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February 16, 2013

Is opportunity Knocking

Quote of the day:

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” - Milton Berle

Milton Berle said it well when he said the quote above. I have tried to do this myself. Sometimes opportunity does knock and we are to afraid to open the door. Whether is because of negative comments made about you at the local gym, Like "Why is he going, he doesn't deserve that" or a family member that talks you out of changing your eating lifestyle. Other times you need to build a door so that opportunity can knock. Maybe it has to be a new door in a different direction. Such as my pursuit to get certified in personal training.


Rant and Tip for February 16, 2012

Hello my friends and it is time for me to get back to writing. I have to figure a happy medium between blogging daily and more than once a week. Once a week is not enough for me to write and get things off my chest, and not enough for you to want to visit often. 

It has been a big week for me, the first news I received was on February 9th Saturday evening, the head coach of the Masters USAPL World team contacted me and asked if I wanted to accept a position on the team at either a lower weight class than I competed in or a higher weight class. I stay pretty lean my friends and there was no way I was ever going to come close to 145 pounds with looking like death warmed over. I accepted the higher weight class and plan on putting on a few extra pounds to see if I get stronger by April 19. That is the day I compete. I am looking for donations of any size through PayPal to offset some of the cost to represent the United States in the Powerlifting event. Being an amateur these things can get expensive.  

The second bit of news is, as of February 11, 2012 I am a Nationally Accredited Personal Trainer. I hope to be helping others in their goals to eat right and get fit soon. The certification is a NESTA certification and although it is the same certification that some trainers on the Biggest Loser have, I assure you I am more into the long term training you to help yourself than the short term quick lose and say good bye to you. I look forward to seeing clients in person someday. Right now it is just great to know that all the information I have shared with you all is accurate and I have not lead anyone down the wrong path.

As many of you know I follow a low carb eating lifestyle. This does not mean I do not eat any carbs, it just means compared to the general public I eat a lot less carbs than the average person. The carbs I do eat are complex carbs and they are consumed around my workouts. I have increased these since finding I am competing in a higher weight class. The key to any diet and I use the word diet to represent an eating lifestyle, not a temporary thing to help me lose weight, is to consider everything you put in your mouth and determine if it is going to get you to, or help you maintain where you want to be. I will say there are some things I occasionally miss and one of those is peanut butter. 

Training is going well for the world meet and although I am training in gear I have found a happy mix between raw training and geared training. I recently hit some numbers that by using One Rep Max calculators puts me at about 350 pounds. Well I do not know if I have that in the tank yet, but I am feeling like I am close to 340. The trick I come to realize is when it comes to strength training less can be more. Less Reps and less work sets and make every week a Personal Record. Whether it by a half pound to 5 pounds always get that PR and go home happy.

Have a great workout!


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