Throughout my journey in fitness, I have achieved many personal and professional benchmarks and I have fitness to thank for them. Along with those, I have met some rare talents that I have learned from, helped me bust through barriers and achieve goals along the way (we seldom do it all alone).
These are people that I never thought I would be fortunate enough to meet, let alone work on some of the same projects.
Let's start with Bill Phillips- if you hadn't heard of Bill, he has transformed millions of lives (and counting) with the paradigm-shifting book "Body For Life" that basically started the whole transformation craze along with those infamous "before and after" pictures. He pioneered the fitness supplement industry with companies like MET-Rx and EAS. His most recent work "Transformation: The Mindset You need. The Body You Want. The Life You Deserve" was released in 2010. Bill is a master-motivator and has been voted as one of America's most generous business leaders.
A few years back I was invited as an expert panelist by our governement, the USDHHS in Washington D.C. (Dept of Health and Human Services) to help develop a solution for childhood and adult obesity. As it happened, Bill Phillips (along with other healthcare professionals) were also invited. Here's a pic of Bill along with some other experts on the panel and myself at a dinner party in Beverly Hills following the expert meeting:
You can imagine just how cool it was to chat with Bill Phillips over a glass of wine about his vision of our country's health going "from worst to first" after reading about it years before- he is just an inspiring guy to be around.
Before all of that though, he put out a small news letter from his mother's garage that later developed into the magazine "Muscle Media"- I personally know how that is. I was told I would never achieve anything in this field and "was wasting my time". Well, I was lucky to have landed two covers of MM, appearing with top female fitness models Sarah Orbanic and Brandy Flores. Bill's brother, Shawn, worked on various aspects of Muscle Media as well and together they put out a cool little flick called "Body Of Work" that chronicled the first EAS contest- very motivating, it's well worth checking out.
Shawn Phillips, a.k.a. "The Fitness Philosopher" is a fitness pioneer in his own right. Authoring many best selling books, he recently put out his best and latest work IMHO called "Strength For Life" and concocted one of the best (if not THE best) premium nutrition shakes on the market called "Full Strength For Men". Shawn sent me a box and a signed copy of his book- and he didn't have to do either. Facebook can be a black hole of time lost and nothingness but in this case it was great; Shawn and I were able to connect and talk about what's been going on in and out of the fitness world- it was just too cool. You can check out Shawn's blog and a little video I made at the following link:
What about Joel Marion? Of millions of applicants, this guy actually won Bill's Body For Life transformation contest in 2001. He also used to write articles for Muscle Media and various other fitness mags- from all of that he put out the best-selling ebook "Cheat Your Way Thin". Suffice it to say, Joel knows his stuff. He has a great blog and news letter full of fitness and fat-torching secrets I recommend you check out when you have a chance at http://bodytransformationinsider.com/access/ Joel is a resource you just can't do without when it comes to getting in the best shape of your life and making it last.
Last month I attended Bedros Keuilian's Fitness Business Summit in Irvine, Ca. (great job Bedros) with my good friend, the Southbay fitness guru and owner of The Gym http://www.thegymsouthbay.com/, Armando Gutierrez; it was an awesome experience, thanks to Armando- here's a pic of me and Armando at the step and repeat..
Of the many speakers there, Joel Marion and Craig Ballantyne were the guys I was there to see. I got to chat with both of them and let me just say they're both some of the most down-to-earth dudes I have ever met; especially in the fitness world. Below is a pic of Joel and myself at the summit; the people mentioned in this post are just a few of the great minds in fitness I've been fortunate to connect with. There will be more in a small series of posts about people I want to recognize for their excellence in fitness- also those who have helped others along the way. For now, thanks to all of you for being who you are, you are helping many people improve their own lives, myself included!
As you may or may not know, I'm one of six fortunate people chosen as "DOers" in 2012 with my favorite protein bar maker, PROMAX NUTRITION. They are always pushing to be their absolute best; putting out new and better tasting ingredients in their bars and that's why I'm lucky to be partnered with them. Check out the other awesome DOers at this link:
We each bring unique contributions to the table!
I don't have a picture yet (although I should have gotten one at the DOer shoot) but I got to meet some of the PROMAX top-brass which is always very cool; pro-business leaders like CEO Simon Goode and others who play a huge roll in the company's continued success like Marketing Director Jaclyn Rodriguez- these guys are DOers in their own right! Thanks as well to the Stanton and Company team of professionals for bringing it all together. Pictures with these guys to come ASAP!
I'm looking forward to DOing more with PROMAX this year and posting it all right here- so check back often.
Until then, stay strong and let me hear you.. leave a comment or question!