Archive for June, 2014

“The fact that some of these charlatans have the charisma of a preacher should not be lost on the general public.”

Matt Wilson Personal Training

By now I hope you have seen John Oliver’s skewering of Doctor Mehmet Oz and his push for “miracle” and “magical” weight loss supplements.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth the 15-minutes.

Did you watch it? Excellent.  As you heard at the beginning of the clip, a news reporter talked about the “Oz Effect”.  Essentially, any company that gets mentioned by Oz typically experiences a massive uptick in sales, which is great for the company…not so great for the consumer.  As mentioned in the clip, one of the “magical” beans Oz pushed as a weight loss miracle supplement actually seemed to cause the onset of diabetes in lab mice.

Right, diabetes.

I said this on Facebook soon after seeing this clip:

I’ve always thought that Oz was nothing more than a snake oil salesman. Here’s a number for those of you who still defend the dietary supplement industry…1…

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As a Personal Trainer and Boot Camp Instructor, you learn to use anything, I mean ANYTHING, as a fitness tool…sometimes you have to be creative, but when I received this behemoth in the mail, it was almost too easy…

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Did you get the Restoration Hardware Catalog Package in the mail recently?  All 17 pounds of it?  Yes, that is NOT a typo…17 back pain inducing pounds of catalog all neatly wrapped in plastic that  makes it just about the size of one of the rocks from Stonehenge…well, like the ones from Spinal Tap anyway.

Anyway, I too received one of these ridiculous wastes of paper in the mail, and I too was horrified at the environmental implications of what they were doing…that is, until the trainer in me took over.  The light bulb that went off in my head was almost blindingly bright.

The first thing I did was sneak into my neighbors’ garages and find their still wrapped 17 pound catalogs of muscle building, fat shredding goodness.

Next, I reviewed one of my favorite workouts of all time – the Spartacus Workout.  This workout comes in…

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2014 NBA Finals - Game One

Dear LeBron James,

Let me preface this by saying I have never been fan.  As a Celtics fan, I have had a dislike for you since your days in Cleveland.  This is not a knock on you – it is, in fact, in some ways, a sign of respect.  I will admit that you are arguably the best player on the planet right now, and if you win a third championship in a row, you will have cemented your place among the all-time greats.

Although I am rooting for Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs in this Finals rematch, I would hate for them to win against less than the best; which brings me to today’s topic.

I know I’m a little late to “Crampgate”, and that the Heat have evened up the series behind a monster game by you, but the Heat should potentially be up 2-0 right…

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