When people are surveyed and asked “What’s the number one reason you don’t exercise?”, do you know what the most common answer is?
As in, lack of it.
Unfortunately, anyone who says or thinks that a lack of time is the reason they don’t exercise is wrong.
And that’s sad, because it isn’t a lack of time that’s causing them to throw in the towel. Every successful TR member has some combination of job(s), commute(s), kid(s), pet(s), homes, spouses, and social lives. Some members have ALL of them. They’re busy as hell and yet they manage to train consistently.
So time isn’t the issue. People who claim lack of time for not being healthy and fit have this issue:
They’re misapplying information. Because in the 17 years I’ve been a trainer, and in the 8 years I’ve owned a training business I’ve learned this: anyone who says that time is an issue has one of two problems (and neither of them is a lack of time).
Problem # 1: It’s not that they don’t have time, it’s that they’re shitty at managing their time. This isn’t the topic of this blog (#2 is), nor am I a life coach, so I’ll keep it brief. But trust me: I’ve seen A LOT of people fail for no other reason than they confused “urgent” things with “important” things and couldn’t separate the two or prioritize their schedule around the important things.
Problem #2: It’s not a time issue, it’s a shitty programming issue.
Now THIS IS my area of expertise. Many people spend (waste) time on exercises and workouts that take a long time to do and/or don’t drive them toward their goals anyway. If you’re strapped for time – and if you’re anything like my clients, you are – you simply can’t afford to waste time with workouts that take a long time to complete, or that you need to do 6 times per week, or that don’t drive you toward your goals. Any one of those things is a death sentence to your health and fitness.
And again, sadly, most people fail for exactly that reason – they say they don’t have time, then they choose a program that takes up a lot of time. (Shakes head, rolls eyes, turns palms up, sighs…)
For example, if you’re strapped for time, training like a body builder is a bad idea. Questions of efficacy aside, training like a body builder takes A LOT of time. Training your biceps means you have to train your triceps. Training your chest means you have to train your back. Training your hamstrings needs you need to train your quads. Training your calves means you need to train your anterior tibialis.
You see where I’m going with this? There are 700 and something muscles in the body – that’s going to take a LOT of time…
Traditional cardio, like jogging or biking (again, efficacy issues aside) takes a LOT of time. The people I know who enjoy jogging, biking, etc. shock the hell out of me when they tell me how many hours per week they spend on their workouts. I congratulate them because I don’t know too many people who have that much time. (And even fewer who would jog even if they did…:)
Those are just two examples – I could go on and on, but the take home message: You don’t have that much time to waste.
What we do at the TR is this: We write programs that factor in that our clients have 2-5 hours per week at best to workout. So we block off times within the programs to address and improve flexibility, coordination, core strength, total body strength and cardiorespiratory health. Notice when I discussed body building training and traditional cardio, I didn’t even bring up that it doesn’t address the other numerous aspects of fitness that’ll need to be addressed – such as flexibility and core strength – that’ll just take and add on more time to the already too long workouts and programs?
That’s hardly a good plan for complete health and fitness.
You’re thinking how can you improve your flexibility, coordination, core strength, total body strength and cardiorespiratory condition in that short of a time? Think it can’t be done? Well, you’re partly right - it can’t be done – by a non-fitness professional.
Luckily for you, we are professionals and we’ve been doing this for a long time. Addressing all those needs in only a few hours per week is what we do and it’s why we get busy adults to look, feel and perform their best again.
If you need help zeroing in and nailing down a time friendly program, you know where to find us.