20 Minute Body (Mon 6/28/10)

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I’ve been a trainer for almost 11 years now, and one of the things that I get asked about the most is some version of, “what’s the secret to getting in good shape?” Sometimes people ask because they honestly don’t know, and other times they ask because they’re afraid that they do. The answer, of course, is to work hard for it and don’t ever stop.

Fitness is not expressed in an instantaneous situation like most of the country believes – you don’t get 20 minutes of having a great body for every 50 situps you do. Most people seem to think that by using this “exercise for aesthetics” barter method they can expertly plan for those 20 minutes of their inner supermodel body to manifest when they’re at the altar reciting their vows, on vacation in their bikini, or during some other moment when it might be important that they appear to be in better shape than they really are. This, of course, is crap.

Being in good shape is a lifestyle – it’s a journey, not a destination. Health and fitness is an ongoing condition that we all desire, yet few of us are really committed to doing what is necessary in order to make our lives better. Mostly we’re more dedicated to our yummy treats than we are to achieving this simple goal – we’d rather have the cupcake than washboard abs.

Remember, living healthy is a choice, not a right. Make the right choices, and then act on them. And then send me pictures of you in your bikini.


Strict Pullups – 5 sets for max reps


As many rounds as possible in 15 minutes of:

5 Kettlebell Snatches (24kg/16kg)
5 Squat Box Jumps
5 Handstand Pushups


50 V-Ups