Monthly Archives: April 2009

6 pack abs…are they really worth it?

Most people want 6 pick abs, even if they pretend they don’t. I myself have fallen victim to this desire to have perfectly scalpted abs, and for about twelve months I actually pursued this goal. The end result was a pretty good looking body. My body is still good looking, but I’m not even close to the level of obsession I experienced when chasing the 6 pack.  I learnt two extremely important lessons from this experience.

Are they really worth the price?

Say goodbye to enjoyable eating for the next three months

The first thing you need to know is that your diet is the primary determinant of your body fat.  A combination of hardcore cardio and intense weight training comes in a close second, but as Arnold Schwarzenegger and every other body builder under the sun will tell you, good abs are made in the kitchen. The general problem then, is that most people eat like shit. So if you really do want 6 pick abs, you need to multiply your interest in what you eat by about four hundred and twenty percent.

The second and by far the most important thing you need to know is that having a six pack doesn’t get you laid.  Being fat is most definitely a hindrance, jiggly body parts don’t get too many people excited, but all that means is that being thin is the most important thing.  It simply isn’t necessary to look like some Greek sculpture with perfectly chiseled abs. Being thin is more than enough for most people. The reason I say this is because one of the selling points behind the 6 pack obsession of contemporary society is that it will automatically result in a queue of smoking hot girls whose sole purpose is to satisfy your every whim and desire, but that is just a fantasy which is attached to the 6 pack philosophy. And don’t get me confused, I’m not saying you can’t have tonnes of good looking girls chasing you, but having a 6 pack  will do next to nothing in terms of improving your relationships with women.  There are far more important things in life…like golf for instance.

Ultimately, if you want a better body, I believe it is far better to have strength, fitness and diet goals, rather than the exceptionally vain and not-as-rewarding-as-you-think goal of having a 6 pack. Not only will you avoid the trap of being obsessed with your body image, you will have more mental energy for things which matter a whole lot more.

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Feedback and Correction

It was Albert Einstein who mused that attempting the same thing over and over whilst expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. This statement does not hold true to golf however, for the simple reason that it is extremely difficult to produce the same result consistently. That’s what makes golf such an amazing game, it defies logic.

Einstein and Golf

However that doesn’t mean you can’t get better, and achieve amazing efficiency. I am sure most people are familiar with the feedback and autocorrection of modern aeroplanes, but a reminder wouldn’t hurt.  The simple fact is that aircrafts spend the majority of the flight veering off course and yet they still manage to find the intended airport, 99% of the time. As soon as it is detected that the plane is off course, it simply adjusts accordingly. Soon enough it veers off course again, and whatdaya know, it adjusts again. The same is true of the golf swing. Most of the time, you’ll be slightly off course, or off plane, but the key thing is to simply recognize that you are off course and make the necessary alignment corrections to fix it.  Once you get on the course it’s time to put away the mechanical thoughts and simply focus on the target, given your dominant shot shape or tendency for the day.  So if your dominant tendency is too hit it right, then aim to the left of the target, but make sure that if you end up hitting the ball where you are actually aiming it, it doesn’t end up in danger.  So in the same way that a plane will adjust its direction of travel, you too must adjust your alignment with the target, given the direction that your ball (the aeroplane) is travelling.

Furthermore, in the same way that there is a fundamental line, which the plane must constantly revert back to, there are also fundamental principles involved in the golf swing that you must always revert back to. For Ben Hogan, these fundamentals included the grip, stance, posture, swing plane, and correct hip turn.  By constantly reverting back to the same fundamentals, your swing will become a lot more reliable and consistent. This is not to say that it will become perfect, but you will notice an undeniable improvement in ball striking, distance control, and predicability, which are all crucial to shooting lower scores.

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