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I Love Baseball!

I Love Baseball!

I Love Baseball

I Love Baseball

I guess I love baseball because it was engrained in me at an early age.  My Dad always had a baseball game on if there was one on TV.  This was in the late ’60s and early ’70s.  We only had 3 TV channels at that time so, there wasn’t much to choose from.  We had the afternoon game on Saturday afternoon and that was about it.  I remember St. Louis Cardinals being on a bunch for some reason.  I also remember the Cincinnati Reds.  I love baseball for so many reasons.  It reminds me of my childhood, when I would wait all year for baseball season to roll around.  I couldn’t wait to get out there and play.  My Dad and his best friend were coaches of our Little League team.  I remember them being out there working with the kids and taking someone who had a weakness, whether it was ground balls, fly balls,  hitting, throwing, or whatever their general weakness was and running drill after drill after drill with them.  We didn’t have baseball year ’round like we do now with the travel teams.  We played for a couple of months and then had All Stars and then, basically, my playing was over for a year.  I didn’t have brothers close to my age to play in the yard and by the time I got to the point where my Dad could help me, he had stopped coaching.  I remember laying in my bed at night, listening to a game on the AM radio with the crackling and dreaming about playing in a big stadium under the lights.  Sometimes it would be a college game and sometimes it would be a pro game.  At night you could pick up stations broadcasting the games from a long way off.  I can distinctly remember laying there at night and thinking, I Love Baseball!!  As I grew up, I played Pony League, Palmetto Minors, Palmetto Majors and eventually High School.  I even played during the Summers with the “Semi-Pro League” as they called it when I could on Sunday afternoons when I didn’t have to work.  It was so much fun.  My talent didn’t improve enough for me to play in College, although I made a team.  I knew I wouldn’t go pro and I had to concentrate on my degree, but I Love Baseball still.

I Love Baseball – A Great Team Sport

One of the reasons I love baseball is because you can’t hide.  I remember my Dad saying, if you get out there and you aren’t paying attention to every pitch, the ball WILL find you.  I remember him saying, you should be wanting that batter to hit it to you so you can make a play because you know you can do it.  Don’t hope they hit it somewhere else.  Hope they hit it to you.  When that ball is hit to you, it’s all you and you have to make that play.  When you are at the plate hitting, it’s all you and you have to hit the ball.  There is no help from teammates.  They are depending on you to make an individual play so the team can prosper.  If you don’t make the play, especially in a critical situation, it could cost the team the game.  I’ve seen games where one error, one strikeout, one walk literally cost the game.  I’ve also seen games and you have too, where a guy walks to the plate, no one expects him to hit the ball, but he makes contact and drives in the winning run, AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!!  I love baseball because you never know what’s going to happen.  You don’t expect to see it.  It’s an amazing thing.  With any team, you are only as strong as your weakest player.  In baseball, that is especially true because, as I said, when you least expect it or if you aren’t ready, the ball will find you and then, you have no place to hide.

I Love Baseball because of the Life Lessons

I guess it’s no secret that I love The University of South Carolina Baseball.  I’ve especially enjoyed it the past 3 years with back to back championships in 2010 and 2011 and they ended up as Runners-Up in 2012.  Starting in College and on into the pros, they play Series.  They typically play 3 games with the same team.  The mantra is “Win the Series”.  If you win the Series every time, you win the Championship.  You can’t get down when you don’t do well in a particular game.  There is another game to play against the same team.  Win the Series.  You typically get to bat 3 or 4 times a game, depending on how it plays out.  If you strikeout, there will be another at bat.  Get it out of your head and hit the next one.  If you make an error, shake it off and make the next play.  But the real reason I love baseball is, it ain’t over ’til it’s over.  Sure, there are rainouts and shortened games, but the last out has to be made.  It doesn’t matter what the score is.  In a 9 inning game, the other team has to get you out 27 times.  Baseball is a game of outs.  It’s also the only game where the defense is in “control” of the ball.  The other team can get you out 26 times, but they have to make that last out and if you are losing 30 to 0 and you can score 31 runs before they get you out again, you win.  I love that about the game.  You aren’t competing against the clock and the other team, you are competing against the other team.  Those are a lot of the reasons why I Love Baseball!!

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

If you are going to do anything for any length of time and you are going to be good at it, you are going to have to have Persistence.  There is no way around it.  It is a necessity.  A lot of people go through life and they have made a habit of quitting.  They have never had persistence in anything.  Quitting will become a habit if you let it.  That way, you don’t have to deal with failure.  It’s easier to say, “it wasn’t working so I quit” rather than saying, “it’s not going well and I’ve been busting my butt but I know it is going to work out eventually”.  Persistence is the key to getting things done.  Now, you do have to be careful.  I am talking about having persistence in things that are possible.  There is also a saying out there that goes something like this:  The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.  In other words, if you try to jump over your house flat-footed, it probably isn’t going to happen.  In fact, I’d go ahead and venture to say that if you have persistence and try jumping over the house 50 times a day, it just isn’t going to happen because it is physically impossible.  With a rocket pack, you can make it happen, but on your own, it just ain’t gonna work.  So, I’m talking here about something you know is, first of all, possible.  Making little changes to move you in the direction of that major goal is a good thing, but it has to be something that is doable first and foremost.  It is likely just a matter of persistence to get you to where you need to be.

Persistence is a way of life

I think of persistence as the little bulldog with the sock.  He is going to have persistence and hold on until you make him let go.  You can pick him up and swing him around your head and he will continue hanging on.  Some people call it stubbornness and they are definitely similar.  Why do we give up so easily when we have an initial goal just because we hit a little bump?  I’ve seen it from my children.  They start something and then they realize it is going to be hard to get to where they want to be so they end up giving up.  That drives me crazy when they do that so, most of the time, unless they have a really good reason to not want to continue, I make them have persistence and make them finish what they started.  It could be an athletic team, a club, a music group or whatever it is.  There are so many quotes on persistence out there that you can read and get inspired from, but the bottom line is, to be persistent, it just means simply, don’t give up!!  One of my favorite quotes on persistence is this:  “My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.”  – Bjorn Borg  If you ever saw him play tennis, you know he was a fighter.  He was going to play as hard as he could to the last ball.  He was going to play the last ball of the match like it was the first and everything in between.  But, persistence is the key to winning in life.  There are so many people that give up when they are on the verge of success and a little persistence will get them over the top and to the finish line.  It is ok to get knocked down 7 times, as long as you have persistence and get up 7 times.  The time that you don’t get up is when defeat overcomes you.  The next time you get up just may be the time you win!!

Persistence is a great emotional tool

When you push through a hard time with persistence, even if you continue to fail, you have a feeling of being a conqueror, someone who overcomes.  Bulls are tested in the arena by the number of times they are willing to charge despite the sting of the blade.  They are viewed as a good bull if they have persistence.  I want people to work for me and are on my team who won’t give up.  They know the goal.  They know where the finish line is and they are going to fight until they get there.  They continue to get up.  They continue to charge.  When you do that, even though you have small setbacks (and you will if you are going for a big hairy audacious goal) you only smile because you know you are one failure closer to success.  In our Beachbody Coaching Business, I tell people, go get 50 nos as fast as you can.  Every no is one no closer to a yes.  That is the same in every form of sales and even if you are looking for a date for the prom.  You may have to go through a few people telling you no, but eventually someone will say yes if you have persistence.  Somewhere there is a nerdy little guy with a hot girlfriend because he kept asking hot girls out until finally one said yes.  Be that guy with persistence.   Have a goal, set your sights on it and Never EVER give up.  Quit Quitting!!  If you are starting your fitness journey, a new nutrition program (I hate the word diet), a new marriage, a new business, a new relationship, a new anything, you are going to have to have PERSISTENCE to make it work and be good at it.  So did a little deeper and get it done.  It is not going to happen overnight.  One day at a time and you’ll get there.  Persistence is the key.

Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy

How do you Leave a Legacy?  I have been thinking about this blog post for awhile.  Now that I’m getting older, I think about it a lot.  I guess it’s true that as you start to look back on life, and the way you were raised, and the way you vowed you would raise your children, you start to wonder.   I literally sat here for the last 5 minutes scratching my head, wondering how to even get what is in my head out and onto the computer.  But it’s true that we wonder how many generations we will even be remembered here on earth, or at least I do.  I took a test with Melanie the other night in a book called “How Well Do You Know Your Wife?”  I did pretty well, surprisingly.  One of the questions was, can she name at least 2 of her Great Grandparents?  I said no.  Well, I should have remembered she had gotten onto Ancestry.com a little while back so of course she did.  The question though is, did they just leave a name on a census record or did they Leave a Legacy?  I can name 2 of my Great Grandparents.  I can because they were “characters” and my Daddy used to talk about them as his Grandparents.  My Dad left a legacy of sorts with people in the community but he also bought some land he left us as an inheritance.  So, what constitutes a Legacy and how do you leave a legacy with the next generation?  How do you leave a positive mark on the world?

Leave a Legacy for your Children’s Children

A lot of people go through life just trying to make it from day to day.  I certainly understand that.  It is hard enough just to fill your tank with gas nowadays and save enough in case your roof leaks and needs repairing.  So, how do you leave a legacy for your children’s children?  You have to be WISE.  In fact, I didn’t make any of this up.  Whether you believe the Bible is God’s word or not (which I do, fyi), you have to admit wisdom of the ages is stored up in Proverbs.   Proverbs 13:22 says “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.” (NIV)  2 verses later it says “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.”  There is a lot of wisdom there.  So, what does that mean when it says an “inheritance”?  Check this one out in verse 7 “One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.”  It’s packed with wisdom.  So, now my focus has changed a bit.  I truly do want to leave an inheritance for my children’s children.  That means, unfortunately, that in today’s world, you have to have great wealth.  I don’t mean just monetarily either.  In order to leave a legacy, it could mean you are leaving a fortune for you children that they can use and pass on to their grandchildren.  In order to do that, it has to be more than just money in a bank account.  It also has to be something real and tangible you can pass on.  The first thing that comes to my mind is Real Estate, but it can be anything that can be an income producing item that can be passed on.  My Beachbody Coaching income is just that.  It is willable, transferrable and sellable.  So, as I build my Beachbody Coaching business, I’m helping people with their fitness journey and building a residual income for generations to come.  I am also going to leave a legacy with my kids with fitness because they’ve seen my fitness journey.  When I finished working out this morning to Body Beast, my 5 year old wanted to do P90X – Shoulders and Arms.  How cool is that?

You don’t have to have money to Leave a Legacy

I was listening to Dave Ramsey last night on the radio.  He is constantly telling people to Leave a Legacy.  He asked a simple question.  How many couples out there have been married for 30 years and are wealthy?  The answer is not many.  First, most people don’t stay married for 30 years so that is a small number to start with.  Second, most people aren’t wealthy so that is a small number also.  When you combine those two things, you are in a very small minority of people who have done that.  The good news is, although wealth is good, you don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy.  Some people misquote the Bible and say money is the root of all evil.  It’s not.  But the LOVE of money is.  It’s all about priorities.  If you value money and wealth and things, that is where your heart is.  If you see money and wealth as a tool to help people, then you truly are on the verge of leaving a legacy for generations to come.  I heard someone say one time that broke people can’t help broke people.  That applies to money as well as spiritual things.  If someone is emotionally broke and spent, they can’t help someone emotionally.  If they are spiritually broke, they can’t help someone spiritually.  In order to leave a legacy, you simply have to leave the world a better place than you found it.  You have to go through life helping people.  I’ll leave you with this, what example are you setting for your kids with your work ethic, your fitness, your nutrition, your spiritual life, your willingness to help people, your charitable giving, your marriage?  The list goes on and on.  I had to write my Eulogy not long ago as part of a leadership group and THAT was tough.  What do you want people to say about you at your funeral?  One of the best lessons in life I saw on a sign under a bridge down near the coast as a warning to boaters.  It said simply this….and you ponder it if you dare when you leave a legacy….  “YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR WAKE!!

 

Body Beast Review

Body Beast Review

Body Beast Review

Body Beast Review

Body Beast is a relatively new program.  I started with P90X when I found the Beachbody programs, but I am starting tomorrow with my 3rd round of Body Beast.  So, I figured this was a good time to do a Body Beast Review.  I have done several rounds of P90X and many other Beachbody programs.  I worked out for a couple of years hard with P90X and I LOVED the results and it was a great place to start.  I highly recommend P90X also.  I really think I will do more 90 day rounds of P90X and/or Insanity.  However, when Body Beast came out, I was totally stoked.  I was a little afraid going in because I hadn’t lifted weights in so long.  This was exactly what my body needed though.  Flexibility is easy enough to incorporate by stretching before and after the workouts because the workouts are relatively short.  I have told people I had tried to embrace my inner cheetah with P90X, and my inner gazelle with Insanity, but now it was time to embrace my inner rhino.  For me, it was time to get in great shape and transform my body by putting on muscle.  I had lost down to about 220 lbs doing P90X and P90X+ but I don’t think I looked good.  I actually feel better now than I did then, but it took P90X to get me to where I needed to be so Body Beast could do it’s thing.  As part of this Body Beast Review, it’s important to remember that we are all different and our bodies respond differently to different workouts and nutrition programs.  Should women get Body Beast and should women lift weights?  YES!!  Muscles are sexy, on men and women.  Don’t worry about bulking up too much as a woman.  Women have typically 10 times less testosterone than men, so, you won’t look like the incredible hulk and, if you are not happy with the muscles you start seeing, stop working them.  They will go away, I promise.

Body Beast Review – Equipment

My Body Beast Review of course has to cover the equipment needed.  I already had the Bowflex Selecttech 552 dumbbells I purchased to do P90X.  I also had the Beachbody/P90X pullup bar.  What I didn’t have that was recommended was an adjustable bench and the EZ Curl bar.  After thinking about it and talking to some people, I decided to go ahead and get the EZ Curl bar offered by Beachbody.  I had a big stability ball that came when I ordered P90X2, so I decided to use that instead of the bench.  I could have just used the dumbbells and not gotten the EZ Curl bar but I wanted the best results possible.  There are modifications using the dumbbells instead of the bar and a resistance band doing pull downs instead of the pullup bar.  So, it is somewhat modifiable.  The weights you use are basically determined by what you can do.  If you want to do it “right” and get everything you need, you’ll need dumbbells (up to 50 lbs max to start most likely), an adjustable bench (stability ball), EZ Curl Bar with weights (25, 10, 5 and 2.5 lb plates), a pullup bar.

Body Beast Review – The Supplements

When I ordered it, I did basically what I did with P90X and ordered the recommended supplements with it.  I already had shakeology that I also used but I ordered the Fuel Shot, Creatine, Suma Root and Whey Base Shake.  The Fuel Shot is an after workout drink that replenishes what your body lost during the workout and helps rebuild your tissues and muscle fibers.  Creatine is also taken after the workout and pulls water into the muscles and tissues to help build muscle fibers and help with the healing process after the workout.  Suma Root helps with natural testosterone production and helps with muscle building.  Whey Base Shake is the supplement I added to the shakeology and helps develop muscles as well.  I love all of the supplements available for Body Beast.

Body Beast Review – The Workouts

You can’t have a Body Beast Review without talking about the workouts, right?  I have a bad shoulder and starting out slow and building up, I never really had any problems with these workouts at all.  In fact, my shoulder feels better than it has in a long time.  I’m stronger and not doing all those pushups for a little while really helped it I think.

BEAST BASICS: – Sagi gives you an overview of the complete Body Beast™ system, starting with basic moves and the science behind the program, and moving to two essentials of getting big—nutrition and supplementation. He wraps things up with weights, equipment, form, and safety, covering everything you need to “beast up.”

Build: Chest/Tris – Focused on the muscles of your chest and triceps, a combination of Super, Giant, and Single Sets create strength and definition.  (49 minutes)

Build: SHOULDERS – Focused on creating stunning deltoids.  (38 minutes)

Beast: Abs – Ab work is here for more than looks. A strong core helps you lift heavier weight safely and helps you improve your posture. (11 minutes)

Build: LEGS – Say goodbye to skinny legs. Focused on powerful quads, hamstrings, calves, and glutes. (38 minutes)

Build: BACK/BIS – Create that “V” shape—bigger lats, traps, rhomboids, and biceps. Get ready to pull and curl.  (50 minutes)

Bulk: Chest – Uses Super Sets, Force Sets, Progressive Sets, Combo Sets, and Multi-Sets with an increase in resistance to help bulk your pecs. Different angles and exercises hit different fibers of the fan-shaped muscle. The addition of Progressive Sets really focuses on muscular hypertrophy.  (30 minutes)

Bulk: Back – Uses Super Sets and Force Sets with an increase in resistance to create a massive back. The addition of Force Sets creates a focus on hypertrophy.  (29 minutes)

Bulk: Legs – Progressive Sets, Force Sets, and Super Sets to help you transform chicken legs into tree trunks.  (40 minutes)

Bulk: SHOULDERS – Super Sets and Progressive Sets that focus more on the posterior delt (or back of the shoulder), creating an even more 3-D appearance. Added weight and lower reps help pronounce the hypertrophy effect.  (35 minutes)

Bulk: ARMS – Focused training with Progressive Sets, Force Sets, and Super Sets to create huge biceps and triceps.  (36 minutes)

Beast: Abs – Ab work is here for more than looks. A strong core helps you lift heavier weight safely and helps you improve your posture. (11 minutes)

Beast: Cardio – You didn’t see this workout in Pumping Iron. A highly new-school performance-oriented cardio workout to not only help cut you up, but to increase your ability to get bigger. (30 minutes)

Beast: Total Body – A circuit routine for your entire body. Good to have when reality sets in and you need to (*gulp*) miss a workout day or two.  (39 minutes)

Plus, mass-building training tools:

Book of Beast. Get all the details on how to train and eat like a Beast. Includes workout descriptions, training tips, and a 3-phase eating plan complete with recipes and supplement instructions.

Body Beast Training Schedules. Track your daily workouts and push yourself HARD.

My Body Beast Review and recommendation is, if you want to put on some serious muscle, get it, or Contact Me and we can talk about it some more.

Beachbody Coaching

Beachbody Coaching

Beachbody Coaching

Beachbody Coaching

This is a fun topic for me.  In order for me to tell you about Beachbody Coaching, I need to tell you where I came from.  I won’t go into a lot of detail here, but you can read my story at my home page.  Anyway, I weighed nearly 300 lbs and didn’t even know how bad of shape I was in when I found P90X.  I was a bit delusional about my life.  I was comparing myself to others around me and I was OK.  Because I had graduated from a Military College, I knew I wasn’t in shape, but I didn’t realize how bad it was.  If you have heard my story, you know, I tell people all the time when I took my before pictures when I started P90X, I was grossed out.  Most people only see themselves in pictures or from the neck up in the bathroom mirror.  Nobody ever really gets naked and stands in front of a full length mirror.  Pictures are brutal because the eye doesn’t correct for mistakes in pictures like they do in real life.  Long story short, I ordered P90X  and connected with my Beachbody Coach, who lived in Chicago, Illinois and she was there for me.  We talked online all the time and occasionally on the phone.  She kept me moving when I felt like quitting because I was so sore the first couple of weeks.  After a couple of months, I had lost 20 lbs of fat and put on some muscle.  I had already started telling people about P90X and had started having people ask what I was doing.  I knew I wanted to help people but I was afraid of Beachbody Coaching.  But, it was time, so I took the plunge.  At the time, I was unemployed and had been for 2 months and my wife was pregnant with our 4th child.  But, I had to do it.  I had no idea how much Beachbody Coaching would become a part of my life.

What Beachbody Coaching is about

Beachbody Coaching is really all about encouragement and inspiration for people.  I wanted to get into Beachbody Coaching before I found out you could make money.  But, let’s be straight up and honest here.  This is a very serious business.  If I recommend a program to someone and they buy it and I help them with it, it is only fair that Beachbody compensates me for my recommendation for being their “marketing arm”.  My initial goal was to make $250 a month from my Beachbody Coaching business.  I wanted to pay for the products I was using and also offset some of my expenses from my boys playing travel baseball.  As I said, I was unemployed at the time, so, anything was going to be a help and I was a bit hesitant with the money I would spend to be a coach, but it was minimal and with a little creativity, I never even missed that money.  Most people spend more for a nice dinner out than it costs to be a coach per month.  So, money should not ever be an issue.  Besides, this is a money making business, not a money spending business.  Here is the thing, I knew I would hold myself more accountable if I got into Beachbody Coaching because I would be tying my wallet to my waistline so this would have to become a lifestyle for me instead of just a program.  I also wanted to help others find the healthy lifestyle I had found.  So, in the end, when I weighed the pros and cons of Beachbody Coaching, it totally made sense for me to do it!!  Now, after building the Beachbody business in my spare time for about 3 to 4 years, this is what I do fulltime.  I left the Engineering world and I’m making a lot more money, and, I love what I do.  I hope you do too.

Why Beachbody Coaching may (or may not) be for you

I have told people in the past, and I’m sure I will tell people in future, there are two main reasons why I can think that you would not want to be a Beachbody Coach.  The first one is you don’t want to make money.  The second is you don’t want to help people.  It really is that simple.  If you start seeing results, you will automatically want to help others.  You won’t be able to help yourself.  I had someone ask me the other day, “How many hours a week do you spend building a Beachbody business?”  My answer was, Beachbody Coaching isn’t something I do, Beachbody Coaching is something I am.  I don’t go out to do Beachbody.  I do Beachbody while I’m out.  I don’t know how else to describe it.  Anytime someone asks me a question I can’t answer, I just find out from our community of Coaches or from people who have been mentoring me.  I still ask questions all the time because I don’t know it all.  I will never be an underwear model and I will never be the ultimate Beachbody Coach with all of the answers.  But, I do know I can help people who need help and as a by product, I help myself.  I get to be a part of people’s success stories and help them feel better about themselves and then, help them pass that on to others.

So, the bottom line is, if you want to help other people get in the best shape of their lives, while you are doing it yourself, and get compensated from a GREAT Company, Beachbody Coaching is likely for you.  We are Independent Team Beachbody Coaches and are supported by Beachbody.  I would love to talk to you more about it and give you the facts.  Contact me and let’s talk about it.  First things first though.  Let’s get you a Challenge Pack and get you moving on your fitness journey.

Good Workouts

Good Workouts

Good Workouts

Good Workouts

Back a few years ago,  good workouts was not doing one.  I was perfectly happy sitting on the couch.  I thought I looked great but I didn’t know how bad I really felt and I didn’t realize I was headed toward heavy meds and an early grave.  If you want to know how you really look, strip down to your underwear and take some pictures.  But, I thought it was all good.  Then, one day I found P90X and started working out and, being honest, I felt miserable.  I was sore and cranky the first couple of weeks.  Every day I got up and worked out at 5:30 AM and every day I didn’t look forward to it.  It took about 2 weeks to really start feeling good and look forward to working out.  I still wasn’t excited about doing Yoga X, but I did it.  It was the program that showed me exactly how much I needed to improve in my weak areas.  So, it was not fun or exciting for a very long time.  Then, after awhile, it got to be much better.  I had to learn that good workouts aren’t always fun.  They aren’t always exciting.  Good Workouts challenge you and make you improve.  There are good workouts and there are also good workout programs.  They have to have different elements to them.  If you do the same thing over and over every day, you’re going to get bored and your muscles and your fitness will plateau.  Much has been said about cross training and keeping things fresh to prevent fitness plateaus, but what is involved in good workouts?

Three things needed for Good Workouts

I guess you could say Attitude, Water and a Towel, and that would be correct.  For Insanity, that’s really all you need along with gravity and a floor.  But for Good Workouts, I was thinking more about what should be involved.  You want to avoid boredom, frustration and keep things fresh and exciting.  So for a good workout program, you really need cardio, flexibility and resistance.  This should be second nature and it will be once you start working out seriously.  For the people who go to the gym and hit the elliptical or the treadmill or take an occasional class here and there, they are missing out on not only good workouts but what their body needs.  Staying young really is a matter of incorporating three things into your workouts.

Cardio strengthens the heart and the lungs and releases endorphins into the system.  It is great for stamina and endurance and improves sleep as well.  It is a good calorie burn and if done correctly with high intensity interval training, it can have an “afterburn” effect burning calories long after it is over.

Flexibility and balance is needed for joints and staying young.  Yoga is incredible for flexibility and strength.  It is called “the fountain of youth”.  When you think of an older person, you typically don’t think flexible and pliable, you typically think of rigidity and aches and pains.    How many times have you heard of an older person falling and breaking bones or hips and going downhill fast after that?  Flexibilty and balance are key to staying young, but it is hard to make yourself just do it unless you are incorporating it into your workout schedule.

Resistance isn’t just about lifting heavy weights.  You can incorporate resistance by doing pushups (from your knees or leaning against a wall), chair dips, squats, lunges, anything that makes your muscles move and grow.  It certainly CAN be lifting weights but pushups, pullups, burpees, any of that counts.  Muscles burn fat and increases metabolism just sitting there.  Metabolism slows as you get older just because of getting older, but most people miss out on the fact that they are losing muscle mass and that is a big reason why they get fatter, and slower, and age much more quickly.

Finding Good Workouts

You can certainly join a gym and get a trainer and get in some good workouts.  If you watch The Biggest Loser, you will see them doing everything I just told you.  They have resistance, cardio and flexibility/balance in their workouts.  They show a lot of running on treadmills or rowing on the machines because that is where a lot of the dialogue happens, but you also see them doing burpees, pulling ropes, lifting weights, pullups, situps, etc.  Beachbody has a LOT of great programs that incorporate all of what I’m telling you.  The program most people have heard about is P90X.  For instance, on Day 1, it is all pushups and pullups for resistance (modified as necessary of course), Day 2 is Plyometrics for cardio, Day 3 is Shoulders and Arms for resistance, Day 4 is Yoga for flexibility and balance, Day 5 is Legs and Back for resitance, Day 6 is Kenpo for all three and Day 7 is X Stretch which is flexibility and balance.  THAT is why P90X is so effective as a workout.  We also have other good workouts that you can get into that will help you with your overall fitness.  I would love to help you find your “soul mate” workout.  Contact me and I’ll help you figure it out and help hold you accountable as your Beachbody Coach.  I’m here for you.  Let’s do this together!!

Rev Abs Review

Rev Abs Review

Rev Abs Review

Rev Abs Review

When you are searching for a workout program, sometimes you are looking for that “soul mate” workout and sometimes you just want something to throw in for fun that you can do on days when you want to switch things up or as an additional workout that day.  Rev Abs is BOTH of those.  In this Rev Abs Review, I’ll do my best to explain to you the program as well as introduce you to your personal every day trainer.  Of course, I would be your Coach to help guide and encourage you through the process on your fitness journey.

As a part of my Rev Abs Review, you should know about the celebrity trainer for this Program.  His name is Brett Hoebel and He was born in Plainfield, New Jersey.  He was adopted and raised by his father, who was a professor, and his mother, who was a professional musician, in Princeton, New Jersey with two older sisters. From the age of 11 through age 15, he was as much as 50 lbs. overweight, describing himself as “the fat kid who didn’t know he was fat.” In his freshman year in high school, he weighed 170 lbs., but after playing football, wrestling and lacrosse that year and attending summer camps for those sports, he was 50 lbs. lighter as a sophomore.  That is the reason for his wanting to help others and to become a personal trainer to help people get up and get moving.   He spent much of his time in New York as a personal trainer before teaming up with Beachbody to develop Rev Abs.  After Rev Abs was introduced to the world, Brett was invited to be a Celebrity Trainer on The Biggest Loser.  He was there for Season 11 and brought it in the gym with the contestants and I definitely saw what he does on our program with the contestants on the show.  My Rev Abs Review will focus on the Beachbody Program, of course.

Reb Abs Review – What You Get

The Workouts –

  • 01 Abcentrics and How to Capoeira – Rev up your results by firing your abs with Abcentrics (approx. 8 min.), and learn capoeira moves with How to Capoeira for full-body fat burning. (approx. 15 min.)
  • 02 Fire Up Your Abs – Scorch calories with explosive cardio intervals and Brett’s Six-Pack moves, his signature ab circuit that works your core from 6 different angles for 6 times the results. (approx.
    40 min.)
  • 03 Power Intervals – Rev up your metabolism with high-intensity cardio that includes intervals of lower-body resistance moves. You’ll melt belly fat, sculpt lean legs, firm your glutes, and work your abs—all at the same time. (approx. 30 min.)
  • 04 Total Strength and Mercy Abs – Work all your muscles to build a lean, hard body with Total Strength (approx. 45 min.) and experience a mighty little ab workout with Mercy Abs. (approx. 15 min.)
  • 05 Rev It Up Cardio – Forget boring treadmills. This workout is spiced with capoeira and kickboxing moves to burn the fat off your abs and your entire body. (approx. 45 min.)
  • 06 Fat-Burning Abs – Feel the burn with new ab and cardio combinations that will have your heart pounding and your abs screaming. (approx. 40 min.)
  • 07 Power Intervals 2 – Kick up the intensity with lower-body resistance moves and even more extreme cardio for increased belly-fat burning. (approx. 30 min.)
  • 08 Strength & Endurance and Merciless Abs – Build definition in your abs and everywhere else for a rock-hard body with Strength & Endurance (approx. 30 min.) and get a fast and efficient ab-shredding routine with Merciless Abs. (approx. 15 min.)
  • 09 Full Throttle Abs – Go for all-out intensity in this fully charged ab workout that will blast the fat and make your midsection rock-solid. (approx. 40 min.)
  • 10 Full Throttle IntervalsShift into high gear with hard-core intervals that will rev up your results. Go longer and harder. (approx. 45 min.)

You will also get nutritional guides, a measuring tape, a workout calendar, the Rev Abs guide, Abs anywhere guide, and 24 hour support.  Did I mention I will also be your coach and motivator to keep you moving with our challenge groups?  So, as you can tell in this Rev Abs Review, you get a lot of stuff with your program.  The main thing you get though is a fun and motivating trainer at your bidding that you can plug in and workout to every day.  It’s amazing stuff!!

Rev Abs Review – My Results

For my Rev Abs Review, I have to admit, I have not done the complete 90 day program with Rev Abs.  I was always working out with other programs such as P90X, Insanity, Body Beast and others and would do a week or two of Rev Abs and go back to my other programs.  I typically did my workouts with Reb Abs in between programs or as a Doubles.   Rev Abs isn’t my personal “soul mate” workout.  Let me tell you though, it is FUN FUN FUN and I always love throwing the ab work in as doubles.  Brett doesn’t just work abs.  When you think Abs, you think “crunches and situps” typically.  Brett knows and emphases entire body workouts so there are upper body workouts along with legs and the workouts always incorporate core work.  The main focus for Reb Abs is not only to get you lean, sculpted muscles in your abdominal region, but all over your body.  As a result, you will improve everywhere, but you will DEFINITELY notice a difference in your lower back, legs, hip flexors and core strength.  As for my Rev Abs Review, I would say, get this progam and workout with it, whether you do the full 90 days, or if you just use it as a change or a double workout for your regular program.  You will definitely see a difference in your body and you will recommend it to others. No doubt about it.  So, order Rev Abs and change your life.  If you haven’t worked out in years, this is a GREAT place to start!!  Team this up with Shakeology and it’s incredible.  As usual, there is a 30 day money back guarantee.  What do you have to lose, except the weight??  I can also guarantee, if you do this, you will be sharing a Rev Abs Review with all of your friends.

Goal Setting Tips

Goal Setting Tips

Goal Setting Tips

Goal Setting Tips

The first question is, do you have a goal?  Most people kind of do, but they kind of don’t.    Before you can get serious about Goal Setting you need to have a Goal, and before you can use any Goal Setting Tips, you have to be willing to set a goal.  Most people have fuzzy goals and dreams.  They would like to live in a nicer house.  They would like to have a great income.  They would like to lose a few pounds.  Most people never really set that goal to get it done though.  Have you ever wondered why?  In fact, most people don’t know that they should set goals.  So, if they don’t know they should set goals, how can they?  When you go to High School or College, you have a goal to graduate in May or June of your Senior year.  It was a date that was set, not by you, but by the institution.  So, in a sense, they set that goal for you for a 2, 4 or 5 year degree.  The VAST majority of people NEVER write a goal down.  There a lot of reasons why they never do that.  Again, one is they don’t know they should.  Another is fear.  That’s right, I said the “F” word.  Most people are afraid that if they set a goal and write it down, they will not achieve it and then that will make them a Failure.  Dang.  ANOTHER “F” WORD.  The truth is, Fear of Failure sets most people up for Failure.  But, in their minds, it truly isn’t a failure if they never said they were trying to achieve anything so in a sense, it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.  The other reason why people don’t set goals is Fear of Success.  Said another way, they don’t think they deserve success.  They don’t feel like they are worth it.  So, having said all of that, here are some Goal Setting Tips for you.  Follow them, get over your Fear of Success or Fear of Failure and set some goals.

Goal Setting Tips for Beginners

There is a lot of information out there about Goal Setting, but I will give you my Goal Setting Tips.  The first thing you have to decide is what you want.  I would suggest to you that if you never have set a goal, set one now.  Make it something attainable or something you want that you know you can achieve with minimal effort.  If you are beginning a fitness journey, you can set a small goal of losing a couple of pounds.  You know you can do it.  So, set a goal to lose, say, 5 lbs in the next 2 weeks.  More than likely you can do that just by modifying your nutrition habits slightly and increasing your water intake.  Then, you will see how easy it is to achieve some simple goals.

After that, you can increase your goal and set a goal to lose, say, 5 lbs in the next 2 weeks after that.  You don’t have to set a goal to lose 50 lbs in 1 day.  Most people look too far down the road and they can’t see the finish line so they never start walking.  Set some smaller goals that you can achieve and have some smaller victories and increase them as you go.  This could also apply for saving money, paying off a credit card, even folding laundry.  Just tell yourself you are going to fold a shirt or two and you’ll find yourself doing more and more.  This also big time applies to working out.  Just do something.  Get up and go for a walk.  Set a goal to walk around the house or the block when you get home from work.  You’ll be surprised how fast it will turn into a habit.

Goal Setting Tips for High Achievers

So, you’re not a baby goal setter anymore.  Here are my Goal Setting Tips for High Achievers. Can you imagine going into a bank to get a loan for your business you are starting and them asking to see your goals and you say “Um, I don’t have them written down, but they are in my head and I know where I generally want to end up in 5 years”.  After they got through laughing at you, they will tell you to write your goals down along with your anticipated gross sales, expenses, labor and profit for the next 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years and come back when you’re serious.

So, I would say the same things to you.  You say you want to lose weight.  You say you want to build a business.  You say you want to pay off that credit card.  You say you want to go on a cruise.  Is it pie in the sky wishing or do you have a goal date to get it done?  Don’t just set goals down the road at the finish line.  You have to have some smaller intermediate goals along the way.  If you want to run 2 miles, set a goal to run 1/4 mile at a time.  After each 1/4 mile, you can go the next 1/4 mile.

My best Goal Setting Tips for High Achievers is write it down.  Seriously.  If you don’t have a written down goal, you don’t have a goal at all.  Don’t be afraid of failure, don’t be afraid of success.  Don’t be afraid PERIOD.  Write it down and look at it every day.  Make copies and put it on the steering wheel of your car and your bathroom mirror and your refrigerator.  Eventually, it will begin to haunt you and your subconscious mind will help you figure out how to get there.  Only 2% of people will ever write down their goals and goals are much more likely to be achieved when you write them down.  So, what are you waiting for?  Get your paper and a pencil and start writing your goals down!!  Just the act of writing them down will solidify them in your heart and mind.  Contact me and I will also help you get on a path of high achievement.

Positive Affirmations

Positive Affirmations

Positive Affirmations

Positive Affirmations

Why do we need deliberate Positive Affirmations in our life?   Because we are bombarded every day with negative denial (I knew what the opposite of positive was, but I admit I had to look up the opposite of affirmation).  There are so many things that beat us down in life.  Like I said yesterday in Dream Big, we will either build our own dreams or someone will hire us to build theirs.  When we are young, we think we can do anything.  No one has to tell us to have Positive Affirmations.  In fact, there are many kids who jump off of their house thinking they can fly.  We are invincible.  We are constantly telling our kids to not do that, you’ll get hurt.  They don’t see danger like we do.  They haven’t had the “hard lumps of life” like we have.  They don’t understand why it’s dangerous to run around the pool.  We know it’s because they may slip and hit their head.  So, kids grow up hearing “no”, “don’t do that”, “you’ll get hurt” a lot.  A UCLA study done a few years ago determined the average one year old hears the word “no” 400 times a day.   Another study also concluded the average child hears “no” or “don’t” about 148,000 times while growing up.  That is compared with just a few thousand “yes” or “ok”.  Is there any doubt why children “lose the ability to fly”?  We hear no, and don’t, or you can’t do that so much in life that we lose our initiative and our ambition.  We start to believe no, don’t and we can’t do it.  It becomes engrained in our psyche to not even really try anymore.  After all, if you don’t try, you can’t fail right?  So rather than risking being a failure we don’t try.  In order to start to try again, we have to believe we can do it.  We need some good Positive Affirmations in our lives, not just from ourselves but from others.

Surround yourself with People who give you Positive Affirmations

People who give you Positive Affirmations in your life will not be easy to find.  There are a lot more people out there who will give you negative denial.  They want to be the crab in the bucket pulling you down so they can justify what they are doing, or more realistically, what they are not doing.  In other words, there are more well poisoners than well diggers and there are more balloon poppers than balloon bloweruppers (I know that’s not a real word, but you know what I mean).  You are going to have to actively search for people to give you positive affirmations and be intentional about it.  In fact, for the people doing the opposite for you, you may need to have a long talk with them and explain why you want them to start giving you positive affirmations rather than negative denials.  If they won’t, you will need to limit your time around them as much as you can.  You may even want to find some people in your life and make a pact with them that you won’t say anything negative to them or about them at all.   Maybe you can even say, every time I’m around you, you have to tell me 5 things about me that you find good or attractive about me and then you do the same for them.  Like I said, it will have to be intentional if you want to find people to give you positive affirmations.  You are the average of the 5 people you hang around the most.  NEVER forget that.  So, where do you begin?

Personal Positive Affirmations

I remember Zig Ziglar saying once, positive thinking won’t allow you to do everything, BUT, it will allow you to do everything BETTER than negative thinking.  That is something I’ve never forgotten.  It is easy to find negative thinking.  We usually only have to go look in the mirror.  But, if you are going to accomplish great things in your life and really go after your dreams, you are going to have to have a big shift in your thinking.  You are going to have to start seeing yourself the way you WANT others to see you.  Not long ago I had to write my Eulogy for a leadership assignment.  What do you want people to say at your funeral?  What kind of person do you want to be?  That was a difficult assignment but I did it.  The exercise taught me to live my life with intentionality, not just float along waiting for something good to happen and wishing.

So, here is my suggestion.  It works, but you have to be consistent and intentional with your Positive Affirmations.  Go find a 3×5 card.  You can use an 8×11 sheet of paper if you want.  Then, write down your Positive Affirmations about yourself.  It can be something like this….and then, read them every day, several times a day, out loud.

  • I am in the best shape of my life physically.
  • I have my diet and nutrition under control and I no longer crave sweets.
  • I am adored by my children.
  • I make enough money to give to charities I love, save for the future and pay my bills without thinking about them.
  • I have time to do the things I really want to do in life.

Your affirmations can be whatever you want them to be.  The main thing is, stop beating yourself up over stupid stuff and start affirming not only the positive things in your life, but start speaking into existence the things that you WANT!!  Stop telling yourself you can’t and start telling yourself you can and you MUST!!  You can do it.  I’m here to help you if you just contact me.  Beachbody has changed my life and my outlook on life is much better than it was 10 years ago.  Yours can be too.  Positive Affirmations will help you get down that road faster than you thought!!  Contact me and let me help you with your journey!!

 

Dream Big

Dream Big

Dream Big

Dream Big

What happened to us?  We used to be big dreamers when we were young.  We could just naturally Dream Big.  I remember watching a show called Mr. Knozit when I was very young.  He was on one of the local TV Stations.  It was one of those shows where he would come out and have kids on the set and play cartoons and then interview the kids.  Of course, one of the questions was “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  They always came up with what they thought would be exciting.  The usual answers were, of course, Fireman, Policeman, Doctor, Nurse, etc.  Well, I never once heard one of the kids say something like this.  “When I grow up I want to be working at a dead end job in a cubicle 8 to 5 with two 10-minute breaks in the morning and two 10-minute breaks in the afternoon and a half hour to an hour for lunch with the possibility of getting laid off from my job (or working a night shift where I never see my wife and kids).  I want to be buried in debt and on my third wife at 45 with unruly kids who don’t respect me.”  I mean, REALLY?  So, what happened to us?  Where did we get the idea that we have to settle?  Where along the line did we let life crush us?  Why do we no longer Dream Big?  What has stopped us from achieving our dreams?  When we are teenagers in High School, we know what our dream car is.  We know what kind of house we want to live in when we grow up.  We have a general idea of what we want our life to be like.  So, why do we stop Dreaming?  In fact, our friends would even tell us “Don’t Dream Big”.  Why would they tell us that?  Why would they not want us to dream big?

People who tell us to not Dream Big

Most of your friends will not want you to Dream Big.  They really don’t mean to do you any harm.  They just haven’t done anything in their lives either.   They have lost their dreams along the way too.  If you succeed, it will make them look bad.  There is an old tale about crab fishing.  If you go crabbing and you have a bucket with low sides, you have to keep a lid on it or the crab will crawl out.  Once you catch another crab, you can throw the lid away because every time one of the crabs starts to climb out of the bucket, the other crab will reach up and pull him back in.  I think I blogged about it the other day but, you are the average of the 5 people you hang around the most.   The Bible says “Bad Company Corrupts Good Character.  I’m not saying to not be friends with those people.  What I am saying is that if you want to Dream Big consistently, you have to keep them from affecting you in negative ways.  Seriously.  If you stay around them very long, they will end up dragging you down and your dreams will become crab poop in the bottom of the bucket.  If you want to Dream Big, get around Big Dreamers.

Find a Mentor who encourages you to Dream Big

Steve Jobs would tell you that You Don’t Dream Big Enough!!  I mean, if you want to accomplish your dreams, you have to have to first of all, have a dream, and then second of all, be willing to do what it takes to accomplish it.  After reading this, sit down and write down your dreams for your life.  What is it that you’ve given up on?   Is it a nice home, a nice car, a family, a business you wanted to start, going on that nice cruise vacation?  What is it?  It is waiting on you do get off your butt and do the work it takes to get there.  Maybe you think it’s a pipe dream.  Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.  But, there is an old saying that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.  Broke people can’t teach you how to be rich.  Your lazy brother in law who is working that dead end job is not going to teach you how to become independently wealthy.  Most people don’t seek out mentors to help them Dream Big and accomplish their dreams.  I’m telling you now to go do that.   Go find someone who has done what you want to do and ask them for their advice and help.  I can guarantee you that they will help you.  The only way they would not want to help you is if you are going to immediately go into competition with them.  Most businessmen would be willing to take on a mentor for several years to train.  That is the way society used to be with apprenticeships and still is today in most professional trades.  Engineers, Architects and even Real Estate professionals have to be in the business for a specified amount of time before they can take the test to become a Professional Engineer, Licensed Architect or Real Estate Broker.  If you want to go into a certain business, find a businessman who has done what you want to do and get to know them.  Take them to lunch.  Follow them around.  They will let you and be willing to share if you ask.   If you want to get in shape and lose weight, find someone who has done it and ask them for help.  If you want to build a home based business and be fully retired in 2 to 3 years, find someone who has done it.  I have done both of those as well and yes, I will be willing to help you.  Contact me and let me help you start on your new journey to fitness and financial independence!!!