Episode 89: Where’s Rinaldo? and 4 Scientific Secrets To Happiness

October 29, 2015
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It is episode 89 and I am waiting for Rinaldo to come and fix my roof. They said he would be here at 10 am and now it is 11:30. Where's Rinaldo? 

But never mind about that, the main topic here is happiness. There are a number of "experts" that basically say it is your own fault for not being happy. Is this true?

Well, thanks to a great article by Eric barker at the Business insider, http://www.businessinsider.com/a-neuroscience-researcher-reveals-4-rituals-that-will-make-you-a-happier-person-2015-9 , you can actually see how your brain reacts to thoughts and how you can neutralize bad thoughts.

In case you don't want to hear me ramble on about Rinaldo being late and the fact that my computer is slow, here are the main points.

1. Any time you start worrying or stressing, break the negative cycle by asking what you are grateful for. Can't think of anything? It doesn't matter as long as you are thinking about it.

Episode 87: MLM: Let’s Look at the Numbers

October 22, 2015
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This weeks episode will be pre-empted to bring you a realistic look at the multi-level -marketing business. As a personal trainer I get these offers all the time. Everyone I talk to is making 6 figures and counting down the days until they can quit working and do this full-time. Really? 


After listening to a podcast that was a thinly disguised pitch for their MLM company, I decided to actually check out the website and crunch the numbers. So why is multi level marketing generally a bad idea? Let's look at the choices.
  • The "associates" have no idea what they are selling?
  • The "associates are forced to buy huge quantities of supplements to keep their dream alive?
  • The vitamins are horrifically overpriced?
  • The chances for success are nearly zero. .005 to be exact.
Listen, far be it for me to tell you what to do. In this podcast I go to the actual website and using their percentages to figure out what your odds are for success.
Again, I don't begrudge a company choosing to distribute their products this way. As far as I can tell, they are good products. My only question is do I realistically have any chance for success if I choose to participate.


Episode 88: Getting Things Off My Chest

October 21, 2015
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Now you would think that just getting back from my Texas vacation I would be in a bubbly happy mood. And you would be right except a couple of things that are bugging me. What better way to start the holiday season than by venting about a couple things.


But unfortunately, I recorded the podcast a week ago and I have no idea what I rambled on about. I believe I had 4 points of discussion.
The only one I can clearly remember is the picture of the new girl at a Crossfit gym. I forgot what Crossfit site this was on and that is probably a good thing. There was a picture of a new member holding up a sign saying "new member". What is remarkable about this is that her hips were about 2-3 inches offset to the left, her spine was curving and one shoulder was several inches higher than the other. 

Does anybody else see this as a recipe for disaster? My hope is someone over there noticed this and put her on a corrective exercise program before she started training. Well, this is Crossfit, so maybe they did and maybe they didn't.

Episode 86: I almost Blew Myself Up, Magnesium Deficiencies and Online Training: Does it Work?

October 15, 2015
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Well, this was certainly an interesting episode. This is the first of the new podcasts designed to be less lengthy and more professional. Well, at least that was the goal.


Topic 1: It is not good when your propane tank catches on fire.

Topic 2: Equally as bad as a propane tank on fire is Magnesium deficiency.

Topic 3: Why Online training doesn't work well and what I am going to try to do to fix it.


Episode 85: Best Action Hero, Knee pain and Shoulder Pain fix

October 8, 2015
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We have 2 topics on todays show and one of them is actually fitness related. Not bad.

Topic 1: I ticked off one of the giants in my industry when he sent a tweet talking about how great an action star Tom Cruise is. I sent back a reply that Tom Cruise is half the action star Arnold is....literally. I guess some people don't understand my sense of humor, warped as it is. It was just a joke! All kidding aside, Tom Cruise keeps himself in great shape and does a lot of his own stunts. But he still isn't Arnold. Case in point. Arnold could star in the "Mission Impossible" series without a problem. Could you see Tom Cruise playing Conan the Barbarian? A 5 foot terminator? See what I mean. But it isn't just height based. You will have to listen to find out.

Topic 2: A tip on working through shoulder pain. Did you guys know I wrote a book on shoulder pain? Just go to www.shoulderpainbook.com and see for yourself. You can get it on Amazon and Ibooks. But that isn't the point of this. Here is the theory. Actually it is more reality. Scratch that. It is the truth, just do it. When you ask people what muscles the bench press works, what do you hear? Yep, chest, arms and shoulders. The actual answer is that the bench press is a total body exercise... if you do it right. 

Doing it right means tensing your upper back to stabilize the shoulder girdle. A weak, flabby upper back is a shoulder disaster waiting to happen. Beware: Technical talk. In any movement, there is always a prime mover and a stabilizer muscle working. In this case the pecs are the primary movers. The delts and triceps can be called secondary movers. The muscles opposite the prime movers will generally be the stabilizers. So in the case of the bench press, the upper back and biceps work to stabilize to weight. If the stabilizers are weak, the shoulder is going to be pushed into a sub-optimal position. That is technical talk for an injury waiting to happen.

So to encourage the back to get involved in the bench you can do an upper back exercise before you bench. 

Example 1: Band Pull aparts  alternating with Bench press.

Example 2: High rows alternating with bench press.


Go to my blog here to see videos of these exercises and how they work in tandem with the bench press.


The idea here is to activate your upper back with an exercise that hits the stabilizer muscles without wearing them out. This will give you more control over the upper back area when you bench. Most people never truly work the upper back. try this and you should have less shoulder pain when you bench. Make sense?

If it doesn't, let me know. This is a great way to help fix shoulder pain.

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