What the Car Industry Taught me About Taking Action [Motivation Hack]

What the Car Industry Taught Me about Taking ActionBack in the day, I used to work for a global manufacturing company that produced all sorts of highly-engineered products for cars and other motor vehicles.

As a process engineer, one of the interesting parts of my job was figuring out why things went wrong when they did.

When you’re talking about high-volume production in an extremely fast-paced, high-stress environment, things go wrong very, very often. And since problems cost the company a lot of money, learning how to avoid them is an obvious priority.

Finding the exact root cause of any particular issue was an essential part of the job because it allowed us to put systems in place to prevent those same (costly) issues from happening again in the future.

So what in the world does this have to do with motivation?

Well, it just so happens that the tools we used to extract the root cause of our everyday work problems are the same tools you can use to analyze your goals and motivate yourself to take action.

Let me show you just how simple it is to implement.

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Private Fitness Challenge #2 (Reserve Your Spot Inside!)

Private Fitness Challenge #2Last month we ran our very first Bloom to Fit Private Fitness Challenge. And I would be lying if I said it was easy. Without a doubt, it was a tough challenge.

But it was also one hell of an experience!

Our incredible participants battled through squats, mountain climbers, and heavy jump rope single unders in the process of achieving some very impressive results.

Thousands of repetitions were completed over the course of 14 days and some major improvements were made.

This month, we’re looking to do it all over again. Only we’re going to do it even better. We’ve made some awesome improvements and are now going to focus on a new set of exercises and training tools.

It’s an exciting time and if you’re ready to make some amazing things happen this April, then I’ve got a great challenge prepared for you.

Let me show you what’s in store.
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The Most Delicious Chickpea Cookies on the Planet [Recipe]

Chickpea Cookie RecipeThursday night  is date night. Each week, my girlfriend and I try to plan something fun for each other. And each week we alternate between who does the planning.

One week it’s on me. Next week is on her. It’s more fun that way.

Anyway, a couple of Thursdays ago it was my turn to make the plans. Since it was way too cold to step outside, I thought I’d make it a nice evening in.

I brought out the wine (Fuzion from Argentina). Picked a nice movie (can’t remember). Made a nice dinner (it was spectacular – her words). And then I brought out the chickpea cookies.

Ooohh the never-cease-to-impress simply delicious chickpea cookies.

Long story short, they were a hit. And ever since I posted a picture of them on my newsletter, I got swarmed with emails from people demanding the recipe.

So here it is. The recipe for the most delicious chickpea cookies you’ll ever taste. [Read more…]

Private Fitness Challenge #1: Reserve Your Spot!

Private Fitness Challenge 1 - Bloom to FitSome time ago, I announced that I would be launching something bold and exciting in the year 2015. And last week I finally revealed what I’ve been working on over the past few months.

Today, the dream has finally become a reality and I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the launch of the first Bloom to Fit private fitness challenge.

If you haven’t had a chance to see what these private challenges are all about, take a minute to read the intro post from last week. Just don’t take too long because spots for this challenge are extremely limited.

If you’re ready to make things happen, then I’ve got one hell of a challenge ready to kick things off. I think you’re really going to like the new setup.

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Exciting Announcement!! Introducing New Bloom to Fit Private Fitness Challenges

Introducing B2F Private ChallengesJust the other week, we wrapped up our latest 21 day fitness challenge. As always, it was one hell of a journey from start to finish.

In the past year alone, I’ve probably hosted over half a dozen of these challenges and each and every one has been an incredibly surreal experience.

We’ve had thousands of amazing people participate from all across the globe and, to this day, I continue to be blown away by the insane level of hard work and perseverance that people put into each challenge.

Since I’ve started hosting these challenges, it’s hard to say that anything has had quite the same positive effect on my readers (you) and I want to leverage the momentum we’ve built to provide you with something even better.

That is why today I’m extremely excited to show you what I’ve been working on over the past few months. Allow me to introduce you to our brand spankin’ new Bloom to Fit Private Fitness Challenges.

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The 21 Day Kettlebell Swing Challenge [2015 Edition]

21 Day Kettlebell Swing Challenge 2015Hey! Welcome to the second week of 2015, my friend.

Last year (roughly around this time) I ran the very first 21 day kettlebell swing challenge right here on this very blog that you’re reading.

It was, I’m very happy to say, a wonderful success. We had hundreds of participants from all over the world join in on the fun!

So I figured why not do it again this year. Why not make it a bit of a tradition.

And that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Only it won’t be all quite the same this time around. I’ve added a bit of a twist to this year’s challenge. Just a small tweak to the recipe. Nothing crazy. I promise.

Either way, I think you’re really going to enjoy it.

As always, this challenge is going to take some guts to join. I don’t blame you if you want to simply shut down your browser after reading the details of the challenge and call it a day. No hard feelings.

But if you’re looking to get a head start on your 2015 health and fitness goals and you think you’ve got the cajonas to step up and take action, then this is the challenge for you.

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50 Brilliantly Simple Ways to Make 2015 Your Best Year Ever

50 Brilliantly Simple Ways to Make 2015 Your Best Year EverYup. It’s 2015. Who would’ve thunk it?

For me, the past few weeks have been all over the place. Birthdays. Holiday feasts. Snowboarding trips. Celebrations. Cottages. A bit of alcoholic beveraging. Hmm. Not a bad way to end the year, I must admit.

But while it feels good to be getting back to my usual routine, there’s still a lot that I’m looking forward to.

One of the things that I really want to do more of this year is write. Not just for this blog, but in general. I want to get as many words out into the world as possible. It should be an interesting journey. I hope.

Anyway, I’m going to start it off with this (ironically) short post.

2015 is all about opportunity. You have the opportunity right now to make decisions that will set the tone for the rest of the year. It’s always tough at the beginning, but things get easier as you do them more.

Some will power and discipline will be required. That’s just part of the recipe. But the best way to make things happen is to take small steps. I talked a lot about that in my post on the power of small wins.

What I want to do here is give you a little bit of a head start.

I’m going to outline 50 simple and somewhat unconventional things you can start doing right now to ensure that 2015 will be the healthiest, fittest, sexiest, most productive, and most fulfilling year of your life.

Here they are, in no particular order. Enjoy! [Read more…]

How to Build Bulletproof Endurance (Inside Your Closet)

Build Endurance in the ClosetEver been stuck inside a closet?

The other week I went back home to visit my parents and walked into my old room to find everything missing.

My little sister shifted all the contents to a walk-in closet upstairs.

My room was no longer in existence. It was replaced with shades of purple and an extensive collection of hair products.

As I ventured into the closet upstairs to claim my belongings, I was overwhelmed by the space (not the one pictured above, unfortunately).

My child-like imagination instantly took over.

What if I got stuck in here forever? What if I couldn’t get out? How in the world would I get my workouts done?

Serious questions, I know.

But the entire scenario does bring home a very important point.

It shines light on the fact that it is absolutely possible to build incredible endurance even if you had very little room to work with. With the right tools (and skills) in hand, you can put together workouts to elevate your heart rate and engage your muscles in powerful ways without the need for much real estate.

Pretty crazy concept if you think about it.

It’s refreshing to know that running is not the only option, right?

This post explores this topic. Let’s begin.

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The 21 Day Pushup Challenge

21 Day Pushup Challenge HeaderThe time has come once again, my friends.

It’s been a few months since we’ve had a challenge here at Bloom to Fit.

In fact, it was all the way back in June that we had our fun with 21 days of kettlebell squatting. Oh those burning memories.

But today is a new day and we’re going to try something different this time around.

Most of our previous challenges have been focused on developing endurance and/or lower body strength. This time, we’re going to spend a few weeks purely focused on developing upper body strength.

We’re going to utilize one of the most powerful bodyweight training exercises on the planet. No extra equipment is needed.

If you have what it takes to join us, then you’ll be rewarded with a substantial boost in upper body strength, core strength, and ego.

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Bloom to Fit Workout of the Week Episode 28: Titan Switch

Bloom to Fit Workout of the Week EP28Welcome to Episode 28 of the Bloom to Fit Workout of the Week series.

This week, we’re back with another heavy jump rope workout. Unlike last week, we’re only going to be using one heavy cable. And no, this doesn’t make things easier. In your dreams.

If you are new to jump rope training, I encourage you to use a modified version (either a regression or progression). Challenge your limits but always make sure you’re listening to your body and acting accordingly.

Let’s begin. [Read more…]