Class: Masters Athlete (50s)
Location: Austin, TX / Los Angeles, CA
My fitness journey has been going on since I was 10 years old. I've always gravitated to "extreme activity" from the start - and I've injured every part of my body over the years...
I've been active (and injured) doing the following ACTIVITIES:
- Krav Maga
- Bikram Yoga
- Bull riding
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Street Cycling
- Offroad Motorcycling
And in the process, I've injured every major joint in my body, including:
- Closed Head Injury / Multiple Concussions
- Broken nose & lost teeth
- Neck Sprains
- Dislocated shoulders (both)
- Near-fatal double viral pneumonia/mild asthma/allergies
- Elbow/forearm slints (both)
- Dislocated, hyperextended, jammed wrists (both)
- Bad lower back (20 foot fall & bull riding mishap)
- Dislocated hips (both)
- Dislocated, twisted, hyperextended knees (both)
- Shin splints
- Dislocated & hyperextended ankles (both)
I said I was active, but not that I was really good at anything (apart from hurting myself)...
I was a gym-goer for most of my late 20s and early 30s, and in my late 30s I became very busy with career and community service. I spent the better part of 5 years in a desk chair, on the phone, not dealing very well with stress. My diet and exercise routine were truly terrible. I put on over 50 pounds from inactivity and poor diet - and I hit the "late 30s spread", which is that 20 or so pounds your body adds...
In my early 40s I was waking up every day in pain, and I injured my back lifting a trailer hitch and couldn't get out of bed for nearly a week. I was overweight, injured, out of shape, and I would nearly pass out trying to tie my shoes because I couldn't breathe.
So I started doing Krav Maga one day a week. After 9 months, I added a second day each week. 9 months later, I added one day a week of Crossfit. And 9 months later, a second day. After 4 years, I was doing a strenuous physical activity an hour a day 5-6 days a week. I had dropped from over 235 pounds to around 189. I had strength and endurance I never had when I was younger. My injuries were mostly healed and I hadn't sustained any new ones.
I had made a full recovery and a full transformation in just 4 years. And I've sustained it.
Along the way, I've found a philosophy for long-term fitness, and I'm here to share it. I'll do my best to find sustainable healthy options to keep you and me healthy, fit, and attractive as we get a little older. I think we'll live longer and be healthier than any previous generation, and I'll help find the core truths and avoid fitness fads too.
Please share your transformation, ask questions, and cheer me on - I'll be here to support you in your journey of health. See you tomorrow,