New found love!

Ok so most of you that know me, read that I became a pescatarian/vegan on July 1, 2016. So I’m still on it, slipped up here and there, but maintaining my 10lbs weight loss since then. I’ll talk more about that August 1st when it will be the 60 day mark. 

What I’d like to talk about is biking. On June 29th, my girlfriend Maggie challenged me to ride because she’s a biker, racer, century rider, you name it. I hadn’t been on a bike literally in almost 30 years. She has 4 bikes (like I said she’s a biker) so she let me ride hers that day as we rode together. 15 miles later I was hooked! Although the bike was way too small for me. Lol Everything on me hurt the next day but I got back on that bike and rode to the bike shop where they confirmed the bike was too small. So what did Maggie do? She bought me my first adult bike. “Happy early 45th birthday Bruce” she said.  She’s a rider and wanted so very much for me to experience the joy in what she’s been doing for years. 

The main reason I’m writing this is because of all the overwhelmingly senseless negativity that’s happening in our world, especially this year, right now. I wanted to share something that was just the opposite, as my quick transformation to becoming a biker, has been overwhelmingly positive to me. 

Last night was my first nite ride of a quick 10 miles. That was an incredible experience! Today I rode the longest and farthest of all, 34 miles. In total, it’s been 203. Remember for all you longtime riders,  I just started this journey on June 29th, not even 30 days ago. I rode for 4 hours today all before 12pm. I’ve never done any amount of cardio for 4 hours. And trust me for you non believers, it is cardio. 

The best part of this journey is the fact that my girlfriend Maggie introduced this lifestyle to me, while otherwise, I’d NEVER would have discovered it on my own. It’s so intriguing how your significant other’s personality can ingulp you without warning. All for love and positivity. I love Maggie even more for introducing this life altering lifestyle that’s obviously very conducive to my already active fitness lifestyle. At 45 years of age, I believe this was the one missing piece to my exercise regiment. So thank you Maggie!!! 🙂

I could go on and on about my experience thus far but I’ll end it with this: This is what we do in relationships, we share, support, comfort and ultimately love unconditionally. There’s a enormous biking community that I’ve been introduced to, all from the result of being in a truly loving relationship. In just under a month, I’ve managed to see all people riding of all shape, sizes, and colors. They’re all just riders who are one when on the road.They ALL acknowledge and respect each other while on the road as though they all left from the same house. Maybe everyone should become bikers…

I love you Maggie! 🙂

Let’s go for a ride…

B

#firsttimebiker #fitxtra #dcbiking #dclifestyle #whattheworldneedsnow #noworries #nostress

No More Meat!

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Almost 3 years ago, I decided to cut out red meat from my diet. It was hard at first because I ate it practically everyday. Now it’s gone from my diet and I don’t miss it.
After much research and consideration, today is the last day I will consume meat or dairy. Of the many routes to becoming a vegetarian or vegan that I could take, I’m choosing the pescatarian route with little to no dairy, first. And we’ll see where it goes from there.  Proper protein intake for my active fitness lifestyle, will be challenging, so I’ve heard. I’m all ears to support and suggestions.
Like all the other challenges in my adult life, this one began with someone telling me “you can’t do it Bruce.” Mostly I’m doing this however for health and longevity benefits. So here it goes…

2016…

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Working in the fitness industry during this time of the year is often frustrating for us as fitness pros. The routine is sadly the same for all of you new years resolutioners. We see you for about 2 months at the beginning of each year, you put a dent in your fitness goals,  then we don’t see you again until this time the next year.
If you’re gonna make a fitness resolution again this year, I challenge you to not only achieve and stick with your goals this time, but make it so that you never have to worry about making a new years fitness resolution ever again. So ready, set, get fit for life! #happynewyear #fitxtra #nomoreresolutions #gohardorgohome #http://fitxtra.trainerize.com

Message From an Expert

I’m pretty fed up with the way some people just throw around the fact that they are “experts.” What makes a person an expert? Is it the education or years of experience in a given field? Or perhaps is it the conceit of an individual that thinks they’re an expert, because they aren’t open or receptive to any other philosophy other than their own?
A true expert is passionate first and for most about their field. That passion is fueled by a never-ending urge to aquire new and fresh knowledge to help further define their individual expertise. You ARE NOT an EXPERT if you feel that there’s nothing else for you to learn. Knowledge never ceases. One attribute that almost every expert has in common is that they apply their expertise to their lifestyle. They “walk the walk, and talk the talk.” But do they? How do we know for sure?
We can’t. It’s that simple. Pick any topic and 50 people will say one thing and 50 of them will say another. We ALL must become are own EXPERTS within our own lifestyles. Knowledge is ALL around us, instantaneous, and often free of charge. SELF education and SELFmotivation is what I believe to be keys to expertise, and ultimately, success.
If your mind can be changed or influenced by another proclaimed expert, what does that say about you, THE EXPERT?

Training for the OCB Frederick Fitness Classic!

As some of you may know by now, I’m currently on week 2 of training for competing in my first Body Building show this June!

I’ve trained numerous clients for shows but never thought I’d do one myself. One of my best clients enlisted my help for her to compete in her first ever Figure Show, so I decided what better way to motivate her than to do it with her! Now of course we’ll be in different categories, but the training and prep is the same, give or take a few numbers! Lol.

As some of you also may know, 20 years ago, I was barely 100lbs. I’m 43 now and weight about 205lbs, mostly muscle of course. Stage competition requires a very low body fat percentage in order to have the winning look. So having said that, I do have small percentage to lose.

Along with this new adventure I’m diving into, I’m also taking natural supplements for the first time ever! The weight/muscle I’ve managed to put on has purely come from eating food. In addition to my love for food, I will be taking creatine for my energy, amino acids during my workouts, and whey protein isolate for my overall 255g of daily protein intake. Whew!

I’m really excited so far because this is only week 2 and I’ve already noticed a difference in weight, body fat, and strength. I’m journaling and blogging everything for all to see, but the most interesting data will be my weight to body fat ratio. My weight will possibly go up or stay the same while my body fat lowers. This kids is hard to accomplish, and that’s why I’m the Fitness Professional!

The funny thing about stage competitions, is that you do about 4 months of work and prep, to have a certain look for just ONE DAY! So those of you that are interested in my journey, stay tuned because there’s more to come.
My client and I are shooting for the OCB Frederick Fitness Classic, June 21st.

Wish us luck!!!

Bruce (and Susie)

Snow shoveling 101

Bruce’s Personal Training Tip #106: People! Shoveling snow for a prolonged period of time is a serious strenuous exercise! 3 men ages 45 to 57 in our area, died this week of heart attacks while shoveling snow.
First! DO NOT shovel more than a few minutes at time. Break it up. Take your time. Shovel during warmer hours when the snow is easy to move. Eat some carbs before shoveling!!!!
Second! If you’ve shoveled the past few days, your back is killing you right? Of course it is because you’re using your back instead of your legs. Please shovel with your legs, knees bending as we were all taught when we are reaching for something on the floor. Keep in mind that posture is key. NO hunching or rounding of your back. If you’re right handed, you’re all gonna hold the shovel the same way the entire time you’re shoveling. NO! NO! NO! This is one of main reasons why shoveling hurts your back. It’s the consistent repetitive motion for way to long. Reverse your hand position, periodically switching back and fourth. This will also obviously change which side of your body your arms are positioned, helping to balance your muscle usage out. Perfect!!! There you have it…
I’m Bruce Croom and I approved this message!