An e-mail or so ago I wrote to you about a slight chance in schedule – Friday, it was I believe.
Ah yes. It got moved from Fri afternoon – Saturday morning and though I’m not a huge fan of last minute changes (as I’m sure you aren’t either) – ’twas an emergency of sorts she couldn’t control.
All good “in the hood”, hehe.
Anyway, this lady needs to get in shape – and QUICKLY, at that.
She’s got problems with her energy levels – way, way lower than a woman of around 35 should be.
Not only that – her entire back is FROZEN. I mean, inflexible as heck. When I first started out on some of the movements I teach in 0 Excuses Fitness (specifically, a variant of the best exercise there is bar none) – I thought I was inflexible, but my oh my, this lady takes the term “inflexible” to a whole new level (when compared with my own experience).
I mean, she could barely move more than – get this – an INCH or two in one of the exercises I had her do – and guess what.
She was breathing deeply for a good three minutes or so AFTER that – and the “stretch” (of sorts) took but a few seconds. Actually it wasn’t more than 3 seconds if I’ve got it right – and yes – I have – because I counted!
Amazingly enough though, she’s certainly not the only one out there with an almost immobile back and stiff shoulders – not to mention wrists which are permanently “curved” in terms of function from pounding away at the keyboard all day long.
Think your back is flexible?
Alright, well, let’s see you walk backwards down the wall – the way I teach – and then tell me how you do, my friend.
As for the squats – I’m just getting her started on some of those – and she was panting and out of breath after THREE repetitions.
And those three reps took a while to do because I had to teach her proper form first – as well as the CORRECT way to BREATHE – which is the whole point of the exercise.
Well, not the whole point – but if you don’t breathe right – you’re getting but perhaps 5% of the overall fat burning effect you would get if you WOULD have breathed correctly. And that’s not good, my friend. Not good at all.
Anyway, the padding around her midsection makes it impossible for her to get into a bridge, or anything near that – so I had her do a modified version of the bridge.
That is what I advise beginners to do in my videos. If you can’t get into the actual position as shown in the book, start by doing exactly as I show you in the videos – and you’ll be loosening up far quicker than you would if you tried to do it by “sheer dint of will power” as it were.
I also told her something I tell EVERYONE when they first start out – which is to – GO AT A PACE she can handle. And for her that was three reps.
Believe it or not, when it comes to the squats, THREE done in correct form and proper cadence is ALL a lot of folks can handle as well!
Do NOT race out and think you can pound out 50 or 100 the first time you do ’em. You won’t be able to walk right the next few days if you do that – mark my words on this.
And true to form, my student was “hobbling” a little after about 10 reps, at which I showed her a special thigh and hammie stretch to get some blood flow back to the region.
But she felt it, for sure.
Now, why am I telling you all this?
Well, first because she’s always told me she “has no time” for a workout. That she’s “too busy” to workout.
Well, today’s workout took a sum total of 2:34 minutes – including the “warm ups” – and it left her breathing deeply for a good bit after that.
Not only that – her abs felt tighter after just a few stretches that I taught her.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, my friend.
If you could feel that good – and SEE the changes in your body after ONE short workout – wouldn’t you go for it?
A brief 2:34 minute workout.
Too busy? My goodness, we all have two minutes, don’t we??
Second, to show you that YOU too CAN do it, my friend. It matters not if you’re a fitness “expert” at this point or if you are a rank beginner – there is something in this system for EVERYONE.
Do NOT get hung on the “I can’t do it” and “it’s too difficult” tags. It’s a colossal mistake, and Tracy made both these mistakes initially before realizing that YES – she CAN do it too – if she applies herself to it.
And that, my friend – is THAT!
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Two books, and five videos plus a bit of an “on the spur of the moment intro”. And a lifetime’s worth of workouts done 0 Excuses style – and with RESULTS to boot.
Can’t beat that, my friend.