So what’s the toughest job in the world?  I used to think it was being a small business owner, but in the last year I’ve realized there is a job that is much tougher—being a mom.

I had no idea until we had our own newborn how much work it really is: making food, changing diapers, washing diapers (yes we do that at my house), cleaning up after the baby (can anyone say projectile vomit?), getting up all hours of the night with the baby, and then trying to find time to clean the house and shop for groceries—this list could just keep going. Oh, and I forgot to mention trying to make time for yourself, and maybe even throwing in a little time with dad once in while. Continue reading

Every week when you arrive at Exercise Inc for your 20 minutes, we ask you to give us everything you have. If you do that, you will be successful at becoming stronger and gaining more energy. It’s only 20 minutes, but we want you to give us your best the entire time.

During the month of September, I challenged our coaches to give us their best for one month. For five weeks I asked everyone here to give everything they had to getting as many new people in the door as possible. The more people who come through our door, the more lives we can change. Continue reading

Albert Schweitzer was a theologian and medical doctor who established a missionary hospital in 1913 on the banks of the Ogowe River in a small village in the interior lowlands of West Africa. Forty-one years after his arrival and a year and a half after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his missionary work, Schweitzer encountered his first case of appendicitis among the African natives. Not only did the African natives seem resistant to appendicitis, they seemed resistant to other diseases as well.

In 1957, Schweitzer wrote, “On my arrival in Gabon, I was astonished to encounter no cases of cancer . . . .   I can not, of course, say positively that there was no cancer at all, but, like other frontier doctors, I can only say that if any cases existed they must have been quite rare.” Continue reading

I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s email. Many of you told me how much you appreciated my willingness to share. I just want everyone on this list to know I am sincerely focused on helping you live better lives through proper nutrition and exercise.

Last week Exercise Inc was fortunate enough to be the topic of Angela Ganote’s Female focus segment on Fox 59. Angela has been a client at Exercise Inc since the day we opened. She was the first customer to walk in the door on our first day of business, and she is a big fan of what we do.

Her segment was about the importance of strength training for women, especially as they approach the later years in life. If you didn’t know, the slow strength training method we use became popular in the early 80’s as the result of an osteoporosis study that involved women who were post-menopausal and had osteoporosis. Continue reading

It’s hard to believe it has been almost a year since I’ve written a newsletter article or a blog post. The other day I checked our website and realized my last post was in August, right before the birth of our son. I had no idea how much the birth of a child would change my life.

Our son, Cole, is truly a blessing for my wife and me. If you are a parent, you know what I mean when I say my perspective on just about everything has changed. But several other recent experiences have also changed my perspective on life and strengthened my commitment to teaching people the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

In the last year, much of my time and attention has been taken away from Exercise Inc. I’m generally a private person and, I keep most of my personal issues to myself. Even those who know me well may not know about the following events. But they have been learning experiences for me, so I think they are worth sharing. Continue reading

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