Jerry Seinfeld’s magical fitness tip

Do you ever struggle with sticking to your exercise and diet routine?

One skipped workout leads to another, and another, and another. Then, before you know it, your fitness progress grinds to a halt.

This frustrating cycle is all too common.

Many of my clients have asked for a magical tip to stick with their exercise plan, and I found the solution in an unlikely place: from the mind of Jerry Seinfeld.

The story goes like this…

A few decades ago, when he was a touring comedian and the Seinfeld show was new to TV, a young man approached him behind stage at a comedy club to ask for advice. How can I become a better comic?

He told the young comic that to become better he should write better jokes. And to write better jokes, he must write every single day.

Seinfeld went on to describe his Chain Method for staying consistent. He hangs a big calendar of a whole year on the wall. On every day that he writes, he marks that box with an X. After a few days you have a chain that continues to grow longer. Now your job is to simply never break the chain.

Don’t break the chain!

While Seinfeld used this brilliant technique for writing jokes, we can use it for fitness. Every day that finds you in the gym gets a big, satisfying, red X. How gratifying to see your fitness chain grow on your wall calendar!

If your goal is to drop body fat and build muscle then consistency is key. Stick to your program every single day.

Build the chain; see the results.

Healthy Eating Chain

If you’re struggling with your diet then get a healthy eating chain going. Use a different colored pen than your exercise chain. Make a big X on every calendar day that you successfully stick with your healthy eating plan. You’ve got this!

Jamie Plunkett54 Posts

Jamie Plunkett founded Plunkett Fitness in 2009, after working as a trainer for various corporate gyms from 2002-2009. Jamie developed his passion for fitness and nutrition as an adolescent who always struggled with his weight. He graduated in 2004 from Emporia State University with a BS in Health Promotion. Jamie believes in always getting better, and spends much of his time each week continuing his education in fitness and nutrition. His current interests include nutrition, injury prevention, and strength training. Jamie holds the following certifications: ACSM – Health/Fitness Instructor, NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Poliquin – Bio Signature Practitioner Level 1, FMS – Level 1 & 2.

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