Today’s throwback Thursday pic is from my first black belt test with Amir’s Academy of Martial Arts way back in 2009. One handed knuckle push-ups on cement is just a small snapshot of what the two-day test was like. Over those two days I learned that mental toughness is the key to physical achievement. In case you were wondering, I’m the less muscular one on the far left.
This week’s Throwback Thursday pic is from a past ETT group training session. Compared to individual training, evidence suggest that group training helps people stay motivated, provides a support system and is overall more enjoyable. You will receive all of those benefits and more at an ETT group training session. If you are in or around the Tampa Bay Area, come on out to Davis Islands THIS Sunday for the next ETT group training session. The workout is entirely FREE and no experience is required. I promise you won’t leave disappointed. HIT IT!
This week’s Throwback Thursday pic is Shannon and I after completing the Escape from Ft. De Soto Sprint Triathlon back in 2011. I had completed several sprint triathlons before but this was Shannon’s first triathlon and she did awesome. Triathlons can be somewhat daunting for first-timers, but Shannon attacked it like a seasoned pro. I highly recommend this particular race to anyone who lives in the Tampa Bay Area and is looking to get into triathlons. I also recommend checking out Shannon’s blog. You will notice that she is a little more eloquent than I am.
This may be my favorite picture from my short stint as an amateur kickboxer. The picture was taken before the decision was read for my sixth and final fight. My trainer Amir Ardebily, the man largely responsible for getting me addicted to fitness, is taking my gloves off for the last time. I was honored to have Master Amir in my corner for all my fights and even though my kickboxing “career” was short lived, what I learned from competing in that arena will stay with me for the rest of my life.