Thursday, September 27, 2012

What are you selling?

When you meet someone new, do you look them in eye?  Or do you look at their hand and then off to the side somewhere?  What are you selling?  You are Selling Shy.

When you start something new do you say things like, "I can't, I won't, this is hard, I quit."
What are you selling?  You are selling Negativity.  Where is that going to get you?

Be careful about what type of merchandise you are selling.  If you continually sell the previously mentioned type of attitudes.... buddy.... you will not be successful.

You can not spend time on the negative things in life.  You must spend time on the POSITIVE things in life.  Focus on your goals and think about what you are trying to accomplish EXAMPLE:  I want stronger arms!  Ask yourself, are you doing pushups to the standard or are you still getting away with the easy ones?  Are you doing extra arm work on your own?  Focusing on the positive will get you results.

DO NOT FOCUS on what you CAN NOT control.  Sell success, develop a positive attitude, don't let outside forces mess with your mindset.

So what are you selling?  Are you investing your time in selling positive or are you spending time on selling negative?  Keep Grinding!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How to be a Professional

Like the title don't ya??

I thought it was catchy...  Ok, to the issue at hand: How to be Professional???

Remember, all of this is my opinion and if you disagree with it, totally cool.

The first thing I think about when I hear the word Professional is: Sports
I think about Michael Jordan.  When I was growing up, I played a ton of basketball.  YMCA stuff, junior high stuff, high school stuff and I even put my hat in the college ring for a briiiiiieeeeeeffff time.  While I was on my bball journey I always thought of MJ.  For Christmas one year I received a Michael Jordan book, a starting line up figure and basketball from the Michael Jordan restaurant in Chicago.  I was interested in Michael Jordan, to say the least. 

-However, I didn't really learn anything from MJ until I was 27years old.  This dude is the epitome of professional.  Here are a few of my insights about a true pro:

1.  In one chapter of the book I received about Micheal Jordan, the author ask Michael why he wears suites to and from all the Bulls games.  I thought I had Jordan's response pinned even before I turned the page.  My answer, "Because Mr. Book writer dude, the court is where I conduct my business."  Nope.  Wrong.  Jordan's response went something like this, "Sometimes people will only get one look at Michael Jordan.  I want them to see me at my best.  Win or Lose."

-Roger that.

Now, before all you go out and buy 3 piece Armani suites lets look at this for a moment.  The way I took this little quote was:  a) Wow I've never thought of it like that before.  b) Conduct yourself like it really does matter.

YOLO: you only live once, is a big saying right now.  Folks latch onto it and use this rap lyric as an excuse to go Hog Wild and do anything they please.  I mean really, like we are going down on the Titanic!  

I say we focus on our Journey and how our journey impacts others.  Ask yourself this: What type of impact are you going to have on people?  3 piece suite and stepping out of a limo or tattered clothes, smelling like alcohol and cigarettes, and sleeping on a side walk?  You do have a choice, ya know?

  • "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."   
  • "My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength. 
  • "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."
  • "I've always believed that if you put in the work the results will come.  I do not do things half-heartedly.  Because I know if I do, I can expect half hearted results"
 These are just a few of the quotes I love.  All of them speak to me about effort.  Effort is something that is missing from our society today.  Things are just so immediate!!!  Doing things the old fashion way is a dying concept and honestly I don't know if it is coming back.

**don't be a keyboard ninja and sharp shoot MJ.  I know he isn't perfect.  I know he has made mistakes in his life and cheat on his wife and had "girl friends".  I ain't judging him or condoning what the dude does.  All I am saying is you can learn from a Pro.  Because lets face it,  there are a lot of talented people out there... but then Everyone knows who Michael Jordan is. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Big MO

What is the Big Mo?


From time to time you lose MO.  What do you do to get Big Mo back?  Hopefully this blog post will help you.

I've lost Mo before.  Yup, its happened to me.  I compromised,  I settled and the status quo seemed like the road less traveled.  I woke up one morning and I was 230lbs.  HELLO SEXY!  Put a mullet on me, give me a tattoo, slap a killer mustache on me and buddy I'd be your redneck Romeo in a heart beat.  On the outside I was ready to party, but on the inside... Lets be honest,

- I was UNHAPPY.

My ah-ha moment happened when I ran up my apartment stairs... about 15 of them and I was GASSED.  Now lets get something clear, I had plenty of opportunities before this ah-ha moment to get back on track.  What did I do with these moments???  I ignored them or came up with excuses...

-Dude, I haven't played basketball in years.
-I already have a gym membership
-I'm broke (but some how I had enough money to get Raisin Canes and beer about 3 times a week)
-I'm sorta intimidated to workout with folks who have been doing that stuff for a long time.
-I'm not doing it.

Sound familiar.

So what did I do to get back on the path?

First,  I looked in the mirror- that hurt.  Second,  I remembered the stair case run- that hurt.  Third,  if I needed anymore MO, I motivated myself with anything I could think of:

1.  I read self help books.  I listened to motivational speakers.  I watched awesome motivational movies (300, Gladiator, Fight Club, Patriot etc...).  If you surround yourself with people that believe you CAN'T lose.
2.  I surrounded myself with positive people that would support me.  Lets face it folks, people hate change.  They really do. 

If you don't change that = sameness. 

Sameness = Security. 

So, Sally Sue that sits in the cubicle next to you doesn't want you to lose weight because she doesn't want any pressure on her.  How will the people in the office react to Sally is you lose weight?

Lets flip this for a second.  What if you drank all the time?  You do to the bar and sit with that same folks every day at happy hour, drowning you sorrows. ---SNAP---- One day you decide that you don't want to leave the legacy of burnt cigarette butts and empty beer bottles to your kids and you change.  You stop going to the bar.  Do you think for one minute your buddies will support you change?  HELL NO.  You changing points out the flaw that they need to change... it challenges their security.

I say all this for one reason:  Surround yourself with positive people.

3.  I sprung into action.  I found a plan that I thought worked and went for it.  Whatever it is, pick it and stick with it...  the worst plan is to change plans about 100 times and realize you haven't made any progress due to paralysis by analysis!

4.  Be relentless.  What is relentlessness??  Remember Jason from Friday the 13th???  You could run from the guy and he would walk and STILL "walk you down".  Shoot the guy, electrocute the guy, run him over, tar and feather him... it didn't matter.  YOU CAN'T STOP HIM.  Get the picture?  With whatever you do be relentless... 

Motivate yourself, surround yourself with positive people and then spring into action!  With these 3 things:  Be Relentless!!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Last Boot Camp of the Year...

Question:  "Have you had a long history of failure when it comes to exercise/fitness?"

  • I lost 20lbs this time last year but now I've put 40lbs back on!
  • I do really well with my diet at first but I can never stick to it.
  • I've always wanted to run a 5k but can't find the motivation to get it done.
  • I had a great New Years resolution focused on fitness but maybe next year is my year.
  • I just can't do it.

Do any of these comments sound familiar?

Its totally OK if they do.

At Versus Strength and Conditioning we have had tons of clients enter our gym saying the very things listed above.  Over a short amount of time we take these clients and turn them into Athletes.  Their history of failure with exercise comes to a screeching halt and we show them how to: get it done, this is your year, you CAN do it.

So... I guess the question is, "How do we get these people to change?"

On Saturday September the 22nd at Versus S&C gym at 10am, we will host our last Boot Camp Town Hall Meeting of the year.  At the Town Hall Meeting you will learn what Boot Camp is about, you'll be able to meet your coaches and have a chance to sign up, plus participate in a brief Q&A session.  You will get to experience just a small part of what our community is all about and see our first step toward change.

Do You Bootcamp? from Sam McAlister on Vimeo.

Monday, September 10, 2012

God bless this guy...

Thursday, September 6, 2012

i've posted this before but I LOVE IT!


We were never meant to live an average, mediocre life. We were created to leave our mark on this generation.

Love what you do, do what you love!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Life is a sport. Its our sport. Make it count.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Saban for President?

I don't care if you are Roll Tide or War Eagle or heck even if you are a football fan. This is a great speech, period.