Why are you doing this?
What’s REALLY in it for you?
Is it meeting your expectations?
Is it really producing results?
WHY are you working out?
I think these are serious questions we should all stop and ask
So many times we plod through our workouts / training with
very little to show for it on the other end, if we ever really stop
to look at the other end.
I get it.
For many, maybe even you, working out is nothing more than
a stress reliever –
A box you check on your calendar.
As long as you’re good with that and you expect nothing more
than cool. Let it be so.
Yet, if you’re looking for something else then I recommend that
you, well, look at something else.
What are your goals?
WHY do you REALLY work out?
Is it to get stronger?
Well, then are you?
Have you seen results?
Can you measure them?
Can you say my X lift has gone from Y to Z?
What about fat loss?
Is your “challenge” program actually producing results or
are you just waking up sore, tired, and hungry?
(It’s ok if you are, just recognize that fact and course-correct
along the way.)
Can you now complete your SFG Snatch Test with ease or
is it still harder than snot and you’re barely scraping by?
If you can’t answer a resounding “yes” to any of those
questions might I suggest you do something differently?
Here’s a quick checklist to ask yourself to get back on
track and stay on track:
1) What’s my #1 Goal?
– This is the ONE thing that’s a burning desire – it’s at the
very top of your list. If you don’t have one thing, skip today’s
workout and find it.
2) How much time can I devote to it (really)?
– Not optimally. Realistically. Factor in commute, family time,
weekend commitments, etc, etc, etc…
3) What do I have at my disposal?
– You want to do a strength program but you only have a light
KB. That’s not going to cut it. Can you buy more? This sort
4) What am I WILLING to do to achieve my #1 goal?
– Assuming you have 1-3 nailed down, how far are you willing
to go to achieve your goal? Not what you think you can do,
but what you’re actually REALLY going to do. Don’t tell yourself
you’re going to work out every day and then have meetings
after work 4 out of 5 nights per week and end up skipping
because you were “too busy”…
Based on doing this whole “coaching/personal training” thing
for over 20 years, the average person, the one with 2.2 kids,
a mortgage (or two), a car payment (or two), and a 40 hour-a-
week job that’s really a 50+ hour a week job should focus on
something very simple, manageable, and doable 10 out of 12
months of the year.
Here’s what’s what:
1. Simple nutrition.
Don’t eat so much, lose weight. Pretty simple.
Veggies, fruits, protein. Carbs on workout days only.
Sleep 7 hours a night.
Turn the TV off. Put the book away.
Just doing this will improve your health and decrease your
3. Train for strength first.
You can’t run a 5K if you can’t walk one first. That’s strength.
(Not saying you should train for a 5K, just using that as a
Training for strength is – REAL strength training – leaves you
fresh and not blasted, toasted, or trashed.
That’s important because it is less stressful on an already
stressed out system.
The best way to train for strength using KBs is to use a pair
And the best system to use to get strong – both in the short
and the long term –
It’s the answer to why you haven’t actually reached your goals
4. Stress relief.
Along with training for true strength, find 2 to 3 simple ways
to relieve stress.
Laughing at funny movies…
Hanging out with friends…
Going for long walks either by yourself or with your spouse
I guarantee that if you put these 4 pieces of the checklist
into practice in your life, you’ll notice some major differences
in as little as 90 days.
Imagine that, a completely revamped life, one congruent
with your true goals, in only 90 days.
Sounds like a great deal to me.
P.S. What about “MetCon” you ask?
What about it?
What do you want to use it for?
Your goal determines the type of MetCon you can/ should/
need to use.
I personally hate MetCon.
But when I need to use some, it has a very specific purpose
and is usually part of a strength program.
If I’m using it for conditioning or fat loss, I make it short, hard,
and to the point, like the “One” program that’s part of
It takes a MAXIMUM of 10 minutes. For most people starting
out, it takes less than that.