Get Serious is a compilation of 30+ years’ experience in the fields of strength training and nutrition superimposed onto a medical foundation. People nowadays are searching for a quick fix which stems from outright laziness and a baseless sense of entitlement. The bottom line however, is that health takes work. It is a privilege and NOT a right (as is commonly perceived). The “work” takes the form of the acquisition of knowledge which will ultimately allow one to acquire health. If one is serious about his or her health and assumes responsibility for it, he will reap the benefits of lifelong health. Leaving one’s health in the hands of someone else (even your doctor) is simply not a viable option (literally). Knowledge and personal empowerment are the undertones of Get Serious. The message must be delivered to the masses (especially in the context of the failed healthcare system).
Synthesizing my thoughts in an effort to convey the proper message. One central underpinning of the book is the fact that nearly ALL diseases have an inflammatory component. Via modalities such as proper nutrition, strength training and stress reduction techniques, one can keep inflammation at bay (as they all exert anti-inflammatory effects on the body). That said, I was constantly attempting to establish and build upon this “unified theory” and reiterate the fact that health is simple if one understands the genesis of disease. As stated above, knowledge is power.
The following are the most important:- Health is a privilege, NOT a right.- There are no “diets,” or secret exercise regimens which will grant one health or a particular body type. Proper manipulation of one’s biochemistry through the above modalities (i.e., turning on the right genes through strength training) will grant one health and longevity.- Health is a lifelong endeavor. There are no races. It is a lifestyle. We must constantly strive to better ourselves (through daily physical and mental challenges) in order to delay the aging process.- Keep bodily inflammation at a minimum (through strength training, nutrition and supplementation, proper sleep and stress reduction techniques). This maintains nearly all disease processes in check.
NO ONE is too old for strength training. NO ONE is exempt from exercise. Numerous studies have demonstrated that one’s ability to combat disease is resident within our muscles. Muscles are the protein depots from which our immune system indirectly generates antibodies. Stronger individuals live longer, period. This HAS been proven. That said, EVERYONE should be engaged in a strength training regimen. Properly prescribed exercise is safe for EVERYONE. It is the prescription for the masses
Health is a mindset. Optimal health begins in the mind, with understanding. Then it is simply a matter of making the proper lifestyle choices that cumulatively limit bodily inflammation and oxidative stress. This will make one less predisposed to age-related disease (which ultimately kills us). And what betters the body, betters the mind. And the cycle is perpetuated. Yet taking the initial steps towards the attainment of health is what hinders most people. Disease is neither a product nor function of physical “laziness”, but mental weakness. Health is for the serious-minded and is not for the entitled amongst us.
The vast majority of readers have enjoyed the book as it VERY direct (with few grey areas). It is a true “back to basics” guide, focusing on fundamentals of nutrition and supplementation (not some slick scheme) and 5 strength training movements (“the pillars”). There are no tricks or gimmicks. In addition, readers seem to like the fact that I not only “talk the talk”, but “walk the walk”. The methods outlined within Get Serious have been time tested by… me.