The Ideal Body

Greg Amundson, Crossfit Legend. Respek.

As you are aware from my previous “food” post, the health-freak disease has invaded our little community. Y has been hitting the gym hard, Soph the wifey is contemplating getting into the act and Chad has just told me he spent RM100 on organic food! Even I don’t buy organic food. Yet.

Topic of discussion ranged from “When will we be able to do our first muscle-up?” to “How long can Y sustain his carbless diet?” And of course, being ego-charged alpha males, the question came up.

“What is THE ideal body?”


From left to right: Dexter Jackson, Mr Olympia 2008. Brendan Gilliam, Crossfit Coach. Michael Rasmussen, ex-Tour De France cyclist

What is interesting is the type of workout you choose will maximize the kind of result you wanna see on how your body will turn out. Right now, Y is doing a classic bodybuilding type workout (3 sets of 10 reps for every muscle part) which is commonly used by gymbuffs all over the world which would yield Body No.1.  Chad is doing the even more popular routine – sitting on his bum with the occasional futsal game while eating organic foods. That might yield Body No. 3.

I’m going with Brendan’s on this one.

Which means, I will…

Use high-intensity, constantly varied functional movements to produce greater work capacity.

In other words…

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar.

Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.

Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch.

Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds.

Bike, run, swim, row, etc., hard and fast.

Five or six days per week, mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow.

Routine is the enemy.

Keep workouts short and intense.

Regularly learn and play new sports.

(by Greg Glassman)

There you go. The definition of fitness. That will yield the body of the guy you see in the middle.

It could also save your life one day.



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2 responses to “The Ideal Body

  1. Pingback: Build Vs Strength « JYG

  2. C

    the guy on the most right looks so skinny…i definitely will be bigger than him

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