2 Simple Things to Make Life Better

Lately I have had to really focus on making my mind less hectic.  I have a doctorate in procrastination and found I need to write things down in order to get some things done.  I have also discovered that I still put off doing things on my list sometimes.  Well, a lot of the time.

A to do list is a great tool to get you started, but I found that scheduling things in my calendar was a huge step in getting more important things done.  Your phone comes equipped with a calendar, use it.  Once I started scheduling my time at the gym, time to work on my business, my meditation practice and other important matters in life, I became much more efficient with my time.  Time is the one commodity we can not acquire more.  Be stingy with your time.  Everything I do is scheduled on a calendar. This is a tough habit to stick with, but when you commit 30 days to the process, you will be surprised about how much more efficient you become.

Meditation is the second practice I have started that was so difficult in the beginning, but is an important part of my daily routine. How do you start meditating?  Youtube has great beginner videos that will walk you through, 10, 15 or 30 minute sessions.   Just push play and follow the instructions.  I highly recommend starting off in the 5-10 minute range.  Spotify is another great resource for meditation.  Just start.  set aside 10 minutes a day where you won’t be disturbed.  Meditation benefits include reduced stress, improved concentration, information processing, fosters creativity an a host of other amazing things.

 

With great change comes great patience.  Try these practices in your life for the next 30 days and I guarantee you will see dramatic improvements in you life.  So many people I talk to live unfulfilled lives.  They are over 40, and feel like the American dream is really not a dream at all.  We are at a point were we realize this ride is at best half way over.  Perspectives and things change dramatically as life chugs along.  Thank you for joining me as I document my journey to build a newline after 40.

 

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Life After 40

 

On October 1 2017 I turned 42.

It has been nearly 2 years since I last published post on this blog.  Life has changed dramatically for me over the last few years.  Huge career shifts, the death of my parents six months apart from each other, and a spiritual/mind awakening occurred.

I fell out of love with the world of fitness and the business of fitness about 2 years ago. The grind of marketing and the business end of training people for fitness became more of a drag than exciting.  My physical and mental fitness suffered.  I learned a lot about business partnerships.  The hard way.

However, life changes quickly, and without warning.  In December of 2016 I lost my mother to cancer.  Six months later my father passed. He had suffered for 10 years with Alzheimers disease.

After failing in the fitness business, losing my parents and having to start over again in my forties I came to a lot of realizations.

Life isn’t what its cracked up to be.  The pressure of society to conform is overwhelming, and looking back on life, I wish I did so much differently.  This seems to be the opinion of a lot of people my age.  We were let down by a society that says go to college, buy a house get into debt, buy crap, live the American dream.

thats not my dream, not anymore.

After my parents passed I realized that of all the stuff in the family home, the only thing of real value to me was the pictures, 8mm films and my fathers high school football jersey.

Life after 40 is my account of rebuilding my life after 40, I have a new career as a consultant with a merchant services company.

My goals are to travel more, be in the ultimate physical and mental shape of my life,  but also build a rewarding career that allows me to live the next 40 years of life on my terms, collecting memories, not junk.

I’ve become passionate about Alzheimers awareness and I will be spending the rest of my days helping as much as possible the Alzheimers Association find a cure to this terrible disease.

I look at life in an entirely different way now.

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5 Major Things I Learned Transitioning from Fitness Coach To Fitness Entrepreneur

February 1 of 2015 marked the fifteen month anniversary as a fitness entrepreneur. In that brief time period many lessons were learned about the business side of fitness. The first several years of my coaching career were spent coaching boot camp style classes at a local karate studio. My class was scheduled two nights a week and Saturday morning.

 

Throughout that experience I learned some things about marketing, but focused mainly on the coaching side of things. Learning new exercises, utilizing them myself, then incorporating them into a workout. A challenge I had working in a karate studio was lack of equipment. Most exercises were body weight with some dumbbell work as well.

 

However, the time came for me to move on, and open my own facility. With this decision came a host of new responsibilities and commitment. I learned a lot of lessons over the past fifteen months about running your own Hybrid Training Facility, in my case The Superhuman Barbell Club.

Here are five things I learned as a new fitness entrepreneur.

1. WORD IS NOT BOND

My first deal in real estate went horribly south. I rented a small garage to start out and the landlord and I agreed in words to a X amount of dollars for rent to be paid every three months. However, when the time came to sign the lease two days later, he changed the monthly arrangements from tri monthly to bi monthly payments. This totally fucked me, as I set up my six month business plan based on a three month rental agreement. Get everything in writing immediately especially in real estate. This brings me to number two.

2. LEVERAGE

One reason I got screwed on my rental was because I had zero leverage. I was in a position where time was not on my side and had to take the best deal at the moment. I wasn’t happy about the situation, but I had no leverage. Sometimes you need to do what’s necessary to achieve your goals. Create as much leverage as possible for yourself.

3. THERES ALWAYS A CATCH

When you open the doors on your own garage gym or fitness center, it’s not long before the landslide of offers flood your inbox. Demos of shakes, new gadgets, massages, free OCR race offers and more. Everybody has something they want to sell to your clients, 99.5% of these offers are shit. Nothing is free and all these offers will end up benefitting the third party. Avoid them.

4. IT WONT GO AS PLANNED

Nothing will go as planned. The key is to be flexible and roll with the punches. Goals will evolve and change. A brick and mortar business is a living thing. All businesses are. They change, grow, mature and evolve. However, they can also become stale and stagnant and need some reinvention. Be peprapared for chaos at any time.

 

5. SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT THE ANSWER

So much emphasis is placed on being visible on social media to grow your business. Facebook pages, Twitter, YouTube, it goes on and on. Bottom line, and this has been my biggest struggle, going out to meet new people. Be visible in your community. The best way to grow your business is by being a name in your community. Participate in sports, be active in local government or other activities in your area. This, will help you more than social media. The more people you meet and speak to you about your work, the better.

 

 

Going from fitness coach to fitness entrepreneur has been a rich yet painful experience. Not only do you coach your team, but you now are in control of many more aspects of fitness. Everything rests on your shoulders. One thing I can suggest, find a mentor to help you achieve your goals. Do your research and make a plan!

 

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When Fitness Sucks

Around November of 2014 I lost my mojo. I had no desire to workout, blog, or do anything else related to my personal exercise or business study. I became burned out on fitness.

 

In three consecutive weekends with Team Superhuman, I ran Spartan Super, CMC Philly and Vermont Beast. I was sick, beat and tired. I had no desire to pick up a weight or do a pull up. My diet suffered tremendously. Then, with almost the entire team we traveled to South Carolina and killed the SC Beast for good measure. I was so done with fitness.

 

In addition to the physical strain, my brain was fried as well. Being the owner of your fitness business also carries a huge burden. Now, my facility is no huge operation. I operate a garage gym. Literally a gym in a garage I rent. There is no bathroom, no heat and no air conditioning. Much of our equipment has been fabricated in my basement or donated by team members. It has helped me break free of being employed by a fitness corporation, and call all my own shots, however this freedom comes with a price.

 

 

First, there's marketing. Now, this sounds easy enough, but it is not. There are so many gurus on the web with all the keys to success on how to market your fitness business. However, this flood of gurus has so much conflicting information, it becomes maddening trying to sift through everything. One person says market on Facebook like this, another person says no, market like that. Have a blog, link it to all your social media, post at this time, but not that time, post this, but not that. It made me crazy and crushed me with anxiety. When you go to school little to nothing is taught about the business side of fitness. And make no mistake, it is a business. I encourage anyone who is going to school for personal training with the hopes of becoming there own boss to educate themselves on the marketing of your fitness business as well.

 

November rolled in and I was physically and mentally decimated. Fitness sucked. The business side and my personal pursuit of wellness became a chore. The only fun I had was coaching classes. Seeing people make progress, pull a muscle up for the first time, hit a PR on a deadlift, that was fun. Everything else sucked. After opening the doors and being in business for a year, I was doing fine. Attendance stayed steady, we had made great progress in 2014. But I didn't want to do it anymore.

 

 

December arrived, and I took a much needed 10 day vacation in the Caribbean.

 

 

 

 

 
Time away from the world really allowed for reflection. Did I want to run the Superhuman Barbell Club anymore? Could we ditch the lair and workout at a local chain gym? Do I really want to put the monumental effort into marketing in 2015? These questions and more needed to be answered.
The answer always remained, will it be fun? Im pushing 40 years old, and Im tired of doing things that are not fun. If it isnt fun, its not worth doing. My grand conclusion, I'm ditching the gurus, and doing what I want, how I want, and will have fun doing it. Do I want to see Team Superhuman take over the world in 2015? The answer is a resounding YES!
 
The difference is, this year the focus will be more on fun than anything else. I'm back in the lifting game, and have decided that instead of leading the team from the front of the class, I will be in the trenches of the WOD's with them. I'm looking forward to this new outlook, and the reults that will come of it.
 
As I sit here writing this I am a hefty 227 pounds. The fire has been reignited, and I am looking forward to some stunning physical and athletic results for Team Superhuman in 2015. Bread pasta and manufactured foods have been cut from my diet. For the past several days I have made great strides in maintaining a lifestyle where I eat animal flesh, veggies and fruits, leaning heavily towards embracing the paleo lifestyle. After a cruise and the Holiday season, an extreme reboot of my system is in order. So, here it goes!
 
 
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Strong Is The New Skinny

Recently the some of ladies of Team Superhuman took time out to show off their bad-assness in a photo shoot. The ladies have spent the last year achieving tremendous physical results, but look damn amazing as well.

 

They are all proof that weightlifting has tremendous benefits, strong truly is the new skinny

Chriss shows of her abs.

War Machine in the over head squat

 

The Champ has killer legs

Black Widow with sweet back and shoulders

 

Back and shoulder art

Keeping it risqué

 

Vandana with some intensity

 

At 55 years young, Vera is an inspiration to us all.

 

Huge thanks to the ladies who make Team Superhuman so extraordinary. Donna K is our Team Photographer, and without her talent, these great shots wouldn’t be possible! Thank you!

 

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Building Champions

This year Team Superhuman will send almost a dozen athletes to complete their Trifecta at the Spartan Beast in Carolina. A few of our athletes have already completed their trifecta via the Vermont Beast World Championships.

As a competitor, I can tell you Vermonts course is truly the most difficult run I have ever encountered. The physical and mental test on this course is unyielding from beginning to end.

As a coach, it has been a rewarding experience to see so many people from the Superhuman Barbell Club/Team Superhuman conquer this epic event. Members of our Team come from all ages and backgrounds, but one thing is for sure, they have trained vigilantly over the past year to accomplish a goal few have reached.

Below are our four World Champions, and Trifecta medalists. The ladies on the left will be reaching the monumental goal of Double Trifecta this year.

 

The hybrid training model at the Superhuman Barbell Club is ideal for anyone looking to compete in any type of OCR, especially Spartan. We combine body weight exercises with barbell work as well as running. This model has helped shape top notch athletes. We can also help anyone looking to change their lifestyle and accomplish any fitness goal.

Become your own champion. You don't need gimmicks or special drinks to get in shape. Hard work, discipline and an incredible support system will help you become Superhuman.

 

Learn more about the Superhuman Barbell Club HERE.

 

10/2/14 WOD

We end Hell Week with our benchmark Camille.

 

 

Learn more about the Superhuman Barbell Club HERE.

Starting October 8th we will be offering beginners classes at 9am.

 

10/1/14 WOD

Crossfits killer benchmark Murph pushes the team tonight.

 

Learn more about the Superhuman Barbell Club HERE.

Starting October 8th we will be offering beginners classes at 9am.

 

9/11/14

Chipper workouts are a favorite of the team, so here's a chipper to end the week before we hit CMC on Saturday!

 

 

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