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Increase Your Workout Results with this Simple Step

Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.
— Gary Ryan Blair

I firmly believe in going the extra mile. My athletes learn very quickly that when I say “one more” there are usually two or even three more to follow. If I write 15 reps on the board, they should be prepared for 20, and 30 seconds could easily extend past the minute mark. At first, they may protest my methods, but soon they realize the importance of going above and beyond what is expected of them. Whether it is facing their toughest opponent, falling behind with only seconds left on the clock, or when they seemingly have nothing left to give, their ability to go “one more” could mean the difference between victory and defeat.


Not everyone has the drive to go the extra mile. One must be self-motivated, have a deep desire to succeed, and even then, may still need a little outside assistance from a coach or friend to push past their normal limits. I definitely experience days where I struggle to meet the average standard, let alone, reach for the stars. Whether at school, work, or everyday life, I look for ways to help give my best in all that I encounter. When it comes to training, I have THE BURNOUT.

At the end of each workout session, I always finish with a burnout. It is a quick additional workout that generally focuses on one muscle group, such as the glutes, or a particular section of the body, such as the core. I truly believe “you GET what you GIVE,” and my burnouts are a great way to GIVE just a little more!

Want to take your training routine up a notch? Add in a burnout. Hit a weight loss plateau? Create a larger calorie deficit (in other words, burn some major calories) by including a burnout after your workout session. Stuck in a workout rut? Change things up by finishing with a burnout.

Go the extra mile.


The “Pretzel Squat” burnout is a great lower body workout that targets your glutes and hamstrings. The exercise reminds me of some 80’s aerobic video! It may look silly but it is killer! Give it a try at the end of your next workout and let us know what you think. We love to hear from you!

Remember, you can find this burnout along with all of our workouts on the MAX Workouts page.