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What a Fitness Professional Does On His 30th Birthday

By June 13, 2013 9 Comments


My brother and I after I had finished 30 sets.

My brother and I after I had finished 30 sets.

When I realized 30 was approaching it was a weird feeling, I really don’t get worked up about birthdays and hardly celebrate them, this year was different, I think more so because of what I thought my life would look like at 30 when I was 15 or 20.  I thought house, wife, and kids.  Well I am 0-3 on that but I am right where I want to be, which just goes to show we don’t always know what we want in the future.

If you have followed my programs and writing for sometime, you know that I am not a huge cardio guy personally and I don’t include it in many of my programs that pertain to weight loss.  I still believe that weights and burst training are the two most important components to an overall fit looking and feeling body, but I am discovering through science that longer distance cardio can be added in moderation and still have its benefits.

I have been incorporating stair climbing as my form of cardio, it is good on my problematic knee, and it is easy to see progress.  I decided to take on 30 sets up and down of one of the hardest and steepest stair cases I am aware of.  A few hours late, my Fit Fun Bootcamper Lynn and I went back with her Garmen and we determined that it is 106 feet in vertical elevation.  So to put that in perspective that is like going up AND down the World Trade Center 2.5 times!  If you have run down stairs you know that is the toughest part on your legs.

Here is the video of my experience:  This took place at the Blackhawk Ski Hill Jump in Middleton, you can get a stairs pass online for just $36 for the summer.

Some are having a hard time watching the video, we are working at making this right.

I am very thankful to God for giving me a body that is capable of moving, and not only moving, but moving in such amazing ways.  There are millions who can’t say the same thing either due to natural causes they couldn’t control, or poor eating and exercise habits over their lifetime.  I don’t share this with many people, but is was 12 years ago when I got the devastating news that my knee had a rare degenerative disease in it, and that I would never be able to play another sport or be very active.  The best doctors in MN told me at best I could live a typical American life.  Well I didn’t want to live typically.  Although I had to eliminate all high school sport senior year and rest it most of college, and then got a radical surgery that took a couple years to fully recover from, I can say my knee was good enough to do that today, something that I couldn’t ever had imagined being able to do at 18 when taking a step on my left leg was impossible.


I want to wrap this up with a challenge.  What area in your physical life, spiritual, emotional, career, financial, and so on would you like to change?  Come up with a crazy challenge to show yourself that you are capable of far more then you ever imagined.  Once you accomplish that it will give you momentum to chase other things.