Y’All Need To Eat More Carbs and Train Less

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Sometimes it feels like the universe has it’s fist up my … ahem… garbage chute … and is just controlling my mouth with no input from me.

Know why?

Because this time last year, I wrote a post that went viral on facebook and then forgot all about it a few days later. On Friday, it popped up again on my timeline.

It’s a bit rant-y, so if you’re pissed off to be sitting at your desk on Monday morning – it’s a great read. Here it is;

The last 2 times I’ve sat down to write an email, someone or something has popped up that reinforces what I wanted to talk about.

And it just happened again.

THE PROBLEM
One of the most worrying things about “the industry” (that’s the irish fitness industry) is the amount of female trainers popping up in pretty good shape.

Pretty good shape…

…but.

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But if you actually follow their social media presence, you start to notice worrying trends.

Borderline orthorexic / non purging bulimia type stuff.

Punishing themselves for cheat meals with extra cardio.

Demonising foods and having real issues with abstaining from them.

Training morning and evening multiple times per week.

AND THEN USING THIS SHIT TO INSPIRE OTHER FEMALES??!?!?!?

Ok, I get it, I get it.

I have a penis.

I could never understand.

But do you know what else I have?

(it shares four things in common with Penis)
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P.E.R.S.P.E.C.T.I.V.E

The perspective to know what is and isn’t sustainable, and to see when training and food is being used to mask bigger problems.

It’s great that more girls are joining gyms.

It’s great that they’re learning how to squat, bench press and deadlift.

It’s great that they’re eating better quality food.

It’s NOT great that they’re taking an unhealthy level of obsession with it.

I don’t assume to know anyones shit, but I do have a rudimentary understanding of human psychology.

And I know that if you’re OBSESSED with being lean and do everything all the time to make it happen, that IS unhealthy.

It’s less unhealthy than throwing back pints and shots all weekend, obviously.

But getting a full force boot in the balls is healthier than a knife in the stomach.

And I don’t want either one of those.

So here’s the thing – you don’t need to starve yourself, train all day and not have a life to see results.

(hell… I’d contest that if that’s what your’e doing – you probably need to do the complete opposite and examine the real, underlying causes of behaviour, but I digress…)

One of the girls I train popped in to the office today for a chat after training and she did something she’s never done before.

She thanked me.

..don’t get me wrong – I know for a fact she’s always been THANKFUL, but today she actually came in to say it.

(which I know was hard for her, so I won’t rip the piss too much)

Do you know why she was thanking me?

Because after years of training with us, in the last few months she’s done a couple of things she’s never done before;

> she’s training less

> she’s eating carbs

..and she looks fucking unreal. I hadn’t seen her for a couple of weeks, and today I had to double and triple to take to make sure she was the same girl.

She’s already lost more bodyfat than I can reasonably expect you to believe.

But this latest change?

This change was THAT drastic.

Within like 6 weeks, changing 2 things.

More carbs.

Less training.

Know what else changed?

> more energy

> better sleep

> higher quality training

…are you REALLY telling me you don’t want those things?

SUPER GAG

SUPER GAG

I could wank on about insulin, melatonin, stress management and all that other bullshit too, but the best reason to eat more carbs and reduce your training volume is this;

=== IT FUCKING WORKS ===

Getting into great shape, being fit, healthy and looking the part is supposed to be a part of your life.

Not your ENTIRE life.

Don’t be the person who shows up to the party with tupperware.

If you’re out with your buddies, have a couple of drinks.

A hot date comes up, skip training.

A friend needs to talk, stay up all night talking to them. Screw morning cardio.

Life’s there to be lived. Not wasted on a crosstrainer.

Enjoy your body. Stop smashing it to pieces.

And before any of you guys or girls freak the hell out and thinking I’m talking about you… Relax.

If you’re a competitive bodybuilder or fitness athlete, you’re allowed be a little bit insane. It’s in the job description 😉

But for everyone else… Nah. Just nah.

TL;DR – eat more carbs, train less, stop being crazy, BBC

James Hanley

Strength Coach. Performance Specialist. Dog Lover. Powerlifter. And the guy behind the scenes in RevFit that keeps the plates spinning.