Mike Lipowski

I have to give credit to where credit is due. The inspiration for this month’s article was the result of our member Jeanmarie coming in for her session wearing a shirt that said “Excuses Don’t Burn Calories”. Upon spotting it I immediately commented on how much I loved that statement—and how true it is.
As much as we love you all we’re often stunned at some of the reasons people come up with for why they’re not losing weight or making better progress. Just so no one thinks they’re being singled out I won’t post what we were told just in the last week alone. But quite honestly I can pick any week throughout the year and the excuses will pretty much be the same.
Fitness and fat-loss is not one dimensional.

As much as I wish doing 2 or 3 of our workouts a week was enough to achieve all your hearts desires, it’s not. Even if you worked out 4-6 days a week it still wouldn’t be enough.
For proof, just walk into any gym in our area and you’ll meet people who exercise 4+ days a week that are still overweight despite “all” they do.
From the age of 13 to 22 I clung to the belief that I would develop into the muscular, ripped bodybuilder I wanted to be just by hitting the gym 5-7 days a week. I had no concept of nutrition. I ate whatever I wanted and frequently had second helpings of it.
Besides weight training I was also playing sports year round so I was doing lots of “cardio” and burning plenty of calories. Yet still I graduated college an over-fat kid with some muscle deep underneath it all. In the months following graduation I embarked on my career as a personal trainer and also thought I’d give natural bodybuilding a try. That’s when I learned an important lesson…
Fitness and fat-loss is all about education and execution.

It is impossible to achieve your “best body” or ideal condition when you are blind to most if not all the requirements. Not surprisingly nutrition is the educational piece that most people fail to execute on.
That’s how I wound up an over-fat kid with some muscles!
Beyond nutrition, your lifestyle plays a significant role. High stress, lack of sleep, inconsistent routines and a sedentary job are all factors that affect your ability to lose body-fat or have energy.
You may not know it but, I can relate to you much more than you think. I wasn’t born special. I didn’t (and still don’t) have the body I always wanted. And I was (and still am in many ways) limited in my knowledge of the things that matter as they relate to forging one’s physique. Moreover, I still don’t always execute on what I do know.
I've always sought to learn as much as I can on this subject and have executed on what I learned enough times to move in the right direction.
At our studio you have a tremendous opportunity to learn – to get educated. You might not always like what you hear. But I can guarantee if it is not 100% true, it’s at least based on the best information available.
If you’re not plugging in to our workshops – you’re losing out. If you’re not doing nutrition consults --
you’re losing out.
If you won’t do simple task like tracking your nutrition for 3 days so we can see what you’re doing – you’re losing out. If you refuse to concede some the indulgences that are preventing you from getting what you want – you’re losing out.
And if you keep coming up with excuses for why you can’t do this or can’t do that you are basically... screwed. There is no gym, training program, personal trainer, nutritionist, doctor, or human alive that can help you.
Excuses don’t burn calories. They don’t burn fat. They don’t get you toned. And they sure as shit don’t make you stronger.
The last thing I want to leave you with is this: As I speak these words to you I do it from deepest place of love in my heart. I love witnessing the success of our members because that is what inspires me. And although it seems harsh when I’m pointing a finger at you just keep in mind that I have three fingers pointing back at myself.