Rugged Individualist. Certified USA Triathlon Coach & NASM Personal Trainer, Men's Self Improvement Coach. President of Go Farther Sports. National Ranked Triathlete & 100 Mile Grand Slam Ultrarunner, only the fourth New Yorker to finish four of the oldest and most prestigious 100 mile ultramarathons in the U.S. in only 10 weeks.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Collective Health over Personal Responsibility? I Don't Think So

With the new #CDC "unmasking" guidance in effect for "vaccinated" people, there seems to be a slew of those fearful of taking off their masks lashing out about how those "antivax" people will exploit the rules.

I came across this "gem" about health and why it should be a collective effort instead of a personal responsibility.

Bzzt, Wrong!

Here's a snippet of The Verge article:

"With those limitations, pushing the burden of staying safe onto individuals makes things hard on everyone. In response to the CDC announcement, for example, stores like Walmart and Costco are no longer requiring customers to wear masks. Most say unvaccinated people still need to wear masks, but they’re not going to ask for evidence that someone is vaccinated before they go into the stores.

Someone who isn’t vaccinated could easily decide to not wear a mask in Walmart. In an indoor space like a crowded store, they’d be more at risk of contracting COVID-19, especially in an area where the virus is still circulating. That person is taking their health into their own hands — but they’re also putting the people around them at risk."

Okay, so let's go "collective." Let's ban fast food restaurants that put people's lives at risk to begin with. Heck, 8 out of 10 people who are hospitalized with Covid are overweight and obese, right? And what about all those people flocking to Krispy Kreme doughnuts after getting the jab? Krispy Kreme should be banned also.

How about we also make it mandatory for people to exercise 30 minutes each day? We have the wearable tech to supply the data now, right? That should drive my business through the roof and make me a millionaire.

These should eliminate that high risk group from dying from the virus.

Sounds draconian, right? How about we give personal responsibility a try again? Allow people good and bad choices again, but it is *on them* to face the consequences of those decisions.

In other words, if you feel you're at risk of dying from the virus, it's up to you to reverse your health through diet and exercise, not demand others do something against their will (#vaccines) to make you feel safe.

Although I would like a captive market and a chance of being a millionaire, I'd rather choose being in a free country instead. I'm sure you would also.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

For the Greater Good, we should NOT Risk Healthy People with a Covid Needle!

I often hear people ask me, when I tell them I'm not accepting a #covid19 GMO frankenshot #vaccine, that I should do it for those around me.

No. The only way I can help those around me is to be healthy, period.

We need to keep healthy people healthy to keep society running, "for the greater good." That means NOT risking them with a Covid vaccine.

I've already seen what damage the lockdowns did to a lot of people, including me. The drop in business has seriously hindered my ability to help with my elderly parents. Healthy people productive & are the backbone of society; they're needed to keep everything running. They are assets, not liabilities, and should be treated as such.

The virus is 0.02% fatal to those in my age group. With healthy people, that figure drops even more. The #vaccines aren't necessary. Why put them into unnecessary risk with this shot?

On a personal note, my mother got Covid through a friend. I was around to take care of her for the two days she was sidelined. She would have found it a lot more difficult otherwise.

Leave healthy people alone!

#novaccineforme #novaccine

Monday, March 22, 2021

Male Testosterone Plummeting and Societal Implications


Very interesting video by Vincent James of the Red Elephants. We have witnessed a huge drop in testosterone in the point where half of all men in 2045 will have their sperm count drop to zero.

As you can see, this is clearly impacting young men, how they carry themselves, what clothes they wear, and, of course, how they vote. A lot of us can safely say that we are declining as a society because of this.

As Vincent James says, strong MASCULINE men are the backbone of society. They are the ones toiling in heavy lifting jobs to keep the infrastructure functioning, they're the fathers that current people don't have, the glue holding families together.

And guess what? #Diet and #exercise will help testosterone levels back to normal.

The same diet and exercise that can ward off viruses, that can increase longevity (also declining), and increase quality of life!

And this is my job, developing strong people, especially men. If society breaks down, it's going to take a strong man to survive. It's going to take strong men to rebuild.

I've been talking to people during my free time a lot. People are confused, and it's such an important service that it stays free. Growing a network of strong men right now *is* my payment; we might need each other in the future.

#masculinity #health #fitness #menshealth

Saturday, March 13, 2021

About That Jab: I'm Not Responsible For Your Health. That Was Always YOUR Responsibility

 So, I'm supposed to take the #vaccine if I care about other people.

A recent Forbes article says that 8 in 10 people hospitalized with the #Covid19 #virus is overweight or obese.

They put themselves in that group because of POOR LIFE CHOICES. Apparently, our calls of practicing good diet and #exercise were lost on these people.

And now that their #health is failing, they demand us healthy people take an untested, experimental jab with who-knows-what in it so that they feel safe.

Sorry. For YEARS we Personal Trainers have warned you of the consequences of eating too much fast food, not exercising at all, allowing yourself to tip the scales at 300+ pounds.

So no, your health is not our responsibility. It was always yours.

You can still take personal responsibility and take care of your health. It's never too late.

Friday, March 12, 2021

To Those In The Northeast - Beautiful Day To Workout, Get Out There!!!

It's a beautiful day in the Northeast!

If you don't go outside today and run, cycle, walk, hike, or even just take a bit of a siesta outside, it would be a sin to miss a day like this.

I got my 5 mile run in this morning. Shorts and short sleeve shirt in NY! 

As you can see, there is a wind advisory today. That is because the wind will be associated with a cold front moving through the area. This will be the last warm day for this stretch. Tomorrow will be more seasonable temps in the 30s.

This is a reminder that you need to make your health a priority in your daily routines so that you steer clear of the high risk group for any virus that comes along. And when indulging in active activity on a beautiful day like this, it can be fun also.

Your health is the backbone of your life. If you are not healthy, you cannot perform your job well, you cannot be fully participating with your family and your kids, you'll have less capacity to get everything done each day.

Get out there people!!!

P.S. To all those in Denver, I feel for you. Big storm with two feet of snow bearing down on you. Well, at least some of you will be getting a workout in shoving your sidewalks and your cars! 😛

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Don't Demand Other Healthy People Take The V.A.X. Instead, Be Responsible And Look To Improve Your Own Health

I've repeatedly have shown CDC numbers that it is health, not age, that is the primary cause of deaths by Covid.

People, if you are in questionable health and are truly concerned about the 
#Covid19 virus, do not demand healthy people take a #vaccine to make you safe.

Instead, look to your own health and see what you can do to improve it.

A majority of those of you in this group CAN reverse their failing health. For those in their 70s who cannot move much, there are workouts they can do while in a chair. They are very gentle workouts and can help you take small baby steps on the road to better fitness. It would significantly reduce your chances of dying from #Covid .

For those my age, in their 50s, it's disconcerting to see them starting on regular medications because of their poor life choices in #health and #diet. If you fall into this group and are taking regular medications, you have more leeway than the older group in reversing your health. All it takes is 10-20 minutes per day of weights, treadmills, or walking outside to make a difference.

Of course, please talk to your doctor about getting a screening before taking part in exercise.

This is a personal responsibility issue, and you need to take ownership of your health. This #pandemic should come as a shot across the bow that your health should be the highest priority in your daily routine.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

A Racing Season in 2021? Look to TX, MS, ID, SD, and FL. Other States Look for Cancellation Policies

We dare to have a race season in 2021?

Part my job to my competitive athletes I coach is finding out if races will actually start and what their policies are amid the craziness we have been seeing this past year. For instance, some runs now, instead of a mass start (all runners go at once), will start individuals out 10 seconds apart to maintain "social distancing." Other policies include what happens to those registered if the race is forced to cancel. Sometimes a race will defer people to a later race, or some have partial or full refunds.

So now I find that it's my turn to see which races I'll do. At this point, I'm looking at 3 major races that I feel will go off with a good degree of certainty.

April 18 - Ironman 70.3 Florida in Haines City. Florida is governed by a based governor who started to do some restrictions early on but quickly reversed his decision and is now freely open for business. This race was deferred from last year and I'm happy to be doing it this year. I won't be in the best of shape (pool restrictions here in NY plus scrambling my business to expand and include virtual training has consumed my time to concentrate on my speed. I do have a good base though to give me a decent time in this race.

June 27 - Ironman Couer D'Alene. This is the full Ironman that I hope to be fully trained to do. This was deferred from Ironman Maryland last year. I decided to move the deferment to Idaho as I think it is the best race to get this race going. Maryland does have a Republican governor but it's basically a blue state; the cities' mayors are the ones doing the restrictions.

May 13-16 - Three Days at the Fair 72 hour race. This is a one mile loop and I have to run as many loops as possible in a 72 hour period. Last time I did this I ran exactly 200 miles and got my 200 mile belt buckle. I think I can do it again, using the same winning formula (80 miles on the first day, 60 on the second, 60 on the third). It's in NJ but it is entirely on private grounds, so that is a plus. And they actually did manage to do this race last year albeit in the fall. They also have a 6 day race for the truly insane, and 48 hour, 24 hour, 12 hour, 6 hour, and a certified marathon as well.

It'll be great to race again after a year of inactivity. My last race was the E Murray Todd Half Marathon a week before the Great Panic hit, with a time of 1:32, so I'm ready to rock and roll again.

Three Days at the Fari, with endless 1 mile loops

Who else is with me? 👍 😁 👍

Sunday, February 28, 2021

What is Life Without Risks? A Message to Those Overcome With Fear in the Covid Age

I still see so many people in this country (USA) willfully locked down since early last year. It is a shame that they have allowed fear to overrule their judgement and critical thinking processes.

And I'm talking about healthy, younger people here, not the ones that are old and frail.

I recently took a trip to Aruba. My aging parents (79 and 72 years old) have a timeshare down there and booked airline tickets early after I made an initial analysis of the #Covid19 situation. And they invited me to come, in which I said yes.

Living the life in Aruba

For a short background, I have been a scientist of a consumer products company with exposure to the FDA for 12 years before I became a coach, so statistics and analytical reasoning is my strength. I'm not "blowing this out of my ass" like some people claim when I tell them that the #Pandemic is overblown.

Everything evolves around the CDC figures. Namely, 99.8% of the people survive this virus if infected. For my parents, 94.6% of those 70+ years old survive the virus.

And of those people who were hospitalized, 80% of the people are severely deficient in Vitamin D!

My parents aren't the fittest of the bunch but I told them this information back in May and left it up to them to decide what to do, stay shut in or have a life. They decided to take the risk and have a life. They were also placed on a steady Vitamin D, C, Zinc, Mg, and multivitamin regimen 6 days per week to keep the immunity levels up. Link: Vitamin D as treatment for Covid reduces death by 60%

My mother did contract #Covid through a friend in August. She was sidelined for 2 days but she pulled through just fine. I am convinced that her strong immune system with the regimen helped tremendously. She only had a bit of a problem with taste and smell for a couple of months afterwards, but otherwise she was fine.

There is also a greater issue at play here, one that touches on our humanity. We are social creatures, we intermingle with people, get a sense of belonging, we're outside a lot. This is who we as humans are. And in order to have a rich and fulfilling life, some risks *have* to be taken! We get in our cars knowing that we can be hurt or killed in a car accident, but the freedom to get to another place efficiently makes that risk worthwhile.

My parents are living the remaining part of their lives up to the fullest. They went to Aruba for 2 weeks. Seeing that I'll be going to Ironman Florida 70.3 in April and that we have relatives there, my parents started booking tickets to Florida at the same time to visit them.

I truly feel sorry for those people holed up in their homes since last April or May overcome with fear. Message for those people: if you don't take risks, you're not going to *have* a life!

#health #fitness

Thursday, February 25, 2021

My "Covid Passport" To Health and Fitness

There is a lot of evidence that suggests that a regimen of good health, diet, exercise, and Vitamin D is enough to ward off Covid-19

Just like any other viruses that came along in the past.

I've posted the evidence multiple times before. Treat your body well, and it will treat you well in kind.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Goal Oriented! Yes, Men Are Tools, They Need To Be Used To Feel Productive

Most men need to be healthy and be productive in order to be happy. I know it's an insult in some ways, but we're tools. 😁

I mean it as a compliment though! We need to give ourselves goals so that we, as tools, can be used to work towards that goal.


We're only useful when we are being used. Not that kind of used! But used in a productive way in which we are proud of our results.

A lot of men have lost that usefulness in 2020 as their goals were either destroyed by government lockdowns or forcibly modified as a result of this "new normal." As with the former, we are goal oriented creatures, and we lose that motivation when the goal is removed. A tool that just sits there isn't making itself useful. As with the latter, sometimes the new goals don't reflect what we are used to doing, and we feel at best awkward when trying for these modified goals. Using a knife to loosen a screw doesn't work very well, doesn't it; a knife is used in cutting things.

During this period, a lot of men have either given up to despair or have committed suicide, feeling their lack of usefulness in society. This is where some intervention is necessary.

I lost two longtime friends to suicide last year; one was such a shock because he ran a very successful personal training business. Being forced to close down his studio must have been such a blow to him that he might have felt there was nothing else to do. He did pour his time and effort into that business to the point where it defined him. Take away his business and I guess his soul was taken from him.

Although I don't have a studio, I am associated with a couple of gyms. Most of the time, my appointments were personal, either making house calls or having a session in a park or a beach. With this Covid Panic last year, "personal" was thrown out the window. So I'm converting the business to a virtual format.

One of my normal beach sessions turned virtual; seems like a nice setting to use.

It's been awkward at times, like that knife being asked to loosen screws. But I'm slowly coming around to adopting the 21st century tech to go virtual.

And as a result of the loss I felt from my friends' suicides, I want to reach out to others who might feel lost with this new paradigm. We're not alone, and that if you need any advice, don't hesitate to contact me or other people in your life. Sometimes it takes a simple evaluation of all of your talents to figure out what might work for you from here forward.

The sooner you can re-evaluate yourself and establish new goals and start moving forward on them, the less you'll feel useless, get yourself into despair, and minimize your chance of getting suicidal tendencies.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Groundhog Day Winter Storm Run - Be A Child Again!

 When life throws you lemons, make lemonade.

Two straight days of snow to start my least favorite month of the year. But, instead of lamenting missing my chance to move to a warmer clime, it's time to embrace it and have a little fun.

Yesterday's 4.5 mile run was in a storm that was ramping up. This morning's 6.5 mile run was in a storm that was winding down. No worries about pacing, or speed, or intervals. Just get out there, have fun at an easy pace (that's about all we can do anyway in the ice and snow), and embrace my inner child.

That, and the 2 hours of shoving two feet of wet, heavy snow afterwards made for very productive morning. And a hot chocolate for my reward after all is done!

I'm 51 years old turning 3 again. 😜

(bad lighting, but this is a picture of me wearing my Dunkin/NYC Marathon hat, balaclava for the wind, 2 layers above and below the for the cold, and good trail shoes for traction. I was nice and toasty for the run)