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Cold, Hard, Weight Training Truths

Rob MacDonald, General Manager of the notorious Gym Jones won't accept any of your lame-ass excuses.

Expert Advice from Hardcore Trainer

LUCK'S GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH IT

If someone has a good result or someone does well, the gut reaction is, “Well, he was on drugs...he had a great trainer...he had a better workout program than me...he had more time than me.” In my own life I’ll hear from people, “You’re so lucky that you’re fit,” and I’m like, “Lucky? It doesn’t have anything to do with training four hours a day?”

IT TAKES MORE THAN JUST SHOWING UP

There are people who simply show up and believe being there will bring some kind of result. But these are the kind of people that look at me and think I’m weird because I’m not drinking or because I’m doing pushups in the airport, but the person who is judging me is 30 pounds overweight and drinking a 64-ounce Mountain Dew.

NOT FOR EVERYONE

Gym Jones has a certain reputation. Most people don’t come in the gym and then we have to psychologically change them. We have a fairly strict selection process for who trains there, and they understand the expectations going in. I’ve had people who I’ve met at the gym, who are like, “This isn’t for me.”

FIND THE TIME

People say they have no time to train...Well, if you did 10 pushups an hour, over 10 hours in the day, you would get to 100 pushups a day. You’d never be tired, you’d never go to failure, you’d never be sweaty. Well, by the end of the year that’s 36,500 pushups. Your excuses don’t fly with me because you can do 10 pushups every hour.

People use the excuse, “I have a busy job.” Let’s say they work 60 hours a week. Then I’ll do a budget with them. I’ll give them 10 hours of sleep a night, which they’re probably not getting. That’s 130 hours between work and sleep. That leaves 38 hours... You can’t tell me with a straight face that you can’t allot three or four hours to train.

NO EXCUSES

A lot of people say they have kids so they can’t. I have a little guy; he’s 4 years old. There will be times when he will want to watch The Hobbit all weekend. Fine. Do you have any idea how many pushups, squats, or lunges you can do during a three-hour movie? I do it. It doesn’t ruin the movie for me. I did 759 pushups last time. It wasn’t even that hard.

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