Lose fat and build muscle with this unique workout...

I've been on a golf trip with some buddies down in Myrtle Beach, SC over the past week, and I decided to stay a few extra days to relax by the beach, catch up on some reading, and do some swimming.

Even though I love living in the mountains of Colorado, and the active outdoor lifestyle and clean fresh air that comes with it, I sometimes miss being near the ocean.

So this week I've been taking advantage of staying at the beach and have been doing my workouts actually on the beach (and just a little bit in the weight room). I've really been enjoying these workouts as a nice change of pace and also the different atmosphere.

In the mornings, I've just been going out for a nice long walk on the beach to wake up for the day. Nothing strenuous...just more of a relaxing walk enjoying the ocean air and the scenery.

But in the evenings, I've been doing the real workouts. I've actually been using Jon Benson's new innovative 7 Minute Muscle style workouts in the gym... http://7MinuteMuscleProgram.com

These workouts are a lot more effective than I initially thought when I first heard of Jon's concept... they can really leave you whooped if you train with enough intensity during them. After the 7MM style workouts, I've been heading out on the beach to finish the workout with about 15-20 minutes of wind sprints and some pushups and lunges mixed in.

Training on the beach while watching the sunset has actually been a pretty motivating environment for me this week.

Now here's the important thing I've noticed about Jon's 7MM workouts... I actually don't agree with all of the exercises recommended in the routines... for example, any smith machine exercises as well as leg presses I don't feel are very effective exercises for many reasons.

However, that's not the point... The point is that the CONCEPT of the unique method that Jon uses to formulate the routines is incredible, and something that I've never seen in any other programs.

The fact that you can exhaust your muscles in only 7 minutes using this style is pretty cool indeed.

Although I agree with about 75% of the exercises chosen in the routines, for the 25% that I don't agree with (such as the smith machine exercises, the leg presses, etc), I simply make substitutions with dumbbell or barbell exercises that I do agree with.

For example, if the protocol calls for a smith machine bench press, I'll substitute a free-weighted barbell or dumbbell press (incline or flat). If the routine calls for a leg press or a smith machine squat, I'll instead substitute a barbell squat (front or back) or perhaps a dumbbell lunge.

My opinion on the 7 Minute Muscle Program as a whole is that this is a great program to use to give your body a new type of stimulus since the training style is so different from most routines. It could really shock your body into new results. I definitely recommend giving it a try if you're ready for something new.

Go here to grab a copy: http://7MinuteMuscleProgram.com

Keep in mind that the most important part of the book is the entire middle portion where Jon describes his unique "3-Flow Process" about the mental part of your training. This is vitally important and super-powerful stuff.

I'll even admit that this technique alone has really jumpstarted my workout intensity and results once again. Enjoy, and good luck!

I'll be back soon with more Lean-Body Secrets.

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer


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