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Josh & Alessandra are Connecticut natives who moved to San Diego to pursue their passion of spreading the healthy lifestyle through fitness and wellness. Both graduated from Central Connecticut State University however it wasn't until both resided on the West Coast when they decided to join forces not only as a power couple but as business partners. Using their combined knowledge and experience, they have made it their mission to continue changing lives one client at a time.
Why the Evolution?

Why the Evolution?

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SD Evolution. It doesn’t say FITNESS. It doesn’t say PERSONAL TRAINING. Nothing about it screams HEALTH AND WELLNESS. So if it doesn’t directly tell the consumer who we are, isn’t it bad branding? I guess that’s up to the opinion of the person answering the question. But I can tell you why our name is what it is, and what it means to us.

I’ll start with the easy stuff.. “SD”. Most people thought it stood for San Diego, where we started the business. It’s really Scutnik Daniele (our last names), but it also seemed clever that it was the same initials as San Diego, so we ran with it. That part doesn’t go much deeper. That was just our personal touch to “The Evolution”.

The Evolution is where we derive our passion for what we do. By definition, Evolution is the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form. So by definition alone, the Evolution is what we do. We are taking something simple, something basic, and making it more complex. We are taking your present physical condition, and elevating it to the level you wish to achieve.

I was a nerd growing up and loved watching Dragon Ball Z. For those not familiar, it was basically a show about jacked cartoons characters who trained all day to evolve into their next form, and become more powerful to fight their enemies. There was more of a story to it, but that about sums it up haha. But throughout my life, whether it was during sports, or later on more towards the present time now, I love the concept of working your ass off to evolve into a better form. Whether that’s your body, or your athletic abilities, hard work creates a better product.

This is what we are so passionate about! Not only with ourselves, but being able to build programs to take our client’s goals and make them a reality. Everybody needs a plan. Everyone needs a plan with science and experience behind it. And nothing makes us happier than creating a plan and seeing our clients dominate it, taking their progress as far as they can, EVOLVING. Taking something simple to a more complex form. It’s passion. It’s blood, sweat, and tears. It’s perseverance. It’s fighting to achieve your goals and overcoming whatever obstacles get in your way. We try, we fail, we continue, we grow and learn. EVOLVE.

When we came up with our concept, Alessandra and I knew the name would be crucial to our success. But we took a risk and we did something different. We chose to go with something that made a lot of sense to us, and decided to teach it to others. SD Evolution. Better Your Body. Better Your Mind. Evolve. Join the Evolution!

 

Until next time,

Josh

SD Evolution Intro Offer

SD Evolution Intro Offer

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We have put together an introductory package for those of you who are on the fence about beginning a fitness regimen! It is very common to get stuck in this “purgatory”. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had clients who wanted personal training but felt they weren’t ready yet because they weren’t “in-shape” enough, or they didn’t know what they were doing and wanted to learn before they spent their money on a trainer. That is the exact OPPOSITE of what you should be doing. The point of personal training is to TEACH you what you should be doing and how you should be doing it. It is easy to go into the gym and try to learn on your own, only to see no progress and just quit. A personal trainer coaches you on proper technique and teaches you why you are doing these things the way we do them. It is as much a learning experience as it is a workout. From that point you can choose whether you would like to continue personal training, or continue on your own with the workouts and just have the programming done for you.

THE PURPOSE:

This offer is for people who want to join our online membership, but aren’t comfortable with their form or understanding of the programming enough to just go do it on their own. This is designed to teach you what you will be doing in your program and making sure you are performing each exercise safely and effectively.

THE OFFER:

$279.99 for 4 personal training sessions, meeting once per week for 4 weeks. PLUS you get the first month of your online training membership for FREE! That breaks down to only $70/session! Then after your free month of online membership, it’s only $39.99/month to maintain your personal online coaching- all the benefits of personal training, without the cost of needing us there with you anymore!

Creating a Pre-workout That Works For You

Creating a Pre-workout That Works For You

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There is no doubting the importance of a pre-workout. But your idea and my idea of a pre-workout are probably completely different. You all know how I feel about certain supplements in general, ESPECIALLY pre-workouts, so I’m only going to briefly touch on this and then breakdown how you can build this yourself NATURALLY.

I won’t throw them all together, but the vast majority of pre-workouts are just tasty powders loaded with stimulants and blended chemicals to make you feel like you can run through a brick wall.. At least for about 90 minutes. That is usually followed by a significant crash down to earth, and maybe some jitters, itching, and tweaking out mixed into that along the way. Now I say the vast majority because some companies are starting to get the idea and make different blends that don’t include the stimulants and are built with a somewhat less harmful list of ingredients. (I don’t dare say healthier to anything that needed a lab to create it.)

But if it’s possible, why don’t we avoid putting these substances into our bodies all together? Well it is… So let’s breakdown the reasons we take a pre-workout and then reassemble that using natural sources.

Why do we take pre-workout supplements? What are the effects we are looking for? The main answers you are going to get to those questions are high energy, focus, and endurance. That’s the point right? To help us have better workouts. So what can we eat or drink that will help fill those needs?

Caffeine: This one is the obvious starting point, as it covers all three of those needs. Caffeine is a natural stimulant, and it is hyper-dosed in most pre-workouts. But it’s the easiest thing you could consume naturally to achieve the same desired effect. My go-to in this category is green tea, but the other, most effective caffeine source would be coffee. The optimal “dosage” is about 1.5 cups of coffee, but I feel great with just one cup of coffee or tea. When it is coffee, I take it black (I have no soul).

Protein: More specifically, whey protein, because it is fast absorbing and utilized quickly for your workout. Experts argue about when the best time to drink you protein shake is. My counter? Before AND after. I have two protein shakes per day and this timing ensures it is best utilized. Protein pre-workout is used for fuel because of those building blocks it is made from, AMINO ACIDS! It also increases protein synthesis, which will inhibit muscle breakdown and help with your pump.

Simple Carbohydrates: All of you flexible dieters should already know about this one because you should be planning those simple carbs around your workouts. This should be exciting for the poptart junkies! (myself included..) Simple carbs, sugars, are frowned upon because they are so quickly absorbed by your body and stored as fat if not used. BUT, this is actually a great thing before your workout because when it IS utilized, it’s immediately available fuel for your muscles. The most popular choice here is definitely the poptarts but I also mix in Gatorade and high carb fruits like bananas.

Put it all together: My personal pre-workout usually looks like this:

  • A cup of Green Tea
  • 1.5 scoops of Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Natural Whey
  • 2 Blueberry Poptarts
  • 32 Ounces of Gatorade

I know that’s a lot of sugar but I do utilize it and my diet requires almost 600g of carbs per day. The poptarts I’ll actually eat with my pre-workout and the Gatorade I’ll start drinking on the way to the gym and I’ll finish it throughout my workout.

Your pre-workout doesn’t have to, and probably won’t, look anything like mine. But you can take those basic outlines and plug in what you love and what you know works best for you. Use your outlined macros to figure out how much of each you need to best utilize them for a great workout.

If you don’t know your body’s specific macro needs, or have been interested in working with us, you can always contact us at FitnessTeam@sd-evolution.com

Online Training Memberships are currently only $33.99 per month!

Until next time,

Josh

Why I don’t believe in cheat meals

Why I don’t believe in cheat meals

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Splitting a pizza, eating a tub of ice cream, a huge burger with fries and a large chocolate milk shake to wash it down followed by a trip to the grocery store for bags of candy. You’ve probably seen people post pictures of these things on a Saturday or Sunday with the caption “CHEAT” or  “CHEAT MEAL”. I used to be one of them. You predominately see these posts from people who are either on a strict diet, eat “clean” or are prepping for a bodybuilding show.

It has been a year and a half since I started Flexible Dieting and counting my macros. Since incorporating a more balanced intake rather than eating clean, I have cut ties with cheat meals and here’s why.

  1. The term states that you are cheating or being unfaithful to your diet. A successful diet includes sustainability. If you feel the need to cheat on your way of achieving your goals every single weekend how successful can your methods really be?
  2. Let’s relate cheating to another topic for a second. If you cheat on your spouse, or a test let’s say, chances are as a human-being you are probably going to experience guilt afterwards. The same thing happens when you cheat on your diet. Bingeing on foods that you have (for some reason) deemed “bad” by restricting them during the week, will probably make you feel crappy. Over-indulging in these “off-limits” foods, may cause you to feel extremely guilty for not sticking to your goals.
  3. More bingeing=more restriction. Personally, when I would binge on my huge cheat meals on the weekends, I would then restrict myself even MORE the following few days to make-up for it. I would literally eat chicken and vegetables for every meal straight after having half a pizza or a tub of ice cream to my face. This just leads to an extremely unhealthy mentality and overall relationship with food.

I can honestly say I have not had a cheat meal since practicing a flexible lifestyle. Do I hit my macros perfectly every day? No way, but if I want something, I don’t restrict myself from having it. I incorporate things people may consider “cheats” into my daily food intake. Cra

ving a bagel? I eat it. Craving a Pop-Tart? Bring it on. I make these foods that I used to write-off fit into my daily routine if I really want them. I don’t force myself to stick to a strict diet weekly only to plan a ridiculous binge on the weekend and since doing that I have found so much more happiness and a great relationship with food. So instead of planning your next cheat meal, why not plan a more sustainable approach to nutrition?

Need help with that? Email me at FitnessTeam@sd-evolution.com and let’s talk nutrition.

FITNESS IS NOT ALL OR NOTHING

FITNESS IS NOT ALL OR NOTHING

Alessandra Daniele, B.S. Exercise Science, CPT, EP-C

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I tend to be a diehard individual. When I start a book, I feel the need to finish it within that same day. When I find a new food I like, I will eat that same food for weeks straight. When I first started my fitness journey, I didn’t take a single day off for months because I didn’t want to fall behind. Giving 100% is definitely not a bad thing, however sometimes that “all or nothing” mentality may be doing you more harm than good. Fitness for instance, should definitely not be “all or nothing”.

From my experience, many of my clients who were “new” to fitness in some aspect felt the need to have this mindset. Whether it was with their nutrition, their obsession with not missing the gym, or just simply giving up when things didn’t go perfectly.

Let’s take macros for example. If you are someone who feels the need to hit their macros exactly down to the gram every single day, that is an all or nothing approach to dieting. If you are someone who goes on a diet and then has a cheat meal that turns into a cheat day because “you already messed up”- that is also all or nothing. This approach is not the answer especially to fitness and nutrition and can even become dangerous at a certain level.

The reason why most diets fail is because they are not sustainable. Things like restricting entire food groups, eliminating sugar and saying goodbye to carbs are all methods that will eventually fail. Sure, you may be able to keep this up for a while, but what happens on your birthday when you want a piece of cake? What happens when you’re out to dinner with your family and there’s uncertainties about what your meal consists of? Life happens and will disrupt your sugar-free quest to greatness at some point or another. This is where flexible dieting surpasses the current fad diet simply because there are no restrictions, and a lot more freedom.

I think one of the reasons why a lot of people may be hesitant to start a diet or fitness regimen is because they feel the need to give up their life in order to do so. Fitness is not about being quintessential. You don’t need to give everything up in order to achieve a healthier lifestyle. To me, fitness is about being healthy for YOU. This includes consuming MOSTLY nutrient-dense foods, moving more to increase your health, taking time to reset your mind and breathe, and with all of this become a more contented individual. Fitness is not a one-way street. There are so many paths you can take to get to your destination, it is just a matter of finding one that best suits you.

For more information on flexible dieting or help with starting your fitness journey, email us at FitnessTeam@sd-evolution.com.

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD BE DOING INSTEAD OF SCROLLING THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD BE DOING INSTEAD OF SCROLLING THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

blog 1In 2015 I spent a lot of time reading. I found that in college, when I was “forced” to read for class, the last thing I wanted to do was spend more time with my nose buried in a book. So when I graduated and finally had the chance to actually read books and articles that truly interested me, that’s what I did. Ironically in 2015 I seemed to acquire a wealth of information that was useful to me as well as my family and clients. I was constantly trying to converse with as many people as I could because I was so excited to just talk about all of the new information flooding my brain.

Something I also noticed just recently was how much of my time I was spending scrolling mindlessly through social media. Half the time I wasn’t even paying attention to what I was looking at, simply just scrolling for no apparent reason at all. With social media and apps like Instagram greatly impacting our daily life, I realized how easy it is to not live in the present moment. It was at that moment I decided I needed to stop the insta-madness.

While social media is a huge asset to our business, I find that my productivity increases drastically on days that I incorporate self-education, organization/planning as well as 10 minutes of meditation. These activities are something I have adapted just recently but even after the first week of consecutively performing these tasks, I feel happier, more productive and less “clutter-brained”. Last week, Josh also announced our 10 Minute Challenge that you can watch HERE—> 10 MINUTE CHALLENGE. This basically challenges you to pick a task or goal that you have been wanting to achieve, and dedicate 10 days to this task for 21 consecutive days. Which I think quite frankly goes along with this topic wonderfully.

I also have a list here for you of 10 things that you should be doing instead of scrolling through social media. These are things that I find to help me be a better version of myself of the daily. You can choose to try one, or all 10, but I promise incorporating the smallest amount of this change will have you feeling on top of the world.

  1. Teach yourself something new. For me, this “something new” was photography. I got a really nice camera from Josh for Christmas and I have vowed to learn how to properly use it. With so many resources available on the internet and YouTube especially, I have already taught myself so much even sometimes just watching a 5 minute video per day.
  2. Read a new book. 2015 was obviously mentioned as my “year of reading”, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t extend into 2016. I have already read 3 books so far this year, most having to do with business, self-discovery and obviously fitness.
  3. Start a journal. Journaling is also something that has really helped me collect my thoughts, feelings and leave each day with a reflection. Whether you journal at night to reflect, or in the morning for gratitude, jotting your thoughts down is a really great way to appreciate what goes on in your day.
  4. Coloring! Coloring for adults is a method for stress relief that has really taken off in the past year. Not only does it bring you back to your childhood, but it is so soothing while allowing for creativity at the same time.
  5. Practice meditation. I recently downloaded the app called “Headspace” which is a guided meditation that lasts no longer than 10 minutes per session. Side note: try not to do this in bed at night because it WILL knock you into a DEEP sleep as I experienced my first time.
What do I do about my diet during the holidays?!?!

What do I do about my diet during the holidays?!?!

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With Thanksgiving this week and the rest of the holidays a few weeks away, many clients, friends and followers have asked me my thoughts on what they should do. Do they track macros? Do they eat anything at all before Thanksgiving dinner? What happens if they go over their numbers and overeat? So many questions so here are my thoughts on the subject:

The holidays usually mean time that we spend laughing and eating with our families. Personally, my favorite memories from my childhood involve Christmas time which also includes my Grandmother’s lasagna, my Mom’s homemade cookies & just all of that indulgent food that comes with parties. My first tip would be to ENJOY your time with your family and friends. I mean, most of us (sorry to those who work at Macys) get the day off from work in order to give thanks, and create memories with our loved ones. Your macros, food scale, and tracking app will not vanish into thin air if you don’t utilize them for one day. In fact, a day of untracked meals will probably be a great thing for your mentality and in a way “re-charge” you.

With that being said, I don’t want you to arrive at Thanksgiving dinner ready to face plant into the huge bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy. As a Flexible Dieter, you know your limits when it comes to food. Like any “free” meal, eat until you are full and listen to your body. I know how overwhelming all of the choices can be, especially with foods that you may not have had since last Thanksgiving, but there is absolutely no need to go overboard and put yourself into a food coma. I personally fill my plate with turkey (duh) and plenty of veggies first, then choose the rest of my sides respectfully. My plate ends up being colorful, and full of everything I want, but portions remain in control.

For me, portion size is a direct correlation to how hungry I am. In that case, I don’t recommend totally skipping out on breakfast and lunch so you can “save room” for dinner and dessert. Chances are, if you arrive starving, you’re going to want to stuff your face with EVERYTHING in sight. Plan on having a high protein breakfast and lunch to ensure you aren’t ready to eat the entire turkey along with Grandpa’s arm upon arrival.

As always, drink your water. Whether you are indulging in some wine with dinner or not, water will help with digestion, inflammation and will all around make you feel a lot better throughout the day as well as the following day if you are experiencing bloat from sodium.

Last but not least, return to your “normal” eating the day after Thanksgiving. It can be so tempting to want to eat leftovers for days on end afterwards, but continuing eating increased calories will definitely begin to catch up to you at some point. Politely refuse bringing home left-overs if you are celebrating at someone else’s house OR if you are at your own house, offer to give away as much food as possible.

For those of you who know me, you know how die-hard I am about fitness and nutrition, but you also know how important my family time is to me and being able to enjoy that time is something that we all should be able to do without risking our goals. One meal or even one day is not going to totally kill your progress, and with that, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

3 things you should know before your first Powerlifting Meet

3 things you should know before your first Powerlifting Meet

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As my first year anniversary since I started powerlifting is coming up, I thought it would be a great time to discuss some tips that helped me get through my first meet. I started powerlifting in December of 2014 with my starting 1 rep maxes  at a 205 squat, 115 bench and a 245 deadlift. 9 months later I am at a 280 squat, 145 bench and a 341 deadlift. I have not only made powerlifting a priority in my life for the past 9 months, but it has transformed my mindset and physical body in such a powerful way.

When I began, I had no set plans on competing as I just wanted to really work on my form for all three lifts while getting stronger. For those who may be just starting out, I would definitely recommend doing the same for at least 6 months or so. Take the time to really become accustomed to powerlifting, what it entails and submerge yourself in the growing world of our sport. In June of 2015, I entered my first powerlifting meet through the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS) federation. Over about 2 months leading up to the meet, I cut weight so that I could compete in the 123b weight class. Being a coach and personal trainer, I had experience with cutting weight before so although it was what I did, I would not recommend it for the first-timer for a couple reasons. One reason being your first meet should be a fun, not stressful experience. You really don’t need to worry about cutting weight unless you are so strong that you will be breaking records. The process of dropping weight (especially quickly before a meet) is not a fun one and can be incredibly taxing on top of everything else you may be apprehensive about. A fast drop in weight could also result in a loss of strength which is obviously something you don’t want to mess around with.

Another tip I have for the novice powerlifter is to really study and know the rules for whatever federation you are competing in. The rules for the RPS meet I did were a lot different for my next meet which was a USAPL meet. For example, in RPS, you are allowed to let your heels come up off the floor in the bench press. In USAPL, your heels have to remain in contact with the floor the entire time. Also, RPS uses a Texas Deadlift Bar which has more give to it when pulling off the floor. The USAPL uses a standard stiff barbell. There are rulebooks on both organizations websites so these are something you should be extremely familiar with prior to meet day. With that being said, I also recommend practicing the commands during your training to program your body to know how they feel. For instance, the squat has two commands: “Start” and “Rack”. I have witnessed A LOT of powerlifters perform an amazing squat, but automatically rack the weight after without waiting for the command. This results in a “no lift” which no longer counts in a meet.

My final piece of advice for the newbie powerlifter is not to be too hard on yourself. It is important to set goals for yourself for the meet, however a meet will not always go as planned. For my first USAPL meet in September, I went into the meet extremely confident (as I always make sure to do- get your MIND RIGHT). My squats all went great, I ended up missing my third attempt but still hit a PR on my second attempt. Bench came around and I missed my FIRST attempt at 140 which was something that I hit in the gym PLENTY of times before. This immediately diminished my confidence and caused some anxiety. I realized what was happening mentally and got it together for my second attempt and was able to hit it. The second you start getting in your own head, is the second you lose focus and sight of your goals. Stay calm, determined and confident throughout the meet no matter what happens up on that platform.

Post-workout Nutrition: Are you doing it right?

Post-workout Nutrition: Are you doing it right?

Depending on what type of exercise you are doing (resistance training or endurance exercise) you are either in a negative or positive balance of protein turnover. When protein synthesis is greater than protein breakdown, you are in a hypertrophic state or building muscle. When protein breakdown is greater, you are in a muscle wasting state. During endurance exercise, you are in a negative balance which means you are in a catabolic period. During resistance exercise, protein synthesis is increased however you are still catabolic due to increases in protein breakdown as well. In both states, you remain in a negative balance until adequate protein and energy (aka CARBS) are consumed. 

The Branched-Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) Leucine is crucial when it comes to protein synthesis. To simplify it, leucine controls the start of protein synthesis. In a study by Layne Norton and Donald Layman (Norton Layman 2006), we can conclude that supplementing leucine post-exercise increases intracellular leucine allowing for maximum recovery of muscle protein synthesis. The combination of leucine as well as carbohydrates produces an increased effect on recovery and protein synthesis rather than carbohydrates or other amino acids alone. 

So what does this exactly mean for your post-workout nutrition? 

After reading this published study as well as performing my own experimentation, I recommend that you supplement leucine immediately post-workout as well as carbohydrates within 1-3 hours post exercise. Carbohydrates are not necessarily NEEDED right after, as long as you consume adequate carbs within the few hours after your workout. Now, you may be asking, “Where can I get leucine?” You can purchase leucine itself at any nutrition store (Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, etc) however I personally use either a Whey Protein source from De Novo Nutrition called Max MPS (contains 3.154g Leucine per serving) OR immediately post-workout I take a scoop of Carbon Post Recovery Drink. Carbon Post contains 4g Leucine per serving along with other key ingredients to maximize recovery including my personal favorite Tart Cherry Powder. 

Post-workout nutrition is just as essential as pre-workout nutrition if you are looking to see hypertrophic gains as well as recover optimally. If you have further questions regarding this topic, I would be happy to answer those as always via email: FitnessTeam@sd-evolution.com. 

Sources:

Norton L.E, Layman DK. Leucine Regulates Translation Initiation of Protein Synthesis in Skeletal Muscle after Exercise. The Journal of Nutrition. 2006;0022-3166/06;533S-537S.

Do You Really Know Why You Workout? Probably Not…

Do You Really Know Why You Workout? Probably Not…

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I wanted to do a different type of blog today. I still wanted it to be fitness oriented but from a different perspective. I didn’t want to do this one on a new trend or on tips to grow your arms or shrink your waste. I wanted to go deep. So I started with myself. What would I want to know? What haven’t I really heard or learned about in a while? What topic would really benefit our clients the most? Then it hit me…

Why the hell are we doing what we’re doing?? This may seem like a pretty dumb question. But here are the top answers to the question, why do you workout?

  1. I want to be healthier.
  2. I want more energy throughout the day.
  3. I want to look good naked!

Do these sound familiar? Another common one would be, because my doctor said I should. But for the purpose of this article, I want to focus on personal reasons, not outside sources.

So let’s dive in… You want to be healthier- Ok, why? Are you sick? Overweight? Do you have a genetic predisposition to something happening down the road? You want more energy throughout the day- Go to bed earlier. I can probably guarantee you don’t get 8 hours of sleep every night. If you think I’m wrong, write everything down for 7 days in a row. What do you end up at? 42 hours maybe? You want to look good naked- Well I have no response to that one. Ask your mirror, or your significant other (go easy on them if you don’t like the answer).

Where did those answers get us? Not very far right… Those answers were all pretty shallow, as were the top three responses to the original question, why do you workout? To truly dedicate yourself to a program, you have to truly know what you are working out for. How do we do that? I’m going to show you! It’s called “Root-Cause Analysis”. This is actually one of the cooler things I learned about when I entered the fitness industry. Unless you’ve done this before, or are a fitness competitor of some sort, you honestly probably don’t know why you’re working out. You might think you do, but it’s much broader than the actual reason. It isn’t hard to get lost. I sometimes find myself spinning in circles trying to hit 15 different goals at the same time. So this was fun for me to go through and refocus! The concept of root-cause analysis is very simple: keep asking “why” until you get to the real reason (root cause). This isn’t even limited to fitness, you can apply it to anything you are struggling to understand about yourself in your life.. Your psychiatrist was on to something…

So here we go! It might sound a little weird having a conversation with myself, but bare with me. You’ll get the jist of it.

 

Josh: Why do you workout?

Josh: So I can get stronger.

Josh: Why?

Josh: So I can use that strength to add more size.

Why do you want more size?

So I can look more filled out on my large frame. I’m 6’2 so I need more mass to show muscularity.

Why do you want more muscularity?

Because I feel like I’m smaller than most fitness athletes my height.

Why do you care if you’re smaller than most fitness athletes your height?

Because I want to be the best at what I do, and my body is my trademark. If other athletes have a better physique than I do, they will seem more credible than I am. A picture is worth a thousand words and, in the fitness industry especially, a lot of times a picture is your best marketing tool. I want people to see me as an inspiration. I want to be viewed as a goal for someone else to strive for. I don’t want to bust my ass day in and day out to be viewed as an average joe who goes to the gym after work just because it’s something to do before bed. I want to be the best and I want to look the best. I want the physique of a greek god. Large, lean, and proportionate. That’s what I want.

 

And that, my friends, is Root-Cause Analysis. We’re all going to come up with different answers, and that’s the point. Your answer might be, “I workout so I can keep up with my kids.” I’ll be honest, I didn’t know how this was going to turn out as I wrote it. I literally asked myself these questions as I typed this article. Notice how my answers get a little longer after each “why”. It forces you to think. More thinking creates more elaboration. More elaboration requires you to dig deeper and ultimately reveals WHAT YOU WANT. This shit is therapeutic. Excuse my language but that felt good. There’s nothing more frustrating that not knowing what you want. I’ve been in this rut for a little while. I couldn’t choose between training for strength or size or athleticism or a blend of everything-which would limit my growth in all of them as a compromise to get better at all of them at the same time. When we do this to ourselves, we ultimately find ourselves in a rut because we are spread too thin trying to do too much.

Throughout this little experiment I went a little bit deeper, off the record. It got me thinking about competing again. I’ve been competitive my whole life. I always had something to train for- basketball, baseball, football, track, even MMA for a little while. So I didn’t have to think about it. That’s why I trained. So because of my root-cause analysis, I discovered I might want to do a physique competition. How else am I supposed to judge if I have the best physique? So there we go. That’s why I train. That’s why I workout. Will I enter a competition? Maybe.. But I now have a focused view of what I want to train for, and when I’m ready, I’ll make that decision.

As we get older, most of us are no longer competing in any athletic leagues. Life takes over. We work. We get married. We have kids. But be a little selfish and do something for you.

Continuing on the therapeutic trend this has put me on, I went one more level and asked myself why this has become so important to me, a perfect physique. The answer to that one? I’m inspired each and every day by this amazing girl I get to call mine. My girlfriend, my best friend, my partner in crime. She inspires me because she inspires literally thousands of people every single day. The girl is 122 pounds and is breaking records for lifting more weight than the kids I used to play football with. Her physique is also phenomenal. And her heart is second to none. The passion she shows with our clients overshadows everything she has done on a personal level. She has changed so many lives (and bodies) and is a role model to an incredible female base. They look up to her as a role model and reach out to her on a daily basis for help and advice. She is my inspiration to get to an elite level. And I won’t stop grinding because she’ll be right there with me. I’m a lucky guy to be on this team.

So why do you train?

 

Until next time,

Josh