do them daily OR you can do them 3x per week. Vary
the intensity level of each workout. It’s not smart to strive
for a world record each day.’
– Matt Furey e-newsletter – May 2004
Now, I realize some of you want me to give you the ABSOLUTES
I realize that when I say, ‘take your pick, you can train 3x per week
with Combat Conditioning
or you can do it everyday’ – some people will get pissed and think I’m not answering their question.
But I am. Understand, first and foremost, YOU are making the decision,
not me. You are the one who decides what you will do with your life,
not me. You are the one who either accepts or rejects what I have to
Second, I can tell you to train everyday, and you may say, ‘Nah, I’d
rather do it three times a week.’ And if I said train three times per
week, some might say, ‘But I heard two times a week is better. That’s
what Bubba says.’
And if I say train one day a week, you’ll say, ‘But I know a program
where they recommend only training once a month.’
Laugh all you want. But it’s true.
And so, my solution to it all is to give you options. Train everyday or
Train 3x a week. Take your pick.
I do not advise going below three times per week.
I mean, if you had a dog would you recommend that he only
‘move’ 2x a week? Or less?
I don’t think so.
But with some people, ya never know. Maybe someone right now,
who previously figured out that your dog needs breath mints
and a day at the spa – will come up with some machine that will
exercise your dog so he won’t have to. Maybe there already is
such a machine.
Actually, there is. I just found it here in China. But that’s another
As an aside, last December, when I was over here for a few weeks, I
took delight in how many of the dogs had on winter clothing. I wanted
to laugh – but then I checked the temperature. Twas a cold evening
and if I were a dog (or as the Chinese would say during Mao’s time –
a ‘running dog’), I’d probably want a jacket, too.
And now, for the ultimate ‘monkey wrench.’ If you want, you can
train 2x per DAY.
In fact, you could even get off your ‘arse’ 3x a day and – DO SOME-
THING. Especially when you throw in a quick workout with Combat Abs –
Did you know that during my high school and collegiate career,
I trained 3x a day, everyday? That was nine straight years of 3x per
day training (first year in college was a red-shirt year).
In the olden days, fitness pioneers such as Paul Bragg, Charles Atlas,
Earle Liederman, etc. – recommended you do something twice a day.
Get up in the morning, do some deep breathing exercises. Or some
isometrics. Or some calisthenics. Or swimming, running, walking up
Then at night, before retiring, DO something again.
The workouts need not be long. 15 minutes is really all you need.
But guess what those 15 minutes give you? They give you TWO
hours of increased productivity. TWO HOURS.
Don’t know about you, but with the slate I have each day, I will
do 15 minutes worth of exercise to get back 2 hours. It’s a no-
brainer – even for a ‘jock’ like me.
Now, just think if it were ‘money’ we were talking about.
Would you spend 15 dollars if you knew you’d get 120 dollars
in return? I know I would.
****** And now, for the final monkey wrench *******
When people are just starting out, quite often 15 minutes is too
much time to spend training. So I recommend 1 minute workouts
Half minute of Hindu Squats.
Half minute of pushups.
Or one minute of walking in place.
Not to mention, the Farmer Burns Stomach Flattener – the squeezing
portion of each rep is only 2 to 5 seconds.
The key thing is BEGINNING. If you get started with one minute workouts,
you’ll build a success pattern and before you know it – you’ll WANT to be
training for 15 minutes a day.
Well, friend, that’s it for now.
Kick butt – take names,
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