I’m getting hammered, chiseled and tattooed for my birthday!

I’m getting hammered, chiseled and tattooed for my birthday!

Jan 18, 2016

3/7/77…. yes that is my birth date which means in less than two months I will be turning 39!

A little background:

Since I was a kid I have always been active and what most would describe as hyper so working out has always been therapy for me even before I realized it was good for me. Playing basketball from a early age through high-school kept me super lean and it took me until I was 16 before I realized you could actually build muscle through strength training. I was hooked and started competing in teenage bodybuilding events and within my first two years I went from a wirey 135 to competing at a ripped 175 thanks to the training and nutrition advice of my trainer and a supportive gym family. I was also training at the same time for the most important goal I had ever set..becoming a United States Marine. I left two days after graduating high school for Parris Island SC and again thanks to my training, I completed boot camp and discovered I enjoyed the intensity and challenge of extreme physical challenges. During my time as a Marine I helped train Marines who had ended up in the remedial program and admittedly it was not always pretty for them but as we say “no one ever promised you a rose garden” While being stationed in San Diego California I discovered people were actually earning a living helping people live a healthier life.  So in 1997 I became a personal trainer! I loved it from the start and have been training ever since. Now after all these years here I am still doing what I love and along with my wife and family we own a fitness studio and have had the honor of helping thousands of people live a healthier lifestyle. My wife Johanna is a Professor of Exercise Science and along with helping run our business we are both online Beachbody coaches too! Adding coaching to our business has been one of the most awesome parts of our journey and in fact at our studio we teach P90X,Insanity, Piyo, and Cize live and help hundreds online plus travel to some pretty cool destinations together! From a personal fitness standpoint, the programs have me in the best shape since the Marines and I love taking on new programs that come out every few months. My favorites are the P90X  and Insanity series.  As a trainer the programs help me learn all kinds of new and challenging exercise combinations for our clients.

Enter the Hammer and Chisel phase

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Since December we have been getting our butts kicked by Beachbody’s newest program, The Masters Hammer & Chisel. The workouts totally took me by surprise and I have found its perfect to train for my 2016 goals of competing on American Ninja Warrior and leading our team of Spartans through the Charlotte NC Spartan Sprint!

Here is the official description:

“What is The Master’s Hammer and Chisel™?  For the very first time, trainers Sagi Kalev and Autumn Calabrese have teamed up to create an expert program designed to help you craft a powerful, perfectly defined body. The Master’s Hammer and Chisel is an innovative resistancetraining system that incorporates three muscle-sculpting phases—Stabilization, Strength, and Power—or SSP Training. This is how Sagi and Autumn help you efficiently build, chisel, and refine a masterpiece physique in just 60 days.

About your Trainers: Co-creators Sagi Kalev and Autumn Calabrese are experts when it comes to incredible physical transformations. Sagi has been crowned Mr. Israel— twice—and is a Master Professional Personal Trainer, IFBB Pro, member of the IFBB Pro Hall of Fame, Certified Nutrition Specialist, and Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist. Autumn Calabrese is a celebrity trainer, best-selling author, and working mom who has held certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the American Fitness Professionals & Associates (AFPA), and has competed at the national level in various bikini competitions.”

This video clip gives you an idea of what its all about:



I am sure it must be a sign of a mid-life crisis but I am trying to decide on what kind of tattoo and where to place it for my birthday. When taking on programs and setting goals, I always suggest clients find ways to set benchmarks and rewards to keep them motivated and for me, this time its a tattoo. Since I am considering a upper back or chest tattoo I am focused on getting ripped!! If you are looking to push your limits then I want you to join me online or at our studio and we can get hammered and chiseled together!  Simply complete the application form below and I will contact you to give you more information and help you put together the perfect plan for your goals!




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