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by BendtheBar 05-06-2014, 11:25 AM

Some research company crunched a bunch of
numbers the other day and came up with a
list of 200 jobs rated from best to worst.

The top rated jobs tend to be tech jobs
where you sit inside and work in front of
a computer screen all day. That got a high
rating because you were in a pleasant work
environment (i.e., inside a modern office
building) and you had a job that involved
little or no physical demands.

The worst-rated job -- the one that was LAST
on the list -- no. 200 -- was pretty amazing.

It was -- get this -- working as a lumberjack!

Why was being a lumberjack rated as the worst
of all jobs?

According to the folks who did the study, it
was because of two things:

1. You were working outside all day.

2. The job required lots of strenuous physical
labor.

Apparently, working outside is a BAD thing --
and strenuous physical labor is also BAD. At
least, that's the way the research company
looked at things.

And that made me think what would happen if
the same research monkeys rated different types
of training programs.

The top-rated workouts would be the easy ones --
the ones where you didn't strain, and didn't
break a sweat. Some form of low intensity, low
impact meditation would probably get the number
one rating.

You'd train in a high-tech, modern gym, with
nothing but chrome-plated, plushly padded
exercise machines. The machines would
be computerized. And yes, there would be
plenty of soft music and your favorite
television show on the big screen plasma TV
in the cardio theater entertainment center.

You'd have personal trainers to tell you what
to do. They'd even count the reps for you to
maske sure you didn't lose count and overdo
things -- -- and they'd be quick to tell you
to "Stop!" if it looked like you might be
getting tired.

From there, we'd move on to the typical bunny
blasting you see at pumper-toner gyms -- and
that would get fairly high ratings -- and
gradually we'd get to things the research
company wouldn't like very much.

Things like strongman training.

Grip training.

Kettlebells.

Heavy dumbbell training.

Olympic weightlifting.

Powerlifting.

Breathing squats.

Death sets.

Old-school bodybuilding the way men like John
Grimek and Reg Park did it.

Anything involving thick handled barbells and
dumbbells.

Anything that causes plenty of "puffing,
panting and perspiring" (to quote Bob Hoffman,
who had the audacity to suggest that the THREE
P's were a sign of a good workout).

And, of course, anything where you train
outside for some or part of your workout would
get severely low marks from the research dudes.
Go around the block with a heavy sandbag or
some heavy dumbbells and you'd end up in the
bottom ten for sure. Maybe even the bottom five.

Dinosaur Training would be at the very bottom
of the list -- just like being a lumberjack is
at the bottom of the jobs list.

And for similar reasons.

"Too hard," they'd say.

"Requires strenuous effort."

"Physically and mentally demanding."

"Requires concentration, focus and determination."

"Tends to be performed in old-school, primitive
training quarters. May even be performed in a
garage -- or a basement -- or in your backyard!"

"No chrome!"

"No mirrors!"

"No personal trainers!"

"Forces you to count your own reps!"

"Builds dangerous, unsightly muscles."

"Strengthens tendons and ligaments."

"Very expensive, because you may need to buy more
barbell plates."

"Tends to be performed by fashion-challenged
individuals who do not wear color-coordinated
designer label workout clothes."

And worst of all:

"May lead to rapid gains in strength, muscle
and power!"

So I guess we all should be feeling pretty bad.
Our training system is going to be rated 200 out
of 200! The worst of the worst!

And if you don't believe me, just ask the research
monkeys!

As always, thanks for reading, and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

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Old 05-06-2014, 04:41 PM   #2
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Why was being a lumberjack rated as the worst
of all jobs?

According to the folks who did the study, it
was because of two things:

1. You were working outside all day.

2. The job required lots of strenuous physical
labor.
There may be other reasons :

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Technological advancement have contributed to dwindling job opportunities in this field. Coupled with the inherent danger of working with heavy machinery in remote locations and typically low pay, lumberjack is ranked No. 200 in the 2014 Jobs Rated report.
http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/worst-jobs-2014
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Before I went to college for "IT" training, I worked for an Arborist (Tree Trimming) company. Not exactly a "lumberjack", but I carried chainsaws, ropes, chains, and cut trees every day. So, I have done tree work & IT office work, and the people at this research company don't know what their talking about.

Office work might be physically easier but it can be a very stressful job. And tree work... it can be as hard as you want to make it. If your smart & safe, its not that dame bad. But if your stupid and won't listen to the old-timers, it can be rough.
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I totally disagree with this article. I used to work on a oil rig and I would say it suck to a degree and was dangerous, but there are bigger downsides to office work. This assumes that office work is better for you and I totally disagree. Sitting in a chair all day is friggin horrible for ya and your stuck in doors. Also, there is so much more stress (which kills you!) in an office rather than a good physical job.
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I use to landscape public Parks for the city/government. I actually enjoyed being outside all day. Sure it may have been physical labor but, when I came home from work I felt I accomplished something for the day. Just my personal feelings. I actually was in fairly good shape and weighed around 180lbs, now i'm skinnier and trying to get back to where I was..
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He's a "fire and brimstone" / "call to arms" writer, like it or not. One of my favourites of that kind.

So yeah, you can often pick out some piddling technicality or what have you. Kinda missing the point, and even a little ironic, if you think about it.
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So yeah, you can often pick out some piddling technicality or what have you. Kinda missing the point, and even a little ironic, if you think about it.
So he is riffing on the theme of 'people these days are lazy and don't want to work hard'. This is itself a bit of writerly laziness, since we see the same thing in every other article. It plays well and it's not hard to write about since it pushes plenty of contemporary male buttons. And then for his hook, he chooses the lumberjack thing, which may or may not be due to the reasons claimed,but so long as the article as a whole works there's no need expending effort nuancing it at all.

Now that's what I call irony.
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I work outside all day on a building site, have always done that sort of work.
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My full-time job is reviewing research for scientific merit as well as to ensure that it complies with federal regulations governing human subject research. Prior to this job, I worked in research. Despite my research experience (and I've said this before) there is a huge difference between a controlled research setting and applicability.

Yet, whoever did this research on the best jobs obviously overlooked the vast number of research studies that concludes that sitting for extended periods of time has adverse health effects and contributes to all-cause mortality and a sedentary lifestyle.

I wonder how many people who sit in front of computers all day are physically fit? With the increase in technology in our society, we are also seeing increases in overweight individuals as well as epidemic numbers of obesity.
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