What’s Your Excuse?

Here is something I genuinely believe to be true:

90%+ of my readers are roughly 8-12 weeks away from a drastically different, more desirable, and frankly, impressive physique.

Unfortunately, the vast majority have been roughly 8-12 weeks from a drastically different and better physique for months or years!  To make it worse, many will continue to be roughly 8-12 weeks away for many more months and years to come.  And this fact makes the majority of what I share with you pointless because it will never be used.

It used to really piss me off to hear people complain about their physique, but then never actually do anything about it. As I’ve gotten older and wiser I’ve realized that this is just the population of folks out there willing to vocally express the desires nearly all of us have. What they don’t usually represent are those who have the commitment to do something about attaining the thing they desire.

I’ve spent a decent amount of time pondering the differences between these two groups.

To fully explore that topic would be lengthy so let me hit a couple of highlights, and keep the focus from a bodybuilding perspective.

Those who remain in a constant state of being 8 weeks from any dramatic physique change have these things in common:

  1. They get in a rut. Even regular gym-goers often find themselves doing the same thing week in and week out. This is a clue that you might be in a rut, but a better way to tell is simply answer the question “Am I following a training program that has an express purpose of obtaining a specific strength, physique or fitness goal?” If the answer is no, you’re likely not making progress, and don’t have a reasonable expectation of significant gains any time soon. This is a rut.
  2. They are too intimidated to put the required pieces together…even for a short period of time.  To achieve nearly any meaningful strength and physique goal you need to combine three things: The right diet, training program, and supplements. The vast majority of people are willing to play with one or two of these, but rarely all three. Is it hard to do?  Hard is relative.  For most people it would only take some basic research and execution to get the piece of the puzzle they are currently missing.  We do what we can for you here, but execution ALWAYS comes down to you.
  3. They make and accept excuses too easily. The fact of the matter is there are literally THOUSANDS of “good” reasons why you can’t do something, but the only people using them are the ones who aren’t getting it done. The other fact is that no matter how hard you have it, someone else has had it harder and still attained results.

Chances are if you are reading up to this point you are either nodding your head in agreement, or you’re feeling slapped around a little. Please understand that my intent isn’t to make you feel bad. I just hate to see people with knowledge, resources and potential fail to accomplish anything meaningful because they are stuck in a rut or never execute.

I’m not so naive as to think I can motivate anyone.  That has to come from you.  But I do know that when I asked you a couple months ago why you work out, you gave reasons filled emotion and deep meaning. Those can motivate, and there is never a better time than RIGHT NOW to get after it.

That’s my quick take on a couple of the differences between the “talkers” and the “doers”.

What do you think keeps people from taking meaningful action? What do you do to get your butt off the couch and making meaninful effort towards your strength and physique goals?

If you’ve got the time and inclination, leave your thoughts below.



Leave A Reply (42 comments so far)

  1. Robert Matthews
    6 years ago

    My motivation is a old guy at my gym he is in his 60's and works out 7 days a week and I am only 44 so i figure if he can I can and the other thing is my daughters I have to be able to scare off the young punks that want to date them usually when they see the USMC they change thier mind but I want them to me and run!

  2. robert
    6 years ago

    Very good post. No, great post. Because it's a common problem for many whether in exercise or starting a business…always getting ready, never starting or starting & stopping or starting & going half at it. Mankind described(Paul in the Bible) the things I should do I don't, the things I shouldn't do I do!

  3. Casey
    6 years ago

    What motivates me is that I feel better and it makes me feel good The other thing is that I have lost 30 pounds since I started working out and dont want to gain it back

  4. Jim B
    6 years ago

    I suspect that many gym goers it fit into the category of doing what they ought to do as opposed to what they need to do. Gym membership and attempting to "get in shape" are on the list if you want to be part of the heard.
    Must be 20 years since I've been in a commercial gym but I remember being struck by how few in there knew what they were doing and were doing what they know. The majority just go through the motions, the wrong motions usually. Motivation is tough for sure but you have to keep searching for it if you want to change.

  5. TJ
    6 years ago

    Theres no better motivation than seeing and feeling the hard earned results. Short cuts always yeild short handed results. The most powerful supplement lies between your ears, realize that it may need restructuring. Intensity is not something you find on the shelf!

  6. M Jamal
    6 years ago

    Rick, Your post is a good kick for me at the right time..

    ..just when I started to get into flow & train more regularly my schedule gets dustrubed from too much overtime on the job!

    Yep another exuse, good thing though.. I seem to manage a short burst of dumbell sets at home on days I can’t make it to the gym on time.

    My motivation?
    Eh, I really got back into gear 3 months ago as I started llanning,my summer beach vacation. Nothing beats that motivation for me.

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