Look Ma! A New Post!

So I had been working on a post a couple of weeks ago.  I thought it was pretty good, too.  It was about the tools that use in the kitchen, my top ten if you will.  But it was starting to get really long.  Like over a thousand words.  Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I don’t know if I’m ready to have posts that long.  So I’ll continue to work on it, and put it up at a later date.  But I wanted to get something up before the 2 people that follow me think that I’ve decided to scrap the whole blogging thing.

I don’t think I had started lifting with the weightlifting team before my hiatus.  Well, I’ve started.  We’ve been lifting for a couple of weeks now.  It’s nice to have someone looking at form and critiquing.  And the team environment is always a good thing.  I was actually getting ready for my first competition, which was supposed to be this coming weekend.  I was working on figuring out my opening lifts this past Saturday, when I threw my back out.  Bummer.  I could probably try to compete this week.  It’s getting better.  But I’ve decided to forgo the competition and instead focus on getting completely healed and back to 100%.  I’ve got plenty of time.

Woo hoo! Olympic Weightlifting!

This week, Bret Contreas, one of the trainers/ coaches that I follow/ admire, released his new e-book program, 2 x 4. Normally, I’m a little annoyed when a new program/ product is released.  Not because it’s not good, or I’m jealous that the author has released it.  It’s because it seems as if all of the coaches that I follow are friends, so if one of them releases something, then they all plug it within the same week.  I guess that’s not the worst thing I could get in my feeds.

Also, I typically feel that these products are a little over priced.  Not that Bret, or anyone else’s information isn’t worth a good amount of money.  And I understand that part of it is a business too.  It’s just that  who can afford these products at these prices.  Especially since they are download only.  I think I can understand if I was getting a hard copy of something for that’s over $100.  Again, I’m not saying that the content isn’t great.  I’m sure it is.  I just feel that if some of these trainers/ coaches wanted to reach more people, they would bring their prices down a bit.

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Away we go.

Up, up and away

Up, up and away

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.

new rules of lifting

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.

power training

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.