The once-a-week workout

The once-a-week workout

There are 38 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jun 26, 2007, titled The once-a-week workout. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

It sounds like the the perfect solution for busy people : a gym that promises you can get fit by working out once a week for 20 minutes.

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Bill

New York, NY

#22 Jun 27, 2007
I bet no one who has posted here and called the workout bullshit, don't know anything about it. I have been doing it for two years in New York. The workout doesn't promise anything but that you will get as stong as you possibly can get. I also lost 30 pounds thanks to them. And do you know how? They told me the truth, that no amount of cardio or weight lifting will ever compensate for over-eating. You people should do your homework, they are the real deal!
James

Allentown, PA

#23 Jun 27, 2007
Bill wrote:
I bet no one who has posted here and called the workout bullshit, don't know anything about it. I have been doing it for two years in New York. The workout doesn't promise anything but that you will get as stong as you possibly can get. I also lost 30 pounds thanks to them. And do you know how? They told me the truth, that no amount of cardio or weight lifting will ever compensate for over-eating. You people should do your homework, they are the real deal!
Sounds like 'Bill' may be the owneror that persoanl trainer from teh pic..LOL

“Call da po po ho!!!!”

Since: Feb 07

not here

#24 Jun 27, 2007
we have a gym here at work so I'm here usualy at 6-7 am 4 or 5 days a week, they have showers, get dressed ready to work I love it.
Jessica

Harrisburg, PA

#25 Jun 27, 2007
Three years ago, I decided enough was enough. I was tired of being a fatty wearing a size 22. So I dusted off my old Billy Blanks Tae-Bo videos and got moving. I lost 30 pounds inititally doing that. Well, I also reduced my caloric intake, ate a low fat and low carb diet. Then I plateaued, so I joined LA Fitness gym. Mostly I take the classes, but also use the machines sometimes.

I agree about Curves being gross using sweaty machines not wiped down. LA is very clean which I like.

I've since dropped another 40 lbs and only have 30 to go. My goal was to lose 100 lbs. Now I can wear a size 10-12 in jeans and medium shirts. Big difference from what I used to be.

I think whatever works for the individual is great. This is just how I did it. Good luck to all the rest of you out there trying too.
msmaremac

Princeton Junction, NJ

#26 Jun 27, 2007
John D wrote:
Once a week workout? Now I know why all the PA women have asses bigger than Mac Trucks.
That was funny! I kinda thought the same thing myself!
Hopeful

Bethlehem, PA

#27 Jun 27, 2007
Sign me up! I read Adam Z's book, too. And in researching it in other places, I found out that quite a few famous people who don't have alot of time use it. I can't remember who anymore though. The only thing that stopped me was how far it was to go to Adam Z's gym in NY.

“Think”

Since: Mar 07

United States

#29 Jun 28, 2007
Calories Burned > Calories Eaten

Here ends my lesson...
James

Allentown, PA

#30 Jun 28, 2007
mamabear wrote:
we have a gym here at work so I'm here usualy at 6-7 am 4 or 5 days a week, they have showers, get dressed ready to work I love it.
Wish my place had a gym!
Who the heck do you work for that provides this great service?
Stephanie

Westtown, PA

#31 Jun 29, 2007
After hearing about this program from a friend, I decided to try a training session at the Fogelsville studio. I was intrigued by the concept since I've always enjoyed lifting weights as opposed to doing aerobics. Well, it is over two months later and I am definitely impressed with the definition and strength that I have gained since starting there. Also, it is not just the physical exercise that makes a person lose weight or maintain good physical health, a proper diet must be incorporated into the program as well. Bottom line is that everyone has to do what they feel is best for them. If you think it is working out an hour or two a day, six or seven days a week, then go for it and continue doing what you are doing. However, I am thankful that I was open-minded to try this program and it is producing better results for me than what I was getting from "traditional" exercise before.

“Call da po po ho!!!!”

Since: Feb 07

not here

#32 Jun 30, 2007
James wrote:
<quoted text>
Wish my place had a gym!
Who the heck do you work for that provides this great service?
You wouldn't know it, I work in Boston
james

Allentown, PA

#33 Jul 4, 2007
Stephanie wrote:
After hearing about this program from a friend, I decided to try a training session at the Fogelsville studio. I was intrigued by the concept since I've always enjoyed lifting weights as opposed to doing aerobics. Well, it is over two months later and I am definitely impressed with the definition and strength that I have gained since starting there. Also, it is not just the physical exercise that makes a person lose weight or maintain good physical health, a proper diet must be incorporated into the program as well. Bottom line is that everyone has to do what they feel is best for them. If you think it is working out an hour or two a day, six or seven days a week, then go for it and continue doing what you are doing. However, I am thankful that I was open-minded to try this program and it is producing better results for me than what I was getting from "traditional" exercise before.
Stephanie...(or whatever your name is that is a relative or works for this gym)...
Nice try....
If you don't see the other responses.....NOBODY believes the article, the owner or the trainer...

But keep trying....someone will believe you..the ones that don't want to workout more than 20 minutes a week :)
dick hertz

Easton, PA

#34 Jul 5, 2007
sounds like a load of crap. The people that supposedly gained benefits are probably dieting and may have accomplished the same benefits by doing some calisthenics and going for a walk outside.
jet

India

#35 Aug 2, 2008
it is good workout and worthful for me
Ruan

Johannesburg, South Africa

#36 Dec 1, 2008
I had a friend who stayed in Hawaii for a while and his personal trainer saw him once a week for a full body workout. It wasn't that he was lazy or didn't have time to work out. It was just the what his personal trainer believed in. My friend said it worked wonders for him and saved him money and time.
Robert Shaw

Allentown, PA

#37 Sep 17, 2009
In Allentown wrote:
Sounds like the lazy person's workout to me.
Actually it works!- Based on H.I.T training..
Short, Intense, infrequent workout to trigger muscle building response and fat burning hormone release then letting the body fully recover.

My Current workout is 6-10 minutes 1 time a week, and my results are MUCH better then when I was doing 4 days a week 45-60 minutes a session.

The more is not better, better is better..
older man

Middletown, NY

#38 Oct 20, 2009
It works for an older person(past 60)
1 x week absolutly works

Allentown, PA

#39 Nov 5, 2009
It is a shame that sooo many people have this LIVE AT THE GYM mentality.

This 6-7 times a week crap puts your body into severe state of over training, and even counter productive.

I workout 1 X every 7-9 days..!!!

with working out (15min) 1 X a week...
I have
Lost 22lbs fat
Built 14 lbs of muscle
in 16 weeks!

but hey if you like wasting you time in the gym.. go right ahead.. But why? tradition, word of mouth, personal trainers, magazines. Thats what everyone else does..

I have people at my gym who are there every day doing hours of cardio a week with BIG FAT BEHINDS!

People weight training 5 days a week who look exactly the same as they did 1 yr ago!

I used to hit the gym 5 days a week for 1 - 2 hours. No more..

For a workout to be effective it must be
1. Intense
2. Brief
3. Infrequent
4. Allow time for you body to FULLY recover

Anything else and you are just wasting you time with the sheep at the gym for reduced results.

Why: Intense training taps you muscle glycogen stores (muscle energy) and empty's it. This improves how you body manages insulin. This state Insulin receptive is the trigger to release fat stores for energy.

My Current Workout
Shoulder Press 1 set X 8-10 reps to failure
Close Grip Lat Pulls 1 Set X 8 X 10 reps to failure
Chest Press 1 Set X 8-10 reps to failure
Seated Rows 1 set X 8-10 reps to failure
Leg Press 1 set 12-15 reps to failure
Curl/Tricep Ext.(alt every other week) 1 set to failure.

Reps are controlled(No Cheat/no bounce)
2 seconds on lift / 1 sec hold / 4 seconds on return

No Rest between exercises

This video is not me but it is close to my routine..
neo_83

Chandigarh, India

#40 Jul 17, 2010
hi guys..
i am also kinda have a same situation that i get only once a week time to work out... but instead of 20 mins or so .. i do it for quite a long hours maximum 3 hours cardio plus weights which keeps me in good shape throughout the week.

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