The Magic Pill To Your Fitness and Life Goals

Posted: June 19, 2013 by dannytwoguns in Articles

(Note from Twoguns – As I proof read, this got a little long. I’d recommend getting through the not so exciting first few paragraphs to get the full view on everything, but if you get bored, scroll down to the “ah-ha” moment and get learning.)

Sending in the final edit of my chapter for the upcoming book, “Get With The Program,” along with seeing my face on the cover of a nationally published book, was an interesting thing. I’d written the chapter a few months ago, gotten my picture taken shortly before that but actually seeing everything come together kind of made me think back on how I got to this great point where I am at. If you missed the cover, here it is…

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As readers of the blog would know, I recently attended the Functional Training Summit in Providence. Last June, I attended my first official professional continuing education seminar, which was, of course, the Functional Training Summit in Providence (2012). I had passed on the event the year in 2011, because I had been just getting started in Erie, fresh out of undergrad and didn’t really have the money to go. But honestly, it was more than I was naïve and didn’t value the cost/investment as worth it. Dropped the ball on that one.

In that year, I’d been following high level coaches/fitness professionals such as Alwyn Cosgrove, Mike Boyle and Gray Cook and the Benjamin Franklin quote, “Investing in yourself always pays the best interest,” kept popping up and I started a concentrated effort on learning and getting better. So when the 2012 Functional Training Summit came around and I had a bigger appreciation for knowledge and getting better, I hopped on the opportunity. And it marks the single biggest ‘ah-ha’ moment and most significant step or turning point in my career.

Attending the seminar was overwhelming to say the least. There were almost a thousand attendees there. There were presenters that were fitness professionals, clinical professionals and strength and conditioning coaches that I had been following and looking up to just hanging out, networking and answering questions. It was unreal and I was hooked. I came back to Erie with pages and pages of notes in addition to the binder you get of all the presentations and immediately went to work applying everything I could.

That seminar alone, started this incredible journey I’ve been on. Attending the Functional Training Summit again a couple of weeks ago really put in perspective how much I have progressed over this past year and the MASSIVE difference you can make in your life in 1 simple 365 day year.

From the 2012 Functional Training Summit to the 2013, I’ve attended the Results Fitness From Counting Reps to Revenue business seminar, which led to me applying for and being accepted to the Results Fitness Mentorship, the Long Beach Functional Training Summit, the Functional Movement Screen Seminar and Certification Workshop, Fitness Business Weekend, the International Youth Conditioning Association Summit, the Results Fitness Winter Seminar, the DVRT Level I and II Certification and multiple other seminars and workshops, getting better and better at what I do each time.

I don’t say any of this to impress you, but rather impress UPON you the importance of always getting better and to avoid at all costs, being average. At the summit a couple weeks ago, I was watching a presentation from Gray Cook titled Exploring Functional Movement. Gray is one of those coaches that is so smart, it almost takes hearing what he is saying a couple of times to actually comprehend it all and let it sink in. Last year, I watched him present on “Mobility, Motor Control and Movement : What We Have Learned About Functional Training” and honestly a lot of it went right over my head. This year, I knew exactly what he was talking and at times thought to myself, “Wow I already know and apply that,” as others were scribbling in their notes. It was a great feeling.

There is a book titled, “The Compound Effect,” which I recommend everyone read but the basic premise is that it doesn’t take huge and significant events or things to get better or be more successful, it takes small changes, done every day consistently that compound on one another to become something significant. These small improvements, getting better every day, every month, 365 days a year.

Ah Ha

In one full year, from 2012 summit to 2013 summit, my business has tripled. And the amount I’ve progressed and amount I’ve learned in that time has easily gone up 1000%. I look back at programs I wrote and things I did before I got started on the continuing education journey and think to myself, “wow, that was the best I could do?” And that’s okay because it was the best I had to offer at that point which was still a great service but it wasnt my full potential. I also gave up alcohol, for the simple reason that it stole my energy and made me sluggish and I eliminated as much as I could that stole my energy and alcohol was an easy one. I am also two pants sizes smaller at the same bodyweight while being stronger than I ever have been.

And there was no magic pill. Just a relentless desire and pursuit of success. I fucking refuse to settle for average and want to be the absolute best and you should too. Society, media, even people close to you are content with being average, don’t settle for it… Not working out, eating shit food that is going to kill them or trying to sell you shit food or bad habits that will kill you, not striving to always learn and get better (whether it is your job/career or your hobby) or anything to keep the status quo. Dare to be different, make a difference and make yourself better.

Do this with the compound effect. Small positive, incremental changes, done consistently, forever. How do you do this?

Start here…

– Set some time in your schedule for yourself. Yeah, your job, your kids, your spouse, your blah blah blah. You have time if you make the time. If you don’t set time for yourself to take care of you, you won’t be around to matter to all those things you prioritize your time for now anyway, so what’s the point. An hour a day of you time, period. What fills that hour is up to you and you will have options to choose from in the following. But first things first. Make some time for yourself.

After that… (do as many as you want or introduce one at a time, doesn’t matter)

– Eliminate something that you feel steals your energy.
– Drink double the amount of water you do now.
– Stop eating fast food, it’s disgusting. And seriously, don’t feed it to your kids no matter how convenient.
– Sleep 7-8 hours a night.
– Stop eating sugar. If you don’t know what foods those are, research it.
– Stop saying yes to things you don’t want to do.
– Pick up or come back to a hobby that makes you happy and master it.
– Hire a fitness professional to help you in your fitness goals. A good one though. Not all are created equal. Do a little research, ask questions. I see so much stupid shit go in the gyms and no one stops to ask why. Start asking why. If your trainer tells you that he is going to cure your ankle pain by targeting your calves, glutes and rhomboids (and he hasnt even assessed you), ask him why. (I seriously heard this the other day). I happen to know a good one in Erie though, he has a book coming out too. And he’ll always have an answer for why 🙂
– Eat more protein. If you don’t know what food those are, research it.
– Do something completely outside of your comfort zone.
– Lift something heavy over your head or pick up something heavy off the floor. If you aren’t confident with that, see three above again.
– Stop doing endless amounts of long, slow cardio. Its better than nothing, but there are far more productive things you can be doing for exercise.

This is definitely a good place to start. Remember, there is no magic pill. Defying being average isn’t easy. If it isn’t challenging, it isn’t worth doing. Commit to making a change and do it progressively and incrementally. If you have any questions you can email at twogunstrainingsystems[@]yahoo.com minus the [] or call 814-459-3033.

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