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The book "8 Minutes in the Morning", written by Californian diet and fitness guru Jorge Cruise, is an easy, quick and simple formula to lose 2 pounds per week. This exercise program was developed for people who do not have time to get to the gym or fitness club as it can be done at home with little or no equipment for just 8 minutes a day. This workout plan is coupled with a portion controlled diet timed to be eaten at specific intervals as found in his best selling book The 3 Hour Diet.

 

Although the exercises found in the 8 Minutes in the Morning exercise program do target the whole body with a different part of the physique worked on each day of the week, its flaw is that it does not include any cardio or resistance training. Basically the 8 Minutes in the Morning fitness regime consists of strength training that includes a nutritional program and is best suited as a beginner package for inactive people. Costs to participate are minimal, amounting only to cost of the book which can be purchased on-line.

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Karen Windhauser
Love it!
This is a great little workout that I do every morning. I don't like the diet that goes with it so I just don't do that part but i really do like the workout. I thought I'd have a hard time keeping motivated, but it is so short and it makes me feel so driven that I realy don't mind doing it every morning.
Michael Cromwell
hard to keep up motivation
This is a really good workout. 8 minutes in the morning gives you a great little workout, you feel like it makes a difference, you get energized for your day and I personally felt like I was getting more flexible and just more fit overall from doing it. The problem is that there are so many excuses not to do it first thing in the morning. Trying to get the motivation to get up 8 minutes earlier is just killer. I start work very early and I get up at 5am. Having to set my alarm back to 4:50 is like asking me to remove one of my arms (at least that’s how it feels at that hour). So as much as this is a terrific exercise program, I just can’t keep it up consistently.
Kyra
phenomenal workout
I absolutely love Jorge Cruise for coming up with this idea because it has absolutely changed my life. I used to drag myself out of bed and struggle to get going in the day. Really, it felt as though my day didn’t get started mentally until I’d had lunch. When I started to do the 8 minutes in the morning workout, suddenly, my entire world had changed. I would get up and put in my 8 minutes to “get them out of the way”. Although I still have to drag myself out of bed in the morning (I do love to sleep) as soon as I get the workout going, I’m suddenly able to face the day. I go from dragging to completely bursting with positive thoughts and energy. I can then have my shower, get ready and go. People at work have noticed a huge difference in me in the mornings because I’m suddenly sharper, faster thinking, and just overall more pleasant to be around, right from the moment that I walk in the door. I’m even enjoying my job a lot more. Instead of counting down the hours and minutes, I’m just getting in there and liking what I do. Nothing has changed at work, so I completely attribute it to my own personal attitude and the way that it has changed following this little workout. Even better? I find that I still have a lot more energy later on in the day, so I’ll usually get in a second workout, which helps me to stay fit and keep weight headed downward and under control. I’m also noticing that I am falling asleep faster at night, and once I’m asleep, I’m out until my alarm clock (darn that thing) goes off in the morning. I imagine that being well rested is also helping me to feel positive and full of live, too. I would recommend this to anyone. It’s only 8 minutes, so it’s something that everybody is able to fit in.
Bonnie Brown
start the day fresh
I’m not a morning person by any means, so it’s not easy for me to just spring out of bed and start exercising. Of course, that’s not what I do with this program, either, but at least I know that it’s short enough that I don’t have to get up much earlier and I don’t have to worry about it taking up a lot of time before I have to get ready and go for work. I don’t do this at all on the weekends, but I do it as soon as I get up every morning on weekdays. I have a glass of warm water with lemon and then I just start this little workout to get things going. After that, I do find that I’m a lot more awake. After that, I can have my shower and eat breakfast and then head out the door. Surprisingly, I don’t find that I have to set my alarm clock any earlier. I think because I’m already moving much faster and more accurately, instead of stumbling and dragging around, I get things done more efficiently. This is great because, as I said, I hate getting up in the morning, so it makes it much nicer for me to be able to still get the workout in without having to lose those beloved extra moments of sleep. I don’t know if it actually does anything for my fitness level per se, but since my energy level is so much higher, it keeps my motivation going for sticking to my diet, and it gives me the extra boost I need to do other physical activities throughout the day. So even if it isn’t doing anything directly, I’m getting a lot of indirect benefits out of it.
Suzie
surprising
The book for this diet says that if you practice its contents then you’ll lose 2 pounds every week. I can believe it. It’s not the actual 8 minutes in the morning that I found made the huge difference. It’s everything that happens afterward! When I started on this program, I immediately found that I completely jumpstarted my day. I had expected to feel drained by the time I got to work, but it really does give you an incredible energy boost. Just 8 minutes every morning (I took weekends off because I don’t do mornings on weekends haha) and I have been consistently losing 2 pounds every week (with the exception of the Christmas holidays). I eat a larger breakfast than I ever have in my life, and I have tons of energy to keep going all day long. I have a moderately light lunch and a moderately light supper but I don’t feel hungry. I toss a few very light snacks in there every now and then, just to make sure that I don’t get hungry because when I’m hungry, I make stupid eating choices. The exercises themselves aren’t difficult to do properly, but you can make them challenging. It’s possible to do them right for no matter your fitness level. In fact, I not only have been losing weight, but I’m also noticing a difference in my flexibility and in the muscles in my arms. I’m hoping as I keep doing this, I will also have results in my abs and core. There isn’t a lot of abdominal work, though so that might take a lot longer. One of the great things is that even when you’re doing one of the exercises that you don’t like as much, or even if you’ve just stepped it up so it’s harder that day, all you need to remind yourself is that it’s only for eight minutes, and it gets a lot easier!
Jordan Cunningham
8 Minutes in the Morning: Review
I don’t have all that much time in the morning because I want to get as much sleep as I can before I have to get to class, so 8 minutes is about all I have to spare first thing. That makes this workout pretty ideal in terms of time requirements. Of course, it doesn’t exactly factor in the added minutes it takes to get set up and ready to do the work out, nor the fact that it forces you to shower in the morning afterward, as opposed to being able to shower the night before. However, as long as that sort of thing is already a part of your morning routine, then this really doesn’t require you to set your alarm clock too much easier. I know that a lot of people have time to go for a morning run, but that’s really not for me. I do find that when I do a workout like this, it’s just enough to really get me going in the morning so that I feel energized to face the day. Then, when I have a bit more time later on, I’m not only able to do another longer workout, but I also have the motivation to get it done because I still have the energy boost from those eight little minutes first thing. I do this every weekday morning and give myself the weekends off to sleep in and be lazy. That way, it’s just a regular part of my weekday routine and I don’t build a resentment toward it. I certainly wouldn’t say that this should be all the exercise that you get in a day, but it is a good way to get started!
Troy
it's not just 8 minutes
Although I don’t mind this exercise program at all, I wouldn’t really call it 8 Minutes in the Morning, since that’s really not all it is. That’s just how it gets started, but when you include all of the other stuff, it takes a lot more time than that. The actual exercises that it recommends can be done in 8 minutes once you actually get the hang of them. However, when you’re first learning, it takes a lot more than that since you’re trying to get it right and figuring out how to follow the instructions from writing, not a video. But I definitely wouldn’t say that the power walks that it includes in its routine could be included into the 8 minutes since that sort of thing needs to take a lot more than 8 minutes for it to count. After all, walking is meant to be a cardio exercise, and 8 minutes of cardio doesn’t do anything for you. You need to go for a lot longer than that. What I really think about this program is that if you took what you learned from it and then did it three more times than it suggests, you’d actually have a pretty good and healthy routine on your hands, especially if you did it every day (or at least most days).
Drew Rutter
8 minutes in the morning
This book by Jorge Cruise is a fantastic way to get the morning going. I’m not a morning person. The last thing that I want to do is leap out of bed and be active. But when you start your morning with only 8 minutes of exercise, even that seems achievable. It’s just strength training for 8 minutes and then you’re more awake and more alive and ready to face the day. With that kind of a kick-start, I also feel far more motivated to stick with my diet and not just drink a coffee with sugar and cream followed by some sort of muffin or cake (which I love in the morning). I don’t know about the guarantee to lose weight in 4 weeks that is promised on the cover, since I was doing other things to lose weight beyond this book, but it certainly was great for getting moving and staying motivated and awake. I enjoyed the use of photographs to show precisely how exercises should be done. They were a very useful complement to the descriptions. I learned how to do the 4 sets of 12 reps for 2 alternating exercises to make sure that I get the very most out of my 8 minute morning jumpstart. The exercises are challenging enough, but they’re not at all impossible. They’re just things like knee push-ups, kick-ups, heel raises while standing, and one arm curls. I was already feeling a difference in less than a week’s time. I would do the power walks during my lunch hour, which was great to get me pumped again after lunch – which used to always slow me down. One thing that could have improved this book would be to offer variations of the original exercises to add a greater challenge. After doing these exercises for a while, they just don’t offer the challenge they once did, so I don’t imagine they’re doing quite as much for me. For that reason, I wouldn’t say that this is the best program for continuing to the letter for the rest of your life, but just like it kick-starts your morning, it can also kick-start your diet. After a while, when you get the hang of it, you can start to generate your own program for your 8 minutes in the morning, that goes above and beyond what’s in the book.
Tammy
Worth the price
I got this book with a gift certificate to a bookstore, so it was technically free for me, but after having read it through and started it, I’d have found it worth the price anyway. I’m not sure why this review said that there isn’t any cardio or resistance training in it, since that’s primarily what it is. It comes with its own diet program, which I didn’t use at all because I’m doing a different diet in terms of eating, but for the exercising, I thought that it was a good supplement to the rest of my activity. With the methods in this book, I target a different muscle group every day for eight minutes, and I have been following the power walking. With this, in addition to going to the gym a couple of times a week and cycling when there’s good weather, I feel like I’m getting a pretty good workout. I would never say that the 8 minutes in the morning book provides a complete fitness plan, since you just can’t get the kind of exercise you need (for health or for weight loss) in just eight minutes – even with the power walks – but I really did feel that I got a good boost to my regular workout. I also liked that it stopped me from getting bored since it switches things up a lot and I know that it’ll be a while before I have to do the ones that I don’t like.
Ken Traver
gets your 8 minutes worth
The 8 minutes in the morning workout for weight loss and the weight maintenance plan has a lot of unique features to it that I really liked. The first part of it is the “Eat fat to get fit” program. It lays out everything you need to know, and includes food journal cards that you can make copies of so that you can conveniently track your food every day. I found that part of the book very handy because I’ve always struggled to keep a diet diary (understatement, I never get past three days). It was a very user friendly part of the program and though I didn’t continue it forever, it did get me off to a good start. The second part of the program is the actual exercise, which is why I actually purchased the 8 minutes in the morning book. Its exercise has two different levels. The first is strength training and the second is power walking. The strength training uses small hand weights and it targets two major muscle groups every morning for six days every week, for only eight minutes. It gives you a four week plan so that you don’t get bored with it since it switches up with lots of variety. It also helps you to know that you’re doing it right with a lot of instructional photos and text. The rotation through each of the muscle groups helps to feel like you’re really getting a good workout even in 8 minutes. Even the power walking (aerobic) component is quite detailed and good in terms of intensity, length, frequency, and how to do it right. I’m not as wild about the actual diet part of the program, but for fitness, I like this one and find that 8 minutes of strength training with power walking is quite achievable.
Fred
not worth it
This was not what I was hoping it would be. Eight minutes in the morning turned out to be a pain in the butt and it wasn't getting any smaller. I didn't find that any part of me was getting enough of a workout in just eight minutes and at the same time it started making me dread getting out of bed in the morning. I was hoping to find something that would be more appealing than the walks I've been taking in the morning before work to get me (and my weight loss) going, but this really wasn't it. I'll need to keep looking because this was pretty much a disappointment. I think I would have been better off with some good stretching and keeping up my walks instead of skipping them for the eight minutes that my time was wasted with these workouts. The one good thing about this one is that it really didn't cost very much. I got mine used online so it didn't set me back at all. Hopefully I'll be able to sell mine now!
Christy
8 minutes in the morning book review
This book is good and bad. I really liked the good points but felt disappointed by the not-so-good points. I felt it was worth the $11 I paid for it when I bought it online, but that I would still need to get another book or video to make up for what it was missing. I felt that it was good because it is layed out simply and in an easy way to follow. I’m not an expert fitness person so I hate it when books use complicated terms and jargon that just leave me confused. I just want something to say what I should do and how to do it in plain English. I also liked that the exercises focus on giving the whole body a workout and I didn’t have to go out and buy a lot of extra equipment, since that would have run up the bill pretty fast. The nutritional guide was good, but I didn’t use that part since I have a meal plan. It was interesting to read. What I didn’t like was that it doesn’t recommend cardio workout, and both my doctor and personal trainer both push cardio. There also isn’t any muscle building in it so I didn’t feel that I was toning anything.

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