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Changing athletic focus has resulted in some backlash; JSF to close?

Saturday, October 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

October
20
2012
Bulking in 2008. Good times.

Bulking in 2008. Good times.

Recently I’ve caught a bit of flak from a few people who don’t care for the direction my fitness life (and, thus, this blog) has taken. Specifically, some people have voiced displeasure that lately I write more about mountain biking, cycling, cardio training, general fitness and so on than bodybuilding and fat loss.

Bodybuilding was an important part of my fitness world for many, many years. I enjoyed the process of seeing how big I could grow my muscles and then how ripped I could become. Thanks to bodybuilding I learned an incredible amount about fat loss, muscle building, weight training, nutrition, self-discipline, hard work and sacrifice.

Over the past decade I’ve written literally thousands of articles and daily blogs, and those articles and blogs have covered a vast range of topics: everything from muscle building to motivation, from nutrition to general health. All those blogs and articles are still here on this site, as well as my workouts and training programs, my stats and measurements, my food and supplement logs, my training equipment, my motivational blogs, my beginner’s “fat loss 101” series, hundreds (thousands?) of photos, videos… everything!

After many years of bodybuilding (and achieving what I felt were pretty good results), I found myself growing bored with the whole thing. I’m not saying I regret any of those years, I most certainly do not. In fact, those years bring back some incredibly fond memories.

I’m proud of what I accomplished when I was bodybuilding, and I’m especially proud of those JSF members and visitors who changed their lives through health and fitness. That I have been a part of some of your amazing transformations is, without a doubt, one of the proudest achievements of my entire life.

Healthy living and fitness changed my life, and those things are more important to me now than they ever were. But I’m not going to pretend to be something I’m not. I just can’t do it. My fitness-related interests, goals and aspirations have changed over the years, and I think that’s a good thing. I think it’s healthy. I’m 100% at peace with it.

My body transformation is over, but my fitness transformation is ever-evolving and far from done. I have new athletic goals and interests, and I’m stoked about them!

So I guess I have a couple of choices here…

One option is to stop updating this site and just keep doing my thing. Part of me is attracted to this idea. Although I’ve adapted to it, being in the limelight is something I’ve never been terribly comfortable with. I’ve had to grow some pretty thick skin over the past 10 years. I’ve had everything from over-the-top adulation to death threats thrown at me. Not much surprises me any more. There is a definite allure to the notion of quietly slipping back into the shadows.

January 6, 2013 will be the 10th anniversary of John Stone Fitness. I suppose if I were to close the place down that would be a fairly poetic day on which to do it.

But, after a nearly a decade of running John Stone Fitness, it’s become so intertwined with who I am that I’m not sure I could separate myself from it even if I wanted to. And, despite what I wrote above, the pros outweigh the cons. Even after all these years I truly enjoy updating this site every day.

If I do continue, my blogs will cover (as they always have) a wide range of health and fitness subjects. I want to be clear, however, that my athletic goals have changed and I won’t apologize for that. There’s nothing wrong with wanting huge guns and a 48″ chest, but that’s not me any more. Been there, done that, split open the t-shirt.

So, now what? Feel free to stay tuned.

John Stone Fitness Comments

26 Responses to “Changing athletic focus has resulted in some backlash; JSF to close?”
  1. John,

    This is your site and you most certainly have the right to blog about whatever you are currently passionate about! Mountain biking is a great way to stay fit, and if that’s currently your workouts – that’s awesome. I hope you continue blogging and updating the site. I will admit, I am personally not that interested in mountain biking for now, and I have been skipping over most of your blogs lately. Should I ever pick up mountain biking though, your blog would be an invaluable resource for me once again.

    Should you choose to stop updating the site, I hope you at least keep it up and running. Your story is still a huge inspiration to me and thousands (millions?) of others. You showed to the world that it’s possible to go from being out of shape to being as fit as a professional athlete, and what dedication, will power, and ability to learn can help you achieve.

    Your blog archive is still a great resource for me, and I am actually ready through it on and off going all the way back from 2003.

    Thank you for this site! I hope you keep in running, and I hope to see at least occasional updates from you. Mountain biking or not, you keep me motivated in my (still ongoing) tranformation.

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  2. John PLEASE dont stop doing your daily updates. I dont ride a bike and I still love reading your posts everyday. Reading your sight every morning is something I’ve been doing for years, it would suck if you stopped. You keep me motivated and thinking about fitness!

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  3. John, I don’t personally care what you write about… It’s your passion and motivation that I respect so much… Whether you are talking about gardening, MTB, or cooking… It doesn’t matter to me, ill always look forward to your updates in the mornings! Here’s to another 10 years?

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  4. Your site is called John Stone Fitness not John Stone Bodybuilding or John Stone Fatloss or John Stone Weightlifting. It isn’t even called John Stone Mountain Biking. But to be honest it wouldn’t matter what you called the site because if you were doing Hill Walking I would still be coming here pretty much everyday because I know that whatever you do from a fitness point of view you give everything of yourself and do it with passion, and that is an inspiration. If you have a passion for something including this site then do it and if you want to let us in and see what you are up to then great. 🙂

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  5. I only posted comments after you introduced cycling so I cannot speak for all of the muscle people here. However, I will say that your approach to focus on your “athletic” goals is more practical.

    I grew up in a home where lifting weights was perceived as “being healthy and in shape”, yet most of these people ate horribly and many smoked.
    I was a basketball player and grew up in Brooklyn and quite frankly, when the buff guys would get on the court, they couldn’t even run full court for more than 5 minutes before they were spent. They were far from athletic.

    It is impressive how many people here have transformed their bodies, but I remember the bodybuilders refuses to do any cardio to not lose size. I am 42 years old now and I bet most of those guys are obese today.

    I am too focused on cycling, I realize this and I should incorporate more strength training. But as I get older, I feel my fitness on the bike will pay more dividends as far as my health as I move forward.

    BTW, John…. I have 4 carbon road bikes and one titanium as well as a fixed gear, your Trek will have a companion within the next year or so. I guarantee that. 😉

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  6. It’s called John Stone Fitness not John Stone Weightlifting, for me it’s never been about how big you got it’s seeing a person who’s fully committed to what he does. It’s seeing a person who is 6% body fat eat clean for the entire week when most would blow off their diet. It’s about when you reach a goal , you say “what’s next?” That’s inspiring to people. I know this website started as that simple idea, but it has expanded into something much bigger. It’s wierd I feel like we’re friends, even though we have never met or talked to one another, other than my occasional post and you know nothing about me.(I’m sure I’m not alone in this thought.) If you do decide to stop it’s because you want too not because you’re site isn’t relevant anymore. You’re work is appreciated by a lot more than you know I’m sure.

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  7. What a nice thing to come back to after my morning MTB ride (weather is INSANELY nice!) The purpose of this morning’s blog wasn’t meant to give power to my detractors, but I did want to get a sense of how prevalent that line of thinking is. In other words, if most people replied and said, “Yeah, I agree”, it might be time for me to consider calling it a day. I love writing about fitness, and I love sharing my passion with others. It would be a sad day for me if I ended JSF: it’s a huge part of who I am now. But I wouldn’t want to continue if my musings were no longer relevant or of interest.

    So thanks for the support and kind words. You guys made my day, and JSF is not going anywhere.

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  8. Keep the site going and keep posting I like reading when I have time regardless if it is biking, cutting, cooking, wedding anniversary etc news. Keep doing your thing and ignore the haters that think it should be what they think it is.

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  9. I for one would be extremely disappointed if you closed up shop. Reading your blog is part of my morning routine and I also rely heavily on Bodyshop for my calorie/stat tracking. There are haters everywhere. Write what you want, when you want, where you want. Its your blog.

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  10. I didn’t know that your blog was required reading on the internet. If people don’t like it, who forces them to read it? People are so silly. I don’t Mountain Bike, but I like to read what you write. Usually your site is the first I view when I get to work each morning.

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  11. John, you write about what interests you. Real fitness minded people know how important variety is. Besides, no matter what is the topic of the day, this site is really about setting goals. and reaching them

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  12. Now seems salient for suggestion of contemplation upon this irrevocable truth.

    “This above all: to thine own self be true,. And it must follow, as the night the day,. Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

    Shakespeare – Hamlet, Act I Scene III, Polonius’ advice to his son Laertes. An exemplary truth by contrast in the context of the play. Undeniably Shakespeare’s -as enlightened a man if ever there was- finest.

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  13. John, I’ve been visiting your site since year one and I have to say, I’ll always check in whether you’re writing about bodybuilding, biking, or whatever else you’re getting up to, even if it’s not something I’d usually pay attention to.

    The reason is quite simple – you have been a big inspiration to myself and many others, and reading about your goals and insights (or even just stories about people like moustache guy on the trails) reminds me that you can be at the lowest of the low and dig yourself out of it, and stay out.

    I was recently talking to my mother about how it was the ten year anniversary of the start of your transformation coming up, and how I was wondering if you’d do something special for it – it would be a huge shame if that something was shutting the place down.

    Frankly I didn’t give it a second thought when you shifted the focus of the blog to your personal fitness goals. It is a personal blog after all, and if people want to read about fat loss and bodybuilding, they’ve always got years of archive posts. People evolve, and thus so do their goals.

    I say to hell with the critics – in today’s web full of websites plastered with ads, bogus advice and no purpose other than monetization, your website really is something unique and special, and it’s the only fitness related blog I check out on a regular basis. I’d hate to see it disappear.

    I know you’ve said JSF isn’t going anywhere in your comment above, but I felt compelled to give you my two cents anyway, since your site means a lot to me (and many others I’m sure).

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  14. Go on!
    If someone doesn’t care, he doesn’t read (and they can make their own blog!). Don’t private all of us that enjoy following your evolution in fitness.

    I’ve always been fond of biking before I found your site and start weighttraining, so the change in your goals is more that satisfying to me!

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  15. People sometimes forget that in a situation like this, we get a window into your life on YOUR terms. You don’t ‘owe’ us anything (Well, maybe lifetime members?) and we get to share your victories and interest at your discretion.

    That said, I have truly enjoyed being a small part of your life from the twowiresthin days, through johnstonefitness, through the forums, the revamps, and your own personal evolving goals and interests. I’ve learned a lot, been exposed to new things, and enjoyed the journey.

    Your enthusiasm when you finally decide to get into something is infectious, and enjoyable to read about. You are an excellent author!

    I do hope you decide to continue sharing this window to your world with us, even if it’s no longer about bodybuilding, or biking, or whatever the next thing is. I actually would like to see even more non-fitness related stuff (home theater, gardening, other interests) on the blog. You are just an interesting person! I also find your posts very motivational, even if you aren’t ‘doing’ the same thing I am at the time. (Judo vs. Biking in this case)

    Anyway, I hope you keep it going! But if you don’t, thanks for the time you’ve shared.

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  16. I’ve personally never viewed your shifting interest to mountain biking as really a “shift” in terms of your ultimate goals. I remember that you originally started your transformation because you were passionless, depressed, hated the way you looked, and were tired of being/feeling unhealthy. Bodybuilding was simply a conduit to help you reverse those conditions. Now, you are using a different method to reach those goals (biking). I think there is a lesson in this. As you’ve said many times, it is important to make fitness fun and enjoyable. If you have to drag yourself into the gym day after day and hate what you are doing, you are likely to become one of the many failed statistics. Being passionate about a sport that you love not only adds enjoyment to your life, it helps you stay fit and healthy — which is really what you’ve wanted all along. I say keep doing what you are doing!

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  17. Please keep it up, John! Like many others, I don’t bike, but the way you’re “into” whatever you’re doing makes reading your site a pleasure. And it’s made me more comfortable with the idea that I don’t have to be a bodybuilder following the cut/bulk/cut/bulk/cut/bulk routine to be healthy.

    Just recently you had a post about just being *active* as an effective means of staying fit, and that really resonated with me.

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  18. Hey John, keep up the good work! No matter whether the main focus of your blog has been lifting weights or mountain biking, it’s still a huge source of inspiration for many. Sometimes I wish you wrote more about cooking, though, since I’m also very passionate about learning to cook healthy and delicious meals:9

    Actually your current passion into mountain biking has made me seriously consider picking up that hobby myself, since I used to do that when I was younger and greatly enjoyed it. Somewhere during the years I just stopped doing it, and now I’m wondering if I could still feel the same bursts of enjoyment riding my bike through the forest trails. And what a great way to stay fit it would be, as proven by your 2012 maintenance statistics! I am still on the process of choosing a bike and saving some $$$ for it, but the spark has been lit… And no little thanks for it belongs to your blog.

    Let’s raise a front wheel for another 10 years of JSF 🙂

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  19. Keep it going John, I look forward to reading your blog whatever it is about and is always an interesting read. Looking back at the archived posts and details is always an inspiration, so long may it continue.

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  20. John, I think of you primarily as a motivator. So, whether the focus is weightlifting, cycling, diet, etc, it doesn’t matter to me. I’ve been involved in both weightlifting and distance running myself, so I’m interested in many aspects of fitness. I follow your blog because it inspires me. And, from a selfish viewpoint as someone who has recently gotten back into running/cycling myself, I’m enjoying your insane cardio improvements on the bike. There’s no doubt that your bodybuilding background helped set you up for that.
    Keep on keeping on, and I’ll be following along (and being motivated) at home.
    -Colin

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