Can You Drop Fat and Build Muscle at the Same Time?

Can you drop fat and build muscle at the same time?

Drop fat and build Muscle

“Hey Coach Mike,  I’m an currently working out 5 day a week. I am at 31 % body fat. I want cut it down to 15 % while maintaining the body weight. Can you please help to chalk out a good work out plan. Thanks”

This is a classic question. If I understand your question, you want to replace body fat with muscle. The old “Drop fat and build muscle at the same time” conundrum.

Just in case you are wondering…”Can fat turn into muscle? Can muscle turn into fat?”

No.

Let’s look at the numbers.

I don’t know how much you weigh but let’s assume you weigh 200 pounds. At 31% body fat you have 62 pounds of fat and 138 pounds of muscle. Note: when I say muscle I am referring to muscle, blood, bones and everything else that isn’t fat. We can do this because the only variable that will change is muscle. Blood volume, bone weight etc…will stay consistent for the most part.

If you want to stay the same weight and go down to 15% body fat, then you would be at 30 pounds of fat and 170 pounds muscle.

What you are looking at is gaining 32 pounds of muscle while losing 32 pounds of fat.

So the big question here is your time frame.

The good news about fat loss.

You can keep the same level of muscle and easily lose 2 pounds of fat per week. You could achieve that in about 16 weeks.

The bad news about muscle gain.

The harder part of this equation is putting on 32 pounds of muscle. Unless you are really gifted this could take 3 plus years at best. This also depends on your body type, joint size and family history. Any of which could be a deal breaker. It took me over a decade to gain 100 pounds but I was going from painfully skinny to average to bigger than average.

Don’t get discouraged, it can be done and people are doing it all it time. But that is the key. It takes time.

Building muscle is challenging.

For muscles to grow you need to do the big 4 consistently.

  • Break down muscle tissue with hard workouts.
  • Get enough recovery time.
  • Eat a surplus of calories to build muscle
  • Eat enough protein throughout the day and night to foster muscle growth.

Maximizing dropping fat and building muscle at the same time is a tricky balancing act. Usually you can’t do both nearly as well as doing one at a time. Most people who are successful at putting on muscle won’t worry too much with body fat levels. But…

Here’s the big secret.

If you follow the big 4 rules consistently, you will drop body fat without thinking about it. I am making the assumption that you are taking in quality calories not junky ones.

The good news about muscle gains

The more you get into this, the more you will know your body and be able to optimize the big four. Learn what works for you and stay with it.

How do you measure progress?

If you are serious about this, you will get an electronic body fat tester. They run around $30 on Amazon and allow you to get a much more accurate body fat reading that scales or hand held sensors that send electric impulses. If you know your weight and body fat, then you can track pounds of fat and pounds of muscle.

Or you can do it the old fashioned way and see how your clothes fit. Tight around the legs and chest? Good. Tight around the waist? Bad.

The really good news.

  • As you drop fat, you will look better because the muscles you have will start to pop out.
  • A little muscle goes a long way in changing your appearance.
  • More muscle means a faster metabolism so you will burn more calories at rest.

The other factor here is over-training. I am going to give you an ambitious schedule. You may not be able to handle the amount of volume. If so, no problem.

Take another day off or cut down on the volume.

Go to the gym 2 on and 1 off. So for every 2 days you workout, take 1 day off. Concentrate on Chest, Back, Shoulders and Legs. Arms will be done at the end of the workout.

Sample Workout Schedule

Day 1:

Bench Press 5 sets of 5–12 reps

Military or shoulder press with dumbbells 5 sets of 6–12 reps

Laterals with dumbbells 3 sets 8–12

Skull crushers with dumbbells 3 sets 8–12

Bicep curls 3 sets 8–12 reps

Day 2

Squats 5 sets 5–12 reps

Pull-ups 5 sets as many as you can or at least 25

Barbell or 1 arm rows 3 sets of 8–12

Straight legged deadlift 3 sets 6–8

Day 3 off

Day 4

Dumbbell bench press or incline press 5 sets of 8–12

Arnold presses 5 sets of 8–12

Front raises 3 sets of 8–12

Rear dips 3 sets as many as you can

Dumbbell curls 3 sets 8–12 reps

Day 5

Lunges 5 sets of 15–25

Rows 5 sets of 8–12

Pull-ups 3 sets as many as you can do or at least 25

Stiff legged deadlifts 3 sets of 6–8

Calf raises.

Throw in planks, hanging leg raises and reverse crunches for core work 6 days a week.

Day 6

off

Day 7

Work on weak areas with a short workout.

What about Cardio?

Here is where things get a little controversial.

If you really want to lose fat right now.

Spend at least 30 minutes 5–6 times a week doing long slow cardio. This means keeping your heart rate around 115–130 bpm. I know a lot of people will disagree with this but it is a proven way to burn fat and keep muscle.

An Alternative

If you don’t want to do that, consider high intensity interval training 4 days a week at a place like Crossfit and see if that works.

Both ways will get you where you want to be. It will just take time and patience.

Hey Mike, what about nutrition?

If you are at 31% body fat, you need to clean up your diet. Eat clean and emphasize protein each meal. That is the easy answer and in reality, don’t overload yourself at once. Everyone knows how to eat clean.

  • No soda or diet soda.
  • Cut out sugary drinks.
  • No fried food.
  • No fast food.
  • Don’t rely on restaurants to help you. Make your own food and eat it.

I hope this helps.

If you need some coaching…

You can always join my online training for the crazy low price of $10/month.

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M Factor Fitness Online Programs

Questions about  M Factor Fitness Online training?

Let’s get them answered.

Is it really only $10/month?

Yes

How does it work?

You sign up via Paypal and download the M Factor Fitness app on your phone (or you can just log in through the website with your computer).

Here is what it looks like.

M Factor Fintess Online app

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will send you an email with your password when I get your account set up.

Click here to sign up!

What Online Programs Do I get?

To make this affordable, I have devised a number of workouts to cover almost any goal you want to accomplish. You can always go in and delete workouts, change the exercises or create new workouts from my workout library. You have unlimited freedom with my training but these workouts are a great place to start.

P.S. I am a pretty nice coach. Let me know what equipment you have and what your goals are and I will get everything customized for you.

No extra charge. See, I told you I was nice!

These are all subject to change but I wanted to give you an idea of what you get when you sign up.

Online Program 1: 10 Minute ab workouts

10 minute ab workouts have a built in timer and are designed to hit all areas of the core. Hint: #1 is easier than #6. It is progressive.

10 minute ab workouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Program 2: The” 4 week get off the couch”

The “4 week Get off the Couch” are 4 progressively harder full body workout designed to gradually get you back in the game.

Do Workout 1 three times a week the first week, then workout 2 the next week…you get the idea.

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Online Program 3: The Balancing series

The Balancing series is an add-on workout you can do anytime. For best results pick 2-3 exercises and do 2-3 sets barefoot.

Online Program: Balancing

Online Program 4: Quickies

Quickie workouts are ugly, intense workouts when time is short and you have limited equipment. Great for hotel rooms while you are traveling or anytime you want your butt kicked.

Quickie Online programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Program 5: warm-ups, Cool-downs and Stretches

Warm-ups are to be done before the workout.
Cool-downs are done after the workout.

Online programs stretches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online programs cool-downs

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus online programs

I have a custom library of over 200 exercises for you.

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  • Kettlebell exercises
  • Dumbbell
  • TRX / Bands
  • Free weight

You can go into any workout and replace exercises or even create custom workouts.

How to customize Your Online Workout

Setting up Your Calendar

Hopefully this helps answer your questions. I designed my online training to be simple, affordable and most of all, effective.

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virtual run january

January Fitness Challenge 2: Ladies Only

January Fitness Challenge 2: She Believed She Could So She Did Virtual Run

 

 

virtual run january

 

The January Fitness Challenge 2.

When January 1 hits, you will hear people making a number of resolutions.

One of the most popular ones is always “I am going to get in shape this year”.

As a trainer and coach, the most important thing I tell people is that you need to put some skin in the game.

By that I mean commit to doing something now. It doesn’t have to be a mind-boggling achievement. It just has to be something.

The “She believed she could so she did” virtual run is a great way to take that first step.

Ever do a virtual run?

This one is for the ladies… New Year, New You! Join the She Believed She Could So She Did virtual 5k/10k/Half Marathon and run or walk your chosen distance anytime and anywhere you want to earn this inspirational framed mirror medal. Yes, the 4″ medal is a real mirror with a fold-out stand on the back, so you can display it on your desk as a daily reminder that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

Want a matching shirt? During early registration (through 12/31), we will be holding a She Believed She Could So She Did campaign at Booster where anyone interested can order a matching race shirt in a variety of styles (ladies short sleeve, ladies long sleeve, unisex hoodie) and two different text colors (hot pink and metallic silver). These shirts will be delivered separately from medals in mid-January, and 100% of the additional funds raised through this campaign will be donated to the featured charity in addition to our standard per-medal donation!

The Charity

Left unchecked, tobacco will kill one billion people in the 21st century. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has a long history of taking action against tobacco use and its devastating health and economic impact on people and communities around the globe. For more than 40 years, ASH’s goal of a tobacco-free world has remained constant. The tobacco epidemic is global and so must be the solutions. From advocating for bans on cigarette advertising and smoking in public spaces to challenging the influence of the multinational tobacco industry—ASH takes action on a global scale.

A portion of the proceeds from this virtual race (at least $5 from each registration) will be donated to ASH. For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit Ash.org.

Not so fast, this January Fitness Challenge has 2 Parts to it.

Part 1: The run

  1. If you like the idea, click and sign up here. Your choices are for a 5K, 10K or Half-marathon.
  2. You are now committing yourself to doing the run sometime in January. Congratulations!
  3. Once you complete the run (remember that you can run, walk, bike, skate or swim), log back into Virtual Strides and record your result.
  4. Wait for your finisher’s medal.

Part 2: Training

Commit to training for your run by telling me and the world how you are going to train. This part is free.

Here are some examples.

These are ways you can measure your training. Put down what you think you can reasonably do.

Choose one kind of training and fill in your own numbers.

  • I will run 50 miles this month.
  • I will spend 20 hours on the treadmill.
  • I will walk at least a mile 25 days this month.

You can email me or put it on the M Factor Fitness Facebook page. Look under events for the January challenge.

I do these every month and I will be posting updates on how I am doing.

6 Solid Reasons You Should Do This Fitness Challenge.

You need a goal with a deadline.

Yes the holidays are over but it is cold and dark in most of the country. Force yourself to get moving again.

Long Slow Cardio Burns Fat

I realize High Intensity interval training (HIIT) is all the rage these days. But most people can’t and don’t want to do it.

And that is actually okay.

 

The case for Long, slow cardio.

  • Long slow cardio is more relaxing.
  • It works on the oxidative energy pathway that relies on fat rather than carbs for fuel.
  • You can do it everyday.

You can inspire a friend to join you.

We all know somebody who is waiting for a reason to get in shape.

This virtual run challenge is the perfect opportunity because almost anyone can walk a 5K if they have a month to train.

Get in a habit

A question I get asked most often is, “How often should I work out?”

Then whoever asked the question regrets asking because the answer is “everyday”.

If you have something planned everyday, chances are you are going to miss one or 2 workouts in a given week. That is still 5 or 6 you got in.

Pretty good. Actually, very good.

Contrast that with planning 3 workouts a week.

Miss 1 or 2 and what do you have? Jack Squat.

You don’t have to set the world on fire every day. In fact, that would be a very bad idea.

Cycle your intensity of workouts. A classic way to do this is to alternate hard and easy days. Follow a hard workout with an easy run.

Support a great charity

Why pay money for a virtual run? I can do this anytime on my own for free.

Let me be blunt. No you won’t.

Once you sign up, you put skin in the game.

Once you state to the world what you are going to do, you have accountability.

I gladly sign up for these events because I know that once I sign up, I am forced to do it.

I like the idea that at the end of the month I will be in better shape and that I am helping a charity.

I will help you

If you sign up for the run and have any training questions, I will be happy to answer them for you.

  • nutrition questions
  • training questions
  • rehab questions

Where else are you going to get this?

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and start the new year off right!

More question? Check out this post with F.A.Q’s on my Monthly Challenges.

January Fitness Challenge- Operation Enduring Warrior

The M Factor Fitness January Fitness Challenge is here.

Operation Enduring Warrior 5K, 10K or Half marathon.

January Fitness Challenge

Note:

This was a run scheduled for Veteran’s day. They still have medals available so I thought this would be a good time to help these guys out.

Start the year off right. Set a good fitness goal for yourself and help out a worthwhile charity.

Virtual runs are scheduled for a set period of time but if they still have spots open, you can do the run anytime. Just sign up now to reserve your spot.

The January Fitness Challenge.

Part 1: Running

  1. If you like the idea, click and sign up here. Your choices are for a 5K, 10K or Half-marathon.
  2. You are now committing yourself to doing the run sometime in January. Congratulations!
  3. Once you complete the run (remember that you can run, walk, bike, skate or swim), log back into Virtual Strides and record your result.
  4. Wait for your finisher’s medal to be mailed to you.
  5. Take a picture of it along with you enjoying your favorite beverage of choice.

Part 2: Training

Commit to training for your run by telling me and the world how you are going to train.

Here are some examples.

These are ways you can measure your training. Put down what you think you can reasonably do.

Choose one kind of training and fill in your own numbers.

  • I will run 50 miles this month.
  • I will spend 20 hours on the treadmill.
  • I will walk at least a mile 25 days this month.

You can email me or put it on the M Factor Fitness Facebook page. Look under events for the January challenge.

I do these every month and I will be posting updates on how I am doing.

6 Solid Reasons You Should Do This Challenge.

You need a goal with a deadline.

Yes the holidays are over but it is cold and dark in most of the country. Force yourself to get moving again.

Long Slow Cardio Burns Fat

I realize High Intensity interval training (HIIT) is all the rage these days. Long slow cardio is under attack even though it shouldn’t be.

This is pure marketing. Anytime someone can sell you faster results in less time, it will get attention.

I am not saying high intensity exercise doesn’t produce results but consider this:

  • Long slow cardio is more relaxing.
  • It works on the oxidative energy pathway that relies on fat rather than carbs for fuel.
  • You can do it everyday.

You can inspire a friend to join you.

We all know somebody who is waiting for a reason to get in shape.

This virtual run challenge is the perfect opportunity because almost anyone can walk a 5K if they have a month to train.

Get in a habit

A question I get asked most often is, “How often should I work out?”

Then whoever asked the question regrets asking because the answer is “everyday”.

If you have something planned everyday, chances are you are going to miss one or 2 workouts in a given week. That is still 5 or 6 you got in.

Pretty good. Actually, very good.

Contrast that with planning 3 workouts a week.

Miss 1 or 2 and what do you have? Jack Squat.

You don’t have to set the world on fire every day. In fact, that would be a very bad idea.

Cycle your intensity of workouts. A classic way to do this is to alternate hard and easy days. Follow a hard workout with an easy run.

Support a great charity

Why pay money for a virtual run? I can do this anytime on my own for free.

Let me be blunt. No you won’t.

Once you sign up, you put skin in the game.

Once you state to the world what you are going to do, you have accountability.

I gladly sign up for these events because I know that once I sign up, I am forced to do it.

I like the idea that at the end of the month I will be in better shape and that I am helping a charity.

I will help you

If you sign up for the run and have any training questions, I will be happy to answer them for you.

  • nutrition questions
  • training questions
  • rehab questions

Where else are you going to get this?

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and start the new year off right!

 

More questions? Click here for a post with Q&A. 

Operation Enduring Warrior

In honor of Veterans Day, support our nation’s wounded veterans by participating in the Operation Enduring Warrior virtual 5k/10k/Half Marathon. Run or walk your selected distance whenever and wherever you want to spread awareness and support the cause. All participants will receive a digital race bib and a 4″ bottle opener medal (the ribbon is detachable) in the shape of the charity’s logo, featuring a 3D-molded gas mask in honor of their Masked Athlete Team.

 

The Charity

Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW) is a veteran-founded charity whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded veterans through physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. OEW’s programs help participants overcome adversity and hardship through innovation, teamwork, and perseverance. This ultimately enables the lives of wounded veterans to go in directions they may have once thought were impossible. OEW is a 100% volunteer-run organization. Donations go directly towards operational support of the organization and its various programs such as Skydive Licenses, SCUBA Certifications, Athletic events (obstacle course and road/trail races, handcycle races, etc.), Public Speaking, Adventure Trips, Veteran Outreach and more. OEW’s “Warrior Christmas” event is coming up, which facilitates a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to spread encouragement and hand-deliver brimming Christmas stockings to recovering wounded veterans.

https://www.virtualstrides.com/product/operation-enduring-warrior/?ref=40

About the Mask:

OEW’s Masked Athlete Team are specially trained volunteers who support our wounded veterans with the physical and mental adversity of extreme athletic challenges. The MAT spends countless hours preparing and researching ways to successfully assist our wounded veterans in negotiating extreme athletic challenges. Past events have included obstacle course races, hand-cycling, 5k and 10k races, and half/full Marathons.

A portion of the proceeds from this virtual race (at least $5 from each registration) will be donated to Operation Enduring Warrior. For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit EnduringWarrior.org.

 

 

What Are The Dangers of Crossfit?

What are Some of the Dangers of Crossfit?

Crossfit

Choose your weapon. 45, 55 or 70 pounds of pure fun!

I recently received this question and the person deserves a fair and honest answer on how dangerous Crossfit is.

Before I do that, let me make this statement.

  1. I like any discipline that uses barbells, kettlebells and other weights. That includes Crossfit.
  2. Crossfit has done a huge amount of good bringing a greater awareness about strength. Especially to women.
  3.  Crossfit isn’t any more dangerous than some personal trainer goofball showing you how to work a pec-deck at 24 hour fitness. In fact if you take the time to do it correctly, it is a great way to get strong and very fit.

But I do consider it flawed. Here is why.

 One of the selling points of Crossfit is that they want to get good at everything.

So a typical workout…well there aren’t typical workouts. Every day is different so you don’t get in a rut.

But doing the same movement over and over is the only way to get good at it. It takes thousands of reps to hone your form.

You have couch potatoes (no offense meant) stepping into a world that may throw gymnastic moves, kettlebell movements, Olympic lifts and power lifting at you in the same session.

How are they supposed to get proficient in all these exercises?

Consider this.

  1. The biggest danger with Crossfit is that they ask you to do complex, intricate movements as fast as you can. Olympic style movements like snatches and clean and jerks take years to learn properly. And they only do 1 rep.
  2. Crossfit asks you to do high volume reps with exercises that are aren’t suited for high reps. Let’s talk about deadlifts, cleans etc… Again, these are traditionally low rep movements. They take a lot of coordination, experience and strength to execute.

I have no problem with the crossfit exercises, even the kipping pull-up.

My issue is what they do with them. Very few people can do high rep movements with a challenging weight and maintain proper form.

Especially when you are doing a series of movements for time without breaks. To do that you have to already be highly conditioned.

More than that, you need to have the experience in your mental game to know how to budget your energy and strength.

The Crossfit athletes you see on tv are gifted athletes that have come from a disciplines like gymnastics or olympic lifting that translate well to the sport.

They have the flexibility and the understanding of body movement. They also know how to manage their heart rate and when to back off.

That is very different from the average person who is sedentary, lacks power and flexibility.

So how do you get that flexibility and experience?

In a perfect world that person steps into a crossfit box and the trainer puts them in a class to learn all these separate movements. When they are ready, they can participate. That may take months or years.

I am talking about just doing the lifts properly without tying them into a workout.

The problem is that the client doesn’t want that.

This is an instant gratification society.

They want to see how fast they can go.

They want a workout even though they can’t do they can’t do the exercises right.

They want to sweat and be beaten down.

Why don’t you just “fake it until you make it?”

I have been training people for over a decade, you can’t just “wing it”. Some clients pick up movements quickly. Others don’t.

If you want to get good at crossfit. And by good, I mean not being a menace to yourself, it will take time.

In addition to the workouts…

  •  Watching video time.
  • Stretching, rolloing and smashing time to gain flexibility and repair old injuries.
  • Personal one-on-one training time for the complicated movements.

No problem, they can teach me. The owner is in really good shape.

For $40 a month????

Crossfit is no different than stepping into a gym.

There are good owners who care and create a culture of learning and helping.

Then there are the owners that are just looking after the bottom line. The teaching at some of these boxes is atrocious. Just as the personal training is at a lot of gyms.

Don’t believe me? Go on a site like Flickr and look at some of the crossfit gyms posting daily pictures. You tell me how many of the clients are doing the exercises correctly.

The risk of injury doing sets is a lot lower than the risk of doing a high intensity circuit…if you don’t know what you are doing.

Even if the owners know what they are doing, do they have the time to personally coach each individual? No. Your $40/month can’t possibly cover that.

Summary

You have people doing exercises they don’t know how to do as fast as they can racing against a clock.

Where could the danger in that be?

If you would like help learning some of the exercises they do at Crossfit, find a trainer that can train you in olympic lifting, gymnastics etc…one on one.

If you would like something a bit safer but I think is just as effective, check out my online training by clicking here.

can I run after a heavy meal

What Happens If I Run After A Heavy Meal?

What happens if I run after a heavy meal?

 Eat light before a run

 

That being said, what did you eat and how long are you going to run?

Greasy food will take a longer time to digest than “cleaner” food. A heavy, greasy meal may send you into the bushes mid-run.

Does it count as carb loading if I eat a pizza before a run?

Eating a bunch of carbs before a run is not carb loading as some people have suggested.

Carb loading starts 24–48 hours before you run.

Cleaner food is easier to digest so you won’t have as many resources taken away from the muscles.

In fact, if you are going on a long run, being full carbs is a pretty darn good idea.

2. The Energy Issue

Because digestion takes energy, you won’t feel as energetic as usual. That generally makes the run feel pretty crappy.

If your meal consisted of a bunch of rice or potatoes, you may actually feel better during the run as you have a constant supply of glycogen.

Summary

Life is hectic and complicated. It is hard to find time to get the training time you need to get the results you want.

That being said, try to maximize the effectivness of everything you do. In this case it would be to rest and get the benefit of a full and complete digestion before running.

Or next time eat a little lighter.

I would rather see two things done well than two things done -half-ass.

But I do understand that you have to do what you have to do. And if you need to get your cardio in, then go for it.

High Rep Push-ups: Do They Build Muscle?

Here is the question about push-ups as I answered it on Quora.

I’ve been doing push-ups till I fail which is about 30 to 35 push-ups Will I see a muscle improvement overtime?

I just had to jump in and help. There were some very sketchy answers. And I am being extremely kind when I use the word “Sketchy”.

So you deserve a good answer, so let’s have at it.

If you keep doing push-ups until you fail, you will see muscle endurance improving.

Chances are you will not build any more size and strength gains will be minimal.

Endurance strength is very different from maximal strength or power.

A person who does 100 push-ups looks the same as he did when he/she could do 50 push-ups.

Look at push-up champions. If what everyone else is saying was true, they would have huge chests and arms. Never the case.

MK.J Joseph, 2092 push-ups in 1 hour.

K.J Joseph, 2092 push-ups in 1 hour.

I am not saying that doing high volume push-ups are bad.

They are just not the most effective way to build muscle and strength.

Why? Because you are using a sub-maximal load for a long period of time.

That burn is lactic acid building up in the muscles, not the pain of breaking the muscle down.

If high volume with a sub-maximal load truly worked marathon runners would be massive! Consider this, who has bigger legs, a sprinter or marathon runner?

This is what I would do.

  1. Try doing push-up variations. Stay in the 10–20 rep range.
  2. Work on keeping your body tight. This means pulling your shoulders down, bracing the upper back, tightening the butt and abs, quads, hamstrings and calves. You are doing a moving plank so make it look like one. This will be really hard in the beginning but you will see a difference.
  3. Try lowering yourself down with a count of 5 and exploding up with a count of 1.
  4. Elevate the feet to put more pressure on the shoulders.
  5. Try a few sets with the hands and elbows in close to work the triceps.

Do these things and I promise you will see a difference.

Sample Push-up variations

Push-up with Mountain Climber

M Factor Push-up

Downward Dog Push-up

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Why you need to push hard to build muscle.

Why you need to push hard to build muscle.

Push hard to build muscle

Why can’t I do weenie workouts?

Because you need to push hard to build muscle and make progress.

Yes working out is hard. Training is painful but you will get used to it. You may even like it!

So why do I ask my clients to give me 100% every workout?

The short answer is to break down muscle fiber and allow it to rebuild stronger.

The key is to work hard and smart, then recover.

The harder to understand answer is that it builds discipline and an ability to push yourself when you don’t want to.

Here is an analogy for you.

Two twins go to school. Let’s say both twins have the same IQ.

One gets C’s and barely makes it out of school. The other works harder, gets A’s and graduates with honors.

They can both say they graduated (completed a workout) but what has really happened?

The honor graduate will get scholarships, a choice of schools, better job offers and a better quality of life.

There may be some other factors involved but he/she have built a life around discipline and doing the things they don’t want to do.

The “C” student is glad to have graduated and now has to pay for college or look for a low-paying job.

The lack of work ethic has hurt him/her over and limited their choices.

So to answer your question, if you want limited results that are far below your potential, then just go through the motions.

My hope is that there is a fire deep down inside of you that wants something a little more.

Working out with weights is one of the hardest things you can do but the discipline will carry over and help you in all aspects of your life.

If you need help in figuring out what to do, I am here for you.

Check out my online training. It is everything you need to get in the best shape of your life.

All for the ridiculously low price of $10/month. Click here to learn more.

Monthly Fitness Challenge Q&A

 M Factor Fitness Monthly Challenge Q&A

 

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Why Do A Monthly Fitness Challenge?

There are 168 hours in a week. That is a lot of time.

At best I see my clients 2-3 of those hours. What my clients do during the other hours I really don’t have control over.

I assign homework but sometimes life gets in the way of the best intentions.

These monthly fitness challenges are meant to get you off the couch and get you moving. The idea is to keep fitness on your mind all month and get rewarded at the end with a little swag. It is inexpensive, you can invite your friends to do it with you and you will feel better about yourself.

 

What is A Virtual Run?

A virtual run is a run you do at your own time wherever you want to do it. If you sign up for the December run, you have the month of December to do it.

Once you do it, log in and check that it is done and you get your finisher’s medal in the mail.

I am putting a slightly different twist on this in that I want you to do the race and commit to training a certain number of miles during the month.

Simply put, do the work get a medal and enjoy it with your favorite beverage. Enjoy your success.

Do I have to run?

Nope. Do any type of cardio you want. The point is to keep you moving.

  • Run outside
  • Run on a treadmill
  • Walk outside
  • Walk on a treadmill
  • Bike outside
  • Bike inside
  • Use a Stairmaster
  • Use an elliptical.
  • Ride a unicycle.
  • Swim
  • Jumprope

Can I mix up the types of cardio?

Sure. Here are some equivalents to keep you on track.

1 mile walking = 1 mile.

1 mile running = 1 mile

4 miles cycling (indoor or outside) = 1 mile

 

I try at walk 10,000 steps a day. Can I count that?

I guess …but I would rather you don’t.

Here’s why.

Training is training.  Set a period of time to go from point A to Point B. It is uninterrupted exercise. That is how you get results.

The monthly fitness challenge has to be just exercise.

I understand counting steps is popular right now but I wouldn’t call getting off the couch to get a beer exercise.

Neither is getting up to go to the bathroom

How to you keep track whether we actually do the work?

I don’t. This is the honor system.

  1. Sign up for the race  and pick a distance.
  2. Make sure you do that distance at least once during the month.

Here is the twist. You have to train for the race…right? I want you to commit to a number of miles you are going to train that month to do the race.

I would like to use the M Factor Fitness Facebook page, here is the link to keep track of everybody.

If not, just send me an email.

The reality is you can cheat but remember you are only cheating yourself (wow, I sound just like my mom).

How do I pick a goal for the monthly fitness challenge?

Pick a mileage goal you are 80% sure you can achieve. When I train my clients, I always tell them if you aren’t 80% sure you can do the next rep, don’t try it.

Why? Because success is built upon the foundation of consistent achievement. If you choose an unrealistic goal because you think it sounds good, you are doomed to failure.

Of course, the opposite is true. Make it easy and you won’t be interested in it.

Does it have to be a mileage goal?

Mileage goals work really well. It is a black and white goal. You either do it or you don’t.

That being said:

  • You could commit to working out x number of days this month. Ex. 25 1 hour workouts with weights or cardio.
  • You could workout out for a set number of hours. 5 hours a week x 4 weeks=20 hours.

 

Can I sign up anytime?

Yes. I am going to offer a new challenge every month. Best case is that you have a plan ready to go and sign up for the 1st of the month.

If you don’t, sign up anytime and let me know what you are committing to for the month.

Click here to get signed up.

Can I just do the race and not the monthly challenge?

Sure, Part of your registration fee goes to a charity so you are still doing a good thing.

But why dip your toe in the water? Jump in!

Why is there a sign-up fee?

Let me answer this two ways.

  1. There is a company involved and they have costs. Your registration fee money goes towards the cost of the medal, shipping of the medal, admin fees etc… At least $5 of every registration goes towards a charity. As the person promoting the race, I get a very small referral fee. I actually lose money by doing this but I think it is a great cause.
  2. If it was free, a lot of people would sign up and never do it. Nobody values free stuff. $25 is very reasonable for a race and a good part of it goes to charity. So put some skin in the game and sign up.

 

How Do I keep track of everything?

If you are a member of M Factor Fitness Online training, it is very easy.

Not a member? You can be for the ridiculously low price of $10/month. Click here for more details.

Ok, enough of the shameless plugs. My members can go into their account and schedule all their cardio and weight sessions ahead of time.

When they do that, they will get text reminders on their phone. Once they complete a workout, they mark it as done.

How can I track mileage?

There are a number of free apps you can download that track mileage through GPS.

I really like the Adidas Train and Run App but almost every shoe company has their free app.

I am not a member of M factor Fitness, can I still sign up?

You bet. One of the reasons I want to open this up to the public is that there are a lot of online training resources out there.

The problem is that there aren’t a lot of good ones. This is a good way to make sure you have a good month of cardio and introduce you to

my way of training.

Can I invite friends to the monthly fitness challenge?

That would be awesome.

Summary

I am here to try and help motivate people. The M Factor monthly fitness challenge is meant to keep you focused, get results and most of all…..have fun.

If you are interested in learning more, click here.

 

 

Schedule Your Online Workouts.

How to Schedule Your Online workouts


If you have five minutes, you have time to schedule your online workouts.

If you do this simple thing, schedule your online workouts, you will maximize your results and waste less time.

This is not a chore but a gift you can give yourself. You can give yourself the gift of efficiency.

Let me ask you an obvious question.

Would a NFL team just wander out on the field Sunday and come up with a game plan once the game started?

Not a chance.

Do you think anyone who has made a major change in their fitness did so by working out when they felt like it?

Or better yet, winging it in the gym?

But Coach Mike, I don’t want to be a professional athlete. I just want to look and feel better.

I am not asking you to devote hours to the gym. The idea of a coach is to get you from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible. I realize you probably don’t have hours to spend in the gym.

That is why the most valuable thing I can give you is the power to leverage time.

Schedule your online workouts for the month and you will always know what to do and when to do it.

It is not an issue of being in the gym enough, it is an issue of not getting enough dome during your workouts.

M Factor Philosophy

Enjoy life. This is a culture where people spend more time whining about what they want than they spend actually going after it.

These are people who really don’t want to get in shape.

They just want to talk about why they can’t.

The best way to enjoy life is to work hard at something and make progress.

My online training system gives you the means to schedule your online workouts, track them and see the results at the end of the month.

As a bonus, you have me as your personal coach. Commit to doing something big this month and see how great it feels.

Set a Goal of working Out 6 days a week.

There is nothing like getting into a routine to keep you in check during the holidays. I have a client who runs every morning on his treadmill.

I couldn’t do this but it is ingenious.

To him, it doesn’t matter what season it is. Whether it is dark or light, 6 am is still 6 am. He does it and gets it out of the way early. Brilliant.

Your goal can be a little different. This is the great part of M Factor Online training.

  • You have a number of workouts from 10 minutes to an hour.
  • Some require equipment while many don’t.
  • You can even go in and customize workouts. Substitute exercises, shorten or lengthen your favorites.
  • Do interval training.

No more excuses.

You have workouts that fit any time frame and are geared to give you fast results.

For Online training to work, you have to sit down and schedule your workouts the week before.

This does two things for you.

  • You commit to doing the training.
  • You activate the reminder system so you get an email/text telling you about your scheduled workout.

That is cool!

So watch this video to see how to do it.