I’m in the gym yesterday taking one of my clients over to the squat rack. There is a guy standing my the squat rack, stretching, and kind of eying the squat rack.
Josh: "Are you using the squat rack?"
The guy: "Naw, I can go do something else."
I say, "Are you sure, it’s ok if you were going to use it."
He says, "Well, I was going to use it, but I’m happy to do something else. After all, no one likes to do squats."
I say, "Oh man, I love doing squats!"
He says, to my client, "Run away! Get a new trainer! This one is evil!"
True story! Here is the thing, squats are really hard. They are harder than most of the things people in the gym like to do. Especially squatting heavy.
My clients do some hard squatting workouts. I’m not evil. Well, maybe a little =) But the truth is, I just like things that work. Squats work.
A workout isn’t fun to me if it’s not going to produce any results. Squats produce results. I’ll take a hard workout any day if it’ll get the results we want. And getting results is really, really fun.
Some people have other legitimate reasons for not wanting to squat – they’ve heard that if they squat incorrectly they can get hurt. True. This is a good reason to learn how to squat correctly, not avoid them altogether.
There is a rumor in the fitness world that people are lazy. I think the problem isn’t laziness. The problem is that people have been doing crappy workouts and getting no results for so long that they are just cynical and resigned about working out. They know they need to work out, but they don’t really want to put in a ton of effort if it isn’t going to yield results.
It’s the really hard exercises that make a difference. It’s worth the effort to do ’em, ’cause they’ll actually produce results.
It’s also the slightly more technical exercises that make a difference. It’s worth the effort to learn how to do them right.
If you put in the effort, you’ll get the results. Do the big exercises. Add weight to the bar. Watch your body transform.
By Josh Hillis
Author of How To Lose The Stubborn Seven Pounds
Josh is one of the five fat loss experts in The Ultimate Fat Loss Answers
Josh is a fat loss expert, a kettlebell instructor and personal trainer in Denver, Colorado. Josh helps women and men lose stubborn fat.
"I’ve seen more results in 6 weeks training with Josh than I saw in the previous two years working out on my own" -Stephanie Weis
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