Absolutely fascinating interview combining several of my passions, diet, exercise and kayaking.
Dear Planet Fitness,
I owe you an apology.
I made assumptions about you based on what some haters have said online.
I’ve been on the road for a couple weeks and a colleague of mine has a Planet Fitness Black Card membership and took me as his guest to your Marlborough, MA location 3 or 4 times over the past couple weeks.
My pre-conceived ideas about you were wrong.
You are a real gym.
I saw people in there trying their hardest to get in shape. You are a full gym with everything needed for anyone to get in shape. And you provide it at a very affordable price.
Sure, you don’t have the free weights that a hard-core power lifting gym would have, but that’s the point. You are trying to get the average person in the door and take their fitness seriously. A completely different mindset and different monster altogether.
I get it. I’ve seen both sides.
I was able to fly 75lb. dumbbells last week and your Smith machines, although not squat racks with barbells, are definitely good enough to get the job done. Your dumbbells went even higher in weight but I did not look to see how high because those were beyond me.
As a recovering Gold’s Gym member, I was quite surprised to find such a well-equipped gym.
It is not your fault that the current U.S. dietary guidelines are based on faulty science.
We feed grains to livestock to fatten them up and the removal of healthy fats from our foods has caused producers to replace that fat with sugar to make foods taste good. All that added sugar has led to an alarming rise in diabetes and insulin resistance. We might disagree on the snacks you serve at your gym, but every one of your members has the responsibility to do their own research and decide what to put in their mouths.
That’s on them, not you.
I encourage your members to look into a Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF) or No Sugars, No Grains (NSNG) lifestyle. I believe they would get greatly improved results from their investment.
But in the meantime I don’t blame you for widespread confusion about what healthy eating looks like.
Most of what the “health authorities” have been telling us is wrong and most people have no idea what to believe.
Your members are trying hard and putting in the work and you provide them a bona fide gym at a fair price.
I applaud you and I apologize for unfairly judging you.
If my local Planet Fitness was not on the most inconvenience, opposite side of my own town I would join tomorrow.
So I’ll wait for a deal on your Black Card membership so I have a gym to call home when I travel.
Dave The Kayaker
PS – I went ahead and joined.
I finally made it back out on the water today during a well-earned day off.
I managed to paddle 10 miles in the Thunderbolt-X kayak and took it easy so I only averaged 5.7mph. It was a cold, breezy day so I had to wear a full wet suit which definitely constrains the natural paddling motion.
Nonetheless, it was an extremely enjoyable paddle and the water was clear as crystal. I also spotted a flock of turkeys on shore which was a bonus.
Taking the Thunderbolt-X out for a spin with full wet suit
Then after attacking an item or two on the “honey do” list, I dropped off my son and his friend for basketball practice this evening and hit the gym while they were at practice. It wasn’t my typical #MFN (massive Friday night) workout, but I managed some good volume in a somewhat crowded gym for a Friday night. Usually I can have the place to myself on a Friday night but not tonight.
I focused on bent over rows and flies and worked in some squats.
It was a good training day.
Oh, and I’ve gotten myself into dietary ketosis and I hope to stay here for a good, long while.
And in the interest of transparency, here is my starting point for this current “cut,” according to the Skulp Aim.
Compared to Jan., 2016. They obviously re-scaled the index since then as it now appears as though Muscle Quality is on a scale from 1-100. It’s a shame I don’t have a direct comparison.
It is nice to a see more and more research supporting what many of us have come to believe for a while now. This one from the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
“A landmark systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies showed no association between saturated fat consumption and (1) all-cause mortality, (2) coronary heart disease (CHD), (3) CHD mortality, (4) ischaemic stroke or (5) type 2 diabetes in healthy adults.”
“[T]he conceptual model of dietary saturated fat clogging a pipe is just plain wrong.”
Examine the figure above and you’ll see the authors point to fructose and refined carbohydrates as the problem.
“LDL cholesterol is not associated with cardiovascular disease and is inversely associated with all-cause mortality. A high TC [total cholesterol] to HDL ratio drops rapidly with dietary changes such as replacing refined carbohydrates with healthy high fat foods.”