Hi there, Forrest here,
If you don’t know me, allow me to introduce myself.
I am founder of Way Of Life Boot Camp in North County San Diego, a fitness boot camp business that helps people get fit, starting with their body, but then taking that leap to their mind and their life.
I’ve started 5 successful boot camp locations in Northern and Southern California and been certified by 3 national certifications, ACE (American Council on Exercise), NCSF (National Counsel on Strength and Fitness), and AFAA.
I hold a second degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and have 15 years experience in martial arts training. I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 13 years and have over 15,000 hours of training clients.
I am a published author, chosen by Examiner.com as the expert on boot camps and an avid fitness blogger.
I’ve trained hundreds of clients who have lost thousands of pounds…I estimate I’ve helped communities lose over 10,000 lbs of fat (I suppose I could go through my files and add it up…but it’s somewhere about there.)
My biggest success besides my wife and 2 (soon to be 3!) kids are my clients life transformations, of which the success stories are endless and I’m so incredibly thankful to have been apart of each and every one of their journeys.
I don’t say any of this to brag, but to give you some background on my experience.
I’m really into the body/mind/life stuff, and to me, it’s not a fad or a trend.
You see, when I was 12 years old, I started smoking cigarettes. Not really trying to act out or even to get attention…and it wasn’t even peer pressure. I guess you could say it was boredom. My childhood friend Matt and I found a pack of Newports behind a building at a schoolyard one weekend when no one was there.
…and what do you do when you find a pack of cigarettes with no adult supervision around?
You guessed it – you get some matches! …and you smoke them! (I know…gross!)
Well, we puffed on them (we didn’t actually learn to inhale until months later when an older friend showed us how).
Growing up, we lived a middle class life.
My dad was a butcher and my mom was a stay-at-home mom, then she worked in administration. I’m very thankful and humbled by my parents who always taught me to be a good person and to do well by others.
We didn’t have a lot of money (I remember a coffee table littered with grocery store coupons…my mom knew how to bargain shop!) but I do remember we ate well…being my dad was a meat cutter, we grew up eating steaks…and always the best cuts!
However, as I grew up, I spent all the time I could out of the house…getting into trouble.
I hung out in the streets.
At 13 I started drinking vodka. At 14 it was beer, any hard alcohol I could find, and I started smoking pot.
By 15 I could be described as a low-life punk skater kid with low self-esteem that hadn’t really accomplished anything worthwhile and felt he had no place in the world accept for when he was hanging with his friends getting high or drunk.
By age 17 I had “experimented” with LSD and mushrooms…over 20 times each.
At 18 I barely graduated high school, I’d been busted by the cops on a few misdemeanors and I worked a dead-end job as a grocery store clerk.
By age 19 I was homeless, had pushed away my family, and was snorting coke and smoking meth.
I know…believe me. I’m not proud of this.
You may ask, why am I sharing this in a public forum?
It’s because I’ve realized that even though I made a lot of bad and destructive decisions that just about ruined my body, mind, and life, I’ve also turned everything around.
Today I’m 36 years old, I have a wonderful and beautiful wife and kids, I own a thriving fitness business, I have the best business partner in the world, and the most incredible clients EVER, and I live on the beach in the most beautiful town in the world, Carlsbad, CA.
Life can’t get much better.
So, what turned it all around?
What happened in those years between 20 and 36 that got me to where I am today?
In a nutshell, after hitting rock bottom I got involved in martial arts, I met a martial arts master who taught me to go inside myself, inside my mind to find the answers that were already there.
I also got some wise words from my grandmother who told me on my worst day, “Forrest, take care of your body. If you take care of your body, your body will take care of your mind, and your mind will take care of your life.”
Now you can see why this body/mind/life stuff isn’t just a fad or a trend to us.
It saved me…it saved my business partner and good friend, Anthony Steel, and it will save YOU too if you start training and keep it’s course.
A lot of people make excuses.
Not enough time, not enough support, not enough money.
Maybe the pain inside that person hasn’t grown strong enough yet.
Believe me, when the pain is strong enough…when the doctor tells you you’re at risk for diabetes, when none of clothes fit anymore, when your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend leaves you because you stopped believing in yourself, when you lose your job or fail in your business because of lack of mental and physical energy to be on your “A” game…
…that’s when you change. Not because you “think it might be good for your health” but because you HAVE TO DO IT!!
There’s no better motivator than that. You have turn turn your “should’s” into “must’s” because you MUST be healthy and fit to live the life you deserve! It’s that simple!
Don’t take your time on this earth for granted. You’ve got this ONE LIFE.
Below is a link of a 21-Day Meditation Challenge that I want YOU to join us on. It’s coming up in just a few days on April 14th. Register NOW, it’s free and we’re all doing this together!! Once you register, friend me on Facebook and request to be added to the Way Of Life Meditation private group page.
…and here’s a video I put up with 3 fitness tips for fitness and life that are aligned with what I’m talking about here: