An Eagle who Believed he was a Chicken by James Leath

You can spend a whole life living below your potential, all because of your beliefs.

An eagle had 4 eggs, until one day an Earthquake shook the nest so hard that one of the eggs fell out. It rolled down the hill a great ways until finally it landed in a chicken coupe.
A few days later the eagle emerged from its shell and was immediately cared for by all the chickens. They taught him to eat like a chicken, talk like a chicken, even dance like a chicken. He was happy.
birdeagle2Then one day he saw a convocation of eagles circling high above. He felt his heart jump. He turned to his best chicken and says, “Look at that! I want to be like them, soaring through the air.” His friend laughs and says, “No, sorry buddy. You’re a chicken. Chickens don’t soar through the air like that.” Unhappy with that answer, the eagle looked for a second opinion. He finds another chicken and proclaims, “You see those eagles, one day, I’ll be up there with them, it is what I was born to do!” “Ha!” The chicken laughs. “Look, I know you are taller than every chicken here, your wing span is double any chicken I have ever known, and heck, you even kind of resemble an eagle. But you, friend, are no eagle. You are a chicken.
So the eagle gave up his dreams, and lived the rest of his days, a chicken.
The Moral of the story is that you become what you believe you will become. Guard your thoughts, guard your heart, and if you are an eagle, stop hanging out with chickens!


Thinking [poem] by James Leath

If you think you are beaten, you are.If you think you dare not, you don't. If you like to win but think you can't It is almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost. For out of the world we find Success begins with a fellows' will. It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are. You've got to think high to rise; You've got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go To the stronger or faster man; But sooner or later the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can.

~Walter D. Wintle

Is the TV on? by James Leath

Two hours of television a day equals 14 hours a week.20130915-212001.jpgThat equals about 60 hours a month. That equals about 29 days a year. That's an entire month, gone, every year. Multiply that by 30 years, that's 2 1/2 years of watching television.

Was it worth it?


Don't judge a book by its cover. by James Leath

In this fascinating reminder that even the “hardened” people of the world often feel deeply under it all, former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman uses the occasion of his Hall of Fame induction to shed some light on what was really behind the “I don’t give a f*#k” attitude.

It starts slow, but is definitely worth the watch.

All of Life is Sales by James Leath

All of life is sales. As the sales manager of a sales team at a fantastic company, I spend much of my day working with sales people who are working hard to hit their own personal goal. Some set higher personal goals than others, and many times, the ones with the higher standard of achievement end up on top. But you don't have to be in be in sales. Life is sales. Aren't we always selling our ideas to our friends and co-workers? Don't we constantly sell our image to strangers by how we dress, walk and act? Here is a fantastic poem I have set to memory. It reminds me to ask for more out of life.

Poem: "I bargained with Life for a Penny"

"I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more, However I begged at evening When I counted my scanty store. "For Life is a just employer, He gives you what you ask, But once you have set the wages, Why, you must bear the task. "I worked for a menial's hire, Only to learn, dismayed, That any wage I had asked of Life, Life would have willingly paid."

AUTHOR: Jessie Belle Rittenhouse (1869–1948)

Dear Multiple Choice, We Are Not Friends. by James Leath

I figured out this morning why "learning" has changed for me since being through with school. Teachers always advocated for reading and studying for the exam. But since leaving school, I have read and studied for understanding. These are very different. I can't take a test to save my life. In fact, I failed the NSCA personal training exam twice before passing, and that was after 8 years as a trainer. I knew the material. I have helped hundreds of people battle their minds and environment to help them overcome obesity and lose weight. But a multiple choice exam will take me down every time.

I wish I had been told to study for understanding when I was younger. Maybe I was, but I wasn't listening. If you are young, or old, stop studying for the test and instead study for understanding.

Straight A's don't make you successful, understanding the world around you will.

Should you wait to lose weight? by James Leath

Wait until tomorrow. Wait until after vacation. Wait until you graduate or get that promotion. I spoke with a woman yesterday about weight loss and fitting into some new clothes for the summer. She told me her mom has been encouraging her to wait until things in her life  "slow down" then focus on eating better and exercising.

Really?!? That is horrible advice! What if in the time she waited she develop heart disease? What if she rolls her ankle and exercise gets REALLY tough? The amount of calories she will have to eventually burn is not going to stop accumulating just because somewhere in the distant future there will be some glorious plan set in place.

Listen: DO IT NOW! Don't let ANYONE tell you to stay overweight. Its your body, and the only one you will EVER get. Take care of it...not tomorrow, NOW!

Now let's go and sweat it out!


5 Things Every Workout Should Include by James Leath

Every workout should include 5 things: warm up, cardio, resistance training, cool down, and flexibility training. So many people go to the gym without a plan and wonder why they are not seeing results. I have been a trainer foralmost 10 years now and never have I stepped into  he gym for a client or for myself Keep these 5 things in mind w in mind when planning out your session and you will see the results you are after. Warm up:

This one is obvious. However, there are studies that show warming up is not necessary for the body to start a workout. Even if that is true, a warm up gets your mind ready to push the body. After a day of sitting at a desk or a night of "okay" sleep, preparing the mind with a few minutes of gradually heart pumping walking, jogging, or cycling can really get you in the mood. Always start with a warm up even if you are going to be on the cardio machine for a while. Examples:

  • Treadmill jog, stationary bike, elliptical, row machine. 


Cardio is not a pseudonym for fat burn. It is a Greek term for "heart" and vascular means "related to blood vessels". So, when you do cardio, you are strengthening the heart and pushing blood through your vessels at a fast pace. This helps with circulation and allows the body to heal itself, aka grab fat and use it for energy! And you dont have to stay on this machine for an hour. Crank up the resistance, and crank up the speed. Examples:

  • Set the treadmill on 9.0 and sprint for 30 seconds, then step to the sides. Wait 30 seconds, and start sprinting again. DO this 10 times. BAM! Cardio done.

Resistance Training:

Women, please read carefully: YOU WILL NOT BULK UP IF YOU LIFT WEIGHTS! As much as every young boy wishes for the muscles women are so afraid of, that is not how muscles work. First of all, most women do not have enough testosterone for bulky muscles. Second, it takes years for men to build up huge muscles. Lifting weights, or any other resistance training, helps burn fat and put muscle where it belongs. That being said, every resistance session should include one of the following:

Pull (Chin up, seated row, hamstring curl)

Push (Chest press, shoulder press, leg press)

Rotation (woodchop, torso twist, seated twist with medicine ball)

Cool down:

A cool down is necessary to prevent blood from pooling. When this happens, you usually get dizzy and in some cases could faint. Be sure to go for a walk or do some light jogging/cycling to bring the heart rate down. Also, just like the warm up gets you psychologically ready for the workout, a cool down gets you psychologically ready to get back to your life. Examples:

  • Yoga, light cycling, light treadmill walking.

Flexibility training:

Don't skip this, even though I know you probably will. Studies have shown stretching after a workout is more likely to prevent injuries and sore muscles and opposed to stretching before. I always walk my clients through a stretch. A good stretch is like a great massage. If done properly, it can give you a real euphoric feeling. Also, helps with joint range of motion and has been shown to reduce the risk of injury.

Is there anything I missed? Leave it in the comments below.

Fat Kids. by James Leath

Our kids are fat, and we think its cute.fat-kid

Its not cute when a 3 year old is given a cake at his birthday and devours it while everyone takes pictures and claps.

Its not fair to give in to the sugar addiction we gave our children.

Its not okay to steal away a childhood because we were too weak to lead by example.

Its not easy to let our child be the fattest kid on the playground when their friends are playing basketball.

Its not appropriate to fill our grocery cart full of junk food soour children can binge when they are bored.

Its not fun when our children cannot fit into the desk at school.

Its not our fault. Right. Let's keep telling ourselves that so we don't have to actually do anything about it.


Springtime Resolutions by James Leath

I always thought New Years day was a horrible day to start a resolution. The timing is all wrong. The weather is cold and dark and no one wants to go outside. You are sick from an overeating binge that started on Thanksgiving that included office parties, Christmas party and then there is the headache from drinking on New Years Eve. Now you are suppose to create new goals and resolutions? Wrong. My proposal: First day of spring should be a day of resolutions! Here is why:

The first day of spring…

  • Farmers sow their crops.
  • Plants begin to grow after the long dormancy of winter.
  • Animals come out of hibernation and being nesting and reproducing.
  • Birds migrate and start breeding.

All this is going on, and we are suppose to look back three and a half months to see if we are hitting our goals. Nope, time to move forward. Start today. Start right now.  Make a commitment.

Here are some ideas to help you.

Starting today, this first day of spring I will…

  • De-clutter my life by de-cluttering my closet, my bedroom, and my workspace.
  • Commit to 3 days a week of working out for at least 60 minutes with no interruption.
  • Sign up for a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon and start training for it with reckless abandon.
  • Lose 10 pounds so I can look great in that bathing suit.
  • Eat only healthy food with less then 3 ingredients for the next week and stick with it, even when my body goes through toxic withdrawal.
  • Commit to my kids that mommy/daddy will lose x amount of weight and be playing with them soon.

It is springtime, America! Celebrate it by becoming healthy once again!