I’ve been blogging since 2010. My posts are considered to be ‘long-format’… meaning the average post is more than 2000 words. I’ve been criticized by some who say my content is too long (or as the cool kids say, “TL;DR”), which I’ve always been ok with. I like getting into the weeds on the topics that I’m passionate about. And frankly, if someone’s attention span is that short, they wouldn’t like our facility anyway. We’re super nerdy with how we teach our training principles. So, if that’s not your cup of tea, we might as well shake hands and go our separate ways now. We still love you!
On the flip side, those who love our long-form content tend to be very loyal readers. If you’re one of those… thank you!
The internet has changed a lot since my first post in October of 2010. The biggest difference nowadays is that most people don’t use their desktop to browse the web anymore. As a matter of fact, according to my current analytics, there is a 76% chance you are reading this post on your phone, and a 27% chance you are reading this on your phone while sitting on the potty.
Ok… I made that last one up… probably true though…
This change in how we interact with the internet has also produced another interesting statistic: The average time spent on a local business’ website has dropped to less than 15 seconds. And the average time spent reading a blog post is 52 seconds.
This means the average person has already stopped reading this post!
Despite being perfectly ok with how we do things around here, I was challenged by a colleague to do a ‘speed round’ where I answer the 10 most Googled fitness questions. Here’s the kicker: I must answer the question in 20 words or less! If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you know how hard this is for me!
With that 326-word introduction (lol!), let’s get started…
Which exercises help with weight loss?
There’s this new exercise called two-hands-on-the-edge-of-the-dinner-table-push-aways. Rep range will vary.
Ok seriously… exercise is the single hardest way to lose weight. You will accomplish greater weight loss results from small tweaks to nutrition habits than major changes to exercise habits.
If you absolutely had to pick one exercise though, I’d say walking 60 minutes per day.
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How often should I exercise?
You should focus on moving your body daily. Intensity and movement selection may vary.
How long should my workouts be?
Depending on intensity… anywhere from 20-90minutes. The sweet spot is about an hour (warmup included). The more intense, the shorter it should be. Less intense workouts can be longer.
What’s better… strength training or cardio?
Apples and oranges. Both are necessary. Strength should always be prioritized.
Best HIIT workouts?
You’re asking the wrong person. I don’t do them, nor do I believe in them. At least not in the conventional way.
Best exercise program for me?
The one you’ll do consistently. This is far more important than worrying about superiority.
Do I need to warm up before a workout?
Typically, yes. But an individual’s warmup needs vary greatly.
How do I stay motivated to work out?
Motivation is overrated. It can help in the short-term to get started, but focusing on building healthy long-term habits is the secret sauce.
How often should I have a rest day?
Depends on your definition of rest. A day of doing jack squat? Probably never. Active recovery? May one or two per week.
What is the best time of day to work out?
The time that allows you to train consistently and virtually never miss a session.
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Do you have a question you’d like to have answered that wasn’t on here? Drop me a line and I’ll be happy to help!
Until next time,
Jerry Trubman is a coach, clinician, author, blogger, and powerlifting state champion. With over two decades of lifting experience, he has devoted himself to seeking out better answers, and distilling them into practical programs that produce great results. Jerry has coached “Team Protocol” to 4 National Powerlifting Championships in the 100% Raw federation. He writes the internationally-read blog, “The Healthy Addiction” and lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Marie, and dog, Asher.