The End of a Classic | Does Being Slightly Overweight Matter?

The End of a Classic

It’s a bit of a sad day.

I know Easter is right around the corner — Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it.

And things are going great for my readers of I have had over 1000 readers go through my freee Personal FatLoss Certification Course with rave reviews. As Freddy Mercury once said, “I thank you all.”

But I just found out that one of the best fitness role modeling books is being taken off the shelf for good.

Total Body Makeover from Lewis Wolk and the crew at A to Z Fitness is being retired — permanently removed from distribution early next week. In 5 days.

The reason? Lew and Sarah want to focus their energies on testing, reporting and then sharing with others what works in the fitness world.

This means they will not have the time to support their own material.

Now, you all know by now what I think about role modeling. It is one of the Top 5 Keys to Fitness Success.

It’s actually Key 2.

Key 1 is knowing how to define what success means to YOU.

Key 2 is finding role models: People who have been where you are and achieved the results you want to achieve.

Honestly, I would not have a career in fitness had it not been for role modeling and going through obesity first-hand. I would have just remained in the graphic design field forever.

But destiny had another plan… and I’m thankful for that.

You know, I still struggle with the obesity “genes” and habits, and I always will. But I now have SO many tools and role models to look to for inspiration that I just seem to keep getting back on the horse and keep my body in top shape most of the year.

When I slack off, and I do occasionally, I turn to guys and gals featured in Total Body Makeover for inspiration.

A kick-start back into the place I belong.

People like Craig Ballantyne, Nick Nilsson, Karen Sessions, Rob Poulos, and others… ALL found in Total Body Makeover.

It’s a book of inspiration, workouts, nutrition, mindset, and more.

Now for the good part.

As promised to all my readers, I will be sending you freee stuff and books that I do not make a penny from throughout the year.

If I think you need something, I’ll go the extra mile and get it to you.

So I am not taking any “commissions” or even a penny from this suggestion to get for yourself one of the last copies of “Total Body Makeover.”

Again — this is not making me a dime.

I don’t care.

It’s a darn good book.

On top of that, I’ve asked Lewis to include a freee book for you when you get Total Body Makeover called All Star Trainer Secrets… another role model classic normally $39.95… but freee…

and both books are only $14.95.

No strings, no commissions, just something I think you would love.

Get them here: Both books here

P.S. When you get the books, please email Lew and Sarah to say “thanks” for making this incredibly generous offer to my readers.

Does Being “Slightly” Overweight Matter?

Shockingly so.

A 2008 study nicknamed “The Physician’s Health Study” proved that just a little bit of extra weight can raise the risk of heart failure. The study was designed to calculate the heart hazards of being pudgy but not obese.

Researchers tracked the health of 21,094 U.S. male doctors for two decades found that even those who were only modestly overweight had a higher risk for heart disease. The numbers grew along with the amount of extra weight.

In men who are 5 feet 10 inches tall, for every seven pounds (3.2 kg) of excess body weight, their risk of heart failure rose on average by 11 percent over the next 20 years, the researchers wrote in the journal Circulation . The average age of the men at the outset of the study was 53. During the study, 1,109 of them developed heart failure.

Overall, the risk of heart failure increased by 180 percent in men who met the definition of obesity according to their body mass index (BMI of 30 and higher), and by 49 percent in men who met the definition of overweight (a BMI of 25 to 30).

So, what about the leaner and more active doctors?

“The lean and active group had the lowest risk and the obese and inactive group had the highest risk,” Kenchaiah said in a telephone interview.

And what about “all those hours” needed for exercise?

Yet another myth –

“As far as vigorous physical activity is concerned, even if somebody said they exercised one to three times per month — which is a very low level of exercise — they had an 18 percent reduction in the risk of heart failure after accounting for all other established risk factors,” said Kenchaiah.

This is just more support for my approach to exercise as found in 7 Minute Muscle. It is by far the shortest workout you can do to reap the greatest rewards.

It’s time to get more serious about that “little flab” — and studies like this one conducted over twenty years will go a long way to showing exactly how beneficial cutting the flab can be.

Fit Bits: In-Home or In The Gym?

For my top 5 questions of the day received, this makes the list.

“Jon, can I workout in my home or do I have to go to a gym?”

Here is both sides to the story…

First, the answer in most cases is “Yes” — you can workout in your home with little to no equipment and make very good progress.

With some exceptions.

First, you have to really have a great plan. Home workouts are fine, but honestly they are less exciting than going to a gym and being around other fit-minded folks. So a plan is crucial. If you just try to “catch a workout”, you will probably end up being inconsistent and not progressing.

Next week I’ll be releasing my 7 Minute Body System. This the in-home version of 7 Minute Muscle that requires only bands, a rubber ball, and your body weight. Dumbbells are optional.

This is a great plan for in-home workouts… and of course it’s only 7 minutes long.

There are other plans you can find on the Internet or in another book that may work for you too. Just be sure to USE on. Do not just wing it.

Results for in-home training tend to be lower on average than in-gym training for two reported reasons: Commitment and variety.

Commitment is crucial. If you have a good system and you can commit to it, then you can do well. But a gym fosters commitment in most people due to the costs and the environment. This is not always the case of course. Some people waste their bucks on a gym membership.

Variety is obviously much better in a gym — more equipment, more people to interact with (mental variety) and so-on.

One more thing: Progression. Progression is key in the gym or at home. So no matter what workout environment you choose, write down your workouts every day. The next time you perform that workout, be sure to add a rep or two here and there or some more resistance. Perhaps less rest between sets.

Always try to progress. Some days you will, others you may not — but the mental attitude of progress is essential.

The bottom line is this: If you can make the commitment to your self and get yourself a good, solid in-home plan, you can make in-home workouts work for you.

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9 Responses to “The End of a Classic | Does Being Slightly Overweight Matter?”

  1. George Redei says:

    I wanted to get the propose 2 books at
    Get them here: Both books here
    But in the payement moment the form I got asked from me not 14.95 $ but 37 $
    I do not like this.


    George Redei

    • Jon says:


      Either clear your cache or something, because that “is” the price of the books — I just hit the website myself. I even took a screen capture of the sales page that I just emailed to you.


  2. I’ve Googled “Physican’s Health Study” and find reference to two studies (PHS I & II). However neither seems to be the one to which is referred in this post. What is the link to the actual study results?

  3. Tanya T says:

    Cool! I’m looking forward to your new bodyweight system Jon. I currently work out at home. I am very obese and just too embarrassed to workout at a gym.

  4. Yen-Wei Liu says:

    Wow.. I am THRILLED to know you are going to have a 7MM “home edition” !!

    I currently use the old 7MM system at home with a pair of adjustable dumbbells. So this new program will certainly be very helpful to me.

    Now the only question is : will you have a special discount for previous 7MM owners ? :P


    • Jon says:

      Hi Yen-Wei,

      You bet… in fact it will be half price for all current users. I always take care of my readers. So, anyone who owns 7 Minute Muscle prior to next week will get 7 Minute Body (the in-home system) at half price for a 30-day period. After that it will go to full price since we have to manually track who’s who… ; )

  5. Julia says:

    Hi Jon,

    I have 2 questions for ya….First, will you be sending people who already own 7MM an email with a link to get 7 Minute Body? Second, I have quite a few friends(about 10) who I sent (Fit Friends)referrals to, that have added Fit 365, yet they are not showing up as ‘confirmed’ on my admin page? Only 3 have been ‘confirmed’ so far. Some of them added Fit 365 a few weeks ago!!Just wondering why they’re not confirmed yet.

  6. JaneRadriges says:

    The article is usefull for me. I’ll be coming back to your blog.

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