THE LIFE (Inspiration & Real Fitness Life Stories)

What is Progress?

The goal of any training program is progress, simplyIMG_2072 you want to be better tomorrow than you were today. All the hard work and effort that you put into your training each and every day, can be wasted  if you are not constantly improving yourself in some way.  So what is progress and how can you ensure you are making it. Well progress comes in many different forms and is not something than can be easily defined by just one set of criteria.


The Field

Well… It is that time of the year again; Graduation SeasonIMG_5900 and with Graduations upon us it is a perfect time for a bit of reflection and anticipation for what the future holds! If you were to give one piece of advice to a new Graduate, what would it be? Well… Mine simply would be to always remain True to yourself and your ideals, to never let anybody tell you how you should live your life, and that the biggest mistake you will ever make is to not follow your Dreams!

This last weekend was my sister Ashley’s graduation from College and as I sat in the stands of the Stadium I had been at hundreds of times before, I couldn’t help but reflect on all the experiences, but I also had an overwhelming feeling that something was different!...


All Uphill From Here...

In Fitness just as in Life there are a lot of trends218526_1785461881958_1401864789_31773601_5373380_o that come and go, but certain things will always hold true and one thing that will NEVER change is that things that are worth having or doing are not easy, nor should they be! It is often times these difficult tasks that many people stay far away from and because of this they never realize their full potential or the amazing feeling of absolute accomplishment! Remember without Rain, there would never be a Rainbow…

I remember it like it was yesterday, standing there looking up and thinking to myself that it was A LONG way! What if I fell? What if people saw me struggle? What if I couldn’t make it? These are all questions that go through your mind when you prepare yourself for a set of Hill Sprints, but there is one question that trumps all of the others…



Turn Up the Intensity

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Hope all are doing well out there.
So, it’s Wednesday and I wanted to get to you and let you know how things are going with my recent injury situation.

Through the end of last week I kept my workout the same, doing the circuit routine with lighter weight and following that with 20-30mins of cardio. I decided to take the whole weekend off along with Monday since I had a long work day and my body was pretty stressed.

I returned to workout yesterday and my back felt about 90-95%. So I decided to push myself and see how I felt after my workout. I did the same circuit routine but added more weight and switched up my rep range. I did three sets of each exercise (plus a warm-up) at 15-20 reps, 6-8 reps and 10-15 reps.


Moving Mountains...

“The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step”

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This is one of my favorite quotes that I always make an effort to share with others as well as strive to live my life by! Spoken by the ancient Chinese Philosopher Lao-Tzu, it is still very relevant today! Often times we see things as too great or out of reach and that is exactly what they are and will be when focused on as a whole, but when you break them down into smaller steps, you quickly come to realize that before you know it, you climbed a Mountain!



Back on Track

Hello all! Hope your weekend was great!furnituretear

For my weekend I decided to rest and recover. I bought an Icy Hot therapy pain relief stick and cold and hot medicated patches to help out with my muscle strain in my back.
Monday, I was still feeling the pain when twisting, bending or standing for a long period of time (at work) but still decided to hit the gym. Instead of doing the intense routine I found in the magazine I decided to do a basic circuit training routine at about 50-70% of my max with higher repetitions (20-25) and only resting a few seconds in order to have energy to get through the sets.


Workout routine included: (A good stretching series before starting) One-leg Leg Press, One-leg Calf presses, Deep Squats, Standing behind the head shoulder press, front bar raises, Dumbbell flies, Dumbbell Press, Hammer Curls, Dumbbell Curls, Cable Rows, Bent over dumbbell lateral raise, Rope pull-downs, Tricep extensions, Ab work with the medicine ball.


Minor Set Back

Good day all,

So after my last post I started to prep for my show coming up. I went shopping to start cleaning up my eating. I also decided to start adding cardio to my workouts and switch up my routine for the next couple weeks to see how quickly my body responds.

I am eating 5-6 meals a day now. In each I include a protein source with carbs and/or veggies.


Living the Life


One of the best aspects of the new Men’s Physique Division and the overall trend lately in Fitness is that you are actually rewarded for living and maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle! It is a HUGE accomplishment to Train your butt off (literally) for a Show or Competition, but to actually begin to LIVE the Fitness Lifestyle… Now that is where the real rewards are…



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