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Is Your Workout Working?

intense workoutPeople are always searching for the next best workout. Fitness fanatics spend a lot of time and energy asking a million questions, surfing the net, reading magazines and watching what other people are doing in the gym. The whole time, their existing workout may be perfectly fine – they just need to make a few adjustments to take their old workout from just OK to totally INSANE! What is this magic potion I speak of?

It’s called intensity. I can’t tell you HOW MANY TIMES I see people just working out, going through the motions with little to no intensity at all. Nine times out of ten, their workout is perfectly fine, it’s the lack of intensity that’s killing their training. So how do you increase intensity?

I’ve got Answers (Pun intended!)

5 ways to ramp up your workoutsI recently joined Answers.com, the #1 question and answer website, to answer people’s fitness questions just like this one. Since so many people have asked me what I’d add, or do different, if I were to train them, I thought this would be one of the first subjects I’d tackle.

Realize, even if the only exercises you knew were a few simple exercises like push ups, pull ups, jumping jacks and squats, those exercises can be totally insanely amazing IF you add the right components to increase intensity.

Sadly, people often think they have to have certain tools, certain fancy moves, or a certain trainer to get results in order to experience a workout that is made for the pros. Not so!

 

There are 5 simple training methods that can seriously ramp up your intensity – and your results. If you like what you see here, then CLICK HERE to read the whole article to learn more and get my Editor’s Tip!

Have a question you’d like Answered? Comment below and I’ll get to work on it! 

Fit Bodies On Sale Now

If only fitness was that easy to get. If only we could wait on a better time to get it, where it doesn’t cost so much. Don’t hold your breath, because fitness doesn’t come cheap – and it will never go on sale. Of matter of fact, the longer you wait, the more you’ll have to pay for it. Since most people do want it, people end up putting fitness on “layaway”.

If you are window shopping and you see something you like, you may be tempted to put it on layaway. You’ll take the item to the service desk and make a small payment on it so they don’t sell it to someone else. However, if you don’t come back to finish paying on it, they will put it back on the shelf and someone else will end up taking it home. Why? Because the person who commits 100%, and pays for it in full, is the one who ultimately gets to take it home.

Layaway Fitness, Layaway Results

You may want to wear a new body, but you’ll never own it unless you pay for it. The cost is hard work and dedication with your diet. It is worth MORE than every penny of effort – however, many people only make a small deposit on it and never finish paying it off. As a result, only the people who fully commit to getting what they want actually walk around with the body others hoped to eventually get.

Like with material things, some people can afford to pay cash for big ticket items. For others, it may take a few months to pay it off. The same goes for fitness. Some people will get their reward faster because they can “afford it”, and it just comes a little easier for them. For others, it may longer to pay off. But, every day you go to the gym you are making a payment on the new body you WILL take home eventually, as long as you don’t stop making “payments”. Either way, it’s obtainable by all – for those who really, really want it.

We all have things in life we want – material things, love, wisdom, accomplishments, a good name. However, you will never get the full result (or keep it) if you don’t commit 100%. To prove this theory, ask your spouse if they don’t mind giving you a hall pass on the weekends. I’m pretty sure that they expect you to be committed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Maybe you’ve made a downpayment on your health. You might have joined a gym, but don’t go as often as you should. Maybe you diet sporadically,  but aren’t consistent as you know you need to be. Maybe you have tried getting fit – but in reality, even then, you didn’t give it your all.

Maybe today is the day you decide to commit 100% to making the changes you know you need.

Shocker: Sex Sells Fitness

PFED UP: Sex Sells Fitness, But Does It Sell Results?

Borat did it, “Bikini Boy” Ty Hemmerling American Idol contestant did it, and Tosh does it as often as he can. Why? Although this isn’t much of a shocker, it sells because sex sells – even when it’s funny! Throw on a bikini and you’ll get attention – good or bad.

Steve and I just had the conversation this morning that he’d get more views if he wore a bikini when leading his workouts. It’s sad, but you can have a great workout led by a fully clothed professional and it won’t get half the views a chick gets in a bikini or tight workout outfit doing something lame – or worse yet, wrong.

Alfonso Moretti voiced his outrage against people dropping to the level of using sex to sell fitness in his blog “Angry Issues: Is the Fitness Industry TOO sexual” – and I agree. Although I do enjoy seeing fit physiques, it’s sad to think there is great content out there being missed out on just because they prefer to keep their clothes on.

This is the same for men. As soon as a guy takes his shirt off and breaks a sweat, the views start soaring. Yet, people like Steve, who like their shirts very much, can get overlooked in a youtube line up. Note: I do have some friends of mine that do it tastefully, but I’m totally speaking generally here and talking about the extremes. I’m not saying they are all bad. 🙂

Smart is Sexy
Although I’d LOVE to see Steve teach with his shirt off all the time (and not to say he wouldn’t do it some day if and when appropriate), I’d prefer for people to know him for his brains, not just brawn. The brawn is the icing on the cake – not the main attraction when you are selling results in my opinion.

A hot body, alone, doesn’t teach you anything (except teach you to “want that body”). Maybe I’m being harsh, but when you are learning how to workout, I think it’s important for people to know that person actually knows what they’re talking about, and it’s also important that trainer has the ability to pass that knowledge on to YOU.

Sure, if you know what you are doing, your body should look good too – however, there is a lot of stuff that can make a body look hot besides working out and eating right. Unfortunately, many people use their good genetics with steroids (yes, even bikini models) to get fit bods so they can use their bodies to bring them a paycheck. Meanwhile, they tell you how to do it the hard realistic way. Many of them don’t even care if YOU get fit – they just care if they get paid. Is that right? Is that the kind of person who should be leading fitness?

Disclaimer
Are there awesome trainers with awesome physiques? Sure there are! Is a fit bod motivating? Heck yes! If you have the whole package, more power to ya!! I’ll try not to be jealous. 🙂 BUT, if you are looking for results, and for people to actually HELP you, don’t fall for “sex sells” – because sex doesn’t always sell results.

Until then, You just may see Steve trying on some sexy tight workout clothes and see if he can get more views. hahahahahahahaha

OK, maybe not. He does NOT make a beautiful woman. Great wig though!

 

What do you think?
Do you lose respect for trainers that use sex to sell fitness?
Do you trust celebrities or trainers who push gimmicks?
What do you look for in an online fitness roll model?

Inquiring fitness minds want to know! 

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