It's been a Decade since I said, "I quit! I'm moving"
2006 I was working in an office downtown Montreal wearing a shirt and tie, looking quite snazzy. My title was "account executive", and we offered IT Network Solutions for large businesses in the USA. Pay was salary plus commission which meant a nice fat check every 2 weeks. Having lunch with other "account executives" talking about our large commissions pretending to enjoy our jobs. Fake smiles and laughter is all it was.
The more you sell, the more you make, the more you make the more your company wants you to make. You're only good as your last sale. High stress left many using recreational drugs to keep going. "I quit! I'm moving" was my last words to that company.
Convincing my wife that quitting my job and moving to Ontario on an idea that I thought was a logical decision wasn't so easy, but she was supportive. (Love you babe)
I walked into GoodLife Fitness with my dream goal of becoming a personal trainer...
Was I in for a surprise....
I, along with 11 other potential personal trainers stood in line in the aerobics room while the grand puba gave his inspirational speech. Promises of great opportunities and salaries started at $80,000/yr.
I was sold!
I wore the bold black and white uniform and walked with great confidence. Chest out, back straight... I was it!..... In my bathroom mirror.
Entering the club was a different story. Being shy by nature, I was scared. Scared of rejection, scare of not being good.
I adapted... My first paycheck was 75$....
Sharing Nat's mothers 2 bedroom apartment helped financially, however the move was hard on our son Brandon who was about 4 at the time. Sharing 1 bedroom was disastrous on everyone.
That $80,000 salary seemed nowhere insight. I began to question my great idea. I began to feel like I fucked up!
I took that negativity and decided to prove to myself and everyone that this career is for me.
I took a gym member, Susie under my wing and attempted to make the greatest transformation ever!
Her results were nothing less but miraculous! 2006 My first transformation!
In 2014 Iori:wase and Total Fitness teamed up to bring you the Get Fit Challenge. This isn't another "Biggest Loser" type challenge. This challenge is about creating awareness to our community the health related issues that we have, and how implementing a sensible eating plan and exercise can help prevent and eliminate certain health issues, such as obesity, diabetes, and depression just to name a few.
There's more to "Fitness" then getting a bikini body. For us, it means much more. Having a healthy mind, body and spirit is what we consider Fit.
With the help of Greg Horn and Iori:wase and the staff at Total Fitness we have had 2 successful Get Git Challenges to date and plan on having a successful outcome this year as well.
The selection process was not an easy one. Out of all the applicants we received we had to choose 6 participants. I believe the ones we chose will be very successful.
To find out who were the chosen ones, check this weeks edition of Lori:wase on newsstands Thursday.
You can also check the Get Fit updates here, as well as on The Get Fit Facebook page.
The title pretty much sums up the New Years Fitness resolutions. A brand new start of the year, a great time to focus on them fitness goals and based on my online feedback, some of these goals included;
Now to have goals is one thing. To accomplish them is another.
Have you been training to reach them? I'll tell you, everyone here at Total Fitness Studio came into 2016 super dedicated. I've been seeing the ladies adding a little extra weight on that bar, getting off their knees and fighting for those push-ups. Some are even attempting chin-ups! Great job!!
However, with high goals also comes with high ambitions. If these ambitions are not met that's when we get into that rut. Slow steps is the key. I heard a quote a long time ago. "Don't do today what can't be done tomorrow". To me it sounded like a lazy man quote. However as I'm wiser now I realize that was a wise quote. Aim at small attainable goals which will lead into bigger ones.
Now to the fun stuff. I'm always asked how strong should I be? What should I be lifting. My answer was to always attempt to be stronger then yourself and not anyone else. Yes I know... Not what we want to hear.
Well I found a cool website that compares your lifts to everyone else in the world that registered. It's based on age/ and sex.
Click the pic if you wanna compare yourself to others.
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