Tips Are For Waitresses and Bartenders

“I heard red wine is good.  Should I drink that?”

“Which exercise should I do?”

“How can I lose these fat slabs on my thighs”?

“What should I do to increase my bench press?”

“Intervals or steady-state cardio?”

I can’t remember the last time I’ve gone a full day without being asked for a tip about training, weight loss, nutrition and the like.

Of course, I’m always more than happy to give my $.02 when it comes to all-things-fitness, but with the understanding that a simple “tip” isn’t likely to change your life in any meaningful way.


Tips are virtually meaningless unless given within the context of a system.

When one lacks even the most basic of systems (ex. Weight Watchers, Body for Life, etc), random application of even the very best tips can only create random results.  Without a hint of organization, there’s no way to know which tip is actually working (or isn’t).

This doesn’t mean cookie cutter/one-size-fits-all solutions are the answer, but before a tip can have meaning, I need to understand the purpose and limitations of the system(s) you’re already using.

Any blindfolded kid can hit a piñata if he swings long enough, but it’s so much easier to achieve your fitness goals when you can see the target and make appropriate adjustments.

Here’s my tip for the day:  Use/find/develop a system – ANY system.  If it works, keep using it.  If it doesn’t work, you can either modify it until it does or try a different system.

(and always tip breakfast waitresses a little extra, too)



  1. This gets at something that has driven me crazy over the years. You see articles in magazines and the like with weight loss tips such as:

    Have your coffee with skim milk instead of cream.
    Instead of snacking on chips, have some carrots.
    Take the stairs more often.

    Now, these are all certainly excellent things to do, and they have the right spirit about them. However, doing any one of them is not going to help you lose weight as many of these articles assert unless you are fitting them into an overall system/framework/plan/whatever you want to call it.

    Great post and great point!


  2. I have no choice but to agree with you. You need to know where you are going and how you intend to get there – leave it to chance and tips and you will pretty much wonder around aimlessly …. not getting anywhere.

    Why did you single out breakfast waitresses?


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