I was bumped up on the therapy wait list. I head in Friday morning instead of two weeks from now, and that’s exciting. I embrace talking about my experience. It helps me fit things in and take things out.

I (re) learned a lot last night:

Great friends are always thinking about you and will always have your back.

I had to reschedule my session last night with my two best pals. They sent me this in lieu:

They are both doing so well and even when their coach isn’t there, they still push it. Champions are doing the work when no one is watching. These two are champs. Thanks guys.

Music is powerful.

I don’t know where to start.

Jess and Robb, thank you. Music and Motion was a compete hit tonight and you guys were great. I can’t wait to get some pictures up from the House. For now –

@jessandrobbmusic

These two beauties came with me to the Ronald McDonald House and played an awesome set of music for the kids and their parents while the kids basically used me as a jungle gym. It was awesome. The families loved it, mom and dad got to relax, and that’s why I do this.

Then the show, K.Flay and Sir Sly both just killed it. The amazing thing about both of these artists is the poetic complexities. I’d strongly encourage you to take a listen to the hardships and the battles and the adversity in the art.

This is where the title comes from today. Borrowed and paraphrased K.Flay’s sign off before the last song she performed…”Remember, right now isn’t forever.”

That stuck.

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And leads me to wonder if the human condition has room to be fully complete…? or if the lifestyle choices and the drug use and addition and anxiety all lends itself to some higher form of the craft. Like seriously, what would we sing about? How would we relate to our audience if the new rock star lifestyle was about gluten free bread, hemp seeds and kombucha. Like how hard of a life is that?

Food for thought…

Children have so much to teach us, but we adults have a hard time with humility.

How come my nephew can squat, jump, balance and do bear crawls but my 20 something clients can’t?

Just an example…

Last night I was a human jungle gym for 6 kids 5-9 years old and feed a straight diet of sugar. And we got them all under control and relaxed. They respond well when you ask them to perform a task. They do not respond well when you tell them what not to do…

Thanks Mark England.

Child whisperer. That’s my alias.

Again, we await RMH photos for evidence.

We busy ourselves with what’s important. We prioritize our needs.

Or at least we should. Don’t take it personally, but do take it as a sign that the effort isn’t mutual and there’s a disconnect if you feel that you’re reaching and grabbing and the reciprocation is just not there.

Carry on.

Thank you for checking this out. Again, moral of the story is whatever you’re going through, highs and lows, it’s temporary. Nothing is a forever and you will be better off because of all the experiences you go through. Learn to embrace it and the journey is wicked fun.

Thanks for listening!

Til next time,

Stay sweet!

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As I stand here, warming up in the bomby -2.5C Calgarian November morning, I look around to see nothing but open park, glorious cityscape and a few tourists over the stairs at Crescent Heights. The same stairs that the team and I meet every Sunday, at 11:07.

Not this Sunday though. I was the lone wolf.

I heard lots of inquiries, lots of interest, some were unfortunately sick and others had previous engagements and that’s all fine. I’m okay if you don’t show up. I have zero influence on what people prioritize until they see what health and wellness will do for them.

Ironic because most of the excuses I hear revolve around “I’m tired, I’m gonna sleep in, I’ve been working nights, I’m getting sick, I have no time for that…” which all stem from the root of why you should be joining me every Sunday at 11:07!

I don’t do this because I like it all the time. I do it because I know the alternative of depression, anxiety, poor conditioning, sickness, lethargy, zero motivation, ambition and the feeling of insecurity far outweighs the shitty 35:07 of a little hard breathing, muscle soreness and pounding heart. Yeah. I show up.

I’d encourage you to do the same the next time you say you will. Physically and mentally. At the end of the day, you’re only letting yourself down.

I did my reps.

I don’t expect anyone to understand.

But support is more than just providing a bailout, or your infinite wisdom and sagely advice… it’s about having the courage to drop your own values and encourage the crazy, even if deep down you might doubt it. Don’t let them hear that doubt… Their crazy is what’s going to change the world. You don’t realize how powerful the removal of all doubt can be in that. So let them know that they have got this. They’re crazy. But you believe in them.

Have you been in a place in your life where you just want to try everything? Like an 8 year old in a toy shop (or in some cases, an adult in a toy shop…), you wanna touch everything…? Okay, for this one I’m here to say “I know what you mean”. Because I really do. These past two weeks I’ve been integrating more “stuff” into my life. Why? I am cat like in personality, but I’m sure I’m not the only one. To keep my interest in all things in my life I crave constant challenge. That’s with everything. Exercise, hobbies, career goals. You name it.

So if you’re one of me… raise your hand. I got you. And there’s actually been TED talks about it. Check it out. —-> https://embed.ted.com/talks/emilie_wapnick_why_some_of_us_don_t_have_one_true_calling

So how do we keep on point with all of those things we want to do? Society tells us we’re weirdos and that we should settle down and see things through. While I agree it’s important to follow through on some things, the ability to identify when you’re not pumped on something and have the guts to switch it up mid flight is far underrated and you should be proud to have that ability. Have you seen my youtube channel yet? I’ve got a bunch of stuff going on. And I love it all. I think you’ll dig it, so take a peek. —> Check out my YouTube Channel!

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To answer the original question; you gotta schedule, list, and make a point to complete tasks. If you’re one that is results or goals driven, you’ll get a lot out of the simple art of crossing off things from a daily list.

 

 

 

 

Let’s take for example me and my Saturday. My list looked like this. I just saved it on a task reminder on my iPhoneScreen Shot 2017-10-08 at 10.32.16 AM.png:

  1. Important to note this list was just my work-related goals for the day. Key principle is to task everything. Include your meal prep, bedtime routine, exercise and time for yourself to down regulate. You’ll start to see what you write down you actually complete.
  2. Don’t worry if you miss something. Tomorrow is a new day, add it up to the list and make an effort to accomplish it then. 1% each day, that’s it.
  3. Order the most important things at the top. Time sensitive and high importance should reign champion. For me, work related deadlines get the prize and on my personal goals, one’s that involve just me top the charts (such as my workouts or exercise for the day – today is yoga).

Make sense?

So if you’re wondering where the name of this blog came from… well, last night as part of my downtime I decided to pick up my guitar and start writing a song. I have had a lot of creativity pent up lately so when I had a melody in my head, I just wrote some simple parts on a guitar to capture it. Nothing fancy, because let’s be honest – I’m a drummer. But it was fulfilling to have my story expressed through music and notes and those little intricacies no-one can explain. And my point? Well, I usually get my creativity out on the drums. But wanted to switch it up this time (You can check it out on my Instagram – look for the drummer with a guitar in his hands…). Like I said, my story started through the notes… the lyrics to follow.

So, that’s me – and if this sounds like you too, I get it. I really do.

I do the same thing with exercise. I go from CrossFit, to hockey, to yoga, to Olympic Weightlifting, to speed skating, to cycling to…to.. to…

And the list goes on.

And I’m okay with that. Because as with exercise, as long as you keep moving forward there’s no right way. Just do you.

Thanks for reading, I’m holding drop in Sunday fitness camps in the next little while so if this excites you and you’re in the Calgary area I’d love to see if we can spark a new interest and give you a new goal to reach for. Check out my open outdoor “Sunday Funday” camps where we do everything from running, to cycling, stairs, bodyweight bootcamp and yoga rain, snow or shine (unless theres a windchill/frostbite warning, then we go for coffee) to see if it’s something you want to give a shot. I have to cap it at a dozen people so we are safe, but this Sunday, October 15 we are headed to Memorial Stairs for a little booty workout! Register below so I can send you a gift and confirmation.

www.mikeschwartz.ca/SundayFunday

Until next time, stay sweet.

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Okay, as a musician and personal trainer myself, I can tell you first-hand that crafting up a solid playlist to keep participants “in the zone” and not “out the door” per se, is much more than just throwing together a few J-Biebs and Ri-Ri tracks and pressing shuffle on the iPod. Read on to find out how the real good Fitness Instructors curate next level playlists that inspire a sheer sweat fest at 6:00am on a Saturday.

This is Fitness Class Playlist Curation 101, let’s do this!

  1. Know your audience
    • If you have an affluent demographic, do you think it’d be wise to play the unedited version of DMX’ “X Gonna Give It To Ya!”? Doubtful. On the other hand, playing hair metal tracks from the 80’s may not sit well with the typical millennial-driven spin classes around town. Knowing who your crowd is makes the process of curation wicked-simple. As long as you have some worldly knowledge and access to some different styles of music that can accommodate the many different types of exercisers (all of which have different tastes in music) you’ll be fine. Here is an old school hip hop playlist I curated with the type of crowd that likes to go out dancing in the club afterwards in mind, you’ll get the idea. 90s hip hop. Sheer gold. 90s Old School Hip Hop Playlist
  2. Pay attention to the tempo
    • The BPM or beats per minute of a song is vital to any fitness space, and is especially important to add to the atmosphere. The speed of your songs generally translates to the speed of your movement. It’s a sub-conscious thing. Nothing ruins a class experience like a love song ballad in the middle of medicine ball burpees. For example, spin classes tend to push between 120-180 BPM as that tempo really sets the body in a good pace for the type of training those classes are known for. Fast-paced, uptempo, sweat-fest. It’s amazing how the body responds to music. Here’s a link to a high octane playlist for you’re next spin, run or interval session. Big Hills, Quick Sprints.
  3.  Use songs to get creative with exercise
    • A lot of people don’t know this one. It’s a big secret, but I have an advantage being a musician – more notably a drummer – and timing and tempo and rhythm is engrained in me as a fitness professional. Music is broken into pieces. Fast choruses, slower verses. The tempo doesn’t change, the feel sure does though and it’s that feel that helps people stay driven in the set. There’s a few really famous tunes that help push exercisers to new thresholds. My personal favourite is known in the athletic community as “Bring Sally Up”. It’s a doozy on the legs in time to Moby’s hit, “Flower”. When you hear “bring sally down” sit in a squat until you hear “bring sally up”. Repeat for the duration of the song.
    • Want to try it yourself? Check the “Bring Sally Up” workout here.

So, as you can see, there’s actually a pretty good relationship between music and exercise programming. If you’d like some more insight to creating a playlist based around your fitness goals or just fun music that pumps you up, please send me a note at mike@mikeschwartz.ca 

 

That’s right, the eerie guitar tones and the deeply personal stories of the power couple had the entire Stampede crowd entranced. Fitting, as the scene was reminiscent of a night chase to the Mexican border after somebody shot the wrong drug lord after the deal went south. Hard to believe you’re not in a Tarantino flick, eh? Opening up with a full on rock band backing them this time, Whitehorse had the crowd right from the drop of the hat with the sultry sounds of “Sweet Disaster” – a self-explanatory track from their 2015 release “Leave No Bridge Unburned”. the only way I can accurately describe the rest of the show without resorting to “you had to be there”, is that over the course of the night a seductive storyline unravelled between his six strings and her smooth vocals. The mystery of the enchanting tales take us back to the desperado land of relationship perils, love, lost and found again, booze, addiction, incoherence and all the real talk – it’s almost like tracks like “Nighthawks” were crafted under the New Mexican desert moonlight; just chilled enough to leave you with goosebumps all over.  The show closed down and we were dosed with a little bit of alt country, a little pop, a little rock n’ roll. Whitehorse is true chemistry by means of heartfelt expression, electric groove and an authentic feel that is definitively homegrown Canadiana. There’s swagger. And then there’s a Whitehorse show. Get out to see these cats in the fall, Calgary. They’ll be back with another one for the books.

Pick up Whitehorse’s new album “Panther In The Dollhouse” on iTunes here

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Okay Canadian Music Week 2017, where do I start.

A year ago I met a man by the name of Alan Cross and a mother man by the name of Jim Norris. These two gentleman must have felt the passion in my bones. They directed me to the right people, promoted and supported this mission of mine; bringing health and wellness awareness to the music industry.

Part 1. Legacy Initiated.

Jump forward to April 18 – The start of the rest of my life. Life changing in that we’re bettering the landscape of the music industry with regards to proactive healthcare services being offered at an affordable rate for musicians and industry professionals. It started with a full feature in Canadian Musician magazine, a whole lot of press from Alan Cross’ Journal of Musical Things and now we are here. I wrote the book on how to survive the industry with key tips in movement, nutrition and mindset… and have garnered the title of Canadian Music Industry’s “goto” for all things proactive health care.

We at INLIV have the ability to differentiate Calgary as a Music City through the health and medical services we offer. Calgary is home to the national Music Centre, and INLIV – Proactive Full-Circle Healthcare for the Canadian Music Industry.. Check us out here – www.inliv.com

If you happen to play music – professionally, weekend warrior, laptop beats creator… it doesn’t matter – I would really appreciate your input on my music industry specific health survey. If you’re a stage hand, crew, roadie, producer, artist manager, anyone in the industry. I want to hear from you. With your feedback I will be able to design appropriate exercise and nutrition programming including “e-fitness” (virtual training, Skype session training etc…) and focus our attention on the most important issues regarding health and wellness in this alternative lifestyle. Depression? Diet? Injuries? What’s got you down? Tell us here and be entered to win an e-fitness bundle!

Part 2. Raditude

So yes. Canadian Music Week – you we’re rad. Met a lot of heroes – turned friends. Had a ton of great music pumping in my earholes all week. Some notables are listed here:

36? – Alt/indie rock at it’s finest, from Calgary, AB. Think Mother Mother synths and arrangement meets Coltrane’s mastery of composition. But then add a shit fuck tonne of attitude like – I don’t even know.. it’s indescribable… there’s personality, there’s weirdness, there’s wizards of music… and boom! You have 36? www.whatis36.com

GUAS – What. The. Fuck. I’ve never seen 4 strings go in a 35  minute set. Nor have I seen a resonant kick drum head blow up. Ever. Then I watched this mishmash; lady-fronted- duck-dynasty 4 piece from North Carolina. Insanity. Wolfmother/Incubus/No Doubt. Blues-fused hard rockers with as much attitude as talent. Off the charts. Family rock n’ roll, with one helluva badass front girl, Ray. Don’t take this date home to mom. www.grownupavengerstuff.com

Where Fires Are – Holy shit rock and roll from the UK. Leeds, particularly. These dudes blend post grunge with melodic rock in a Fallout Boy meets Minus the Bear, meets Silverchair meets Incubus kind of way. Pianos, guitars, complex rhythms, catchy melodies. The works. These guys are great. Look out. Plus they’re some of the coolest humans I met all festival. www.wherefiresare.com

FOONYAP – Calgary’s Asian Bjork. ‘Nuff said. Check her out. I had goosebumps all performance long. Amazingly powerful music on a different level. www.foonyap.com

Ascot Royals – I actually think these guys have the pieces to be the next big Canadian rock band. Similar in styles to Idle Sons, High Holy Days and Arkells, their incredibly positive message and can’t-get-out-of=your head melodies and sing along stylings are pure heroine to any music listener. The dudes are also just great guys. Met a lot of great humans this trip. First time I saw them was on Tom Jackson’s Live Performance Makeover. It takes balls to do tat in front of an audience. They came out good. But after an hour with Tom. Woah. It’d be cool to see them keep on with that. Split between a Canadian rhythm section and an melody factory from the UK, these dudes blend elements of pop, alternative rock into some crafty harmonies and bangin’ leads. I’m excited to hear where this Brantford based 5 piece does in the next few years. GOOD OL’ CANADIAN KIDS! Well, sorta… www.ascotroyals.com 

Part 3. Next Steps

As a community of likeminded creatives, we need to rally together and support each other. That starts with taking care of yourself, so let’s get you a copy of my book

Order “The Musician’s Guide To Surviving The Rock Star Lifestyle” And Get a SnapBack and Earbuds too!

Let’s then get going on getting out to one another’s shows, sharing events and music we dig to help expose (tweet me @SoundScapeYYC for some TV exposure in the Calgary market…)

Then we can start to take care of our health and wellness, get into training and exercise that supports our performance, build the empire and establish Calgary as a true, Music City.

Time starts now. Let’s do this.