We all know the SNL cowbell skit. If you don’t, then you must have been on Mars, in a cave, with your fingers in your ears for the past 5 years. Watch it before reading this article:
Pretty damn funny. I mean, Christopher Walken and Will Farrell together never gets old, but allow me to break down the sketch for a minute. Notice how sullen Will Farrell’s character is at the beginning. He’s playing the cowbell half-a**, in the background, and getting no respect. In fact, the other members openly disrespect him when Walken comes in. Lo and behold Walken loves the cowbell and, since Farrell stuck to his guns, he’s become a star. All of a sudden he’s banging out every note and is the hero. How often do you think that you’re doing the wrong thing in the gym?
How often do you avoid new exercises for fear of looking stupid? How often do you avoid asking for help because you’re afraid it will make you look weak? Here’s what I see every time I walk into a commercial gym. Semi-fit people sweating away on cardio machines, terrible form on the most basic of exercises with way too much weight (guys) or way to little weight (girls), unqualified personal trainers ‘training’ clients, a couple scattered people with reasonably good form, 1-2 fit people with a notepad and pen being Cowbell Exercisers. [Read more…]