At 15 years old, I went into a gym for my day of work experience when everyone else went to a bank, insurance company or a traditional type of office based position.
I saw a tall, good looking guy with a pony tail wearing an all in one chequered leotard take 30 ladies through a one hour step class and have them eating out of the palm of his hand. I said to myself “that’s what I want to do”.
I was hooked on fitness from that moment onwards.
Now I’ve never been tall and at 43 I’m not growing anymore.
I tried to grow the pony tail and I ended up with something that the Jackson five would have been proud of. I did end up teaching step aerobics and all types of other classes but never in a leotard.
At 19 I went on “Blind Date”.
I was picked and beat the famous comedian Ed Byrne to a date with “Sally from Bournemouth”
Of course, Ed was just Ed Byrne from Dublin back in 1993 and wasn’t famous yet.
I thought by winning the show I would become famous.
But it was a catalyst to what became an 18 year old career not in the fitness industry, but something much better. I became a stripper.
But not just any old stripper.
…but a “male revue artist” as we liked to call ourselves.
Condensing 18 years into 18 seconds, I toured all over the UK and Europe doing 100’s of shows per year. We used to travel to Germany under the name of the “Californian Dream Boys” for 4 weeks at a time, performing in one city and driving to the next.
In one of the routines, we all wore leotards.
Dreams were made.
We had all the trimmings, like we were famous, but we weren’t.
Health & fitness was always running in the back ground and being in shape, taking care of myself and having a six pack was a prerequisite. (I may have even shaved my legs once or twice but keep that quiet please)
At age 30, I said, “that’s it, I’m retiring, I’m hanging up the g-string and moving to London to get back into fitness and actually do something with my sports science degree”
It only took 4 years for that statement to actually come to fruition.
In 2008, aged 34, I moved to London reluctantly, gave up the dream of becoming a world wide superstar and starting working full time in the area that I had always dreamt I would – health & fitness.
10 years in the city now and it’s been the best 10 years of my life.
The pony tailed spandex dreams really have come true.
So why am I telling you all this?
What’s this got to do with this newsletter and fitness and nutrition?
I’m only writing this now because of all those experiences.
I’m only passionate about fitness, more than ever actually, because of those experiences.
Everything, either good or bad in my life has contributed to where I am right this second and I wouldn’t change a thing.
I look back on those days with fond memories.
Nothing in life can beat experience.
People, places, situations and scenarios, they all make us what we are today.
With over 6000 people on my newsletter now, I love writing to you and sharing ideas on improving your health, fitness and life.
It gives me a massive buzz knowing people follow my stuff.
Not in an egotistical way but just in the fact that with a few ideas and tweaks, someone reading this might lose 20lbs and change their health for good.
Someone might take an idea and drastically alter the course of their life and stay alive an extra 10 years.
This newsletter is now my stage.
I’ve moved from one stage to another.
One had bright lights, baby oil and leotards.
This one is possibly not so glamorous and I probably won’t become famous but it’s equally if not more important and far more rewarding.
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Onwards my friends and have a great Monday and an even better week ahead.
PS. 25 years on and Ed Byrne still can’t get over that I beat him on Blind date.
I heard him recently on the radio saying “that bloody stripper from King’s Lynn” He can only be referring to me right?
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