Wednesday, September 10, 2014



"My first lesson in mind over matter dealing with strength happened when I was about 9 years old and changed my life."

Part of a fitness test we had in Elementary School was chinning yourself (holding yourself in the top/contracted position of a chin up) for time.

At first I could only do about 10 to 15 seconds. We had about 3 weeks to practice before the fitness test so, my parents bought a chin up bar you could set up in a doorway for me to train on.

Here's the catch:

Chinning yourself for 54 seconds was the Fitness Test level of Excellence. If I could chin myself for 60 seconds(!) at the fitness test my parents would buy me the 12 inch Darth Vader action figure I really wanted!

Well, in 3 weeks at the final test I went from a 15 second chin (needs improvement) to an official 60 seconds (Excellence)! Improvement like that is definitely Mind over Matter.

I am now 45 years old and have been a competitive Powerlifter/Strength Athlete for over 20 years which has led to my career as a Personal Trainer and current Fitness Center Owner and Investor. That first "Mind over Matter" strength lesson had a lot to do with this.

"Thanks Mom and Dad!"

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