27. I have poor genetics
Then you’ll just need to work harder.
Some people are born genetically gifted and others are born with poor genetics. That’s the hand you are dealt.
What you do with it is up to you.
If you have poor genetics and you want to get in great shape, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. It simply means you might have to work 3 times harder or be 3 times stricter than the genetically gifted person.
Your genetics are just a factor, but should never be an excuse to give up or fail to achieve.
Ultimately that person with great genetics is likely to coast on them and get lazy. You, on the other hand, will learn what it takes to succeed earlier and, when age starts to catch up on the others, you will be ahead of all of them.
Think about that and stay motivated.
28. I’m too tired
Again, this is a tricky one as genuine fatigue could be a valid reason for holding back.
But often this one could be substituted with ‘I can’t be bothered’ and there is a big difference.
If you have set the time aside to do something active, like training, then give it a go. Don’t go in and try for a PB on your Squat or Load up for a heavy Olympic Lift. Start light and explosive and find out whether you are genuinely run down or just being lazy.
Have a read at this for more on training when tired.
29. I’m too stressed
This can fall into the same category as being too tired.
Work stress, family stress, relationship stress or lack of sleep, which is a stress on your nervous system, can indeed have a heavy detrimental effect on your training and should not be pushed through just because.
But, the answer is the same as being too tired – start light; be explosive; listen to your body for feedback.
Everyone gets stressed from time to time. But if it is happening frequently, then you have to deal with that.
Either get rid of the cause or learn to manage it better.
However, don’t ignore it. It has too big an influence.
And don’t use it as an excuse to do nothing. The feeling of not achieving will only add to the weight.
Remember, if you are busy, there are things you can prioritize and things you can do to get help [Eating Healthy with a Busy Lifestyle]
This is one I’m very guilty of and have to keep an eye out for. That word creates doubt and doubt halts action.
If you start to say something positive, then follow it with a ‘but’, learn to stop yourself.
The positive statement is all you need.
No ifs, buts or maybes – No Excuses!
31. I’m too self conscious
Making improvements is all about getting out of your comfort zone.
Whether it is pushing yourself further with your training or just pushing yourself to do something you don’t find easy or comfortable.
If you are self conscious, all the more reason to be working on improving.
Other people don’t care so much about what you look like but rather what you are doing.
Make your actions speak for you. And know you are making improvements toward being your Best Self.
If anyone has an issue with that, that’s their problem, not yours.
32. I have to put my family first
This one sounds hard to argue with.
Of course your family has to take priority for the most part. But similarly, you will be a priority to them.
Your health should be important to them and without that you may be either useless to them or, in severe cases, a burden.
But even if we are simply talking physical appearance or fitness levels, which are correlated to health anyway, how you feel about yourself is a factor in your overall wellness. And if it is important to you, then explaining that to your family should result in their support.
Perhaps not in all cases. However, if your family is not willing to support you when your reasoning is putting them first, that’s an issue beyond the scope of this article.
33. I don’t want to get bulky
But that’s no reason to avoid lifting heavy weights.
No one ever got bulky over night.
It takes months to add any noticeable size from muscle and years to add a mass that could be considered bulky.
This excuse is usually one that women use because they are worried they will turn into masculine looking bodybuilders. But that just doesn’t happen naturally to women as they don’t have enough testosterone (without injecting more).
And even if they did ‘supplement’, it takes a severe amount of work to add significant levels of muscle.
Those busting their asses in an attempt to do that would find it pretty insulting to hear you say you don’t want to lift heavy for this reason.
If it was that easy they wouldn’t be working so hard in the gym and piling up their plates at meal time day in day out in an attempt to add 5lbs of muscle over the course of a year.
So put down that excuse and pick up that heavy ass weight!
34. You have to have some enjoyment
This often gets thrown out on the back of advice of how harmful a certain food type (or drink) is for physique or fitness development.
If you have to eat crap or drink to enjoy yourself then I’d suggest there are bigger issues with your life that need to be looked at.
Food is a fuel.
It doesn’t have to be bland. But if a food or a drink is necessary for your happiness then that is more of a psychological issue. Especially if you are claiming that the change you are looking for from your training and diet is important to you.
Reflect on your priorities. How important is the change to you? What is your Emotivation for your change?
If, on reflection, you are then still reaming this one off, then you may have dependency issues that you are not quite willing to admit.
35. I’ll work it off at the gym later
This falls into a similar category to the excuse above.
You may work off the equivalent calories, but the nutritional and hormonal issues associated from eating badly can not be undone by a workout.
You can’t out train a bad diet.
So if you choose to eat crap, go for it. You are an adult and can do what you want. Just don’t use going to the gym later as justification for it.
36. I’ll never look like that
Especially if this is your internal belief.
But you don’t have to look like someone else.
What you can do is look the best you possibly can for you. And once you start down that path you will probably find your idolized physique is no longer on your radar. Or if it is, that you are able to get much closer to it than you first thought.
Use others as inspiration, not as an excuse to quit.
37. It’s too far
If it’s important to your goals then it’s not too far.
You are just too lazy to make the journey. Or the goal is not important enough to you.
Either way, stop spouting this excuse.
If the best gym or trainer for you to reach your goals is 20 miles away, but there is a gym or trainer 5mins up the road that is not as good, do you choose the close one or the one that will work?
If it’s the former, then you are wasting your time and your money with a false economy.
I find this funny that the same people who won’t travel an additional 10mins to use a gym, that is clearly better for them, will then book concert tickets at £100+ and travel 300miles for a 90min show. Or they’ll sit in front of the TV for 3hrs per night feeding their face with pizza, crisps and chocolate.
That time could have been used making some amazing progress that would benefit every aspect of their lives. But it is never thought of that way, because, “You have to have some enjoyment” [See number 34].
38. My friend said…
If you listen to everyone you’ll just end up a confused mess.
Everyone is an armchair expert.
There is a school of thought that you can only follow one master.
To an extent that is true.
If you have committed to one Coach or Adviser, then go looking for other pieces of advice, you haven’t put enough faith in that person. Therefore, the relationship will never work.
Then there is the Bruce Lee approach of – take in everything, discard what doesn’t work, keep the rest.
Both approaches make sense.
It really depends on how in tune with your own development or how analytical you are.
There are many paths to success.
So, if your ‘friend’ is telling you what you are doing is wrong or you should be doing it differently, in most cases you are simply doing something they are not. That doesn’t make it wrong.
Just keep to your plan and make your own decisions.
Don’t get distracted.
39. I’m happy as I am
If that is true then fantastic!
But then why has this even come up?
Either it is because you are not actually happy but you are trying to convince yourself you are because you can’t be bothered doing anything about it; or, others are seeing potential in you that you have not seen in yourself, but you can’t be bothered in putting in the effort to realize that potential.
I’d love it if everyone were truly happy with themselves.
But, if they truly were, then this phrase would never see the light of day.
40. You don’t know what it’s like
Maybe I don’t, but what difference does that make?
Everyone thinks their situation (when it’s bad) is worse than anyone else has ever experienced.
Chances are the people you think ‘don’t know what it’s like’ know exactly what it’s like. They have been there. They have simply dealt with it without making a huge drama of it.
This is most commonly used as a get out clause to make someone else ‘allow’ you to quit or fail.
Understand it is just an excuse.
Whatever the situation, it is what it is. And you can only deal with it to the best of your ability, regardless of what anyone else thinks.
If you are confident you are giving your all, there is no need to justify things.
No one has the right to judge you, but they will anyway. That’s their problem, not yours. Your only concern is to continue doing what you know is your best and owning it as such.
41. It’s not my fault
Yes it is!
Do something about it.
Even if something or someone else is to ‘Blame’, it is what it is!
You can’t control it or do anything about that.
Deal with what you can control.
It is your ‘Responsibility’ to do something about it.
Your progress is down to you, no one and nothing else.
So there you have it! 41 Excuses to watch out for and look to eliminate from your life in order to make some real progression with your physical and fitness developments. They will also apply to other aspects of your life no doubt, so read and re-read.