The 30-Minute Workout
Yo Adrian, I did it.
This will be the last fitness post for a while because there’s a lot of important stuff we need to discuss, but I had to make an announcement: I placed third in the BowTiedOx 90-day challenge!
To quote Ricky Bobby, “If you’re not first you’re last,” but at the same time, I never expected to be a contestant in a bodybuilding competition, much less place in one.
This isn’t just prideful boasting. I did all of this for a few reasons:
To advertise the importance of fitness in preparedness.
To demonstrate that I do the things I say I do.
To aspire to be somebody you can look up to.
And hopefully, inspire you and show you that any able-bodied person can do this if they cultivate discipline.
There are a lot of grifters out there who talk about things they don’t know about or make outlandish claims. You always get the honest truth here at Unprepared, warts and all.
To that point, it’s a new year, and people tend to think about fitness around this time. But starting a regular fitness regime can be daunting for several reasons.
A big one is simply finding the time. I’ve struggled with this recently as I’ve been sickly off and on for weeks. It forced me to pare down my workout to be as efficient as possible so I don’t lose my progress.
I’ve found that my progress has gone through the roof with this program. It helps that I’ve been bulking a bit since the competition was over, but I think there’s something to intense, low-volume workouts.
I don’t think this is a great plan for beginners, because despite the simplicity, it’s very taxing and it requires you to have a strong sense of form and weight ranges. Nor is it an optimal program like BowTiedOx’s 12-week push pull legs program.
This is very much a quick and dirty, get in and get out kind of program. But sometimes we need that because the alternative is no gym at all. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.