I’m changing the focus of this site from my visual art to my fitness career, since I’m currently doing the latter much more frequently than the former. My intent is to blog every day or so- some will be short and some more lengthy. I’ve been doing this training gig a combined 30 years and worked with hundreds of different people from all walks of life on their paths to fitness.
My background in fitness: I had a very active childhood, playing outdoors and participating in team and individual sports from an early age. I was very interested in boxing, baseball and football. I was in the Boy Scouts and also enjoyed swimming, hiking and generally just being outside. During high school I practiced various Asian martial arts and became involved in the U.S. Army’s Delayed Entry Program during 11th grade. I enlisted and was trained as an Airborne Infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia from August-December 1985. During this time I was introduced to daily physical training (PT) and a wide range of military weaponry. Staying physically fit and being always ready for action was a way of life for us paratroopers and I am thankful to have had that experience at a young age because it sustains me to this day over 30 years later. I’ve had to overcome some serious injuries along this path and for me, the warrior mindset and “never quit” attitude is most important. I became certified with the I.S.S.A. (International Sport Science Association) in Los Angeles in 1998. My first day of practical exam was with Dr. Fred Hatfield, PHD, AKA “Dr. Squat”, and it was an honor to study under his lecture. Second and final day of cert testing was at a Gold’s Gym in Santa Monica a few blocks from the original one at Muscle Beach with Tom Platz, a world-class bodybuilder. The knowledge foundation was sound and since then I’ve helped able and disabled, young and old find their way to fitness.
If you live an active life, injury is inevitable, but it will vary in degree and can always be rehabilitated from. As a seasoned trainer I believe the most important Natural Law is The Principle of Individual Differences. We are each given a genetic profile at birth and there is nothing we can do to change this original blueprint. Some are physically able and some aren’t, but I’ve worked with dozens of disabled people who chose not to be limited and were determined to work with what they had instead of focusing on what they didn’t have. Some of us are built for running, swimming and endurance activity. Some are made for lifting heavy weights. One can train to accomplish many different physical tasks to a high level. No matter what you are born with, you can develop body, mind and soul to a high level with commitment. Much of what I have to say on this website will be anecdotal in nature because I regularly use these “mantras” that I practice and teach to others. Many times my clients teach me as much as I teach them.
I’ll be back soon with more reflections on my journey.