Habits Not Willpower

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” -Aristotle.  That boy knew his stuff, Nick will be proud of me. On the other hand it would seem that willpower is a rather limited resource. In 1998 Psychologist Roy Baumeister conducted what I would consider his borderline torture experiment on willpower involving cookies and radishes. In this study, problem solvers were split into 2 groups, one group waited before the test and were allowed to eat cookies, the other group were given radishes, and in a move showing who the evil scientist really was, Baumeister had cookies placed in front of those who were not meant to eat them, some of these poor souls even broke pieces off to have a sniff! After this torture the 2 groups of problem solvers were given their unsolvable problem and those who had been allowed cookies made more than twice as many attempts to solve the puzzle as their tormented peers.   Cookie Monster is an animal in the gym   So it would seem that willpower is finite. Are you the girl who refuses to go to that nice little Italian restaurant for lunch with your work colleagues and munches on a tasteless salad at your desk? And then half an hour before you’re due to go home some scumbag brings out a birthday cake for the lady you never speak to in sales, and she asks if you’d like a slice! You politely decline but you notice that on the drive home as you get to the turning to go to the gym you take the...

Start The New Year Properly

Here’s an idea! How about this year you do things right. It doesn’t start with a drunken “This year it’s going to be different”, but with a sober, well thought out goal. Assuming you’re sober here are 3 key strategies which could make all the difference.   1. Don’t buy into crap! OK, you’ve come across Get Mighty Now so you’re less likely to fall for pseudoscientific nonsense, so long as you read / watch / listen to our material, but please keep your guard up. Around New Year time this nonsense can range from “Detox” solutions which after doing a quick Amazon search showed that remedies range from £4.59 for 10 days worth of a Michael Van Straten kit through to a glorified sweat suit which runs to £1260. Just in case you’re wondering everything I saw ranged from utter crap to unnecessary. Other too good to be true products range from exercise systems such as those discussed in Mighty Cast 89, and related to the above, a multitude of highly questionable nutritional systems. If you’re looking for a nutritional plan check out my Get Mighty Now brother Nick’s excellent system here – www.earnyourcarbs.com. As with all our products it’s not easy, it takes work but it does get results, unlike many other highly promoted systems. Bottom line if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Nonsense has been pedalled for many years! 2. Take massive action in one area of your life. It could be really changing your diet by using Nick’s Earn Your Carbs system as mentioned above, or it could be finally committing to following one of my...

Are You Gambling with Alternative Medicine?

From Google’s Define Feature: medicine: the science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease alternative medicine: any of a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture. Harmless, or Dangerous? The saying, “Physician, heal thyself” comes from the Bible Luke 4:23 (King James Version) but has since morphed into “Patient, Heal Thyself.” This wording (changed from “physician” to “patient”) was popularized by an alternative medicine practitioner who has had several products removed from the marketplace by the FDA and been fined $225,000 by the FTC. The wording is catchy, but dangerous when problems are serious. Medical professionals are well equipped to deal with serious problems, but “alternative medicine practitioners” aren’t. That’s why we pay experts the big bucks in the first place… for their expertise. Non-accredited, unlicensed, alternative medicine practitioners like Dr. Hulda Clark (doctor of zoology – not a medical doctor) who practice medicine and are forced to flee the country on accounts of negligence and fraud… are at one end of the spectrum. There are also fully qualified medical doctors in research settings who are experimenting with new modalities of treatment that are not yet available to the general public. This is not alternative medicine per se, but rather medicine that has not yet been shown to be safe and efficacious for the medical practice… which is why it’s not yet available to the general public. No secrets, no conspiracies, just regular old medical research as usual. Somewhere in between are most of the alternative medical practitioners – doing things that aren’t accepted...

Do People Really Believe This Crap? – The First of Many I Suspect!

I would like to apologies to listeners of the Mighty Cast.   When episode 75 is posted you’ll notice on listening that I get somewhat distracted while Nick was in full flow. I have to admit that if I were the professional I claim to be that my full attention would always be on the show, but for a minute or two today it wasn’t. I was flicking through cable TV channels silently when I came across the laughingly ironic TLC which stands for “The Learning Channel”. And on this trashy excuse for a television channel appeared the witch that is Oprah Winfrey! I know I should have stopped here but rather like trying not to look at a car wreck I couldn’t quite stop myself from pushing the “I” for more information button on my TV remote.   Dear Reader I was (not) disappointed, up on the screen came a description of the interview taking place: Oprah & Caroline Myss: Intuition, Power And Grace A spiritual teacher believes everyone can fulfil their own “sacred contract”— a set of assignments the soul is meant to achieve.   This time the lie was only this big! From the fraud, I mean lady who brought you celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson who “believes” women should never lift more than 3lb dumbbells because that would make them “bulky”. She also brought you that paragon of pseudoscience Dr Oz, and the hugely successful and highly questionable self help guru Dr Phil. Does this witch have anyone on with anything to offer? Maybe I’m being a little unfair here, as I don’t watch her show; I even made Nick watch the...

It’s a Little Embarrassing

It’s a little embarrassing but I have believed some really wacky stuff in the past. Some spokesman for scepticism I am:)   I believed that supplements worked, despite my own personal experience to the contrary, and I believed this for many years. Some of the supplements I used were incredibly expensive for the time, I remember paying £75 (around 200 USD) for the Cybergenics Bodybuilding kit in the mid 80s which did nothing. I blamed myself as I found it impossible to follow the training and diet that was recommend, a trick I’ve since seen repeated many times. Other supplements in the 80s such as liquid liver, and liquid glandulars extracted their cost in other ways, namely their disgusting taste – along with being no use whatsoever.   I believed, for a short time that balance training as proposed by Paul Chek was an essential part of any good training regime. The great Mel Siff set me right on that one.   For several years I believed that Heavy Duty as recommended by Mike Mentzer was the ONLY way to train. He seemed so intellectual in his approach, and his arguments rang true to my 23-28 year old ears. Looking back the real reason why I stuck with Heavy Duty for so long was that it was very convenient. I was working silly hours in these years and I just wouldn’t have had time for the types of programmes you see in the Mighty Method now.   If you buy into stuff like this then your focus is in the wrong place A response many sceptics hear when questioning claims is what’s the harm. What’s the harm in...

Reacting to Setbacks

There are many reasons why individuals achieve a goal; great planning, action, and reacting to feedback and some of the biggies, but perhaps the biggest reason is how you react to setbacks, which in training terms usually means injuries.   From my observations most “normal” people get injured and react badly. Their reaction is often denial, they try to run through the pain, or they take some painkillers before each session rather than seeking professional advice and resting. Oftentimes the body will heal itself despite this less than optimal behaviour, but as many of you will know the injury can also worsen. With bad or persistent injuries there comes a time when you need to stop doing what’s hurting you and start recovering.    I bet he’d make a great physio – my Mrs is so going to kill me for this!   By the way recovering doesn’t mean sitting on the couch eating pizza and drinking beer while feeling sorry for yourself. YOU NEED TO BE ACTIVE IN YOUR OWN RECOVERY, not one of these tender-headed types who helplessly lays there saying “fix me please”.   If at this point you’re wonder which professional advice you should be seeking; I will now refer you to a passage in my book “The Mighty Method” which is available on this site.   Where to Get Rehab Advice From? I realise that I’m going off on a bit off a tangent here, but understanding who to go to for advice in this area could make or break you. In the UK it’s fairly simple; we have Physiotherapists who work in our National...