But I Thank………..

I don’t necessarily believe in the concept of God as this supreme being that has created everything and has predetermined our existence, however I find myself thanking him (or her) every day. I do believe that most of the stories written in the Bible are true, however in the cases where God is speaking to some of the cast I feel there is another explanation. Don’t ask me what that explanation is as I don’t know the answers, all I have is more questions.



Hero is defined as 1. A person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities. 2. A person who is greatly admired. 3. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life. 4. A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.

I think most Americans agree that members of the United States military are heroes, they go into a foreign land and risk their lives for the interest of the United States. That said, to our enemies they are no heroes, they’re villains destroying their homeland. I also believe that the majority of Americans consider law enforcement to be heroes, however there’s a large portion of people who consider the police to be bullies or worse. I think we can all agree that firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics are heroes. To kids growing up their favorite athlete can be a hero, to a young boy his father, and to a young girl her mom. The list goes on.

There really is no clear cut criteria, it’s all subjective, a hero to you may not be a hero to me and vise versa.

Courage – the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

There are lots of ways to look at this as well. It takes courage to go fight a war, go into a burning building while everyone else is running out, apprehend an armed criminal, get into a cage and fight another man, go to school on your first day when you don’t know anyone, fight cancer, tell you mom you did something you weren’t supposed to, admit to yourself your family and friends that you are gay, etc, etc..

Just because you may disagree with what others perceive as courage doesn’t diminish their perception of it. To compare someone who’s fighting cancer, to someone who lost a leg in war, to a transgender person is not fair. The phrase apples to oranges come to mind.

So did what Bruce Jenner did take courage? Yes

Is Caitlin Jenner a hero? To the others who are going through the same struggle, Yes.

I personally do not see Bruce/Caitlyn as a hero, but I do think he/she showed courage. Either way none of this affects my life so I move on.

Why are so many of you so angry over this? Keep scrolling, change the channel, whatever. Why must everything fit within your realm of what should be. We all need to accept the fact that we are all different, with our on views, needs, and beliefs.

And stop bring God into everything it’s irrelevant to the conversation, and from what I understand about Jesus he would be not only tolerant of all this, but helpful and supportive.


Just some more thoughts…

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There is a ton of great new music out there, you just need to go and find it. Don’t just listen to what the record companies and radio stations are trying to jam down your throats..

The fact that “Tips” are now called “Hacks” irritates me.

I don’t understand why it’s suddenly cool for the younger generations to like Tony Bennett. Yes he’s a great singer, I know.. But really….

If you keep mentioning K____ W____ every time he does something: he wins…

The Odd Couple was the best sitcom ever.

If you’re going to ignore me on social media, ignore everything, don’t suddenly appear when you disagree with me.

Slaughtered Grace. (I’m lucky to now be a part of it).

I have the best daughter in the world.

And the best, most beautiful girlfriend.


Fitness Fads

Fitness Fads
Kettle bells, medicine balls, P90X, Crossfit, Insanity, CKO, Bosu, and Stability balls, etc. etc, etc. Fads in diet and fitness come and go. It seems every time you turn the television on there’s a new one. I also see blog after blog complaining about all these fads: how they’re just, well; fads. Duh, no shit. Now while they may be just fads, are they really bad if they get you exercising? As long as you get your ass moving in a safe way, you’re better off than you were yesterday while sitting on the couch with a bag of Cheetos watching Friends reruns.

The key is to use this fad as a spring board into a good solid fitness program. If the fad gets your interest and the initial results keep it then the fad was a good thing. If you really think about it exercise in general was a fad way back. I can hear Arnold’s dad now, ahhh don’t worry it’s just a fad he’s going through.

Now diet fads on the other hand can be dangerous. If you decide you’re only going to eat cabbage, well, that’s a problem now. You see your body needs a certain amount of nutrients so your diet should include all these, they’re vital for a healthy existence.

That’s all I got on the subject for now. But I’ll leave you with this:
1. You’re workout should energize you, and make you feels good. Sure when you finish you should feel like you just worked your ass off, however if you lack the energy to do anything else as a direct result of your workout, it’s kind of defeating the purpose, don’t you think? If that’s happening you may want to figure out what you’re doing wrong.
2. Don’t drink the Kool Aid. Crossfit pairs with the paleo diet. Does that mean if you Crossfit and eat a good healthy diet that isn’t paleo you won’t get results from the workout? Of course not. P90X comes with a schedule and a nutrition guide. If you follow a healthy diet and vary the P90X schedule to swim every other day you will still get results from P90X. Do not get caught up in the hype that you have to follow these guides to the letter or you will not see results.
3. The theory of muscle confusion is stupid.
4. If you finish your kettle bell workout and you’re battered and bruised, you’re doing something wrong.
5. If you are not certified and/or educated on exercise science, body mechanics, or nutrition, you are NOT qualified to be giving advice on these subjects. STOP doing it, it’s irresponsible and dangerous.

More to come….

Personal Trainers

So it’s the time of year when lots of people decide to start exercising and eating better. Everyone who makes this decision has their own ideas about achieving this goal. Some people feel that they are strong willed, and knowledgeable enough to go at it alone. Some people feel they need help and enlist a partner in their new fitness goals, and some people feel they need the help of fitness professionals (personal trainers). Whatever category you fall into, the important part is to make this commitment, set achievable goals, and follow through.
I want to talk about personal trainers a little. When you make the decision to hire a trainer you may be tempted to hire someone based on appearance. Just because someone is lean and muscular does not mean they have the ability to safely and effectively help another individual reach their fitness goals. On the other side of the coin, just because someone carries a little extra body fat that does not disqualify them of being able to safely and effectively help another individual reach all of their personal goals.
When you decide to hire a trainer the first thing you should do is make sure that he/she is certified by a reputable organization, and insured. Just certification alone doesn’t make someone a good trainer, I know some certified trainers who scare the hell out of me. Get some references, fitness related employers, past and current clients, and just watch them train someone, that’s where you will get the best indication of if this is someone you can work with.
This morning while at the gym working out I noticed 2 trainers working with clients. The first was a male trainer working with a teen boy. Now if you are working with a new client you need to teach them, a lot, what the exercise is, what it’s for, and how to do it safely. In order to do this effectively, first tell the client what they are doing and why, next demonstrate the correct form, than you have the client do the exercise and provide cues for proper technique. If a client is having trouble performing the exercise correctly you can again demonstrate the move, but most importantly work with the client on body mechanics and cues, that is the only way they will learn how to perform the move. The trainer I was watching this morning did a demo (full set) then had his client do a set (without correcting form) then demonstrated the exercise again (his 2nd set). I think you get my point. This guy was more into getting his own workout than he was into teaching and making sure this kid was exercising safely.
The second trainer was a woman and she was training another woman. Now I drink a lot of coffee, but, when I’m working with a client that person is my main focus. The way I see it, part of being a trainer in addition to being a teacher, and a coach, and a cheer leader, you are also a spotter; if you have a cup of coffee in your hand while your client is performing an exercise there is no way possible you are spotting them, sip the coffee (if you must) during a rest period.
Now for the most part this woman’s client was doing the exercises as she was taught, however this trainer was not teaching her safe form, also the proper way to pick up and put down exercise equipment is extremely important.
If you are training someone and talking to them as they perform an exercise you should be standing in that persons direct line of site. This woman was talking a lot and standing of to the side of her client, so as the client was doing a 2 arm kettle bell swing her head was turned to the left so she could see her trainer. Yeah and the only thing you should be talking about is the movement being performed.
The bottom line is this. Make the commitment, do your due diligence, and do not under any circumstances hire the 2 trainers I mentioned above.