There are many reasons why I've pulled away from my former near FULL time commitment to educating and preaching a "fit" lifestyle.
1.) Same shit, different sound box.
Very little has changed in the fitness game over the years. When I first began my fitness journey and discovered all the wonderful knowledge that has helped me lose over 100lbs, gain a bunch of muscle and strength and has helped me keep my sanity while doing so was a blast. Flexible dieting, strength training, and tips and tricks to navigate the lifestyle were like crack to me. But, very few things are innovative in today's game. Everybody seems to be trading knocks, trying to prove why their method is superior, all the while people who have the better marketing are the ones who are able to sell. (The business behind the industry is infinitely more exciting than the science IMO.)
2.) Stupid is stupid is stupid is stupid
It's hard to educate when people just want to be ignorant. Forcing awareness onto people takes a special type of animal that I'm not willing to be. Education is the only thing that repels ignorance, and for those that are truly eager to learn, education on all topics is widely available. One merely has to go to google to find literally thousands of free resources to help them rectify the ignorance.
3.) Work is the only thing that works
People want quick, easy fixes to problems they don't even understand they have. Most of the issues that cause people to be overweight can be classified under medical, emotional, or habitual. All three of these require nothing short of an intervention. A hard stop in the road and a commitment to change.
Today I listened to a podcast from This American Life about being fat. It made me grateful for the tenacity I had with my journey and my willingness to do it without the aid of pharmaceuticals. It was a fairly heart breaking episode and as a person who has gone through similar woes, simultaneously infuriating.
I don't blame, shame, or hate people who are overweight/fat/heavy - whatever the correct title may be, but I also don't like to hear complaints or excuses. I don't have the time or the patience for it anymore. I've poured my heart and soul into this journey and have made a lifetime commitment. I've put every step of my journey on this blog and continue to work my ass off, inch by inch, brick by brick to be stronger, leaner, more muscular all while being the best bad-ass singer/actor I can possibly be. I'll wake up earlier, stay up later, skip out on parties, events, or even career opportunities to stay true to this journey. I'm all in, fully committed and I'll die before I quit.
So, if you're not willing to do the same, no big deal - just don't bug me about your situation.
BCAAs are important to ingest on a daily basis, but many protein sources, such as meat and eggs, already provide BCAAS. Supplementation is unnecessary for people with a sufficiently high protein intake (1-1.5g/kg a day or more)."
Raw Barrel says on the label that BCAA’s have "been shown to increase lean muscle mass by increasing your protein synthesis."
I believe that they came to this conclusion from a study funded by Scivation (a supplement company) that showed an increase in lean mass in trained men getting 14 grams. But as mentioned before it was funded by Scivation, the diet of the trainees wasn’t controlled and they also were given glutamine and citruline, mucking most of the direct correlation.
If you’re not getting the recommended amount of protein from food sources, I suggest that you do that before start supplementation. It’s cheaper and much more enjoyable.
Having taken the supplement for nearly 1 month I have nothing BAD to say about the product. But, at the same time I don’t have anything miraculous to say about it either.
The one thing I would say about the product is based on the argument about taking BCAA tabs versus taking it in powder form.
And it all comes down to dosages...
3000 milligrams per serving = 3 pills. To get recommended serving from the raw barrel product you need to take 6 pills. 3 before and 3 after a workout. With the bottle that's sold that equals 20 days of 6 pills per day.
To compare it to a competitor, One scoop of Scivation Xtend is 7 grams. That is equivalent to 7 pills of Raw Barrel. A 30 serving can gives you 7 grams every day for 30 days. Where as one bottle of the Raw Barrel pills gives you just 20 days taking 6 pills a day.
For me, I probably will not personally pay for this product, but I’ve also stopped taking BCAA’s completely. The evidence doesn’t suggest that they do anything that’s worth the additional 20-40$ a month that I don’t already get from my groceries and my consistent training...But I'll let YOU be the judge. Until Next Time, Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Your Absolute Best Doing It. The Opera Bro OperaBroTraining.com
P.S. - I'll continue to post things on this site as they come up. I'm trying to separate my singing stuff from my training stuff and since I went ALL IN on my singing career the past few months and got that part of my life cooking in the right direction, I figure it's okay to feed the fitness writing wolf now and again.