This is really in response to TheGeek's ‘Cosmo and that ‘C' Word‘ post he did yesterday.
When I'm out and about browsing the newsstand, I'm often glancing at the men's health and fitness area.
Yep, I know myself I get conned by all the promises and sometimes feel a little inadequate in my own self worth when I see some of the headlines.
Those ones that promise I can get Six Pack Abs in just 6 weeks.
That's their hook for the sale – guilt, frustration and deminished self confidence.
Do you think a women with real values is looking to maintain a healthy and real relationship with some pinhead who admires his abs and has nothing else going for him?
Six Packs Get More Sex
Get the great 6 pack and women will be falling over themselves to get their hands on every bit of me and wanting more sex than I've ever had before.
Thinking about it now, the magazine is aimed at the very people who don't look like those portrayed on the cover.
What's that do?
It's designed to make you envious of the cover guy, want to buy it and get sucked into trying their less-than-proven ‘get ripped' claims.
Look, I'm in pretty good shape, active in sailing and little of the tummy fat that most guys my age suffer from.
I've tried these ‘get ripped' exercises and they're rubbish. Some of them claim to get you a 6 pack in 4 weeks.
Well, you'd have to Charles Atlas with an extremely fast metabolism to even hope of getting close.
Guys, like TheGeek says, I repeat, take to Google and look to simply start off in doing regular exercises that your lifestyle can maintain on a consistent basis.
It's like a habit.
You need to firstly get in the groove, find you like it and to do that, you need to find something that's going to work.
You can use KettleBells from home if that works. I've got a number of friends that swear by these things. Little equipment, huge range of different exercises and you can do them from home and even take them with you in the boot if you're on the road alot.
Bottom line: Men's Health and Muscle Magazines are rubbish for the average guy looking to get fit.
Don't get sucked in by them.