an exercise video rife with dub-step soundtrack, the endless “bro’s” slapping and bumping fists. This is the sad reality of the modern exercise world as for all the clever parlour tricks of various degrees of ability, mind you all firmly confined to the walls of a gymnasium, they have lost the value of a true coach and mentor.

There are many great exercise and sport coaches today and the overwhelming majority do significantly more than promote their services and instead teach a better way of life. Exercise and sport was once and avenue to said “better way” but it is not so clear cut anymore. The return route is however much simpler than you may think.

Healthy participation in sport does require something rather simple; participate.

Don’t fret of going to dance class, go dancing. Do worry about driving the gym for cycling class, get on your bike and ride around our community. Kick, catch, throw a ball with friends new and old and stop fretting over “what you do in a gym” and instead participate.

Life comes around but once, live it at full throttle.

John Davies

Tabled for discussion: Renegade London Sporting Club


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Building Monster Biceps

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The iron-game can be a mixture of basic training measures and complex dietary concerns for those looking at the bodybuilding stages but ultimately training issues revolve around a series of commonly accepted concerns. Although many will promote “new movements” and equipment that will accelerate gains, the fact of the matter is all resistance training comes down to a Squat, Push, Pull and Press with proper movement patterning and posture ruling supreme. If you are unable to execute a lift properly the answer isn’t a bravado laced tired but lowering the weight such that you can.

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The Athletes’ Perfecta

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The search for muscular size and strength development often leads lifters, both experienced and the beginners, on a detour that causes many long term problems. The iron-game faithful, even with the best of intentions, can be lead astray with short-term goals, preferences towards certain lifts, “trendy” routines and common programming errors. Whether inadvertently developing poor lifting technique, possibly because of trying to push through training with a slight injury or simply forgetting to perform sufficient mobility work, every action has a consequence and many derail goals.

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Renegade X: Strength and Fitness made simple

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Since the turn of the millennium the health and fitness industry has made a measurable shift from presenting healthy exercise choices to the public to cornucopia of saleable images that greatly lower the underlying benefit of training.

In the oddest set of circumstances I played a role in this situation, albeit innocently, for as departed my secluded world of sports performance coaching I unveiled part of my work to the public and quickly saw it twisted and contorted to suit marketing efforts and of-course to the ever-present “new innovation” from self-appointed gurus.

While I appreciate helping shift the exercise sector to more proactive approaches, what has occurred is a foul mix that has seen time-tested approaches twisted to capture the public eye and of-course wallet. This situation surely must change for the benefit of the public and equally for those in the exercise industry whom honestly wish to better the quality of their service.

With “Renegade Training™” now in its second decade of online activity, we are pleased to release to the public “Renegade X” that will both service those questions but also bridge the gap of many systems. Of my many hopes of “RX” is that they system cuts through the endless drone of marketing phrases and dreadful exercise approaches to provide the public a path to long-term health and a better quality of life.

John Davies

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The hypocrisy of the sports world

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As the sporting world casts scorn at this year’s version of “disgraced athlete’s” the public needs to look into the mirror and ask when it last supported good sportsmanship and the true value of sport.

The hypocrisy runs thick in an era where much of the positive values of sport have perished and the public is accepting of poor conduct by athletes as long as they can kick, catch or throw a ball well.

I have surrounded much of my life in sport but its meaning to me is not accolades and a trophy room but fellowship and friends across the world. Our society is in dire need of a “reset” button as it relates to values and part of the equation is restoring the great benefits of sport.

Media attention will invariably summon the gallows in yet another sensationalist shot across the bow and predictably it will cause little change until sport is taken down from its marketing pedestal and its traditional values are emblazoned into the next generation.

To this I conclude with sentiments of Baron de Coubertin:

L’important dans la vie ce n’est point le triomphe, mais le combat, l’essentiel ce n’est pas d’avoir vaincu mais de s’être bien battu.

The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

John Davies

Tabled for discussion: Renegade London Sporting Club


John Davies is available on his personal page on Facebook , Renegade Training™’s, Google+, Renegade Training™ on Google+ as well as well as Tumblr and Twitter and his daily blog for USPlabs.

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