Revolutionary You! #166-Amanda Thebe: The “Mary Poppins” of Menopause

Amanda Thebe is a fellow trainer and the host of the excellent Fit & Chips podcast. She remains focused on the challenges and support of women going through peri-menopause and menopause, helping them survive this phase of life with their sanity and bodies intact. She has an amazing sense of humor and passion for what she does through and through. In this episode, we talk about many of those challenges and what Amanda has learned in her work so far to help more women succeed with their health and diet. To learn more about her work, check out http://www.fitnchips.com To learn more about your host, check out http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and http://www.revfittherapy.com You can also like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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If I Don’t Do This, Then I’m Not Going To Get Anywhere In Life

Anthony has been turning heads at RevFit since he began. Initially, very quiet and soft-spoken, when I say that he has seen a significant transformation in a very short time I don’t say it lightly.

He started training with me in July of 2018 and to credit his weight loss and the increases in strength that he has seen, it has all been incredibly inspirational.

Many trainers will come back to the question of “What’s your Why?” And it’s not that you can’t see good things happen with your body just from putting the work in but when you have that deep, burning Why and you have it solved, your obstacles in life tend to be less dramatic and less of a distraction. For Anthony, once he knew what he wanted, there wasn’t going to be anything that stood in his way.

It’s probably better that you hear it directly from him.

JASON: Anthony, I remember well first calling your house to find out if we would be a good fit to work together. Your mom had heard about me through some mutual friends who happen to train here as well and she gave me a call to see if I would be able to help you reach your goals. The goal, initially, was to get you in physical shape to get started in the police academy. Can you provide some context for how your interest in that field began?

ANTHONY: When I was a little kid, like 5-7  years of age, my grandmother and I would watch the TV show, “Cops” together. When the theme song “Bad Boys” would play , I recall I would jump on the coffee table and dance to it. So even at a young age I admired police officers. Then, when I went to high school there was a program called the “Police Explorers” that taught me a lot about the career field. Being a part of that group for three years taught me that being a police officer is not all about driving fast and putting bad people in jail. It’s about helping the community and making a difference. So, that’s what I want to do. I want to help people. I want to make a difference.

JASON: You have lost a substantial amount of weight within a fairly short time frame. I wouldn’t be lying if I said you have a lot of clients watching you for inspiration and cheering you on. Can you tell me about what your diet was like before you started training with me and what it looks like now in comparison?

ANTHONY: My diet (before we met) was what ever I wanted. I ate everything. It didn’t help that my grandmother cooked “Southern style” big, hearty meals everyday. Now, I just eat significantly less food. I’ve started buying food from a health restaurant where they have meal plans. They provide 5 meals a week and I eat around that. Every meal is 300-500 calories.

JASON: Within the health and wellness community, myself and many of my fellow trainers feel that one of the biggest determining factors to a person’s success is finding their “Why.” In other words, what is that deeply rooted motivation that keeps you pushing forward when there are so many things in life that can pull you in an opposing direction. I can tell you, firsthand, many people struggle with this. How have you been able to maintain that focus in the time you’ve been with me and not lose sight of your goals?

ANTHONY: One thing I feel that has kept me focused on my goal is the insane amount of support from family, friends and all the people that keep commenting on your posts about me. I may not “Like” or comment back on them but I do read every single one and it makes me feel great. It makes me want to see just how much more I can do. 

JASON: There have been some very welcome, and not totally unexpected, consequences of your weight loss. It wasn’t long before your whole mood and morale shifted. You began to wear your clothes differently, your hair was cut and styled differently, and you began to open up more from a conversational standpoint. Can you describe that shift?

ANTHONY: When I started losing weight, I started feeling better about myself and wanted to make myself look even better so I started taking better care of myself. When I started taking better care of myself, it built a lot more confidence in me and allowed me to finally ask out my current girlfriend so I guess everything in my life has shifted for the better since we started working together.

JASON: I remember training you one day and you had what I would call a pivotal admission. You were about to start an exercise and you said to me: “I know where I am in life right now and I know where I want to be and the only thing standing in my way is this.” At which point you grabbed your midsection to emphasize the weight you were looking to lose. I believe it takes a very bold person to admit these things and work towards them. Can you tell me more about how your mindset affects you and gives you an advantage in getting where you want to be?

ANTHONY: I guess my mindset is just a realistic one. I know that I need to do these things in order to do what I want to do in life. And if I don’t do this, then I’m not going to get anywhere in life. 

JASON: There was another scenario that I replay in my head with you. You were looking up at our progress board and you saw the numbers that people have achieved with their weight loss. Our two bests to date have been Don and Chris who have each seen personal bests of 86 lbs down. I remember you asked “Those two people lost 86 lbs?” And I replied “Yeah, they sure did.” Your response to that was “Well, you better make room for 100 lbs down because that’s what I’m going for.” I absolutely love that attitude. Would you share some insight for the readers about why you want to shoot for that goal?

ANTHONY: At that point, I did not know what I wanted exactly. I still don’t honestly. I just know that I want to be able to compete with others in the police academy and pass. I’ll figure out what I ultimately want to weigh when I can feel good and confident with my body weight. 

JASON: Anthony, I cannot overstate the change that has occurred in you to date. You have been a remarkable client and it has been an immense honor to work with you so far. I cannot wait to see where the journey continues because I, for one, am going to be one of your biggest fans to see you graduate from the police academy. I wanted to sincerely thank you for all of your hard work as I know our story together has more chapters to write.

(As of the writing of this post, Anthony has lost 51 lbs since July.)

“We Make Great People Greater”

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Revolutionary You! #165-BONUS-Mike Doehla: The Good Guys Can Win

If you’re in the fitness industry, you’d be hard pressed to not notice the rise of Mike Doehla and Stronger U. For anyone outside of that circle, I hope this serves as a great introduction to what Mike and his team are up to. Having met him in 2018 at The Fitness Summit as well as many of his colleagues, it was a huge honor to have him come on the show so I could have him share some of the knowledge that has helped Stronger U become what it is today. To learn more about his organization, check out www.strongeru.com and to follow Mike directly, check out his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mike.doehla To learn more about your host, visit www.jasonleenaarts.com and www.revfittherapy.com You can also like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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Revolutionary You! #164-Nikki Naab-Levy and Meghan Ramos: “Push It Real Good”

Hot off the heels of her first episode with me (#147), Nikki Naab-Levy returns with her partner in crime Meghan Ramos to introduce their new program together “Push It Real Good.” This program takes both the strength aspect and mobility aspect of doing a proper push-up and deconstructs the movement so you can perform push-ups in a pain free manner and make them one of your fundamental movements. Having seen an advance copy, I can tell you this is a great resource to have. You can pre-order the program now with a special code “realgood” that will be valid until January 24. Act now so you can get access to it. You can purchase the program and learn more about Nikki at http://www.naablevy.com and to learn more about Meghan’s work and connect with her on social media, check out http://www.ironandspice.com To learn more about your host, check out http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and http://www.revfittherapy.com You can also like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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I Am Worth It

As I did with last week’s post about Hugh, I wanted to continue kicking off the year with another client highlight article. Tatsyana has seen a huge transformation in her physique in her time with me. It has rarely been an easy road but she has shown that when she’s focused, there’s little that stands in her way.

JASON: Can you paint a picture of what was happening in your life at the time we met? For those who don’t know, you had won some sessions to train with me at a special needs raffle. You had been sitting on the certificate for a while before we met in person through some mutual friends.

TATSYANA: A year before we met, I had won your sessions. I was at least 85 lbs overweight and felt ashamed of myself. I never thought a gym setting would be a good fit for me because I would be too embarrassed within that atmosphere.

JASON: Before you started training here and after you had committed to getting started, you got serious about your weight loss and had already dropped significant weight before training began. What changes did you make that weren’t already in place?

TATSYANA: When I met you, the personalities clicked. You have a son with autism and I was able to see you interact with him, which was fantastic. I had been fostering children with developmental disabilities for 24 years at that point. I remember we were trying to set up our initial consultation and session time and you mentioned the book you wrote. I bought it and decided to jump in 100%. I got aggressive with my diet so I wouldn’t look “as bad” once I walked into your gym. That worked for about the first 25 lbs before I hit a plateau.

JASON: Many people don’t know this (because you don’t let on about it) that you had some pre-existing injuries that affected your ability to train to full capacity. Can you talk about those injuries and how they affect your daily life?

TATSYANA: I have five brothers and five sons so that has caused me to be pretty tough! Besides, do people really want to hear you are in pain? I’ve learned to live with my chronic pain. I have degenerative discs in my spine and my neck and back are a mess. You have helped me immensely in building those muscles around those problem areas. In doing so, the surgeon hasn’t had to cut me open again. Thank God!

JASON: You dropped a lot of weight in a fairly short amount of time once you got on a consistent routine with us. What kept you so focused?

TATSYANA: You have helped me stay focused. I am a “pleaser”, so it’s important to me to put the time into myself when I see what you put into all of us clients! In your gym, people are incredibly happy and supportive. I need people like that to motivate me and help me feel worthy. I get this between the four walls at RevFit.

JASON: One thing I’ve always admired about you is your ability to take on a great deal of responsibility in caring for others. It’s easy to see how the attention you give to others forces you to put your own health on the backburner. What have you learned about yourself throughout this process?

TATSYANA: I believe we are on this earth to serve each other. I’m learning from you and others in the gym that it’s okay to serve myself from time to time. Ask me that same question five years from now and the answer may be different. I still see a lot of dysfunction in myself!

JASON: You’re back on a consistent routine and focused again on your weight loss and getting to your ultimate goal weight. More often than not, life gets in the way of our well-designed plans and keeps us from getting where we want to be within a reasonable time frame. For a while you were basically holding steady and floating within the same handful of pounds. What shifted your mindset to get things rolling in the right direction again?

TATSYANA: At one point recently I was up 20 lbs from my previous low. It’s important to realize I am not a failure and that I need to be patient and forgiving of myself. You certainly are. I feel with my own self worth comes a level of accountability. If I can get all of that working in harmony, I would be happier and leaner.

JASON: Tatsyana, I wanted to thank you for not only the time and effort you’ve put into yourself but for how supportive you have remained of not only me but the other clients here as well. Thank you for continuing to be an inspiration.

TATSYANA: It’s a mutual feeling! Thank you for building me up and having the understanding and patience to work with me. Being at RevFit is worth a million bucks and I am learning that I am worth the time and money I invest in being there.

(As of this picture, Tatsyana is down 56lbs.)

“We Make Great People Greater”

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Revolutionary You! #163-BONUS-Christian Finn: Introducing MX4

Christian Finn makes his third appearance after two stellar episodes prior to this (#58 and #103) and we chat about his brand new training program MX4. Christian aimed to design a program that not only helps you build muscle but does so in a joint-friendly way without the presence of the “Big Lifts” in the mix. To learn more about Christian’s work and to purchase a copy of MX4 for yourself, visit http://www.muscleevo.net To learn more about your host, check out http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and http://www.revfittherapy.com You can also like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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Revolutionary You! #162-James Fell: The Holy Sh!t Moment

I’m kicking off 2019 in big fashion with James Fell. He has bylines in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, TIME magazine and many other publications. His blog, BodyForWife.com, has millions of readers and he is the author of two books: The Holy Sh!t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen In An Instant (St. Martin’s Press, 2019) and Lose It Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind (Random House Canada, 2014.) You can pre-order The Holy Sh!t Moment by following this link www.bodyforwife.com/books To learn more about your host, check out www.jasonleenaarts.com and www.revfittherapy.com You can also like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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There Is No Plan B

In the spring of last year, I wrote an article about my client, Hugh (a.k.a Mr. Grit.) For more background than what you’ll read below, I would encourage you to read that article as well.

As we say goodbye to 2018, I wanted to highlight Hugh once again. If you’ve been following me on social media, you may have been seeing the steady progress he’s been making with his traplift. Rather than tell a similar story as before (albeit evolved), I went straight to the source this time and asked Hugh more pointed questions to get a better understanding of how he has accomplished what he’s done so far.

JASON: Hugh, even though I’ve written an article previously about you, a lot has happened with your training since then. For frame of reference, can you state your age and what was going on with your health prior to you starting here?

HUGH: I’m 76 years old.  I’ll be 77 come June of 2019.   Over the last few years, I had two strokes.  The last stroke was in 2016.  After 2-3 weeks of therapy, I returned to work and working out at home. During my workout, I felt a slight pain towards my left shoulder, so I had it checked at the Cleveland Clinic.  The finding was: I needed a quadruple bypass and aortic valve replacement (a.k.a The Widow Maker.) The surgery was done at the end of March and I was home by early April 2017. After a couple of follow-up visits, I was cleared to do some exercise.  That is when my daughter, Kellie, challenged me to come see you…her treat.

JASON:  After your surgery, I’m certain the rehabilitation process must have been
trying. I can imagine many people in your shoes would have been less inclined to push their needle forward. For someone as driven as you are, 
what kept you motivated to regain your strength and mobility?

HUGH: I can’t imagine myself not being able to do the things I want to do. I feel there is more that I have and want to do and I will need strength: physical, mental and spiritual to accomplish these goals. To me, there is no Plan B!  You do what you think is best for the condition.  Just like exercise, if I can’t perform a specific exercise, you will suggest another exercise that works the same set of muscles. That is not a Plan B, just a different path to the original goal.

JASON: Something I mentioned in the previous article was how your body, and
specifically your right side, had been the major limiting factor in your ability to make more linear progress where appropriate. I tend to be more forgiving of those things because I know sometimes the body has a mind of it’s own. You were far less forgiving about it and seemed bound and determined to fight through that. How do you think you have benefited from 
that approach?

HUGH: In establishing a goal, one must take a brutally candid look at themselves and identify what is possible and what things will be an impediment to your success. I knew my right side would be an impediment, so I make that impediment a part of my goals.  For instance, when my right arm starts shaking during a bench press, I tell it to “Stop” and  “Get up there” with my left arm. Or, I’ll do another couple of reps correctly.  That is why I am so focused on technique.  Technique forces me to focus on everything being proper.  The little voice in my head keeps reminding me of my goals.  Everyone has that little voice, you just have to listen to it.  My right side is coming along nicely but to me it’s not completely there yet.  I’ll keep working!

JASON:  As we have seen your traplift increase over time, I remember when your
first goal was just pulling 300 lbs from the floor. Once you had that weight completed, the linear progress was really spectacular. At any point, did you feel like you were hitting your physical limit? If so, what was your 
thought process to overcome that?

HUGH: I think you and I had a conversation about failure being a goal as it relates to lifting a certain weight.  You mentioned the aggregate weight was just as important as lifting a personal record.  I thought about how what you said made sense and it is true. But I felt that I didn’t know what was doable until that weight conquered me and I was on the floor. So, I told my little voice to stop looking for reasons to fail and pick up the weight!

JASON: We were recently having a progress check-in and were talking about your
sticking points. For those who don’t train here, they may not know that sometimes we will attempt a personal record two weeks in a row to see if it’s in the tank. If there are two missed attempts, I will normally transition a client to lower weight and more reps to get the patterns and confidence back in place. In your case, you were game to keep pushing. Around the 365-370 mark, you were in a place where it seemed the weight
wasn’t going to move. Lo and behold, you got the next personal record. I remember this conversation vividly, as it was just a handful of weeks ago. You said “I want to hit 400 lbs by the end of the year. Do you think that’s possible?” I always like to be conservative with my projections and, knowing where you got stuck, I didn’t see it being a possibility. I recall telling you that I didn’t think it was a realistic goal but perhaps by January you would hit it. This is definitely one case of me happily admitting I was very wrong and you proved that to me! Tell me about your 
mindset as the number kept scaling closer and closer to that 400 lbs.

HUGH:  I was thinking about hitting 400 lbs from the moment I knew 390 lbs was doable.  After all, getting to 300 lbs was my initial goal. Then, getting past 365-370 was a big deal for me because it said to me “You can do it”.  The whole weight thing above 300 lbs was just incremental so it was a freebie for me. My mindset going to 400 lbs was pretty simple.  I convinced myself that it was only 5 lbs more than the 395 I had lifted the week before. My nephew, Raymond, got word of my working out from my daughter Shannon and said he would donate $10 per pound to St. Jude’s Hospital if I made the lift. Now, St. Jude’s has $4000 more to spend on the children.

JASON:  Right before you hit that big number, I remember another conversation with
you leading up to it. I asked you “Hugh, what’s the plan? After you hit 400, are you going for 405. 410?” Your response: “500.” You didn’t even hesitate! I have to tell you, it’s the rare person who shoots for these ambitious goals and doesn’t flinch as they set their sights. In other words, I consider you an exception and not a rule. Have you always
approached life this way? How has this tactic served you over your life?

HUGH: I have always been fortunate in my life to have great people around me.  My wife, of 51 years, Betty, has always believed in me and supported me.  That is a P.R. beyond belief! Now, I draw strength from my six children. Seeing how they watch each other and care for each other makes me proud. My Mom and Dad were always there to encourage me to try things even when I fail. People in business gave me a chance to go higher in the company when it seemed I didn’t stand a chance to excel. That is something for which I’ll always be grateful. My philosophy is: There is no Plan B. Anything is possible, expect it.

JASON: This article will be released as we are on the cusp of a new year. This is
the time when people reset their goals and attempt new ones. You obviously have no fear of aiming high and reaching high. What advice would you give to others who want to see similar success paths that you have seen since you’ve been here?

HUGH: I would advise the client to have a clear goal of what he/she wishes to accomplish here. Then, share that goal with you so he/she can get a realistic assessment of the time it will take to accomplish that goal and would the client be willing to put in the work to achieve the goal. It helps that you, as the trainer, have made the commitment to measuring their progress, monitoring their effort and mixing up exercises to make it new and fun as well as having those periodic check-ins to discuss their progress. I would advise the client to stay involved in the process of achieving his/her goal and not just falling into the “routine” of  simply exercising. This is a journey to a healthier lifestyle, not just a period of times, once or twice a week.

JASON:  Hugh, I want to thank you again for your candor and honesty. You have
remained an inspiration to many and it has been a sincere honor working 
with you and learning from you.

HUGH: Thank you for your help. The same goes to your staff, Mike and Luke, as well.

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Revolutionary You! #161-Tim Arndt: Making Fitness Simple

As we close out 2018, I welcome Tim Arndt to the show for the first time. Tim is a fellow trainer based out of Spokane, Washington with two decades of experience in the industry. In this episode, we bring the topic back to basics with the knowledge that many will be embarking on or restarting their fitness journey over the next several weeks. Tim and I bring two different perspectives to the table in efforts to remind those individuals that sometimes it’s not the most complex program that works but the simpler and sustainable one that keeps you consistent and coming back for more. To learn more about Tim’s work, you can connect with him on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/the_gym_whisperer and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tim.arndt.10 To learn more about your host, visit http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and http://www.revfittherapy.com You can also like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review

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What Went Down: 2018 In Review

At the end of last year, I compiled all the books I read throughout the year. If that’s something of interest to you, you can view the list here.

I wanted to do that again this year but throw in a few other things that might catch your eye and ear as well.

Here’s what went down in 2018:

PODCASTS

In addition to keeping up with my Revolutionary You show and the work I do with my friend Blake on the show Someone Has To Say It, I was honored to be a guest on several podcasts as well. If you’d like to hear those, you can listen back at these links:

Half Size Me: How To Start Your Journey In A New Way

Cut The S#!t, Get Fit: Hosted by Rafal Mastuszewski

The Pat Flynn Show: Jason Leenaarts on Making Fitness His Drug of Choice

The Julie Tussey Show 1: Jason Leenaarts of Revolutionary YOU!! Calories or Weight Watchers?

The Julie Tussey Show 2: Get Your Own Personal Revolution

The Julie Tussey Show 3: Losing Weight Through Peri-Menopause/Menopause with Jason Leenaarts

The Julie Tussey Show 4: Holiday Strategies

Dog Life Radio: Jason Leenaarts of Revolution Fitness & Therapy

Open Sky Fitness (cross-promotion podcast) with Rob Dionne and Jason Leenaarts: 10 Vital Habits For Building Muscle Mass and Losing Fat

Lift The Bar: Jason Leenaarts: Lessons From Hitting Rock Bottom & Starting a PT Facility

Moving Well Podcast: On Mindset, Strength Training and Fat Loss

I also wanted to post the 5 most downloaded episodes of Revolutionary You for 2018. In this order:

1) #103-Christian Finn: Sugar Makes You Fat & Other Diet Myths Debunked

2) #137-Dr. Yoni Freedhoff: Dieting Strategies and Overcoming Dogmatic Beliefs

3) #117-Dr. Mike Israetel: Considerations For High Intensity Exercise

4) #108-Heather Robertson: One Pound At A Time

5) #121-Georgie Fear, Roland Fisher, Josh Hillis, Sarah Campbell, Maryclaire Brescia and Kara Beutel: One By One Nutrition Answers Your Burning Questions

ARTICLES

Every week, I release a new article (usually on Tuesdays) and here are the 5 most popular releases of the year:

1) Open Letter to the “Disappearing” Client

2) 43 Obvious (and Not So Obvious) Ways To Lose Fat Before 2019

3) 12 Years Clean…and I’m Still an Addict

4) How I Met My Wife

5) Strategies For Better Food Tracking

And last but not least, here are all the books I consumed this year. Due to the time constraints of work, family life, etc. I definitely did more damage with audiobooks than physical books but here is the list. I’ve linked every book to where you can purchase a copy for yourself. In most cases, I’ve linked back to Barnes & Noble and Amazon but where possible I’ve linked back to the author’s page so you can purchase there instead. I was privy to advanced copies of some books so I wanted to give a special thanks to those authors who allowed me to view their work before it went to the mass public. I’ve included cookbooks, short books, long books, certification manuals, etc. It’s all here. I always read a lot in the realm of fitness, nutrition, and business but I frequently cleanse my palette with fiction, music biographies, etc. I don’t know that I could pick favorites but I definitely had books that stuck out more than others. Here’s what I filled my pea-brain with in 2018 in the order they were finished.

1) Sugar Makes You Fat & Other Diet Myths Debunked by Christian Finn
2) The Contest Prep Book by Layne Norton and Peter Baker
3) The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
4) French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Giuliano
5) MDC: Memoirs From A Damaged Civilization by Dave Dictor
6) The Hardgainer Solution by Scott Abel
7) I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart
8) Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop
9) Conscious Coaching by Brett Bartholomew
10) The Fellowship Of The Ring by J.R.R Tolkien
11) The Hardy Boys: The Tower Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon
12) Good To Great by Jim Collins
13) The First Five by Henry Rollins
14) The Portable Henry Rollins by Henry Rollins
15) Chasing The Scream by Johann Hari
16) The Hardy Boys: The House On The Cliff by Franklin W. Dixon
17) Punk: The Best Of Punk Magazine by John Holmstrom and Bridget Hurd
18) Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
19) Green Hills Of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
20) Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
21) The Two Towers by J.R.R Tolkien
22) Grit by Angela Duckworth
23) Becoming Brooklyn Strong by Jeb Stuart Johnston
24) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
25) A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach To Building A Great Business by Ari Weinzweig
26) Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
27) Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
28) 10% Happier by Dan Harris
29) Black Privilege by Charlamagne Tha God
30) The Return Of The King by J.R.R. Tolkien
31) See A Grown Man Cry Now Watch Him Die by Henry Rollins
32) The Hardy Boys: The Secret Of The Old Mill by Franklin W. Dixon
33) The Man Diet by Chad Howse
34) Give And Take by Adam Grant
35) The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
36) Feast by Hannah Howard
37) Are You Useful? by Chip Conrad
38) Blog Profits Blueprint by Yaro Starak
39) The Wanderers by Richard Price
40) The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
41) Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
42) American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
43) Originals by Adam Grant
44) Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
45) Exactly What To Say by Phil M. Jones
46) The Love-Powered Diet by Victoria Moran
47) Never Lose A Customer Again by Joey Coleman
48) Lift To Get Lean by Holly Perkins
49) Broken Summers by Henry Rollins
50) Why Do You Hate Money? by Joey Percia
51) How To Live A Good Life by Jonathan Fields
52) End Zone by Don Delillo
53) Principles by Ray Dalio
54) A Gentleman In Moscow by Amon Towles
55) The Dirt by Motley Crue with Neil Strauss
56) Mini Habits by Stephen Guise
57) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
58) Roomanitarian by Henry Rollins
59) Deep Work by Cal Newport
60) Big Girl by Kelsey Miller
61) Think Thin, Be Thin by Doris Wild Helmering and Dianne Hales
62) Brown’s Requiem by James Ellroy
63) Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal
64) Sticks & Stones by Jim Heafner and Jarod Hall
65) Proteinaholic by Garth Davis
66) Presto! by Penn Jillette
67) Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
68) An American Demon by Jack Grisham
69) Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
70) Brain On Fire by Susannah Cahalan
71) Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
72) Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
73) The Truth by Neil Strauss
74) Shrill by Lindy West
75) Muscle by Jason Maxwell
76) The Hardy Boys: The Missing Chums by Franklin W. Dixon
77) Your Workout Perfected by Nick Tumminello
78) Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
79) Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling
80) Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
81) Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
82) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
83) Life by Keith Richards
84) Leaving The Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
85) Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
86) The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday
87) Younger Next Year For Women by Chris Crowley & Harry Lodge
88) Occupants by Henry Rollins
89) Runnin’ With The Devil by Noel E. Monk
90) Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
91) Share Your Story by Camille DePutter
92) Hunger by Roxane Gay
93) Less by Andrew Sean Greer
94) Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes
95) Stray: Memoir Of A Runaway by Tanya Marquardt
96) I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne
97) Believe It And Behave It by Kate Harvie
98) The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
99) The Hardy Boys: Hunting For Hidden Gold by Franklin W. Dixon
100) Rising Strong by Brene Brown
101) Tears And Laughter by Kahlil Gibran
102) Bridging The Gap From Rehab To Performance by Sue Falsone
103) Women Food and God by Geneen Roth
104) Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
105) Factfulness by Hans Rosling
106) The Art Of Asking by Amanda Palmer
107) Peak: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson
108) Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
109) Own The Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus
110) Shot In The Heart by Mikal Gilmore
111) You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
112) Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace
113) Little Poems For Big Hearts by Camille DePutter
114) Diet Mindset Makeover by Kara Beutel
115) Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
116) Advanced Personal Training by Paul Hough and Simon Penn
117) The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About by Joshua Shea
118) They Call Me Supermensch by Shep Gordon
119) The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
120) Atomic Habits by James Clear
121) Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
122) Dear Client by Bonnie Siegler
123) Becoming Radiant by Tom Zuba
124) NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub And Other Stories by NOFX and Jeff Alulis
125) The Fundamentals Of Online Training by Jonathan Goodman
126) 12 Rules Of Life by Jordan Peterson
127) USAPL Club Coach Curriculum by USAPL
128) USAPL Technical Handbook by USAPL
129) How To Be Better At (Almost) Everything by Pat Flynn
130) The Leangains Method by Martin Berkhan
131) The 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene
132) How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald
133) The Soul Of A Trainer by Thomas Plummer
134) Bored And Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
135) Questions To Ask Before Leaving by Erin Brown
136) Popular by Mitch Prinstein
137) Finish by Jon Acuff
138) The End Of Innocence by George J Leonard
139) Back Mechanic by Stuart McGill
140) Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
141) Love Cycles by Linda Carroll
142) Coal Black Mornings by Brett Anderson
143) Weight Lifted by JP Zengerle
144) Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis
145) The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
146) The Gospel According To Luke by Steve Lukather
147) This Is Marketing by Seth Godin
148) Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew The Science of What We Eat by Marion Nestle
149) The Women’s Book, Vol. 1 by Lyle McDonald
150) Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki
151) Leveraged Learning by Danny Iny
152) The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
153) The Coddling Of The American Mind by Gregg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
154) Measure What Matters by John Doerr
155) Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes (Nom Nom Paleo) by Michelle Tam
156) The Little Black Book Of Workout Motivation by Michael Matthews
157) Not Another Fitness Book by Steven Head

Thank you to everyone who has listened to, read,  or shared any of my work. Thank you to everyone who has inspired me in any way to get better at what I do. That it is an endless journey means there are more books to read, more shows to share and more words to write. Here’s to another amazing year.

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