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1. Performance based goals yields better long-term results. Being able to do a chin-up(s), deadlift 1-2x your bodyweight, or simply move without pain — the confidence that comes with that is advantageous to your overall health.

2. A well-qualified coach can be a great addition to your progress. But at the end of the day, he/she is not going to spoon feed you. You’ve got to take ownership of your own health. If you don’t give anything, don’t expect anything.

3. Band-resisted Deadbug is a great drill to do before you hammer squats or a deadlift because it encourages you to keep a neutral spine, and your anterior core engaged.

4. Alignment and how well you move is going to determine the loads and stress on your joints. You’re body is amazingly adaptive, so always ensure you’re moving with proficiency.

5. If there’s one thing that working in a commercial gym has taught me, it’s that most folks go through the motions. Bust your ass and focus on getting stronger. Watch what happens.

6. Pizza is life, period.


7. Get lean and strong with the prowler.

8. If your diet consists of minimally processed foods, you’re body will pay you back. If you eat crap… well, we all know where this is going.

9. You don’t have to be an athlete to train like one.

10. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals. More often than not your mindset is taken to a different level.


11. Squatting ass-to-grass or deep squatting is primarily governed by genetics. You can improve range of motion through various mobility drills and soft tissue work, but it’s ignorant to assume that everybody should squat deep. Assess, individualize, and prioritize.

12. A lot of shoulder, elbow, and wrist problems can be cleaned up by looking at scapular positioning. The site of the pain is not always the source.


13. Standing on a BOSU or wobble board, and performing an overhead squat while holding your cat in one arm is not “functional training”. There’s nothing more functional than lifting heavy ass weights off the floor. Stop training for the friggin’ circus.

14. If you make the mistake of restricting too many calories in your attempt to lose weight, your efforts will bite you in the butt the moment you say, “F*ck it” and pig out.

15. Consume as many calories as you can whilst still seeing results. There’s plenty of time to make adjustments.

16. So cool to see my articles getting published back home in Saipan.


17. The more disciplines you improve, the better the results. That said, I’d have to say that mitigating alcohol consumption and adding more protein into your diet is the most effortless thing you can do to start burning more fat.

18. Never sacrifice form to lift or move more load. Movements that begin from the spine is an indication for future back pain. Move well, then move often.

19. Must have supplements: Vitamin D, Probiotics, Cod Liver Oil.

20. I hate Farmer Carries and Bulgarian Split Squats, but man do they make your body change.

21. Fat loss is simple by design. Unfortunately, we make things more complicated than it has to be.

22. Don’t be demoralized by how much more you have to do. Rather, appreciate how far you’ve come.

23. How’s this for a baller photo? #ThatViewDoe


24. If you’re having difficulty learning how to deadlift properly, try the landmine deadlift. It encourages you to shift your weight posteriorly imposing much less sheering force in your lower back, and your grip isn’t a limiting factor.

25. If you’re trainer or coach throws you into the workout without an assessment, RUN!

26. Take all the pills and powders you want. If you’re not employing the simple things such as drinking enough water and getting enough sleep, you’re wasting your time.

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From constantly moving around, to getting up at 5am nearly every day, writing training programs, working with clients, reading books and articles, to living the independent lifestyle. I’m not going to lie, it is an arduous process — a sweet life, nevertheless, because I made a career out of what I love to do.

Before all of that came to fruition, I had a few setbacks.

Here’s a little trivia: I was put on academic probation after my first semester in college. Working two full-time jobs and still being broke was already bad enough.  Let me tell you, that really set my resolve.

Rather than complain about it or fill my head with limiting thoughts, I had to put an end to it. My best course of action was to collect all that pain and discouragement and use it as a motivating factor.


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Just to be clear: I’m not an authoritative figure on “success”. I’m no Tony Robbins or Eric Thomas.

Suffice it to say, I have gained a ton of real world experience that has ultimately helped me get to this point.

1. Solidify What Success Means To You


Even though many see it that way, success is not solely based on annual income or series of acquisitions. It’s purely subjective and it’s defined on your own terms. For some people it means having a lot of money while others perceive it as freedom and happ(y)ness. I think that’s part of the reason why many people struggle to get to where they want to be. They don’t have a clue as to what they want.

Sit down and take your time to establish what it is you really want.  From there, just point to the top and go.


2. Don’t Be A Douche


Nearly everything I’ve done in my life thus far has been accomplished with other people. The fact that I’m inherently a genuine person speaks volume. People gravitate towards generosity and good character.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of so many people.  It’s frustrating when I see folks let their personality get in the way of their expertise. Never let your ego get in the way.
Attempting to reaffirm your status by demeaning others is unnecessary.

3. Never Stop Learning


When you look at the most successful people in the world, it’s no question that they’re always learning — simply because complacency breeds mediocrity. There’s always room for improvement.  You have to continuously learn if you plan on getting ahead.

Additionally, if you want to make a name for yourself, try learning from the best who have done it in your field of interest. Look for commonalities.

Don’t blindly follow people’s advice.

Question everything.

If you can, seek mentorship.

A good book to read is Mastery by Robert Greene.


4. Screw What Other People Think


If you’re always worried about what other people think about you, you’re never going to get anywhere in life. There are ALWAYS going to be haters, so you can’t be paralyzed by fear of what others might think and/or say about you.

You’d be hard pressed to find any successful person who doesn’t occasionally go through periods of scrutiny and criticism.

If you want to avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing – Aristotle

5. Be An Optimist


Nobody likes a Debbie Downer and for good reason. People want to work with people who possess good energy. When I started out as a trainer in a commercial gym, many of my colleagues had such a gregarious nature that I couldn’t help but follow suit.  That type of energy reflected on to my work.  It’s no accident that I did so well my first year.

Who in their right mind would want to work with someone who complains and whines about every thing. Excessive negativity is an impediment to your progress. Don’t be a pessimist. Act like a professional and have positive vibes.

6. Take Care Of Your Health



Physical fitness is not only of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – JFK 

I’ve always said that the mind is a by-product of the body.  How you think, how you behave, how you operate is contingent upon how well you take care of your health.

Move more often, get more sleep, and for God’s sake — eat more veggies and drink water.

7. Work Your Ass Off




It’s human nature for us to want instant gratification — we’re so hungry for short-term gains. Understand that shortcuts are nonexistent. What you get out is what you put in. Sure, we can talk about unforeseen circumstances, but that’s life. You can’t control everything.  One thing you can control, however, is effort.

It takes hours and hours of working on your craft.

You can’t have a million dollar dream with a two cent work ethic.

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