I’ll let you in on an embarrassing secret.

Last year, I really wanted to build some muscle and “get fit”. I was too cheap to pay for a personal trainer, so I got hold of a copy of the Bikini Body Guide (BBG). As you can tell from the name, it’s a self-run fitness program. For ladies.

I tried the first session and almost died. Somehow, I managed to stumble through 6 weeks of hell training, but I hit a wall when it started involving weights (I was too cheap to buy them).

Over the years, I’ve tried to get fitter on my own. I’ve never been excessively overweight or anything, but I’ve always wanted to rock a tight T-shirt.

And so I’d bounce from one training regime to another. BBG was just the latest in a whole slew of self-run training programs that I’ve tried over many years: One Hundred Pushups, …