Excuses… Let’s just take a moment to talk about these. We all have excuses and most likely use them on a daily basis. Now when it comes to our fitness, health and nutrition these stupid excuses can really hinder our progress. There have been so many mornings that I found any and every excuse in the book to skip a workout. All because I was tired, feeling lazy or simply did not want to do it. Here’s the kicker… on those days I don’t feel like going to the gym and I suck it up and just go, I always feel better afterwards.

While we are sympathetic to our client’s feelings and understand that things come up we also want you to understand how excuses can prevent you from reaching your goals. You have to put in the work, time and effort. If you are truly interested in breaking through that plateau, losing some extra weight, gaining muscle or whatever your goal may be we can help. We are looking for dedicated, focused individuals who are ready to put the excuses aside and do the WORK!

If this sounds like you contact us TODAY!!


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Your Biggest Enemy in Progress

I wrote another blog recently on how important coaches and mentors are to success. I was raised to be very independent. I was taught to solve problems yourself and take care of yourself as much as possible. I highly value those skills and proud of those traits.

However, I also understand great coaches and mentors can help you gain success even faster and help you through tough times. While I am very independent, there have been family, friends, coaches and teachers who helped me reach the next level. Without them, it would have been either impossible or an extremely slow and painful process.

So what is the enemy as the title suggests? The enemy is your ego and fear. I am a proud person who knows he can find the answer. However, why not allow those who have faced similar problems help me along my path? An outside eye and viewpoint is a huge advantage. Your vision can only see so much and a great coach will see the big picture and help you create your plan. Having someone help does not hurt your ego. Especially when that person wants to help and does it as a profession.

Fear goes right along with ego. Many people fear giving up control to someone else. They let their ego shield them from being open and honest. We fear the truth a coach may reveal or call us on. This truth could fracture our ego. We will hear our excuses and the stories we tell ourselves for the farce they really are. We have to be open and raw to grown and heal. Fear and ego prevent that. So in turn, your greatest potential is limited.

So open yourself and let down your guard. Work with someone who sees your vision and will help you along your path. We have seen so many people achieve great things in our few years. We can not wait to hear your goals, dreams, desires and vision. Contact us to formulate a plan and the steps to execute it.

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5% is The Glory

Surfing is a perfect parallel to success

When I moved to California I was looking forward to learning to surf more than anything. I quickly discovered it is one of the hardest sports to not only learn but for sure be proficient at. Like many things, the great ones make it look effortless. I had no idea how much work and energy it took just to get out to even try and catch a wave.

I got frustrated quickly. Conditions are always changing, they are rarely perfect, there is a lot of competition for the good spots, you take a LOT of tumbles and can get beat down hard by the waves. Your timing has to be nearly perfect and balance is key. There is also not a lot of ways others can help you. You have to paddle for yourself, stand on your own and go for it on the drop. It is all very daunting but when you catch that wave and glide along it is an amazing feeling.

Many, including myself multiple times, have given up on trying since “there is a ton of work for just a short period of glory and fun”. However, that is the exact nature of life and business. You have to work and push 95% of the time through numbing effort and often pain to get that flash of glory. Champion athletes know it as well as the ultra-successful business owners. Many people applaud the brief victory and we see images of those ripping a great wave or standing on the podium. However, few to none watch the hours swimming laps, throwing weights, watching film, studying and pouring over data. This is where success comes from.

So, is it a lot of work for a short wave ride? Yes. Have I started getting back in the water? Again, yes but not as much as I would like. I am working on that "balance" in my life. I know now it was my frustration and excuses keeping me from riding the waves. I am no longer allowing that in or out of the water. I am willing to scratch hard to get out past the crashing waves to ride to success.

I hope you join me in the water. It truly is an amazing place.



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Make a Mistake

Make a Mistake

I have always strived for perfection. I still do. One thing I have discovered is in the past the fear of failing, making a mistake and not being “perfect” held me back. I now see times I took the easier path, the near solid win. That does not give me or anyone else the best route to growth and true potential. My decision to move to San Diego was one of my first big risks.

When I raced supermoto my close friend always told me I rode too “safe”. I was afraid to crash. Not so much for injury, although that was a big concern of mine but more fear in damage to the bike. I was afraid to break a crucial part and not race later or honestly fall down and have people laugh. I watch pros and notice they actually fall down a lot. That is what it takes to find the edge. A very successful pro racer once told me you have to go past the edge in racing to find the limit. I know better finishes could have happened had I not been afraid to crash.

The same in in Ju Jitsu, when I grapple I play defensive. I wait for a mistake or opening. I see opportunities but instead I rely on stamina to tire out an opponent. No need to risk getting caught myself, or so I justify. I see now though that if I made a move I could end the match quickly and save myself energy. It is a lesson I work regularly now. Moving in and possibly getting caught is a great way to learn.

In order to be successful in business you have to have the same attitude. In the corporate world working for someone else often mistakes are so frowned upon, even simple ones it causes paralysis. It breeds fear to move or make decisions that it may not work. The greatest business leaders and minds will tell you mistakes are key for learning and growth. That is why we experiment with classes, movement series, times and our own nutrition formula. Playing with the variables is the only way to change the outcome of the equation.

So go out and fall down, risk getting choked out, take a wrong step. You never know when that mistake may reveal the correct path and decision.


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Even The Greatest Needed Help

As I look back on my life, my greatest achievements all had one thing in common, a great coach or mentor. In high school I had a soccer coach who not only lead me on the field but gave me guidance off the field as well. In martial arts, all my achievements were only possible by great instructors. I was blessed with amazing teachers in grade school, junior high, high school and college. All had a huge impact on my life. As I got into personal training, I had mentors who helped me navigate which programs and certifications to study. They also gave me tips on how to better run a class. Today, I still have other martial art instructors who guide me and look for feedback from fellow fitness professionals. In Phi Sigma Phi, my Advisory Council is priceless.

One area I hesitated to get guidance was my business. I recently made that investment in myself. I have invested in myself in other ways with no pause. I went to college and got a degree in Business Management, studied for my Certified Personal Training Certificate, took fitness specializations and while in the corporate world got my APCIS Certification. I cannot explain why I hesitated to get help in my business. It is clearly proven in every aspect that a coach, mentor or advisor can accelerate and focus your results. While there is always a price tag, the results and knowledge obtained make that a huge return on investment.

I know plenty of people who can motivate themselves to go to the gym daily. They are disciplined and work hard day in and day out. I do that myself for fitness and business. But with both, I get much better results with someone pushing and guiding me. Many people hesitate to hire a trainer or work in small guided groups as they feel they can “do it all alone”. It can be done true, but humans are creatures of habit. We get tunnel vision and only see what we want. An outside perspective and larger focus by someone else can make huge strides. I often work with a client and get them past a plateau and improved results quickly as they had been stuck in a pattern. They needed an unbiased view and a switch in plan. That is what I provide even in a group setting. That is why I completely revised my program and alter the series of our new sessions regularly. This prevents stagnation and boredom as well as better results.

Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, John F. Kennedy, Derek Jeter, Mark Cuban, Jennifer Hudson and Robert DeNiro all have one thing in common. They all have a coach or mentor who helped them to their greatest achievements. Yes, I could keep plugging along and eventually hit my goals but a coach can make the progress go much faster and in turn allow me to set even higher goals sooner! I want to do the same for others in fitness, martial arts and life.



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