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25 years of consistency

25 years of consistency

Today marks 25 years of when I decided to pick up a barbell and become a bodybuilder. I remember this day clearly; I approached my parents in the evening after wrestling practice towards the end of the season and made the declaration that I wanted to become a bodybuilder. I knew at the time that […]

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6 Steps to Track and Reach Your Goals

The New Year is here and everyone is off to the races to achieve their big goals they set on January 1st!  How to set goals is another whole topic that I address in many different spots, but this post is more for the journey on the way to achieve your big goals.  Most people […]

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12 months of ACTION to make 2017 the BEST!!

Goals are a common practice to set for the upcoming year, but what if you have 12 months of ACTION items to hit those goals? I am putting on a workshop on Saturday, Dec 10th in my Waukee, IA office from 9 AM to noon where you will come away with the following: 1. Based on […]

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All In – Bodybuilding, Coaching, Motivation, Goals

I read an article long ago that when a group of highly successful people were examined, one thing that was found common between the achievers was that they wrote their goals down and posted them up.  Notice that it wasn’t the process of setting goals, but rather it was putting them on display that was […]

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Getting it Done

There’s no question that we are all pressed for time. We have many daily, weekly and monthly obligations that are set in our schedule. Often, for those of you reading this, included in these tasks is a training session. In fact, it is very likely you have both a lifting and a cardio session programmed […]

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Getting Less Done With Multitasking

Getting less done with multitasking I have a confession to make; I am a recovering multi-taker. “But Irwin, that is a good thing, why are you saying sorry for that??” you say. Read on, what I am about to explain is that trying to do more with less is actually doing less. Production addiction At […]

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The most important factor “Consistency”

In this modern day era of key words and SEO, it seems that there is a plethora of buzzwords that are used to define success. Examples include: intensity, power, explosive, fast, transformation, motivation, etc. However, the one word that I think overrides all of these is: CONSISTENCY. What??? But there is nothing amazing or jaw […]

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Defining “Make Every day Count”

Over the last 10 years or so, my mantra has been: “Make Everyday Count”. While I never say it flippantly I do sometimes wonder if the importance of these words is only taken at face value and the deeper meaning is missed. Therefore, I am offering this article to dive deeper into this phrase and […]

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Getting a Spot at The Gym – Dangerous or Misguided?

Recently, there was an article in the Wall Street Journal that was claiming that the only individuals who should be asked to provide a spot are the trainers on hand (see full article here) After reading this, I was motivated to write not about HOW to spot, but rather, the LOGIC behind a spot. First, […]

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Planning the trip called life

As usual, I was having a discussion with one of my kids, this time, my 16 year old daughter, and in the process of me teaching her, she taught me something. You see, she wants to be a photographer, she is very creative and I know she would do well.  Additionally, she wants to travel; […]

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