Over the past nearly 30 years of teaching fitness, I have been ruing the day when modern science would try to relieve me of my lively. So far we have wearable computer chips that would coach the wearer into better shape. That may or may not have lasted. It’s harder to spot a chip than a wedding ring, so how would I know.

I always tld my participants that you don’t need a computer to tell you when you’re sweating.

Then there was a brief encounter with fitness mindfulness. It wasn’t just used for relaxation at the end of the class. People were asked to concentrate on different muscle groups and visualize them getting bigger and stronger. Blind studies showed the effectiveness of imaginary fitness. I doubt that most fitness participants could identify the muscle groups let alone get them involved in an imaginary exercise.

This weekend I read an article in Science Daily reported we would soon be able to reach for a pill bottle to get fit. In the article, they identified about a thousand reactions that could be mimicked pharmacologically. Soon they would be able to use drugs to mimic the results of exercise. (

I shared this information with the participants pf my Circuit Training Class in the weight room of the West Point Grey Community Centre.

“How are you going to defend your livelihood against that one?” asked a participant ingolved in doing a set of preacher curls and showing veins in her biceps. “I don’t think you’ll be able to use that computers and sweating line. There are no computers involved in a pill bottle.”

“How about if I convinced people that that pharmacological charley horse in their leg was obtained fro trying to open that child-proof bottle.” I said

“That’s a little better,”  she said.

How about if I tell people about fitness being a journey, and all the fun is getting there.

“You mean that this is all we have to look forward to?” asked another.

“No,” I said. “Strike a pose – how about a lat spread.”

“There,” I said. “That’s what you’re looking forward to.”

“I guess that’s as good as it gets.” He said.

While I couldn’t exactly grasp the significance of the last comment, but it did give me a chance to think up the perfect defence – at least for the short term.

I could convince all my participants that the drugs were designed by Volkswagen engineers.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at  or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.


2 Responses to “FITNESS IN A BOTTLE”

  1. energywriter Says:

    I’m with you, Mike. I have a pedometer on my phone that shuts itself off and back on by a whim.

  2. energywriter Says:

    Great post, Mike. Left a comment. sd

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