Why do people fail in the gym?

by Jon Benson on May 11, 2009 · 0 comments

By Jon Benson


So here’s the million-dollar question:


“What’s the number one reason people do not work out?”


Is it lack of money? Lack of motivation? Perhaps they lack the ideal workout plan?


Nope. It’s TIME. Or rather the lack thereof.


“We know that 50 per cent of the population doesn’t [exercise] and the most commonly cited barrier to exercise is lack of time.” This quote comes from exercise researcher Martin Gibala, a kinesiology professor at McMaster University in Hamilton.


Gibala put his theory to the test in a study that was published in the Journal of Physiology. In it Gibala compared a group who exercised “traditionally” — 90 to 120 minutes per day — with another group exercising far less:  Only 20 minutes per day and only three days per week.


That’s a whopping one hour per week folks.


In just two weeks both groups showed improvement in both exercise performance and oxygen uptake. (Remember, fat burns in the presence of oxygen.)


The kicker is that both groups were almost identical in their improvement. Why? Because the brief exercise group trained with greater focus and more intensity — exactly how I suggest you train.


This is just one of dozens of studies that confirm the benefits of shorter but more intense workouts.


However, there is a catch:  Train too hard and you will shut down your fat-burning furnace.


Your body perceives over-exertion done over an extended period of time as a sign of pursuit. It can trigger an ancient hormonal sequence that says, “I’m being chased by a tiger! Horde the fat!”


The body literally shuts down what it considers to be unnecessary activity in favor of self-preservation. And guess what? Burning off those hips and love handles is not a biological necessity.


You have to learn when to hit it hard AND when to rest and recover.


Finally, you have to put yourself into the proper mental state in order to see greater results in the shortest period of time.


Just remember these three key points:


1.     Time is the greatest barrier to fitness.


2.     Workouts can be short and very effective.


3.     The body goes where the mind directs.

About the Author:  Jon Benson is an internationally recognized transformation lifecoach, as well as an authority on fat-burning nutrition and superior physical fitness.  He is the creator and co-author of Fit Over 40 (the #2 selling fitness e-book in the world), and the author of Simply Eat (his publisher’s fastest selling book ever) and 7 Minute Muscle which details his trademarked Power Density Training System.

[Editor’s Comments:  With 5 kids around the house, my time is in HIGH demand!  That’s one reason why I am always looking for ways to train smarter…NOT longer! 


Did you know that Jon Benson’s “7 Minute Muscle” plan calls for only five 7-minute workouts with resistance training (weights or bodyweight) plus only 9 minutes cardio a few days per week?


And that actually works?  Yeah… you bet it does.


If you do the math, that’s about an hour per week as well.  Find out more here —


7 Minute Muscle <— brief is best!


Do you have any great tips for getting in a quick workout?  If so, please leave us a comment and share your ideas!]

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