“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
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.
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