After graduating college in 1999, I moved to Charleston, SC (I loved the idea of being in a beach city!) to personal train, and have fun. Well… taking the just have fun attitude doesn’t really get you ahead in life. I ended up moving back home Wisconsin to refocus.
This time around, I still did personal training, but I also got a sales job that paid well. I started earning good money, and focused on pursuing that more. Long story short, I got married in 2004, and like all good husbands… I wanted to be a good provider so I decided to pursue my sales career with the industry leader at the time, and shelve my health and fitness career. I became 100% corporate (so to speak) and took it seriously. I did well, and was always a top performer for the company.
I put more focus on the career and less on my health… it seemed to be just ever so subtle, but things started to change. The body only adapts to whatever we expose it to over time. The career I was in demanded LASER focus on and off the job or you fell to the bottom and didn’t earn a check. So imagine a life so revolved around work with little room for anything else, including relationships, God, family time, and of course health. The body I created was adapted for this environment, and it wasn’t healthy, and it didnt look good either… But I sure made a lot of sales! (SO WHAT!!!)
What really ended up happening was, as life threw more responsibilities at me, the more I felt I had no choice but to stay at a job that paid well but was unfulfilling. Life was getting so out of balance for me, and my health and physique paid the price. I was began to resent my job, and also poisoned my body with the toxic stress that was fueled by the lifestyle I was living at that time.
The rock hard athletically muscular body that I once had began to dimish… and in 5 years time, I felt what the stress and unbalance did to me. What really lit a fire under me was reading “The 4-Hour Workweek” By Timothy Ferris.
Here is the excerpt that did it to me:
The Fat Man in Red BMW Convertable
There have been several points in my life –among them, just before I was fired from TrueSAN and just before I escaped the United States to avoid taking an Uzi into McDonald’s– at which I saw my future as another fat man in midlife crisis BMW. I simply looked at those people 15-20 years ahead of me on the same track, whether a director of sales or an entrepreneur in the same industry, and it scared the hell out of me.
- Source: The 4-Hour Workweek, pg 53. Timothy Ferris
Yes, I was seeing it happen… I was becoming one of those fat men in a BMW! I started looking at others that were 5- 10 years ahead of me career wise, and I KNEW, I DID NOT WANT to be one of them. I still felt trapped though… Have you ever felt trapped in your own life… in a cycle that you didn’t think you would get out of? Well, than you can relate.
Corporate to Cut is for guys (and gals) like I was. I know that I couldn’t be the only one who slowly watched his manhood be eaten away by a job or career they hated.
Life is a series of chain reactions… You don’t have to quit your job to get in shape, but maybe having some guidance, and encouragement to help you take back control of your health and physique will start a LIFE CHANGING chain reaction, and open up a whole new world of possibilities.
My goal with Corporate To Cut is to inspire people. After going through what I have experienced, I now know that just going through the motions of life is such a waste! Why not choose the life you want!? Live with purpose; start with a small change, and watch the chain reaction… A good place to start is with health and physique. My hopes are that those who read this site will draw inspiration, and make positive changes in their lives.