Time For A Rant (Where’s that soapbox?…)

by James Kerrison on March 14, 2011

I’m going to kick things off today by quoting a colleague of mine,

Vic Magary (from the 31 Day Fat Loss Cure)

The truth is that getting in top physical shape is simple.  Maybe it isn’t easy, but it damned sure doesn’t come down to any advanced mental gymnastics.

It really comes down to only three things. . .

  1. Eat real food.
  2. Train outside of your comfort zone.
  3. Recover.

There are millions of pages on the web with this sort of information. Heck there’s hundreds of pages on my site alone.

All of it works, you just have to take some action.

Vic must have got even more frustrated than me because he doesn’t maintain his blog anymore because he felt he was just rehashing the same stuff all of the time. The stuff that worked last week will still work this week, and the week after.

Lets have a look at each of the three points Vic throws up.

Eat Real Food.

This is where a large percentage of your progress will come from, eating, but eating well. You need to have a plan (and you’ll see the ones I recommend below) and you need to STICK WITH IT!!

I know I get mad when I hear people say they’ve tried this and they’ve tried that (the “I’ve tried everything” story) when the truth of the matter is that most ‘diets’ work. Trying it and then saying it didn’t work is the equivalent of enrolling in a University course and going to ‘O’ week and quitting because you didn’t have your degree already.

Follow the plan, for at least two weeks (ideally three to four) and make some small changes. Test and tweak, then after a few of these cycles (eight to twelve weeks), you’ve tried it.

The three eating plans I would recommend using are:

  1. The Renegade Diet, by Jason Ferrugia
  2. Simple Nutrition, by Craig Ballantyne
  3. Eat, Stop, Eat by Brad Pilon

These are all proven plans that WILL force your body to drop weight, guaranteed. Get a copy, read it, follow it.


Train Outside Of Your Comfort Zone

I remember another quote saying “There are two zones. The comfort zone and the fat loss zone. To get into one you have to leave the other.”

Basically this means that if you want to see some results, you need to get out of your comfort zone and kick some ass. Reading a book on the leg press or treadmill isn’t kicking ass!

Find a good program and (are you learning…) FOLLOW IT!

If you can’t train with me face to face then check out these programs:

  1. My Home Boxing Workouts program.
  2. Any of the TT workouts by Craig Ballantyne
  3. Mike Geary’s Truth About Abs, if you want a long read and like the theory as well.



I remember reading an article talking about overtraining and the lifestyle that professional and olympic athletes lead. Basically it went on to say that it is very (very, very) rare for someone to over train. Now the next time you think you are ‘over training’ just consider the 25+ hours a week most of these athletes are putting in. If you are training and competing at the highest level for 25 plus hours a week there’s every chance you aren’t reading this!

What’s the difference then? It’s beyond genetics I can tell you.

Over training is highly unlikely, under recovering is highly likely.

Good sleep habits, good nutrition (see above), solid yet sensible training (see above), massage, stretching, water recovery sessions the list goes on.

As with anything if you follow the basics with some consistency, you will get results.

  • Get enough sleep, every night.
  • Eat highly nutritious food.
  • Use your foam roller
  • Roll tight spots with a tennis or field hockey ball
  • Stretch occasionally
  • Get massages as often as possible (at home or professionally)
  • Head to the beach or pool for some light swimming or walking.

That is it, that’s all you need to know, that’s pretty much all I know,



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