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Yes, It Hurts. No, We Can’t Make It Easier If You Want Results.

September 15, 2010

There’s an old saying about cars: it can be fast, cheap, or reliable…pick 2. The same goes for productive exercise. You can have long, intense, or effective…pick 2. The addendum to this is that a person training alone rarely picks 2. To see what I mean, wander into a gym and look at everyone on the aerobics machines. They’re going to be there a while, which is why TVs are now mounted on these contraptions. Get into your trusty time machine and fly forward 2 years into the future and see the same people, looking no more fit (and often times less fit), cranking away while watching Oprah. It’s a crying shame.

Just as getting from New York to Los Angeles in 5 hours requires a jet, getting a really effective, result-producing workout in 30 minutes is going to require discomfort. That’s the buy in for the table and it’s something we remind our clients of with every session.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2010 9:28 pm

    awesome. I find that even with weight training it’s easy to get into this slump when training by yourself. It’s interesting how far one can go with someone alongside pushing them.

  2. theorytopractice permalink
    September 16, 2010 2:01 pm

    The Efficient Exercise version of the 30-minute workout is a scorcher. No need for TVs in our facilities, that’s for sure.

  3. September 20, 2010 12:46 am

    I “spiced up” my usual plain-vanilla health-club workout of bench presses, pullups, and med-ball situps/hanging leg raises today by walking 10 “rounds” of a 48-step staircase in a 46lb weight vest before going, and then bringing with me my 30lb “Slammer” nonbouncing slam ball so I could mix 6 sets of 20 slams in with the more pedestrian, less explosive resistance work. I’ll just say that using the Slammer makes one really, really appreciate the oxygen in ordinary room air! In fact, just stopping feels really, really good. It’s like instant negative euphoria.

    • efficientexerciseaustin permalink
      September 20, 2010 3:50 pm

      Nice work, PJ!

      • September 20, 2010 5:40 pm

        When ball slams are impossible (due to my being at home in my walkup condo, for instance), I find that heavy med-ball chop squats (essentially slams where you don’t throw the ball into the floor but keep it in your hands and just gently touch it to the floor at the bottom of a full squat before raising it fully over your head as you stand back up) or 2-handed kettlebell swings w/ my 78 or 93lb bells serve the same purpose. All these moves use tons of muscle and really get the heart rate and breathing going at a high level of intensity.

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