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Thursday, December 29, 2011

My success is team oriented!
Years ago before I started my business I read A LOT of books on personal development and how to BE an entreprenuer....but one book that stands out in my mind and had the most significant impact was Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. A classic everyone should read. It was published back in the early 40's and is STILL in print in over 50 languages.
Running a business can be lonely. Our vision IS sometimes well, 'our' vision  and like a conductor I try to orchestrate a vision so others will follow! But there are times that you 'just don't know'. So I have collected the finest minds that are sharper than mine on matters that just vex the hell out of me at times! The book I mentioned earlier,  said a large part of success is surrounding yourself with people who know more than you or are better at some things your're not. Ford did it. Carnegie did it.   Edison did it and Rockefeller did it and it worked out pretty well for them!  I can say that my 'cabinet' has taught me well! And business has never been better and these special people deserve mentioning (the OZ's behind the curtain, so to speak!)..
  • Don Prior,President/Owner NSF COMPUTER, Ann Arbor
  • John Auschman, Director of Food/Beverage ,POLO FIELDS, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti [Voted one of [the best brunches in Michigan. Extraordinary.]
  • Mark Phillips, BSI Mgr, Ypsilanti,MI
  • David Wolf, Obstetrics/Gynecologist and author, Trenton, MI
  • Shayna Accounting, Ann Arbor
  • Sabarras George, manager of MICHIGAN ATHLETIC CLUB AND SPARROW HOSPITAL HEALTH, Lansing, MI. The largest health club in Michigan
They make me look good. So here is to my MAGNIFICENT 7........
...We on the VERGE!!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

NOT my Top 10,
Top 5 whatever list. 
'Grown up' approach to health and fitness without reps and sets!

  • COMMIT. COMMIT NOW!: Look. We all think we can start and stop when we feel like it because there is zero accountability! So our commitment is tenuous at best. A true formula for failure. We break promises to others but it is absolutely a heinous act when you break a promise to yourself....Jeez!! And you can see where that has gotten you.
  • DON'T BUY EQUIPMENT! Ah yes the classic psychology of 'if I buy it I will do IT' No you won't! At least not for long. It's the biggest 'head fake' you can do to yourself. So this is what you do:  Use somebody else's treadmill! Gyms all over the country love offering deals this time of year because they hedge that you won't last long.  Join up and stay for 3 months (see #1!). And not only will you set a new precedent for not letting yourself down but you'll look good too!
  • QUIT STARVING!: The biggest fallacy in weight loss is "Dude. Just start eating nuts and 5 hour energy, you'll be ripped!' Oh Really? This is the stupidest advice. The opposite is true. Eat more.. healthier foods! A large part of weight loss is eating. Unfortunately, there is so much erroneous information out there, it is easy to get confused. Hire a registered dietitian, RD for short. NOT A PERSONAL TRAINER WITH A SPORT NUTRITION CERTIFICATE! A RD has a background that far surpasses a week long course! RD'S spend countless clinical hours working with all sorts of populations. Some of those populations have sophisticated and complicated health histories. Don't rely on limited education here. You would not go to a dentist that took a 3 day dentistry course. This is your health we're talking about! Invest in a team of health professionals. 
  • I'M TELL'N!! Trust me. You will 'mess up' but relax. Its built in. You have been conditioned to eat when you 'think' your are hungry. Those olfactory cells will fail us every time. Olfactory [smell] is closely related to memory. And those memories of eating fried chicken, mac and cheese, apple pie and stuff. Whew!!....Anyway what I'm getting at is give in to those cravings. Yes. But be grown up about it! If you know you can eat 6 pieces of pizza, try 3 with a small salad. Salad will help decrease the cravings and you may not even make it to the third slice!
  • YOUR FRIENDS WILL LET YOU DOWN: Ok. Friends mean well. But if they are used to seeing you do something and not see it through, well....Keep your goals and intentions to yourself unless you are with others that are on the same path. This is what a real training partner is for: support when you having 'one of those days' cuz you gonna have'em!
  • YOU GOT ISSUES!: My wife is great at this stuff. She is a RD. She calls those moments when people eat and are not hungry: 'Triggers' We all got'em. And you KNOW  what yours is! Don't lie! Weight gain is a behavior issue. If you don't believe me watch any reality show with people struggling with weight problems. Happiness is an inside job!
  • AEROBICS IS DEAD!!: Straight to the point on this one. You have to gain muscle to keep fat off as well as managing eating. Aerobics alone will NOT WORK! Anaerobic training: circuit training, sprints, progressive weight training, medicine ball work, kettle bell etc. is the KEY! Women are notorious at staying away from weights because they think it will make them bulky. Biggest impediment to keeping weight off for men and women is not adding a progressive resistance training program to your fitness regiment.
  • DON'T BUY IT IF YOU LIKE IT!: I love Amish Farm licorice. The red flavor of course. The finest tasting licorice in the whole universe. I have been know to eat a whole bag of these twisted sticks of I don't buy them. I also have been know to devour Hagen das Swiss almond in one fell swoop. A spectacle to see. So I don't buy it. You see what I'm getting at? To tell yourself you can 'regulate' your weakness is the same mentality that got you tipping the scales at 20# overweight IN THE FIRST PLACE......Focus, man focus! 
  • IT WILL NOT BE FUN: I hate when they show commercials of these real chiseled bodies in fitness/supplement commercials all smiling and shit as if its a piece of cake. It's not! Body change takes work. Don't believe the hype of fast weight loss. Biggest Loser is the biggest distraction for the public because the circumstances are NOT real life. These people are sequestered for 3 months with trainers, RD's, and sociologists. So when you here they lost 80lbs in 2 months that is under very unique conditions. Conditions that most of our economics don't allow. Our clients lose that and then some within 3-5  months and more afterwards which is more realistic.
  • THERE'S A REASON ITS CALLED COMMENCEMENT: Three days before high school graduation, my Psychology teacher, Mr. McRae, made a most profound statement to the entire class: "Commencement means to start or begin." Then he paused for effect then finished with "your lives will never be the same after graduation as you 'begin' a new life".  So as you renew your 'vow' to get better, look better and feel better remember its JUST  the beginning!...

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired
-Jules Renard

Sunday, December 25, 2011


SundayFeb 26 11a-1p 


Advanced training 
techniques/training combos

WHO:Open to the public. Anyone  wanting to improve, learn new training techniques,TOUGH MUDDER training,general training & conditioning

For more details go to older posts. No need to register.Just bring intense attitude!
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Friday, December 23, 2011

 How to prevent 5 of the most common injuries 
to young athletes and why they should train FIRST!
My greatest joy at being a professional trainer is training junior athletes. Our expertise is teaching new motor skills to these wide eyed future superstars! The most important of our jobs with this unique population is addressing not only improving agility, strength, and reaction times etc but increasing the reduction of injuries!
The rise in adolescent injury is in large part due to an increase sport involvement in kids of all ages;both boys and girls. Parents and coaches are to blame for not knowing or understanding the importance of preparation through prevention. Training and conditioning can begin as soon as 8 years old. The young athletes body is susceptible to certain injuries due to the lack of structural and muscle maturity. In short: their still growing! A well designed and calibrated training program can do wonders for improving confidence and overall performance!

Adolescent training requires a keen understanding of common injuries that occur at this age. Come back when I discuss the 5 most common injuries in young athletes and how to prevent them and what to do when you can't!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

COMING SOON In January 2012!!!

A class of a
Hard core training 
at its finest! 
This is a serious heavy lifting clinic being held one time a month and open to the public! If you are currently training at another facility we welcome you! If you need your training 'tweaked' or you THINK you know how to train-this is for YOU! This is NOT a class. This a place to learn and train from one of the most experienced and innovative trainers in the area! 
Check back for dates/times!!! 

'This is not for everybody.'

Sunday, December 11, 2011

really cool 'thrill seeker' type stuff!

I have gone trick flying,  bungee jumped from 130 feet and rock climbed.  I don't think I have the 'thrill seeker' gene; at least I don't think so. But I am drawn to 'breathtaking' endeavors I'd like to try; things that make my heart beat fast when I see it. I am taking up snow boarding this winter though, cause that Shaun White is a beast and I know how challenging it is! He makes it look easy(no 1/2 pipe 720's here!) but more importantly it looks fun! There are so many 'adrenaline dumping' things I would like to do. Some are down right frightening like getting in a shark cage so you can experience what I call the 'Jaws' affect and some no so, but look soooo cool to try that I though I'd share them with you all..

Saturday, December 10, 2011

about to see how tough I really am!
For years I have prepared athletes for competition. I have watched our clients excel and perform at levels THEY did n't think possible. The greatest feeling for me is to see such achievement. Well the time has come for me, Skip Bunton, founder of BSI to step up my game. I've spoken and trained many now its time for me to see what the field of competition is like after being away from it so long!

I have always been impressed at how our training inspires people to compete. As much as I love studying the science of performance, I myself have always wondered 'how good is our training?'. I mean athletes will tell us how much better they perform on the field of competition after a few months of TRAIN DIFFERENT! Well, I will find out for myself how good the training is on April 14 in Sandusky, OH and the famous TOUGH MUDDER!. A grueling 25 obstacle course that is approximately 12 miles long. The obstacles reminds me of my training environments I have designed over the 26 years in the business.

A client, who is a 'tough mother' himself, invited me and I jumped at the chance to train......myself and others who are a part of a team! Edie and Mark will be part of our team of course. And I invite other BSI clients to take this worthy field of battle since a portion of the enrollment fee goes to support our vets. Another reason I couldn't  say no.

So in closing I want to think all my clients past and present for inspiring me.  Yes. Even though I dish it out, and you all take it, I am absolutely awed by your 'true grit! Now my time has come..........

'Man the f@#k up!'
just about any dude