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I believe our journey through life is a continuous work in progress that is a result of our true purpose.

That purpose can take many turns that we hope are positive as a result of our own happiness or sorrow.

Hopefully we acquire wisdom, humility, compassion, and LOVE, along the way.

Love, an often misinterpreted, misused, and, obviously abused word, in lieu of the state of the world.

As each generation passes, we see an increase of corruption applied to both our society and our minds.

Maybe it’s easier for me to rebuff this attitude because I have a renewed purpose in life at 74 though I feel like 40.

AGN is so much more to me than fitness & nutrition.

I am certain that AGN is best served by loving everyone it comes in contact with, a passion to make life better.

Of course, a love of this magnitude has to be administered delicately and PURELY, as we all know what’s going on.

Most engage services in our field because they are personally not happy with where they are.

Hard to change that if all about the “money”, which is what business is.

People come in & out of our lives, some you love, and they still leave, but if they grasp this pure love, they stay, or come back.

This world would certainly be a better place, with this kind of love.

This may not happen in my lifetime, I only have about 30 years, haa, but it will happen at AGN.

So if society deems my love as phony or inappropriate, I say, how’s their brand working out ?

If you come to AGN, you are going to be “loved”, listened to, encouraged, and pushed to reach your goals.

Again, some will leave, others won’t reach their goals, many will succeed, all will know we tried, and loved them.

02 Nov

The repercussions over the Weinstein scandal are difficult for me to fathom on a personal level.

This abhorrent behavior has always been a well publicized segment of Hollywood society, and shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Having recently become cognizant of the social media platform in regards to our business, the pervasiveness
of this problem stuns me. Combine that platform with the advent of a far reaching news media and the scope and pattern becomes apparently evident.

Because of the notoriety of being in the public eye, men in powerful positions are often exposed with regularity.
But it appears that this problem filters down into the everyday workplace in every segment of society.

My own personal take is my opinion only, and certainly many “real” men reached their own values through various channels.

I was brought up during a period that is often referred to as the “greatest generation.” This term primarily relates to the heroes who represented our country during WW II. It includes both genders, but not so much the women who remained home.

Those women did replace the men working when needed and aided in the war effort at home, but in addition, they and family members, raised the children as stay at home moms, often all members of the same household.

Aunts, cousins, and older daughters, not yet on their own. They administered what is so much lacking in many American households, a “woman’s touch.”

Most important a MOTHER, the kind of love, affection, and passion that only a mom could provide. If not mom, it might be an aunt, cousin, big sister, someone part of a very close knit family.

Most men, if raised in this environment, hold women in the highest esteem, to be honored, respected, and cherished. Not only did I have an angelic mom, I had a number of aunts who were worthy of this praise.

I am honored to be one of these men, and blessed to have a plethora of these women in my life, one as my business partner.

I am a few generations older, and I am privileged to be able to set an example of a “real” man.

Let’s all be gentlemen and embrace these women as a treasure that will bear our children of the future.

25 Jul
If you read my first blog, let me expand upon it please.

 

Actually, there have been changes in the fitness industry. There is much more “science” involved, much of it changing our habits, not always for the better. Gyms are inundated with more & more equipment, again, much of it confusing & ineffective. So many new programs, probably mostly effective, if followed, and already in decent shape. But everyone responds differently, has a different learning curve, needs more nurturing time.

 

My advice to all new to the gym setting is to go slow, keep it simple, learn good exercise mechanics & form. If you over 40, your chances of injury increase, especially if engaged in a high intensity program. This is best avoided by having an experienced trainer who assesses your capabilities, and most important, though seldom understood, reads your “body language” before it is too late! This is impossible if the body is lifting too heavy a weight, or moving too fast with momentum or loss of control.

 

 A younger person can get away with more mistakes, injuries heal quicker, and tend to be less severe. Working out “hard” comes with injuries to us all, but learn to minimize them by “training smart “! Let’s be honest, most join a gym because their first priority is to look good, though it should be to improve your fitness. Why this is of importance, & misunderstood, will be covered in a future blog.

 

Today, I want to emphasize that keeping it simple, go slow, crawl, then walk, not even necessary to run, will get results.

 

Be consistent, dedicated, above all patient, remember if starting from scratch, it took many years to reach this state, it is not a quick fix. The information I am going to provide you is proven through many years of experience, hasn’t been changed by marketing hype or corporate greed.

 

So lets continue on with Aging Greatly & see what next week brings.

24 Jun

This is my first blog, so allow me to tell you a little bit about myself.

 

Fitness and health has been a part of my life since I was a young boy. Though not from a highly athletic family, both my brother & I both embraced the lifestyle. Our genetics physically were a bit above average, and considerably above in regards to longevity. My obsession with fitness became an addiction, often missing school because the allure of walking by the YMCA was too much to resist. They actually changed the entrance time to 3 PM for minors as I was frequently pursued by the “truant officer” from the school system.

 

My activities through my younger years did not include weight lifting. I only knew of one “barbell” club, tried it with an older friend, a highly muscle bound, incredibly strong  though not athletic boy from high school. The club was a dimly lit, windowless room, permeated with that “dirty sock” odor, filled with grunting young men, lifting “tons” of heavy metal ! There were no females, in fact, girls seldom engaged in any thing athletics other than cheer leading. Did not appeal to me, and it was 35 years before I returned to a fitness facility.

 

I was 50 by this time, and health clubs had evolved into highly modern facilities with a plethora of sophisticated equipment. Though a bit intimidating, I discovered I was overall fitter & stronger than most, definitely when it came to core strength. After observing the mechanics of much of the equipment, and the form & technique of the participants, I realized that most of the equipment was next to useless, & many of the members were totally clueless as to what they were doing ! Now almost 25 years later, nothing has changed much, and I am going to expand upon this in next week’s blog.

 

Thank you for getting this far, please join next week, this journey to Aging Greatly has just begun !