Articles, scientific research papers, training programs, blogs, you name it, I read them all.
I subscribed to every fitness and strength training newsletter I came across on my search. I read reviews on bodybuilding and fitness forums as well to see what other people’s experiences were with those same programs and training concepts.
Not only did I read them, I implemented what I learned in my training and diet regiment. I experimented on myself, tweaked things here and there, and started to see some results. I also started to see common themes becoming increasingly apparent across all of the diverse literature that I was studying. These crossover concepts have since become the backbone of not only my own daily personal training, but the programs I put together for my clients as well.
In 2012, disaster struck my family twice in a matter of months, and put my fitness quest on the back burner.
First, my youngest son Coltan was diagnosed with a Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation, which is a fancy way of saying that he had cysts forming in one of his lungs, and would require major surgery at some point.
Then, just over 3 months later, my oldest son Noah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We were understandably devastated by this turn of events, and life became more about surviving rather than thriving.
We had 3 children, 2 of which had serious medical conditions that required major surgeries, as well as daily doses of chemo, frequent visits to the nearest Children’s Hospital which was an hour and a half away, as well as monthly, 5 day rounds of steroids which were absolute hell.
At this point, I had plenty of reasons not to take care of myself, but I refused to take this as an excuse.
After all, if I didn’t make the time to take care of myself, how could I expect to take care of my family properly?