Hey omorfe,

A while ago someone told me:

"My main problem is that every time before I train, I have zero energy. So I either can't push myself as much as I need or I skip the workout"

Here's the thing:

If you ask anyone who's been training for a long time, we'll tell you that we rarely feel a rush of energy before a session. Some days we might even go back and forth inside our heads, contemplating whether we should skip the workout or not.

So you'll never have a ton of energy.

I also doubt that the genteleman who wrote in actually has zero energy - that would mean he could barely move his glutes out of a sofa. He definitely has *some* energy...but he persuaded yourself it's not enough.

Truth is, after a certain age you won't have the same energy you once did.

And that's OK.

Learning how to cope with this lack of energy is one of your responsibilities as an adult.

However, let's say that someone really doesn't have a lot of energy to workout.

What he should do?

After all, Fitness Dog-ma insists you should drive your body to the ground, "no pain no gain", "you're not a man if you don't crush each and every workout" and other B.S. like that.

The truth is you can always tweak a workout and make it "energy-friendly"

As I'm famous for saying:

You fit your fitness to your life, not your life to your fitness.

So if a training program has you kill yourself every time and you dread the workouts, BURN IT.

When I'm creating a program for a client, I take into consideration how stressed and tired he might be when he trains...and adjust it.

Let's talk about this adjustment for a bit:

As you may know, it's better to start a workout with the most difficult, bang-for-your-euros exercises.

However it's also OK to break that "rule" and start with an easy, simple to do exercise.

Most kids who have never trained anyone other than themselves don't realize this, but many guys can end up dreading their workouts.

I did so when I was working 14+ hours as a trainer and had to start a workout with heavy squats. Some days I'd step foot inside the gym...only to walk out a minute later. My body and mind weren't willing to do 5 sets of squats and I'd tell myself "perhaps tomorrow".

Later I decided to start with easier exercises and voila - I stopped fearing the workouts and was even more consistent with my training.

So if you:

* lack energy

* dread the idea of starting a workout with a certain exercise

* end up skipping workouts because you don't think you'll crush them

...you need to tweak your program man. Or have a pro like me do it for you, because you're moving away from the body you deserve.


I also *love* staying away from failure when tired.

So if you could do an exercise for 15 reps tops, it's fine to do 13 or 14. Research shows us that you'll give almost the same stimuli to your muscles...while protecting your joints and conserving your energy.

In fact, 4 workouts done at your 80% are better than 2 workouts done at your 100%.

Since you're not a pro athlete...and you mainly want to look better with your shirt off, choose anything that helps with consistency. Intensity is good but of secondary importance.

Now, lemme be clear:

There are a ton of lifestyle and dietary tweaks I can suggest that help boost your energy.

But many times those tweaks are already in place. And what we have to deal with is simply a training program that's not a good fit for you. In cases like that, creating a brand-spanking-new is not only smart...but also the only way to get the body you want.

Anyway, enough for today.

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Ta leme sidoma,

Fotis Chatzinicolaou

Author's Bio: 

For a decade, Fotis Chatzinicolaou has been helping busy professionals lose almost all the weight they want without gaining it back or cutting out their favorite foods