Dear Jonny, Step Up And Answer…
Answer some (more) questions…
“I’ve got a very general question for you regarding training/athletics/health. I’m in my 30s, I’ve always been relatively in shape, with the odd slump now and again, but never truly “out of shape.” Recently I was on a “lifting” kick and I injured myself by going too heavy, forcing me to take some time off. I got restless and took to running, another thing I do regularly. It occurred to me that to be really good at running I needed to lose some of my extra muscle, I was top heavy, but to be really good at other sports, I needed the upper body muscle. I suppose what I am asking is do you have to pick one? To be a good distance runner I know I need to be wiry and trim, but to be good at other athletics I need to be a little more muscle heavy up top. Do I have to pick one? Do you know if it’s possible to find a middle ground?”
– You can most certainly find a balance between those two pursuits, though you should be prepared for a fair amount of trial and error. There are, of course, many things to take into consideration. Is your diet in order? Are you eating sufficient calories? What is the nature of your metabolism? Those are important questions which must be addressed, as you may need to increase your caloric intake if you intend to build/maintain muscle while simultaneously embarking on long-distance excursions. In addition, I suspect that you’ll have to cut back the length and/or frequency of those runs, which is ultimately a small compromise, when you think about it. Just exercise some patience, take things slowly and methodically, and I have no doubt you’ll achieve the balance you are searching for.
“I recently met a girl who (I just found this out) has a reputation for being a bit of a whore. Maybe even a total whore. Ok, a total whore. Thing is, we’ve been on several dates and I really, really like her. She’s funny, clever, sexy and from what I can tell she’s also very sweet. Damaged and confused, maybe. But a sweetheart. Should I take a chance at “reforming” this girl, or not? Is that even possible?”
– It’s possible in the same sense that you could possibly win the lottery after finding a stray winning ticket beneath a floor mat in the Ferrari your neighbor decides to give you after you’ve stolen his wife, burned down his house, and turned his prized poodles into pâté. There are plenty more kittens in the kennel.
“Do you watch UFC? If so, do you go to the events? If so, do you wear “Tapout” gear or the like? If so, why?”
– I’ve been a dedicated fan since I was absolutely mesmerized by the sight of Savate champion Gerard Gordeau kicking a handful of teeth from sumo wrestler Teila Tuli’s mouth, in the first fight of the first event, back in 1993. My father is an accomplished martial artist, as is my middle brother, and I’ve trained on and off since taking Taekwondo many years ago. One of my best friends owns a successful mixed martial arts school (tcbfightteam.com), so many of my friends and acquaintances are fighters. Therefore, I can fully appreciate the athleticism, skill, sacrifice, and dedication involved. As far as the events, yes, I have been to several. I do own a few Tapout shirts, which I seldom if ever wear, and, no, I have never worn such a shirt to any fighting event.
“Do you think it’s acceptable to (after excusing yourself to visit the restroom) walk out on a blind date in the middle of a VERY expensive dinner, leaving her with the bill because she’s been a horrid bitch?”
– If she became a horrid bitch as a consequence of you being an atrocious prick, and you’re no longer in the mood to cough up some bills for dinner, then no, that’s not the way to go unless you’re comfortable with being an atrocious prick. But if she’s being a horrid bitch because she IS a horrid bitch, then I think that is not only acceptable, but actually quite awesome behavior. Just make sure to order the restaurant’s most expensive bottle of wine – maybe even two – before you take off.
“How much do you weigh? How many calories do you eat in a day?”
– Depending on my goals, for the last five years or so I’ve fluctuated between 220 and 265. Right now I’m hovering around 240, which I can maintain with surprisingly little food (my metabolism is remarkably unusual). On average, I’ll eat somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,000 calories per day, perhaps a bit more on the weekends, when I sometimes let my diet slide. If I’m looking to gain weight, I’ll simply add food, generally without counting calories, until I see a consistent increase in weight. 3,000 kcals or so is as much as I’ve ever needed, no matter how big I decided to be.