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Does Working Out Suck?

by Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Kymberly: If you know anything about us, you know my sis and I think working out is pretty darn fun and uplifting. We’ve been active all our lives. So why are we keen on a book entitled Working Out Sucks?

book cover

Alexandra: Yes, or no – Do you think working out sucks?
Before you answer that, ask yourself a few other questions:

  1. Does dying early from something totally preventable suck?
  2. Does not being able to play with your kids or enjoy many activities suck?
  3. Does feeling uncomfortable and unhealthy in your own body suck?
  4. Does getting paid less than your equals suck?

These are some of the questions Chuck Runyon, the CEO and co-founder of Anytime Fitness poses in Working Out Sucks. Whatever we’ve been doing over the past few decades to get fit and healthy, it isn’t working. We are less fit and less healthy, and our children are expected to have shorter life spans that we are. I don’t want that for my kids.

The mind tells the body what to do and Runyon and his co-authors, Rebecca DeRossett, a therapist and registered dietitian, and Brian Zehetner, a conditioning professional, share a lot of expert information about ways to train yourself out of bad habits and into better ones. I thought the book would be “in your face” and it is, but not in a blaming, name-calling way. More in a sincerely concerned, “Save your own life and money” kind of way.


Kymberly: Bottom line — the main message of the book is that the consequences of NOT working out suck more than exercise. Yes, inactivity super suckity sucks the most.

If you are someone who needs a boot in the booty; motivation and information to get your giddy up a goin’; a straight shot of “no excuses” advice, then take a read. But move as soon as you put the book down for goodness’ sake!

Fair warning given — the three authors have oodles of personality and do not mind sharing opinions. Are you someone who needs a “no more lame excuses” smackdown to get started on the journey to better health and all around fit-tastic-ness? Do you like stats and quotes that rouse you? Most controversial and misunderstood example: “Money is allergic to fat people.” You will then respond to the opening chapter-ettes that are designed to get you out of your snuggie and into the gym or outdoors.

The later sections help you change any sabotaging behaviors and set a plan for your eating and (dare we say) workouts. “Move a muscle; move a feeling,” is one side benefit of being active. Yes, you really will feel better if you follow the authors’ advice.

Your body doesn't like junk food

Feeling crummy after eating junk food sucks!

Alexandra: Most people hate exercise because it seems like punishment, Even though we at Fun and Fit are all about finding ways to make fitness fun, Runyon’s perspective is more like, “Hey, so exercise might be punishment, but the alternatives are far worse, so get going.” He’s the nagging mom; we’re the teen who knows we should be doing our homework but have procrastinated till it’s almost too late. If you want to get an “A” in life, lace up your shoes, dust off your sweats and do your push-ups!

K and A: Why do we mention push-ups? Because Anytime Fitness puts their money where their LOUD mouth is, and are giving a free one-year membership to one of the participants in our Push-ups for Patriots challenge. To find out why 212 push-ups a day for 31 days does NOT suck, read the post.

And if you want to be entered to win your own copy of Working Out Sucks. you just have to ‘fess up in the comments about an excuse you’ve used to avoid working out. You can also enter to win by tweeting about the giveaway using the hashtag #WorkingOutSucks. Then link to this post or either of us on Twitter so we’ll know you tweeted. We have four copies to give away, so comment at will! While jogging in place! We’ll announce the winners on January 30th, the same day as the #WorkingOutSucks tweetchat.

If you do not win one of our giveaway copies and can use a solid, thorough, easy-to-follow guided tour to start on the path to a better and more active life, buy the book. It includes a 21-day nutrition and fitness plan, AND two coupons in the back for a free 30-Day Anytime Fitness club pass or a one-year Anytime Health online membership. These are worth more than the price of the book, but hey, if you win one, it’s worth waaaaaaay more than the price you paid! Even sweeter, 100% of book proceeds go to support Limbs for Life, a non-profit organization that provides prosthetics to those in need.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Readers: Did working out ever suck for you? If so, did you overcome that feeling? How?


About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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46 Responses to Does Working Out Suck?

  1. Tara Burner January 5, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    you two ROCK! always make me laugh or smile
    and soooooooooo true on all the other things that suck more!
    (especially dying!)

    I wanna win a copy!!!
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    • AlexandraFunFit January 5, 2012 at 9:03 am #

      Tara, all you have to do to enter is put a comment here about an excuse you’ve made in the past to not workout. We have 4 copies to giveaway, so chances are good!
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  2. Tara Burner January 5, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    oppps duh….forgot my excuse..which this week has been “it’s too cold to run” and when I say cold it’s been 32..which is a far cry from 78-90 I’m used to!

    oh and I added your giveaway at
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  3. Evelyn January 5, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    You guys gave me a laugh. “boot in the booty.” :)

    Sounds like this is a good book to have. I have no excuse for not sticking to exercising. I always say, I’ll do it tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes. Time to woman up and get to it.

    I enjoyed reading this, very motivating!

    • AlexandraFunFit January 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      You’re right Evelyn, it actually is a good book because it offers practical tips for making change. And a free coupon for gym membership!
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  4. Melissa January 5, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Great post! My excuse is always I’m too busy – and then I spend hours on Pinterest or something!
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  5. Christa @ Little BGCG January 5, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    I think at first working out sucks but then once you get into the groove of things it’s great!
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  6. Emilia January 5, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I think I am spending more time on finding excuses than the workout would take :D. Not that I don’t know this, and I definitely have something to be better at this year.
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  7. John Poole January 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Yeah, working out (in general) sucks! That’s why I like rowing so much. Because there’s never a dull moment out on the water and in the company of others who are out there, too. I think the key to effective workouts is to find something you really enjoy doing, even if it takes a long time to discover what that is. Then you’ll want to do it everyday, instead of avoiding it or putting it off.

    Also, when you find a work-out activity you really like, if you convince yourself that other necessary things (like strength and flexibility training) are actually an integral part of it, you’ll be more inclined to do those essential workouts, as well.

    “OH HIM” :-D

  8. Amy January 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    The easiest excuse up in the far north pacific northwest is – It’s raining. Such an easy excuse. And definitely something to Get Over! Because it is wet out for 9 months in a row. Well, I’m exaggerating a little. It is a great excuse, but it’s worth going out for a run anyway, especially when you get to impress people later by mentioning that you went out for a run!

    By the way, I’m jealous of John Poole – any day on the water is a good day in my book!

    • AlexandraFunFit January 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      Hey Amy. When I lived in Oregon, I found I would walk in the rain anyway, as long as my friend went with me. If she couldn’t come, I always found a reason not to go. A hat and jacket solve the rain issue, but it’s way more fun with a friend.
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  9. Mena January 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Working out is great! Or at least when you’re done working out it’s great.

    That sounds as though I don’t actually enjoy my workouts, but I do. I enjoy all my fitness classes (otherwise I wouldn’t be doing them), but I do have those moments when the instructor is being particularly pushy and I just say to myself ‘is it nearly over’. It’s during those times that clock watching becomes both my ally and my foe :)
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  10. Carly January 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Oh, wow this book sounds super neat. My excuses not to work out: I’m tired, The couch is super comfy right now, I’m tired, and my favorite Uuuuuuugh I don’t feeeel like it.

    Self discipline is definitely something I’m going to work on this year. Also, I know that if I worked out, I would be less tired… I feel great after I work out (and I’m more consistent than I used to be, just not consistent enough) but, I just need to remember how good I feel. And after I’m wiped from chasing after a baby and no sleep (STILL!) it is so much easier to make excuses then get off my butt.

    • AlexandraFunFit January 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

      Actually, Carly, you are right – exercise DOES give you more energy. I know how hard it was when my kids were babies. My secret – I was a teacher so I HAD to show up. Have you considered becoming an instructor? Then you know you’ll go AND you’ll get paid.
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  11. LeeAnn January 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    My husband and I worked out 4-5 times a week at the gym before we got married. When we came back from our honeymoon I found out I was pregnant, so my excuse was always that I was “too afraid” to work out. We ended up cancelling our gym memberships a few weeks later. ;-)
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  12. Laura January 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    One of my standard excuses for not working out is that my children’s schedule gets in the way. Recently though I have not let that get in the way. Very interested in this book. Pick me to win it! Pleaaaaaasssse! Just kidding. Still pick me but do not want to sound tooooo needy! ;-)

  13. AlexandraFunFit January 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Hey Laura, think how your children will learn to make exercise part of their daily life if they see you doing that. And you are so right to want this book because it’s actually quite good and has good advice. The good news? We have four copies so your chances are quite good!
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  14. Bex January 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    I excercise everyday (and have the book), so I’ll just leave a comment and not enter… #2 up top is what drives me. I want my kids to have making memories of an active vibrant mother when they look back at growing up. They deserve the best me possible. And good job to Anytime Fitness stepping up their game for charity! xo
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  15. Bex January 6, 2012 at 4:47 am #

    I already have (and love) the book, so this isn’t an entry. #2 up above is my main motivator for staying fit. Not only do I want my kids to look back on their childhood and remember a fun, fit, and vibrant mom playing with them, I want to live long enough to see my great-grandchildren grow up. Does working out suck? Not when it means a higher quality of life with the people I love the most in the world. xo
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  16. Angie @ Losing It and Loving It January 6, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Perfect timing…I have been sick since the New Year and I would always use that as an excuse not to exercise. So a goal I set for 2012 was fitness every day and although sick, I made it a point to do something whether it was some light lower body moves, ab work on the ball, etc. It wasn’t a normal workout week BUT I didn’t use being sick as an excuse this week.
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  17. Toni January 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Great review! I want to win a copy!! I have used the excuse of being too tired to work out!
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  18. Rachel @RunningRachel January 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    I really want to read this book. My fitness ‘excuse’ for not working out is: the weather (cold, hot, raining), children (hungry, cranky, they are with me, have to pick them up, tired), tired, etc :)
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    • AlexandraFunFit January 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

      Wow, Rachel, I sure hope you don’t have crummy weather, cranky kids and tired you all in one day. That sounds way too much like my life when my boys were younger and we lived in MN. Loved the people; hated the weather shifts. I liked the practical advice in the book especially the 21 day plan. When I’m tired, I just want someone else to get things organized for me! Good luck!
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  19. Diana Hammond January 12, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    This book sounds like the kick in the bootie that I could use! My excuse list is growing way too long…it’s too cold, I have too much other stuff to do, I’ll do it tomorrow, my exercise buddy is busy, and my excuse for today is I don’t have any nice exercise clothes, so I need to go shopping! Help, I need this book!!!

  20. Marcia January 18, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Sounds like a fun read! I’m in!
    My excuse is I’ve run out of time (because I’ve procrastinated on the web waaay too long).
    I’ll link your giveaway on my blog.

  21. Leticia January 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    I guess the missing part is the “DRIVE” of one’s self to seek the needed discipline towards getting the goal of attaining good figure. There are lots of temptation. Only thing is inspiration. The key to having the guts to do the necessary means of loosing weight.
    Patience comes along with it as well. Overall? I call it sacrifice. The urge to not indulge in the temptation.
    Just a thought,
    Letty here
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  22. Lani Yearicks (@armytbonegirl) January 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    My excuse is that I’m too tired and my bed is too comfy. I am so not a morning person, but if I don’t work out in the morning, chances are pretty good that I won’t work out at all that day.

  23. Rich R January 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Used too many excuses in the past to avoid working out. Too tired, muscles sore, not enough time. BUT NO MORE!

  24. Calla Gold January 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    I love the “no more lame excuses, ‘smack down.'” It is most amusing!!
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  25. Sarah Reece February 27, 2012 at 2:04 am #

    Hey K&A,

    I found this post very funny and interesting. I’m a lazy bone, BIG time, always have an excuse or another for not working out. But guess its now high time I kicked off my bad lazy habits, and hit the gym. That’s why I’m here on your blog.

    I absolutely loved the quote – Money is allergic to fat people. Will keep telling this myself over n again, and may be I should go quickly grab this book now.

    Thanks for the inspiration guys!!
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  26. Danielle Otero March 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I should do my homework instead! =P


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