Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thank You...

I know how fortunate I am, sometimes I may need a little reminder of just how truly blessed I am... For instance, when I start to complain about anything, I know some where else there is someone less fortunate than I am not complaining. I know this for a fact, how you might ask?

Well, I have a beautiful healthy family, I am healthy, I have all my fingers, toes, arms and legs, a some what decent head of hair, hahaha. A gorgeous wife, that loves me! A roof over my head, a car to drive, etc, etc, etc... You see what I mean! I am very fortunate. And most of all, I have a Gym of my own!!!

How can I complain about anything...? Life is what you make of it, and I have been blessed and dealt a ROYAL Flush, literally. Cherish all that you have this time of year, it's Christman time!

Take this message to heart, and reflect on all you have to be thankful for...
Oh yeah, and Get Strong!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Just Quit...

Two words that should never cross your mind, or mouth! There is no other option but to WIN. Quitting is not for you, or for your family. If you do quit, you can't hold any one else to any standards higher than yours... How's that for a reality check?

When your kids tell you they can't, how can you say they can? If you quit, you will definitely do it again, and again, and again... The first time is the hardest, but after that it just gets easier.

So don't start, push through what ever is going tough, or you think is to difficult. Just WIN, no turning back, no excuses. Get after it today, don't procrastinate, don't wait for someone to give it to you...just take it.

Get going, GET STRONG!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What a Weekend...

I just came back from the best Seminar I have ever been to. To say I had a good time would be an under statement! There was so much knowledge shared that I wish we would have had an extra day, this was truly a great two day seminar...

For those that missed this amazing weekend, go to www.defrancostraining.com or www.zacheven-esh.com and subscribe to their e-mail alerts and get to any seminar these guys are having! Don't wait another minute or let another information and hands on weekend with these guys pass again, you won't regret what they have to share. You can only benefit yourself and your clients by getting all the best training methods from the guys doing what they love, which is Hardcore, No Nonsense Training!

P.S. Also subscribe to their YouTube videos, they have amazing training tips and technique all over the web...

Get Strong!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Going out...

I am leaving for the Dirty Jerzy this afternoon, to go see the Famous Joe DeFranco and Zach Even-Esh with a few other trainers at DTS. This weekend should be the best experience of my Coaching career! I'm totally excited to see how these guys are tearing it up...
My boy Matt is meeting me out there and we are going to represent the West Coast out in New Jersey. I will fill you guys in on all the details Monday.

Take Care, and GET STRONG!

Watch this video of Joe D's movie coming out very soon...

Monday, December 1, 2008


I don't know how else to put it...

Be Persistent, in everything you do!!! Do it with passion and to the best of your ability. Don't take no for an answer, and don't let excuses get in the way of your goal.

Get it Done today, there is no tomorrow...
Push and push a little bit more, the momentum is growing...
Can you feel it?

I know you can. Go get your piece of the pie!
Do what you where put on this earth to do.
Nuff said.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Houston, we have a problem!

We have a big problem at the gym... See what happened was, these guys kept coming into the gym to get bigger, stronger and faster. I don't know what went wrong but, they did it to quickly! I mean, I thought these tires would give them a challenge for a long time but, it's like they can't get enough of them now.

So , our problem is, I have to find heavier tires to keep these guys from tearing up the place. I know, I know it's not really a problem. You see, they are getting amazing results so quickly that we have to get stronger too. I can't let them get to far ahead of me. I have to lead by example, if I want them to respect me.

I must talk the talk, and walk the walk...who can respect a coach that never put forth the effort to show their athletes how to do it right?
I must get Stronger...hahahaha!

See what I mean... back to the iron, later.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Keep your chin-up...

When all else fails, look in the mirror and tell yourself everything is Perfect!
Who cares what is happening around you, the so called Recession, the economic down turn, negative people, negative comments or whatever...
My business is gaining steam faster than ever, and I'm sure it's due to the positive kick-ass atmosphere we have here!
No one here is hanging their heads in the poor me syndrome. We are kicking a** and taking names...
We have a group of high school wrestlers that are throwing around the 400lb. tire like it's nothing. They are making incredible strength gains and their opponents better watch out, because they mean business. Most of them want to go to State finals and you know what... I know they are going to do it.
We have all our new clients fill out a goal sheet in our sign-up packet...and they all set their sights on the highest level, they didn't say I want to place in League's or get to the CIF finals. No way! They all said State!!!
We all can take a page from these kids, which is there are no limits...except the limits we put on ourselves.
So, Kick A$$ and take names! and Get Strong!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Have you heard of this disease...? It's been around for hundreds of years, but I don't allow anyone in my Gym with this disease. You know why? Because, it's very contagious. Besides who wants to come down with anything while they are training...

I hang a sign in my Gym that says you can't have this disease here, so leave it at the door! It's called, are you ready?

Excusitis. It's probably the worst disease known to man! Seriously. I know it kills more dreams and goals more than any other thing in the world. Literally thousands of dreams a year. People are deathly afraid of even moving forward in their lives if they catch this disease.

Post a sign on your wall or door and let everyone know that you don't allow anyone in to your place of worship (a.k.a. gym) with this either.

P.S. It's not really a disease, well kind of!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Turning Point...

I believe there is a turning point in everyone's life, a make it or brake it moment if you will.
For instance, for me I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I had a conversation with my wife one evening after work, and I said to her that I wasn't sure what I was suppose to be doing with my life? So, we began to discuss this, and no definitive answer came up... After a few days had passed, I was on YouTube watching people perform amazing feats...like bench pressing over 400+ pounds, and performing box jumps well over anything I thought I could do...etc.
That morning was my AHHA moment! I went upstairs and woke up my wife and said, come down stairs, I want to show you some videos. So began my journey into opening my own Gym, the birth of STRONG 101!

Here is one of my biggest influences, this video has over 100,000 hits. Yup, this gym and the man who owns it and trains all these studs is the one and only Joe Defranco, of DeFranco's Training Systems. Enjoy!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

The "word" for today is...

Today's word is...Intensity! Why, because not enough gyms today have it. The people in there are just going through the motions. You know, like a boat out in the water not trying to make waves, just floating around.

At our gym, the noise from the music is pumping, the guys and gals are pushing each other to new heights. WE bring the Intensity here. There is no going through the motions at Strong 101. Atmosphere is so important to make strides in your training. Try and bring the intensity and let us know how it has changed your work-outs.

To your success, Get Strong!

P.S. Check this video out and let me know if you think this guy is intense?

Here is an extra one for you, I love this guy's attitude and Intensity!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Life is Amazing! Please enjoy every minute, every breath and everyone around you.

I am very blessed to have you reading this right now... Thank you. I know there is probably a few other things you could be doing than sitting here and reading this, so I know I am blessed.

My family is my driving force, and my love to help others keeps me growing as a person and as a Coach. What drives you?

Put all you have into everything you do, and watch what happens...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Have Faith...

Keep your head up and but the blinders on! Just like a Race Horse, we need to put the blinders on and run full steam ahead to our goals. Keep your eyes focused on the finish line and not on what is happening around you. The end result is what is driving us to finish strong!
If you let the negative people or little bumps in the road take your focus away from your target you won't find the drive to get to where you want to get to. These things are called "energy wasters", they will suck the life out of you. They will try and bring you back to their reality, which is what you don't want. Misery loves company, but on the other end like attracts like! As you start to progress, people and things will show up in your life that will help you towards your goal, if your in alignment...
Stay focused, keep the blinders on and have faith!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy Birthday!

I just want to take this time to thank all Armed Forces that are currently serving, or have ever served this Country!!!

But today is a very special Birthday tribute to the U.S.M.C. Happy 233rd Birthday!

Thank YOU, for all that you have provided for us, and for the future of all our children to come. We salute each and everyone of you.

This is a truly special day, please be thankful for what you have and for what you will have, due to the great men and women that serve this country while we work, play, eat and sleep...

Friday, November 7, 2008

No Excuses...

I am posting the second video of this Amazing young man. What an awesome outlook on life, and it takes away all the excuses one may have that is able bodied or just down on themselves due to circumstances. You can only control You, and Your thoughts. So what are you telling yourself? Is it positive or negative? Is it helping or hurting your current situation? Are you prospering or dwelling?

Take time to really tune into the radio station today. Not the one in your car, but the one in your head. What station are you tuned in too? The good news network, or the negativity news? The most important thing is to understand that you control your own Destiny. Only YOU! Make it a Great day, not a good one. Have big dreams, not fantasies. Be comfortable, being uncomfortable.

Someone told me once that, "Crazy people, make Crazy money"... How crazy are you?


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Baby Steps...

One foot at a time, step by step... That's how progress is made. Watch this and let me know what you think?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tough ?

When things become Tough, we need to become Tough(er) as EliteFTS would put it. If we think someone is strong, we need to become Strong(er).
The thing we work on a lot with every client and on our selves is, what is going on between our ears. And no, I'm not talking about the wax. I'm talking about our self talk in our heads. If we believe we are defeated, then there is no need to continue. But, and this is a big BUT, if you can dig deep and push through what ever is holding you back...then that is where Champions are made and where Success happens!
Tough is mental, if you believe you can, You Will!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Today's posting is for those out there, that want something so bad they can feel it deep down inside their souls. Yah you, you know who I'm talking too. The one's out there that just want to scream at the top of their lungs, the one's that want to quit their jobs because they aren't doing what they Love... This post is for you! and you! and YOU!

There is great satisfaction in doing what you Love, and great Reward. Stay positive, that's my biggest gift I can give to you. When the going get's a little rocky, stay positive. When someone(s) says you can't, stay positive. When you don't know how it is going to happen, stay positive... No matter what, Believe in YOU! When you look in that mirror know that you are put on Earth to be Great, not average and ordinary, but Magnificent!

So Be It! Be Magnificent in all that you do. Know that nothing is Impossible. Stay Positive, and know that everything happens for a reason. And that everything is Perfect at all times! Congratulations, YOU are on your way...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Oh What A Feeling...

Sorry it's been so long since I have posted a new message.
But patience is a virtue, and we have been killing it out here in Riverside, CA. Everyone is welcome to swing by for a free work-out or a tour of the new place. It's totally turned out better than I imagined! I would like to thank everyone out there that had an influence on me, and that helped create this dream into fruition...
I am truly blessed and grateful for everyone around me!

Now, down to business... For everyone that is interested in doing what they love but have yet to take action, this is for you. Go out there and make it happen, no one is going to hand "it" to you. You have to make it happen. I posted a great quote in the gym today that I read on EliteFTS' site...ready... "Some people get things done, others get things done to them." What a profound statement, and it couldn't be more true. Don't let the negativity in, and keep pushing towards what makes you happy!
Check this video out, I think you will like it...

Friday, September 26, 2008

I can see it...

Sorry for being gone for so long, but we are almost done...! Kind of? We are just putting the finishing touches on the place and I want to invite one and all to the Best Gym on the West Coast (just my opinion). Next Saturday the 4th of October is Grand Opening Day! Be there or be square, if you know what I mean.

I am hoping for a big turn out, so if you are in the so. cal. area and you want to check us out, come on down to 12158 Severn Way, Riverside CA. 92503. We will be having a Big Bash from 12-4pm. So make a note in your planner or Blackberry to get down here! Here is a Great Pic of Steve MacDonald performing one of our favorite lifts at STRONG 101... E:60

Friday, September 12, 2008

Having a Blast...

We are working on getting the Gym up and running very soon. Once the momentum starts it's really hard to control the outcome, so we are just going with the flow! Oh what a ride it has been, and we are just getting started.

If anyone would like to stop by, and your near Riverside, CA... the address is 12158 Severn Way, Riverside,CA 92503. We are nearing the opening and within a few weeks we will have a Giant Grand Opening! Stay tuned to the blog for more info, until next time here is another picture. Train Hard, Get Strong!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Good Times...

I am very pleased to announce we are almost ready to rock the I.E. Our progress is slow but, we are picking up speed quickly. We hope to be open next Monday the 15th of Sept. Grand Opening to follow shortly after.

I promised to give you a few more updates on Dave Tate's book 'Under The Bar'. Well I am almost finished, and it is a very quick read. It's very hard to put down once you start reading it and I would highly encourage you all to pick this book up! Here is the link to it on Elite's site, Under The Bar. Train Hard, Get Strong!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Get some!

I received a few packages from EliteFTS.com today. I have to say that I was so looking forward to trying out the sleds tomorrow, but something surprised me. I found myself thumbing through Dave Tate's book (Under The Bar). For those unfamiliar with Dave Tate, he is the founder of EFTS and a big time Powerlifter. I will fill you in some more on what I have read, but do me and you a favor and watch this short video of Dave!

Get Strong, Train Hard!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Life is Great...

I don't remember a time when life has been so Great! I wish you all are experiencing Life fully... I feel like everything is coming into alignment with my destiny, and we are all going to meet up at Strong 101 and train like there is no tomorrow.

I am very excited about what is happening, let's all keep pushing on and help one another as we go. Please respond with any questions or comments, and I will surely get back to you. To your Success. Train hard and Get Strong!


Monday, September 1, 2008

Tune In...

Hey everyone, I'm here to let you know about our YouTube site. When you get to YouTube, type in Strong 101 in the search engine and you will find a lot of our videos up. The reason why I mention this is, we will be starting to add a lot of videos up fairly soon (once we get the equipment transferred out of my garage). So I would like for you to create a YouTube page for yourself if you don't already have one. Then Subscribe to our page so you can get updates automatically linked to your login. So in other words, "Help me, Help you"... I love that movie

Talk to you guys later.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

What a Feeling...

I finally have my key to an industrial space that will be called STRONG 101. My very own gym, where people will come to train and get crazy. Tearing up tires, kegs, sledgehammers, kettlebells, etc. A place where hardcore training is the only way to train!!!
Calling all So.Cal. residents... get ready to enter the best gym in the southland! Everyone is Welcome, but not everyone will stay. I love it! Let's do this up big time.

I will post pics and e-mails of the progress, we should be ready to rock in the next two weeks...
More to come.

Friday, August 29, 2008

What A Day...

I know everything happens for a reason... but what a day. Things have been making me say, oh what a great day this is. I have never felt so amazing in my life. And we should all be able to feel this way, when everything just clicks. The Universe juist aligns with you and everything comes into fruition.
I truly believe I am blessed. Please join me in this amazing ride, we call "Life". Let us all enjoy the best of what life has to offer each and everyone of us.

Make your dreams a reality. To your Success!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Game of Inches...

I started out today thinking of a really good talk I had with a friend on the phone yesterday. He said, "get atleast one thing done everyday, and those little things will add up".
What a profound statement. Something so simple as moving forward one inch at a time. Most everyone knows, especially after watching the Olympics these past few weeks. The greatest of athletes where separated by just a fraction of a second, or a tenth of a point, or just that little extra something!
So I will leave you with this video, Enjoy... A BIG thanks goes out to Zach Even-Esh, Kill It!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Don't Take Anything Personally

"Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream." DMR.
I believe we are here for a purpose and that we should follow that purpose what ever it is...
I left my job this past Monday, after 7 years and 11 months to the day. I am embarking on the next chapter of my life. Of course I am a little nervous and yet very excited at the same time. Share with me on this journey we are on, and push yourself to the next big thing in your own lives. Check out this remarkable video of a man and his Passion...

Friday, August 8, 2008

Stay Strong!

Every which way we turn, we are greeted with one thing... Choice! That is the only constant in our lives. Wether you decide to eat nothing for breakfast or have some oatmeal. To which clothes you are going to wear for work, etc. Choice, is the only thing we control.
So, what choices are you making to improve your situation?
I read an interesting E-mail today. It said, without Involution (Change from within) there can be no Evolution (External change). What a statement... But, it's true. If we do not change what's happening inside us, our thoughts, feelings, knowledge, etc. There can be no change on the outside of us! Just think about that, please. Till next post, Get Strong!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Attitude is Everything!

Today has been pretty rough, mentally. Thinking tomuch on the negative side, sitting around contemplating if I have been making the right moves?
I know what I need to do, and I know everything is Perfect! Everything Happens For A Reason... Just trust the 'Process'.
Whoa, that just came out of me. Till next time, Stay Strong - Stay True.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I think I have figured it out, it's something you always read about. Adversity! Obstacles! Dream Stealers! What ever way you can spell it, name it or whatever there always seems to be something or someone out to get in your way or trip you up... No matter what, Keep Pushing Forward! Don't let anything get in the way of your dreams. Nothing! The 'ones' that have made it, have always kept their eye on the goal and stayed fixed on it. Let the negativity bounce off you and keep your head up and PUSH! You know what you where meant to do, so do IT.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

This is why...

The story behind the story. It's awesome to hear each persons trials and tribulations, to get to where they want to be. That's why I am opening a gym to help others get to where they want to be. To help them excel in their own lives! Just to be a part of that is the rush for me. Check the story of Paul Buentello, he's fighting on tonights Affliction card at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Hope to watch it live, and see the fruits of each fighters labor pay off!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Nuff said...

Diesel Crew. No explanation necessary, just watch the video!

Monday, July 14, 2008

What Would You Do?

I had a chance to see Dick Hoyt live at a seminar last year, and I was blown away at the dedication and perseverance this man has. I ask you this question, What Would You Do?
For each of us, we will have a different answer. But what this family has done is Amazing. Check this out and let me know what you think...

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


What an amazing journey we are all on. I didn't really think to much on the fact that half the year has come and gone, and how far I have progressed in my dream of having my very own gym! We are given a new day as a gift to experience new things. So, what are you doing with your day?
I recently read a blog form Alwyn Cosgrove, and in it he had a post on the halfway mark of this year. 2008 is half over, so where are you at in terms of your resolutions and goals? I know I am one step closer every day to what I want to acheive. Where are YOU at?
Here is a clip of what is truly important to a majority of people in America, please enjoy and watch it twice and really absorb the information...

Thursday, June 12, 2008

New Toys!

This week has been awesome, due to my new toys mainly... I am so excited to try them out tomorrow myself and to let the fellas get after it as well. I picked up a Schwinn Airdyne bike and 100' of 2" Manilla Rope. You may be asking yourself, why is he happy about some rope? I will let you in on a little secret. Come in close. This Rope Training will step up your game to the next level. Check out his video, then go out and get some rope and take your athlete's up a notch on the Stud belt! Get Strong.

Magical Day

The gym is coming together very quickly! More and more people are wanting to join in on the fun and I am really having a good time taking this all in. The process of opening a gym has been the best thing I could have done and will do. It just feels right and I know it will be a success! Thank You...

Amazing Time...

Anyone that knows me knows I am a huge fan of MMA, that being said there are some Awesome fights coming up very soon! Also, our Gym will be a breeding ground for Elite Combat athletes. We will also be offering our "Caveman Training" to certain weekend warriors that show they can hang with the Bad Boys. Take a look at this video and see what I mean. These guys and gals are amazing athletes, and they are in amazing shape!

What A Day...

Today was a very interesting day, it started out great and increased during the middle then slowly came to an end. Maybe from all the excitement I just couldn't sustain the momentum or, it was a bit to over whelming? Not quite sure, but it seems I am one day closer to my dreams becoming reality! Training went great and company was also stellar. Over all I can't complain about my life because, Everything Happens For A Reason! I do mean EVERYTHING! Wow, can't believe I just wrote this, stay tuned for all new updates. Until then, Get Strong!

It's Happening!

Today, finished off an awesome weekend with the family. We hung out and tried to stay cool from the little heat wave we've been having in the southland, temp's are a little over 100 the last four days.
I feel so calm and anxious at the same time having found a perfect place for the Gym! Now it is all up to the powers that be to see if we will be moving in the new building soon. Which reminds me back to Wednesday, when a few guys stopped by to work-out. This is the type of training we will be doing at STRONG 101.
Hope to share with you all the Grand Opening, as well as some pain, sweat and laughs.

One Day Closer!

You ever have that feeling that you area so close to something you can feel it? Me too, and the anticipation is really nerve racking. But when it happens, watch out! For now I am practicing 'Patience' and boy does it feel good.

I was able to spend some alone time with my smallest children this evening. And I realized how fast time goes by when you aren't watching the clock. What an amazing time it is right now, there is no scarcity only abundance in our lives. I say that because I will soon have the freedom to be with my family when ever I chose to, not when someone says I can. I have to succeed for them, to set the example, to take a chance of failing in order to create more opportunity. Who knew opening a gym of my own would teach me so many lessons? I leave you with this...

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.

"What I Was Meant To Do"

I always knew I was put here on earth to help others! But, I didn't know in what capacity I was going to do this. Being in the Fire Service the last 15 yrs. I have come accross a lot of heroes and great people, and what I have felt over the last couple of years wasn't the same feeling I had when I first started... I started seriously digging deep inside myself to find out what I truly was put here to do. Back in Nov. '07 I finally realized what I was suppose to be doing the rest of my life. I wanted to change people physically, not just help them lose weight, or put on a few pounds of muscle. No, I wanted to transform them into the best they could be no matter what age, or shape they are in. So, began my journey of opening my own gym!!! Very soon I will have that goal accomplished. My friends and I have been creating a buzz at the local gym and I have been putting it out to the universe of my intentions and everything is PERFECT. I have been blessed to train under some great Mentors/Coaches these past few months. They probably don't know it but, they have helped transform me! So to them I say Thank You, Scott Ramsdell and staff at API in Minnesota, and Zach Even-Esh and staff at Underground Strength Coach in New Jersey. You guys are a big part of my current and future success.

Today's Work-Out!!!

I usually have a few friends over on Wednesdays that want to work-out at my home. I had two buddies run through the 3 minute circuit earlier in the afternoon. I also had a buddy come over later, who was coming off of a lower leg injury so I put him through a scaled back upper body circuit. Here is a video of him during round four and one of me during round four. We were both spent after this..! Check it out and post a review or comment.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The First Day of the Rest of My Life!

This my very first blog, and my first post. To all that don't know me, I am a Strength and Performance Coach in sunny so. cal. I live in Corona, CA with my beautiful wife and four children. I am preparing to open my own gym in a couple of months and would like to share with you my journey and let you learn from my experiences. I currently work as a Firefighter at an Oil Refinery aboout 50 miles from my home. I am also in charge of putting together a work-out program for the 160 Firefighters on site. In my spare time I coach a few weekend athletes / gym rats at my home. We meet during the week and go through a series of circuits which includes swinging sledge hammers, tire flipping, calisthenics, kettlebells and a few other odd object lifts and carries. I have found that this has become a great way to get in shape and break the normal routine of going to the gym and lifting weights day in and day out. So follow along on my journey, and I can't wait till you all can come by and work-out at my gym!