Year 3 Has Come and Goneee!

“You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter.”- Conor McGregor

I can’t believe another year of ZyckFit® has come to an end! It has been a year full of highs and lows. There have been countless times this year where I have questioned myself and my ability to achieve everything that I have planned for my company, but at the end of the day, I know I am MORE than capable and that things WILL work out in the long run!

Entrepreneurship is scary and challenging at times, but totally worth the struggle. Nobody can explain what the journey will be like for you, it is something you must experience for yourself and just roll with the punches.

This was my first year as my own boss and it was quite the learning experience. Now that I have more of an understanding of what being on my own is like, I must figure out in which direction I want to take my company. I have a bad habit of spreading myself too thin mentally and physically, so I must learn to focus on the aspects of ZyckFit® that are working better than others.

In addition to building my clientele, I have finished writing my second book! Now, I must decide if I want to find a publisher or if I will self-publish again. I’m excited to get it out to the public because I believe it will make a difference in many lives!

I am fortunate to have been blessed with meeting a number of amazing individuals so far on this journey. I’m happy to have found a career/lifestyle that is meaningful and worthwhile for me, and at the same time allows me to encourage and inspire others to improve their lives! I do not know what the future holds for ZyckFit®, but that’s life for ya! Stay tuned for what’s to come…

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”- Marilyn Monroe

Cheers to ZyckFit®!!

Running a small business is not easy. It requires long days, tough decisions, and plenty of sacrifices. With that being said, ZyckFit®’s 3rd year is coming to a close, so I want to celebrate with a family-friendly Health & Wellness event.

On Saturday September 16th, from 12:00-3:00PM, I will be hosting this event at ZBody Strength & Fitness located at 400 Toney Penna Drive Jupiter, FL 33458 Suite D. I want to not only give back to the community, but also celebrate all of the great things ZyckFit® has accomplished in such a short amount of time.

Here are just a few of the activities you can expect that day:

At the event, you will be able to use the ZBody Strength & Fitness facility free of charge for the day. I will also be running a FREE Fitness bootcamp from 2:30-3:00PM for Adults and Kids (ages 7+).

Throughout the day, there will be Fitness contests with prizes consisting of FREE Personal Training sessions, T-Shirts, Books, and more!

We will be collecting new and used clothing to be donated to the local St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store located on Indiantown Road.

In addition to a book sale/signing for my first title, “Be Better Today Than You Were Yesterday!” I will be revealing the title for my UPCOMING children’s Fitness book and doing a sneak peek reading for the kids!

Please spread the word, bring your family, friends, and some clothing to be donated! I hope to see you there!

Proactive vs. Reactive Health

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin

Hey, ZyckFit Family!

I’m Ethan, a friend of Tommy’s for about 10 years. Currently, I work as a public health researcher by day and a college instructor by night. In public health, our primary concern is to promote and protect the health of people and the communities they reside in. We do this through implementing preventative healthcare programs and enabling people to take charge of their own health and the health of their communities.

In the U.S., most of our healthcare dollars are spent on treating illnesses, and not on preventing them. This is because as Americans (especially American males), we react to health issues rather than proactively attempting to prevent them. A typical journey through our healthcare system might look something like this:

1. We get sick, but not sick enough to do anything about it, so we ignore it.

2. We have lifestyle factors that either exacerbate our illness, or maybe even caused it to begin with (poor diet, low physical activity, tobacco use, risky sexual behavior, etc.).

3. We eventually get to the point where we are so sick that we end up in the hospital.

4. Now our illness has progressed into a full-blown (EXPENSIVE) problem.

5. We’re treated, but are left to deal with a chronic disease and exorbitant healthcare cost (cost incurred by not only us, but by all Americans)

When we have the large majority of people conditioned to think about their health reactively rather than proactively, our system becomes fragile, our quality of life deteriorates, and people die. Heart disease and cancer are the TOP TWO causes of death in the U.S. Last year, they were responsible for over 1.2 million deaths. The sad part… heart disease and many cancers are largely preventable illnesses.

Encouraging each other to put more effort into building a culture of proactive health can go a long way, not only for ourselves, but for our communities as well. If everyone went in for annual check-ups with their primary care physician, exercised regularly, maintained balanced diets, and stayed away from tobacco products, our health system would be flipped inside out! Being proactive about your health is not only a service to you, but also to your community. Think Prevention! Think Proactively!

Big shout out to Tommy for all that he’s doing in the field of fitness and holistic health! We need more people like you!

Best wishes,

Ethan J., M.P.H.

The Strength In Letting Go

“The cure for the pain, is in the pain.”- Rumi

Hey everybody!

I’m Chris, and I’m 36 years old. I am a RYT 200 Hour Yoga Teacher, I also have a full time career, and I’ve utilized various forms of physical and mental fitness to dramatically improve my life situation. I have been sober since 10/27/2014, and if you get anything from this snip of my life journey, it’s that it’s never too late to make incredible changes in your life! There’s no cut off age for happiness.

The cliff notes version of my journey is as follows:

Roughly five years ago, I began to really come to grips with the fact that alcohol was having a negative impact on my life. It had taken a severe mental toll on me, but also had been destroying my physical body as well. I weighed 280lbs and I was barely fitting into size 40-42 dress pants. I had developed painful rosacea on my face, my energy level was incredibly low, I was on anti-anxiety medication, I was depressed, and I was basically existing, not living life.

I started to work out, but I still wasn’t living a healthy, mindful lifestyle by any stretch of the imagination. I began to lose some weight, and that was mainly due to not being able to eat, due to my body beginning to shut down because of the alcohol consumption.

I decided three years ago that it was time to make some drastic changes, I simply could not go on living/existing the way that I was. I decided that it was time to give up trying to control everything, and asked a higher power for help and guidance.

This is when I began my journey into living a sober, healthy lifestyle. At the time, I lived in Ohio and I found the first treatment center I could find on Google. The people I spoke with offered me a plane ticket to Florida to come to an inpatient center, and begin to let others help me, so I could one day help myself. It was the most frightening, most freeing action I had ever taken. I left my home, job, dog, everything behind, and had to ask family for support so that I could make this happen. It’s a beautiful thing when you see loved ones come to support you in your time of need, and most tough things we face in life, we need some help to get through it, and that’s ok.

I was supposed to stay in treatment for 30 days, but I ended up staying for almost 4 months. I found a career opportunity in Florida, and with the help of some great people, I was able to move to South Florida permanently (with my dog!) where I had the support I needed, and never had before.

I lost over 100lbs. I kicked the anti-anxiety medication, I began working with a trainer, I learned how to work out, and how to eat properly. “Magically” my mental health began to improve, and I had a pretty awesome physical transformation as well.

Recently, I found myself called to the practice of Yoga, and after finding a beautiful location to practice here in Jupiter, at Kula Yoga Shala, I signed up for their 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program after only practicing for about 3 months. I could barely touch my toes! But this practice had brought me the tools to be ok with myself, and to be ok even when I didn’t feel ok. It also taught me that the things that scare us, or that bring fear into our consciousness are there to teach us something, not for us to run away from, but to examine them closely, move forward, and take the lesson the Universe is putting in front of us.

I am now an RYT 200 Teacher, I am in the best shape of my life, and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t thank my higher power for the fire that I had to go through to come out purified on the other side. I have been given a story, a gift that I use to share with those who are in need, and to help them out of the dark places in their lives. I will continue to use the platform that I have to share the message of hope and recovery. It’s never too late to make a change, NEVER! It doesn’t matter where you are TODAY, you can begin the process of living your best life right now.

I want to thank Tommy for giving me the opportunity to share just a little about my transformation. Seeing the passion that he has for helping others, and having a chance to work with him, and get to know him has inspired me greatly.

You don’t have to do it alone, so reach out, and allow others to help you along your path! I wish all of you much love and happiness!

You Vs. You

“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”- Unknown

Throughout life, it is typical of us to compare ourselves to others. We want to “fit in” at school, we want to look like the top athletes and celebrities on TV, we want to have respectable careers, and we certainly don’t want to be the only person in Yoga class who can’t hold that ridiculously difficult pose (haha). For whatever reason, we tend to develop a need for approval and acceptance at a rather young age. As a result, our senses of individualism and self-love are overshadowed by a fear of criticism and/or rejection from our peers. When we do this, we are hiding the very qualities and idiosyncrasies that make each and every one of us unique.

As we get older, for the most part, we begin to shed that need to conform and we begin to discover which activities we genuinely like to partake in, which people we genuinely want to spend our time with, and the type of person we genuinely want to become. There’s only ONE person in the world you should be comparing yourself to or competing against every single day, just ONE person who you should care about proving something to, and that person is yourself!

At the end of the day, other peoples’ opinions are not going to influence your happiness, pay your bills, or help you achieve your goals. If you actively work on improving yourself every day, your life is going to get better every day. No matter your circumstances, if you go through life with a positive attitude and strive to accomplish bigger things for yourself, you WILL create the life you want for yourself. Are you going to face obstacles and setbacks? Unfortunately, yes. Will you see results overnight? Most of the time, no. But, if you go to bed every night a little bit stronger, a little bit smarter, or a little bit richer, eventually you will reach the level of success you envision for yourself! Believe in yourself and become the person you want to be. Nobody is going to do the work for you. You’ve got this!!

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Overcoming Fear

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”- Marcus Aurelius

Fear is a powerful motivator in life, there’s no doubt about it. Typically, fear motivates us to NOT attempt things in life. It sometimes holds us back from taking on new challenges, going against the norm, or simply living life the way we want to live it. Although fear comes in many different forms and degrees, we can all relate to some common fears at one time or another in our lives.

Fear of Failure, also known as Kakorrhaphiphobia, is one of the most common fears among people. Failure may come in the form of rejection or loss and can result in feelings of inadequacy, frustration, or shame. Nobody likes failing, but that doesn’t mean we can allow this fear to cripple us from trying all of the things we want to in life. History’s greatest discoveries and explorations never would’ve happened if certain individuals had fallen victim to their fear of failure. As tough as it may be sometimes, we must leave our comfort zones if we are ever going to accomplish goals, eliminate harmful habits, or end toxic relationships. If you find yourself unable to take the necessary steps on your own, ask for help from loved ones or seek professional help. Together, we are much stronger than we are alone, especially when it comes to facing fears!

Fear of Others’ Opinions, or Allodoxaphobia, is a problem everyone faces in their earlier years but can also plague many individuals into adulthood. Life is too short to worry about what others think of us and of our dreams, yet many of us fall prey to this fear. If our parents, teachers, or loved ones say we cannot accomplish something or that our dreams are too big, sadly, many of us tend to believe them. In life, sometimes we have to make the most important decisions or take the biggest steps on our own. There is nothing wrong with being your own person and trusting your instincts regardless of what others may have to say. Every single one of us is different and we can’t expect to please everyone. Ask for opinions when you need them, appreciate those who have your best interest at heart, but still live your life on your terms!

As powerful as fear can be, you simply need to be more powerful. Don’t let fear of failure or other people’s opinions dictate your life. The last thing you want is to live a life full of regret! You are capable of more than you know; you just have to believe in yourself. Fear is only as strong as you allow it to be and I know you can overcome it!

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”- Dale Carnegie

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Exercise for a Healthier Mind!

“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.”- J. Stanford

For years, research has shown that exercise provides the brain with a number of positive physiological and psychological benefits. During workouts, our brains receive increased oxygen and blood flow, leading to improved neural functioning. If you have ever worked out while being tired, stressed out, or in a bad mood, you may have noticed that you felt better after your workout. This is because our brains release increased levels of Endorphins, Serotonin, and Dopamine when we exercise! Many people refer to working out as “therapy” because it is one of the most effective, healthiest, and cheapest ways to relieve stress and improve your mood.

For many, taking the first step towards working out (joining a gym, setting aside time for a daily walk, etc.) can prove to be the hardest part of the fitness journey. This is completely understandable, because just like anything else in life, stepping out of our comfort zone is never easy. But, once you do get into a set routine and start seeing/feeling results, I promise you will begin to look forward to your workouts and maybe even feel bad when you miss one. Having a set workout schedule helps to improve time management and discipline. Whether your workouts take place in the morning, afternoon, or evening, they will help give your schedule some structure and help you manage your priorities accordingly.

Yoga is a great way to improve your overall wellness. While you are strengthening your body and increasing your flexibility, you are also training your mind how to focus and how to slow down in a good way. Stress brought on by our daily lives wreaks havoc on both our bodies and our minds; Yoga and meditation are two powerful tools to counteract these negative stimuli.

Whether you belong to a gym, take Yoga classes, join a sports team, or are a part of a running club, living an active lifestyle allows you to network and build relationships with like-minded individuals. Having that camaraderie will not only keep you accountable with your workouts, but should also make exercising more fun and stress-free. If you are a competitive individual like myself, then working out with others will push you to work even harder than you would on your own!

Other benefits received from exercising regularly include, but are not limited to: a strengthened immune system, increased energy during the day, and improved sleep at night. So for these reasons, and many more, it is imperative to make and keep exercise an essential part of your daily routine!

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Time to Level Up!

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”- Thomas Jefferson

 The past couple of weeks have been pretty exciting for ZyckFit. Not only did a good friend of mine re-design the ZyckFit website, but I also received a great writing opportunity! A local publication, In Jupiter Magazine, asked me to freelance write a Health & Wellness article for their upcoming Summer issue! It isn’t certain yet whether or not I will be offered a permanent position, but I am grateful for the experience either way. I have always thought that having my own column in a newspaper or magazine would be pretty cool, so hopefully that dream comes true.

Every once in a while, in life, there are times when we have to choose to “Level Up” in order to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Whether you are graduating from college, switching to a better job, or pushing your workouts to new limits, you must dig deep to reach new heights you’ve never been before. Oftentimes, Leveling Up requires sacrifice, discipline, and keeping your priorities in check.

Unfortunately, most people allow fear or complacency to keep them from Leveling Up. For them, it is easier to keep doing what is easy, comfortable, or convenient. DON’T BE LIKE THESE PEOPLE. Opportunities come and go quickly in life, if you don’t act when the moment arises, you could miss your only shot at it. Some of the best things in life happen when you step out of your comfort zone or when you take a risk. If you put aside the time to prepare, invest in yourself, and put in the work, Leveling Up will seem much less intimidating and much more rewarding once you hit your goal!

Since creating ZyckFit, I have lived outside of my comfort zone for the past 2.5 years and taken more risks than I ever could have imagined. Was it terrifying to leave the career path that I dreamed of and received a degree in so that I could start my own company in a completely unrelated industry? Of course! Has it been worth it? Yes, in more ways than words can describe! I don’t even want to think about where I would be in life had I not forced myself to Level Up. So whatever your goals may be, stop making excuses, step out of your comfort zone, take some risks, and take your life to the next level!

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You Are Capable of More Than You Know!

“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”- John Wooden

Often, in life, people limit themselves and what they believe they are capable of doing based on self-doubt or what they have been told by society and by those around them. Every day, individuals of all shapes and sizes, facing all kinds of handicaps and setbacks, accomplish extraordinary feats of strength and courage. Regardless of what they have been told they can or cannot do or how unrealistic their dreams may appear to be, these individuals overcome obstacles (physically, mentally, emotionally) because they know what they want out of life and what they are truly capable of doing!

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MY Motivation

“If you don’t take the chance to live life, what can you say at the end of it?”- Naveen Andrews

As a Personal Trainer, an important part of my job is motivating my clients to give their workouts 110% not only when they are training with me, but when they are exercising on their own as well. That being said, one of my clients recently asked me what MY motivation to live an active lifestyle is so I figured I would share my answer with all of you:

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