Intensity fuels exercise, it’s like the mental money you pay to look fit. It’s cheap for me, because a person like me knows what it’s really worth, knows how to use it, and most importantly, how much it takes to see desired results, both in performance and looks. It’s expensive for other people, thin people, overweight people, not many regular people are active, or even intensely active enough to see the results they envision, and they either quit, blaming exercise for their lack of productivity or they look for artificial intensity, or they try to get a lump sum of mental money by hitting the jackpot.
Artificial intensity is thrown upon our society in a few ways-
Think of the fitness world like a huge casino, and there are a bunch of ways to hit the hard abs, tight butt jackpot…
At the roulette tables are people who like the instant gamble and will take or do anything even if it harms their body. They’d like their money instantly, so they can care less what the long-term losses are.
At the poker tables are people who feel that even though they don’t exactly know what’s in the cards for them, they have a strategy, and that makes them better, their circles more exclusive. These are people who go to gyms.
Playing black-jack are the safe people. The walk-on-the-treadmill crowd, who are used to a game and rules that they know, and for some reason, claim to know it all. Their gamble is one that may yield few, none, or many results, depending on the person, but their pace in that direction is steady.
Hanging around the sports book are the former athletes, active people and weekend warriors. They gamble that the hot sport or the newest group craze will get them in shape, and because they are the few who really understand intensity, they feel comfortable with the amount of money spent. They dress alike and eat alike. Some love their bodies, others are unrealistic with their bodies, and gamble themselves into obesity.
Manning the slots though, are the least intense people existing. Old women, young children too young to be allowed to gamble, people who are easily fooled, people with little mental money and people who watch insane amounts of television are at the slots. These are the people who sit at home and watch the television and they wait for advertisers to create new products. If they think it’s the right combination of things, they take the gamble. So, for instance, if something combines strength training and yoga, and keeps things intense, someone will call it “P90X” and any set of these people will buy it. First, they believe in it simply because it’s on television, a common trait that these people share (just as they blindly believe that a certain slot machine combination means a win, and another means a loss), and second, they think that being fooled into a certain level of activity means that they’ve paid to “get over” which these people usually feel a desperate need to do to seem better than other people.
The reality of this is that people who buy anything pertaining to fitness from info-mercials is searching desperately for that human high of looking great, being able to pay to have it, and to know that other people are still trying and failing.
In no other way in our country does a despicable human need fuel an industry like this need fuels the fitness industry. Just as those who advertise casinos would like you forget about your job, your real source of income to get away to gamble for more money, this industry wants to take away from natural ways for creating intensity, and keep us dependent on methods that cost much more money. My advice is to forget about what’s being sold on television, take a deep breath, remember that your body can do anything, and go do some exercise that scares you. If you fail, try again, and again…and again…and again…