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The War on Fat

So you see the hordes of exercisers at the gym – or out pounding the pavement, and the majority of them aren’t training to get fit, to become athletic, to increase their bodies functions.

They’re not focused on getting stronger, increasing endurance, improving flexiblity, gaining power and speed – all the attributes that make you feel good about yourself.


Instead of focusing on what they want, these people focus on fighting fat, burning fat. They’re at war with fat – and it’s is a war they cannot win.

Yet, with a simple change of focus, all the world of fitness and it’s many benefits, can come running in your direction.

What’s this change of focus?

It’s turning fitness and exercise into a game; it’s contemplating the idea of being a great athlete or martial artist.

Now, this may sound unreasonable to you. Afterall, you may have no desire to compete in a sport, a race or a martial art.

But hold on there my friend. I didn’t say you had to compete or that you should. I’m simply saying that if you contemplate on this idea, if you focus on it, that it would change your emotions, your intentions, your habits and your results.

I’ve tested this out with a number of men and women who were working out to “burn the fat off.”

And they hated every minute of the training. Thing is, when I switched their focus to becoming a good athlete – to making this a game – they started training harder, smarter and with greater enthusiasm.

You can focus on “not being a weakling” – or you can focus on being strong. You can focus on burning fat – or building athletic muscle and skill. You can focus on riding yourself of a negative – or you can simply create something so positive that the negative disappears without an argument.

One of the facets of practicing martial arts that I love the most is precisely what I’m talking about. You don’t start training in martial arts to lose weight or burn fat. At least most people don’t. You do t because you have skills you want to develop.

Along the road to developing these skills, you may realize that you could be a much better martial artist if you dropped some pounds, and so you do so IN ORDER to become a better athlete/martial artist. You do NOT just drop weight to drop weight. You connect it to a bigger goal or desire.

This way of approaching fitness is fundamental to your success, but it’s fundamentally absent from the approach of almost all coaches and trainers.

They’re fighting the war on fat or the war on childhood obesity – and the more you fight, the weaker you get.

Better to reach for something BIGGER than youself. A Goal. A Dream that makes you go, “YEAH, I WANT THAT.”

A goal of “getting rid of something” of “losing something” is not a goal.

Would you set a goal to lose your home? To lose a diamond ring? To lose your car?


You set goals to get a house, get jewelry or to own a new car.

Well, then do the same with your body.

Get rid of your “get rid of” goals and focus on being healthy, fit, athletic, strong, flexible, pliable, nimble, quick, powerful, electric, magnetic and so on.

Make sense?

Hey, there’s more of the above and a ton more coming your way when you’re a member of the Furey Faithful. For example, next month I’m going to South Korea, China and possibly Hong Kong. And I’m planning on covering the journey for my Members – giving them my unique insights on what I’m doing and how it’s working.

This will be a martial arts oriented trip – but guess what goes inside that whirld?

Greater fitness, focus, flexiblity, agility, power, energy and more.

I’m really looking forward to sharing the inner details with my Members – and hope you’ll become one so you can partake in the know-how that you won’t hear anywhere else.


Matt Furey

P.S. Part of my trip will include training in the parks in Beijing, Chen Village and the Shaolin Temple. It’s going to be awesome. Climb aboard.

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