Common Issues People Could Be Having With Their Fitness Program…

Common Issues People Could Be Having With Their Fitness Program…

by Mike Messer

Here are some common issues people could be having with their fitness program. My wife and I have had some of them, so I am going to post how we overcame some temporary obstacles.

Diet: First I have heard from several people that they are getting tired of eating the same thing over and over. I can tell you when I first tried the challenge, I was eating chicken, broccoli, and a half a baked potato for almost every meal. You can imagine after having that for weeks on end, I began to dread eating.

Solution: What works best for me is to have several different meals to choose from. My family cooks most of our meals on sunday and we try to vary what we are cooking. For me, I find I don’t need as much variety and can get by with a set of 4 different meals. I use chicken, turkey, fish, and ground turkey, (make sure you double check your labels!!!). Carbs consist of sweet potatoes, brown rice, and regular potatoes. And veggies… I vary the way I cook all of them so that I have different meals when I sit down to eat.
My wife needs a bit more variety and she Has expanded her list to about 6-7 different meals.

Experiment! Find different combos that work for you, otherwise you are going to get sick of food real fast. If this occurs, cheating and binging are right around the corner.

Also on the subject of your diet, I wrote a blog here over the summer that details what happens to me if I don’t eat at the correct times. I think it is worth re-reading as I have talked to several of you who seem to have the same issues.

Workout: Getting your workout in. I don’t have a problem going to the gym and getting my workouts in, but I seem to be in the minority. My wife has very limited time and needs to have a quality workout in a short amount of time. I have worked out a pretty effective plan that can have her in and out of the gym in under 45 minutes.

I am rarely in the gym for longer than 1 hour, (including cardio.) Building muscle will help with fat loss. Those of you who continue to blast cardio for hour(s) would be better served to lift, then perform cardio. Trust us, it is working very well!

People “knowing what’s best”: This is a tricky one. As your body changes, people will start to give you compliments, critiques, etc. You have a plan and you are following it. If you are seeing success, there isn’t a need to drastically change it. Stick with what is working for you!
Also, along the same lines, it can become extremely frustrating when people ask what you are doing, and don’t listen to the advice you have. Let your results speak for the success of your challenge!

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One Response for Common Issues People Could Be Having With Their Fitness Program…

  1. Joshua Chambers


    January 24, 2010 9:39 pm

    I love the blog on the danger zone. I had read it before the challenge and didn’t think much of it. For those of you that haven’t read it-read it. Now that I am in week three, I couldn’t agree with it more. I had a few days at the beginning of school where I was in classes and between classes was fixing problems with scheduling etc. I went several hours without eating as I was rushing all around. When I finally got a minute to eat (about 4 hours between meals) the last thing I wanted to do was eat my chicken, rice, and broccoli. I felt like I was in attack mode at whatever food I came across. I had a few ‘off days’ but I am back in routine and back on track. I make sure to carry a bar or RTD with me between classes now.