MY BACKSTORY ON FITNESS
This is the short version. I was an athlete in childhood and high school sports and I played collegiate golf with no junior career at all. I have always been capable of moving and moving well, but as I grew older I developed a medical condition that really affected my performance and body. In 2010, I had my entire large intestine removed so that I could have the best possible life under the circumstances. During that time I weighed 132 lbs. fully clothed.
My uncle had his first heart attack around that same time and we decided to change. We decided to get stronger. Well, that decision for me meant being bigger, a lot bigger. I primarily trained as a power lifter and the weight on the bar was far more important to me than my waistline. I eventually, over the next few years, got to wear the big boy pants weighing in at 250 lbs.
As you can imagine things changed being overweight. I felt horrible and all the other clichés people used. The point is, when I opened True Glass I needed to change. Being a business owner pulls you in so many directions and demands more from you than I can write about.
I wanted control. Control over my logo, my brand, my services, and my life. It is pretty difficult to provide quality window cleaning, gutter cleaning, and pressure washing while needing 10 breaks on a 2-hour job. Physical fitness has and is playing a huge role in my growth as a business owner. When you’ve started something from the ground up and have multiple responsibilities and still manage to get in your training while the rest of the working class complains about not having enough time you are empowering yourself. You are becoming something, someone better. I am currently down to 196 lbs., and will get to my goal of 180 soon. Here is how I am doing it and how all of you hustlers, owners, and entrepreneurs can as well.
My degree is far from this field, so I won’t pretend to be an expert. Eat the best you can! Get as many quality calories as you can. Clearly, an avocado is more substantial than a pop tart, but lets be serious, I have eaten more gas station hot dogs than
I can count. These things happen. A business lunch that doesn’t offer your favorite gluten free snack, better not stop you from eating and closing that deal. Just remember its has been and always will be calories in vs. calories out. So….
Bodyweight training is the most user friendly, productive, and mobile workouts you’ve got. Bodyweight movements have a modification for almost every level of fitness. Can’t do a regular pushup? Use your knees and get in the work. Oh, you can do 50 pushups non-stop. Now
do them with a decline, or a clap added. Bodyweight goes with you on your next flight. It’s also available in your next overnight hotel stay. Simply be active and use what you’ve got.
This is my current training routine. It is done for 10 reps per exercise and once all are finished that’s one set of approximately 100 reps. I do 3 sets totaling 300 reps on the weekdays and 400-500 reps on the weekend sessions. The only goal here is strength and progress. I want to be better this week than I was the last. Whenever a modification gets too easy, make it harder and
- Assisted pull-ups 3 sec hold at the top
- Jump Squats
- Chair Dips
- Assisted pull-ups again
- Ab rollouts (planks can work)
- Slick Bridge
- This is done by lying on your back and getting in a bridge (feet on the ground, butt in the air) and sliding your feet back and forth. You need socks and a slick surface. I am currently using cardboard boxes.
- Diamond Pushups
- Pull-up holds at the bottom starting pull position for 30 sec
- Ab Scissor kicks or Flutter kicks 30 sec
We all have tremendous potential, far more than we realize. I started True Glass because I KNEW I had more to give. The training is an extension of that. I do not want to look back and have the “what if” moments. I doubt any person stops loving and providing for their families because they have a new small business venture, your health is the same. Family is just one more part to the great whole that makes you who you are. Fitness is a part as well. Make the time. Make the commitment. Make the sacrifice. Make your potentials your reality. God Bless