Should A Traveling Fitness Coach Become A Certified Personal Trainer?

I don’t know about you but for the longest time I thought personal trainers were worthless.  How many times have you went to the gym only to see trainer’s teach their clients bad technique?

Shouldn’t they be helping their clients?

While it’s true that there are TONS of bad personal trainers, I can’t deny that there are several good ones out there. 

After doing some research, I found out there’s more to being a personal trainer than I originally thought.   

Watch to video to hear more.

Some video highlights:

  • How I use to skip the scientific explanations of weight lifting
  • My frustrations with people’s egos while at the gym.
  • How come people can’t do squats!
  • Am I the only one that see the mistakes people make while at the gym?  ESPECIALLY the guys!!!
  • Should you NOW listen to me just because i’m certified?

Why You Need To Show Up And Work Hard Like An Olympic Champion

Do you realize what you have should have in common with an Olympic athlete? I do!

The 2016 Summer Olympics are here! Are you excited?

Even if you don’t like sports you can learn a lot about yourself by watching these athletes compete. Watch this video to find out why you have to keep pushing yourself even when no one is looking.

Nothing happens overnight! You have to keep going even when no one is looking to get the results you want! Those are the moments that make you a champion!

Go down summer olympic memory lane with me as I recall past summer olympics of my youth and how it relates to achieving your fitness goals.

Feel free to share your past olympic experiences in the comments section below.

13 Delicious Summer Food Cravings

Summer Summer Summer time!

With the temperature in the high nineties for 5 straight days, I guess you can say that summer is definitely here! The weather outside is hot! Depending on where you live, there’s most likely a lot of humidity along with the natural heat.

Air conditioners are running at full blast to make people’s days more comfortable. Electric companies are smiling as we use their services at higher rates.

With this new change in seasons, come new cravings. I previously talked about my fall cravings. Now it’s time to dwell in on the opposite of that spectrum. Let’s dive into my personal summer cravings.

Your cravings will differ depending on your childhood experiences and what part of the country you lived at. I grew up in Northern Virginia and spent most childhood summers in Cincinnati. I also spent my college years in the hot muggy streets of Philadelphia as a struggling college student.

Those three locations have pulled me in several different directions when it comes towards my summer cravings.

Here’s what I crave during the summer:

Grilled Food

Hot dogs, chicken, ribs, burgers, corn, steak, ribs, cabbage, squash, potatoes, fish.

Grill plus Food = Happy Mike!

‘Nuff Said!

Baked Beans

Baked beans
You mean to tell me that premade baked beans came in a can? I had no idea because my family always made our own baked beans. It’s blasphemy to see a person just scoop the beans out of a can and heat them up without spicing them up.

If there’s a BBQ going on, I’m bound to get a taste of some non-watery baked beans.

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

When the weather turns warm, I instantly think of banana pudding. It was a specialty that’s been passed around from both sides of my family. I remember as a child my Grandma Gardner and my Aunt Pam (see How I Finally Understood The Importance Of Leaving A Legacy) making this dessert quite often. My other grandmother and Mom would also make this dessert during summer events.

The secret was always the wafers! As my brother use to tell me “You could never have enough wafers!” as he started perfecting his own version as well!

Chili

Bowl of Chili
Being a young kid, I didn’t really put much thought into the fact that Cincinnati was known for it’s chili. That information was lost to me because my family didn’t really go to the famous chili restaurants. We would just make our own.

A nice warm meaty bowl of chili just seems to perfectly blend in with my summer nights. This was one of my dad’s specialties.

Cheesecake

Cheese cake
For some reason I associate this food with summer. Maybe it was because my Aunt Pam knew how to make this from scratch. I didn’t’ really eat cheesecake year round; it was more of a summer dish. Since my Aunt Pam made it, and I only saw her in the summers, this brings back summer memories for me.

Peach Pie/Cobbler

Delicious Peach Pie
When peaches are in season, that’s when these pies are the best! Of course you can have this fruit year round, but there’s something magical about this fruit when it’s at its peak.

Out of all the pies, peach pie has crossed my lips the least. That is why I like to eat it whenever it’s being served during the summer.

Watermelon

Watermelon slices
Everyone’s favorite simple summer picnic fruit! A couple of weeks ago, I talked with my wife and realized it had been 2 years since I had watermelon! How could that be?

I think it has to do with the fact that I’m African American and when at the grocery store…. I don’t want to give into stereotypes. I didn’t even think about that, so I was sure to get some yesterday!

No matter what ANYONE had to say!

Cool Whip

Tub of Cool Whip

If it’s a dessert and it’s summer, I have to have my whip cream! I typically go with Cool Whip instead of regular whipped cream just because that’s what I was exposed to as a child. I know the ingredients are awful, but this is about summer cravings right!

Potato Salad

Potato saladSomething so simple to make yet how many times do we go to parties and the potato salad is just awful! Luckily I grew up in a household that knew how to make good potato salad. It wasn’t until my older years that I started understanding why people were worried to eat other’s potato salad.

The worse thing you can do is buy it from the store! 9/10 it’s going to be terrible!

Macaroni Salad

macaroni salad
Due to my family knowing how to make good potato salad, I rarely had macaroni salad. I remember the first time my Aunt Pam created it for me, I was shocked at how simple and tasty the salad is. I like to get my hands on some at least for one meal every summer.

Pasta Salad

Pasta salad from cookingwithcurls.com
I had pasta salad more than I had macaroni salad growing up. The difference is salad dressing (mayo) vs. salad dressing (Italian vinaigrette). It’s something about the vinaigrette and pasta that makes this a delightful dish. Once I have one helping, I’m normally back for seconds!

Cheesesteaks

Philly cheesesteak

I spent a good five years of my life in Philadelphia during my college years. Four out of the five years, I actually stayed in Philly for the entire summer. For those unfamiliar with Philly, you can get a cheesesteak on almost every block.

For me, I just remember working and sweating my butt off during those summers. In particular a UPS type delivery job at Temple University Hospital. During my lunch breaks or on the way back to my apartment I remember being exhausted and eating a piping hot Philly cheesesteak.

There’s something about having a cheesesteak in a blue-collar town after coming from YOUR blue-collar job during a HOT muggy day that brings back good memories of how far I’ve come in life.

Ice cream

Of course I saved the best for last. Without a doubt, ice cream is my #1 summer treat. Like the song says:

“I want it all…I WANT IT ALL…AND I WANT IT NOW!!!”

Where did my obsession with ice cream begin? Was it derived from my genetics? You see my mom is an ice cream connoisseur and always had to have two different stashes of ice cream in the freezer. One with nuts and another with opposite flavors. Nothing simple either, the more toppings the better.

Could it be the ice cream trucks? There was a time in which ice cream trucks actually SLOWED DOWN AND STOPPED to let kids get ice cream. I didn’t frequent the trucks, but I’ll admit that that sound makes me want to start sprinting down the street even as an adult.

As I’ve gotten older, I’m more mature in ice cream pursuits. Just give me a gallon and 30 minutes, and I’ll show you an empty container!

Obvious ice cream is one of my trigger foods (see Release The Beast) so I try not to go overboard. But during the summer, it’s always on my mind when it’s time to have my treats.

multiple ice cream flavors

I’m a simple Vanilla man, but let me go to the ice cream aisle and I swear it would take 20 minutes for me to make a decision. Don’t believe me, ask my wife!

So there are my summer cravings, what’s yours? Let me know in the comments below.

Let’s Talk About Summer Sleep Issues

Today Michael V. Moore aka MicVinny talks about his current issue with falling asleep during the summer time.

Do you have the suffer from the same problem?

How are you handling it?

Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Who’s Winning Your Dark Internal Battles?

In today’s post, I want to help you overcome that nagging voice inside your head. You know the one……….

NOOOOO!

NO you don’t….

Get out of here

It’s my TURN!!!…

I won’t let you

Ahhhh!

This is so much better!

There’s been a change in plans people! I’m here to interrupt your normally blah blah positive MicVinny blog to tell you the truth.

You see..I’ve been watching Mike closely every day since 2016 kicked off. I know all his dirty secrets.

He’s not as wise as you think he is. He’s just a little weak man that thinks he can get rid of people like myself!

Every month he has several ups and downs. And when that boy is down, that’s when I come in to steal his positivity!

You see I’m the beast Mike’s been trying to run from for all his life. You can say I’m his out of shape alternate ego.

I’m like Gollum to Mike’s Smeagol.

Call me Bubba The Beast.

Our Early Life Together

chubby kid reaching for potato chips

You see I first arrived in Mike’s life back in the eighties.

Back then Mike was nothing but a lazy coach potato and life was good. It was easy to gain access to sugary treats, processed nuggets and other fried snack foods! It brings tears to my eyes when thinking about those glory years.

I made sure we stayed our butts glued to the couch. There were no long bike rides in the park or daily interactions with the other neighborhood kids. The lazier we were, the more power I had in Mike’s life.

I was Mike’s best friend. All the kid needed was me plus a supersize bag of chips and a TV. What a perfect partnership. From elementary through middle school, we were BFFs.

Teenage Years

Once high school stated, Mike tried to join the high school’s football team. Did that coach potato think he could actually be athletic?

How dare he!

I ended up having the last laugh. Mike got a dose of reality two weeks into practice. My years of sabotaging his body paid off because he injured both his knees. I put that idiot in so much pain that he never attempted another team sport while in high school.

Life got even better once that magically new invention called “the Internet” made it’s way into our house in the form of AOL. That led to late night video game and online chat room sessions. Mike had no need to venture out of the house! All his needs were meet. If only I could take care of that annoying thing called school, then I would have had all the power!

Enter College Years

Different World cast

Eventually Mike decided to be all smart and go to college. I didn’t know how to handle it. He was going to be exposed to stuff outside of his comfort zone, which meant he was going to go away from me.

In less than one semester he started to abandon his dependence on me. He started watching less TV and actually socialized.

Blasphemy!

Every now and then I got him to binge on some good old-fashioned sweets but it seemed he discovered this awful place called ”the gym”.

He flirted with the gym in his late high school years, but something lit a spark in him. I’m not sure if it was his track star roommate, or his sport loving college friends.

SOMETHING made Mike want to start working out more often.

That’s when I realized my life was in jeopardy!

You Can’t Abandon Me!

19 years together and he wanted to change the game! I was always there for him and now he was abandoning me. All those years of feeling overweight, who was there for him?

Me that’s who! I was always there to help him get over it by making sure he knew about the latest flavor of Doritos.

It was ME who was there when he was heart broken and told him to put that cheese on those fries!

We could have been living the dream while living in Philadelphia for college. Every corner had a sandwich shop. How dare we not binge on cheesesteaks, buffalo wings and pretzels every day!

Philly cheesesteak

To stay in greater shape this guy walked everywhere in that city. His two feet helped him burn tons of calories outside of the gym. He even got a job lifting heavy boxes so he could burn extra calories.

What the…Who was this guy??!!

I remember seeing his 185-pound 6’ 3” frame in the mirror and being disgusted. This wasn’t part of the plan. Mike was changing the pain by being so thin and in shape. That’s when I packed my bags, and walked out of his life.

Guess Who’s Back!

Sometime in 2008, Mike got a new job. That job required him to travel often. What Mike didn’t realize was that I was secretly getting him back under my control.

You see the genius thought he knew everything there was about getting into shape. He had been reading the best fitness articles for almost a full decade. He thought he would know how to handle his new environment.

I remember during the first weeks of his new job, he was talking nutrition to some colleagues. They gave him a look like “what do you know?”

He was flabbergasted.

It wasn’t until that night that he did a double take in the mirror. That’s when our eyes made contact again!

That’s when I was back baby!

Those years of hiding were over. I was able to get him from that 185-pound frame back into a 250 lb. behemoth.

HAHAHAHAHAHaahaha

I finally figured out what to do. All I had to do was make Mike think he was becoming muscular.

What an idiot! He didn’t notice the love handles I had strategically placed.

 

Oh it felt good to be back!

I wasn’t going anywhere this time. For years he kept talking all this healthy eating mumbo jumbo. With all that talk, here I was back and bigger than ever.

Release The Beast

But like in the early 2000’s, Mike decided to try to get rid of me again. It took some years, but that goodie two shoes put me back in the closet by the time he got married.

Michael V. Moore walking down the aisle on his wedding day
September 2010

That smug son of a gun even wrote a book about me called Release The Beast: Conquer Mental, Physical & Diet Challenges To Unleash The Champion Inside.

He was so confident with that book that he decided to spend seven weeks to lose 15 pounds during the holiday season.  He thought the fatloss journey was going to be a breeze.

LOL, I guess I showed him.

In case you didn’t know, it did not take seven weeks. It took him 27 weeks!

LOL, what a loser!  I made his life miserable!

I showed the boy during those weeks that I was not done with him just yet!

As a matter of fact, now that the summer is here, I think it’s a perfect time to interrupt his perfect plans again.

He has a long-term plan of transforming his body over the next couple of years. My goal is to make that as hard as possible. I can guarantee you that I will force DOZENS of setbacks!

He won’t have an easy time. I will challenge him every step of the way!

The Battle Within

I’ve been around his entire life! There’s no way I’m magically disappearing! Every ounce of muscle gained and centimeter of fat gone may have been a lost battle for me…but I’m here for the war!

You think Mike’s ready for the war?

How’s your own war going along?

Your little 10-day diet plans crack me up. You think you’re just going to get rid of people like me that fast?

I’m here for L-I-F-E!

You better come prepared if you think you can handle me!

I’ve had enough time trying to educate a loser like yourself. I see some ice cream sandwiches in the freezer that needs my attention.

MicVinny will be back next time to do one of his typical fitness garbage posts. He’s stronger than he use to be, so he has control over our body more than I like to admit.

He thinks you actually care about his posts. But I know the truth…you want to join me in eating some ice cream sandwiches…. Don’t ya?

ice cream sandwiches

 

You and I know you’re not strong. You may try to resist me now, but sooner or later you’re gong to crack.

When that time comes, I’ll be the person looking at you in the mirror with a big ole smile on my face!

Bubba out!