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Journey of the Tiger

Posted Jan 09 2010 10:39am

Well, here it is; the first entry for my fitness journey.  There will be some themes that are of a more mature nature: PG13 ish. I just thought that everyone should know that right off  the bat. I certainly do not intend to cause problems for anyone, so I want to be honest and up front so that I don’t offend.

To make sure that everyone understands how I am going to approach the journal, here is a general overview:

I will be posting every Saturday about the week prior. Each entry will be a synopsis of the past week’s events with some of my insight into the various workouts and general routine of my day. I do not intend to make this look polished or pretty–it’s going to be, what it’s going to be. The reason for this, is that that is exactly what I ask of my clients when they log food or exercise. It’s not meant to be perfect, as I myself am not perfect. I would rather everyone see an honest representation of the life of a personal trainer with all of the hopes, aspirations and goals. Through that honesty, there are struggles and victories just like anyone else. At the same time, it is important to understand that, when I do struggle, it’s all on me. I don’t mean for this to be something to garner sympathy. I just want to further bond with the good people around me, by showing them that we are not so different. So, having said that, thank you all in advance for inspiring me, and making me better.


This week has been a roller coaster. Everyone has come back from vacation and enjoying time with their families. Scheduling really hasn’t been as difficult as I had previously thought, but it has been different. As a personal trainer, you are there when the people need you to be there. That is one of the first things you learn. I absolutely have no problem with this. It does, however, become a little trickier when you have people on both ends of the day, but,  I refuse to use that as an excuse; it’s simply a matter of making the necessary adjustments. It’s kind of like doing the first exercise in your routine; it kind of catches you by surprise, but when you make that decision to keep going forward no matter what, it becomes easier. I have overslept way too much, and I just won’t accept failure; I am going to repair this problem.

My workouts this week have been good, but at odd times—actually that has kind of been helpful. It’s good to step outside of the box and force yourself to do things when you don’t feel like it. As a result of this, my approach to exercise has taken a different look. Instead of just going over to the TRX and doing the usual, I have been incorporating elements that I haven’t for a while, or wouldn’t normally. I picked up the kettlebell for the first time in a long time on Wednesday–it felt amazing. It’s funny how we forget about exercises, and then somehow find our way back to them. Ian and I have both talked about that; if we could only remember every single exercise that we have ever known. It’s impossible, but it would be nice. Instead, we just have to grow and become sharper all the time, which is even better.

On Thursday, John from Acceleration Indiana, worked me out on the super treadmill. We ended up pushing the incline to 40%! It was unbelievable! What made it even harder, was that I had to remain upright while I was running–what a task! Kudos to John for his patience in teaching an old dog some new tricks. My legs when first we began the workout, but they finally woke up, and I think that I ran a little better toward the end.

I just started to workout with my teacher again; Sifu Todd Wright of Guardian Kung Fu. For those of you who don’t know, I moved down here to open that school with him in 2005.

This past week, Sihing [that's his kung fu relationship to me; it means "older brother", whereas Sifu means "father". It all depends on when and where you started.] has been feeling a little under the weather, but we’ve still been talking about my goals and the path I need to take with Wing Chun Kung Fu. In fact, he is feeling better, and today I will be going over to the school for a while. That’s a great feeling as well. Wing Chun has really helped me in so many ways over the years. Don’t misunderstand me, I have a long and intense road ahead of me, as I have fallen a bit behind on the curriculum over the past couple of years, but, I look at it as a fresh start with an old friend. Eventually, I will have some videos to share with everyone, so you can see some of the training. It is really interesting and different–just like me, except maybe, for the interesting part–lol. I’m sure that someone will find it entertaining when I get hit, but don’t worry, I will as well.

My nutrition is recovering from the holidays, but I am still struggling with eating too many cheese balls. Did you know that you can buy a 35oz container of these things for like 6 bucks? Yeah, great deal, but also a great deal of damage to the body fat. I have such a hard time stopping once I start eating them. Arrrgh!

Other than my addiction for cheese, the rest of the nutrition has gotten better. I have stopped drinking beer for a while so that I can really concentrate on my goals and stay lean. It really hasn’t been too hard. There have been times when I thought it would be nice after a long day to go home and crack open a brew and watch some kung fu movies, but if I do that, I won’t get out of my chair and practice and stretch on my own like I should. I really don’t anticipate any problems with that one, it’s not a necessity for life– but damn those cheese balls! Oh don’t worry, I’ll get it worked out–I’m almost out of cheese balls.

So there it is, the first of many entries. I am off to a flying start. I hope this opens up a little more insight into me, and makes you comfortable in knowing that I have struggles as well. So this week, help me stay accountable, and I’ll help you stay accountable.

Thanks Friends!


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