Last night after my wife went to bed, I stayed up an extra
I should’ve been in bed.
I couldn’t help myself.
(Of course I could – I made a conscious decision.)
I stayed up late and indulged in what has recently become
a secret obsession –
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I’ve been watching it on Netflix and I just had to finish the
(Honestly, I’m not sure if Netflix is a blessing or a curse.)
Anyway, the appeal to me is twofold:
1. Heroism – defenders of the weak and unwary from bad
(Everyone wants to be the hero.)
2. The whole “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” thing.
Have you ever noticed that about super heroes and action
They’re always bigger than us…
Stronger than us…
Faster than us…
Thor, the Hulk, and Captain America come to mind.
(Phil Coulson, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D with Thor, heir to the
throne of Aasgard and possessor of horse-shoe triceps.)
Our fascination with it never ends, and never tires.
For example, one of the recurring themes of the show was
this concept of a “Super Soldier” –
A regular soldier who was injected with special serum – kinda
like steroids – that made him 10x stronger than a regular man.
Very similar to the stuff that made Captain America, well,
Here’s the funny thing –
There’s never a super hero called “Cardio Man” or “MetCon
Or even “Captain Endurance.”
Can’t think of one.
Because the comic book creators know that such a character
No one wants to be that guy or girl.
Think about it for a second…
ANYBODY can go out and run a marathon with a little
And more often than not, they’ll still be fat and weak, if not
fatter and weaker for doing so.
Sure, it’s fine to train for that stuff, but at the end of the day,
you need a base of strength to be well conditioned.
Think about it –
Want to run 26.2 miles?
You have to be able to run 1 mile first.
That’s why I ALWAYS emphasize strength work over MetCon.
And always will.
For the last 22 years I’ve been doing and advocating this.
And it has yet to fail me.
And it won’t fail you either.
If you want to look or perform like a super hero, (C’mon, who
hasn’t thought that?) then you need to be strong.
You need to get strong.
THEN, get your MetCon on.
In fact, if you’re not seeing the results you want, there’s a
pretty good chance you’re just not strong enough.
P.S. You want to know a “secret” trick to turn a strength
workout into MetCon?
I’ll tell you tomorrow.