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29 Jul

The Cost of “Perfection”

What does it take to achieve fitness perfection (if there is such a thing)? Or posed in a more personal way, what would you have to do to reach your ultimate genetic potential? Consider that for a moment. What comes to mind? Enormous time commitment. Steely resolve. Pain. Suffering. Sacrifice. Blood, sweat and tears. Yes, if you want to be a pro athlete, make the Olympic team, keep up with Lance or Phelps, or even just make a 1400 pound powerlifting total (bench, squat, dead), you’ll probably have to give your life over to the pursuit of your goal. You’d give up free time lost to the gym and the track. There would be missed opportunities at spending quality time with friends and family. Not to mention the injuries, the physical wear-and-tear and the toll of applying constant stress to a compromised immune system.

Here’s the thing, though. For most people, all that hard work is largely unnecessary and there is a more effective, balanced, and simpler approach to fitness.

For most folks, the ones who want to bang out consecutive pull-ups, climb several flights of stairs without losing their breath, go on a three-hour hike for fun, run a few miles if they feel like it, keep up in pick-up games of [insert sport here], go skiing/snowboarding/surfing/waterskiing, or just generally be comfortable dealing with the physical demands of everyday life, a little bit of efficient, targeted, concise activity goes a long way. I’d even say that most people have far more to lose than they do to gain by throwing themselves into a hardcore fitness regimen – the type that monopolizes your time, inhabits your thoughts, and forces you to reconstruct your life to accommodate its presence.

My whole outlook on health, fitness, and nutrition is founded upon the notion that it doesn’t have to be difficult to be healthy. I’d even say that obsessing over eating and exercising turns the process into just another stressor we have to deal with, and reducing stress is just as important to our health as staying active and eating right. In my opinion, then, keeping things simple isn’t an option for Primal folks; it’s the only way to do it. It’s the whole game. It has to be easy, simple, and effortless to work. There’s no point in making yourself miserable just to lose weight or pump out a few more reps, when following a few simple fitness rules, eating right, and tinkering with some easy lifestyle hacks will get you most of the way there. To break it down further:

  • 80 percent of your genetic potential for body composition is determined by what you eat. You’ve probably heard me say this in the past. Eat Primal and you’re almost there.
  • Five more percent of your body composition can be further influenced by how much sleep and leisure time you get and how you moderate your stress levels. Lifestyle stuff.
  • 10 more percent of your genetic potential for body composition will come from smart exercise: Lifting Heavy Things, Sprinting, and Moving Frequently at a Slow Pace.

With minimal effort and time commitment, conducting a Primal Blueprint Fitness routine of bodyweight exercises, sprints, and low level movement will take you to the next level of your genetic potential, after achieving tremendous results through Primal eating and lifestyle. Sounds easy, right? It is, and that’s the whole point!

  • The final five percent of your potential body composition/physical performance is achieved with more advanced training and highly specialized athletic goals. We’re getting into hours-long gym session, pain and punishment territory.

Can we really call our conventional ideas of physical perfection perfect if they come with so many downsides for so many people? What good is “elite” if maintaining that level of performance means you’re not available to enjoy the rest of your life? Is that last five percent really necessary? Do you need that eight-pack, or is the six-pack good enough?

The point here is that you can get huge results with minimal effort and that incremental improvements beyond that demand a disproportionate amount of effort and commitment, and a come with host of other downsides.

If elite performance is your ultimate goal in life, then sure, go that extra mile and give it all you’ve got. Some people truly derive happiness and fulfillment (and, if they’re lucky, a living) from the pursuit of extreme physicality, and to those folks, I say godspeed. I was one of them for many years, but that changed when I realized the cost-benefit ratio of my endurance lifestyle was becoming severely imbalanced. Don’t let me stop you, but heed my words of caution all the same.

In just a couple weeks, I’ll be releasing Primal Blueprint Fitness (for free, of course). It will flesh out all the things I’ve hinted at in this post and in the past by presenting a fitness plan that is sustainable, simple, effective, and smart. It’s designed to work for the people who want a good strength-bodyweight ratio, to look good naked, and be fit enough to go for a long hike or run a 10k at a moment’s notice. It will provide steady, measured progression, but also variety in the form of constantly shifting Workouts of the Week (WOWs) to be posted each Monday here at Mark’s Daily Apple. It will make you work hard, but you won’t work long. It will stress intensity over volume and quality over quantity. In short, it’s designed to get the most people the fittest they can be in the shortest amount of time possible. PBF may not make elite athletes out of you, but, along with diet, lifestyle, and stress-mitigation, it will get you 95% of the way there. From that point, you can take things up a notch to reach that elite level, or you can chill out and enjoy a long, active existence.

And so, I ask once more: Is attaining elite physical performance worth the costs incurred along the way? For me, for most of you, and for anyone who just wants to be healthy and stay active for life, the answer is a resounding no.

Don’t give into the same flawed Conventional Wisdom for your fitness plan that you’ve already rejected with regards to Chronic Cardio – that more is necessarily better. In my estimation, there is a better way. One that defines fitness in the broader context of overall health and life quality. One that delivers impressive results with simple, novel hacks. And I’m confident all this can be achieved through PBF. In the coming weeks, you’ll have the chance to try it on for size. Until then, Grok on!

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  1. This should be a very interesting read. I read the Primal Blueprint and was really surprised by the focus on slow, easy cardio.

    As a competitive strength athlete I can attest that pushing it all the time really beats the body up and can leave you asking why?

    Unless you really care about winning I highly recommend a stress free, balanced approach to fitness. It should be fun!

    nathan wrote on July 29th, 2010
  2. Very cool post!

    With work and family being my priority these days, an easy approach to health and lifestyle is why Primal is the way to go for me.

    Food choices are a no brainer. Excercise is quick, concise, and effective.

    I get my fix in the car listening to podcasts. A Primal Podcast would be an awesome thing Mark!


    Farley wrote on July 29th, 2010
    • Hello, Farley,

      I’ve got a Primal podcast in the works, exclusive to all Primal Leap participants. The Primal Leap Kit will be launched in August. Stay tuned!

      Mark Sisson wrote on July 29th, 2010
  3. I look forward to adding/adjusting my current workout to include PBF to my simplefit/shovelglove workouts.

    Mike Wootini wrote on July 29th, 2010
    • I’ve built PBF to seamlessly accommodate other programs and skill/work/sport specific training if that is your wish. I recommend to not overdo it, but if you have something you want to integrate into the PBF plan there are very easy ways to do it.

      Mark Sisson wrote on July 29th, 2010
  4. Eagerly looking forward to Primal Blueprint Fitness..

    Resurgent wrote on July 29th, 2010
  5. I’ve been thinking for a while about how the Pareto’s Principle — 80-20 rule — soooo applies to adopting a healthier lifestyle.

    There’s a 20% that’ll bring 80% of the results. The other 80% are the details.

    Andrea wrote on July 29th, 2010
  6. Bravo!

    This is exactly the point – who wants that last 5%, I tried for it, probably achieved a bit of it, but it nearly killed me and it certainly didn’t make me happy. Just today I exchanged emails with a buddy of mine who has been shifting to Primal (especially with regard to training) over the last six months and I paste below what he said …

    “I can almost see my season review writing itself even now. After all the years of training in CC I have enjoyed this year so much more and I have more enthusiasm for events and even training itself. If the results end up showing that I’ve got faster as well then this will put the icing on the cake.”

    Grok on fellow followers :-)

    Kelda wrote on July 29th, 2010
    • As you alluded to, Kelda, how long can that last 5% be maintained, too? Not long, and yet another reason to approach fitness with a more relaxed mindset from the outset.

      Mark Sisson wrote on July 29th, 2010
  7. What a great (and timely) post! As I get closer to my fitness goals I’ve been thinking a lot about the next step. Do I want to push harder, longer to reach the next level? I’m starting to realize that the level I’m at now is perfect for me. I work hard, but not too long. I feel energized, fit and healthy, and I don’t have to worry about every weight I use or every calorie I put in my mouth. It’s incredibly freeing to be thinking this way after obsessing (and not getting very far) for so many years. I may not ever have a perfect-looking body following this path, but I’ll continue on the road to optimum health for sure.

    Jenn wrote on July 29th, 2010
  8. Good point about food v exercise. It reminds me of a recent Paul Chek seminar titled something like “sporting performance begins and ends with what you eat”. When you think that maybe you eat 20 meals per week opposed to exercising 3 or 4 times per week – which one makes the biggest difference? what you eat now is being metabolized over the next 48+ hours compared to some exercises where the effect last only during the exercise or for a short time after – although sometimes I can feel the effect of a heavy weights session 2+ days later, especially when I change to a new program!

    Daniel wrote on July 29th, 2010
  9. I am soooo looking forward to PBF!! I am in pretty good shape, but would like to be stronger and also get rid of my lingering belly. :)

    Ely wrote on July 29th, 2010
  10. After reading you almost daily for a year and a half this post really sums up how I feel about fitness now. The problem now is convincing all of my friends and family that their constant obsession with the next marathon or triathlon or bike race and the hours of training that comes with it maybe isn’t the best and healthiest way to live…that it’s ok to play and that just because I am not signed up for the next marathon like I used to be I am still pursuing a healthy lifestyle. This ride the last year or so has been the most life changing eye opening thing for my family and I. The hard part for me has been trying to convince others of it.
    Thanks Mark for giving me permission to enjoy life, play, walk, move slowly…it really has been a breathe of fresh air and I feel better than ever! (Still working on getting over the urge to compete and race…any suggestions?)

    Ed Griffin wrote on July 29th, 2010
    • I’ve stopped trying to convince anyone, just enjoy the results myself and let my example do the talking, as for the urge to compete, just go with the flow, if you want to, do, I’ve still been ‘competing’ but using Primal eating and training to support it, and you know what a) I enjoy it far, far more and b) I feel the need to do less and less to be honest, and to do different things. It’s all about enjoyment not denial.

      Kelda wrote on July 29th, 2010
    • I identify with you completely, Ed. I too am surrounded by friends training for the next big race. After all, until recently, I was one of those addicted people too. In fact, no one believes me when I tell them I don’t work out like that anymore. However, I am calmer and less wound up from constant physical pursuits. Not to mention, I have more free time. I would say to your temptation to race – try a new sport as a casual thing. I have found that helpful to distract me from my desire to run long distances.

      Rebecca wrote on July 29th, 2010
      • Thanks for the suggestions Rebecca and Kelda. I am trying to find other things to do to satisfiy my urge to compete. I think the competitive side of me still wants to go out and prove to everyone that I still have it and that I can compete with all my friends and family. I wish I could get all of them to come play a fun game of ultimate with me.

        Ed Griffin wrote on July 29th, 2010
  11. I know a guy at work who works out before a date to look good in his Ed Hardy T-shirt. The last time I checked, no girl went home with a guy because he had the most vascular pair of guns!

    Kishore wrote on July 29th, 2010
    • I guess you’ve never seen an episode of “Jersey Shore”! (Just kidding, I haven’t either.)

      Mr. Joshua wrote on July 29th, 2010
    • _Immediately_ before the date? All that does is make him sweaty! (Works for some gals… not me…)

      Jen wrote on July 29th, 2010
      • Jen, 23.1555567 minutes before the date.

        Kishore wrote on July 29th, 2010
        • Ah yes. Adequate time to de-sweat. (Sweat is part of the fun for certain Grokkian activities of course, but not usually the beginning…)

          Jenny wrote on July 30th, 2010
  12. Hahaha thats halarious!

    frank wrote on July 29th, 2010
  13. Mark, I can hardly wait until you reveal the PBF. So far I have lost 25lbs in 3 months and just now (about a month ago) started following your 7 day workout routine using the 15 minute workout for HIIT & bodyweight exercises for lifting heavy things. I am in the best shape of my life and I am just getting started! I love the fact that I can achieve a better looking, better feeling me by doing so little. With a wife and kids, time is very valuable to me and this lifestyle fits the bill. Thanks!

    Corey wrote on July 29th, 2010
  14. Do I have to resign to get the workouts since I already get the newsletters?

    Pamela wrote on July 29th, 2010
    • Nope. All existing subscribers will be sent a special email with Primal Blueprint Fitness attached as a PDF. Keep your eyes peeled.

      Mark Sisson wrote on July 29th, 2010
      • Great, I’ve signed up!

        I sure appreciate all the info, Mark.
        I guess you could say my favorite sales method is the ‘soft sell’ which you have done.

        I too found my way over from

        I have eaten vegan before and experienced firsthand how my vegan diet did good things for endurance but seemed to lack the protein needed for healing after heavy gym sessions. My vegan diet was ‘low on the food chain’, like the primal diet, sans animal products. A well known heart doctor has written several books on nutrition, and following his guidelines I was able to go from 224 to 214, simply by cutting out high glycemic foods and getting my fat intake up. Using the ‘primal’ method now(which seems natural to me) I’m now at 198 and headed to 185. At 6′ I think 185 is a good benchmark, and I may revise either up or down a little from there. I do love the variety and type of exercise you reccomend. It feels good to both the body and the brain.

        Grok on, Brothers (and Sisters)!


        Kenny wrote on August 1st, 2010
  15. Mark,

    I’ve been working out a gym for almost 3 years, doing the same old workouts, and lost 65 pounds. But I’ve been trying to lose the last 25 for nearly 2 years! Hence, I found your site and switched to Primal eating about 3 weeks ago. And I’m really glad I did — I haven’t felt this good in years!

    Here’s my question — I also recently started CrossFit (well, I have to modify or do substitutions for nearly everything but the running due to lack of proper equipment and just lack of strength). Will your Workouts of the Week be similar to the WODs? I’d really like a program where I don’t have constantly make substitutions for headstand push-ups or barbell snatches — but I’d like an intense workout that doesn’t take 2 hours of my time.

    Thanks for everything you’ve put in to this site — it’s been eye-opening and life-changing!

    Lori wrote on July 29th, 2010
    • There will be some similarities between WOWs and WODs, but some distinct differences, too.

      Most notably, we’re working on constructing WOWs that:

      a) occasionally use specialized equipment, but with a focus on workouts where you can use ANY kind of weight (where a dumbbell, kettlebell, weight vest, heavy rock, etc. will do equally well)

      b) occasionally use specialized equipment but with weightless (i.e. bodyweight) variations also provided

      Not all WOWs will be solely about Lifting Heavy Things.

      And, harnessing the power of this informed community, we’ll be accepting WOW submissions. They’ll be filtered by me and my team. Those that make it to MDA will be entered in a drawing to win a Primal prize.

      But I’m getting ahead of myself!

      Stay tuned for the ebook!

      Mark Sisson wrote on July 29th, 2010
  16. I’m so excited for PB fitness! I’ve been slowly converting friends and family by sending them links to your site and preparing foods for them from the PB cookbook. Hoping this is the final nudge that some of them need!

    Julie wrote on July 29th, 2010
  17. Thanks Mark for all the wonderful information you provide. I can’t wait to begin Primal Blueprint Fitness!

    Mr. Joshua wrote on July 29th, 2010
  18. Can’t wait to see your take on it. I’m curious to see how equipment intensive it’s going to be. Hopefully requiting (ie taking advantage of) some heavy barbell movements.

    Again I’m super excited. (you should consult Robb wolf for ideas/implementation)

    Aaron wrote on July 29th, 2010
  19. I really enjoy reading MDA, so much that, I keep going to the page hoping that Mark got up super early one morning and posted it earlier (I work from 6 a.m to 2:30 p.m and get caught up in my work too quickly). I am so excited for the PBF to become a tangible item!!!!

    Pam wrote on July 29th, 2010
  20. I’m just finishing up my first round of P90X and after 13 weeks of going hard an hour at a time, 6 days a week… I’m just burnt the heck out! I think its a great “boot camp” type of program, and I’ve lost over 30 pounds on it (while also eating Primal)… but it has seriously OWNED me for the past 80+ days, it eats into my time with my family, its prevented vacations, and has it been worth it? For the short term, yes. Long term though, I need something that I can do quickly, enjoy, and involve my wife/kids. Bring on PBF!

    Mr. Anderson wrote on July 29th, 2010
  21. Interesting post, Mark. As with many other areas that require discipline, I now have trouble exercising only in moderation, and I’m wondering if any other MDA readers find this to be true for themselves as well. After almost 3 years of eating Primally and exercising regularly but not not extremely, I found myself hitting a wall in body composition and started CrossFit. Once I had a 300 lb deadlift, all I could think about was 400, and when that was achieved, 500.

    I’m really enjoying the journey, but I sometimes wonder where it’s all headed. Of course, not having a wife or kids also plays a role – my friends who have families tell me that they couldn’t overtrain anymore even if they wanted to. For now, I just try to train hard and put equal effort into recovery, but I definitely feel like I’d have a hard time slowing down even if my health would actually improve as a result.

    Gabe wrote on July 29th, 2010
  22. Thanks Mark. I am a crossfitter, but far from the elite athlete. I have had amazing results from crossfitting 3x week. As most of you out there no crossfit workout are short!

    I think the most importnant part of fitness is FUN and ENJOYMENT! if your not having fun what’s the point? I have discovered after 30 years that i LOVE lifting heavy things and LOVE INTENSITY. So crossfit is the perfect fit for the FUN factor (for me)

    I workout because I LOVE MY BODY (not to lose weight of change it) I accept whatever body I get from that love :-)

    But alot of crossfitters workout for the numbers and 8packs, more power to them, but there is so much more to be gained from your point of view.

    Thanks for helping so many people question convential wisdom!!

    Who has fun on the eliptical?

    Stephanie Vincent wrote on July 29th, 2010
  23. Hey Mark, awesome post and I think PBF is just what I need! Thanks, Michelle :)

    Michelle Matangi wrote on July 29th, 2010
  24. Stellar post, Mark.

    I’ve been posting a lot on my fitness philosophy at my blog the past couple weeks and am happy to see we are both on the same page in many ways.

    When it comes to fitness – as opposed to athleticism, which I view as fitness for fitness’s sake – I believe there are four reasons why we should strive to make it a priority: to increase sexual attraction, increase status, increase energy while reducing illness and injury, and increase lifespan.

    Unfortunately, these things don’t scale linearly with the time, effort, and money put into them. When it comes to your health, The Pareto Principle is in full effect – 80% of our results are coming from only 20% of our efforts.

    I urge my readers to focus on the “vital few” 20% (or 25%) to get themselves to an 8/10 or 9/10 for all of the “Core Four” reasons I listed above.

    Anything more and you had better be an elite athlete for the increased investment to become worth it.

    Anyhow, I’m really looking forward to the unveiling of PB Fitness! Looks like I’ll be able to get a lot from it.

    Darrin wrote on July 29th, 2010
  25. Can’t wait. Hurry up and release it, Mark!

    David wrote on July 29th, 2010
  26. Good post.

    But I find it hard to completely agree in my case.

    I just want to get bigger! Im so skinny. You say 80% of your body composition is what you eat. I have low body fat but obviously can’t eat my way to muscles.

    I’ve been doing two intense lifting sessions per week for several months. Im totally about not getting obsessed with perfection so dont do more than this, but despite lifting heavier weight see no improvement in muscle gain. I eat right and exercise but can’t reach my goal.

    I know many would envy me being skinny! but I believe gaining this weight is harder than losing!

    Eddy wrote on July 29th, 2010
    • Try adding raw milk to your diet if you haven’t yet.

      I go through 2 gallons of raw goat’s milk every week for about 6 weeks now. My 4 small dental cavities filled in and my weight is stable. Weight started coming off fast eating primal and raw goat milk stopped the weight loss. I feel stronger, tougher and my overall skeletal looks broader. Noticable at my shoulders and collar bone.

      Suvetar wrote on July 29th, 2010
  27. Mark, what’s your opinion on taking up some strongman training? Not competitively, but training that way for more functional strength.

    Kishore wrote on July 29th, 2010
  28. Can’t wait for PBF!

    Barry Weidner wrote on July 29th, 2010
  29. Hi Mark – a first time poster here (although I must admit that I have read in detail several of your post topics)

    Couple of quick things:

    I read with interest your interview w/ Karen De Coster on end of last week and then posted a short response to her directly, it can be found here:

    I then developed a much longer response since my takeaway from that interview was a denial of endurance strength conditioning. After reading your note here, and the sublink on “moving freq’ly at slow pace”, now I am confused.

    I e-mailed my longer response as an attachment (which I can’t do here) to Karen this week, and asked her to share it with you.

    I could send it to you directly if you e-mail me.

    But I am discovering (actually have been unconsciously aware of it for a few decades) that there is real interplay between speed strength and endurance strength conditioning. They are mutually self-reinforcing!

    That is why I am so over-reactive to poo-poo’ing endurance work. Now, in my longer response I get very specific about endurance work and the “chronic-cardio” term is not something I am familiar with. Sorry, I never went to a gym to do a work-out. Weights were at home (lol!). So, I am clueless there (grin).

    ———–OFF TOPIC————-
    I have just discovered (today & yesterday) that I am suffering from a side effect of taking too much Alpha Lipoic Acid (1200mg/day orally). I was trying to accelerate the healing of a nerve sheath coming from a herniated disc I got last year. I thought that I had caught a very aggressive stomach flu (just would not go away)!

    I had also suffered insomnia as well, so I am pretty convinced it was an overdosing of ALA.

    In my research of this (and I have done multiple searches on your site and have not been successful), it was stated that too much ALA can cause semi-hypoglycemic events, so it is important to have a boost in B1 (thiamine) as well.

    Why is that? I have also been feeling a bit drained some days of the week, but it isn’t a daily experience.

    Thanks very much for your help – know you’re very busy,


    Iluvatar wrote on July 29th, 2010
  30. Thank you Mark. Haven’t enjoyed any post as much since primal perparation for the post-nuclear age one a few months back.

    Will wrote on July 29th, 2010
  31. This is pretty exciting! I can not wait to see what PBF is all about. It will be a life changer I am sure!

    Primal Toad wrote on July 29th, 2010
  32. You can try all you want to be 100% perfect but if you weren’t born to primal parents you will probably never be 100%.

    Every person I come across has some degree of cranial deformities from an underdeveloped maxillary bone. It makes breathing difficult, worsens eyesights, gives eye pains, crowded teeth and therefor dental and jaw pain. These things can’t be corrected with a primal diet.

    I have healed everything from rheumatoid arthritis, brittle nails, degenerative lower back disc disease but nothing I do affects my facial bone.
    I have now found a web site which can correct dental and jaw bone problems.
    I have an appointment on the 5th with an orthodontist who specializes in that departement.

    This widening of the jaw and nasal passages will allow more oxygen to be delivered and allows people to perform better. If you’re an athlete or want to become one it’s important you look into this. Simple cases cost around 2000 us $. The more complicated ones which are upper + lower jaw run around $5000 US.
    On top of being able to perform better you’ll also have perfectly lined up teeth and it can even cure sleep apnea (the kind that makes ya snore).

    Suvetar wrote on July 29th, 2010
  33. So, will the PBF be available for Wii?

    hahaha, just kidding 😉

    can’t wait!

    Peggy wrote on July 29th, 2010
  34. Mark,

    Another great post stressing the importance of reducing stress.

    (I assume that) We are all greatful that you put in that last 5% for us when you do your research and scrutinize your PB claims! Hopefully the powerful community of healthy people you are helping to create far outweighs any daily stress you may incur as a result.

    To answer the question, I would likely stop pushing myself harder the moment I feel that it is disrupting my relationships with other people. That is one of the main reasons (along with lifting heavy objects and sprinting) I do CrossFit. I have made fantastic friends and I’m in the best shape of my life and I only really spend 3 or 4 hours dedicated to “fitness.”

    Thanks again!

    Neil wrote on July 29th, 2010
  35. I check my emails everyday hoping to see your PBF!

    I did P90X too and it had such a bad impact on my time, family, mood and all the things that are important to me. Obviously it was my choice to do it but as a new mum I desperately wanted to do something for me and to make me look and feel better. With your help my health and fitness journey has become attainable and fun.

    Mark you must be an amazing person and it must give you so much personal satisfaction watching so many people achieve a better quality of life because of what you do. I hope you remain so caring for years to come. A big thank you for all of your hard work!

    Maria wrote on July 29th, 2010
  36. Can’t wait to get this! I need the kickstart and this is perfect timing. I’m looking forward to the Primal Leap, too! I thought about this insane chronic cardio world today as I walked along the bike path by the beach and saw people jogging and biking past me with agonized looks on their faces and decked out in the latest bike/running fashions along with ankle, knee, calf, elbow braces. Sad. I, in the meantime, walked 2 miles up the bike path in my VFFs and loose shorts and t-shirt, crossed over the dune path to the ocean and returned to my vacation spot oceanside, refreshed and ready to start the day with no pains. So relaxing.

    Laurie D. wrote on July 29th, 2010
  37. I am already receiving a weekly news letter from you. Is the fitness email separate from this? I am reading PB right now and I just received the cookbook. I haven’t started the program yet but I am working towards it. My problem is getting the motivation to get to the gym at the end of the day. I say everyday I am going but by the end of the day I am whipped. Please let me know if it is a separate email. Thanks

    Anthony U wrote on July 29th, 2010
    • Just read a post up above with the same question. So its been answered. But I would love some advice on how to get going on this.

      Anthony U wrote on July 29th, 2010
  38. Like all of your work Mark, this one should prove to be just as informative, insightful and very useful. I look forward to it!

    Mike Cheliak wrote on July 29th, 2010
  39. Any form of perfection is a waste of time. Nothings perfect in the first place, so nothing you desire is perfect at the same time.

    Jerry wrote on July 29th, 2010

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