It’s way, way past due.

The conversation must be had.

Here goes.

You don’t have to train yourself into the ground to make gains in the gym.

You don’t have to load your system with the latest supplement stack to ensure results.

You don’t have to make your fitness regimen your one and sole priority in life to enjoy the benefits of exercise.

You don’t have to eat ONLY to fuel your body. Eating can and should be pleasurable, and foods that aren’t nutritious are ok too, sometimes.

As a matter of fact, this extreme end of the fitness spectrum is the opposite of fitness. It will
most likely lead to injury, downtime, and for most people, burnout.

And, it often leads to anxiety when a person thinks that missing ONE day in the gym will curb their results.

It can keep possible new exercisers from even starting, with the message that your life must be devoted 100% to your exercise regimen.

The fact is, amazing results can be had with moderate exercise, given the time you spend on your fitness is;

A) smartly programmed
B) intense and deliberate

I know by experience that this is true.

Ten years ago I spent an average of $200/ month in various dietary supplements.

I worked out 6 days a week for 90 minutes a workout.

I had no tolerance for a missed meal or a meal that didn’t represent the “perfect” ratio of macronutrients.

And I looked and felt good.

Now, I spend about $70/ month on a good protein shake.

I work out 4–5 days a week for 50 minutes each time.

I actually enjoy meals and don’t obsess about the EXACT macro content.

And I look and feel great, AND I’m ten years older with 4 kids.

I’ve seen this with clients and family members and friends and so on.

Don’t let social media and popular gym talk convince you that getting in shape has to be life-consuming.

Hey, if you like to work out for hours a day, 7 days a week, more power to you. It’s something you like to do. Are you getting exponentially better results than someone who takes a more moderate approach?


You’re just getting some extra time in the gym because that’s where you like to be.

It doesn’t have to be torture to get in, and stay in, good shape. It just has to be an intelligent combination of moderate (but intense) exercise and reasonable eating.

Any coach that’s been doing this long enough to try many different approaches to fitness will attest to this as well.

So, have someone help you put together a smartly designed fitness program, spend the time it takes to complete it with some intensity, and enjoy the health benefits AND your extra time.

It’s your turn. Emerge.

Matt Pirtle MA CSCS