I am starting a series and maybe we’ll do it every Wednesday where I take questions people send in and answer them. Now I get teachers would always say there is no such thing as a stupid question, only stupid answers, but I would say that both exist, actually.
For example I ast’ my friend Dan who is a firefighter, well how do firefighters put out fires at the top of a skyscraper, and he didn’t say it was a stupid question but I could tell by the look on his face. Now he illuminated me on this and said it is called high-rise firefighting and went in to all the details and it was really very fascinating, the parts that I remember. So that was my stupid question this week. Now let’s get on to some of yours.
Question 1: “I haven’t used bells in a while. What would you recommend for a quick fat loss workout?” – Human Person 1
Answer: If you haven’t used kettlebells in a while I would use workouts that focus on the basics like swings and squats. HERE is a post with some ideas for you.
The big point is you don’t need complexity for intensity–you can get a great workout with very simple moves. Another idea is to do a certain volume of some exercise per day, like 300 swings, for example. You can either do all your swings at once, or scattered here and there throughout.
Avoid snatching and cleans and any of the stuff that is considerably fancy until you have a command of the simpler moves, which in most ways are as effective. Also remember that a great deal of fat loss will depend on your diet. You should get an estimate of your calories and then find a framework you think you can stick with. Intermittent fasting works well for a lot of people but not everyone. Same with Paleo, Mediterranean, vegetarian, etc.
If you can’t stick with a diet than just give up.
Question 2: “I am starting a blog. How do you come up with ideas of things to write about?” – Human Person 2
Answer: The best way to come up with ideas of things to write about is to look to your audience. What questions are they asking? How can you turn those questions into posts or articles, like this one?
Another idea is to go to Google and see what the common search phrases are. This is what to do if you don’t have an audience, is use Google’s. People are always asking Google questions, because Google is the wise, benignant grandfather of the whole entire universe. This is a good strategy because it helps with SEO if you can match your blog posts with what people are searching for. SEO is kind of a crap thing but this is the best way to go about it so long as you can be patient.
Finally is you should see what other people who are prolific are writing about and maybe think of giving your own take on it. Look at magazines and books and blogs. See what articles and posts are getting attention. Now don’t copy them but just give your own spin on it. OK, is that enough to get you started?
Question you want answered? Email me @ PatFlynn@ChroniclesOfStrength.com and make it stupid!
PS – You might also enjoy my Inner Circle because then you won’t have any more stupid questions.