One of the most neglected aspects of training is the fuel you put into your body.
Martial artists of all disciplines for years subscribed to the erroneous belief that technique was enough to suffice preparation for any fight or physical encounter. It wasn’t until Bruce Lee, and much later the advent of mixed martial arts, came along and emphasized the need for physical training to be able to apply those techniques and skills in real-life scenarios, nutrition and the idea that fueling the body for optimal performance. This is still an idea and concept that, sadly, too many martial artists and those interested in personal protection and self-defense pay far too little heed.
Once you’ve become one of the wise few and have gotten hip to that truth, the problem then becomes: where do I start?
Walk into any sports supplement store or retail chain and see how fast it takes your head to spin.
The nutrition supplement industry is one that is crawling with misinformation, deceptive practices, heavy (and I do mean HEAVY) dollars spent on shady advertising and all-around “paralysis by analysis” due to the sheer number of products out there.
Even worse, many of the products on shelves today contain ingredients that are synthetic, unpronouncable and can have serious adverse effects to one’s health all in name of getting bigger, faster & stronger.
In my opinion, what a total bullshit racket!
How I Reclaimed MY Health and Wellness And Brought Myself Back Into The Fight
I train for functionality, practicality & effectiveness in combat and nothing else…yet when it came to my health I was like so many other folks out there: drawn in by the promises on every new supplement that I tried, drawn in by the latest silver-tongued promises that graced the pages of any magazine I flipped through and led down this way or that by behind-the-counter salespeople at every nutrition store (who make a commission based on the more high-dollar items they sell you-funny how they forget to mention that part).
All I got to show for it were a significant portion of my paycheck gone each month and results that disappeared once I stopped taking the latest “hot new item.”
Fed up, I said “screw this!” (actually the words were a bit more harsh than that but you get the point) and stopped taking anything altogether-until I discovered a product which would literally fuel my body optimally all throughout the height of my competition and training days and would become a staple in my daily wellness regimen.
This stuff made no promises to help me drop 20lbs in a week or add X amount of muscle mass to my frame: all it did was promise to “bridge the gap” between what I was eating and what I should be eating for optimal health & wellness, which in turn provided my body with the raw materials it needed to function at a high level. Better still, this stuff had a mountain of scientific data to support it (in fact, it is the single most researched nutritional product in the WORLD). As a Wing Chun devotee whose “bullshit meter” is finely tuned due to the nature of my training as it relates to promises vs reality, this fell right in the groove of how I approach fighting and training, so I promptly got onboard with it and had bever felt better. I wasn’t “hopped up” or “wired” in the least; I just felt balanced and overall optimal .
Fast forward 10 years: Here I was- overweight due to years of stress, feeling tired, sluggish, foggy in the mind and overall sub-par. I got to thinking about the “good old days” of training and competing and remembered quite literally out of the blue that I felt best when I was fueling my body the right way. I sent a Facebook message to a friend who had hooked me up so many years ago, followed it up with a phone call and promptly got my ass in gear and got back on track.
Within a couple of short months I was “back in the saddle again,” as they say, kicking ass and taking names. My brain fog was gone, my sluggishness was zero and my energy was through the roof. My mood and outlook in general increased as well, and my productivity in both training and daily life doubled. I’m back in the swing now and have no plans to stop this time (in fact, I had actually stopped taking this stuff way back when since I was feeling so good I thought I didn’t need to anymore – a “rookie mistake” since I realized that it was because of this product that I felt so good. Lesson learned!)
Does This Sound Like Anyone You May Know…Maybe, Personally?
- If you are tired of feeling like you have the drive but not the energy…
- If you are fed up with feeling sub-par or dare I say even “drag-assy”…
- If you have no desire to put things into your body that are full of shit you can’t pronounce and are concerned with the long-term health ramifications of such so-called “magic bullet” type supplements and are eager to get back to honest, healthy and simple whole-foods based nutrition whose sole aim is to feed your body the RIGHT way as Nature intended…
I PROMISE you, you’ll love how healthy you feel. As for looks, I adhere to this idea which I have subscribed to for years: “if you train for health, the looks will come.”
Take Care of YOU – ‘Cause It’s Not Just About You.
Check it out, and send me a message in a few months telling me how you feel…but I already know what the message will say, since I now feel the same way and, at 41, I see so many of my friends, former classmates and acquaintances looking and feeling like they belong in a convalescent home.
All I know is at the age of 41 I feel just as good as I did in my mid twenties when I was pulling all-day sessions in Chinatown, giving and taking ass-beatings and loving every minute of it. You owe it to yourself to get on the stick and feel the same way.
Your responsibility to be ready to protect and defend yourself, family and loved ones starts with YOU – ’cause it’s not just about you, and health issues can be just as crippling as injuries sustained in a fight. Think and train that way, and the world is yours my friend.
Do yourself, your family and loved ones a favor and give it a look below.