Weird Workout Hacks that Actually Work

It’s not hard to find hundreds of search results for workout tips when searching the internet. That’s why I was on a mission to find quick and easy workout tips that actually work, proven by scientific studies.  Below are my findings:

Talk to yourselfTalk to Yourself- While most people get bothered, and slightly scared, by others who talk to themselves while working out, the results of a recent study might get you mumbling too. In a study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal, researchers found that physical exhaustion, or the desire to stop working out, is largely psychological. The study recommends consistent and orderly self-talk in order to produce desired effects. By using statement such as “I am strong,” or “I can do two more reps,” you may find yourself pumping out an extra rep or running longer than ever before.


Grow a milk moustacheGrow a Milk Moustache- Chocolate milk, that is. While some athletes turn to a protein shake for post-workout, chocolate milk may be just as good of an option. Chocolate milk is a good post workout drink because it is a great blend of carbohydrates and proteins, all mixed into one. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that muscles protein synthesis is greater when milk-based proteins are consumed post workout, versus soy-based proteins.


Hit the coffee shopHit the coffee shop- This may be no different than usual for you coffee-lovers out there, but studies show there is a perk to having coffee or caffeine before a workout. Not only can caffeine help you burn a greater number of calories during your workout, it can also delay depletion of muscle glycogen, according to an article by the American College of Sports Medicine.


Activate your gluteActivate your Glut-4- Doing 60 seconds of exercise right before eating and 60 seconds of exercise about 90 minutes after eating will activate your Glucose Transporter 4. Doing this will allow more calories to flow toward muscle cells than fat cells. Also known as glut-4, this naturally-occurring protein in your body can do amazing things with the excess sugar and calories in your body.

The most effective workout tips are those that work for you. Every person’s physical make-up is different, but most important everyone’s motivation for exercising is different. Some of the above tips may help you tremendously, and others not at all. Give them a try!

This article was authored by Michael Volkin, inventor of Strength Stack 52 bodyweight exercise cards and the all new Weight Loss Stack 52, the most fun and unique way to lose weight. 

5 Replies to "Weird Workout Hacks that Actually Work"

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    October 15, 2014 (7:55 am)

    Talking to myself always helps me!
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      October 15, 2014 (9:57 am)

      Me too – I am sure people think I am losing it when they see my lips moving and no one in front of me. LOL
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    Tricia Coniglio
    October 15, 2014 (1:29 pm)

    I think lack of motivation during a workout is psychological for me for sure! There have been times that a mere song will totally change my lack of motivation and if the music choice isn’t up to par during a low motivation session then a little pep talk works.

    I read something about the sugar in a post workout meal also sends a spike in the blood sugar which allows the protein to be absorbed better – which then leads to better utilization. It is interesting to see the rest of what you found in the study.

    As for the glutes before and after a meal – that is a super easy thing to incorporate! And I really like muscle cells better than fat cells!
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      October 15, 2014 (1:34 pm)

      The right song can put some pep in my step.

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    October 15, 2014 (1:37 pm)

    so glad to see I’m not the only one who talks to myself during workouts!
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