I just got back home after a day and half at a lake retreat at my friends family lake house. It was great to just hang out and have limited internet access. We got a chance to recharge and there was a pretty steep hill going down to the lake that was just too perfect for running sprints. I decided to knock out 5 sprints on this hill with sets of 10 push-ups at the end of each, it was 1/3 fat burner, 1/3 staying on routine, and 1/3 justification for eating cookies.
Naturally, my decision to workout made me think of one of my all-time favorite 80's movies.
If you've ever seen Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon, you know that is the signature line of the movie villain Sho-Nuff. Early in the movie, we meet our hero, Bruce Leroy. He is told by his martial arts teacher that he has taught him everything he can and that's it's up to Leroy to find a new master to reach the final level of his development. Of course, this sets him off on a mission, looking for a master in all the wrong places before finally realizing at the end that he is the master and the final level of growth was inside himself the entire time.
When it comes to fitness and nutrition, many of us constantly seek out a "master" to help us get to the next level. In this case, that master might be a new workout program, a special diet, a 10-day challenge, or even a coach like myself. There is nothing wrong with seeking outside help - even Bruce Leroy started off learning from someone else. However, the true role of a coach is to serve as a guide, help you develop the skills you need to be successful, not to just do everything for you. Ultimately, your success is based on your efforts.
It would have been easy to justify an extra day off yesterday, to just sit by the lake and get a suntan. Instead, I took 15 minutes out of the day to continue developing myself.
If you want to become a master, you must first do 3 things:
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My passion for fitness started with my own 80 lb weight loss journey. I love showing people that fitness and nutrition don't need to be complicated or restrictive. A good coach should be able to meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to be. I am certified as a fitness trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). Additionally, I hold certifications in exercise nutrition through Precision Nutrition and online fitness training through the Online Trainer Academy. When not serving my clients I am an expert media contributor for companies such as Men's Fitness, Men's Journal, Exercise.com, and many others.
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