Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Getting Started

Yesterday I introduced myself and my short version of the story of how I think the term "fitness" in our (USA) culture has become narrow and distorted beginning sometime between the late 1940's and mid 1950's. This was not a midnight awakening that turned my view point around, but rather a gradual education. A great resource that can better frame the basis for my thought is . A massive collection of material that gives time stamps to concepts of fitness in our culture. You can follow along and read from a multitude of references and compare to our own thoughts and definitions of health and fitness. Another huge reference list can also be found on The Golden Age of Iron Men. Together these two resources house thousands of pages of history and a good start to understanding where it all started.
Currently the Manual of Physical Training. US ARMY 1914. is my template for a working definition of fitness.

I encourage you to define yours.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Welcome to the Tank Gym.
Thanks for visiting us, and giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts on how my approach to personal training is evolving. The concept of health and fitness has taken on many different forms over time and has as much to do with our social beliefs and needs as it does with our perceptions of what fitness means.
After having the opportunity to attend lectures and conferences with leaders in the field like, Dr. Ed Thomas, Thomas Plummer, Gray Cook, Dr. Kyle Kiesel, Dr. Phil Plisky, Dr. Mark Cheng and countless others, I have gained a greater appreciation for what health and fitness can be. I share my thoughts about how I now go about developing personal training programs, testing programs and look forward to learning as I go.
Thanks and I look forward to our journey.