This thought brought to you by nearly 12 years of hardship, trials and tribulations and a ton of goofing up along the way and figuring shit out the hard way. Think about this one for a hot minute. Our social support system is critical to determining whether or not we keep on pushing through with goals and aspirations or if we give up. Do you really want it? Do you like the idea of wanting it? I’ll use my experience as an example, please let me know if you can relate…

I have spent so much time in my own space, developing my craft, fighting to be heard, struggling – really struggling. Some people, often closest to me have told me to give up. Others call me stubborn, or even just plain stupid. It’s not like that to me. It’s not a choice. I would rather wonder where my paycheque was and continue to make positive impact in the lives of others than go work for some company and build their dream. I truly don’t know what I’d be doing if I was not a catalyst for lifestyle change in others’ lives.

I’ve had a lot of time to think about the next thing, the next way to inspire to the masses, another promotional strategy to communicate my message …the list goes on and on… it’s really quite a thing for me. My overactive mind still sometimes gets the best of me and I find myself reeling these extravagant thoughts and dreams of creativity and purpose in so that it’s fuel to the fire. But at times, it goes unnoticed. Actually, I feel like most often it goes unnoticed. That’s okay though, except for when it crosses a certain line. I am human and emotions do play a role.

More often than not, I’m the butt of most insensitive jokes. What’s batshit crazy about that, is that the jokes come from people you wouldn’t expect. Just little shots from those on the sidelines, not really sure what I’m doing behind the scenes and clearly not in tune with how the words they speak may affect others around them.

“Will you pay me in exposure.”

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This is a real example from a real person in my life. A person I would have in the past called a friend. Harmless or not, the demeaning nature of this comment temporarily derailed my train from the tracks of my greater purpose. It was like a callous shot in the arm. A sting from a wasp. Albeit temporary, I’m not going to die (thank the heavens I learned this past summer that I’m not allergic to stings!) it still hurts like hell.

Why?

Because it’s from the perspective of an individual closer to me (although now that could be argued) than a random person. A person that knows (some of) my story and has seen my growth, seen my shortcomings and been there on the path for some of it. They were not alongside me shoulder to shoulder, but ironically enough I met this person and had a positive impact on their lifestyle. Typical me, years ago we met and  I provided my professional services to incorporate wellness into a lifestyle darkened by poor nutrition, alcoholism and inactivity, stress and so on and so forth…. So the comment itself bamboozles me. And feel free to use that word when given the opportunity this week. It’s under-utilized. Anyway, I know my value and was miffed by the lack of discretion. I felt like calling them out with something like:

“Hello, we got on so well because we learned from each other in times of critical need. Now you want to dismiss the work that I do because of whatever insecurities or predisposed commentary you have about my business practices…”

I did throw fire back, unapologetically – as this wasn’t the first time this individual made the exact same discerning comment. I laughed it off the first time, something like 6 months ago… but once the knife is in and turned a couple times around it’s hard to not take things personally… you know?

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However, today as I look back on it, I have let that shit go. It was not a personal attack against me. Who knows what the people around us are going through. They could be just reacting and projecting a story they have in their head about you. And that brings me finally, to my main point. Ta da! See? Full circle…

The people we hold closest to us in our personal lives have a story they’ve built up about us. So no matter what you accomplish professionally, no matter how much experience you gain in your field, you’ll always be “sonny”, “baby brother” or “one of the boys”, “daddy’s girl” the “party girl” or “wild child” or whoever you were to them when they met you.

You’ll only become a prophet once you leave your hometown.

 


 

Now, for those of you wondering what the heck I was getting flack on Facebook about anyway, I actually made a calling for an IT/Web design tech savvy person to bounce some ideas and see what they would recommend for a project I’ve been working at for a while; my new online store. I am prepared to hire the right person as web design, though I can do it – is not a great use of my time. I’d prefer to have someone much more in love with it and proficient to get it done right and with the same kind of passion as I bring to my clients.

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This is what the comment above was in response to… the backstory is that in our industry trades of services and “promises of fame” often act in lieu of monetary compensation. So I felt that comment delegitimized my credibility and assumes I wouldn’t flat out hire someone to do the job. Not the case at all. Se la vie… 

Turns out for the time being anyway I don’t need to hire anyone on. I was able to figure things out and get the coding done DIY style so now all of you can check out the products and services I offer to musicians, via remote coaching, webinars and soon to be released, E-Programs.

That’s right, I’ve got a few introductory exercise workout programs and stretch techniques that I’ve built and can’t wait to release to help people conveniently take care of themselves at home with proper instruction!

For now, online coaching services and free weekly webinars – if you’re interested in checking it out, please head to the MusicFit Collective New Online Store at

—–> musicfit.yondo.com

The first webinar is set to help explain what kind of exercises are best for you in The Musician’s Guide To Working Out and I’d love to see you there.

Until next time,

Namaste sweet!

M

 

Featured image by Joshua Alfaro on Unsplash

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“I dunno.”

The only words to escape my empty mind at the time. Fast forward to a couple nights ago. Similar in approach to a tee.

“I dunno.”

See, human beings are fascinating creatures. Oftentimes we tend to think about all the things at the end of the road. Meanwhile, we have missed the beauty of the turns, the hills and the coastal view all along the way.

It’s right in front of you.

But only when you’re ready will your eyes clear the fog and let you see for yourself.

And that’s okay.

We’ve got all the time in the world. It just likes to chase us.

Thanks for listening, namaste sweet.

Goodnight. 😚

-ms

Calisthenic or “body-weight exercise” often goes underrated in the world of fitness. Overshadowed by the likes of the latest Spin Class, or CrossFit “Workout Of The Day” (WOD) – and don’t get me wrong, I love my friends at YYC Cycle & at CrossFit Above All – but social media has coached us into moving our body with some sort of apparatus generally speaking.

I am here to dispel that notion and shed some light on another way; a way for people that enjoy getting in shape with the things that they have around them… Like a stair case, a wall or the playground their kids hit up on the weekend.

What is calisthenics? 

Simply put, sequences of “primal” movement patterns (squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling and twisting…)

Many people consider body-weight exercises as elementary or “rookie” because of the media’s misconception of the strength training fuelled by the big box gym and companies that sell shit that they want you to buy. Really though – we all have the resources right in front of us. And if you are still skeptical about how body weight training could possibly make you strong, check this fella out. Ido Portal is a God of movement and one of my favourite specialist to model programming from. Here is a bit of his practice. Tell me what you think.

If you are interested in learning more, click here for a primal movement pdf to help you learn the basics.

I am offering a 6 week body weight training program too. In person and remote. Click here if that sounds like fun.

Thanks for reading. Stay sweet!

I’m back!

Hey everyone! If you’ve never taken a breather, I highly recommend it. Be it from social media, the phone and emails or just from the daily hustle and grind – it all adds up and sometimes it’s nice to just recharge and breathe.

I spent May doing just that. I’m refocused, energized and have realigned my vision, got a few projects really rockin’ and rollin’ and most importantly, I’m the fittest I’ve ever been.
I find that I have more energy than ever! I’m waking up with the sun every day, going for a jog with Dar or doing some yoga in my living room and then heading in to either volunteer at Ronald McDonald House or down to INLIV to work with an all-star personal training team to inspire some amazing lives! I even bike almost 200 kilometres every week for fun!
I can’t say it was all me. I owe a lot of it to resetting my mindset and that only really started to kick in about 6 months ago when I started getting coached through the same system I teach my coaching clients, Precision Nutrition’s Pro-Coach.

Between volunteering, creating, coaching, catching live music events around town, hosting two shows; one on TV and the other, my very own radio show (now available on iTunes!), entertaining (or more like being entertained by) my pup Darwin, it seems like there should be a lot fewer hours in my day, right? It’s all in how you manage your time, I s’pose.
I’ve attached some links for you to take a peek at some of the things I’ve been up to. I hope you enjoy it, share it and remember the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, burnt out or out of control – take a step back and breathe. Reach out if you would like some help or even just an ear to vent to.

SoundScape

Check out the TV show I host, SoundScape YYCTanner James plays some tunes, talks about the upcoming release of his debut novel and chats with me about the changing landscape of Calgary’s music scene and how he’s thriving as an artist in the wake of the gunslingers and oil barons of the wild, wild west. It’s a real doozy. Tune in.

PPLSKLZ RADIO

The first episode is out! Be sure to tune in on that commute to work or over lunch break for your hour-long dose of local music-fused with real discussion on proactive healthcare for musicians and music lovers. Chalked full of value, this episode includes the first part of a new gender series “What Is A Man” I’m unrolling this month, some great local artists including Jo-Jo O’ and the Woods and The Heirlooms and tips and tricks to help keep you moving and feeling great! Check it out below.

The Musician’s Guide To Surviving The Rock Star Lifestyle

Now available on amazon.ca, get your copy of my book in either old school paperback or fresh, like the kids these days – e-book. Order your copy today!

Thanks for reading, until next time… stay sweet!

 

And just like that it could have been taken all away from me. 

For some reason, I decided to loop back before entering the crosswalk on Monday. Mounted on “Big Red” my mountain bike converted to commuter to get to work and back and run errands around Calgary, my timely hesitation before rolling into the crosswalk may have very well been the half second that kept me alive that day. 

The car careened into oncoming traffic stopped at the redlight facing westbound on 9th after t-boning the drivers side quarter panel of a car2go, smashing that car into the concrete wall bordering 4th st. 

I was about a tire length from being steamrolled by that grey sedan, but instead, as I watched the car come to an abrupt stop right beside me in that oncoming traffic, passenger thug and his dog escape and cowardly flee the scene I took another breathe of oxygen. I was still standing. 

Sometimes I guess that’s the world’s way of telling you “Not yet, man. You have some work to do.” And while it’s a long arduous battle these days, mom’s right – it could always be worse. I could have been under that car. Instead, I made a split decision after I took into account the scene was in good hands with EMS and Police. It was on. 

Who knows what I would have done had I caught that bastard before he and his dog hijacked that black pick up, but shit I tell ya I’ve never pedalled so fast in my life. What a sketchy, coked-up piece of shit. His time will run out. I think he should consider himself lucky I didn’t catch him. 

Probably for the best. Knowing me I’d be the one facing charges. 

Now I can focus. Even though times are tough – no amount of money could put into perspective what it means to have the handful of people that flash through your mind after you gain perspective from a traumatic incident like Monday’s hit and run. 

Family, my dog, close friends and my first love. It’s amazing to think it could all go so quickly. Amazing that she’s still in my head too. Back of the mind, yet still front of mind… 

I’m happy to be here. I’m meant to do something more. And I’m more inspired (and impoverished, haha!) than ever to just light it up.

Tell those you care about how they make you feel. Trust in yourself and don’t ever give up. And no matter what… Chase the thug down, no matter how effin’ scared you are. Chase that mthrfkr down as hard as you can. Even if it’s right after hes nearly hit you with a stolen car in a crosswalk on your way to work. It’s good for your soul. Chase. 

Peace. ✌️ 

It’s so true.

Authenticity is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to the mindset of this young singer, songwriter and vocal coach hailing from Calgary, AB. My dear friend, Lisa Anderson is the epitome of finding and embracing one’s true identity.
Having been given the opportunity to work with her to help her achieve her health and fitness goals AND having the pleasure of creating music with her from behind the drum set, I can say in confidence that Lisa is leaps and bounds beyond her peers as far as the world of genuine artistry goes.

Please take a listen to our conversation as my latest Podcast is up and live.lisa-anderson

We hit areas of community, authenticity and of course delve into her very exciting 2017, with all the events planned for a fall release of her hotly anticipated second full-length album.

Okay, I’m likely going to take a lot of heat from a whole assortment of communities on this one. But it’s true, the “diet” approach doesn’t work. I’ve done it. I’ve even coached it. I’ve remained open to all sorts of dieting practices. Gluten free, sugar free, greens detox, low carb, high carb, cycling, starvation, or I mean.. restrictive calories, that “if it fits your macros” bullshit, vegan, vegetarian, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, omnomnomnivour… you name it. Nothing works.

You might ask… “How the eff do you figure, Schwartz?” I know guys that have lost a lot of weight AND they kept it off. Okay. So far, so good. But really, what’s the key to nutritional wellbeing in my oh-so-humble opinion? Consistency. And even “those guys” haven’t got any consistency. So, it’s only a matter of time they’re be “off the program…”
That’s right. NONE of the above diet solutions, fad or not promote consistency. They actually promote quite the opposite. Inconsistency. Here’s a closer look…

So, you’re on a diet, eh?

You’re either “on” or “off” a diet – there’s no in between.

So what do you think that does to a person’s psyche when they are out and about and not able to eat the 3 grams of protein with 1 silly meal like their ignorant meal planning coach enforced? Do you think that person’s attitude towards eating well changed for the positive, or for the negative? I’m willing to bet (and this I’ve seen) that that person will now be more inclined to eat more shit, because they already “screwed up” that day. Been there before, folks? Of course you have. Don’t lie. One piece of cheese and a glass of wine quickly turns to waking up on Monday still wondering what happened to Sunday. It’s a rabbit hole…

What a messed up version of reality, if you ask me. But I digress…

So… you’re still counting calories and worrying about fat and carbs, eh?

Well, that’s unfortunate.

I mean, it’s not your fault at all. I blame the media, which is basically run by the companies that want you to buy their shit. So, really – watch TV, surf the net, or otherwise follow pop culture and you’re likely screwed. No, calories aren’t bad. No carbs aren’t either. Neither is fat. They’re quite necessary as part of a healthy diet (not THAT kind of diet, diet as in what you ingest…) You require energy from those macronutrients in order to carry out daily functions effectively. No fat? No carbs? Limited cognitive function. That’s right, you fail to process things… cool right? Nope. Zero percent cool. So, what do we do?

Here’s my solution!

Start by building on habits. The key to solid nutrition is nothing more than replacing poor dietary habits with better ones, and that takes time. So regardless of whether or not you’re looking to build muscle, sleep better, improve athletic performance, lose weight or correct an old injury, you’ll need to start small with manageable habits. I’m talking small, small…

Here’s a drill I incorporate with nearly all of the folks I work with. Take one week to focus on just making time.

15 minutes. 2 minutes. An hour.

Whatever you’ve got. Make time and schedule it.

No one will give you time (everyone’s problems are yours, don’t you know…) so if you can start changing your mentality around creating time for yourself, things like meal prep, shopping at Community or Planet Organic instead of McDonalds drive thru, making sure you get to the gym (or your training session with me…) will easily translate when your brain goes into autopilot about thinking about taking care of YOU before all else. But again, that takes time. So be patient. Start by looking at your next week and plotting out time each day to work on you. It can be whatever. Writing, taking a bath, breathing, meditating… Just disconnect and make the time.

Try this out for a week and just see how it goes. Check in with yourself every day. You’ll be surprised at how difficult it may be, depending on how over-extended you actually are. (In that case you’ll definitely want to talk to me… I have some online answers to help solve the problem of setting intention and a healthy foundation of positively, reinforced habits).

Takeaways:

  • Diets suck
  • Eat carbs and healthy fats
  • Make time for yourself

Over and out!

Happy habit building!

 

SCHWARTZ