Happy Thanksgiving!!

HappyThanksgiving

I sincerely want to wish you and yours a happy, love-filled Thanksgiving Day! If you’re somewhere other than the US, then it’s not Thanksgiving…but I still hope you have a great Thursday filled with lots to be thankful for.  :)

Peace, Love, & Happiness

Clay

The State of NPC Physique Competitions: Too Many Divisions!

Let me begin by saying I love bodybuilding.  Although I currently have no desire to compete again, I still love what competition is about – challenging yourself to be the best version of you possible.

Likewise, I’ve got nothing but love for the NPC (National Physique Committee) who sanctions the best physique competitions around.

So my critique of bodybuilding and the NPC comes from a place of much love :)  But with that being said…

There are just too dang many divisions these days!!

Just check out the name of one of the national competitions: NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships…DANG that’s a mouthful!

Back in the day there was Bodybuilding (men’s & women’s)…that’s it.

Then in the late 80’s and early 90’s, a women’s division called Fitness was added.  That’s where the athletes are judge on their physique and on a gymnastics-type fitness routine.  Ok, cool.

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Beach, Beach Cruiser…Fun Time!

My idea of a good day!
My idea of a good day!

Yesterday I discussed the top 3 things that make us happy. On that note, I wanted to share with you two of my meaningful-for-me hobbies, all wrapped up into one.

I love the beach! I love bike riding! So imagine how content I am riding my bike along the beach…pretty freakin’ content!

And I got to see the sun set….another of my simple pleasures. To quote Dr Dre…today was a good day.  :)

Peace

Dr C

7 Books I’ve Read: a Peep at my Audible.com Account

As I’ve mentioned, I love reading…and that includes ‘reading’ a book via audio.  (If I had to literally read all my books, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy as many as I have, that’s for sure!)

Audible.com screenshot
peep my audible account

Just for fun, and perhaps as a way to expose you to a book or two you’ve never heard of, I thought I grab a screenshot of my Audible.com account, showing some of the books I’ve read.

1. Talk Less, Say More – by Connie Dieken

2. Influencer – Kerry Patterson

3. Crush It! – by Gary Vaynerchuk

4. Spark – by John Ratey, MD

5. The Winner’s Brain – by Jeff Brown, Mark Fenske, & Liz Neporent

6. How to Craft a World Class Life – by Robin Sharma

7. Purple Cow – by Seth Godin

And you can faintly see at the bottom that I’m currently (re) listening to The Year of Living Like Jesus by Edward Dobson.

In addition to that one, the standouts in this group are definitely Spark and Purple Cow.

Spark discusses, in detail, the benefits that exercise has on our brains.  Everything from ADD to Depression can be ‘treated’ via exercise.  Trust me, if you’re at all ‘into exercise’ or just fascinated by the brain, you’ll absolutely love this book!

Here’s what publisher’s blurb says: “In SPARK, John Ratey, MD embarks upon a fascinating journey through the mind-body connection, illustrating that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to menopause to Alzheimer’s. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, that has put the local school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores), SPARK is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run.”

Purple Cow is one of my favorite business books ever.  In it, Seth Godin discusses the risk of being normal…and the benefit of standing out in the crowd…like a purple cow.

If you’re an entrepreneur, this is a must-read book.  It’s one I go back and re-listen to every year or so.

Your friend in fitness…and reading,

Dr Clay