Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Stupid Idea Workout

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But don't choose the "Stupid Idea Workout" for your transformation.
This is a really stupid idea. Now let me first say that sometimes you have to push yourself. You have to test your limits.
Perhaps it's an extra round of the 20-10 Punisher Squats. Or 5 more pushups. Or another 20 second abs-braced, body shaking plank hold.
Those are all fine and dandy, and will help you improve your performance, and because improving your performance leads to burning more calories, it will help you lose more fat, too.

But a 5K Burpee race?

This is a bad idea. It's what gives exercise a BAD name.

Yesterday, after writing up my 3rd Men's Health article this week (they are keeping me busy now that I'm back from holiday), I stumbled across an article on the MH site called, "The 5K Burpee Challenge".

Curious, I clicked on it. Then I started shaking my head. This is a bad, bad, you're-going-to-get-hurt, bad idea.

Apparently there's a race in or near Chicago where you do Burpees for 5 kilometers. It takes 4 hours and works out to 1,500 Burpees in a row.

Stealing a line from one of my favorite Saturday Night Live fake commercials of the 90's, this is "Bad Idea Jeans".

Repeating an exercise that many times in ONE session is almost guaranteed to give you an overuse injury. The workout will send most participants to the physiotherapist, if not the hospital. Do not try that one!
To lose fat and get a flat stomach, you need SMART workouts.You can have BIG goals, but be smart about them.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Who you associate with is more important than you could ever imagine. Do not accept anything less than the best – otherwise you are cheating yourself. Research shows that when you spend time with people who are succeeding that you too will succeed.

Other studies show the importance of social support and accountability of meeting with professionals (Doctors, trainers, nutritionists, etc.). And real life experience shows you that you can't expect to soar like an eagle when you are hanging around with turkeys.

Do not hang around folks who peer-pressure you into bad lifestyle choices. Stay strong and make the right association decisions for YOU.


You can change at any age…after all, what is your other option? To give up? To quit? NEVER!

Stay strong and keep on pushing on, no matter if you are 21, 41, 61, or 91! (We recently had a 92-year old female customer get HWR because she is looking to use bodyweight exercises to get strong – how awesome is that?!?)

Never give up on what is important to you.

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

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