Musicians Gotta Workout Too!

What uuuuup! I just started doing Focus T25, a new workout program led by Shaun T (the same guy that brought “Insanity” and “Insanity Asylum”). The cool thing about this workout is it’s only 25 minutes a day for five days a week. That’s it! I’ve been doing more acting and looking fit is always a plus. I’ve been a skinny guy for while now so I thought it’s about time to tone up. Staying fit is also good for being on stage for those high energy songs I perform. I’ve seen a lot of artists get so tired on stage during their set they end up cutting it short to get some air. I don’t wanna do that, lol. Good health is important to me because in my early teens I expereinced the pain from the deaths of family and friends that could have lived longer if they took care of themselves. Not just exercise, but how we eat and what we allow in our bodies is a big factor in our overall health. This is the only body you have so preserve it, don’t destroy. I wanna see ya around a bit longer.

Believe it or not, my journey to fitness began when I was 13. I was in the eigth grade and obese. Got pictures to prove it, but just take my word for it. If I was to say I was in shape at that time, I was – round, lol. I can laugh about it now, but back then, I was dying, literally. My health was terrrible, I had asthma attacks, was allergic to everything, even grass, so I couldn’t play sports like tackle football. It didn’t help that all I would mostly eat was junk food like snickers bars, sodas, and greasy fried foods. I hated who I saw in the mirror. I hated myself so much I wanted to committ suicide. I’ve expressed the spiritual side of how I was affected by this through my music, but this is the physical side. Mentally, I realized I had to change my thoughts to change my body. I didn’t want to have asthma anymore. I didn’t want to look in the mirror and think I was fat any more. I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to be able to love myself so I could show love to others. How was I, as a young Christian teenager, supposed to show the love of Christ to my peers when I hated myself?

What happens physically first has to happen spiritually. I prayed. I searched the Bible for answers and found this in Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Though I was a Christian I was still conformed to the world’s ways. Yeah, I went to church and sang in choir, attended Bible study and learned a lot from listening to the pastor’s sermons. But apart from church, I was doing what I wanted. Living a sedentary lifestyle. Eating how I wanted rather than how God would have wanted me to. He gave me a temple, one body, to serve Him with, and I was constanly filling it with junk and sitting around playing video games. I was a couch potatoe. I loved potatoes, especially french fries with a lot of salt. That’s the way of the world. That scripture, Romans 12:2 lingered in my mind until one day I said enough is enough. I can change my reality. I can lose weight. I can look better. I can feel better. I can overcome asthma. I can! And with God’s help of enouragement through His Word (the Bible) telling me “I am more than a conqueror,” and “I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me,” I started working out. All I knew how to do was go run on the track at school, walk as much as I could instead of take the bus (Jesus walked a lot for exercise), and lift weights. I also new a little martial arts and incorporated a few moves and streches from it. So that’s what I did. By the time summer came around I had formed a habit of exercising at least two hours a day. After summer break was over, I entered high school and my classmates from middle school barely recognized me. I didn’t realize how much I changed! I felt better, could breathe better, and aaaaah – no more fear of astma attacks. I was a slow poke and I could finally run like Forest Gump. I could run fast and not feel like I was gonna die before reaching a mile distance. I remember being chased by dogs with my neighborhood friends and I would get left behind. After this change, I was in front of everyone and they were so surprised. I was too, lol! A changed finally happened! I could look in the mirror and not hate my appearance. I figured it could be better, but I was fine with not being what I used to be. I wasn’t fit, but I was skinny. Heh, cool with me.

As I’ve grown over the years I’ve maintained my weight, thanks to a high metabolism. I would still workout every now and then until about a few years ago. I got married, but while we were engaged, since every bride-to-be wants to fit into the smallest dress size possible, I bought gym memberships for us. The drag of driving to the gym and back, opening and closing times, and people that just like to sit around and stare, wore on us after a while. I stopped working out at gyms and cancelled our memberships. I figured excerising at home would be a better option, since that worked for me before. So a couple of years ago, my wife and I began doing P90-X, ChaLEAN Extreme, and Les Mills Combat. We had the opportunity to see and meet some of the trainers from these programs at a BeachBody conference we went to earlier this year.


Here I am with the trainers from Les Mills Pump & Combat – Rach & Dan on the right

By the way, BeachBody is the name of the company that produces these programs and other’s like Insanity, Asylum, Turbo Jam, Slim-In-6, HipHop Abs, and Brazil Butt Lift. I also began to make heathier eating choices. No sodas, candy, or junk food. I don’t add salt or butter to meals. Room temperature water for my vocals. I try to abstain from a lot of dairy and sweets, but I have a sweet tooth, and it’s cost me. One thing that’s helped a lot is drinking an ultra-premium superfood health shake called Shakeology.


Here I am with Chalene Johnson from ChaLEAN Extreme, TurboJam, & TurboFire

It helps my muscles repair after hard workouts, plus, it’s the healthiest meal of the day. No GMO’s or artificial stuff, it’s the healthiest meal replacement I’ve seen compared to everything out there. I pondered on how foods must have been when the Adam and Eve were on earth before they sinned and began the fall of mankind. Since nothing went bad or died, they were vegetarians. Just think, every bite from the organic fruits and vegetables they ate must have been soooooo nutritious. With all the toxic and processed foods being fed to the world now, Shakeology is as close as it gets to real nutrition. If you’ve ever studied the effects of juicing and liquifying healthy foods so it gets in your system better, you know what I’m talking about. I drink it everyday and it curbs my cravings for sweets. Woohoo!

I didn’t expect to write this much when I started, but I had to let you know why this is dear to me. I want to be around for my family in the future, be healthy and energetic, and not in a hospital. Time is super valuable to me and waisting it is not an option. Time is the only thing we “kind-of” have that we can’t get back. I’ve been posting videos after each workout from Focus T25 to share my results. Join me on this journey as I exercise my faith as I exercise my body one day at a time. I encourage you to not just watch, but take charge of your health WITH me. I guarantee it will be worth your time. God bless!

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