What’s up everybody?
This post will kick off a new segment of my blog: at the end of every month I will send out links to all the interesting podcasts, books, documentaries, articles, music, movies, and performances that I checked out throughout the previous 4 weeks and that inspired me in some way, shape or form.
I’ve been doing this for my clients via email the last few months, and I thought that it would be cool to share this stuff with all of you as well.
One of the characteristics that I feel distinguishes me from others in the health and fitness industry is that I have a very broad definition of “wellness.”
Who am I?
What is my purpose?
What is the meaning of life?
Humans have been asking these questions for centuries.
I personally struggle with them on a daily basis, and have done so for quite some time.
Knowledge of self, or self actualization, is defined as the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.
In philosophy, it’s considered the highest of all human needs.
Almost a year ago, I wrote a post titled “The Top 5 Nutritional Myths.”
If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a doozy.
If you know me or have been reading this blog for quite some time, you’d know that one of the things I most hate about the fitness industry is the perpetual amount of misinformation that continues to circulate, no matter how many times proven incorrect.
One of the biggest myths out there is that in order to burn more body fat, we should all eat 6 small(er) meals per day, as opposed to 3 big(ger) ones.
We are officially one whole month into the New Year!
You know what that means.
It’s just about time for the majority of people who started the year off with the resolution to lose weight and get “healthy” to give up and try again next year.
I can already see it happening at my gym.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you heard about Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.
Whatever your religious views are (or aren’t), one would have to admit that the man is truly an impressive and admirable human being.
In just 5 days, he managed to meet with our president, address a joint session of Congress, address the United Nations General Assembly, head a multi religious prayer service at the 911 memorial, give a mass at Madison Square Garden, and participate in many other acts of good will and charity towards the citizens of this nation – all at the ripe young age of 78!
One of the great things about my line of business is that I get to work on a personal level with folks from all walks of life.
While the majority of my time is spent instructing and making sure exercises are done correctly, I do take the time to engage my clients in conversation about their lives and thoughts on a variety of issues.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best :
“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”
Let me start by saying that I apologize for the brief hiatus.
Training has picked up quite a bit in the last few months and I have not been as free to sit down and write as I would’ve liked to have been.
With it being summer time and all, everyone is hitting the gym hard and dialing in on the diet.
Both males and females are working hard to achieve that lean, mean beach bod.
If you have ever trained with me or have read this blog, you probably already know that diet is 80% of the game as far as body composition is concerned – especially if your goal is fat loss!
We have arrived at the third installment of this epic three part series.
If you missed Parts 1 and 2, get the hell out of here!
No seriously, catch up.
You can check out Part 1, here.
And Part 2, here.
For those of you that have already done so, congratulations on being awesome.
Now, let’s get this party started, shall we?