Firestorm fitcamps! and Fitness Revolution: Simply The Best Fat Loss and Fitness Solution in San Antonio!

We help busy men and women get the look, feel or physical performance capability they want, in the time they have, without disruption to their daily life.

Firestorm fitcamps! and Fitness Revolution: Simply The Best Fat Loss and Fitness Solution in San Antonio! - We help busy men and women get the look, feel or physical performance capability they want, in the time they have, without disruption to their daily life.

10 Lessons To New Trainers From An Old One

I have a message for you younger folks entering the fitness business and I hope you can profit by it. There are reasons that people like Greg Justice, Randy Woody, JR Smith, Mike Boyle and many others like them and myself have been doing this for so long:

  1. We love it.
  2. We’re good at it.
  3. We’re so old we’ve forgotten how to do anything else…

I’ll be 55 years of age in another month and a half. I’ve been involved, in one facet or another, in the health & fitness industry for 33 of those years.

In that time, I’ve learned a few things about staying motivated to get up every morning, be at the gym for your appointments on time and to see things through to the end.

I’ve learned the importance of saying what you’ll do, and proving it by doing what you said.

I’ve learned that people really don’t care how much you know until they first know how much you care.

I’ve learned that it doesn’t cost a dime to be nice, but it can cost much more than that being a jerk.

So, with that said…here is a random list of ten things you can do to be a better fitness professional, coach and servant leader to those with whom you are privileged to call “clients.”

  1. Wear comfortable shoes. Forget brand names or fashion. Pay a bunch of money for some really comfortable, really well fitting and wholly supportive shoes. You’re going to be on your feet all day long (or at least you should be…coaches/trainers who sit while their clients train should be excommunicated from the gym with impunity) so buy a pair of shoes that are more comfortable than flashy. As someone who dealt with plantar fasciitis for 2 years, trust me on this one.
  2. Eat quality food…forever. Lead by example. The added plus is that you’ll rarely get sick and have more energy.
  3. Read more. How much more? More than you do right now, I can probably guess. Your education and integrity are two things that no one can take from you, so maximize them. And believe me when I say that as a fitness professional, those two characteristics go hand-in-hand.
  4. Put down your phone and talk to people. There’s this “trainer” in the gym where I do my personal workouts that is ALWAYS on his phone while “training” his clients. That’s breaking cardinal rule #1 as a fitness professional. Those people are paying you for your time. Don’t cheat them like that. But more importantly, that danged phone is an impersonal piece of equipment, unlike the wonderful creation of God before you that you can both inspire and learn from. Put away your phone. All of that crap will be waiting for you at the end of the day or your next break.
  5. Do a little exercise each day. Again, leading by example. It’s good for you, allows you to look like a professional and to perform like one as well. As an older man, I have had my time to do the contests and all of that. Now I dedicate my time to focusing on my clients. I place the emphasis of my personal training time in short blocks of time throughout the day. This may not be your style, but spending an inordinate amount of time on yourself and not your clients tends to make one kind of a jerk…in my humble opinion. I know, because I used to be one.
  6. Do more mobility work. When you get to be my age, you’ll be glad you did. Just sayin’…
  7. Embrace the struggle. In everything. Business, personal life, client issues. These are the times you will learn the most. A rubber band is only of use when it is stretched. And believe me, as an entrepreneur and business person, you will struggle. More than you can imagine.
  8. Learn a specific marketable skill in the fitness business. Mine is fat loss for women. My friend Pat Rigsby helps fitness professionals build their ideal business. Mike Boyle is an athlete builder. Eric Cressey makes average baseball players great and great players better. Being a specialist makes you unique, and people like unique. They may or may not know how to put their finger on it, but they will come to you because of it. Be known for something, and make it specific.
  9. Learn from older people. Many of the finest lessons I’ve ever learned, and continue to learn, have come from folks more advanced in years than I who have wisdom to impart. If you’re willing to spend some quality time, ask the right questions and then shut up and listen you can glean some jewels of knowledge on virtually any aspect of life, business, relationships, child rearing and more from these people. They are worth every moment of investment of your time.
  10. Spend the extra money and buy a great bed. Training all of those clients and working those hours means you’ll need recovery as well. Don’t scrimp on the investment of a quality mattress. Forget the fancy car or the expensive watch and get a great bed. Your life will be enhanced tenfold by it, I promise.

The Greatest Potential Ever Built

Have you ever considered your heart as the finest engine ever devised?

I mean, think about it: it begins beating at roughly 18 days (YES, 18 days!) after conception and continues to do so for the next 70, 80 or 90 years…depending upon how it’s cared for.

If that isn’t the standard for dependability and durability, I don’t know what is.

And with each beat of our heart, we have the potential to do something marvelous.

  • To read a great piece of literature.
  • To speak a kind word.
  • To lend a helping hand.
  • To reach out to another and offer a helping hand or kind gesture.
  • To let the ones we love know it.
  • To be grateful for what we have, where we are and who we know.
  • And so much more…

The Parable Of The Talents

Way back in 2009 I wrote an article entitled “The Parable Of The Talents” (Part 1 and Part 2) and in it I made the connection between ones physical ability to perform a certain task (sprinting or throwing a baseball, for example) and their responsibility to maximize that potential.

We all have certain abilities or talents, and how we develop them and use them is entirely up to us. Whether or not we use those skills for the betterment, joy or enrichment of another is where the responsibility lies.

If you’re not familiar with the Parable Of The Talents, here’s a brief synopsis:

  1. A rich King gives three dudes a bunch of money and then goes on a long trip.
  2. He gives dude #1 five million dollars; dude #2 two million dollars and dude #3 one million dollars.
  3. Dude #1 invests wisely and turns five million dollars into ten million!
  4. Dude #2 invests wisely and turns two million into four million!
  5. Dude #3 buries the money and has nothing extra to show for it…
  6. The rich King comes back from his trip and asks to see the three dudes.
  7. He’s real happy with Dude #1 & #2 because they’ve expanded his wealth and capability.
  8. Dude #3, even though he was given the POTENTIAL to do something, chose to do nothing, and was punished for his selfishness and wastefulness.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you invest a bunch of money and I’m not suggesting that you be punished for not producing…yet. 😉

I am suggesting that you begin today, right this very moment, to decide to do something with your talents.

Use Your Potential

Your life is either a constant series of choices to use the potential and talents you have to serve and better others, or not.

Every time your heart beats, you have another moment to do something beneficial with those talents.

What will you do?

How will you do it?

Who will benefit from your talent?

How many beats do you have left in which to get it done?

When would NOW be a good time to get started?

You’re a three fold individual: body, mind and spirit.

You can choose to maximize a talent to benefit others in one, two or all three of these areas.

Don’t waste what you’ve been given and deprive the world of your talent.

Please…

Use your gifts to leave a mark on the world in time you have left.

The beating of your magnificent heart won’t last forever…

Yer Uncle Steve

If You’re REALLY Serious About Dropping Body Fat, These Are The Only 4 Things You Need To Focus On…

“Uncle Steve, I really want to drop 30 pounds, and I need it to happen in the next two months. What do I have to do?”

“Uncle Steve, since I’ve gone through menopause I can’t seem to drop these last 20 pounds! Why can’t I do it?”

“Uncle Steve, I hate following a diet, and I definitely don’t like it when I’m told what I can and cannot eat. So how do I lose this weight?”

Frustration.

Disappointment.

Even anger…

I hear it and see it often from folks who desperately want to drop some level of body fat, but are either confused or simply lied to about what it takes to drop the fat and get the health, fitness and lean physique shape they want and deserve.

Quite simply, most folks just complicate things.

They make it harder than it has to be.

I know, that’s just so…simple.

And that frustrates a lot of folks.

Not long ago I heard Tony Robbins, the famed self-help and motivational speaker, state this about complexity. “Most people, in order to feel significant, make things really complex so they feel like they’re really unique and special, but…complexity is the enemy of execution. The more complex you make it, the more likely you are NOT going to follow through.”

Oohh…that kind of stings…doesn’t it?

I mean, is this something that applies to you? Please take a moment and answer it honestly…

My guess is, if you’re looking to drop some level of body fat, but haven’t been successful in doing so, on some level you’re probably complicating it.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s another really famous guy with his perspective on the issue: “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” – Warren Buffett

Look, I’m not pointing fingers or even placing blame. I’m just here to make sure you get what you want and one of the ways is to point out what may be going on with you and why you’re not succeeding.

So with that said, here are the 4 things you must do (at a minimum) to achieve some, or even a dramatic level, of fat loss from all of your efforts.

#1 – You must invest in yourself with respect to nutrition.

Unless you’re willing to make the connection between fat loss success and what you choose to shove down your throat, you’ll NEVER see the level of achievement you both want and deserve.

I don’t know how to state it any more plainly: fat loss occurs from what you choose to eat…or more specifically…choose NOT to eat.

You see, as crazy as it sounds, the secret to losing body fat is NOT in how hard you work out, what type of training program you follow or how much or little cardio you do.

No.

Seriously…

The secret (as much as there is a secret) to dropping body fat lies squarely in what you choose to eat and drink.

Sorry to burst your bubble.

The age old axiom, “You cannot out train a crappy diet” is really true.

I know…I’ve tried.

“So what then do I have to eat to get rid of this _____?” (fill in the blank with the appropriate body parts or areas you wish to see change)

If I tell you, will you really do it?

I mean seriously…I’ve told this story to virtually hundreds of people, but seemingly few really get it, much less apply it…

Look…I’m an open book.

If you ask me a question, you get a direct and honest answer.

So here’s my simple answer to this one: If your goal is fat loss, imagine you lived 300 years ago, and there were no grocery stores around, no “convenience” stores and no restaurants to go to, what would you eat?

And furthermore, when you go to the grocery store this week, if what you are considering buying was not available 300 years ago, why are you buying it?

Now, does this mean you can never have a piece of Aunt Jennie’s cheese cake, or a Shipley doughnut ever again?

Of course not.

But, if your goal is fat loss, you’ve got to plan for those things. They simply cannot be a portion of your regular, daily regimen.

O.K.?

So then, in order to succeed I want you to eat protein (meat, fish, fowl or eggs), vegetables and fruits, healthy fats and drink pure water (optimally with added minerals for support and health) 90% of the time.

P.S. If you do not know what these things are, please email me and I’ll be more than happy to lay it out for you in GREAT detail: Steve@firestormfitcamps.com

And if you’re not sure what 90% compliance looks like, factor it like this: if you eat 5 meals per day, 7 days per week that equals 35 meals. 90% compliance means you get to CHEAT on 3 to 4 meals per week!

And cheating isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

So plan for it.

Plan to have a cheat meal on specific days and times. Then enjoy your cheat meals, in normal portion sizes, and as soon as it’s over, then get back on track at the next feeding.

Now, invariably after hearing or reading this someone is thinking, “Well Uncle Steve, what about eating _____?” (and it’s ALWAYS bread they’re wondering about. My guess is that this is where Wonder Bread came from…)

Look…you’re an adult. You can do whatever you want. If you’re serious about fat loss, you’ll follow these simple guidelines.

O.K.?

#2 – Pick up heavy stuff…

Thank you, I’m here all week…

You’re still here? O.K., let’s get serious then.

So, if what you eat makes you drop or gain body fat, what does working out (or rather what SHOULD working out) do for you?

The answer is simple: make you gain muscle.

Muscle is the key to metabolism elevation.

Metabolism elevation is the key to fat burning.

Fat burning is the key to a lean, sleek, svelte, more muscular and athletic physique.

And who doesn’t want that?

You want to look good in or out of clothes?

Stop doing so much “cardio” and start to pick up, move with and throw around heavy stuff.

If you don’t know how to do that, find a qualified fitness professional to assist you.

Neglecting this portion of the equation means the potential detriment or benefit for several things:

  • You die early. Weak things do not tend to do well in the world.
  • You injure easily. That “freak” injury you incurred (more than likely) wouldn’t have been such a big deal if you’d been stronger and more in shape. In fact, it might not have occurred at all.
  • You’re less likely to fall and hurt yourself. From a statistical standpoint, if we’re the same age (I’m almost 55) and I fall and significantly hurt myself and you get cancer…5 years from now you’ll be the one who is still living.
  • Increased confidence. Being strong and healthy just feels good, and that feeling transfers to every facet of life.
  • Move more fluidly. Fluidity of movement means better self-control over various types of terrain, which means again that you feel more confident in doing things that bring joy to life.
  • Strength and stamina go hand-in-hand. Get some…
  • Better brain function and cognition. Yea, you think better and more clearly.
  • Better outlook on life.
  • You look healthy, feel healthy and fit and act accordingly.
  • You inspire others to follow in your footsteps.

So pick up, move with and throw around heavy stuff.

Alright?

#3 – Balance your hormone levels.

“Uncle Steve, what in the heck are you talking about. This just sounds like crazy talk!”

I can assure you that, at this present moment, I am lucid, cognizant of my surroundings and quite on task.

So then, what do I mean by balancing your hormone levels?

Quite simply this: eat good food, reduce your stress levels and replace the missing essential components your body needs for optimal performance.

Let’s briefly go over each point:

1 – Eat good food. I covered this earlier, but it bears repeating: eat things like God made them. If they’ve been altered from their original sources (other than slicing or sectioning, as in a steak or chicken breast for example) do not eat them.

Good food has quality nutrients for quality health. Period.

2 – Reduce your stress levels. This one is a biggie for me. Please allow me a moment to quote Charles Stanley:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”

Deal with your perception of those things around you in a more positive manner; understand that stress is something we decide upon because it is manufactured in the factory of our own mind and manage your internal dialogue.

Constantly telling yourself or others, “I am so stressed!” will have nothing positive to contribute to your life or the outcome you’re striving toward.

Stress is a choice.

I understand that extenuating circumstances like the death of a loved one, a traumatic event or some other situation can have certain effects on the mind and body. That’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about those that are “stressed out” about everything and seemingly experience stress in perpetuity.

If you want fat loss, learn to better handle those things…from the trivial to the more severe…or get comfortable with being fat.

3 – Replace the missing essential components your body needs for optimal performance.

I’m talking about electrolytes and trace minerals here.

Look, I have a problem with this entire advocacy for drinking water constantly. The whole “most people are dehydrated” bullsnot is just ridiculous.

The problem isn’t an issue (for most people) with a lack of H2O. It’s that their drinking too much filtered water and not replacing the necessary essential components of PURE water and truly good health back into their system.

Listen to me: every time you exhale, urinate, defecate, sweat or have a menstrual cycle you’re losing precious bodily fluids. And in those bodily fluids are the very minerals that make up and necessitate the basic and elemental functions of the very health you seek.

Drinking filtered water, without replenishing it with those lost minerals, is akin to eating white bread.

That’s right: filtered water is the white bread of water.

It is devoid of the life giving, health restoring, hormone balancing minerals that make up a quality of life you may not even know you could have.

And these are the best mineral sources you can get.

How do I know?

Because I take them myself. And I have several clients who will tell you the same, so talk to me about getting your own.

Steve@firestormfitcamps.com

Call or text me: 210-884-2072

#4 – Recover from it all and repeat.

Burn this sentence into your mind: “I do not get better, stronger, leaner or more healthy and fit by how hard I train. I do so by how well I RECOVER from how hard I train.”

What are your primary recovery tools?

  1. Get it. End of story.
  2. Tissue work. Massage, foam rolling, stretching, flexibility work. These are all valid methods of recovery.
  3. Sitting quietly and reading. Watching a sunset. Napping. All good stuff.
  4. Taking a little time off from training to do some less strenuous activity. A long walk. A leisurely bike ride. A nice swim.
  5. Laughing and having fun with loved ones and friends. I don’t really need to explain this one, do I?

Take advantage of these tools and watch your progress and success increase.

So there you have it.

Follow these simple guidelines for 12 weeks and let me know how you do.

Seriously, I’d love your feedback.

Steve@firestormfitcamps.com

210-884-2072

Steve