What I am thankful for…

Once again the time of year is here for us all to be reminded of what we have to be thankful for.

I have a long list but I am going to narrow it down to what I am MOST thankful for… living in the greatest nation in the world that has allowed me to live my dreams.

This is the only nation on the planet where you are free to accomplish anything you dream about…

If you can dream it you can do it.

Where you go is entirely up to you and how hard you want to work…

 

I AM THANKFUL FOR MY DREAM…

What started as a dream slowly transformed into an idea.

That idea gave way to a project.

That project needed a combination of many special talents.

I was fortunate enough to find the people with the talents required.

I was even more fortunate and thankful to find the people with those talents that shared my passion for this project.

I am happy to share with you that this dream that became an idea and then a project is now a reality.

After 3 years of creating workouts, hours and hours of typing, 5 hour photo shoots, 700 pictures and hours of editing it is finally ready for the world to see and use.

I AM THANKFUL FOR THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS DREAM POSSIBLE…

It has been my great fortune to have a team of people who contributed their talents to this project.

When everyone else said “There is no way!”, Alejandra always asked “When do we get started?”

It was not a solo effort.

Some parts of this project required talent.

Well fortunately I surrounded myself with the right people for this project.

I am thankful for them.

Many times over the years I have tackled many projects. Some have been great successes some have been huge failures.

It is easy to find people who want to be a part of something that is already successful.

However, finding people courageous enough to take a chance on your ideas when you are doing something ambitious and original, is no easy task.

Nicole is the talented photographer who took over 700 pictures for this project. If you see a picture on any of my sites she is the photographer.

There are plenty of “fair weather” friends out there. The same people who make fun of you when you talk about your dream are the same ones who loudly boast that they supported you all along.

If you fail or hit an obstacle these people “knew it would never work.”

I am thankful that I left those people behind years ago…

I am thankful that I chose the right group of people with special talents to help make my dream a reality. People who not only have a passion for what they do but also a great work ethic.

This project required many hours. The photo shoot for the exercise descriptions lasted over 5 hours and over 700 pictures were taken and edited.

Choosing the pictures to be used for each exercise demonstration took countless hours of sifting through hundreds of photo.

Writing the descriptions for over 140 exercises was time consuming and much more difficult than I had originally thought.

Jessica and Tori posed for the exercise demonstration section of the book for over 5 hours straight while over 700 pictures were taken.

 

Jessica not only posed for pictures in this book, she also spent hours choosing the photos for the demonstrations, editing my commas and run on sentences and even writing some of the workouts.

I am thankful for my team and all the hours of work they put in.

More importantly, I am thankful that I found a team of people who didn’t just try to do a good job.They each had a passion for this project and it showed in their work.

 

 

 

Every single person that was a part of this project gave 110% and went far beyond what I ever imagined or expected.

So when you read this book just keep in mind that this is not just another fitness book. This book is the completed work of many hard working people who all shared a passion for this project. No one gave up, no one had doubts and everyone saw it through to the end.

Although I have only named a few people in this post, the list of all my friends and co-workers who contributed to this project could fill a book. I hope they all know that for their help I am truly thankful.

I AM THANKFUL FOR MY GYM…

Fort Smith, Arkansas’s #1 Fitness Facility

I have worked for several gyms and even owned a facility before, but World Class Fitness has definitely been my favorite. I started working there in 1997 and have loved every day of it. I never feel like it is my workplace, I feel more like it is a big playground filled with iron toys. I am very thankful for the support that both the members and staff have shown over the years.

This gym has an energy and personality that can not be duplicated. I have a long list of e-mails and messages from people who have moved and joined other facilities. The subject is always how much they missed  World Class Fitness.

I am thankful that World Class Fitness will be my home for many years to come.

I AM THANKFUL FOR ALL OF THE MEMBERS AND ALL OF MY CLIENTS…

I always tell young trainers that becoming a trainer is easy. The hardest part is finding people who believe in you enough to pay you month after month and year after year for your services. I have never felt that I worked for myself or a gym. I have always held true to the belief that I work for the people who walk through the doors of the gym every single day. I have had the great honor and pleasure of helping people reach their goals. If it were not for all of these great people, living my dream would not be possible.

I AM THANKFUL FOR ALL THOSE WHO TRIED TO CRUSH MY DREAMS…

Yes you read that right.

When you are trying to live your dreams be prepared. There will always be those who will try to crush your dreams, because they are too afraid to live theirs.

The ones who tried to crush my dreams believed they were throwing water on the fire that fueled my passion. Little did they know that they were pouring gasoline on that fire.

I’m not going to claim that I wasn’t always affected by them. They may have slowed me down at times.I used that negative energy as fuel. In the end all that they accomplished was increasing my resolve and determination.

I  once had an English teacher pull me aside to talk to me. She told me that if I thought I was going to make a living boxing and working out I was just a silly dreamer.

Well I hope she reads this…

That is exactly how I make my living today.

By the way teacher…

I wrote a book.

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Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for reading,

BDJ

Just The Facts…

Halloween!

That means you missed the gym since it fell on a week night. I understand. If you have children this holiday comes a close second to Christmas for them.

It’s fun to dress the kids up, take some pictures and discuss how cute they look and then send them to every house in the neighborhood to beg for candy. Just like little worker ants they march down the streets with military precision bringing home twice their body weight in chocolate.

After the kids have gone to bed you must “inspect” their bags of candy and impose what we will just call the “candy tax”- one for you, two for me. It’s just being a good parent. Candy is bad for children.

So then comes November 1. Every home and workplace in America is overflowing with chocolate and candy. The temptation is overwhelming.  I promise you a Reese’s peanut butter cup has a very short life span in my proximity.

You missed your workout last night to take the kids trick or treating. You blew your diet last night after the “inspection” and were overwhelmed with the all the candy floating around at work. This week is blown so you might as well just wait until Monday and start over right?

WRONG!!!!

Now is the time to work even harder…

 

What I Have Learned In My Fitness Career

The fitness industry has changed since I first started my career over 20 years ago.

Back then it was all about being Mr. Olympia, high-impact aerobics and horrible fitness outfits. If you didn’t have big hair and some leotards you just stayed home.

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I did own a couple of rag tops and some Crazy Wear Pants.

Abstract designs and lots of purple.

It was all about Jazzercise, step aerobics and neon. Lots of neon.

I am happy those days of horrible fashion are in the past but there is one thing that has never changed…

The fitness cycle.

Anyone who has been in the fitness industry can tell you the cycle. January through May the gym is packed. June and July starts slowing down. August through October another little surge of new people.

Then November and December.

In the fitness biz these are known as the “quit” months.

Every year I have been in this business, every city I have worked in the pattern is the same.

Beginning November 1 the gym gets quiet and my client list shrinks.

It’s just a fact. People blow their nutrition with all of the Halloween candy. Then they start planning the holidays. Lots of food and lots of traveling. Finding time to get to the gym consistently will be impossible. It’s just a fact.

There is no choice but to just start over after Christmas, right?

WRONG!!!

It’s Just A Fact

I looked up the word fact and this is the definition that I came across.

Fact:

a.. knowledge or information based on real occurrences.

b. a real occurrence;an event.

c.. something believed to be true or real.

I just examined the definition (I’m a nerd like that). I examined it as it applied to this discussion.

A. People often give up on their fitness goals the last 2 months of the year. That is a real occurrence.

B. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays are events that happen every year. They take up a huge amount of time and put a large amount of unhealthy foods in front of us.

C. We believe that trying to maintain a consistent fitness and nutrition plan is impossible, so we might as well wait until January to get serious again.

Now the key word is we believe it is impossible. That is what makes it a fact.

Let’s remember some once famous facts…

It was once a fact that the world was flat…

Christopher Columbus didn’t believe it.

It was once a fact that man was not meant to fly…

The Wright Brothers didn’t believe it.

It was once a fact that a human could not run a mile in less than 4 minutes…

Roger Bannister didn’t believe it.

I admit I have been guilty of giving up a little myself. Every November and December when the gym slows down and my client list get smaller I have taken it easy. I have slowed down and put all my efforts into the plans for the fitness boom that comes in January. It is just a fact, people aren’t thinking about fitness and nutrition in November and December. I might as well take some time off and hit it hard again in January. Right?

Wrong!!!

I don’t believe that. I’m not going to let you believe it either. It’s only a fact if it is believed.

This month and next month I am not going to believe the facts.

I am going to sign up more new members and train more new clients. I am going to turn the facts into pure fiction.

I want you to forget the facts you have believed in the past. I don’t want you to listen to the people who believe it is a fact. I don’t want you to give up on losing fat and improving yourself these next two months.

Actually I want you to lose more fat between now and the end of the year! I want you to work harder and be more disciplined than you have ever been!

I believe you can do it.

I will help you reach those goals.

That’s a fact…

BDJ