Hi, everyone. You may (or may not) have noticed that Aj’s Focus lacked a post this past Friday. I didn’t forget. Nope. Instead, I decided to just skip it altogether.
With each new post published, I learn something new about blogging and about my readers. So from now on, unless I’m just particularly inspired to write, Aj’s Focus will not publish on Fridays. Thanks to everyone who has been following!
Do this; get that. Guaranteed!
Back to the primary subject here. I’d like to take a moment to hit on something most of us have at least heard of if not seen on TV or perhaps even purchased. It’s what I call “Promises of the 90-Day Miracle.”
Many fitness-oriented infomercials today focus on guaranteeing astounding results within three months. We don’t often hear them refer to it as three months, though. Why is that?
For one, a period of days, no matter the length, just seems shorter than months, doesn’t it? Think about it. It’s the same reason car dealerships and banks focus on months rather than years in reference to auto loans.
It’s all about investing, whether it’s money or time…
In fact, some might say the two are nearly interchangeable. Isn’t it true the less time we think we’re putting into something laborious, the more money we may be willing to spend to do it; especially if there is a promise to fast track results.
– Manual-style lawn mowers:
How many people do you know who still use them?
– Hand-mashed potatoes:
The effort is sweet, but are Cuisinart-mashed spuds really all that different?
– Plumbing, electricity, audiobooks…
Must I go on?
Actual results may vary…
I know a few people who have experienced some amazing results from programs like P90X, Insanity, Tae Bo, TapouT XT, Body by Vi, to name a few.
Unfortunately, I know many more individuals who, after an honorable shotgun start, failed to complete even the first 30 days of a given program. Why is that?
Because real miracles come from real effort. And real effort takes a lot of time. And what is time? Money!
Keepin’ it real…
As you may know from previous posts, I am currently experimenting with P90X. I actually started the program about five weeks ago, but after a week of vacation, I steered a bit from the program. I really wanted to experience the whole deal. So I decided to just start over.
After already experiencing a few weeks of the program, I pretty much knew what to expect. But then I decided to crunch some numbers.
How many seconds does it take to get to the “90” in “P90X”?
I couldn’t find a wise old owl to ask. I did, however, refer to the materials that came with my copy of P90X.
As it turns out, an average week requires about 8 hours of gym time every week. That’s quite a bit of money…I mean time…considering there are 7 days in a week, but only 6 P90X sessions a week.
In this case, the prospect of total days spent doing P90X is pretty palatable when one considers other possible time measurements.
Here’s the math:
At 8 hours a week, I’m looking at spending more than 100 hours with Tony Horton and friends by the end of the program. That’s 6,000 minutes…or 360,000 seconds!
Tony doesn’t even know I exist, yet I know his poker tells after just 2 weeks!
The point to all this?
My point is…anyone can promise sweet results over a particular period of time, but that doesn’t necessarily mean things will be easy.
I awoke this morning at 4:15 in order to knock out “Chest & Back” without being late for work. After 40 minutes, I nearly vomited from the effort…literally. Tomorrow, I get to do it again. By Wednesday, I’ll be halfway to earning my next off day for the week.
I’m okay with all that. In fact, I often take slight nausea as a sign of a solid workout. Horton even mentioned feeling a bit queazy during today’s sweat fest!
Question: How far are you willing to push it?
Answer: That depends on the fight within.
If you focus less on the investment of time and more on improved performance from one workout to the next, I believe you’ll be much more likely to achieve the miraculous results you were promised by that TV actress with the impossibly tight midsection. Keep at it!
Thanks again for reading, and feel free to share your own 90-day fitness experiences via the comment box below.
Until next time…