Sunday, December 27, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! This blog will be the last word for 2009. Reflection...for me a year
of heartache, issues, forming new relationships and success. The heartache was my pulling a
groin and hamstring in the 100m at the Senior Olympics. The success has come about from my
"Balance Your Life" classes. I close out the year with conducting 13 classes a week and have
321 people enrolled. The remaining days of 2009 will allow me to finalize my business plan for 2010;
which includes speeches, classes, fitness film and my training program. And to all of you who
have followed my blog, thank you. You will see my blog appearing in a cross section of various news

Looking ahead at 2010. Mental fitness is paramount. Mental fitness, focus and beginning (start)
what you are going after is critical. The time is now! Have a great year everyone!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Wishing all of you Happy Holidays and a blessed and healthy New Year! From "tragedy to triumph." No, you don't have to be a hero to reach the status of triumph.
People don't eliminate fears, hardship, health issues or any other issue....they rise above
adversity. And just when everything is sailing along, something unexpected happens...we are
faced with yet another issue, another challenge. We wonder...when will it stop? NEVER. Life
is that way. Never, ever give up. Find a way to rise above. There is always a way. Just look
around you...there is a story, a success behind every face. And yes, a smile will always appear.
If you don't find a smile, put a smile on their face. They will be better off now, just because
you took the time to make them feel feel wanted. You will feel better about yourself. My Christmas message...remember those who are alone and remember the lonely.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! WOW! Where has the year gone...2009 is almost over with. Going
to my first Christmas party a friends home. You know my warning...stay away from
the fatening food. Face the other way. This is the time of year when I start to hear New Year's
resolutions. Here we go again...rather than go there, I want to reflect on this year, 2009. The following questions apply too all of us, or at least most of us.
1) Am I satisfied with my fitness program?
2) Did I reach my goals?
3) Did I progress?
4) What grade would I give myself?
5) What are three things I need to work on?
6) Did I give up? Did I give up on myself?
7) What about my eating habits?
8) What about my overall health?
9) What am I most thankful for?
10) What about my mental fitness?

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Due to the overwhelming response regarding my comments from
a previous blog relative to StemEnhance, I feel compelled to comment further.
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only nutritional supplement in the world proven to support the natural release of your own adult stem cells from your bone marrow! StemEnhance is a patented blend of Migratose and Mobilin-proprietary natural concentrates from an edible aquatic botanical known as
Aphanizomenon flos-aquae...AFA for short. There are two basic types of stem cells, and it's
important to understand the difference: Embryonic stem cells are extracted from 8-10 day old
embryos. That's why there's so much controversy surrounding their research and use.
Adult stem cells: these are present in your body from the day you are born and are naturally
produced in your bone marrow. Recent reaearch has found that they are at the core of your body's natural renewal system. Increasing the number of circulating adult stem cells is probably the single most important thing you can do to maintain optimal health. As we age, it becomes more difficult release the stem cells that already exist. Therefore the body needs an
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transform themselves into healthy cells of that tissue. ALWAYS consult your health
professional before beginning this or any other nutritional supplement.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, November 29, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! It's that time of year again..."take stock in yourself." That's right!
Answer these questions...1) How am I doing with my fitness program? How many hours a week
am I devoting to fitness? How far have I come this past year? Where am I headed this next year? What value do I place on my physical and mental fitness? If you are doing nothing, then
you have placed a zero value on yourself...that's a shame. The most important step is to BEGIN!
The second most important step is to continue. Workout for ten straight days and you have formed a new habit. The rest will take care of itself.

Answering your emails...Yes, I will compete again in the indoor track season at a local
university. I will compete in seven meets. This will prepare me for the outdoor season.
Re StemTech...order at The first month, take two capsules in
the AM with food and two in the evening with food. Then the following months, take two
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Have a great and meaningful life everyone! jimmy O

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! This week's highlight...conducted my "Balance Your Life" class
at First Baptist church on Thursday. Twenty one Seniors attended including a physical therapist. Great group of Seniors. I learn something from each class. Each class has it's own
personality however, three things stand out in every class...1) the social element, they need
"the mix." 2) Fun, laughter. Laughter heals. 3) Support and encouragement to exercise.
Learning exercises they can do at home. For the most part, trainers at fitness clubs fear that
if their clients exercise at home, they will stop coming to the club. NOT TRUE. The environment
that we create is paramount in motivating people to exercise. Teaching people the "how to"
is critical. If "we" the trainers are boring, the class will be boring and the clients are bored and
stop coming. Carl Rogers, educator, once said "I became a great educator when I became an
excited learner." I heard that about 40 years ago and never forgot it. So, to the over 300
participants in my classes, thank you for keeping me excited and motivated.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday.
Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Taking a side road today...Every once in awhile I like to get on a
side road, slow down and view life from a different window...other than mental and physical
fitness. Friday and Saturday of this past week I spent much of my time at a major US hospital
to be with my one month old grandson. He had to undergo open heart surgery. All of us are thankful that the surgery went well. And now the view from the side road...I observed dozens
of patients with walkers and wheel chairs with bottles and tubes as their cargo. Heads bowed,
agony written in their faces and body language. Hanging onto life by a thread...begging for just
one more more breath. Not all, but many patients could have and should have done something about their lifestyle. They could have changed the course of their lives. Before it's
too late, take a step, a walk on a side road and view your life from a different angle. Accept
where you and what you Then take a step to a better life...a healthy lifestyle. Do not
take your life for's the only life you have, treasure it with all you have. A view from
one of life's side roads.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Breaking down the "mental wall." Let's start there today. A
viewpoint...Many of our fears stem from emotion...not logic or reason. Our "mental block or
wall" stems from an emotion(s). Case in toughest event in track is the 400m. I
developed a mental block regarding the 400m, even practicing it. Why did I run it? to prove
something to conquer my fear. The 400m is not my best or favorite event. Now,
as soon as I get on the track, before anything else, I run the 400m. I don't even give myself
time to think about it...I just do it. When conducting my classes, when I see people smile when
finishing an exercise, I know they overcome one of their fears. This is especially true with
the physically challenged. They have that look...I can do this!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! A VIEWPOINT...a "bipolar" viewpoint. For years and years I have been impressed and motivated by men, women and children who are physically or mentally challenged. It began when I saw a blind man selling his wares on a street corner every day, rain or shine. In my twenties I played alot of fast pitch softball and we had a guy who was our catcher,
who had one arm and hit close to 300. The young woman gymnastist trying to make the 1984
olympic team; she didn't make the team, She had one arm. The 83 year old woman who rode
her bike every day to the swimming pool. She is a diabetic besides. The 94 year old woman in
my fitness class, would not miss a class. The 75 year old woman in another class, needs a
"walker" and does everything in the class. She has a 160 average on the local bowling team.
The woman in a motorized wheel chair, forging her way through ice and snow to do her shopping.
A dear friend of mine, in a wheel chair for 18 months. Had a service dog pulling her wheel chair
to do her shopping. This list could go on and on. I am so overwhelmed by the accomplishments
of these people that I can't find a single word to describe my feelings, the impact they have had
on my life. Webster needs to add a word just for them and all the physically and mentally
challenged people.

The opposite end...there exists an indifferent attitude with these people. If you don't care
enough about your own body...your life...what does that say about your feelings toward others.
Get up! Get up! Get up! Do something! No excuses, no whining. Perhaps the greatest threat
to our health is a lack of movement.'s a matter of life or death. Decision day is today.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Cardiac challenge! This past week, yours truly was invited to
conduct my "Balance Your Life" fitness class for 21 heart patients at a local hospital. This
challenge was the highlight of the week for me. This is the "risk, reward" venture that is
discussed often times with success or failure in one's life. This was a challenge for me in more
ways than one. My father died of heart disease in 1981. Twenty one men and women, of all ages
participated. A great group! They were eager to be involved in an exercise
program. Even more impressive for me were the smiles I observed and the fun and laughter
that filled the room. I wish I could have bottled up the energy I felt. So, to the cardiac director
and the twenty one heart patients...congratulations. Perhaps this will be the start of an ongoing

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! I have received several inquiries regarding Stem Enhance which
I mentioned in a previous blog. I have used the product for two years now. For answers to your
questions please reference

I am convinced that the most difficult step in one's journey to a healthier lifestyle begin, to
get started. I have discussed mental fitness before, however, MENTAL READINESS is the key
to CHANGE. When we change our way of living...the way of one's life, we must prepare our
mental state of mind. Always answer the question...WHY. Why am I changing? Write it down.
Post it in your home, your car and your wallet or purse. Tell someone else. When we change
anything in order to gain something, we give up something. That "something" we give up is our
comfort zone...habit. It is human to resist change. It is also human to want a better life. It's your
choice. Take the first step and begin...NOW!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Wow! What a week...a week of excitement and fun. Conducted
eight "Balance Your Life" classes for 161 participants. Received a call from one of the local
hospitals (cardiac dept.) requesting that I conduct a fitness class for heart patients. Received
more than a few calls from expectant mothers requesting to participate in the "Balance Your Life" class. Received an email from a physical therapist requesting to observe and participate
in one of my classes. My deepest thanks to Carol and Pat for referring and endorsing my
fitness class. Carol and Pat are two of the first people to attend my class a year ago. Whatever
measure of success my classes have attained...I owe to the participants, it's not about me. And,
there is a "Greater Power" at work here...I am convinced of that. It's amazing to me just how
much can be accomplished with an exercise ball, a resistance band and a folding chair. The
recipe for the class also calls for fun and laughter...that's the healing part of the class. SPECIAL!?
Yes, very special. You won't find those ingredients in a fitness manual.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Today I am introducing JIMMYO SENIOR SPORTS and
Stem Enhance. First let's spend a little time on the Senior Health Fair that I participated in
yesterday. Fifty vendors were there displaying their products or services. While visiting with
many Seniors from ages 55 to 91. About one in 25 were interested in actively taking part in
a fitness program. This was surprising to me...I thought the number interested would be higher than that. Many of the Seniors I spoke with walked and talked like, "life is over for me, I will accept
the way I am." I had a hard time believing what I was hearing and seeing. Seniors...listen up!!!
Don't be among the "walking dead!" Do something positive about your health. There is more to
life than a little round bottle with RX on it. In my "Balance Your Life" classes I have Seniors in
wheel chairs and others with walkers. This Senior generation will live longer than the previous
generation. That's a fact! Why not choose a healthy lifestyle?!

JimmyO Senior Sports...the umbrella name for "Training Wheels," First to the Finish Line,"
"Senior Olympic Training" and "Balance Your Life." I have "partnered" with the American
Cancer Society and a local bank.

StemEhance...for years I have searched for a product not only maintain my healthy lifestyle,but
to renew my body. Adult stem cells are present in the body from the day we are born and are
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Have a great and meaningful life everyone!

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! It's good to be back to normal and back on schedule. Hope all of
you are doing great. Let's talk about the spirit of fitness or if you prefer, healthy life style. In my
mind, the spirit soars...carries the physical..."wills" you to greater heights and "wills" you to finish whatever you start. Some, may not know what I am talking about. When you allow your
spirit to soar...there is no greater feeling. One thinks beyond human terms. Mind, body and
spirit in unison. I don't know how to "get" the just arrives for me. The spirit adds meaning to whatever I do. It brings me back to my gives me strength and speed.
Think back at your youth and the things you did and what was fun. It works!!! Without
spirit...your workout will seem shallow...empty. Find your spiritual zone!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! I usually blog on SundayAM, however, I was preparing my
speech for Monday (yesterday). I was asked to be the keynote speaker at an "active aging"
seminar. Great theme and a great audience. Each day more Seniors become active in a fitness
program. Fitness fever is catching on. Let's keep it going gang!

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! A viewpoint...every change of season presents a challenge to most
of us. Four times a year (seasonal change) we tend to get somewhat depressed. I think it is "leaving" the "known" and going into the "unknown." The new season being the unknown.
Any change in our lives presents fear and we fear the unkown...even though we have experienced this many times before. When we create the change we more readily accept it.
In our lives, CHANGE is not waiting for us to catch up to is coming at us in "rapid fire"
fashion. Think for a moment regarding this premise...there are 3 persons in each of us. The
person we were yesterday, the person we are today and the person we want to be tomorrow.
Change presents conflict...we tend to resort back to the "yesterday person." Once we
understand what it is that we fear, we can accept change and conquer our fears. This theory
can be applied to meeting someone new, dealing with someone who may upset us or entering
a competitive event. Going to the doctor's office...there is an unkown of what the doctor may
tell us...fear of what we might hear. Fear of the unkown stops us COLD in our tracks. Depression
follows. Look within yourself to find the strength to overcome your fears. is what
it is. Stress is "self induced." We must be at the "controls" of our lives.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Happy Labor Day weekend...make it safe. Most of us are experiencing some great is the time to get out and enjoy it. How about taking a
"nature walk?" Today I want to challenge all my readers. This is the are told that
today is the last day of your life...what would you do? How would you react to your last day of
life? Some guidlines for complaining about anything, no negative thoughts, not a bad
word about anyone, give a hug to someone, perform ONE good deed and forgive someone who
has hurt you. You will feel the energy like never before. You will live this day like no other day.
Living life to the fullest. Wonder what would happen if all of us would live every day to the
fullest? That's my challenge to all of you!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Saturday, August 29, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! WOW...last week I mentioned that I was invited to speak about
my Senior fitness program at the Sunday church service! It was a great experience for me and
15 people signed up! I will be back again this Sunday to install the program. Perhaps I should be
visiting more churches...I think I will. I started the "portable gym" a year ago for the purpose
of going to the client and making it convenient for people to get involved with a fitness program.
I now have booked 11 classes per week via the "portable gym" exercise ball, a
resistance band and a folding chair. I expect about 250 participants in the 11 classes. Three
are in wheel chairs and two use walkers. Physically challenged people are always welcomed.
There are exercises for everyone. This has been a great learning experience for me. Classes
begin on Monday, August 31st. I will keep you informed week to week regarding the progress.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Sometimes I have so many thoughts on my mind, I don't know
where to begin. Let's give it a go. Sunday, tomorrow I will be speaking in a church! Yes, you
heard right. The pastor requested that I speak about my "Balance Your Life" class. I am honored to say the least. Whether one is religious or not, I believe there is a spiritual element
within all of us. So, my message will have a "balance" between the physical and the spiritual.
Will let you know how it went next week. A fitness class in church?! Could be a new trend.

TIMELINE...thoughts on the "line of efficiency." The line between EXPECTATION and RESULTS is the line of efficiency. The closer to the expectation line, the better. Where we
start and how we improve over time requires a "timeline." Chart your progress. Remember,
in my world of fitness there is a starting point, but NEVER an end. Fitness must be ongoing.
That's why no one ever graduates from any of my classes. Never an ending. Why would you
stop your healthy lifestyle. Where is your "line of efficiency" today?

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, August 16, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! The question that I hear quite often is, " what are the ingredients
and what goes into a training (workout) program? I think people want to know "how can I best
get results?" Let's try and disect those questions. Fitness should not be viewed in the short term, but rather a life long process. From my viewpoint, PREPARATION is the foundation.
The recipe is as follows. Start with your health consultant and a nutritionist. Most people do
not start this way, but I recommend it...your body is the only body you have...unless you know
something I don't know. Your fitness program must be a daily practice. With those things in
mind, start with a notebook. Write down what you want to do each day for the first week.
Change your routine (a little) each day. You may be doing the same exercises each day, but in
a different order. I refer to this as "muscle confusion." Keep the exercises simple, fun and on
target with your goals. Remember PREPARATION includes both the physical and mental. You
will notice positive results by the end of your first week. What kind of results? More energy,
reduced stress, feeling better about yourself and your attitude and outlook on life is more
positive. Your self confidence will surprise you! Look in the mirror and SMILE at the NEW
you. Each workout should begin and end with you looking in the mirror. Fitness and healthy
eating go together.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, August 9, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! For me 2009 will go down as the year of "unfinished business."
On Saturday, track and field for the Senior Games was cancelled due to heavy rains. Bummer.
When I heard the news I was left with an empty feeling. Coming back from an injury, rehab and
training and then cancel is not the way I wanted to end the year. So, now what. Back to work.
Start at the beginning, start over and more determined than ever. I am taking this week off and
then I will begin my journey. I have been invited to compete against college athletes starting in
November for the indoor track season. FATE IS WHAT LIFE GIVES YOU...DESTINY IS WHAT
YOU DO WITH IT. On September 8, I again begin conducting my "Balance Your Life" classes.
Thus far I have booked 11 classes per week. Expecting about 250 participants. Should be a fun
year and am looking forward working with the returning and new enrollees. Just think, 250 age
50 and over "youngsters." The oldest being age 93! In addition, I have several requests for
speaking engagements on health and fitness. You may see my blogs appear in "corporate
periodicals" regarding health and fitness.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, August 2, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! I ended last week's blog with, "next week, something I want to
share with you." When I reached my early 50s, I began to see things in a different light...myself,
life and the purpose of one's life. Take myself less serious, make my friendships have a purpose
and have an positive impact on people. I wish I would of had this revelation much earlier in my
life. However, I am very fortunate to have gained this knowledge when I did. I have a greater
outlook not only on my life on others as well. It's like putting a puzzle together...all the pieces
fit now. Life makes more sense to me. That is a great feeling! So, what does all of this have to do
with fitness? Everything! Seeing myself and everything else in a "better light" motivates me to
understand just how important a healthy lifestyle is and to live it with a PASSION. A healthy
lifestyle is not more difficult to attain, it becomes easier. Attitude, passion and a vision creates
the environment for one to grow is a "becoming." More than anything those ingredients
have helped me get through hard times and overcome the obstacle course of life. Oh! One other will have more energy than ever before. Being positive, sure beats being negative!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, July 26, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Summer is entering the "eclipse zone." A reminder of life and aging. A reminder for me...I have so much I want to accomplish in my life, things I need to
do before my life is "eclipsed." All of us have a "gift" to share, a vision, and something to take
care accomplish. From a personal standpoint...1) help discover a cure for cancer.
2) motivate Seniors on a healthy living September I will again be teaching fitness
classes (11 per week) and my goal is to have 250 Seniors enroll. 3) finish my book on our
generation. 4) continue competing. 5) continue my motivational speaking. 6) organizing
youth fitness programs.

Update: my rehab is coming along ok. I will decide on Friday of this week as to whether I can
compete in the Senior Games on August 8. I need to practice patience. I have a great support
group which helps. I have learned (again), some things in life, you cannot rush.

By the way, Friday, I was invited to attend a youth concert. This group just returned from
Europe, Italy and Germany. What an outstanding performance! No wonder this teen age
group received an invite to return to Europe. I counted seven standing ovations! Average age,

In this blog I wanted to take a step back, take a deep breath and smell the roses. Next week,
back to fitness and something I want to share with you.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Last week, you will recall, I was really "down." My greatest fear,
injury, took me out of the Senior Olympics. I have been in rehab this past week, trying to ready
myself for the Senior Games on August 8. This week will determine my availability. It is
difficult to overcome a groin pull, adductor and hamstring pull.

This week's blog will be like a smorgasbord...take what you like and the rest leave for someone
else. I am convinced that more and more Seniors need to change their "mindset" toward fitness
and living a healthy lifestyle. We tend to gravitate into a certain "comfort zone." The comfort
zone of "habit" can be dangerous to our health. WARNING...habits can lead us into a rut. We
become blind to healthy options. Modern medical science will prolong one's matter the
status of our health. Today, age 50 is moving closer to being middle age. That is a fact. That being
the case, why not live a healthy and totally functional life. The benefits of exercise and healthy
eating can help produce the following: reduce stress, reduce blood pressure, build bone density,
look better, feel better and gives you a refreshing outlook on life. The people around you will
appreciate you more. Over this past year 171 people over the age of 50 attended my classes
"Balance Your Life." 160 were women and 3 were over age 90. The class was rated the most
popular and most effective among Seniors. The one comment I heard over and over again was
"I never realized exercise could be so much fun!" Do not rely on the status quo. Nothing ever
remains the same. Either something gets better or it gets worse. How do you get better?
START NOW! Case in point...Tom Watson!

Have a great and meaningful life! Jimmy O

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Saturday, July 11, was a very sad day for me. Four seconds into
the 100m (my first event) I went down in severe pain. I pulled a groin muscle. That ended my day. I was to compete in my usual five events. Today, I am limping around, still in pain. I feel so bad for all the cancer survivors that I had dedicated the Senior Olympics to and my sponsors and support group. My sinscere apologies
to all of you. You deserved better. I would rather have lost every event than go out via injury. I
have the Senior Games in August. I hope and pray my rehab will get me there. A look back...
all the training and tough workouts, down the drain. Hours and hours of prep time, lost. A look
ahead...start over and come back stronger and better than ever. I need to redeem myself. This
mission will what I am made mental toughness. Yes, I have something to prove.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Runners to your mark! I have repeated that command the
past year over a thousand times. The Senior Olympics begin on Monday, 7/6. I am
anxious and ready to get started. I will return to this desk on Sunday, 7/12. Hours and hours
of training and now I have seconds to prove myself. I will give you the results next Sunday.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Yes, it's that time. Two more weeks for fine tuning. The caution...
do not "over train." I hope I am peaking at the right time; hope the 12 hours a week in training
pays off. Imagine, 12 hours a week for 50 weeks. The investment of time and energy is
enormous and at times taxing. Now I am really focused on "the day." Every minute of the day
I am thinking about getting into the blocks and exploding toward the finish line. This week I will
sprint( 5) 100m, (5) 200m, (5) 400m, (10) HJ and (10) LJ. Next week, only warmups and
focus on my mental toughness. The MENTAL now becomes MY PRIORTY! Cancer survivors
names will be sewed on my warmup jacket. My cell phone will be off as well as the computer.
This is another of LIFE'S DEFINING least it is for me and all the cancer
survivors. This is what I have lived for this past year. The time is now!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Saturday, June 20, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! I get somewhat nauseous when "scorecards" become the focus of
fitness and training and workouts. No matter what level of fitness you are at, your "lifestyle IQ"
will determine what value you place on YOUR HEALTH. That scorecard you filled out at the local gym or club will be placed in the "where is it file." Your lifestyle IQ is determined by your
value system: 1) mental preparation 2) consult your physician 3) what are my limitions
4) when will I workout and where 5) are what you eat 6) what are my needs 7) why
am I doing this 8) why do I need to do this. To get there...start here! Remember, a mountain
climber does not start just to go half way...the climber is determined to reach the top. Excuses
are for quitters. Find a way to get it done! The energy! Reduce ugly stress! Look
and feel younger! Your lifestyle IQ makes all the difference in your future. I gaurantee it!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

"FIRST to the FINISH LINE" for survivors

Hello and welcome everyone! The date...Friday, June 12, 2009. I had the honor of speaking to
cancer survivors and care givers. An estimated crowd of 2,000 attended. This was a very
emotional and humbling experience for me. This marked the second time I have spoken publicly
regarding my fight against cancer. The energy from the crowd was awsome...I could feel it!
No one was "giving in" to cancer or "giving up the fight." COURAGE and HOPE are the two
words that come to mind in describing the face of the people in attendance. This experience will
live within me for the rest of my life.
I am more motivated than ever to compete in the 2009 Senior Olympics. The "face" of the
crowd will be etched in my mind for every event. I am so thankful that I have the health to
compete. My mission...make the most of it. Be at my best throughout..."First to the FINISH LINE" burns in my every fiber. The challenge that lies ahead for me is minuscule compared to
the challenge facing some of those in attendance on Friday. My challenge is not a burden...
it is a "calling." A calling that I accept. Whatever measure of success I achieve is a gift to those
that cannot.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, June 7, 2009

" THE SPRINT FOR LIFE " for cancer survivors

Hello and welcome everyone! Four weeks to go before the Senior Olympics...which means three
weeks left for serious training. Yesterday, I spent one hour practicing the high jump. Today,
time trials in the 100m and 200m. Three 200s and 100s. Each training session for the next
three will be scripted and followed to the letter. This is where FOCUS AND MENTAL FITNESS
comes into play...from getting into the starting blocks to the lean at the finish line. Many of you already know how special this year is for me. I will have the names of cancer survivors on my
warm up jacket. This is for me and other survivors... the SPRINT FOR LIFE. I have a great support group and can't let anyone down. I want to motivate Seniors and cancer survivors that
life is not over. Fate is what life gives you, destiny is what you do with it.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Saturday, May 30, 2009

"LET'S REVIEW" WINNER or quitter

Hello and welcome everyone! Thank you readers! I received several emails commenting on
my blog of last week...IMPACT for sucess. Also, I started to Twitter. You can find my listing
under jimmyofitness. Well, it's that time of year...runners are everywhere. That is a great scene.
Let's address some commonly asked questions by athletes..." how can I get faster, how can I cut my time, how can I increase my stamina, my endurance?" "what should my diet be like," and one last one..." how do I acquire MENTAL FITNESS?" There is no simple answer to any of
those questions.However, let's start with...DON'T JUMP to a quick fix! Whether you exercise
for competitive events or you want to live a healthier life style, be careful about being
impulsive regarding a changing or adding to your routine. So, a wise person once told me,
" Jimmy O, let's get back to basics."
1) let's review your notebook
2) let's review your posture
3) let's review your technique
4) let's review your breathing
5) let's review your workout habits
6) let's review your mental you knock down mental barriers or do you quit on
7) do you visualize yourself winning or quitting.
Conclusion...examine where you are now and where you want to be. Remember, just working
out and going through motions is not enough. CHALLENGE YOURSELF! "IT" belongs to

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

I M P A C T for success!!!

Hello and welcome everyone! Some of you aready are aware that I have been involved in
motivational speaking for quite some time. My audiences are a cross section on youth, blue
collar, corporate executives, Seniors and chairitable organizations as well as civic groups. Over
the years my speeches evolved from the word IMPACT. I will share an abbreviated version.
The IMPACT that you make in life will be in direct proportion to your own self image. for image, self image. The who am I and what am I all about for maturity. How do handle the tough things in life, the detours and the roadblocks. for purpose in life. It is more than setting goals; it's a passion, a vision. We accomplish
things in life when we see ourselves as already being there. We begin to act and behave
as though we are already there. for attitude...a positive frame of mind. "I want to be the best of me most of the time. for courage. Living our value system, not lowering our standards. Often, we have to
stand alone. Leaders stand outside the box. It is lonely at the top. for touch, the human touch. Reach out to people. Everyone deserves at least one hug
each day.
IMPACT...the impact we make in life is what defines one's life.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Well, as promised, this week we will explore the value of "home
remedies" for aches and pains. There are many natural ways to help us enjoy a healthier life
style. Pineapple and cinnamon helps fight inflammation. Sweet pickle works great against heart
burn and acid reflex. Leg cramps wake you up at a bar of soap at the foot of the bed
between the matress pad and the bottom sheet. You will now sleep better. not
put bananas in the refrigerator!!! Bananas contain three natural sugars...sucrose, fructose and
glucose with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Two
bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90 minute workout. That's not all...the
banana fight depression. The banana contains tryptophan, a type of protein that the body
converts into serotonin, known to make you relax and improve your mood. Also contains
vitamin B6 and helps regulate blood glucose levels. High in iron and helps fight anemia. High in
potassium and low in salt to beat high blood pressure. Boosts your brain power. Ever hear: "eat
your veggies."
DARK GREENS...payoff: better lung health, stronger bones and immune system, lower blood
ORANGE VEGGIES...payoff: better vision, blood sugar control, high in cancer fighting cartenoids.
BEANS...payoff: lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, breast and colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.
STARCHY VEGGIES...payoff:contains vitamins A, C, and B6.
CAUTION: when in doubt, consult your physician.
HEALTHY EATING will improve your fitness workouts.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Today, let's try and answer questions or concerns from you the
Your questions:
1) how can I gain better balance? start by walking around the house in your stocking feet. Then walk on your toes for about 10 seconds at least 3 times a day. While standing on your toes,
close your eyes. Not so easy, is it. We have more strength on the inside of our foot than the
outside. Get an exercise ball, 75cm or 85 cm. Use the ball while watching TV, at your desk and
at your computer. Women from my "balance your life" class have replaced the chair with the exercise ball at work and home. As your balance improves, lift one foot off the floor. Alternate which foot stays on the floor for a minute or two. By strengthening your core muscles you will gain better balance. You will notice an improvement from this daily exercise within 3 days!
2) how important is breathing? Proper breathing, posture and technique present the
foundation of all exercises. Exhale at points of resistance. Deep breathing is a must. As we age
we tend to take shorter breaths. Practice deep breathing. Inhale and hold for at least 10
seconds several times a day. Get that TOXIC OXYGEN out of your system.
5) what about supplements and what should I take? Caution first. The FDA has ordered
Hydroxicut to be removed from the stores. This supplement was designed to get rid of the
tummy fat. It was harmful to your body. Diet pills, a multi Billion dollar a year business...
very dangerous to your body. In our quest for a beautiful body, we are putting poison in our
system. The side effects are very harmful. My suggestion... consult your physician. Ask
yourself...why do I want to take a supplement in the first place? You may need a supplement,
however, do your home work. Remember, in life there is no dress rehearsal. Don't take a
chance. I tell my clients to start with healthy eating first. We are what we eat. Exercise is
vital, with or without supplements. A healthy lifestyle does not cost, it pays. Oh, by the way,
olive oil should be a daily supplement. Next week, some home remedies for aches and pains.
To all the moms...Happy Mother's Day!

Have a great and meaningful life! Jimmy O
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Sunday, May 3, 2009

get "IT', get 'IT!"

Hello and welcome everyone! Where does the time go? It's May already! Here is a "gut check,"
what did I accomplish last month? How is my fitness program coming along? Here is a test...
write down the things you accomplished last month. Then write down the things you did not
accomplish. Oh oh! Time to "retool." A and conditioning programs tend to get caught up in a numbers game. We attach a number to each exercise; like 10 or 15 and so on.
Some of us are in a hurry to work the stopwatch. Others, who exercise on a track will pick out a certain spot on the track and feel if they get to that spot they are doing well. That practice is
"mind conditioning" in reverse. We are training our brain to STOP at that point. Brain stops...
body stops. Reverse mental conditioning ruins alot of athletes. We become our worst enemy.
CHANGE IT NOW! Increase your numbers from time to time. Don't stop (quit) at the same spot
on the track or when road training. Proper mental conditioning should make us better not worse.
For whatever reason, this past week I did not feel like going through my training routine. But I
forced myself to do it. I had my best workouts. MENTAL TOUGHNESS! Ever hear people say
"he or she has got it!" We should strive for IT.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Saturday, April 25, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Lots to share with you today...the American Cancer Society and Second Wind Fitness Film. I stated in my blog last week that I was invited to speak to the various staff members in the region. What a great group! This was the first time that I have spoken publicly regarding my bouts with cancer. Very emotional for me. I didn't have a "melt down" but close. I will "partner" with the Society in raising funds between now and the
Senior Olympics...and I hope beyond. My theme this year is "The Sprint For Life." That's my motivation, as it was last year. This (for me) is more than raising funds. I want to talk with
survivors and care takers...I want to listen to them and learn. I need them in my life and hope they need me. This is about life and hope...and perhaps together we can "meet at the finish line,
SECONDWINDFITNESSFILM...that's the title of the dvd I produced in 2004. Production took
12 months...35 hours of filming. That is alot of film to edit into a one hour production. The film will challenge anyone, at any age and at any level of competition. The film displays actual
exercises that I perform in any given day. Also, includes interviews with people who exercise.
The youngest was 57 and the oldest was 91. All had health issues ranging from diabetes, blindness and an amputee and a double hip replacement. Oh yes...they all had SPIRIT and a
"can do" attitude. "Second wind"...most of us realize the importance of getting our breath for the final push. The second wind is invaluable. The title, Second Wind Fitness Film applies to
any one "getting back into fitness." We catch our second wind. Seniors...catch your second wind.
Second wind is our second chance to keep going. Make the most of it!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, April 19, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Some of you already know that in my quest for gold in the Senior
Olympics, I am sprinting for cancer victims and survivors. Monday I will be speaking to the
American Cancer Society. This will be the first time that I will be speaking publicly about my
bout with prostate cancer. Monday will be very emotional for me. I want to do more in the
fight against cancer. So, for me the Senior Olympics is more than is the challange
of fighting for a great cause. Yes, it is about life and hope. This is the driving force behind my
dedication. I cannot give up...and I won't. I am sprinting for life...for someone to survive.
I believe there is an inner "SPIRIT" that exists within anyone who overcomes tragedy...
the "WILL" to not only survive, but to achieve greatness. Survivors seem to thrive on the
detours of life. They have the spirit that moves not only themselves, but others. They root
out pity and excuses. Survivors "set the bar." The benchmark belongs to SURVIVORS. All
of us have survived at least one tragedy in our lives. My hope..."be first to the finish line...where
winners and survivors always meet."

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, April 12, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Happy Easter! Let me start off by thanking everyone who have
sent me kind words regarding my blog, website and the videos which appear on You tube. Also,
questions are always welcomed. A caution to Seniors. The weather is getting better and we want
to get outside to train. Don't rush it. Forget the stop watch for a few weeks. I stated in an earlier
blog that I had a hamstring problem for most of last year. Wednesday of this past week I felt a
twinge in the same leg. I was doing uphill sprinting and plyometrics and other "hill" drills. I shut
it down right away. Friday's workout, I did a 30 minute warmup, then stretched for 10 minutes.
After that I did 10 progressive speed bursts...10 yards at 50% of capacity and then 40 yards at
65% capacity. Saturday, I did abs and circuit for legs...Very light. Today I feel great. Reminder,
your notebook and training schedule are just as important as your shoes. In closing...all of us
deal with physical and mental issues. Stress is ever present, deep breathing is a stress reducer
and so is working out. Wishing you the best. See you next week.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Let's take a closer look at mental fitness or if you prefer...mental
toughness. I believe you have to apply this attribute to not only "training," but to everything
about oneself. We cannot be selective in our application...especially when it comes to training.
Mental fitness, mental readiness is the key...the cornerstone of any worthwhile fitness program.
Quitting, just because we "feel" like it, is not acceptable. There will be days that we think we are not making any progress. You want to know for sure? Get out your notebook and make sure.
Your road map...goals and your notebook. SET YOUR STANDARDS HIGH! Do you really want to set your standards low? can "hit" low standards all the time. I would rather have high
standards and miss some of the time. We elevate...gravitate to the task competent! We reach
goals by way of the mental process.

This past Friday night (as a cancer survivor), I attended the RELAY FOR LIFE program. After
the dinner all of the survivors were introduced. The energy was awesome! At my table were
young and old. Each had a story to tell about their "survivor road." Not one said, "I wanted to
quit." A young woman, was graduating from college this year and now moving on to med school.
She wants to be a doctor. Her mother was also at my table. You could feel the love they had for
each other. After dinner, we went to the field house and all of us walked laps. I mentioned in
previous blogs that I dedicated the road to the Senior Olympics last year and again this year to
cancer survivors and care givers. For all of us survivors and care takes on a new
meaning. And quitting is not a option! The American Cancer Society has asked me to speak at
their regional meetings at the end of April and again in May. We will "partner" in fund raising
between now and the Senior Olympics. I continue to marvel at people who overcome tragedy
and seemingly become bigger than life itself. MENTAL TOUGHNESS!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, March 29, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Last week I promised to share my workout routine with you. My
conducting fitness classes will conclude on Tuesday, 3/31 until after Labor Day. My Senior Olympic workout...this year 7 senior athletes have requested to train with me. Again this year, I will be training with one of the local High School track teams. So, let's get started:
* I have prepared mentally since last year's Senior Olympics and thought out my "game plan."
* Make notes daily. Training is 6 days a week. The Nationals are in June, Senior Olympics in
July and the Senior Games in August. So I need to peak by June 1st and maintain that for
10 weeks.
* Mondays, on the track. Speed drills, 50m, 100m and 200m. Top speed, 65% of capacity
until 2 weeks before the meet.
* Tuesdays, weight room, lower body and abs. Isometrics and plyometrics.
* Wednesdays, up hill work. The hill is 30m long with an elevation of 20m. Sprinting forward
and backward. Hops and lunges. Medicine ball (8 lbs), squat and jump, 5 sets, 5 each set.
* Thursdays, weight room, upper body, abs, isometrics and plyometrics.
* Fridays, same as on Mondays and sprinting up and down bleacher steps.
* Saturdays, abs and isometrics. Light sprinting for 20m at a time for 20 minutes.
My workout is for 60 minutes plus warm up and cool down for 20 minutes each. Stretching
3x during the workout. I never jog. I focus on developing "fast twitch" muscles. I always have
someone critque my form and technique...if I am going to invest 15 hours a week in training,
I want to be doing it correct. Bad form and technique saps energy. Each workout is calulated
with a particular purpose in mind.
Conclusion...take care of your body, it's the only one you have and never cheat on your training.
During a week's training, I perform 23 different drills. All drills are timed. Pay attention to details. Little things make the difference...First to the Finish Line...where winners always meet.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, March 22, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! The calender is SPRING! Finally we can breath in the
Spring air. I actually started my training outdoors last week with one of the local High School
track teams. I have my sights set on the Nationals, Senior Games and the Senior Olympics. How
about you? The games are a great venue, don't miss it.
Athletes frequently ask me "when should I stretch?" My advise...after about a 20 minute warm
up. During a hour workout, stretch 2 or 3 times and again after your workout during your 20
minute cool down. My greatest fear is injury. So take care of your body. Training and working out
sure beats rehab. Working out daily is a must for all of us. Next week, I will share with you my
outdoor workout routine. Oh yes, don't forget to do your yard's great exercise.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! I introduced in last week's blog the "FIRST TO THE FINISH LINE" series. The response was overwhelming! Thank you readers! I also added a two minute
clip from the '08 Senior Olympics...titled JimmyO Senior Olympic Gold Winner. Hope you
enjoy it. Throughout the past few years I am asked by both men and women the following
questions..."what can we expect from being fit?" "What does fitness really do for us?" "What
motivates you?" I am going to begin answering the questions with this...WE CAN AGE, BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO GET OLD. Many seniors believe that with age we go "downhill." We age
mentally first, then physically. This type of thinking promotes excuses for not doing things...
well, because we are getting old. STOP YOURSELF. Fitness promotes a freshness in our
thinking. Fitness stimulates the brain and the body. The process of "being fit" curtails the
aging process. The feel younger, look younger and are younger. Your attitude
about yourself and everything else changes for the better. People see a "changed you" and you become more popular. The opposite sex is attracted to you. Your love life becomes stronger
and better. Your spouse or significant other loves what you are now. When you begin to
see and realize these benefits, fitness becomes a necessary part of your life. I can't tell you
how many men and women have come up to me and said "you were right." "My life has changed." So, take being fit to the limit...whatever it is. Set your sights on the finish line...

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, March 8, 2009

FIRST TO THE FINISH LINE!!! fitness and more.

Hello and Welcome Everyone! Did you remember to set your clocks and watches ahead one hour? Time speeds up as we age...or so it seems. "Life is like a roll of toilet it gets near the end, the faster it goes."
I am excited to announce my 2009 series "FIRST TO THE FINISH LINE."
* Motivational speeches...reaching out to a cross section of audiences.
* Sprint for Gold...cancer survivor. Life's defining moment. A life changing experience.
* Winners R US...motivated by the physically and mentally challenged. For any age.
* Balance Your Life...a refreshing, new "take" in fitness.
* Senior Olympic Training...a must for anyone age 50 and over.
* "Training Wheels" "in company" fitness program. The portable gym with trainer.
* Youth Athletic Development Clinics...preparing youth (ages 8 through 18) mentally,
physically and emotionally.
* Senior Comedy Hour...for seniors only. It's a hoot! Hold on to your teeth and wear seat belts.
* "Voice Over" and Narration...the power of the voice and soft sell.

" where winners always meet"
Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, March 1, 2009

"PSYCH MOMENT" senior fitness

Hello and welcome everyone! From time to time I make reference to the "balance your life"
program, that I designed for senior fitness. Today is no exception. Balance is more than just an
exercise or science. It is an "art." The "art" of acquiring functional balance (the discipline ) at
any level, at any age, is the key element in all of my fitness classes and clinics. Balance your life was designed in 2007 specifically for men and women age 50 and over. All exercises are three
dimensional and progressive by design. Participants experience full body motion, correct
technique, posture and proper breathing skills. Full body motion exercises are reinforced with
individual muscle group disciplines...1) foot work, 2) core, 3) upper body with lower body in
stationary mode, 4) reflex and reaction, 5) eye and foot coordination relative to moving objects.
Through this progression, you are training the BRAIN, then the muscles...thus achieving the
PSYCHOLOGICAL MOMENT. The time when a person is most apt to react in the desired
functional manner. Balance is much more than an is an AWAKENING of your entire
body. Through this process I have witnessed people who not only regain functional mobility they may have lost, but function at a higher level than at any time in their lives. Side note...balance
then promotes strength, endurance, brain power, confidence, mental fitness and cardio. In my
opinion, the "art" of balance must be the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

"MINDSET" for senior fitness success

Hello and welcome everyone! Every once in awhile we need to have a talk with ourslves. I call
this "checkpoint." The following assess my mental and physical fitness progress.
* evaluate my attitude...mindset. Am I prepared mentally for each workout?
* review my notebook...what progress have I made over the past 30 days?
* have I achieved my goals for the month? What changes do I need to make?
* have I increased my energy and endurance levels...and my strength?
* what drills (exercises) do I need to add?
* do I change my routine (muscle confusion) each week?
* do I chart my progress daily?
* what are my "must" goals for the next month...the next 3 months? where do I need to be?
The notebook is my map...the "critical path" to success! Beginning March 1st, I will embrace a 3
month goal oriented "critical path." I am preparing for the Senior Olympics and the Nationals.
My notebook (map) keeps me focused...prevents me from "winging" it. Too many of us feel we can wing it. Don't fall into that trap! "Fools gold" will lead you to a deadend. By following your
map, each day will give you a sense of accomplishment...of winning. That feeling ignites and feeds
my positive attitude. We gravitate to a higher level of accomplishment...of being. In summary;
it's CHALLENGE, CHALLENGE, CHALLENGE. Whatever our health issues, within our abilities,
we need to challenge our mental and physical capabilities. That determines our capacity for

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Saturday, February 14, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Happy Valentine's day! I was thinking that there ought to be a
" Fitness Day. " A National Holiday! How about it?! We have just about every other holiday now.
Celebrate Fitness! I am trying to bring this about by writing to several in D. C.
Well, I am delighted we are together once again. Many of you are already aware that I conduct
"balance" exercises....for the most part for seniors and mostly to senior women. Well, they get it.
I have designed various "drills" to regain functional balance. Exercises include foot work,
ladder work, skips, hops, plyometrics, isometrics and martial arts. Each week I present a class
challenge. The challenge came about, when after several classe participants got a little cocky. So, I designed a program (Foot work) by having them close their eyes when doing the
exercises. Standing with both feet on the floor, then on their toes and count to ten. No one could do it. Then stand on one foot and go up on your toes and count to ten. No one could do it.
The classes found out that it is difficult to stand in the dark. Another lesson...even though
we may have balance and eyesight, we depend upon fixed objects in "normal life" to be functional. We practice the "eyes closed" drill for ten minutes each class now. Guess what?
They can now do the drills, though not perfect. Everyone has much better balance and confidence. Great job class! Sometimes, in order to see the light, we have to visit the dark.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Last week we talked about the importance of mental fitness
(toughness) and how vital it is regarding physical fitness. This week let's spend some time on this thing called energy. Does exercising energize our brain...our body. A resounding YES! And it isn't just me, it's
everyone in my classes and people I meet at various events. When we feel better about ourselves our attitude changes about everything. We rise above things that we would
otherwise allow to ruin our day. It's like removing the blinders. We finally begin to have this
inner feeling of freedom and self confidence. Fitness now takes on a new and meaningful
purpose for us. What about the "energy part?" That is the fitness evolution! We experience
the "rush!" Satisfaction replaces tiredness. We have finally pushed the clear button and hit the refresh button. Mind, body and spirit united in a singleness of purpose. Now every workout
becomes an accomplishment...a victory. We reach the " finish line" at each workout. Make the finish line your goal, everyday. Fate is what life gives you, destiny is what you do with it.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O