When someone is resistant to a new idea, one of the things he will do to stall, procrastinate and delay is ask the question ‘why.’
I know this tactic very well .. and so does my wife.
We went through the ‘why’ stage when we were learning each other’s language.
When I was learning Chinese, instead of simply absorbing the material like a child would, I wanted to know ‘why.’
Why does the person’s name have to come first, followed by the time, followed by the verb, and so on.
‘Wo mingtian chi fan tai duo.’ Translated literally, I yesterday eat too much.
I’d much rather say it my way, ‘Wo chi fan tai duo mingtian.’ I ate too much yesterday.
Zhannie went through the same, only in reverse. ‘Why do I have to put an ‘s’ on the end of some nouns but not on others? Why not just put the number before the noun so we know how many of something? Isn’t saying five car the same as saying five car(s)?’
When you think about it, we don’t need the doggone ‘s’ at the end to understand. But we insist on it in English. Why. Who the hell cares. Just the way it BE (yes, twas an intentional Furey mistake). We accept it and move on.
Whenever something is NEW, many people literally demand to know ‘why, why, why.’ Yet, deep down, they really don’t want to change.
Here are some examples sent to me by email: Why are bodyweight exercises better than weights. Why does excess fat on your waistline disappear with Combat Abs. Why does back pain go away with bridging. Why does your metabolism crank up the heat so much more when you train this way instead of with weights or aerobics.
Why are pushups safer for shoulders than the bench press. Aren’t they really the same thing.
And so on.
Often, trying to explain ‘why’ is futile because the person asking ‘why’ doesn’t really want to know the answer. He simply wants to argue and hold onto a current belief.
Even though that is the real truth, I’d like to give you a few reasons why the exercises work so well and so fast anyway – so here goes:
5 Reasons Why Bodyweight Exercises Work Like Magic:
1. When you do Hindu squats and Hindu pushups, or variations of them, you are working major muscle groups. Most people who train with weights do isolation exercises. The person who works major muscle groups beats the isolation exercise dodo 16 ways from Sunday.
2. Because bodyweight exercises are ‘natural’ movements that require deeper self-concentration, neurological connections are stronger than they are when your focus is on something other than yourself, i.e. ‘weights.’
3. Bodyweight exercises allow you to train your body from virtually any angle or position. The same cannot be said of weights, especially all those ridiculous machines.
4. Bodyweight exercises simultaneously increase strength, endurance and flexibility. Hindu pushups and bridging are a textbook perfect example of this.
5. Bodyweight exercises attack the muscle at a deeper level than weights, thereby giving you greater ‘functional strength.’ The person who does a set of pullups, for example, works the muscles of the back and arms far more than the person doing a lat pulldown on a machine.
There are more reasons ‘why’ – but again, none of these reasons mean a doggone thing if a person is resistant to the idea.
It is not my job to pound through the mental and emotional debris that stops someone from making the decision to go ahead. All I can do is present my point of view and move on.
On second thought, tis probably a good idea to end today’s message with a hearty ‘thank you’ to all the Furey Faithful, who now occupy some 139 countries – we just added ‘Ghana’ to the list – and have been kicking butt and taking names with my superior programs.
You are the BEST,