Just some thoughts for discussion tonight. I considered giving Screwtripe the chance to respond to some of the controversy he stirred up, but he had far too much fun with that last post. No need to encourage him. (Just for the record, I’m not him.)
No, but you’re not so far off, are you? When we make others think it’s all about you, your little repressed ego feels the thrill.
Actually, that’s not true. I don’t want to divide us up. When people want to dismiss my point, they focus in on me. That doesn’t make me happy.
Ha ha! That’s right! They focus on you, the format you use, whatever assumptions they bring to it, and sidestep your silly message entirely. It’s a beautiful thing!
What I don’t get is why they just want to hear that everything is good and working perfectly in our industry. They don’t hear me saying I see improvement. All they hear is criticizing. And even if there was nothing positive in what I was saying, why do they listen to me? I’m just one guy. And now you’ve gone and undone all the good that was happening with that one silly post.
No. You’ll see. They’ll be back. They know you speak for the industry. You’re very powerful.
Get behind me! I’m just one editor, saying what I think. I should never have let you speak. I figured, since many people see me as a minion of evil anyway, I may as well show them what a true minion sounds like. And despite their misunderstanding, I don’t agree with your sweeping generalizations about “imbeciles” and “schlock.” But it’s too late to make that claim now. Unfortunately, there is schlock in CBA. And it does no one any good to defend that. Either you see it or you don’t. I wish I didn’t see it. It would be much easier….
Anyway, maybe some of you have heard of this chain of gyms called Planet Fitness. It’s a private membership gym where you can’t grunt during your workout because it’s too intimidating to the other members. Yeah. If you grunt, you’re out. As a case study, I thought it was pretty interesting. This safe haven is apparently for those who don’t fit in at World Gym. For whatever reason. So they created this less-stressful environment to workout. Can such an “average Joe gym” keep unwanted intimidation out? Is that reasonable?
Toward the end of the article, it’s very interesting what the physical therapy professor says. Studies show “weight lifters produce between 2 and 5 percent more force when they grunt, in part because the deep breathing grunting entails can help stabilize the spine.”
“I’m not so sure it’s wise to tell people not to grunt,” Professor O’Connell said.
In other words, it’s not necessarily a good thing to tell people not to grunt while working out because it makes the workout less effective. Which means, if you’re trying to get a good workout, you need to risk intimidating others.
I’m not a big one for working out. But when I do, it’s safe to assume I’m not in much danger of intimidating others, even if I was grunting like a constipated warthog. But, though I’m unpublished myself, when I say this stuff about quality in CBA, I grunt. If I take it seriously, I’m liable to grunt now and then, and people are going to complain. They’ll try to humiliate me and get me kicked out. But I guess I don’t care much what they think about me anymore.
Don’t get me wrong. I used to care. I cared far too much. I used to be very careful to edit and soften my statements anytime someone was offended, not only to be more Christianly, but to keep the site stats growing and the community building. But this Planet Fitness thing seems the way it is in CBA to me, where writers who hope to join had better not get too serious about their workouts or we attack. How do you soften that?
I don’t want to draw any undue attention on anyone except the most flagrant, those who consider themselves the safe haven police. It’s not working, folks. No one’s convinced we’ve got anything worth taking such heat for. We’ve got a nice club where some people are having fun and keeping grunt-free. But what happens when someone comes in for a serious workout?
Of course, there’s the fact that our workouts are regulated by those who buy our products. They don’t want any serious stuff either, nothing that’s going to make them sweat. It’s not an easy situation by any stretch of the metaphor. But if we’re not getting stronger and healthier, how long do you think they’re going to continue buying?
Stick around. More to come.