Monday Randomness: Free eBook, TED Talks, Movies, My Figure Client, Pain, etc.

Hope you had a great weekend!  I had a fairly busy weekend and am happy to say that I have been staying very consistent with my goal of being more social.

Friday night a group of friends and I got together and played some ping pong.  I had not played ping pong in forever, but in college I played it almost everyday.  It was a lot of fun and I think we are planning to make it a regular thing.

Saturday morning I went out golfing with a buddy of mine and my wife, Emme.  The weather was great, and I hit the ball really well so of course I am ready to head out again soon.  🙂

Sunday was more of a day to relax and get stuff ready for the week; as well as write this post for you.

So, let’s get to my list of randomness:

First, I have some really exciting things in the works for this site.  I have contacted several popular women in the fitness world to contribute to a free eBook I will giving out to my newsletter subscribers.  I think it will be a great resource, and I am excited to share it with you.  I am not going to share the details on what it is about just yet, but you will know soon enough.  So if you haven’t already, sign up for my newsletter!

I am also setting up a few interviews with some of these women that will be available on the site.  The first interview will be up in a few weeks.  If you have any specific questions you would like me to ask let me know in the comments.

Second, I just want to give a shout out to Heather King.  I write Heather’s programs and train her at IFAST.  She just competed a few weekends ago at the Indiana NPC Naturals in the Figure competition.

Heather April 2013 Show

She competed for the first time last year and has made huge progress since then.  She looked amazing and deserves a shout out for all of the hard work she puts in every time she comes to the gym.  Way to go, Heather!!

Third, I have been getting more and more requests to see videos of my older female clients rockin’ it in the gym.  Therefore, I have started filming some of these women and hope to have a video clip up soon.  Trust me when I say I have a lot of amazing female clients so it should not be hard.

Fourth, I stumbled across a TED talk the other day that I think everyone should watch.  It is excellent!  I am a huge fan of TED talks and this one may be my favorite: Ric Elias: 3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed

I have watched the talk more than once, and when I feel myself getting stressed or overwhelmed by the work I need to do, I just remind myself of Elias’s message.  It has been very helpful in putting things into perspective and helping me relax a little.

Fifth, I am dying to watch the second season of “The Game Of Thrones” Have you seen it?  My wife has read the books, and she convinced me to watch the first season.  We ended up renting it from the library, and it was awesome.  As soon as we were done we hopped on the library website to reserve the next season, and we were 350th in line!!  That gives you an idea of how popular this show is.


We are now roughly 150th in line so I will probably have to wait another month or two, but I am definitely looking forward to it.

I have found that I really enjoy watching t.v. series.  This will sound awful, but sometimes it is hard for me to sit still for a 2-3 hour movie so these hour long episodes really work well for me.  So if you have any recommendations for other good shows please let me know if the comments.

Lastly, if you are in pain or know someone who is please watch this short video:

Understanding Pain: What to do about it in less than 5 minutes?

It helps to explain the many things that go into our experience of pain.  At the end of the day, the pain we experience is controlled by our brain and is a protective mechanism to keep us away from harm.  For example, if our brain believes we are doing something that will hurt us, it will deter us from that activity by invoking a pain response.

I work with a lot of clients in pain, and this was a very helpful video for me.  I have also started reading, “Explain Pain”, which is another highly recommended book if you know people in pain or are dealing with it yourself.  In fact, I am considering buying it for several of my clients that are in pain.  That is how convinced I am that it will make a positive difference in their pain.  It is also an easy read, even if you are not a science nerd and know very little about the nervous system and pain in general.

That is it for this edition of randomness.  Hope you have a great week!  And, don’t forget to leave a comment and/or get signed up for my newsletter.  I want to continue building up the community here at and would love to hear from each of you.

2 thoughts on “Monday Randomness: Free eBook, TED Talks, Movies, My Figure Client, Pain, etc.”

  1. I didn’t know you guys were GOT fans! Eli rented the 1st season for us and as soon as we finished watching it I started reading the books. I finally convinced Eli to read them too, he’s in the middle of Dance with Dragons now. Season 2 is good, I sometimes wish thought that we would suck it up and pay for HBO so I wouldn’t have to wait for season 3 to come out on dvd!

    We just finished season 1 of Boardwalk Empire and loved it! I am a huge fan of the 20’s (ask Em if she remembers being flapper girls in the play in like 3rd grade!) so I really enjoyed the series.

    Hope all is well with you guys!

    • Yes, we love GOT! I have not read the books yet, but I may have to so I don’t have to keep waiting for the DVDs (I am still too tight to pay for HBO, but it is tempting:) ).

      I have never heard of Boardwalk Empire, but we may have to check it out. And Emme said she does remember being flapper girls:)

      Thanks for the comment, Sarah!

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