Well I’m no Lady Gaga…
And I don’t have a Green Book.
But I do have many books.
In one of them I read you might like an email I wrote six years ago with my votes for the best of the best in fitness.
This has yet to be proven though, so let’s test my hypothesis…
The Oscars are today, and even though I’m allergic to award shows, I do love to dish out recognition…
…When it’s deserved.
So I’ll start with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Have you heard of this guy?
Fauja Sing, the world’s oldest marathoner, is retiring at the age of, get this, 101!
He’s completed eight marathons since 2000. I’d say that pretty much eliminates any excuse from anyone aged less than, say, a hundred?
Best Exercise goes to ‘the king of exercises’, the barbell squat. There’s not an inch of your body that’s not fully engaged in a properly executed squat. And because you’re moving your body through space, it invokes a fear factor that juices up the neuro-muscular activation, leading to faster results.
Dr. Fat Loss says ‘chain yourself to the squat rack and call me in the morning’.
Best Supporting Exercise goes to the plank, a lifesaver for me since I injured a disc in my low back while training for my school bus pull in Dundas Square, back in ’09.
It’ll turn your core into a solid brick wall, ensuring you have the support you need to let a Jeep drive over you (should that be how you choose to utilize your new found powers).
Nevertheless, a pillar-like core is useful in any type of motion or lifting.
Best Food goes to…
…Well, anything that has one ingredient only.
An apple is its own ingredient, a tomato is its own ingredient, organic, free-run eggs are their own ingredients.
See what I’m getting at?
Generally speaking, the longer the list of ingredients, the more likely it’s hurting your health, and making you fat. Whole foods, on the hand, are not trying to be anything, they’re just being themselves. And I respect that.
Best Supporting Food goes to my Cinch shakes and bars.
They fill the gaps between meals, taste delicious, fuel my energy, and they’re almost impossibly low glycemic index, which keeps my body in the fat-burning zone.
I’m quite happy about that.
Hit ‘reply’ if you’d like me to send you a sample.
Best Cheat Food…Cheesecake.
Damn I love cheesecake.
Best Kids Song…’The Animal Sounds Song’. Granted this has nothing to do with fitness, it’s just cute how, at 3.5 months, Olivia’s face lights up whenever we play it. How often is that? Let’s just say we’ve contributed our quota of the 62 million views it’s got YouTube.
Finally, what awards show would complete without red carpet fashions?
In theory, Jeff and I are shoe-ins for Best Dressed, ’cause that’s just how we roll. But in reality, we can’t hold a candle to Raya on her best day.
(Note to self: make sure Raya reads this.)
Plug these winners into your day to day routine.
Who knows, by next year you could be nominated for Best Transformation.
To Your Success,