The Effective Program Litmus Test – Does your Program Pass

 “Greatness is a lot of small things done well. Day after day, workout after workout, obedience after obedience, day after day.” Ray Lewis

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Today we are drowning in information, but starving for wisdom. Most of us have the knowledge of the world available to us in the palm of our hand. A lack of information isn’t the problem. A lack of common sense is the problem. Nowhere is this truer than in the fitness industry.

You might be reading this with the hopes of validating your current program. You want to know if it meets a scientific litmus test for determining its effectiveness. You might be reading this to discover the five characteristics of an effective program. I am sure you could find an article like that, but this isn’t it. I conducted a Google search and wasn’t disappointed.

The litmus test for determining if a program is effective is simple. Is your diet and exercise program sustainable? That’s it. If your program is sustainable, then it is effective. So many people fall into the trap of doing a program. The whole mentality of “doing a diet” or workout program is flawed. It implies a task that has a beginning and end. Staying fit is a journey, not a destination. Fitness isn’t something you do, it is something you live. Continue reading “The Effective Program Litmus Test – Does your Program Pass”

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7 Reasons Why You Should Purchase a Kettlebell instead of a Treadmill

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“The kettlebell is an ancient Russian weapon against weakness.” Pavel

Before we go into greater detail, here are the 7 reasons I suggest you purchase a kettlebell instead of a treadmill:

  1. Kettlebells Improve both Muscular Strength and Cardiovascular Condition
  2. Kettlebells are More Cost-Effective
  3. Kettlebells have a Small Footprint and are Portable
  4. Kettlebells are Simple & lend themselves to Quick Workouts
  5. Kettlebells are Quiet
  6. Kettlebells allow for a lot of Exercise Variety
  7. Kettlebell workouts are low impact

#1 Kettlebells Improve both Muscular Strength and Cardiovascular Condition

It may seem counter-intuitive, but when you are losing weight, strength training, not cardio training should be your number one exercise priority. For years we have been indoctrinated to believe that to lose weight you have to eat less and move more, but the main flaw with this approach is that even if you do it properly, you will lose muscle mass. If you don’t challenge your muscles, you will lose calorie-burning muscle mass along with the fat which will lead to a fat loss plateau. Continue reading “7 Reasons Why You Should Purchase a Kettlebell instead of a Treadmill”

THE NO EQUIPMENT, NO EXCUSES WORKOUT

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

If you want to start exercising here is a simple, workout you can do that doesn’t require any equipment. These workouts should take no more than 20 minutes to complete, but if you do them consistently, you will get results.

            I believe that everyone should do a combination of strength training and cardio training. Both improve our physical and mental performance. I have written about the surprising effects that regular exercise has on our mood, focus, and mental performance so I won’t go into detail here, but if you aren’t aware of the many benefits, check out The Habit: Week-3 (Morning Exercise) It’s for the Mind more than the Body! Continue reading “THE NO EQUIPMENT, NO EXCUSES WORKOUT”

The Habit: Week-3 (Morning Exercise) It’s for the Mind more than the Body!

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This week’s challenge is to wake-up 30-minutes early and exercise for at least 20-minutes. Most people that resolve to wake-up early to exercise do it with the vague goal of losing some weight and getting into shape. Those are terrible goals for several reasons. First, they aren’t clearly defined. Second, they don’t contain any emotional intensity, and last, they don’t have any deadline to create a sense of urgency. I want you to wake-up early and exercise because it will prime your mind for peak performance.

This habit has more to do with the effects it will have on your mind, and much less to do with the effects it will have on your body. Most people know that exercise releases endorphin, the body’s homegrown brand of morphine, but what most people don’t realize is that it stimulates the brain. Continue reading “The Habit: Week-3 (Morning Exercise) It’s for the Mind more than the Body!”

Gym in a Carry-on – The Business Travelers Fitness Packing List

Business travel can make staying on a workout program very challenging, especially if you travel to remote locations where none of the hotels have a fitness center or access to local gyms. Regardless of whether or not the hotel has a fitness center, I always bring my own gym in a bag. It allows me to add a little more variety to my workout and … Continue reading Gym in a Carry-on – The Business Travelers Fitness Packing List