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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #193. Discover secrets to physical motivation.
December 15, 2016
Merry Christmas and
December 15, 2016
In this newsletter . . .
Physical MotivationI watched a recent YouTube interview with Bill Phillips. Remember Bill Phillips? Back in the late 1990s, he wrote the best seller, Body for Life, and ran before-and-after physique contests with big cash prizes. The contestants were mostly regular folks, not longtime gym rats or competition bodybuilders. He also formed the successful EAS dietary supplement company. Yes, Bill Phillips has done quite well.
Fascinating to me were some of the ideas and events that were catalysts for his projects and promotions. One he talked about was as a young man being at a bodybuilding competition. Here, he said, were 25 muscular men and women, supposedly fit, tanned, and flexing muscles on stage. The spotlights were on them.
Then for a moment he turned his back to the stage and faced the 2500 men and women -- many overweight and out-of-shape -- that made up the audience. These are the people, he thought, that needed a plan to shape up and improve their health and fitness. At the time, Phillips was a young bodybuilder who even then loved training people; but I guess you could say this physique contest was the genesis for his Body for Life programs.
There are some seasoned superstars who visit the Senior Exercise Central website and subscribe to The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter. Mostly, though, my visitors and subscribers are people like me, regular folks who are pretty fit for their age, though not otherworldly powerful or Greek godlike physical specimens . . . or they are senior beginners who know they should do better and want to shape up. The senior superstars can be inspirational (you can find some of them at “Muscle Stories” or "Your Stories”). I admire them. But it’s the more or less average gal or guy that I really hope finds value in the strength and fitness help within the website and newsletters.
If you happen to be one of those out-of-shape beginners and have made up your mind to do something about it, a good place to start is with month 1 of the Beginners’ Program. It moves along the strength and fitness path gradually, which I believe is the smartest way for out-of-shape beginners over 50. There are no beat-you-up workouts; leaving you so sore you don’t want to get out of bed the next day. Still, they are progressive, and having completed them amazing transformations are likely.
You don’t have to wait for January 1st to resolve to get fit and live a healthier lifestyle. There’s never a time like the present to begin to look and feel better. Are you ready? Let’s get started. Go here.
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Secret WeaponsThey are what I call “No Excuses Workouts.” They’re condensed for when time is short, but you know you should do something rather than nothing.
Let’s make your task even tougher. Let’s suppose you're really pressed for time; and you have zero equipment, none; and your only space in which to exercise is about the size of a postage stamp. What do you do?
You do Burpees!
Makes no difference if you’re a total beginner or fitness pro. There’s a Burpee style just for you. I promise. Check them out.
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