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Monday, February 21, 2011

Motivation Monday - NO EXCUSES!

"I'm tired today." "I don't have time." "My back aches." "My knee hurts." "I rolled my ankle." "I have a headache." "I forgot my shoes." "I forgot my shorts." "I forgot my sports bra." "I'm sore." "It's too heavy." "I'm too sweaty." "It's too hard."...


I can't say I've heard them all, because every couple of months or so I hear a new one. The one that drives me nuts the most is "I CAN'T DO THAT". If you tell me you can't do something, I will call bull shit and show you how you CAN do it.

My brother Ryan served in the Army Reserves. He went to Iraq and came home with a wounded ankle. His left ankle is permanently fused in an inverted position. He has very limited range of motion in his ankle. What can he physically do with this condition? He fishes, hunts, and exercises.

He is not a hunter that just sits in a deer stand and waits. He spends a lot of his time trekking in the woods, preparing for his hunts. He doesn't call somebody for help when he needs to drag a deer out of the woods, he does it himself.

What does he do for exercise? He doesn't peddle along on a stationary bike and do bicep curls in front of the mirror. He does the "P90X" program. For those of you that do not know what the program is all about, click on the link to visit the official website. There are a few things I do not like about the program, but what I do like is that it is a high intensity, no excuses, workout program. There is a lot of variety to the program. There is a plyometrics (explosive movements, like jumping...) workout. Does he say "I can't do that because of my ankle?" NO! He modifies what he needs to modify and attacks the workout with high intensity.

Kyle Maynard is a very motivating individual.

"Kyle can type up to fifty words per minute, eat and write without any adaptations, and drive a vehicle that has little modification. Maynard began weight training as a youngster and with leather straps and chains attached to his arms he lifted over 400 lbs. In November 2003, he attained the unofficial title of the World's Strongest Teen at the GNC Show-of-Strength by butterfly pressing 23 repetitions of 240 lbs. In 2005, he set the World Record in the modified bench press at the Arnold Fitness Classic with the bench of 360 lbs. In February of 2009 he successfully benched 420 lbs."
Big deal! He can type and drive a car, who can't? OK, he's strong. There are a lot of strong people out there. What I haven't mentioned yet is that Kyle was born with no arms or legs below his elbows and knees.

You think you have a good excuse to not work out? Click on THIS LINK to see some real excuses. If these guys can still lift, push, pull, and squat with their injuries then you have no excuse!

Next time you have a little ache, a sore something, or simply think you can't do something, think about the fact that there are many out there with it much worse than you! And those with it worse are making NO EXCUSES!


No huge biceps or fear of a vice like scisor hold just that crazy look in his eye. Nothing like getting your ass kicked by a dude with no arms and no legs.

Great article, I can't complain about working out again! -MH

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