My amazingly wonderful client Sherry messaged me with her testimonial...finally hehe. She and I developed a very special bond through the year and we clicked the very first day she stepped foot into my fitness office. Famous last words, "I hate working out and don't expect me to do too much on my own". Nice try my love because now you're officially a fitness machine! Such a wonderful and spirited human being. Seeing her transformation in health and fitness completely moves me. Together, we have overcome injuries and medical issues, improved core stability, and everyday functionality. I hope her story inspires you as much as it does to me.
"Finally here is my testimonial.
What can I say about Mikey? After dieting most of adult life, having total bilateral knee replacements and scoliosis being fit is challenging. And seems often impossible. So when I first met Mikey, I remember him looking me in the eye and saying we are in this together. You can do this. He has given me confidence, has inspired me, changed they way I feel out fitness and has literally changed my life. I started working with him 2 days a week and now I workout 6 days a week. The results have been staggering to say the least. I never thought I would be this person and now I share my story with others and it is because Mickey is not only amazing trainer but an amazing human being. I can't thank him enough!"
The past 2 years have been pretty difficult as far as bulking goes and being where I wanted to be right now fitness wise. I already suffer from two torn rotator cuffs from previous injuries when I played soccer and baseball in my teen years which causes my deltoids to be my weakest area of training. In recent years, my issues began during winter 2015 when I slipped on what is known as black ice (a transparent coating of ice found on a road or a paved surface) and broke my left leg and ankle, tore my ACL. It pushed me back months of progress and even hindered me from being able to join leisure atheltic summer leagues. But being determined I bounced back and started to go hard again at the gym. I decided to push past just an atheltic build and started to work with a bodybuilding coach. Things were right on track until one morning while riding my bike, a car turned into me while I had the right away. It was awful, not to mention extremely painful. I broke my wrist, dislocated my pinky, and fractured my arm on top of injuring my right rotator cuff, lower back, and left hip and leg (again). This put exercising to a hault for almost six months. It was indeed quite depressing. All of the progress I was making...gone. What really upset me was not being able to train my clients; the people who put so much faith into me to help them push their limits and reach their goals. I was devastated, but I didn't give up. I was determined to get better and work through physical therapy. I knew this was just another obstacle to overcome in my life and I was going towards it head on.
I may have lost inches in my measurements and gained some body fat percentage, but that is not going to discourage me or bring me down. I was even body-shamed by some sad individuals for no longer "looking like a real trainer". Now it has been three months into rebuilding my strength and I've already gained 2.5lbs of muscle and lost 2% body fat. This is only the beginning! Never give up and know that you can overcome injuries. There is always a way and this is what I teach my clients through Corrective Exercise. I learn from experiences and I like to share my knowledge with others. I train clients with problems from knee replacements to arthritis to scoliosis and they now know that through proper movement that they can too become stronger and reach their goals. I hope this entry inspired you to not give up and keep on pushing forward.
*Alcides performing kettlebell cleans.
Just another busy day at the gym with my clients and allegedly it's Valentine's Day. I discovered this because my gym was decorated like Cupid vomited up pinks and reds. But this isn't anti-Valentine's Day post at all!
One of my clients, Alcides, brought to my attention how important fitness became a part of his life and dating took a back seat. He feels more empowered through health and fitness than ever before. We spoke about how you really do have to love yourself and put yourself first in order to make a relationship with another person work best. He doesn't need validation from others, he found that he needed validation from himself and he discovered so much self-worth through exercising and eating a healthier balanced diet.
Self-care takes shapes in many different forms, not just being focused on your physical health. Self-care can also mean your emotional and mental health. We can't function at our best if we don't take care of ourselves. There are days that exercising is more than just my lifestyle but also my remedy to the stress in my life. Sometimes life can make us feel like we are overloaded with so much to handle. I find that through meditation or even giving myself a "mental health day", my energy can really get boosted back to fully functional and prepare me to take on the world the next day.
Being in this lifestyle brought me to a higher level of self-awareness. Of course, I am nowhere near perfect but I strive to progress myself and push forward everyday. In the past, there were times where I looked for validation outside of myself. I have always been athletic but never fully committed. It wasn't until a pool party in LA, a few years ago where I felt inadequate because I was just skinny and a lot of the men there were in great shape or 'roided up. I felt so out of place. I started to look for ways to fit in and get to this idealistic underwear model look. The men that I surrounded myself with were so superficial and went for pretty faces with chiseled bodies. So many times I was put down that I wasn't muscular enough or I was too skinny. It's a shot to your self-esteem, there isn't any denying that.
I made a plan to myself that I would look like the rest of those guys that I felt the need to fit in with. However, through my journey, I found myself and what this new lifestyle meant to me and how I don't care about what others think. I was loving how I felt both on the outside and inside. I'm definitely not going to lie that I didn't love the compliments that came along with it, but my reason for exercising shifted from pleasing others to pleasing myself. Eventually I got stuck at a plateau which pushed me towards hiring a personal trainer. Totally changed my world around! She pushed me to limits I never thought were imaginable. My body started to get more cut and I was putting on mass. She truly inspired me to take up personal training on the side (I worked in audio production at the time). I studied with NCCPT and became certified which led me to train part-time at LA Fitness. This lifestyle change all began because I felt like I wasn't good enough, but I found out that I was more than good enough and I am still growing and changing everyday. Now, I found a different career path to help inspire others find their self-love and challenge them to to reach their goals.
*When I was training with such an amazing and inspirational individual.