How bad to do you want that six pack?

Over the years I’ve heard every excuse in the book.  I’ve even had quite a few clients bring me notes from their doctors saying they weren’t allowed to work out.  Not once has A SINGLE one of these doctors notes been medically relevant!  Not ONCE!

Sure, if you just had open heart surgery, there’s a certain recovery required, but increasingly, evidence is pointed to getting up and active as soon as possible even for something as complicated and dangerous as back surgery.  On multiple occasions I’ve been tempted to head into that doctors office and have then justify, on any sound medical theory, why their client should sit on the couch.  Of course I never have .

I’ve had several broken legs, had my ankle operated on, broke my collar bone three times, had broken ribs, arms, hand, several misc surgeries, and I can’t remember ever taking more than perhaps a week or two off from working out at most.  Yes, crutching your way into the gym will get stares, but that’s ok.  I can’t imagine the dedication it takes to be that guy above and I don’t even pretend to have that sort of motivation.

So what’s your excuse?

I was doing an interview recently and one of the questions was: “what two secrets can you give that will help anyone?”  My reply “eat right and exercise…..consistently.”

Yeah, not quite “secrets” but that’s the point: there are no secrets to this, and there aren’t any quick fixes or short cuts.  If you pay attention, people you know who are really fit (and over 30) have been eating right and exercising CONSISTENTLY for many years.  Sure, there is the female fitness model or male bodybuilder who lets themselves put on a bit of weight in the offseason, but even then, their year-after-year discipline puts most “normal” people to shame. Check out this website on

This is the part of my philosophy that no one wants to hear.  This is NOT rocket science, nor is it really that difficult or time consuming.  If most “average” Americans added up the time they’ve spent with crash diets and fad exercise programs, they could already be super fit.  What they lack is consistency.

As I write this, I’m finishing up a 1000 calorie “salad” for lunch.  Last night I had sushi for dinner, chicken and fruit for lunch, a big omelet for breakfast and Salmon with broccoli the night before.  All very tasty but also all consistently healthy.

I got my volleyball in yesterday and although I took a day off the day before, I did a workout every day for the previous five and will probably only miss one workout this week (will be on planes and in airports the entire day).  I’ll enjoy pretty much every meal I eat, and probably spend 3 hours in the gym (I don’t count the time I spend doing fun workouts like hiking, biking, volleyball, etc.).

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