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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #233 Subscriber Comments
August 15, 2018

August 15, 2018

In this newsletter . . .


My subscribers are interesting people and often make insightful comments. I thank you for them. Here are two examples that followed the August 1st letter.

No. 1: I had written that in my youth, men and women, with few exceptions, would not be found working out in the same space at the same time. Today, of course, men and women sharing health club workout space is common practice.

Yet some women subscribers wrote that they feel “uncomfortable” in coed gyms. This should not have surprised me, but it did, at least somewhat. I had posited that having women in the gym with men tends to have a civilizing effect on male behavior. Overall, I believe that is true. But I also realize it takes only a few knuckleheads to spoil things.

After reading the women’s comments, I thought back to a time not too many years ago when a guy where I worked out pestered regularly a pretty, young receptionist (probably still in her teens) as well as getting pushy with some of the female members. They didn't like his advances. I forget how it was handled, but the gym did get rid of him. Though not as flagrant as he was, ogling women as they work out can be enough to make some feel self-conscious and a reason for seeking women only gyms.

No. 2: A subscriber wrote: “Thank you for not making blatant sales pitches for supplements.”

You’re welcome.

The supplement business is a multi-billion dollar industry with little regulation or oversight. And, for the most part, there’s probably no need for taking the majority of the things they sell, that a diet of good food provides enough of what we need. I didn’t always think this way.

As a young musclehead, I gobbled vitamins like crazy and wolfed down God only knows how many protein drinks. Today, I still take fish oil and like protein and berries smoothies. But I don’t go much beyond that, unless my doctor tells me there’s a need.

Reports from independent testing sources show that many supplements do not either (1) contain the amounts they claim or (2) they include fillers and sometimes harmful substances. I subscribe to, an independent laboratory that tests supplements, vitamins, minerals and herbals and reports on their findings. I have no connection with ConsumerLab, other than being a subscriber, and find them a valuable source of scientific information.

What I find especially useful is they give the brand names of those products that flunk their testing and why they failed.

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Burpees & Side Split Squats

Often, I’ve suggested Burpees as a terrific all around workout, requiring no exercise equipment at all. After trying them, most readers agree with me. Add some Side Split Squats and you've got a pretty good workout going, without needing a single piece of equipment. Travelers especially might want to master the two movements for true no-excuses conditioning while on the go. Or make them part of a regular routine at the health club or home gym. See video demonstrations here: Side Split Squats and/or Burpees.

To your good health and fitness, sincerely,


Senior Exercise Central

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