Friday, July 6, 2012

Introducing... FITNESS by Chris Finley

Hi all,

Welcome to the Fitness by Chris Finley blog where you can get up-to-date information about fat loss, gaining muscle, exercise, nutrition and the like.

A Little About Me:

My whole journey with fitness seems to stem from a love of overcoming obstacles. Anytime someone tells me I can't do something, I want to do it just to prove that I CAN! That may seem like a pride issue, which is probably part of the story, but even when there isn't anyone telling me I can't, I want to prove to myself that I CAN!

I remember one "obstacle" in elementary school gym class that I put on myself. It was sometime around 3rd grade. The gym teacher brought out the colorful, little, square safety scooter boards for us to ride around. It was just meant to be a fun day, nothing too structured. So, for "fun," I had everyone in the class get on a scooter and hold the handle of the scooter in front of them to make a train of colorful scooters and kids. Then I grabbed a hold of the first scooter (I think with a rope?) and pulled everyone in the class around the gym, mini "strongman" style. It's not quite a semi truck, but it's a start. That's how much of a weirdo I am... :) Now what actually went down may have been different but that's how I remember it.

This love of overcoming challenges also shows in a love for super heroes, especially Superman! The strength. The honor. The integrity!

Later, in 6th grade, I fell in love with weightlifting and exercise. Again, I'm strange. Now my love for overcoming challenges is morphing into helping others overcome their fitness and health related challenges.

It kills me to see people struggle just to walk because of hip issues, back problems, or to struggle with whatever ails them be it weight, lack of strength and/or endurance, etcetera. I want people to be fit enough to not just get through the day but have plenty of energy to PLAY, EXPLORE, LIVE! That is why I became an ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer and will soon be going back to school to study physical therapy along with exercise physiology, nutrition, and whatever else I can get my hands without breaking the bank!

So Why the Blog?

I want to provide a place with FREE information and TRUTH about fitness and nutrition where people can learn the PRINCIPLES and SCIENCE behind fitness and health without confusing them with the latest grapefruit and bacon diet. This blog is here to educate, debunk myths, and hopefully be a positive force in YOUR life! I will be posting healthy, mouth watering recipes, articles about exercise and nutrition as well as random thoughts. Everything in this blog is truthful to the best of my knowledge. With that said, please take everything you read with a grain of salt. It is for educational purposes ONLY. None of the information is meant to diagnose, prognose, or replace the advice of your primary care physician.

So please, read, learn and test everything you learn, and enjoy!

God bless,

Chris Finley

ACSM-Certified Personal Trainer

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