STOP Exercising if You Want to Get In Shape This Year

By Jeff Tomaszewski,
Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

So, you’re ready to start exercising…Well, here’s where we tell you NOT to. HUH? Here are the cold, hard facts:

  • Weight-loss is the number one New Year’s Resolution in the U.S. each year
  • Only 46% kept their resolutions beyond 6 months – MOST QUIT BEFORE 1 MONTH!
  • Only 8% achieved their goals!!!

You see, success is a mindset that very few have. We all have the same 24 hours in the day, but only a select few have the mental discipline to truly change their circumstances. So, if you TRULY want better health, fitness and/or weight, we’re here to shift your mindset (once again) and help you join the top 8%.

How? By telling you to “STOP EXERCISING”!
Yes, we’re serious. We want you to stop EXERCISING. To reach your goals (and maintain them) you must start TRAINING. Yes, there’s a serious difference.

“Exercise is physical activity for its own sake, a workout done for the effect it produces today, during the workout or right after you’re through.”
By the way, this is certainly better than sitting on your butt watching TV, and naturally going from doing nothing to something is going to produce a result; it almost doesn’t matter what you do in the very beginning. For some, just walking for 10 minutes every morning and evening is a great place to start.

“Training is physical activity done with a longer-term goal in mind, the constituent workouts of which are specifically designed to produce that goal.”

Here’s how we look at the difference:
Exercise is fun today. Well, it may not be fun, but you’ve convinced yourself to do it today because you perceive that the effect you produce today is of benefit to you today. This is where group fitness classes, bootcamps, and even DVDs you buy on late night TV come into play. They provide you with exercises to do; you’ll “feel the burn,” get your heart pumping, and even stimulate muscle growth. You WILL see some kind of results just because you went from nothing to something, “couch to 5K” as they say.
In contrast, “training is about the process you undertake to generate a specific result later, maybe much later, the workouts of which are merely the constituents of the process.” Go ahead and read that last line one more time. Basically, it means this: training has a plan, a purpose, a reason you do this vs. doing that, and what you do today is related to what you did yesterday and plan to do tomorrow, and it’s all individualized to YOU. Training is about the the big picture, and a training program incorporates SPECIFIC exercises done in SPECIFIC ways at SPECIFIC times within the overall plan.

We’re not at the whim of what the instructor feels like doing today or what he learned last night on YouTube when we’re following a training program.
Again, we don’t want to downplay the benefits of these random workouts; we’d much rather see you show up to the most poorly put together group exercise class (as long as it’s not hurting you) then do nothing at all.

However, we’re going to base our recommendations on the assumption that you want more. You want a program with a purpose, and you want to make a TRANSFORMATION over the next year and beyond.

P.S. If you want to learn about our training program and how we can help you transform your health and fitness in only two 20-minute sessions per week, simply request your no obligation life transformation initial consult and demo workout at or call us at 440.835.9090.

Jeff Tomaszewski, owner of MaxStrength Fitness in Westlake, is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology. Jeff is also a personal trainer and professional body-builder committed to helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals.

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