Is It Too Easy, Or Too Hard?

There will always be people that make excuses for themselves. When I speak with people about trying to reach their weight loss and or fitness goals – I often find that excuses are one of the main offenders of why people can’t reach their goals. I’ve spoken of this before.

Excuses come in many forms, and a recurring one I’ve heard from people is that workouts are too hard. Especially when people are speaking of Beachbody workouts. My first reaction is duh. You know how people get amazing results? They work hard, they do those hard workouts. But at the same time this is a subjective matter based on someones physical abilities and limits.

Then let’s look at this excuse from the other spectrum. You have some people say they’re not interested in a certain workout because it’s “too easy”. Really? It dumbfounds me that someone who says they want to be in better health would turn their nose up at a workout that they claim to be too easy, and would rather do nothing. These are nothing more than excuses in disguise.

I was thinking about all this today before my workout, so I broke out an oldie but goodie workout at home today. You may have heard of this little thing called The Biggest Loser right? I admit I don’t watch the show, I could go on a rant as to why, but I digress. Anyhoo – there are quite a few DVDs in the biggest loser line. This one called Biggest Loser Bootcamp is one I have in my personal collection.

Oh hai, that’s not a growth in the middle of my chest, it’s my polar. :D
This was one of the first DVDs I got when I began my fitness journey. I can remember how much I wanted to barf trying to get through that level 1 (which was 20 mins). You can see my stats above for today. I completed all 3 levels, as well as the warm up and cool down. Guess what? This is not an easy workout. It’s a great workout and I still love it. I love me some Bob Harper. As I was into the second level today hitting up some squat thrusts, I kinda chuckled because I remember not being able to do them.

Off topic: my only beef with this workout is the cover art. Who photoshopped out Bob’s tattoos and why?! I love his ink.

So I guess what I’m trying to get at today is this:

  1. Don’t make that excuse for yourself. “Hard” or “easy” workouts are just that – workouts.  Any movement is better than none.
  2. Don’t be a fitness snob. Don’t knock it til you try it.
  3. Always do what you can. Push yourself to be your personal best – whatever that may be.

PS: My thoughts go out to everyone who was at the Boston Marathon today.

Have you ever tried any of the Biggest Loser workouts?

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2 Responses to Is It Too Easy, Or Too Hard?

  1. Ashleigh B. says:

    I know exactly what you mean about excuses! I used to do the same. It’s a way to make yourself feel better for not doing what you know you need to do but you don’t want to. Instead of making excuses, I try to solve the problem. I can’t go workout? Why? How can I fix it? Is it because I have no one to watch the kids? Then workout at home and let them join along (inspired by you & your mini me Amanda). It’s cold outside? Then put on a jacket–I’ll get warm anyway after awhile. It’s hot outside? Go out to run early in the morning or later in the evening. I’m tired? Doing the workout will actually give me more energy.

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