Weird Workout Hacks that Actually Work

Posted on Sep 22 2014 - 8:00am by Susan Bewley

This guest article was authored by Sergeant Michael Volkin, inventor of Weight Loss Stack 52 and Strength Stack 52 weight loss and fitness cards



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:

1Talk 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 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 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 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. 


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

20 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. CRAIG McLarty September 23, 2014 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Looks like some tough exercises. They look like they can condition one in a hurry.

  2. Rosie September 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I love this post as I love chocolate milk! Also, I notice that if I say something out loud to myself, it is easier to memorize, so I’m not surprised that talking positive things to yourself helps much!

  3. Shannon September 25, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing these with us. Have a sweet day.

  4. lisa September 26, 2014 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    I don’t work out at all. The title of the post just looked interesting to me so I thought I’d read it.

  5. Heather September 26, 2014 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Interesting, everyone knows about chocolate milk thou.

  6. Lesa September 27, 2014 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Chocolate milk sounds good, also cool tip on the 60 seconds before eating and 90 minutes after. Should give this a try, couldn’t hurt!

  7. Melissa Stephens September 30, 2014 at 10:21 am - Reply

    I had no idea that “physical exhaustion, or the desire to stop working out, is largely psychological” I had no idea I honestly thought your body just really got tired and worn out after a while. I just had my 3rd baby a month ago so getting into shape is something I am of course starting to think about (and dreading haha) I had a 3rd c section so I can’t go hard right now and work out like this but I am defiantly bookmarking it! Thank you so much!! xo

  8. Sonja Samples November 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I’m glad I read this for the chocolate milk section alone. i love choc milk and now it says it’s good…NICE.

  9. Linda Manns Linneman January 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    This article contains all kinds of new information for me. Drinking chocolate milk was one of them. I would have never thought it could replace a high cost drink. Thank you so much for sharing

  10. ac January 5, 2015 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    This looks like really effective work out plans. I’m ready to get fit!

  11. Pam C. March 19, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

    This article includes some interesting ideas. I certainly like the idea of drinking coffee before my workout. I can wake up before working out. Awesome!

  12. Linda Manns Linneman March 29, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    This is some great information I never knew about. I do know self talk is good for alot of areas in our life. As far as chocolate milk goes, I love it. Thank you so much for sharing

  13. Amber Ludwig March 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    I am all for chocolate milk lol!!! I could drink it by the gallon!! More Ovaltine please!

  14. Kimberly Flickinger (@kaflickinger74) April 26, 2015 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    This is very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Deb P May 4, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I do better at work outs when I do workouts with friends. It’s not as boring. Thanks for the information.

  16. Crystal Rogers Walker May 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    This looks very interesting I will try it and see how it works for me, different things work for different people

  17. Crystal Rogers Walker August 15, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    I will make sure I have a cup of coffee before I exercise how cool is that, I had no idea that caffine would help with exercise

  18. Agness of Run Agness Run February 14, 2017 at 8:08 am - Reply

    These hacks are weird, indeed. However, good to know that they actually work, Susan. I loved the coffee part!

  19. shannon fowler February 19, 2017 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    I always have some coffee right before I run. I like the last one about working out before and 90 minutes after you eat just to send the calories to your muscles. I hadn’t heard that before, but I know its essential to get carbs and protein within an hour of working out to build muscles.

  20. Michelle S June 21, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Ironically, my son runs cross country at his high school and they have a chocolate milk for every runner after the race (plus a banana).

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