January 2011 Archives

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Ok, so everyone does the “Best of XXXX year”, “Worst of XXXX year”, etc lists right around the New Year. I have to tell you; They’re my guilty pleasure. Sure, most of them tend to be trash (especially the song/movie/cupcake, etc ones), but sometimes there are some real quality observations to be found floating around this time of year.

Plus, I am at times nostalgic and I love lists, so I suppose it makes sense that I’d be all over these “End of the Year” lists like a fat kid on a cupcake (any one of the Top 10 Cupcakes will do).

So with all that being said, rather than buck the trend, I figured I’d jump right in. You won’t find “Top Ten Exercises” or “Isaac’s Failed Pick-up Lines of the Year” (I’m not THAT nostalgic) here, though. Instead I’m simply going to go through a few points that 2010 really hammered home for me. Several of them were ideas that I thought I knew or had embraced, only to find that I wasn’t living it. 2010 was one of the best years of my life, and I owe it to really getting some of these ideas pounded home through my thick skull.
Read more on Lessons from 2010…

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While I’m not a big fan of the “New Year’s Resolution” (just wait for tomorrow’s blog post…) I am a fan of the idea that it represents:

Taking care of business and making changes.

After all, nobody says “This year, I resolve to do exactly what I am doing now and that’s it”. Or, if they do, then to be honest they kind of suck. Instead, the New Year’s Resolution is rooted in the idea of improvement, and that’s the name of the game around here. So without more preamble here’s what’s got me rocking…
Read more on Rock My World Wednesday – It’s Business Time…

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courtesy of Calvin and HobbesOk, so this time of year I can be a little bit of a jerk. Granted, I can be a little jerky the rest of the year too, but this time of year really gets to me. Why? Because I work in the fitness business.

And you know what happens during January in the fitness business…
Read more on New Year’s Resolutioner Repellent…

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Most of you probably don’t know this, but I have a pretty strong background in education. I have spent a lot of my working life (non-training) in education. From lecturing and TA’ing undergraduates to working with troubled (but bright) teenagers, I’ve spent a lot of time working as a mentor and teacher. In my current position as a performance coach and trainer I use a lot of those same skills and I think that my desire and ability to teach is what makes me a terrific “coach” over a good “trainer”.

Anyway, in my current iteration of senior trainer (read: curmudgeon) at the facility I’m at now I’ve been mentoring/coaching a few interns over the past year or so. I’ve had a stable of trainers under me before, but working with this group has been different. The pace of this facility is a little slow, and I’m operating on my own, so I’ve been able to really teach as opposed to just coach them into making me lots of money. It’s taught me some great lessons that I think will apply to you in your life, whether you are in a position to teach or not.
Read more on The Art of Spoon Feeding and Learning Through Teaching…

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Hey!

I was just interviewed by Chris Beardsley at the very cool GarageGymOnline.com blog! Want to learn a bit more about me and how I do things? Check it out!

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Sea Girt, NJ, smack-dab in the middle of the Jersey Shore to take part in a closed-door, intensive business mastermind with some of the best upcoming fitness professionals. This was a mastermind built out of the HTKA Seminar I attended last October.

In addition to learning more from my mentors and networking with other fitness pros, the true draw of a mastermind is the hour we each had in the “hot seat”. The hot seat time is where the entire group was focused on a single member’s business. We focused on the successes that were working, what wasn’t working, where the business was headed, and developing an action plan for that person.

Since this was a closed-door event, I’m not going to get into the specifics of the individuals’ cases, but let’s just say that it was no-holds-barred, honest (brutally at times), and focused on advancing each individual’s success. It was definitely NOT focused on keeping their feelings warm and fuzzy.
Read more on Lessons From The Jersey Shore Part II – Successful Men and Taking the Gloves Off…

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Picking up chicks with your nutrition plan?

I’m a little pissed off, so let’s talk nutrition and all this bullshit that comes along with it.

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been dieting lately to lean down. I talked a little bit about how I’ve been doing it in my interview with Chris Beardsley. Anyway, this weekend in Jersey I officially (and intentionally) went off the wagon. I used my weekend as a mental break from all things dieting and what was going on back home. I didn’t train, I ate a bunch of crap, and I just focused on learning, building my business, and having fun.
Read more on Nutrition for Men: Stop Eating Like Crap…

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Red is actually the man, but his image will work for this post.

After our workout last night I had a great conversation with my rock star client (seriously, she really is a rock star, with a grad degree in Chemistry… talk about awesome) about life, growing up, doing things, and moving on. It really brought some stuff to the forefront of my mind that I’ve been chewing on for a while and so here we go:
Read more on Success for Men – Being an Adult Is for Pussies…

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Today I want to talk about the biggest reason why most men aren’t successful. It has nothing to do with their brain power. What station they were born into in life doesn’t even compare. The money in their pocket isn’t even a factor compared to this. Neither is their looks, their way with words, or their friendships.

Nope. While all of those things can have a big or small effect on your success, they aren’t the number one factor.
Read more on Overcoming Fear and Barriers to Success – Make It Happen Monday…