The Fitness Industry: False Promises, Frustration, and What I’ma Do Differently

Last weekend, I attended the annual Fitness Summit in Kansas City. This is my fourth year in a row, and it’s officially a tradition. I always look forward to this weekend because it’s so much fun.

For me this isn’t just an event to further my education. It’s an excuse to hug the necks of people who are dear friends, previous clients, and those I’ve developed new friendships with over the wonderful Internetz.

This year I decided to take a few of my friends in Nashville, who know very little of the online fitness space, with me.

For them, it was an eye-opener, mainly from the standpoint that making friends, and connections is everything to your business. But they also learned that those connections transcend any business endeavor, and can blossom into amazing friendships.

What’s even cooler is all of these people share a similar mindset – which is to put your clients/customers/audience first, and everything else is automatically taken care of.

Anyway, the reason I’m writing this post today is because I was inspired by all those around me and also because Dick Talens wrote a post titled Why The Fitness Industry is Broken [1] and it gave me a lot to think about. So this is more of a reflection, and my take on a few things I see and wish to change about the industry as a whole. (more…)

May 5, 2013

Fitness and Stress – Some Thoughts On How To Manage Yourself

Stress. It’s something we all deal with on a daily basis, whether we think much about it or not. Some of it’s good, but a lot of it, not so good.

Stress can help us in various ways, making us stronger as we adapt to new stressors. The first thing that comes to my mind is weight training.

Placing a barbell on your back and squatting it is a form of stress. Our ability to cope with that stress, and thus resurface stronger a few days later, is all about what we do outside of the gym. Sleep, rest, eating well, and the general chilling out can go a long way in making the most of this stress.

On the other hand, stress can bring us to our knees. Even in the literal sense.

It may be an injury caused by a weak link in the system (underdeveloped muscles, weak ligaments/tendons, or crappy leverages).

Or it could be an overuse problem.

Other times, it’s an issue with moving at a pace you’re not yet equipped for. (more…)

April 4, 2013
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