Monthly Archives: March 2018


Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt


"Effort is grossly underrated."   Sometimes I forget how unique my business is until I'm reminded by an outsider looking in.    There is absolutely nothing fancy about my business model.  At the essence of what I do for a living, I help people improve their fitness levels by pushing them beyond their comfort zone.... IN A WAREHOUSE!   If there is one thing I knew I could help my clients with was to teach them the value of hard work. It has proven wonders in my own life so why wouldn't it for others?!   So for the last eight years, almost every [...]

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt2018-03-30T19:33:40+00:00

It’s Never As It Seems


"Be careful about what you wish for; it just may come true" I'm coming to the end of my Master's Degree. I'm sure ready for it! It hasn't been easy managing all my responsibilities to the best of my abilities when classes on average take up at least 20 hours a week. So when I got a week off for Spring Break, I thought I wouldn't know what to do with my free time. Unfortunately, that's not what happened. Being in the middle of buying a new house and moving I had more stressful moments during my "break" than I normally do [...]

It’s Never As It Seems2018-03-28T19:59:22+00:00

New Home, New Memories


"Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory." This weekend we finally moved into our new house! With that comes mutual feelings of excitement for our new home and feelings of sadness leaving behind all the memories of our previous home. In our previous home, we got engaged, married, and had our first child. We learned how to be parents to a newborn, experienced our first hurricane as homeowners, and walked more laps around our community than I can count. The feeling I got locking the front door for the last time was one I've [...]

New Home, New Memories2018-03-26T19:13:59+00:00

The Secret To Living Forever You May Already Be Doing


"We do not remember days; we remember moments." I have a terrible memory. My wife can attest to that. For example, I've been taking lunch to work for years now, but every night before work I leave a note on the counter that says "Food." It's a daily reminder to get my lunch out of the fridge. Without that note, I forget my lunch every time. And to be honest, I'll probably never remember to bring my food to work. On the other hand, I have some moments ingrained in my head that I will never forget. Like when Liam was born. [...]

The Secret To Living Forever You May Already Be Doing2018-03-16T16:44:57+00:00

Once you see results it becomes an addiction and maybe even a career


"Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities." It was the summer before my freshman year in high school. It was the first time in my life that I took a proactive approach to losing weight. Growing up I was always active and played many sports but I was always overweight. One day I just decided that I didn't want to be overweight anymore so I told my mom that I wanted to lose weight before high school started. One day after work she surprised me with a [...]

Once you see results it becomes an addiction and maybe even a career2018-03-15T15:59:04+00:00

Everything I learned about hard work I learned from wrestling


"Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy." I remember high school wrestling practices like it was yesterday. To a select few of us, wrestling practice was more like a battle to the death. We held nothing back. We weren't the most technical wrestlers, but mentally we were some of the toughest. One of my favorite memories of high school wrestling was when we somehow acquired old wrestling mats during the offseason. We wound up placing them in my backyard. One Friday night before a football game, two buddies of mine came over, and we just wrestled.  No coaches. No air conditioning. No [...]

Everything I learned about hard work I learned from wrestling2018-03-13T12:24:31+00:00

They Myth of Perfection and How I Treat Social Media


"No one is perfect...that's why pencils have erasers." Many of the emails I send don't have perfect grammar. There are workouts that I program for my gym that are less than ideal. And I don't always say the right thing at the right time. And I'm okay with that. If I waited for everything to be perfect, I would get nothing done. Perfection is an illusion that is perpetuated by Facebook and Instagram. Don't get me wrong I heart social media platforms, but I also take them with a grain of salt. Instead, I view social media as a highlight reel [...]

They Myth of Perfection and How I Treat Social Media2018-03-12T16:11:10+00:00

Bigger Will Take Care of Itself


"Focus on making things better, not bigger." -the underdog From time to time people will ask me why I don't expand my business into a large retail plaza like some of the fitness franchises in our area. Although very flattering, I recognized that to grow that large I would have to give up a quality of coaching that would be impossible to replicate with a membership base of 10,000 people.  I wasn't willing to do that. Instead, I've chosen to keep it small. I take pride in making our facility and membership base the best it can be. We are able to [...]

Bigger Will Take Care of Itself2018-03-09T18:00:52+00:00

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication


"Don't make the process harder than it is" It was Leonardo Da Vinci who said that "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." From my own experience, he was right.  Everything we want to achieve is both simpler than we can imagine and more complicated that we can conceive.  Creating something from nothing sounds complicated but the process is quite simple. Whether it's buying a new house or running your first marathon (which I did once, and will never do again!), the process of achieving anything in life comes down to these four steps: 1. Decide what you want. 2. Write it down. 3. Make a [...]

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication2018-03-07T17:50:11+00:00

Morning Rituals equals Life Rituals


It’s 4:02 am and my alarm has just gone off. I head to the restroom on the way to the kitchen where my hot cup of coffee is awaiting my lips. It’s my favorite part of the day and has been for the last decade. It’s time to get motivated. Not sure how I’m going to do that, I never have a plan, but that’s why I’m waking up so early. I typically start with the word “MOTIVATION” in the search bar of Youtube. From there I browse most viewed videos and cross-check that with a bunch of thumbs up. I’ve [...]

Morning Rituals equals Life Rituals2018-03-08T21:35:54+00:00

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