“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day.” ― Denis Waitley
I’ve spent the larger part of the last 15 years of my life trying to get “fit” but never quite being able to achieve that “ripped” single digit body fat state that so many want. Having wasted so much of my life trying to figure it out, I want to make sure you don’t waste yours.
I believe anyone can hack fitness to achieve and maintain a single digit body fat % year round in under 3 hours of exercise a week (cardio not required). The goal and purpose of this blog is to share this hack with you.
My failure to do so was certainly not for a lack of trying. You can read the quick version of my journey here.
Genetic Freaks & Have it All’s
I couldn’t explain why I was so unsuccessful at becoming lean so I bought
into the theory of the genetic freak. It was the only way I could sleep at night. The theory of the Genetic Freak is actually somewhat science backed.
“There are three basic human body types: the endomorph, characterized by a preponderance of body fat; the mesomorph, marked by a well-developed musculature; and the ectomorph, distinguished by a lack of much fat or muscle tissue.”
ECTOMORPH MESOMORPH ENDOMORPH
The genetic freak typically falls in the ectomorph category and has done some weightlifting in the past. These are people you see out there that “have it all”. They have a perfect body that they somehow maintain year round with little to no effort. They eat whatever they want and are always perfectly put together. They are genetic freaks who can have their cake and eat it too.
The other group of people in this “have it all” camp are the actor/celebrity types who all have personal trainers and dieticians/nutritionists at their beck and call to help them achieve the perfect physique. If you aren’t one of these two types then your future is pretty much doomed.
For me, I was dealt a shitty hand in life with my “slow metabolism”. I had to work harder than everyone else just to “maintain” my physique. And because of this I had a massive chip on my shoulder. Obviously, if I had a personal trainer and nutritionist working for me full time, I could easily get ripped too, right? At least that’s what I thought.
The Last Straw
“For someone that works out all the time, you don’t look that jacked…”
Ugh. The ultimate gut punch. My wife who had been my most loyal supporter for the last 7 years of my life just destroyed me with that single sentence. My first emotion was outrage. What the f$%k did she know about fitness?! I’ve been working my ass off every day for the last 10 years trying to stay in shape, painfully dieting and watching everything I ate. Plus I have a “slow metabolism”.
But as the hours went on, that comment continued to bother me. It hurt so much because it was true. I had said that exact same line to myself countless times before while looking in the mirror after a particularly intense cardio session or heavy lift. What was really going on here? It was true, I woke up every morning at 6am and worked out for an hour before going to work. I’d spent countless hours reading, researching, and experimenting with different workouts but nothing was working.
Sure, I looked great with my shirt on but as soon as it came off, I was ashamed that I didn’t have a six pack. Plus, I was known as “the guy that worked out all the time”, so why didn’t I have it? The harder I worked at it, the more frustrated I became until I nearly gave up. Would I ever be able to have the body that I wanted? Was I just doomed to a life of double digit body fat? Was the elusive six pack just not part of my future due to my bad genetics and “slow metabolism”?
I finally sat down and took a long hard look at myself. I had spent the last 10 years experimenting, testing, and collecting data. Surely the answers must be in there somewhere. I wasted years of my life trying to figure it out, still not being able to look the way I wanted. It was finally time I practiced what I preached.
I’ve spent my entire career working in finance. Say what you will about the industry as a whole but this finance is a playing field for some of the most brilliant minds in the world. I’ve worked with some of the true masters of the game who are smart enough to make millions of dollars a day. These people are intellectually and emotionally some of the most disciplined people in the world and yet many of them could not figure out how to get lean. I get asked by these masters all the time, “How do you stay so fit?” and “What’s your secret?”
The answer lies in syntax. Fitness is not rocket science and it certainly isn’t as hard as beating the markets. Most people already have the core elements and knowledge needed on how to get fit but they are using the wrong syntax.
There’s an old bar trick that my wife claims she used to do when she would get hit on a lot. When guys would ask her for her number that she was not particularly interested in giving, she would simply switch the last two digits. All of the actual numbers were correct but in the wrong sequence. Most people in this world know enough about fitness to get ripped. They know how to train. They make good food choices. They are doing all the elements correctly, but just not in the right combination. Fitness has a syntax. There is an optimal syntax for the human being to dial to be shredded for life. I dialed the wrong sequence of numbers for over a decade and nearly hung up before I finally figured it out. When I finally did and learned how simple it was to maintain this year round, it blew my mind.
So what is the correct “syntax” that is needed? The purpose of blog is to go thru the steps that you need to achieve that shredded single digit body fat state that you have always wanted. The steps are actually quite simple and straightforward. As I said above, you probably know most of them as it is.
How to Hack Fitness
Achieving single digit body fat is simple but not easy. With the flood of information available on fitness these days, it is easy to get confused and distracted. What I am providing here is exactly what I wish someone had given me 10 years ago when I started this journey. The straightest line to success. The simplest, most concise and proven formula to get you lean for life in the shortest amount of time possible. Fitness is not always about working harder, it is about working smarter.
The areas you must focus on are:
- Psychology & Motivation
- Diet & Nutrition
See? There are no secrets. You know all of them already. But you are using the wrong syntax. This blog will show you the correct way to use these three elements to achieve the body you’ve always wanted AND to do it in the shortest amount of time possible. Stay tuned.