Making Gains

A long time client of the personal training side of the gym approached me late in the afternoon one day earlier this week. Our gym is on his walking route and he always stops by for water. I was pacing the open space of my gym on the phone with my wife (to his credit I was using headphones and the speaker option so it wasn’t readily apparent that I was on the phone.) He looked at me and pointedly asked, “Are you putting on weight?” “Yep,” I said. “On purpose?” “Yep.” With a look of absolute incredulity he asked,… Read More »

Diana Salinas

It’s Wednesday, my friends, and I, for one, am happy to be back into the swing of things after the holidays.  This week’s interview is Diana Salinas, the mastermind of Bootcamp Divas, which is run out of CrossFit Seguin in Seguin, Texas. Diana is an Underground Strength Coach, a powerful advocate for women’s strength and fitness and the personal development these help ensure.  Diana is a role model not only for her physical prowess, but for her business acumen as well.  At present, Bootcamp Divas has a very low turn over rate, if you’re in the area and interested in… Read More »

Luis Carrillo

Happy New Year! To kick off 2013 I’ve included an interview I did with Strengthology student, Luis Carrillo.  Luis lives and trains in San Diego, California. Luis traveled to St. Petersburg in June of 2012 for a Strengthology I workshop with Elliott Hulse.  There he discovered several imbalances, or what Elliott calls “muscle viruses.”  Empowered with a new knowledge for correcting those imbalances and a rekindled passion for change.  Luis set to work. In three short months he gained five pounds of muscle and made great strides in his mobility and athleticism — all with just bodyweight training. To learn… Read More »

Charles Abouzied

Happy Holidays, ya’ll. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.  Today I’m bringing you an interview with Charles Abouzied.  Charles runs Crossfit House of Pain up in New Jersey.  I met him last summer at the Underground Conference 2012. In a room full of fitness pros Charles certainly stands out.  As you can see from his picture, Charles is a big man and at first glance not what you would expect in a fitness professional.  But don’t be too quick to judge, because Charles will quickly show you his abilities far out strip what his appearance might imply.… Read More »

Alex Villegas

Happy Wednesday, ya’ll. Today’s interview is Alex Villegas.  Alex is the second half of Synergy Transformation Center and the brains behind their DIME PEACE project.  Having been raised by strong, positive females it is Alex’s professional goal to give back by doing his part to help empower and encourage a new host of strong, positive women. Check out his interview HERE.  As always, you can download by right clicking and selecting ‘Save As.’ To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Wild One

  All too often the face we present to the world is our copy of someone we think is more successful than we are.  Most of us, steeped in our own insecurities, feel that we’ll be better received that way. The truth is the world wants you.  That’s why you were made in the first place.  Shine your own truth.  Show your own face.  Be you. To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Old Dog, New Tricks

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  For the past few months I’ve been banging my head against a proverbial wall trying to expand my outreach and really all I’ve gotten is a headache. For those of you who have stick with me over the past few months, diligently reading my posts and even commenting from time to time, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart. My goal of expanding my outreach, however, has been painstakingly slow and I cannot help but think that part of that… Read More »

Zach Marcy

Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. As a further expression of my own personal thanks I am happy to offer not only this week’s interview with Zach Marcy, but access to his Holiday Thrival Guide, as well.  With Zach’s guide you can do more than just survive the holidays, trying your best to atthe  least “do no harm” to your weight loss or fitness goals.  This year you can THRIVE, and still enjoy the holidays.  You can get your copy of his FRE-E guide HERE. Zach runs Synergize Transformation Center in Miami, Florida.… Read More »

Thank You!

Many of us are going to be taking time with our families next week and so I wanted to get this in early. Without getting overly cheesy, let’s remember November in general and Thanksgiving in particular have become a time for giving thanks and expressing gratitude. I want to take this moment to express my thanks. First to you, my readers. I am grateful for this opportunity to share my ideas. That you take time from your day to read and respond to these missives is greatly encouraging. I admit that there is much I have to learn in this… Read More »

Outlaw Strongman

Today, I am sore. Very, very sore. But with that soreness comes a sense of satisfaction and achievement that renders the soreness kinda funny. I bitch and grouse as I move to the floor like some ancient water buffalo, trying to foam roll and stretch the soreness away, but really I’m laughing about it all. The positive feelings override any discomfort. On Saturday I was in Cleveland, Tennessee at my buddy Larry Berry’s gym. He was hosting our mutual friend, Chris Dwelle, and his Outlaw Strongman seminar. Outlaw Strongman is Chris’s baby. He created a complete system, from training to… Read More »

A Practical Guide to Unleashing Your Own Personal Power

So, I can hear you saying, “Okay Dave, you’ve spent the last few weeks telling me how great I am and going on about my ‘perfect imperfection’ but I’m not feeling it. What practical advice do you have? What can I DO?” I’m so glad you asked. The first step to unleashing your own personal power is to recognize that you have it. That sounds like a total jip, right? It’s like saying the only way to be powerful is have power, but you already are powerful, you just don’t know it yet. How? Consider, while you may not be… Read More »

Election Hangover Over?

Now that we’re two days past the election, has your euphoria/depression faded? Has your life returned to normal? Are your thoughts and preoccupations back to ground level and the immediacy of where you are? In my world I have a wide and diverse collection of friends and associates who fall all across the wide spectrum of social, political and religious thought. I’ve heard much chatter from both sides, those made happy by the outcome and those who are convinced we’re going to hell in a hand basket. Here in Alabama I have friends greatly upset by the election of Judge… Read More »