This page used to have a bunch of pictures which illustrated a chubby me replaced by a not-so-chubby-me after discovering that exercise is important. It occurred to me that this came across as a little creepy.
I started documenting my progress from 2007 and I’ve become a little nutty about my amateur “quantified self” status.
In the years that have followed my “discovery” of fitness, I’ve spent a lot of time, money and energy to realize that mobility and basic human movement using proper form, eating well, and lifting heavy things keeps one young — or at least feeling less old.
I will credit my level of base fitness to serendipity and an infomercial; I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2007 and returned to realize just how unfit, unwell and out of shape I was.
This was the same year I started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. That only made my realization more humbling.
One evening after receiving P90X as a “gift” in return for mocking it on Twitter, I tried one of the routines while I was monitoring a conference call I was on. That was a hard 60 minutes.
I kept going. I did five, 90 day cycles of P90X and went on to try other workout routines from the same company.
As I started to tweak my diet and gain more knowledge about what I was doing, how to work around horrible injuries and what I wanted to accomplish, I really discovered that “fitness” was really about living life with a purpose — and with four kids, it was necessary 😉
At this point, I’ve invested in building what would be the equivalent of a Crossfit box. I don’t “do” Crossfit. I’ve never gone through a WoD, but thanks to Rogue Fitness, I can functionally align my goals — strength, power. agility, mobility, flexibility, and endurance — and pretty much craft any workout I desire in a safe and effective manner.
I’ve helped many people to get started in understanding their goals and how to achieve them with respect to “fitness.” If I can help you, let me know.