A very rare but helpful article on fitness from yahoo.


Far too many people get tricked into thinking the split routine is the epitome of modality toward fitness. If you have 10 to twelve hours per week to properly devote to a split routine, then go ahead, you will look like a body builder, but you could be much more fit, healthier and able to participate in a really athletic sport. Needless to say, most of you don’t have the time to devote to such a program, yet many are seduced by the look, and the omission by trainers, of the need for the time commitment. If you are serious about weight loss and fitness and have time constraints, get a trainer who will train you accordingly. 

An excellent article. The sequence should be after your warm up;
1. Develop athletic skill sets specific to the sport(s) being done or planned for.
2. Speed (sprints, throws and plyometrics)
3. Power (olympic types of lifts and other ballistic loaded movements)
4. Strength (squats, deads, benches, pull ups pull downs and other compound exercises)
5. Time permitting, isolation exercises or cardio vascular exercise specific to the sport.
6. Yoga inspired stretching cool down.

2., 3., and 4. can all be done in 15 to 45 minutes at most.

I strongly disagree with “Dr. Rustle,” on isolation exercises, too much of that time wasting stuff will leave you with too little time to become athletic, to say nothing of being an athlete.

Edward Troy

personal trainer



4 thoughts on “A very rare but helpful article on fitness from yahoo.

  1. Hi Edward,

    I’ll say that was an interesting Yahoo article you linked to.
    I can think of a few things that it should have mentioned would have summed it up perfectly- First, bodybuilders are athletes, physique athletes to be specific. Just like any other athlete they train specifically for their event which is displaying their physiques. So not only is a workout designed for a professional bodybuilder not the best workout for a certain athlete, a workout designed for an athlete participating in a completely different sport might not be the best to follow either. It should have made it clear to find workout programs designed not only for your sport but also for your position that you play in that sport.
    Second which I found most interesting is that it was providing the advice for non bodybuilding athletes from bodybuilders. Why didn’t it have advice given from a sports conditioning specialist or strength coach? If the issue was about young unknowing athletes turning to bodybuilding magazines for workout advice it didn’t make sense to me for the advice to be coming from the same.
    Third, I think the the best advice the article could have given was to find a strength and conditioning coach, preferably in person, or online and research training programs specific for your sport, like what can be found on Stack.
    With the popularity and access of the internet I question the true reason why young athletes still referring to Muscle and Fitness, and Flex for workouts. Are they really interested in training specifically for their sport or do they truly desire to build bigger ripped muscles? I have the feeling some might be as much, or more interested in physique development as much as sports specific training, otherwise they could easily find other resources.


  2. Hi Aaron,

    I do have a different take on body building, I do not consider bodybuilding athletic. There are no objective performance standards, it is purely aesthetic. There is no footwork, or movement in the show, merely flexing. I do like your analysis nevertheless. The young athlete should develop athletic skill sets preferentially to mere bulk, which doesn’t always translate into an increase in performance, even when it comes to athletic olympic lifts or power lifts (strength lifts). The extra bulk doesn’t help with speed, jumping, throwing or fight sports.

    Yes you are correct, if someone is training for an event or sport position, that training is very specific in most cases. the 100M and 200M are both sprints and training for one usually gets good results in the other, but if training is focused on one or the other, the results will be better for the one trained for. Bodybuilding has far too many isolation exercises to be of use for a performance athlete, where coordinated power is critical.

    Many young people are impressed with the nearly monstrous physiques of the cover photos of bodybuilders. That is a seduction that can lead them astray from athletic pursuits. Sadly, to some the bodybuilder look is more impressive than the athletic results of Jadeovan Clowney in the NFL combine.

    In summation, bodybuilding is aesthetic and art, whereas sports require coordinated athletic ability.


    • Hi again Edward,
      We certainly do have different takes on it. Maybe they need a different class of their own since some people don’t consider it an athletic endeavor. I think to call it purely aesthetic dismisses the training and dedication they put into it. Someone getting implants or surgical enhancements are doing that purely for aesthetics. Those modifications can be accomplished with out breaking a sweat, only their bank accounts. I also think there is a deal of skill and performance involved in competitive bodybuilding, maybe not the kind that compares to team sports or track or field competitions. But the preparation they put into it deserves some recognition.


      • Thank you Aaron for your continuation of this very useful dialogue. Yes, bodybuilding requires many hours of lifting, that is not in doubt. Nor do I question the dedication and long hours. A similar number of hours is necessary for decathlon training and fighting sports. While the decathlete is capable of transitioning to most team sports, because of their athletic skill sets (yes that would still take time), the body builder merely needs to be able to flex and present themselves in different positions.

        Those in fighting sports, that get in a ring, on a mat or in a cage, with another person there, engage in hand to hand combat within various disciplines. The bodybuilder gets on a stage, more model like, subjective, artistic even. What are the skills, what is the performance? Are they throwing curve balls, rebounding, left hooking, submitting, putting after a long PGA walk, sprinting, swinging a lacrosse stick or golf club, covering right field, blocking or tackling? No.

        The one level of respect I give to bodybuilders is diet. Honestly, the diet of bodybuilders is possibly a model for athletes, especially when weight classes are involved, specifically the cutting phase. Bodybuilders were and are still leaders in nutrition science and determining what works. Most of the supplement industry is dedicated to their demands. I use some of the supplements, bodybuilders use.

        Some workouts are impressive, but pale in difficulty to decathlon and fighting sports training (boxing, muay thai, MMA, jiu jitsu, freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, judo, karate, tae kwon-do, jeet kune dee, wing chun, etc.) I am a 56 year old fossil and Jay Cutler and Ronnie Coleman, both of whom out weigh me by some odd hundred plus pounds and are younger, probably couldn’t last 3 rounds with me (by KO, TKO, or quit), or beat me or most of the women I train in almost any track and field event, except the shot and hammer throw (not me but the women) and possibly the discus, or swimming event, or cycling event, or climbing trekking peaks, out ski me downhill or cross country, or any of a number of sports, but they can flex more muscle mass, get the proper tans, and pose.

        As statistically probable as it can be, because results can’t be called a “proof,” by mere absence of evidence or examples, there are examples of multi-sport athletes baseball/football, football boxing, basketball/football, track/football, lacrosse/football/track, basketball/track; I have never heard of a bodybuilder simultaneously doing a sport at anything approaching an elite level, even a decent recreation level.

        We agree that bodybuilding is in its own category. I further think the diet programs of bodybuilders have much to offer any athlete. I also think the encyclopedia of weight lifting exercises is invaluable, some are much more useful in athletic endeavors than others, and some are far superior, when it comes to time management.

        Last, beyond a shadow of doubt, bodybuilding with its low impact and hypertrophied muscle building programs is much healthier than couch cruising with a large pizza to your self, or sofa surfing with a second sixpack of beer. Weight bearing exercise is generally seen as “good for the joints,” and bone density. Further, the muscle mass should help with type 2 diabetes, and the aesthetic body awareness/consciousness usually helps with optimizing diet choices. I just think from decades of experience, one should be cautious about confusing bodybuilding with performance oriented sports.


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