We live in a society that’s been programmed that true fitness is achieved in spandex shorts while attending the local gym for hours per week. Endless amounts of time are spent on treadmills while listening to I-pods or watching TV. Anything to block out the grunting sounds coming from those you are seeking to make an appearance in Muscle & Fitness Magazine. (I simply never understood why the entire gym needs to hear you grunt and scream as you attempt to lift a weight that you just can’t handle)
Anyhow, back to my point. I predicated over 6 years ago that modern gyms would cease to exist the way we know them within 10 years. Well, I have 4 years to go to prove my point, and from what I can tell, I’m going to be correct. More and more people are realizing that they simply do not need to attend a gym to get into great physical shape. I personally have not stepped into a gym in around 7 years. I do all of my workouts at home using unconventional methods and workouts lasting no longer than 15-20 minutes. I am in the best shape of my life. Much better than the shape I was in when going to the gym.
What’s more, my body is much better conditioned to handle all of lifes everyday challenges (carry groceries, shoveling snow, chasing kids, etc). You see, when you engage in full body workouts that truly include the entire body, you become better conditioned. The secondary muscles, ligaments, tendons, core, etc. are all activated when you work the body as a whole unit.Also, exercise should simply be a PART of your lifestyle, not become your entire lifestyle. A well toned, healthy body helps to fully enjoy life to the maximum and it only takes minutes a day to achieve. But that is not the case with the people I see at the gym. These people spend countless hours and hours per week in the gym. Yet, they seem to get nowhere. They spend precious time in the gym when they can be spending it with their spouse, children, family or friends. They can be enjoying time doing a hobby or pursuing a passion. It’s hard to do those things when you spend most of you free time in a gym. Very sad indeed.
A properly constructed workout should take you no more than 15-20 minutes and leave you feeling “worked” by the time it’s over. My workouts always leave me breathing heavy and pretty well covered in sweat. All in around 15 minutes. After that, I free to enjoy my lifes other passions.
You see, you don’t need a gym to achieve optimal fitness. You simply need a sound nutritional program and 15 minutes per day to exercise and a well constructed workout (that’s where we come in!). I think we can all find 15 minutes nearly everyday right?
Stay with me as I will continue to always provide you with the TRUTH about exercise and nutrition. My goal is to help as many people as possible achieve a lean, sexy and healthy body without wasting your time. Real results and minutes per day…not hours!
NEED A FAT BLASTING WORKOUT TONIGHT?……TRY THIS!!!!
OK…so what can you do tonight to challenge yourself? How about the “100 Burpee Challenge”? This amazing conditioning workout is a killer and will convince you that amazing workouts can be achieved in a very short time. Here’s how it goes.
Set a stop watch and see how long it takes you to complete 100 burpees (for those that don’t know, a burpee is a squat thrust with a jump at the end. For example. Get into squat thrust start position. Push legs out, when you pull your legs back in, you will finish the movement by exploding into the air instead of just standing up. Upon landing, you immediately return to the start position and continue). If burpees are too difficult, you may simply do squat thrusts. Eventually, you can work up to doing full burpees.
Stop watch keeps running the entire time until you hit 100 reps. Rest as often and as long as you need. Just keep the timer going! You goal is to improve your time each time you do the challenge. Try and do it once or twice per week (i.e. Monday & Thursday).
Stay Strong and Healthy!!!