…Where are you in terms of your ideal self? Think lifestyle-wise: fitness, nutritional habits, physical appearance, sleep patterns, energy through out the day…etc.

Where are you on that scale?

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This is a cool practice I like to take with people that are new to my coaching to help put some perspective in their lives. Here’s the thing; a lot of people I start working with come to me to fix their problems. To shut off their mind and just do. And while I get that, that really doesn’t hold a lot of weight long-term. It’s not addressing the behaviours that got them to the point on the scale in the first place. If we truly want to correct lifestyle issues, we need to start at the source.

So, what number are you?

To borrow a practice I picked up in Precision Nutrition coaching curriculum, take that number and subtract it from 100.

There.

Now you only have ______ days until you’re at your ideal self if you focus only on improving 1% each day.

Perspective is interesting, isn’t it?


If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help change your mindset, attitude and behaviours to help increase your quality of life I have a couple options for you:

  1. For those of you in Calgary, Alberta – I’m hosting an interactive 3-day workshop geared specifically to help you improve your quality of life. While this workshop is geared to musicians and the music industry, it is an open invite to anyone to come and learn. The stuff I teach is applicable in just about anyone’s day to day livelihood. Here’s the link if you’re interested. ——> https://www.long-mcquade.com/news/3081 $149 for all three nights. Movement on Tuesday, Nutrition on Wednesday and Thursday we tackle Mindset. You get a copy of my first book as the text and you save $149 on any coaching with me upon registration. It’s a pretty sweet deal and you’ll be able to do so many more high kicks per performance.
  2. If you’re not in the Calgary area but would still like to work on curbing poor lifestyle habits and bringing that number up on the scale, check into my online coaching services. You get a comprehensive exercise and nutrition program that I tailor to your goals with the help of Precision Nutrition. Sleep better, have more energy to play with the kids and feel more confident every day with the year long curriculum. Make 2018 the year to become the greatest version of yourself yet. Just email me at mike@mikeschwartz.ca and we’ll get some more info and the specifics of what you’re looking to do.

I’d love to field some more questions and help direct you to some of my favourite resources and other health professionals so reach out and share this read with your friends and family if it resonates with you.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, namaste sweet!

 

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This story comes from a very special place. A story of inspiration for those of you who are looking fear dead in the eye and hesitating. Now, those of you who know me in person, or have been following me for a while may now know this about me – I’ve never been one to bite my tongue, so I figure, “why start now?”

I’m just gonna say it. The universe has a way of letting things work themselves out. I know you’re thinking, “Mike, where are we going with this, bud…?”

Just hang tight.

Tonight I was on the receiving end of something I feel may be an actual game changer for the brave soul that delivered. And boy, she delivered. It was interesting for me, because as the dreamer I frequently find myself on the delivery end so to be the one listening to an amazing, inspiring dream and just be in the corner thinking “eff ya!” was super chill. And the universe is going to reward her heart in so many ways and with much kindness. I’m so grateful to have been a guest to this party. I’m so pumped, B! So pumped. You’re gonna kill it.

For those of you who are facing fear… maybe you’re frozen in a place of comfort. Maybe it’s the only thing you know… this could be a relationship in your life that’s not giving you want you want and what you deserve. Or this could be a job that you’re working where you’re actually dreading each day…the added responsibilities that have been shuffled on to you… and like Mick Jagger says you “can’t get no satisfaction”…

Whatever the case. You must turn your brain on silent mode, and lead with your heart.

I’ll tell you a bit of my past few months. Let’s get some real talk in…

So I left my stand alone contract personal training business in February in favour of joining up with a team of amazing fitness professionals. Some still ask me, “why?”.

Simple. To find success and pursue your legacy you need three key elements. A great idea, a tribe that supports you, and the guts to ask for the support to embark on your legacy. Yes, that means you need money. I came to a place where I was in limbo on my own… I wasn’t learning much without investing a swack of money and time into my education, I only had Darwin, my year and a half old Golden Sheptriever (sure he’s adorable, but he wasn’t coming up with many great program design hacks or questions regarding the torque generated from rotational force…) and essentially, I realized even though I’m very entrepreneurial and self-motivated, I thrive when others are around me. The luxuries of entrepreneurship in health and wellness are far outweighed by the collaborative effort of team and the support I now have for my crazy-ass innovation and off the wall banter. I am a team guy. I really craved the environment I now look forward to each day with my family at INLIV.

And that’s my point. It’s only work if you’d rather be elsewhere. I get goosebumps when my tribe tells me about their passions… how excited they are that they figured it out. They quit their job like that – snap! And are so juiced to get on with what the universe was telling them. I get so amped and filled up with love when others share with me that passion.

Why? Because I know exactly what it feels like and I know how powerful it can be –  from experience – to have others rally behind you and do anything they can to help you accomplish what you are set to do.

I wouldn’t be here where I am if my tribe didn’t show me the love and support they have in order to push me to my dream.

And we are getting there. We’re bridging the gap between health and music and I am over the moon about it! But it certainly hasn’t been rainbows, garden sprites and unicorns… it’s been a long, arduous and very, very humbling experience. Eff, I had a friend give me “rations”; a ziplock bag filled with energy bars and packs of oatmeal since I “looked like I wasn’t eating enough.” Ha! Truth is, I’m down about 15lbs of body fat since we last really hung out, but in her defence, it’s like I go to war everyday. Not against anyone but myself. I am my own worst enemy and I understand the battle. That’s why I believe so hard in supporting others in their war against themselves. Sometimes you just have to get out of your own way.

So, if you’re heading into work this morning knowing your heart is elsewhere. Chase it.

If you’re just not into the relationship. Be transparent and give that person the decency of sharing your thoughts.

If you know there’s something out there for you and you’re hesitant to chase it down, I hear ya, it can be scary AF. But if you need the support, I’m in your corner. And your tribe is in your corner. Together with that in mind, think “what’s the best that could happen?”

Just jump.

My bro, Wes Knight would tell you “Paralysis by Analysis” is what kills dreams. So just do it and you’re half way there. You’ll recalibrate things and adjust along the way, it’s certainly not going to be perfect.

Just to ice it, my own mother found this online today – The Musician’s Guide To Surviving The Rock Star Lifestyle

I think you should check it out. I’m very proud of my work and that’s because it’s a tool that I can share with the world to help change lives.

And to close – if you know of someone that’s this close to stepping out and taking that chance, support them. If you, yourself are trying to negotiate that scary decision, lead with your heart. I’m going to revisit this when that brave soul is a month or two into her passion and I expect you to have moved by then. Start right now.

I mean, take this as a lesson in empowerment, social accountability and true courage. It take guts to call someone up out of nowhere and tell them your dream and in doing so, invite them into the pursuit. That’s one helluva inspiration if you ask me. Inspiration is rad. Passion is sexy. Heart is key. Smarts are sexy.

So yeah, expect “Leading With Your Heart v1.7” in no less than 90 days. Like I said, the universe works with magic.

And tonight I felt it.

Let’s go!

Call me Santa.

Christmas has come early – I am happy to announce my gift to you  – pick your program, your place and your price. Online, in person, doesn’t matter, you pick the price. Whatever you feel it’s worth, whatever you feel you can manage. But I’m only taken on the most eager to take charge of their health.

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Here’s some words about what I’ve done… just so you know we’ll kill it…

Lucero – lost over 45lbs! Transformed her lifestyle

Matt – dropped 20lbs and 10%, happy, successful, confident again!

Lisa – fixed her posture up, built strength and confidence to perform at her best with amazing energy!

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3 Rounds of this BS

25 KB Swings

20 Renegades

15 SB Hammy Curls

10 Front Pulse Squats

5 Cleans

1 minute slide board

Enjoy!

Check my Facebook.com/coachschwartzy  to watch this workout first so you know what to do! Just remember, you don’t have to be a rock star to start, but you have to start in order to become a rock star.

Stay sweet

Coach

The title says it all.

He will never actually tell you how awesome he is. Or how much he’s improved. I seriously have to shake my head some days when the Blizzard shows up, game face on and ready to rock. Day in and day out, his commitment to bettering himself is remarkable. From all accounts, this was not the same human being one year ago.

Since the fall, I have been lucky enough to join the Blizzard in helping him to achieve his goals, both physically and (I’d argue more importantly) psychologically. This man has transformed his perspective in ways only an outsider can properly recognize and that’s one of the coolest things to bear witness to.

For me, I get to watch as his conditioning, coordination and mobility improves and watch his spot on mental toughness. I’ll give him a drill that clearly takes every ounce of will power to keep at (ascending-descending KB swings amongst other things..) but yet… he consistently fights through it. Pain free (just about) now, the Blizzard is looking to make another two weeks of solid recovery while I’m away his most worthwhile time to himself. Upon my return, and barring any unforeseen circumstances – we are going to take a serious look at some olympic style weight lifting to see if we can start to accelerate some of the physical goals we set out no more than 3 months ago.

Blizzard, you’re an inspiration for me. Your energy is tenfold from the time we met and you clearly have made significant changes in your life to be able to be where you are now. Keep at it. You push through so much and take care of everyone around you and still take the proverbial bull by the horns and make sure you rock your body like the backstreet boys. Keep at it, man. I’m excited to see what comes after May.

You don’t have to be a rock star to start, but you have to start in order to become a rock star. 

Mike

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It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Looking back on my last full year, November to November – it’s had it’s share of ups and downs. I am in a great place now, but it’s taken some time to come to terms with everything. I still remember that day. The weekend had just passed and I was rolling into North Hill World Health to do what I always do. Just like any other day – I was going to meet with a new gal whom I met in my Friday spin class and helped her out afterwards with some release techniques to help her relieve some nagging knee, back and hip problems she mentioned. I had no idea Michelle was going to be such a prominent figure in my next 12 months and as it stands, much much longer.

-Be forewarned, as you read on I open up to the behind the scenes truth and reality of my life. That’s what I do. I make no excuses for anyone in this post and for those reading it that were a part of the action, if you’re upset – you really only have yourself to blame. You’re in complete control of how you handle your reaction and in saying that, you can quite literally change the outcome of that action. I have absolutely no shame in any other the stuff I’m discussing and while this can act as a sounding board, my intentions are merely to bring reality and my perspective of the situation to light. This is the account as according to me… it’s not a choose your own adventure and some things could be taken pretty harsh. I figure, emotion is the basis of humanity.. so don’t ever hide your true colours. Deal with them.-

As many of you know, I had just been – for lack of better terms, abandoned- by my now former wife – Christy. I am  just waiting on documents for finalization of the divorce and I couldn’t describe to you in words how happy I am to be rid of that chapter of my life and the entire network that’s associated with that part of my past 5 years.

It goes like this, that Friday, November 21, 2014. After 5 years together, 3 of them married she decided to pull the plug on our relationship with no warning and no communication whatsoever with the help of her inner circle. Something now in hindsight, I can recognize I was never really a part of. Literally woke up, said I love you and then a bunch of elves or something came and took half of our basement suite away to “another place”, including our effin’ dog! Who does that? To her I guess our relationship was a cool idea in a snow-globe, paradise “Keep up with the Jones'” kind of effed up, dysfunctional way. I was clearly not seeing things the same way as I actually thought I had a great relationship. In any case, the sociopathic, pre-meditated nature of events that lead her to literally walking out on her problems instead of confronting and challenging them and finding another way has helped make this break a lot easier on me. *weakness* Segway….

Enter Michelle. *strength*

The title of my post says it all. No one brings it like this woman. And she’s done it from day one of working with me. I knew she would be a longer termed “client” of mine, because I knew I had the tools that would solve her previous ailments. However, I could have never guessed that she was up to the task of being one of the strongest pillars of my success through what could have otherwise been an absolutely devastating turn of events after my life flipped ass-over-tea-kettle, upside down and inside out. She was a constant reminder of the need to push through any challenges, working hard at everything with a planned direction and goal in mind. An incredible teacher to learn from especially with the timing of my current life events of going through a shocker of a separation. It didn’t stop there. No, no. Michelle probably doesn’t even realize how much our goofy side conversations and her constant interest in my “flavour of the week/month/day” helped me cast off the absolute torture I was enduring through this separation. To put it in perspective, she kept me focused on resetting myself from what I thought was my path to find a new way, allowing laughter, ridiculous playlists full of One Direction and an overall great time to be had every single time she came in for a session. I was so fortunate for her upbeat, sarcastic, but absolutely loving persona to be a part of my life at such a critical time. She quite honestly kept me a float more than a few times and I’m willing to bet she had no idea, because that’s just the way it is. Kinda like Tupac.

Michelle has gone on to support me and actually I probably owe it to her for DSPT in it’s entirety to actually come to fruition. She first mentioned I should get a bootcamp style outdoor thing going so she could come train and have fun again with her girls. That’s how it all began. So not only did she act as my therapist over the past 12 months, she has also helped push me into actualization of building my own passion for health and wellness in others into a very successful operation. This woman is an absolute angel if you believe in the big guy upstairs, a complete beauty with a golden heart, precious soul and integrity within her rivalling a modern day Mother Theresa. This blog wasn’t supposed to be about how awesome she works in every session, or how great she looks and feels and continually gets better performance out of herself even though she curses me up and down most days we’re together. She does that anyways. That’s just by-product. A no brainer. No, it’s about the stuff you don’t hear or see. The silent leadership Michelle keeps that empowers the whole room. The quick smile and hop-to-it-attitude when set rest is over and it’s time to get back to the next round of swings. It’s the charisma and confidence of going up and letting Jessica or Alanna know how great they look, genuinely from the heart as she hadn’t seen them since she got back from vacation or whatever the case may be. It’s crazy to see how much magnetic charm, charisma and overall positive energy one person can maintain through the darkest of situations or most daunting of tasks. She’s really one of the biggest reasons I was able to realize, “Hey, it’s not so bad on this side of the tracks. I might have dodged a bullet.” Even if that was the case, Michelle would be one of the first to jump in front and take the bullet for me. Good god, home girl  you know I would do that same for you.

Michelle, you have done so much for my personal growth, my professional career and you have actually helped me set a foundational mindset full of pursuing one’s passion. This is something that I have for 1. now based my business DSPT on, 2. my now-retired skating career message on and 3. my reason or calling in life on. I will continue to employ this attitude in all of my acts of service and relationships moving forward and I cannot thank you enough for being there with me and keeping me grounded. You deserve the world for you and your beautiful family and I’m so glad I can be a part of it. You’re truly the definition of champion, rockstar and most importantly friend. I am so excited for our new challenge of getting you to a new level with your sport, Triathlon. The unmarked territory and exciting nerves are going to be the fuel that gets you there. I’m just the facilitator, the medium. And even though you may not think you’re the rockstar at the start, you’ve made the decision to start to become that rockstar. Take a lesson here, folks. Michelle, you’re an inspiration.

Please, if you would like to be a part of my success stories, reach out to me through the contact form below and find out how to train and motivate and inspire others with the heart of someone like Michelle. If you’re in the Calgary area I would gladly set up a brief chit-chat about your health and wellness goals and see if we can team up to start your path to becoming a rockstar. You truly are limited only by your own reality, I encourage you to push your standards and strive for success! I will help you start that journey and realize your health and wellness goals.