Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Seven Percent Solution? What's that about?

And does it involve the use of cocaine?

Let's be honest here: I came up with the name Seven Percent Solution because I have a regrettable penchant for cutesy, precious names. That being said, it's not completely irrelevant because this blog is all about achieving maximum results in minimum time.

Assuming you spend 8 hours a day sleeping, you have 16 waking hours in which to accomplish everything else that needs doing, including exercise. Seven percent of that is 67 minutes, which is more than enough time to get in a great muscle-building, fat-burning workout!

The fact is, unless you're training for an endurance event such as a marathon or triathlon, you don't need long workouts. In fact, if your goal is to achieve a leaner body composition, marathon training sessions will actually work against you! Instead, what you need is short, intense workouts lasting no more than an hour. Quite simply, anything you can do for more than an hour isn't intense enough to give you the metabolic stimulus you need to lose fat!

Oh, and speaking of metabolic stimuli: no, the use of cocaine is not encouraged on this program. If you're into the white powders--glutamine, creatine and such--read Susan Kleiner's Power Eating to find out which ones have been proven safe and effective. All I ask is that if you decide to use creatine, make sure you're drinking lots of water for the sake of your poor kidneys.

So: that's the mission statement. Short, intense workouts that'll help you get great results without spending hours at the gym. It works for my clients. It works for me. It'll work for you too.