The first 20 in 20-20 FITNESS is for my wife. She is my rock, my lobster, my penguin, my best friend and the only reason I’m here today. We got married on 04/25/09 (0+4+2+5+0+9=20). I knew I was marrying my best friend, but I didn’t know that my best friend would end up saving my life....
I was by no means a great athlete, but I was good enough to earn a scholarship to play division two baseball and I thought of myself as an athlete. Almost overnight in the summer of 2012 I went from being a pretty good athlete to not being able to tie my own shoes or even take off my own shirt. The pain in my joints was excruciating and nobody could figure it out. I was told I had rheumatoid arthritis and everything else on the spectrum. My doctor told me I needed to go see an oncologist—I was 32.
My Rock wouldn’t accept this, and she didn’t. She researched and read til she couldn’t anymore. Somebody once said if you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done! That is when we decided to empty out our pantry/refrigerator and start over. We gave up refined sugar and never looked back(well almost never 😎). I am healthier and in better shape now than I was in college.
It never struck me until the pain that if you want the best out of your body you have to put the best in your body. The things that are second nature to my day to day now were once hidden by old habits, traditions with friends or what I like to call late night eats and early morning treats.
The second 20 is for the year 2020...
I decided to leave my corporate job and began pouring myself into what I have found to be my bigger purpose. Helping people through exercise.
2020 was also the year we shared in the collective grief, fear, and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furloughed and a loss of purpose, I began a challenge among those I loved: BETTER EVERYDAY.
41 online workouts later I went back to work, training clients at my local gym. This is when I decided I didn’t want to just train clients at a gym. I wanted to open my own place where I could train friends instead of clients. I wanted to start a community for healthy people no matter where they were on their journey to find that health and here we are — 20-20 FITNESS.
What I know now is my hindsight, an incredibly clear vision of how to be my best self. I could not have found this without the pain, frustration, and many wrong turns of our earlier life...but, now that I have it, I have never been more clear in where I am meant to be. I hope to help you find your hindsight.