Mike here. I’ve been toying around with the idea of starting a weekly blog and this is my first shot at it. It’s going to be a little rough around the edges but as with anything, you get better with time and practice. Shoot, I could barely bench press 95 pounds when I started the journey into fitness that would later become my career and true passion.

The great mentor and author, Zig Ziglar, wisely quoted, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” This theory can literally be applied to any facet of life. Fitness, nutrition, business, relationships, friendships… all things that make life fun and worth living.

Speaking of starting things… I always knew I wanted to help people in some form or another. I went to college with dreams of becoming a pediatrician but Organic Chemistry rather violently derailed that train. I was young and having too much fun living on my own. After graduating and messing around in the restaurant industry for far too long, I realized that something had to change in my life.

I had gained a liking for lifting weights and had seen changes in my body that I thought were pretty cool. I figured that this was a way I could help people and make a living. Win/win.

As I dug further into the world of health and fitness, I found myself increasingly enjoying learning and reading (besides Harry Potter, never really been a great reader) which was a shocker for me. I’d stay up late nights learning about the muscles and the way the body is supposed to move. This is the idea behind The Movement Warehouse, as I hope is conveyed from one glimpse of the website.

As is the natural path of most professionals in the health and fitness industry, I am currently transitioning my focus to nutrition. Nutrition is the facet of DIET and exercise most important to the changing of one’s physique. Good exercise cannot outwork a bad diet. Period.

Now, when I say “diet,” I don’t mean like the diet commonly thought about. We don’t DO diets at TMW. Diets are not sustainable. Diets are not fun. Diets do not work in the long term and what are we working toward if it’s not the long term. Also, we don’t ever, EVER do juice cleanses. But that’s for another blog. What we try and accomplish is small nutritional adjustments that are sustainable and don’t make you hate every moment living in America’s Finest City. We start small, like drinking 2 more glasses of water per day and taking a multivitamin, then move to bigger things like limiting carbs to breakfast and lunch (with a few exceptions), then a few steps after and depending on your goals, possibly limiting alcohol intake (Yikes! I know).

Generally, I attempt to try every nutrition ‘diet’/craze/fad before I ever bring it up to our people. I’ve gone Paleo, I’ve gone Green Faces, I’ve done (and still do) apple cider vinegar, and I’m going to try a Ketogenic diet next and I’d like to eat for my blood type at some point in 2017.

The reason I try everything first is 2-fold. First, I want to have a first hand account of how different nutritional variations affect me. No diet works for everyone but there are benefits to each that I’d like to see and feel. Reading about it (especially if from the internet) can only take you so far, but feeling it for yourself can be life changing. Do you ever just read over a recipe and think ‘Damn, that would be amazing!’ but never actually try to create it? If that’s the case, you are missing out on so many experiences.

The second, and equally, if not more important reason: If I can’t do it or it seems to restrictive I don’t want our client’s to do it. I’m not training for a show or a competition. I train for just the same reasons as all of you and I’d never ask anyone to do something that I wouldn’t do myself. If it’s too hard, that generally means failure and failure isn’t something we want to breed in our culture. Also, if it’s too difficult people tend to cut corners (aka cheat) and therefore, negate the potential value of the diet. Cheating is not what we’re going for either.

Anyway, that’s how I ended up here with you today. I hope you enjoy the culture and community we have created at The Movement Warehouse and I hope to see you all out on the floor, dripping with sweat and gasping for breath.