About Me

Born in Melbourne, Australia I was guided towards the Bro-Side, indoctrinated at an early age and twisted to the bro-ways.

The Dark Emperor(ess), Michelle Bridges, was an alluring spokesperson who talked of owning your own business and earning thousands of dollars whilst working with great people who were motivated and loved to be pushed so hard that they threw up.

Tempted by a life of stardom and fame, the Death Star Australian Institute of Fitness provided me with my Certificate 3 in Gym Instruction and Certificate 4 in Personal Training, but only after forcing me to partake in a course that was impossible to fail.

As I started work as a trainer, I was taught to believe in the bro-science that runs deeply through the veins of the Bro-Side.  Every workout needed to include a push/pull/leg exercise; eating within the sacred 3o minute post-workout window was essential; pre-workouts were king and the more supplements you took, the stronger you would become.

Eventually, I met mentor who started to guide me from the Bro-Side, towards the Light.

Now, although I work as an English teacher, I follow the words of the Jedi Council; people such as Tony Gentilcore, Nick Tumminello and Jason Ferrugia, among others, who constantly fight against the Bro-Side’s Evil Emperor(ess) and her lackeys.

My aim is to help you, encourage you and, who knows, maybe even inspire you, to join the fight against Bro-Lifts, Bro-Science and the Bro-Side.

May the Force be with you!

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4 Responses to About Me

  1. Michael Stevens says:

    In regards to the OCT sports injury and yes, that is exactly what it is – A Sports Injury. You are just a naive keyboard warrior with zero knowledge of what truly happened. You were not there, you are merely stating randomized information gathered from various sources. Why don’t you actually reach out to one of the many directors listed on there site and get information directly from them. You are a sub-par writer, with zero true journalism skills. You may as well find something more intelligently written, copy and paste it to your own site and hope you don’t get slammed with plagiarism. Try actually doing some real research before you speak out next time you self-righteous, self-absorbed knucklehead.

    • jonoprecel says:

      Michael, whilst I commend your verbose vernacular and distinct disposition towards by ‘journalism skills’, the eloquent, yet egregious, accusations towards my character are a manifestation of your deplorable butt hurt.

      I feel compelled to remind you that, as previously mentioned, I am far from a ‘keyboard warrior’, despite your accusation. I trained, spruiked and attended CF classes for 2 years, whilst advocating it to my clients. As some people have mentioned, had it been an existing injury that was aggravated, why was he competing? Crossfit does have a culture of pushing through the pain in the pursuit of a PR- this is undeniable.

      Some people have similarly noted that the bar bounced off the weight plates behind him, careening with his spine and causing the injury. Why were the plates there? When a Oly or Power lifter performs their attempts the platform is indeed clear for that exact reason, yet I would assume that the reason the plates were there was so that he could quickly complete the next part of the WOD, the clean and jerk.

      You, like every other Crossfitter that has replied, have been too quick to blindly follow, and come to the defence of, Crossfit without critically considering that maybe the poor programming of the OC Throw down was the reason behind the injury; similarly, whilst some people say that it is ‘personal responsibility’ or that the OCT is not an official event, by virtue of the gym being a certified CF gym, it is still CF and the programming within CF that caused the injury.

      My blog, I can do whatever I want, if you don’t like it Michael, don’t read it- simple… also brah, do you even lift?

  2. jfklau says:

    Any activity where lay folks not only know how to spell (kinda) ‘Rhabdomyolosis’ but think it might be cool to ‘achieve’ is worrying. I have no problem with going hard and heavy, but I feel for the clients who don’t know any better, and figure if the instructor ordered this, it must be safe/okay/good to do.

    True informed consent is impossible if respecting one’s body is considered a sign of weakness. Learning to recognize ‘need to stop’ versus ‘want to stop’ is one of the critical lessons in athletic development, no matter the sport. Ignore the former and suffer the consequences (even if one avoids acute injury, this tactic can sabotage the achievement of optimum performance); the latter is the one to push through, learn our way around. The differences can be subtle, one can mimic the other. That’s why we call it wisdom when one can do so (aging, and all the lovely musculoskeletal changes that come with, tend to force the issue a bit, too). 😉

  3. Your blog makes me happy! There is a lot of BS about fitness and nutrition out and about so it is refreshing to hear your thoughts. Also, regarding Crossfit, I don’t think all of the workouts are poorly planned but a lot of them are (as highlighted by your post). It also encourages people to overtrain consistently, to use bad form, and to exercise to failure. I am a personal trainer with an MSc in exercise physiology (and an RN doing my PhD) so I know what I am talking about based on scientific training principles and an in-depth understanding of the neuromuscular system (among other things). Crossfit enthusiasts can have all the opinions they want about how to train but that doesn’t change how your body actually works.

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