The Website Is Archived

Dear readers. I will no longer be posting new insights, stories, updates, and other fun stuff here since SPE Performance is now defunct. However, this site will continue to stay up as an archive, to see how the evolution of exercise science, movement, and personal development change over time. Thank you for your support of … Continue reading

Moving On to a New Adventure

It’s been almost a year since I had posted anything here. After almost eight years of working independently as a fitness professional, I feel that it is time to move on to something — different. Something that very few people are doing in the health and fitness field. Bruce Lee once said, “Research your own … Continue reading

Does Age Dictate Your Exercises?

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is – infinite” ~ William Blake, English artist and poet (1757-1827) When you walk into a typical yoga or mat Pilates class, who would you usually see? More men or women? And what age? 20s-30s? 40s-50s? 60s and up? Type in “yoga class” … Continue reading

Does Perception Influences Body Image?

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is – infinite” ~William Blake, English artist and poet, 1757-1827 A few days before this blog was written, I posted a picture of Tara Lynn, a plus-size, French model, in a motivation poster gag and shared it with close friends who understood my … Continue reading

Do Gyms Really Need Machines?

First, you must understand that the brain recognizes movement patterns and not simply muscle groups.  Yet, many professionals are still stuck in isolation training or muscle group training. ~Gray Cook, PT, co-founder of Functional Movement Systems. In a typical, modern American gym, you may see rows of treadmills, elliptical trainers, and other machines that is … Continue reading

Fitness Solution to a Medical Problem?

“Never provide a fitness answer to a health question.” ~ Gray Cook, PT, author of “Movement.” In the last 10 years of my fitness career, I have had many people — gym members, friends, and family alike — approach with me with questions like, “I have pain in my (body part). What exercises I can … Continue reading

My Three Mistakes as a Trainer

“There is no such thing as bad students. Only bad teacher.” ~Mr. Miyagi If you ask 100 managers in a room who work for different companies, “Why do you do what you do,” 90 percent of them would reply, “I want to make more money.” If you ask 100 personal trainers in a room the … Continue reading

What School Does Not Teach….

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” –Albert Einstein   I had the honor of meeting Gray Cook in person again at the Perform Better Personal Training Summit in Long Beach, CA in August 2010. He is not only one of the most influential and humble fitness professional and physical therapist … Continue reading

You Need a Coach, Not a Rep-Counter

“The best personal trainer is yourself because you know your body more than anyone else.” Last summer, when I was doing self-myofascial release on my outer hip with a foam roller at the Aztec Recreation Center, I watch a personal trainer working with a middle-age, female client. During the ten-minute observation, I noticed that the … Continue reading

My Dad’s First Personal Training Encounter

“You don’t need a rep counter or a spotter. You need someone to help you to get your ass moving.” My parents have been very healthy all their lives with no major illnesses or injuries. The worse accident my dad ever got was a minor fracture in his left shoulder blade from slipping on a … Continue reading