I know. Such a creative title for my first post. I’m not feeling in a very creative mood at the moment. To tell the truth, I’m not the most creative person in the world.
I’m hoping that I will be able to post pretty regularly with this blog. I’ve tried before and failed. Mostly because I don’t feel like I have a whole lot to say. But, it seems that everyone and their mother in the fitness world has a blog, and it’s an industry that I’m trying to break into, so I figured that I should too.
I will use this blog to record my thoughts on the industry, thoughts in general and also to record my training logs.
First a little background:
I’m 34 years and on my third career change. I initially went to school for Film and Video Production. I even received my Bachelor’s. But I didn’t want to move to LA and be a starving artist. So I did the only other thing I knew how to do at the time, work in restaurants. It’s something that I had been doing for almost my entire working life. I slowly began to enjoy it, and decided to go to Culinary School. I couldn’t afford going to the CIA (Culinary Institute of America), so instead decided to go to a local school. I also began working at a local restaurant as a line cook. I ended up working my way up the line, eventually becoming Sous Chef. Along the way, I lived in Italy for three months on an externship. But, I started to get burned out. Luckily, the owner noticed my considerable computer skills, coupled with the fact that my father is an accountant, asked if I wanted to do the books for the restaurant instead. I agreed, and so began another journey.
As the company grew, I ended up with more and more responsibility, but was able to keep up with the workload. Things were going well.
Around this same time I realized that I need to get into shape. So I did what anyone would do; I bought a book. The first book I bought was by Men’s Health, and it included exercises and workouts for all kinds of sports. It wasn’t very helpful. The second book I bought on the subject changed my life. It was the original New Rules of Lifting by Alwyn Cosgrove and Lou Schuler.
The book changed my views on fitness completely. I became pretty diligent going to the gym and training. I wanted more. So I bought more books. The next book was Men’s Health Power Training by Robert Dos Remedios aka Coach Dos. And I was hooked. Training became a part of my life.
Fast forward a couple of years. The job was going well, but it wasn’t completely fulfilling. I wanted to do something different. I was enjoying training, and teaching those that would listen. I decided to become a trainer. Easier said than done. As luck would have it, my wife and I moved across the country, so that my wife could take a job as a professor at a university. One of the benefits was six free credit hours per semester for myself. I took this opportunity to go back to school and get a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training. I figured I could also get my CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and my CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) while I was getting my master’s. Then I would be much more attractive to potential employers and clients. I would be able to diagnose injuries (as an ATC), and then get them stronger (as a CPT or CSCS). It’s the best of both worlds. Which is where we are at now.