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Long Term Fitness Results

The one thing that I see quite often is that people tend to give up 2-3 weeks into the program if they haven’t seen fitness results. I usually get emails from these people saying to me that they’re extremely sore, discouraged, and since they haven’t gotten a 6 pack in 7 days, they feel like quitting! The one thing that you all have to understand is that results don’t come over night. It takes time, patience, and one heck of a tolerance for soreness, especially if you’re going through a program like P90X or Insanity! Trust me, the P90X soreness is tough to handle, but if I can do it, so can you.

If people focus on immediate fitness results, it doesn’t matter what they are doing, they will never be successful. Unfortunately, that’s how most of American’s function! No wonder only a small fraction of people ever succeed with getting into excellent shape or with their careers. The one thing that my parents taught me when I was young, something that I’m very fortunate to be taught, is that long-term success takes time, and that in order to achieve long-term success, you have to do positive things every single day to help you reach your goals. If someone is obese and starting P90X, do you think that a few days of them committing to the diet and workouts will magically transform them into a super ripped model? Heck no! However, if they continue to work out and eat healthy every day, they will slowly see the pounds come off, and then eventually move closer to their goal as more time passes by. They are doing the positive things every day (eating healthy and working out) that will help them reach their ultimate goal.

If you’re someone that’s discouraged because you haven’t gotten the fitness results you want after just a short period of time, then you need to understand that it takes a long time to achieve great success! Keep committing yourself and your hard work WILL pay off!


  1. William /

    Great post!

  2. Hey coach this is perfect timing. I usually get discouraged if I don’t see results within a couple of weeks. I’m starting it back up again and I wanted to lose the flab off my stomach and cut up. I’m 5’9 and about 165 lbs. How many cals and what percentages should I be doing to reach my goals? I’m doing the p90x/insanity hybrid just a heads up. Thanks for all your help.

  3. Andre M /

    That’s exactly right with what you’re saying, Josh.

    I actually have a funny time line of encouragement/discouragement during my p90x lean routine:

    Day 0 – 250 lbs – Very encouraged
    Day 7 – 243.6 – Encouraged
    Day 14 – 245.6 – Very discouraged, actually gained some weight and promised myself to step on scale only at 30/60/90 days
    Day 28 – 239.2 – Encouraged
    Day 42 – 237.6 – Very discouraged, didn’t keep my promise, stepped on scales and realized that I haven’t dropped in weight as I hoped for, again – told myself to not do intermediate check ups
    Day 56 – 230.6 – Super encouraged!

    Started week 9 now! Just thinking how am I going to balance exercising with the second baby that is coming in the next week or so.

  4. @Andre. Just be patient man! Always keep your ultimate goal in the back of your mind and never quit and always work hard to reach that goal. Remember, the positive things you do every single day are going to help you reach your goals in the future!

  5. @Mike. I would take in around 2,300 cals per day and follow a fat/carb/protein % of 20/30/50, which is the Fat Shredder Phase.

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