Finding Great Fitness Blogs…Avoid Information Overload!

September 18, 2007

The Internet is a wonderful place to learn about “stuff”…the problem is that there is just too much stuff out there at times. Take the topic of fitness for instance. I did a Google search for the term “fitness” and ended up with 363 Million results!

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(Nope…this isn’t a picture of me…this guy was blessed with WAY better hair!)

How Do You Find the Best Info out of Millions of Fitness Blogs?

I visit hundreds of fitness blogs and fitness sites each month. I guess I want to provide the best information that I can, so I need to be on top of it. I also comment on other people’s sites and do a little self promotion…etc. There are quite a few good ones out there, but there are tons of really “half-assed” fitness websites.

Avoid Fitness Blogs That Aren’t Providing Great Content or Pointing You Towards Great Content

Many fitness websites use software that takes generic fitness articles and re-writes them to optimize the article for the search engines. The owner of the fitness blog then puts all sort of advertising mediums in place. People do a Google Search trying to find great info and then wind up on one of these “spammy” websites. The goal of these websites is to actually have people leave the page using an affiliate link! I think websites should help people…not clutter up the internet.

I Am Extremely Disappointed With The Majority of Fitness Sites Out There

I like people with strong opinions…even if they differ from mine. I like sites with strong messages. My main message is that “Too Much Muscle Is Cheesy Looking”. I actually link to a site with the completely opposite message! See “Other Recommended Websites” in the right hand column of this page? The link Training Nutrition Attitude is all about gaining a bunch of muscle. I became friends with the author of this blog, because I knew that he was someone working 2+ hours per day coming up with great original content for his blog. If someone does want to get really big, I know that they are in good hands if they go to his site.

Is it Wrong to Make Money With a Fitness Blog?

I am not going to lie…I make a nice little side income from this blog. I am getting WAY more visitors per day than I expected at this point in time. I don’t think there is anything wrong with making money from a website as long as “you give more than you get”. My goal is to give better free advice here than most $50 e-books. I spend a great deal of time thinking hard about what is going to benefit the readers of this blog.

If You Find A Great Blog, Reward the Author By Commenting

Blog owners get an empty feeling when they write a really helpful post that doesn’t get commented on. I am more excited about comments than I am about money. I guess I want to know that I made a difference. I have been extremely fortunate to have a bunch of readers who do comment on my posts. Thanks a Million! If you guys do find great posts on other blogs, please let the author know that you enjoyed the post…or expand upon the idea. We LOVE that!

What to Do If You Do Find That Great Fitness Blog

Tell EVERYONE you know…Just Kidding (sort of)…LOL! The main thing to do is “subscribe” to their blog. Almost every owner of a quality blog has a way for you to get notified of new posts. I use a service that allows you to get notified in your e-mail inbox every time I make a new post. Just enter your e-mail address in the box in the right hand corner of my site and hit “subscribe”. This is MUCH better than bookmarking a site. You get sent an e-mail with “Fitness Black Book” as the subject and the body of the e-mail is the title and short description of the post I just wrote. That way if the subject looks interesting, you can get there with a click!

A BIG “Thanks” to All The Readers of This Fitness Blog!

I really believe I have the best readers on the Internet :)! I have never seen people add this much quality content in the comment sections of any other blog. As of today, I have only posted 54 times (trying to get one per day as much as possible)…and I have 422 comments! That is absolutely insane!

I Appreciate You!

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Andreas September 19, 2007 at 2:40 am

I don’t think i ever left a comment here, because i’m just starting to get serious with my fitness and have not much to add. As i’m a blogger myself, i should know about the reward effect, though.

So thank you! I’m always waiting to read the next article. Way to go!

mido September 19, 2007 at 4:34 am

I’ve bookmarked this site. I can’t remember now how I came across it but it was the fact that the advice given was against the popular theories out there (which don’t seem to work that well for me) that I kept reading.

I’m finding it pretty invaluable but the best thing is your sense of humour. Some of these fitness advisor seem to think they have to come over as some kind of taskmaster, which is actually the one thing guaranteed to make me not listen.

Tyler Durden September 19, 2007 at 5:07 am

Hey Rusty,
Thank you for all of your posts and i know you have to think hard and to put a lot of time and energy into writing a useful article!
You’ve written about so many aspects of fitness that it must be really hard to come up with something new and original!
Keep it up and do not lose your motivation!

john September 19, 2007 at 7:17 am

Rusty,

I think your site is great. I believe your intentions are what matter most. I find your advice to be very practical and useful for the general public.

The readership of many of the conventional muscle mags and traditional fitness sites are mainly made up of people who actually have the time to eat 6-8 x’s per day and train 2x’s per day… aka drug programs…lol.

I really like the fact that your content emphasizes that it is possible to maintain a healthy and fit body and still have err… shall I dare to say it ? A life.

John

Patife September 19, 2007 at 9:27 am

I´m from Brazil and a huge fan of your “sexy body” workout method. After reading your articles, I became a runner and a cyclist…and my body fat level has decreasing very fast. I would like to had known your method some years ago.
Thanks!

admin September 19, 2007 at 10:12 am

Andreas,

Thanks for commenting. I’m glad you found my site…I’m going to talk you out of becoming a Mongoloid and how to look attractive instead. I’ll take a look at your blog when I get a chance.

Mido,

I completely agree with all the “dry” and boring technical fitness sites out there. I sometimes almost fall asleep reading some of this stuff! It is the same feeling I used to get in college when I had an extremely boring professor. All facts and no “flavor”!

Tyler,

I won’t lose my motivation…it is increasing, because of the interaction with my readers. You were one of the first people to comment on this blog and it kind of got things rolling. Thanks a bunch!

John,

Yep…fitness should make your “regular” life better…not get in the way of having a good life. That is the message here. Good call.

Patife,

I wish I could go back in time and tell my “past self” to read this blog…oh wait…if it was the past this blog wouldn’t have been written and there wasn’t even the internet when I first stared working out! You know what I mean.

Are You Sure You Don’t Want to Look Like This Guy…LOL?


(This video is REALLY bizzare…this guy is mumbling incoherently about his muscles…Very STRANGE)

Angie September 19, 2007 at 7:29 pm

Good post Rusty! I agree about the comments! Its a good way for me to know that people are actually reading my blog! And as you know…love YOUR blog! 😉

Jonneh September 19, 2007 at 8:59 pm

Rusty –

Oh my God. My girlfriend (Kylie) and myself just puked from the guy in that video (her more than myself). What the f*ck is wrong with this idiot? Listen to him! (if you can even understand him!)

“See these guns?”
“You like ’em?”
“Be careful…they might jump out at ya’.”
“Boom.”
“They don’t make no sound though.”

This guy is the most unattractive, babbling dumbass I have ever laid my eyes upon. I may be working for a gym called “Lifetime Fitness” in my local Georgia area soon, which, if I get the job, comes with a free membership. I really, REALLY hope I don’t see this guy there…

Ben September 19, 2007 at 9:38 pm

hey Rusty,

This is pretty off-topic, but do you have any advice for treating groin pulls? I figured I may as well ask you before consulting any of the millions of other fitness sites.

Just some quick background info:I’ve been sidelined for about a month now, and there’s still some discomfort in the area. I’m afraid to do anything because everytime i attempt a comeback it acts up again. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Ben

admin September 20, 2007 at 1:50 am

Jonneh,

This GUY is in every gym…LOL! I’m serious! This video actually makes me laugh my ass off!

Unfortunately he gives off super-creepy vibes. You wouldn’t want him around children.

I feel like I need to take a shower after watching this video. It may be the most disturbing video I’ve ever seen!

I’m sorry for putting this on my website, but I have to let people see how twisted bodybuilders get. This sort of “whacked out” attitude is actually common with bodybuilders. These guys have no idea how stupid they look!

Rusty

PS: Ask Kylie if “she likes his guns” or if “she wants to be dominated by the ONE”? If you can make it all the way towards the end of this video, this freak actually get oiled up and has a roid rage where he tears apart his jeans! I may have the easiest job ever…it is SO easy to make fun of bodybuilders…maybe I should pick something more challenging…nah, this is too fun!

admin September 20, 2007 at 1:59 am

Ben,

I don’t have experience with groin pulls. At some point I may address more injuries, but for now I don’t have any info on that. I don’t want to write about something that I don’t have a lot of info on, but If I find a good resource I’ll e-mail you (I should have your e-mail address, since you commented on my blog).

Rusty

admin September 20, 2007 at 2:14 am

Angie,

I want to make a point to visit your blog more. I like it that you focus on women’s fitness. You are a great portal for all sorts of good info.

Anyway…thanks for all your comments in the past. I’ll do my best to behave when I visit your blog…good thing I don’t have the power to put up put disturbing videos that may give people nightmares on your blog (seriously Angie…don’t watch the video above)

I wonder if I should try to find this guy on BodySpace? I’ll say “My friend Angie thinks your cool and wants to set you up with one of her friends”…”She wants to be dominated by the ONE”!

Cheers,

Rusty

PS: I’m a bad person…he is probably a normal guy…OR Not!

Tyler Durden September 20, 2007 at 7:17 am

haha this guy is pathetic:))
I guess he spends most of his time staring at himself in the mirror and saying things like in the video above:)
he must be very insecure though
you don’t have to be a psychologist to analyize this guy

john September 20, 2007 at 8:01 am

Where do you find this stuff? I am cracking up…thanks for brightening up my day.

TNAFitness September 20, 2007 at 9:11 am

Ben,

As a soccer, basketball and tennis player, I’ve had my share of experience with groin pulls. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot you can do about them. You can get massages and use heat pads. As far as healing, all groin pulls are different and it just takes time.

That’s why you see some athletes come back from a groin pull in a week and some end up losing a season because it just keeps nagging and every time they try and gear up to come back, they tweak it.

Any type of sprain or pull has a big range as far as how bad it is and how long it takes to heal. That’s why you hear how sometimes a clean bone break would be better for an athlete than a sever high ankle sprain, groin pull, hamstring pull, etc.

Give it a lot of rest and go slow when you do test it. Give it a few weeks before testing. Sometimes, testing too soon keeps causing set backs and it will never get back to 100%.

Hope this helps.

Gregg
PS – That bodybuilder wears shorts like Rusty, don’t you think?

admin September 20, 2007 at 1:04 pm

Gregg,

His shorts look similar, but that is where the similarity ends. He is OBVIOUSLY much cooler than me…I don’t have a kick-ass video where I show the ladies my muscles. Also…you gotta be in great shape to tear up your jeans like he does in the end of the video!

In Envy of “The ONE”!

Rusty

admin September 20, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Tyler and John,

You guys better watch out, because you might get “Dominated by the ONE”. Seriously…don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Rusty

Ben September 20, 2007 at 8:46 pm

Gregg,

Thanks a lot for the great info! Its just what I needed to hear. I guess I’ll just have to be a little bit more patient.

Rusty,

Thanks for the honesty! I’d much rather that than ill-informed advice.

Ben

TNAFitness.com September 21, 2007 at 3:25 pm

Rusty, LOL! Hey, I thought Neo was the ONE. I’m getting really confused.

Ben, not a problem. Muscle pulls and sprains are frustrating as can be because there is such a wide range of damage so you can be back at it in a few days or it could be a few months.

Mark September 22, 2007 at 3:33 pm

Hi! I never comment on websites, but since you said it makes a difference to you… I randomly found this website and devoured it. You are right on. I never really had a weight problem UNTIL I started all the conventional advice— eating constantly, never letting my blood sugar drop, frying my muscles to the point I was non stop ravenous. I gained 50 pounds seemingly out of nowhere, and it was all fat. I became a true fat ass!!! And when people would see me at the gym and notice my weight gain, their advice was: you must have become lazy and you’re not working out enough! Get to work, add more weight to that pull down machine, do more sets! Are you eating enough through the day, blah blah. I’m finally beginning to look like a normal person again. How am I doing it? I’m not working out that much and I’m not eating that much. If someone had advised me to do that I’d have thought them an unsophisticated boob. Your website’s a real service. I think most people who look great are probably having too much fun to actually keep up work like this. Thanks so much.

admin September 23, 2007 at 2:43 am

Mark,

Thanks a bunch buddy! My blog angers a lot of bodybuilders, but that isn’t who I’m writing for. There is a ton advice on the internet about getting bigger…I’m just trying to help people look “better”…big difference.

Isn’t it cool to know that you don’t have to eat like crazy all the time. Eating less overall calories and eating less often will help you lose weight? The six meal per day plans CAN work, but you have to make sure that the meals are tiny…and that is hard to do!

Rusty

CaRtz October 2, 2007 at 3:39 am

Hey Rusty,

You’re the first person who really made me serious about working out. I’ve only been doing the jump rope routine you wrote about but it’s a start right? I started with 19% bodyfat and I’m now on 16% so I am making progress.

Thanks a bunch!

CaRtz
Manila, Philippines

admin October 2, 2007 at 9:53 am

CaRTz,

That is great! Jumping rope is tough at first, but once you get the timing down you can do some impressive things. The great thing about jumping rope is it really helps the body become functional for other sports.

A 3% drop in body fat percentage is really good.

Keep up the great work!

Rusty

Remon van der Pol October 29, 2007 at 5:16 am

I was never really into excersizing, but always felt unhappy with my body. I’m not person who has a lot of willpower, but this time i’m absolutely convinced that I will put an end to my extra pounds… for good!

It’s hard to get me motivated for something but your blog certainly helps doing just that! Your articles are a great read, so thanks a bunch!

admin October 29, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Remon,

A large percentage of my readers live in Europe. I think it is probably because for the most part, the European countries are pretty hip to new fashions and trends, etc…Places like London, Paris, Milan, Denmark, Stockholm, etc…are all ahead of the game when it comes to many trends. The “excessively” muscular look has been out-of-style for quite a long time, but many people over in the U.S. are slow to adapt.

I really appreciate the Internet, because it allows me to communicate with people from all over the world. Very cool you are from the Netherlands! When I travel to Europe, I may ask you where some of the hot spots are.

You will lose that weight for sure!

Rusty

alex June 9, 2008 at 5:30 am

Hey Rusty, I’m planning to follow your advices regarding diet and workout. I think i would need an article that should emphasize the most important things to do or not to do during the training day.
You have a lot of great advices, some of them obviously more important than others, and i can’t decide what advices i should really be strict about and what advices should i take in a more flexible way.
Thank you for this really great site.
Alex

admin June 10, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Alex,

Thanks a bunch buddy. Sounds like I need to make a “Top 10” download-able report of some sort.

Rusty

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