Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The 100th Post!

I read somewhere that over a year on the interenet, millions of blogs are created a year. In spite of this blog craze, less than 10% are maintained and subsequently are abandoned. Well, I've managed to keep mine active and I've attracted a following. I really appreciate all of the kind words and encouragement. I'm glad that I've given many of you some useful information. I appreciate even those who disagree and generally you've managed to do so politely. I appreciate that too.

I started the blog for two reasons. Two years ago, I was sitting at work reading a few of the fitness books that I own. While I was doing that I asked myself: If I wrote a book, what would it look like? So, just for the hell of it, I started writing. Eventually I became more serious about publishing it. To see if anyone would be interested in what I write, I decided to start blogging as a way of gauging interest.

So what I'm getting at is that somewhere in the near future, I plan on publishing a bodyweight-based book on exercise. I'm not sure when it will happen since I'm still slaving over my laptop but when details become more clear, I'll let you know.

Still, that wasn't reason enough to keep my punching a keyboard over the last year or so. I get labeled a fitness freak more than a few times but when I read George Jowett's enthusiasm for strength training, my reasons for exercise are very clear. We both share a deep appreciation and joy in owning a strong body. We also have a strong sense of duty to help others who want to have the same get there. While I wasn't as impaired as Jowett was at youth, I could see physical weakness in myself and I hated it. As much as anyone will try to deny it, being physically weak wears on a person in a most demeaning way. We may try to lie that it doesn't bother us but deep down inside there is something that tells us that this isn't the way we were supposed to be. The ability to reach for, achieve, and maintain physical health and power for as long as possible is both reward and a gift that is something to treasure.

I'm glad that with my writing and your reading that we've been able to do this together. I thank you all for reading and writing back. I'll keep writing if you keep reading.

1 comment:

eric kim said...

Hey Justin I found your blog from the RossTraining website and I am hooked on your writing! After injuries from weightlifting I am progressing more to bodyweight exercises and am really soaking in all this information in your blog. You make a really great point for bodyweight training and I see it much superior for overall fitness and the core as well. Congrats on the 100th post and keep writing!

Eric Kim