One of the reasons you might struggle to eat well and stay in shape as a road warrior, is the overall paradigm of the fitness industry.
Imagine if you could change that paradigm, and have a whole new outlook.
What if “fitness” isn’t exactly what you thought it was?
What if there is a “red pill” you still need to take in your approach to health?
Perhaps the “fitness industry” itself is an idea that was sold to you, however that idea no longer matches your lifestyle… or reality for that matter.
Perhaps, the daily frustrations of not getting a workout in are a splinter in your mind, reminding you that “Something just isn’t right.”
I will not go into a nauseatingly detailed analysis of how we came from cro magon homo sapiens, hunters and gathers, farmers, warring civilizations, and the industrial revolution.
If you’re interested in the more in depth history of fitness Read Here
What I will say is this… in the past “fitness” was survival… now that we are living in comfortable societies like in Western Civilization, and can predict our safety, food, and dwelling… fitness has became a “bonus”.
The icons and legends left their mark, the gyms were built, the industry was formed… and now more people than ever are overweight, obese, and sick.
How exactly is it possible we have all the information in the world on how to be healthy and fit but most people are still unhealthy and sick?
We created solutions for health and well being… but the majority of people don’t use them!
Gyms are plentiful and vacant. Health foods are considered “extras.”
Sedentary travel and sedentary travel is non-stop.
Yes, people are moving… but they are sitting still in Elevators, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles that are moving them.
Not only is our society more obese, 70% of Americans are obese, the odds of being obese were 92% higher for those who traveled 21 or more nights per month compared to those who traveled only one to six nights per month”. (Study found: https://israelimasuen.com/just-how-bad-is-business-travel-for-your-health-heres-the-data/
Even so, you the road warrior, the earner, the breadwinner of your company and family, are expected to perform heroic feats of jumping on and off of planes, getting to meetings, and closing deals… and if you can sneak a work out in, it’s a cherry on top.
Our knowledge of medicine, supplements, body tissues (Bone, muscle, joints, fascial tissue) cardiovascular, and exercise science has all evolved exponentially, so why aren’t more of us living longer?
If you are reading this as a mature individual with an established career, it is likely you grew up in the 60’s, 70’s, the 80’s, and witnessed the 90’s, and 2000’s fitness boom.
Here we are now approaching 2020. We have not me our objectives for Healthy People 2020. More than 3/4s of Americans are struggling for basic health: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm
Are you happy with your body? Are you happy with your life? Are you satisfied with your level of fitness and your capabilities? Do you even have energy to make it through a day?
Is your business productivity suffering as a result of not exercising and not eating well?
So it’s safe for us to conclude that the reason things aren’t working is we’ve taken the wrong approach!
“Maybe it’s time to approach fitness differently!” – BAYO
I began teaching, coaching, and training clients in 2008 in New York City, over 10 years ago. I too have seen the shifts, patterns, and changes in the fitness industry.
Unfortunately, most of these shifts are not more people getting healthy and fit.
When I started training individuals in major gyms like Crunch and Equinox, I knew something was inherently wrong for the amount of time gyms were empty and crowded.
It was tragic to see. Beautiful gyms with equipment collecting dust.
People outside passing by depressed and overweight.
Hotel gym, neighborhood gym, or local studio, fitness was possible for people before work, mid-day, or after work.
The 9am – 5pm workday in and of itself is an industrial paradigm that set the tone for fitness solutions.
The United States Adamson Act in 1916 established an eight-hour day, with additional pay for overtime, for railroad workers. This was the first federal law that regulated the hours of workers in private companies.
100 years later … here we are…industrialized, organized, sedentary, and sick. What’s the solution?
Well, in my fortunate journey through fitness, I encountered tools, individuals, and ideas that were remnant of our brighter past.
These tools were always more interesting to me than the shiny factory assembly line like machines that filled all the vacant gyms I’ve walked through.
Which by the way, these machines promote a “magazine” result, bodies from eras of bodybuilding, bikini competitions, and beauty pageants that defined beauty for decades.
Gyms were sold that way. To help you get that “perfect look”.
I have nothing against machines and linear weightlifting, because they are tools that can serve a purpose, especially for rehab after injury.
What I have a problem with is that they seduce people into thinking fitness is just a “Get in the driver’s seat (or machine)” do these movements A, B, C and voila you will get results.
However, most people don’t get to look like the magazine covers!
So people are being sold the image of fitness in the Airport newsstands. Then they walk into gyms and expect all this “high tech” equipment to work ON them (rather than them working ON it) to make them fit and beautiful.
And guess what… it doesn’t work. Never has. Never will.
However these tools that cause humans to feel, think, and work: Foam rollers, BOSU balls, Swiss balls, Kettlebells, TRX straps, boxing gear, Gymnastics rings, Ropes, PVC Pipes, Boxing gear, lacrosse balls, and sandbags.
These tools we actually have to use creatively, and our brains and bodies thank us for it!
Nestled within every gym is always a seed of our potential:
Our natural human movement.
I was never a robot, worker bee, meat head, gym rat, or minion of any form or fashion, so naturally I gravitated toward the tools and equipment that aided not just my physical development, but my evolution as a human being mentally and spiritually as well.
The more bodybuilding influenced trainers had names for me like “The Bionic man” or “Bionic training”, because my focus was disproportionate toward movement, martial science, locomotion, (running, jumping, etc.).
I took my name BAYO, and created the acronym of what I like to do.
I created B.A.Y.O.N.I.K.S. which would later help me guide myself and my clients back to a centralized form of exercise and well being that helps one evolve mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
How B.A.Y.O.N.I.K.S. Helps The Business Travelers And Road Warriors Of Today:
- Simplicity: Eat less. Move more. Eat with better quality. Move with better quality. The first way B.A.Y.O.N.I.K.S. will help is Simplicity. David Weck, founder of BOSU calls it 1.) Fight 2.) Flight. Our nature as human beings is to use all over our body to aggressively overcome obstacles (i.e. the functions of pushing, pulling, pressing, twisting, squatting, holding), and locomotion get us by foot from point A to point B. Forget about all the complicated workout DVD’s, workout programs, etc. What can your body do in space by itself? If it can’t do much, you’re out of shape. Do some pushups right now!
- FUN: As kids when we used to play, we did it because we had fun! We liked it, there was a sense of joy, curiosity, unexpected adventure, discovery, realization, good sensations, good feelings, flow, variety, surprise, upset. If you’ve forgotten this, watch a group of kids playing on a playground. The smiles, the arguments, the laughter, the silly singing, the dancing, the jumping. Now walk into a Hotel gym, notice the difference. The plain vanilla walls, the shabby treadmill, the ubiquitous dumbells and lat pull down machines. You don’t want to do it, because it’s boring! Just admit it. A hotel gym is a microcosm of a larger gym which is typically boring too.
- PURPOSE/MEANING: Develop skills that you can use! Maybe you were an athlete once or wanted to be one and now you are a business traveler. You don’t necessarily have to do 10-12 pull-ups to win in business do you? But what if you slipped on a cliff and were hanging by one arm, would you value pull-ups then? Still want to do pull-ups? Would you be able to? I don’t want you to do pull-ups because it looks cool. I want you to do pull ups because it is a human function you need in life. There’s a reason the military requires it. Often soldiers find themselves pulling themselves up over an obstacle, wall, or vehicle.
- RESULTS: The way your body looks is a byproduct of what it can do. Stop trying to make your body look good without thinking about what it can do! It’s a futile effort. So many people go in gyms and want these amazing body parts in 30, 60, 90 days. So as a business traveler, you think you only need your body to climb a few stairs, and pick up a suitcase? Results come from training for all aspects of life. And aesthetics are naturally formed when focus on skills, force production, abilities, and attributes (Strength, coordination, timing, speed, balance, flexibility, and endurance).
Changing Your Paradigm Forever: Transform From A Struggling Road Warrior To An Elite Mobile Warrior
Having coached peak performers in fitness for 10 years, I know the patterns that cause people to fail in making improvements in their health and fitness.
One of the biggest patterns is the problem of identity.
Many people think of their role in life as fixed. To them “things are just the way they are”… They are “just being human just the way they are.”
Sometimes a way of life, like business travel, being a digital nomad, or entrepreneurship brings with it certain habits.
The old phrase goes, “Your Thoughts, Words, Actions, Habits, Character Will Become Your Destiny”
When I work with online fitness coaching clients or educate through my material and programs the first question is not “Who Are you?” it’s “Who are you becoming.”
If you want to become something more than the lazy norm, struggling to get by, mediocre on all levels, you will first have to define a new paradigm.
B.A.Y.O.N.I.K.S. is here to help you transform that paradigm into a lifestyle, body, and experiences you are extremely proud of!