I started my first website in 2001. In the time since, I have sold books and DVDs to people in over 100 countries. I have also received thousands of emails from readers around the world. I state these numbers not to brag, but to instead highlight the sheer volume of people I have interacted with over the years. Between the questions, comments, and concerns, I consider each inquiry to be a valuable piece of data that helps me better understand how people feel about exercise.
Throughout my years of interaction, one of the most common misconceptions I’ve seen is in regards to time management. Many educated adults honestly do not believe they have enough time to train effectively. They live under the false assumption that anyone who has developed better than average strength must have no life outside the gym.
You can see two examples through the following comments. Both were emailed to me in response to the video below. The first is one that I have seen many times before.
“What’s the point of spending years of your life in the gym just to live a few extra years?”
Another common misconception comes from those who believe that I am paid to train and have no responsibilities in life.
“I respect your abilities, but unfortunately the rest of us have jobs and families to support.”
And while these are just two comments from the last month, I couldn’t tell you how many times I have seen almost identical thoughts being shared. The general consensus appears to be that individuals such as myself spend all day in the gym without a worry in the world. The reality however is that I am probably as busy as anyone you will ever meet. I do not have the luxury of training all day. I am lucky to squeeze in an hour of uninterrupted exercise. I am not paid to train. I still have a job to perform and a family to support.
My approach to time management is simple. Wake up each day and accomplish as much as I can. That’s the extent of my strategy. A day in my life is far from flashy. I wake up early to exercise, help get my kids ready for school, work throughout the day, and scramble to finish in time to coach youth sports in the evening. At this time of year, I coach my son’s baseball team. Between practice and games, I’m on the field almost every night of the week. I then return home and usually have work to finish before bed.
My training success is not the result of endless hours of daily exercise. Instead, I am the product of consistency over many years. I typically perform one primary workout in the morning. My morning session is when I go heavy and hard. Later in the day, I make time for a brief mini-workout. I never take time for lunch so while most people are eating, I try to squeeze in a few extra minutes of exercise. The specifics of the mini-session depend on my goals. I may practice a particular exercise or perhaps target a specific objective (ex. core or lower arms). At other times, I may work through a brief series of calisthenics. In the evening, I may take another 5 or 10 minutes and do something similar before bed. It all depends on how I feel and what I am trying to accomplish.
The total time that I spend training is nothing out of the ordinary. If I had to spend all day in the gym to achieve what I’ve developed, I wouldn’t bother. There is more to life than exercise. So while I do enjoy training, I enjoy the end result even more. I enjoy being healthy and physically active with my children. I never want to be the father who sits on the sidelines because he can’t keep up with the kids on the field.
In summary, perhaps a reminder is in order that we all operate within the confines of the same 24 hour day. Busy people do not have the luxury of 36 hour days. Instead, we make the most of our time. I am grateful for each day that I am given so I sure as hell won’t waste that time. Ultimately, we all make time for whatever is important to us. It is all about priorities. I am not here to tell anyone what they should do with their time. I am simply reminding you that it is entirely possible to develop strength without investing hours upon hours each day. Use your time wisely and plenty can be accomplished. Just don’t expect for it to happen overnight.