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If you want to get the best possible results from your workouts, you need to work out consistently.

And sure, it may be easy to skip a workout if you just don’t feel like it (or you’re too busy, too tired, etc.)… but if these types of excuses become a habit, you’re going to have a hard time actually accomplishing any of your health and fitness goals.

Yet although being consistent is crucial, rest and recovery are just as important as working out—and working out when you actually should be resting may actually set you back.

It’s important to learn how to recognize the difference between being lazy and having an actual reason to take a day off. In other words, there are excuses—and there are valid reasons for giving your body rest.

Excuses for Skipping a Workout

If you skip your workouts frequently, using any of the following “reasons” to do so, you’re just making up excuses. For example:

You Forgot to Pack Your Clothes

If you planned to work out right after work, but realize at the end of the day that you left your workout clothes at home, that’s just a matter of not committing to your goals. It’s your responsibility to make sure you have everything you need packed with you!

How to fix it: Pack your workout clothes the day before and put the bag by the front door so...


It’s hard to believe it’s almost 2018!

I don’t know about you guys, but this year has absolutely FLOWN by for me. It’s been a bit crazy to say the least… but overall I’m both proud of what I’ve accomplished this year and am looking forward to a new start in 2018.

As you guys probably know, we’ve covered A LOT this year, and sometimes it’s hard to keep track! So here are some of our best articles, workouts, training tips, and recipes from 2017. We hope you enjoy this roundup, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New Programs

We kicked the year 2017 off with a brand new Beginner Handstand program! It’s been a dream for so many of you guys to learn to do handstands, so this program has all you need to know to get started.

In summer, our calisthenics-based Bodyweight Strength + Power program came out. This 12-week program based on calisthenics and plyometrics was put together with our friends at Rubberbanditz and will get you stronger and more athletic than ever before.

Working Out

We do a lot of tutorials here on the blog, so earlier this year we posted two roundup articles of some the most common exercises we do in our workouts. If you’re not sure about your technique, check out these two posts: Basic Bodyweight Exercises and Advanced Bodyweight Exercises. Because although HIIT...


This post is sponsored by ASICS.

There’s no doubt about it—December is one of the most challenging times of the year to keep up a fitness habit.

With all of the holiday parties, traveling, and chilly weather, it’s easy to get a bit more relaxed with your training and take more time off from your workouts than usual.

That’s one reason I love equipment-free workouts this time of year—they help you keep going after your goals without requiring a gym or a ton of complicated equipment. And sprints are one of the absolute best equipment-free exercises you can do, not only to stay fit, but also to manage the inevitable stress this time of year.

Adding sprints to your bodyweight workouts results in a killer full body workout you can do wherever you are, whether you’re at home, visiting family, at a nearby park, or are trying to fit a workout in while traveling.

So today I’m excited to bring you guys this 100% equipment-free workout along with ASICS and their brand new GEL-Nimbus20 running shoes! ASICS have long been some of my favorite running shoes, and the GEL-Nimbus20 shoes definitely do not disappoint. Read on below for a chance to win a $100 ASICS gift card and why these are some of the best running shoes for both longer runs and sprint-based workouts like this...