Well, it’s summer, and that means a few things. First and foremost it’s hotter than hell in my neck of the woods—which, ironically, is a neighborhood called “Hell’s Kitchen.” (Yes, I planned that.)
The great thing about summer is the level of energy you feel when you’re outside. Of course, in NYC, there is a bit of the asphalt blasted lethargy that can happen in any city, but with Central Park offering respite, you still feel the excitement of people enjoying the outdoors. And although I do enjoy a break, I don’t look to escape the concrete jungle more than twice per week.
When I do escape, I search for sand. Summertime means it’s beach season, which is always exciting. Of course, I dig that because I can walk around topless and no one can hold it against me.
Second, it means surfing—for those who don’t know, I am a journeyman surfer—meaning I own a board, and on rare occasions manage not to fall off of it. And so, this summer I’m really dedicated myself to getting better.
On top of that, summer is, of course, the season for Hollywood blockbusters—and there are a lot of great ones coming out.
And so, in the spirit of summer, I thought I’d hit you with a list 11 things that I’m SUPER DUPER excited about in the coming months.
Before we start…to set the mood, here’s a video of the classic, “Summer Time” by Will Smith–er…by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.
As many of you probably know, I am a huge nerd (this will be reflected elsewhere in the list), so summer is always great because all the comic book movies come out. This year, we’ve got one of my favorites—Captain America.
Cap is a great character because he’s a scrawny dude who is chosen to be a Super Soldier because of his character and his desire to help the world; until he’s injected with super soldier serum (which I am convinced is just a long ester testosterone blended with tren and some growth hormone), the scrawny Steve Rogers has no special powers to speak of. In fact, he makes Vince Del Monte’s “before” picture look impressive.
Check out the latest trailer:
As a chubby kid growing up, I was never “scrawny,” but I always identified with Rogers feeling of physical inadequacy and desire to overcome that—which led to a love of comic books and my eventual involvement with fitness.
Not surprisingly, eventually my lover of comics, heroism, and fitness had to coalesce into a single entity—and it’s finally happened.
Therefore, let this serve as my OFFICIAL announcement that in the spirit of summer blockbusters, this July I will be releasing a brand new program called “The Super Hero Workout.”
The tag-line is, “build a body that can fight crime, thwart evil, and save the world (while looking AWESOME)” and the program is designed to do just that. While you will lose fat and gain muscle (obviously), the program will also make you stronger, faster, more agile and generally more athletic.
Whether you’re looking to steal hearts, or chase down those who’d steal someone’s purse, the Super Hero Workout will get you in shape to do it.
I don’t want to talk TOO much about it (since I’ll be doing that in a few weeks), but it’s a Four Phase Program, with each phase drawing inspiration from different heroes. In keeping with the summer blockbusters, Phase One draws inspiration from Thor and Captain America, and is intended to help you build strength and power.
Stay tuned for the Super Hero Workout—tentative release date is July 19th. (Right around the time Captain America comes out—holy smokes, Batman, it’s almost like he planned that!)
While we’re on the subject of programs I’m working on, this is a good opportunity to bring up something I’m REALLY excited about—fasting.
As I’ve covered in a number of interviews and blog posts lately, I have been playing around with every conceivable type of fasting protocol over the course of the past 8 months. And, finally, I’ve come up with what I think is the perfect “Roman method” of fasting which combines the best of all worlds.
More than anything, I owe A LOT of what I’ve come up with to my friend Dan Go, a Toronto based trainer whom I met through Craig Ballantyne. Dan is a huge intermittent fasting proponent, and when we got together, our minds went into overdrive and we started coming up with so many ideas that we decided to write them down.
Three hours and 7 pages later, we had the beginning of a fully comprehensive training and nutrition program.
Which means: Dan and I have partnered, and will be writing, filming, and working together for the next few months to bring out what we think will be the DEFINITIVE program for Intermittent Fasting for permanent fat loss.
How permanent? Well, we’re tentatively calling the program, “Fat Loss Forever,” because we truly believe it’ll change the game.
Stay tuned for that—release date is late September or early October.
Some of you may have noticed a new banner on the right-hand side of my blog.
For those who haven’t, it’s for a company called NSupps.
I’ve recently partnered with this site after being approached about a year back. After much discussion, I’ve come to the conclusion that these guys are the real deal: they offer quality supplements at wholesale prices.
If you generally shop for supps online, you should check them out; great prices on most of the popular brand. PLUS, they pay a few hundred a month to sponsor my blog, which is cool.
So, I’m excited to be a part of the NSupps family, and you should be too…because it’ll mean coupon codes and more saving on already-discounted high-quality supplements.
Click the banner and check them out!
Yup, you read that correctly. I can’t talk too much about this, BUT the long and short of it is that I am currently developing an app for mobile devices.
We’re starting with the iPhone and iPad, but will be up and running on Android platforms soon after.
This is going to be an app that will take your nutrition and your training to the next level—it fills a hole in the market in the sense that it will literally take the guesswork out of what is arguably the hardest part of fitness.
That’s all I can say for now, but rest assured, this is going to be SWEET.
Here’s the story: as part of a “bonus” for helping with aspects of Tim’s best-seller, the Four Hour Body, I was given an opportunity to head to India with the man himself.
Going to India isn’t necessarily something I thought I’d ever do—so when I had the chance to go with the consummate vagabonding expert as my guide, I couldn’t pass it up.
We’re heading out on September 18th, so expect some crazy blogs from the other side of the globe.
I wasn’t going to write about this, because it seems a bit too much like braggadocio, but truly, I am excited.
I recently picked up a new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, fulfilling a dream of mine. You see, I’ve wanted a wrangler since before I had a drivers license; I first rode in one when I was 16 and I was instantly hooked. I’ve wanted the Unlimited (4-door) since it was released a few years back.
After years of driving “practical” cars, I finally decided to treat myself and get the car I’ve wanted for nearly 15 years.
While I don’t necessary NEED a car while living in NYC, my residence here is probably not permanent (I have plans to relocate to the West Coast eventually), so this wasn’t entirely a stupid purchase.
Moreover, in typical Italian fashion…I know a guy. Which is to say, my cousin is actually the head of leasing at a prominent Jeep dealership, so I got a great deal.
I’m just pumped to be driving this thing with the doors off and a surfboard strapped to the roof.
Long live summer!
Probably one of the coolest things to happen to me over the past few months is the opportunity to work with social media expert and Internet sensation Gary Vaynerchuk
After putting up a Facebook post mentioning he needed a trainer in NYC, GV was inundated with recommendations for various people, and, thanks in large part to my very vocal readership, most of those recommendations were for yours truly. Within hours, we’d scheduled our first session.
Nearly two weeks into training, we’ve identified a number of his weaknesses, gained strength on various exercises, and lost some fat. Perhaps most impressively, there’s been a 40% increase in training density between the first session and the most recent.
Gary is, of course, a big inspiration to me (I wrote a blog about his book HERE), and it’s nice to be able to help him get healthy and achieve his goals.
Plus, I get to talk about the J-E-T-S with the only guy I can think of who is arguably a bigger fan than I am. It’s pretty much the best situation ever.
The 5th book in the epic series A Song of Ice and Fire, ADWD is the long awaited next piece by George RR Martin.
Recently, the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones was turned into an HBO series, which I hope you got a chance to check out. It was epic and got renewed for a second season within hours of the first episode’s airing.
Fans of the series have been waiting for A Dance with Dragons for quite some time, so please believe that I am counting the days until the July 12th release.
There are going to be 7 total books in the series, so let’s just hope the author doesn’t “pull a Robert Jordan” and die before he finishes it.
Speaking of epics getting finished, that’s the tagline for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the 8th and final film in the series based on JK Rowling’s books about the titular boy wizard.
As I mentioned, I’m a giant nerd, and as a card (and 20-sided dice) carrying player of Dungeons & Dragons, you’d better believe I loved the HP books.
I have said that I think the Harry Potter books are important from a sociological perspective, for a few reasons. I think we can all agree that they’re responsible for getting an entire generation of kids to start reading; and, because of that, they proved that sci-fi fantasy was a commercially viable genre for that age group.
The books that have been published since Harry Potter owe their success in large part to the Boy Who Lived; which, admittedly, means that had HP not been successful we probably hadn’t been cursed with the inanity that is Twilight. Gotta take the bad with the good, I guess.
Harry Potter has been a global phenomenon, and every year for nearly a decade, I’ve looked forward to new film. It’s bittersweet to see it all ending, but I’m glad that I’m part of the generation that really got to be a part of it all.
I do think that the books (and movies) will stand the test of time and become classics, but no future generation will ever have the chance to get caught up on the fervor of waiting the way we did.
At long last, I’m getting around to releasing all the programs I’ve been working on for years, and that includes the one I emailed you about yesterday, Final Phase Abs.
I’m excited to bring this one out now, because as I’ve said, summer is “Abs Season” and it’s a shame that until yesterday, your boy Roman didn’t have an abs program available to the general public.
That’s all been changed!