The Freedom Of Self-Sufficient Fitness – Part 1 of 3

Hey guys, this is your friend and host, Coach Izzy.

How are you doing? How have you been?

I know it’s been a while since I did any type of recording, but I am happy to be back and sharing new ideas. And in case you did not know, I have six books published so far and there are actually two things that I emphasize in most of my books, which I think are two key principles sorely missing from the health and fitness field.

We have the tendency to talk about exercise and diets and so forth, but to be honest they are not really the key elements in successful health and fitness, or weight loss programs, or you name it. Now, if they were truly the key principles to success and health and fitness, just following any exercise program or any diet would guarantee results and provide with permanent changes, but that is not the case.

There are two things that I would like to focus on today, one of them I will refer to as The Freedom of Self-Sufficient Fitness.

What do I mean when I say the freedom of self-sufficient fitness?

I know it sounds kind of militant, kind of radical and rebellious. In a way it is. I don’t mean to sound too militant or anything extreme since I am not very fond of extreme points of view, but what I would like to convey is that when it comes to fitness and health, we, overall, tend to be trapped by old practices.

There is a system dictating what we should be doing for exercises, how we should exercise, how and what we should be eating. In all honesty, I’m surprised that we follow it so blindly since there are no general established guidelines that define it. All the things we hear are usually based on very specific points of view, which often have been created to protect commercial interests.

When I say that we need to be free, I mean we have to start thinking on our own, we have to develop a thought process in which we can easily distinguish what makes sense and what doesn’t, and to learn to let go of emotional attachments that trap us into thought boxes. If you are familiar with most training systems, a lot of people follow them, not necessarily because they are the most effective program, but because they have some form of emotional attachment to them.

Who has not met those who start a program with great excitement and keep following it time and time again, even when the program is no longer giving results?

They insist in following because they have developed an emotional attachment. They have feelings for it and they find it hard to let go. They stop thinking on their own and become dependent on this specific program. Worse, sometimes it’s not just the program; they also become dependent on an exercise/fitness guru and take their words as gospel. Anything that speaks to the contrary, or gives opposite points of view is seen as heresy, as treason, and other extreme reactions.

Continue to Part 2

About The Author


Coach Izzy has been part of the Strength and Conditioning field for over 25 years. He speaks of the advantages of self-sufficiency and the drawbacks of relying on the liner approaches the health world seems fond of.