The Year in Review

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Well, we’re coming to the close of another year—and, if the Mayans are to be believed, pretty close the end of existence—so I thought it would be a good idea to do a fun post and keep things interesting.

2011 was a pretty big year for ol’ Roman, and a lot of the things that I’ve long wanted to accomplish came to fruition.  Some of them were the result of a lot of hard work and planning…while others just fell into my lap.  Both are great, in their own way.

It’s important to note upfront that as I look over this list, the thing I’m struck most by is how very little I am responsible for.  That is, while all of these things are either achievements to be proud of or events and memories I’ll cherish, I can’t really take credit for any of them.

You see, every item on this was the result of either leveraging a connection, or simply being gifted with an opportunity.  And those connections and opportunities, as much as I’ve worked for them, belong to you as much as they belong to me.

I have you—all of you—to thank for helping me develop my business to the extent where, in 2011, I’m considered for things I wouldn’t have been in pervious years.

The growth of my business and the growth of my presence are indelibly tied together, which means that every time you link to this blog, or retweet something I’ve written, or like one of my ridiculous Facebook posts, you help me take a step further along the road.

You help me with every thing that I do—just by being part of the Roman Empire.

And so, this list is dedicated to you, and it’s with the utmost humility that I ask you to accept my thanks, and beg that you take credit for whatever small glories have yet or will soon attach themselves to my name. Therefore, when you read this, I ask that you view this not as a list of moments celebrated with braggadocio, but rather as a list of things that are acknowledged to be as much yours as they are mine.

Without all of you and your support, I wouldn’t be where I am, and I would have no shot at getting to where I’d like to be.

I should mention that these things aren’t listed in any particular order, and I would hazard to say that the list is incomplete. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights of 2011, and the #RomanEmpireExpansion.

Oh look, a neat little table of contents.

We Released Some New Products

It’s fitting that I should start here, because, after all, writing kick-ass programs is how I make a good part of my living.

I very intentionally say “we” here, because, as it happens, all of my programs were partnerships of some kind.  Final Phase Fat Loss is a partnership with Joel Marionz, at least during the launch—I created the product and he helps with the marketing.

FPFL Bodyweight Edition is a partnership between Adam Steer and myself, while Final Phase Abs is joint venture with Dr. Kareem.

Finally, the breakout program of the year (at least from my view) is the Super Hero Workout, which I co-authored with Matt McGorry.

All of these programs were successful in every regard: not only did they sell well, but more importantly, they’ve all received rave reviews and have helped people hit their goals.

It’s hard to really think about which is the biggest success, because that depends on your qualifier. However, if I had to choose one, it would the Super Hero Workout—if only because it was entirely a labor of love. Although the workouts weren’t something I’d been using for years (as in FPFL), I got to unite two of my loves: training and nerdery.

In terms of training, I finally got to address muscle building, and was also able to design a program based on progression and periodization. That was awesome. More personally, the comic book aspect of the program made it one of the most fun things I’ve ever worked on; truly, I enjoyed every part of creating it, from writing the workouts to selecting a comic book font that was just right.

Again, the most important thing is the outpouring of support I’ve received, and the emails talking about results and thanking me.  So, to thank you, I’m running a super sneaky sale on Super Hero.

So sneaky you can’t even see it.  If you go to the page, the price will be listed at 87. HOWEVER, when you click add to cart, the price will be 47 bones.  It’s like a sneaky Easter egg trick in a video game.

And, the only way to know about it is to read this blog.  So, just my little way of thanking you for reading and being awesome.

If you don’t have it, now’s the time to pick it up.

I Became Batman’s Personal Trainer (Sort of)

Speaking of Super Heroes, this is a cool little highlight from 2011.  Because of the success and attention SHW got, I became known as the super hero trainer.  Okay, not really.  I became known as the trainer who probably knows the most about comic books because I was (am) a big nerd.

Which is basically the same thing.

Anyway, Men’s Fitness asked me to look over Batman’s workout and critique it.  Yes, the real Batman’s workout.  Which makes me his trainer.

Here’s the deal: a book called The Batman Files was released earlier this year.  The book is almost like Bruce Wayne’s scrapbook; it begins with drawings by young Bruce and continues through his war on crime.  It’s filled with newspaper clippings, crime scene photos, schematics, and Batman’s notes—including those on his workouts.

That’s where I come in.  I was asked to review the workouts on behalf of MF.  I should note that this book is published by DC Comics, so, depending on which Batman storyline you follow, this is actual canon.

That having been said, the workouts were written by someone who doesn’t really understand physiology as it applies to training, and thinks that having an iron will is enough to become super human.

Here’s a look at the workout:

And here’s my review on MF.

This workout is ridiculous.  On his “off” days he’s running 20 miles at an elite level.  I tore the workout apart, because personally I don’t think it’s possible for a mortal man, even one who has all the money and steroids* in the world.  Most importantly, this type of training just doesn’t leave him any time for actual crime fighting.  Personally, I think if he reduces the volume by half and the frequency by two days, it’s a better fit.

So, take it from Batman’s personal trainer: don’t try the workout at home.

If you’ll forgive me for a mini-rant, I believe the draw of Batman is that he IS a normal guy, at least at his core.  Batman makes us think that you don’t need to be born with super powers, or be a mutant, or even get bit by a spider—he does all of the amazing things he does while limited by his humanity.

Batman embodies possibility.  We’re all drawn to him, in a certain morbid way.  To use one of my favorites quotes from author Neal Stephenson, Batman makes us feel, “that under the right set of circumstances, [we] could be the baddest motherfucker alive.”

We’d all like to think that if we had billions of dollars and our parents were gunned down, we’d train our whole lives and be like Batman.  However, we understand we’d still have limits—or else we’d want to be Superman.

That’s what makes him appealing, and it’s sticking to that realism that makes Christopher Nolan’s interpretation so compelling.  And, by the way, Nolan agrees with me so much that Batman’s ailing physical form with be a plot point in the Dark Knight Rises.  The movie takes place 8 years into the future, where a “less physically fit” Bruce Wayne is pushed to his breaking point by Bane.

*Note: if you think it’s insulting or outlandish to suggest that Batman is on steroids, you’re either delusional, or you simply don’t know anything about the goddamn Batman.  He’s out there Batmanning seven days a week, and as a vigilante he’s literally breaking the law every time he dons the cowl.  Do you honestly believe that Batman is going to let either legality or the moral vagaries of steroid use impede his quest for justice?  Of course not, because, as mentioned, he is the goddamn Batman, and his entire life is about sacrificing for the greater good.  So, yes, Batman is juiced up, and no, understanding that shouldn’t make you like him less, because it sits in complete harmony with the rest of his character.


I Got Published…Everywhere

At least that’s what it felt like.  As you know, writing is the larger part of my passion for what I do.  I’ve always said that writing is one of the more satisfying forms of masturbation, and I believe that.  I also believe that in a lot of ways, you can make a comparison between writing and sex: it’s always exciting to (ahem) break new ground.

To that end, one my focuses this year has been breaking into new publications, instead of just writing more articles for places I’m already established.  Oh, of course, I wrote a few great articles for T-Nation and the like, but recently I’ve been aiming elsewhere.

This year, I had a series of 15-minute workouts published in Men’s Fitness, was interviewed about sleep for Men’s Health, wrote a piece on digital publishing for Speaker Magazine, and even popped up in Fast Company talking about fitness trends.  This is all supremely gratifying, because it implies that the perception of my expertise is growing beyond fitness, and now encompasses aspects of business, marketing, and even publishing.  It’s really incredible.

One of the biggest developments has been a partnership with—I am writing for these guys about three times per month, exposing me a whole new (and very large) audience.  The best part is, AskMen allows me to re-purpose some of my old content, which means that I can give great info that I’ve written over the past two years and use it, rather than just let it sit on the back burner.  (I’m sure there’s another joke about sex there, but I am taking the high ground on this one.)

I’m breaking out of fitness and into more mainstream media outlets, as well.  In addition to Fast Company, I’m currently working on a piece with Details magazine.


Speaking of Mainstream Media, I Was on TV

It’s funny how life works.  One of my New Year’s Resolutions in 2010 was to have some TV appearances in 2011.

Well, in late January of 2011, there I was, on TV discussing hormones.  Not two weeks later, I was on TV for Men’s Health.

I’ve detailed each of these appearances in their own posts, but suffice it to say that they were both fun experiences.  I’m looking forward to more like this, and will be pursuing a lot this year.

As a complete aside, since we’re on the subject of TV, I was actually called by the production company that handles the Biggest Loser, sometime in March of last year.  They asked me to submit a tape, and we went through a few rounds.  As I understand it, I was in the final running to replace Jillian Michaels, but at the last minute they chose Anna Kournikova.

I know, what a cliché move right?  Dumping the busty brunette for a hot blonde right before the big dance?  Jeeze, I felt like they ruined my prom.

Okay, not really. I understand the direction they went in, even if it didn’t work out.  The point is that some of the previous TV exposure created an opportunity, and it was cool to be considered.

While I am not on the Biggest Loser, I do have big plans for TV, so I’ll keep you posted.


I Was on a Freakin’ BILLBOARD

While we’re on the subject of exposure, let’s talk about this ridiculous experience.

Yeah, I was on a billboard.  In Times Square of all places.  Check it.

This happened because of YOU.  You and your votes, that is.  Here’s how it happened: a start-up called was purchased by AOL, and in order to bring some media attention for the company, they decided to purchase ad space on a digital billboard in the heart of Times Square.

So, to fill the billboard they held a contest to determine what profiles we be featured.  Long story short, you voted for me, and I was in the top ten.

I cannot tell you the surreal feeling of walking through and seeing myself up there.

Fun story: way back when I first started fitness modeling, I remember telling a few of my friends how some of my shoots went.  We were 21 and this was at a poker game at my buddy Mike’s house.  Some guys were supportive, and others…well, not.

I got a lot of “oh, that’s gay!” and some “don’t quit your day job” type stuff.  Mike, in particular, was not supportive.

My ego retaliated with a bold claim of, “oh yeah?  Fine, haters.  But one day I’ll be rockin’ a billboard in Times Square and you’ll all dying to play the Eric to my Vince.  I will happy receive your apologies.”

Or something like that.

It’s crazy that such a moment has come and gone.  Of course, I thought it would be a paid gig for some underwear company, but I’ll take it.  As it happens, Mike and I no longer speak (he had a negative energy, as you may have imagined), but I’m still very open to the apology…hater.

Anyway, I have to thank a few people:

Jason Lengstorf, my web designer, who put the profile together in a way that I couldn’t have.
Diana Levine, an incredible NY based photographer who took the picture I wound up using in the profile (and some I used in magazines).
Heidi Vance and the team.  Heidi was my contact and a pleasure to work with; she really outdid herself organizing the event.

Thanks to those people and everyone else for the help on that one.


Men’s Fitness Spotlight Trainer for December

This is sort of like “Trainer of the Month” but “spotlight trainer” sounds less like a centerfold (to my great disappointment).

Sean Hyson, the fitness editor and Chief Bad-ass at Men’s Fitness was gracious enough to inform me that I’d been selected for this honor while we were at dinner together, and stuffing ourselves full of fried chicken and waffles at Southern Hospitality.

It’s a very cool accolade, and affirms that in addition to a piercing gaze and an uncanny ability to network, I also know what I’m talking about.

Unless he selected me simply because I bought him fired chicken and waffles. In which case it’s a ringing argument for cronyism.

Either way, it was awesome, and I got to share three of my best overall fitness/lifestyle tips.  Here’s a picture.

Those are pretty good tips, so write ’em down or something.


I’m Like, Influential and Shit

Officially, that is.

In 2011, John Romaniello was honored to be included on a list of people who like talking about themselves in the third person.

Wait, that isn’t correct.

It was a list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness (which has a lot of capital letters so, clearly, is very important).  Compiled by health start-up, this list includes people like Craig Ballantyne, who is awesome, and Jillian Michaels, who is not.

The point is, this is a very solid assemblage of talent and I’m happy to be included, despite the fact that I will have to murder some of my best friends in order to get to the top of the list.

For those keeping score at home, I came in at number 45; so, if I may paraphrase the great philosopher 50 Cent, that means there are 44 motherfuckas who better watch they back, fool.  I think 50 Cent said that.  He may have also said something about magic sticks, but I forget.


I Went to India with Tim Ferriss and Watched Him Vomit for Four Days Straight

Once again, I wrote an entire blog post on this. 
However, it was a truly interesting experience, and certainly one of the highlights of 2011.  I got to meet some really interesting people (shout-out to Mark and Camille), as well as become exposed to a culture radically different from my own.

Unfortunately, Tim and his girlfriend fell ill, and a chunk of the trip involved caring for them when it seemed certain that if the microbial infection didn’t kill them, the hospital would.

That said, it was good overall.  And, I got to spend quite a bit of time with Tim, which led discussions about everything from Dungeons and Dragons to Intermittent Fasting.

Leading us to…

I’m All Up in This App, Yo!

Speaking of Tim Ferriss, I’m being featured in his new book, the 4 Hour Chef.  But that’s not until next year, and we’re talking this year.

Well, his Holiday Teaser app for iPad (and Kindle Fire) features me as well.  More to the point, it features my Intermittent Fasting synthesis as well as some of my workouts, including video me working through a barbell complex.  It also features a bunch of tasty recipes for everything from mashed cauliflower (better than it sounds) and tequila hot chocolate (every bit as good as it sounds).

That Christmas Countdown calendar in the upper left hand corner is all my stuff.  So, download it, cause it’s free.

The best part, I think, is that Tim opens by discussion a rant of mine about Dungeons & Dragons.

Tim is a stand-up guy and this book going to be pretty huge, so being featured in both the book and the app is really awesome.  It’s going to bring me some more exposure, which, in combination with a number of other projects, will create even more opportunities.

Since I’ve become known for Intermittent Fasting of late, I suggest you download the app.  Plus, it’s free.  (Note: I’ll be releasing my entire IF protocol in an ebook within the next few weeks.  If you don’t want to spend $700 on an iPad, you can grab it for less than 1/10th that soon.)

Which reminds me…

I’ve Become Known for Intermittent Fasting

This was sort of a surprise.  However, I have spent over a year now experimenting with just about every form of intermittent fasting available (article coming soon), and word gets around.  Still, it was a shock that I had such a tremendous response to my blog.

I’m truly looking forward to releasing that program, because I know you’ll get a lot out of it, and it’ll bring my theories out into one place.

Keep in mind, I didn’t “invent” IF.  I didn’t popularize it, either.  It simply crossed my desk and I’ve gotten into it; I don’t take credit for anything other than my own synthesis.  Then again, no one invented “not eating” – and it’s ridiculous that people argue about which style of not eating is the most effective.  The fact that I think it’s ridiculous may be one of the reasons that I’ve become more known for it, simply because I am not beholden to any one “style.”

I’m generally not dogmatic, so I feel that, when it comes to a subject that draws strong reaction *cough Tim Tebow on the Paleo diet training crossfit while driving an electric car and using artificial sweeteners cough cough*, a more moderate voice tends to be appealing.  Or, as one of my Facebook readers it, “you’re not an asshole about it.”   Awww, you sweet-talker, you!

Whatever the case, I’m really looking forward to talking more about IF in the coming months, and even more so to helping the new people IF is bringing into the Empire—which is actually a lot.  In point of fact, “intermittent fasting” is now the number one search term that brings people to my blog, ranking above my own name.  This is not surprising, as I am ranked number one on the Big G for that term.

So, keep an eye out for LOTS of intermittent fasting stuff in the very near future.


The Big One…Time to Write a Book

I mentioned in a previous blog that I was going to branch out from digital publishing and write a print book.  Not just any print book—a best-seller.

Bold words, but I’m confident in them.  The first step is complete: I’ve written a kick ass book proposal with my co-author, Adam Bornstein.  Roughly 45 pages of epic epicness, we poured some extra awesome sauce on it with the help of our literary agent, Scott Hoffman, of Folio.

As you might imagine, I can’t currently talk too much about it.  However, I can tell you that the book is geared towards men (don’t worry ladies, there will be a second book for you), and the thrust is using various training and diet methods to maximize every aspect of your life, starting with fitness.

We start shopping it around during the second week of January, so fully expect some updates.

MOST Importantly…My Clients Got Incredible Results

My clients absolutely killed it in 2011.  It was incredible how many people had truly astounding results.

Clients like Andrew Edwards went from lean to leaner, getting from 17% body fat to 8% while getting stronger.  Skeptic turned evangelist Colin Wilson lost just about 60 pounds, getting to 9.9% body fat without losing any of his impressive strength.  Dudes like Gary V; despite the fact that our schedules sometimes forced us to take entire months off from training, he has made incredible progress—the guy can now bang out pull-ups and chin-ups for multiple sets of 10.

Ladies like Mel Caporn and Jen Graham saw their abs—impressive for a woman of any age, but both of these women are in their 40s.

Then there are guys like Claudio Espinoza—guys how have radically changed their lives along with their physiques.  Guys, like Claudio, who have become very dear friends in the process.  And of course, there are newer clients like Daniel Ketchell and Matt Somero; clients who are making strides in their physique who went out of their way to send very thoughtful Christmas gifts.

I can’t possibly mention everyone, but please know that I love you all, and that I’ve read every single email and smiled at your results.  Helping you has been the great honor of my life, and I can’t wait to continue in 2012.


Miscellaneous and Housekeeping

There were SO many more that I’d love to write about: taking business coaching clients; being asked to speak at events; getting invited to watch Jets games in the ultra-VIP Green Room at the Meadowlands; coming up with new product ideas every week.

Unfortunately, you don’t have the time to read much more, as this post has gone on way longer than it should have.

I just want to say again that I truly appreciate you all, and that I recognize how instrumental you are in the above achievements, both great and small.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to helping you in 2012.



Okay, what are some of YOUR accomplishments in 2011?  Both fitness and otherwise.  You’ve helped me, so now I wanna hear how I’ve helped you.  If we get over 75 comments, one person will be randomly selected to win an RFS tshirt.

About the Author

John Romaniello is a level 70 orc wizard who spends his days lifting heavy shit and his nights fighting crime. When not doing that, he serves as the Chief Bro King of the Roman Empire and Executive Editor here on RFS. You can read his articles here, and rants on Facebook.

Comments for This Entry

  • EmaG

    Romaniello sei un grande!

    January 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

  • Camille Avre

    Waddup Roman? Happy New Year and congrats on the proposal and Times Square Billboard. So impressive! Wishing you the very best in this new season, I expect great things of you. "Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. " Joseph Campbell

    January 11, 2012 at 12:06 am

  • Tyler Carter

    I changed schools and changed jobs, while getting better grades and being less miserable at my job, and gained 10 more pounds along with adding plates to the bar on my lifts (I haven't made that kind of progress since my first year of training!). I owe a considerable amount of this to you, and for that I thank you. Is there a way I can view your articles from AskMen without picking through all articles? I haven't been able to find a "more by this author" link. If not, would you consider making your Articles section on this website more inclusive, perhaps organized by source of publication rather than by date published?

    January 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

  • Arturo

    Congrats Roman. You've earned it through your hard work. It's nice to see you not giving yourself the credit, but transferring it to us. You're welcome, let me know next time you want me to 'like' something. haha. That billboard thing is way cool though.

    January 3, 2012 at 2:30 am

  • Hughes57

    Your workouts are the best Roman.  People at the gym always stare at my wife and I when we are following one of your routines.  Multidimensional is the way to go.  I get great results with about 45 minutes.  Thanks and have a great year

    January 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

  • Ksawh

    getting into and doing well in univeristy

    January 2, 2012 at 12:53 am

  • Foz

    Great work Roman, cannot wait to hear more from you about IF! cheers-Foz

    January 2, 2012 at 12:05 am

  • Jason Coffman

    Congrats Roman.  Let me just tell you how you helped me. I was one of those people that never really understood what I was doing. I constantly tried to make improvements and never got anywhere for 2 years. Minus the couple months that I ate only vegetables and lost 100 lbs in 4 months... Super fun bru. But I was stupid lol.  I first read your blog when I found your review on Pulse fasting, which since then looks like it's really blown up as it's the basic principle for fast days. BCAAs and no food (plus that cheat day before).  Now I'll admit I'm pretty damn busy, but since I've started reading you in the summer and buying your programs like the SUPER HERO WORKOUT and those you recommended like 24/7 fat loss and the Xtreme Fat loss diet. I've made huge strides. Since summer I've gained 5 pounds. But, according to my less than accurate measurements with the J/P 3 point fat measurement I've lost about 8% body fat. That loss was the highest on the super hero workout where I lost about 5%.  I know it actually hasn't been that much, but I feel amazing and can see the veins on my biceps (I really like those). And I know I could  hit abs in a month or two if I needed. But I'll wait till summer cause I'd be a real dick walking around without a shirt in the winter, haha.  By the way, when I say busy I mean I'm a chemical engineering major that takes up more of his time doing biomolecular engineering research. So when I make this stuff work for me (and probably not in the best possible way). I think anyone can and I think you give them the options. Though I have been constantly wanting you to write an article on the best sleep options if I can't get my full nights sleep (because honestly I never get to do that, haha) Oh, and I've recruited quite a few people to the Roman Empire. I think that's fair. I've also started following Craig Ballantyne, Joel Marion, and Jason Ferrugia due to you. So they owe you something. I enjoy Craig's committment to the mental and am now incorporating that into my world. Looking forward to continued physical and MENTAL improvement in 2012. Committed Roman Warrior, Jason

    January 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

  • ALF

    Although I did not loose any weight this year (I lost 30 pounds last year), I have kept it off over this year.  In addition, I continued loosing inches and increasing muscle over the year.  It is time to start again and focus on weight loss but I am in such better shape now than I was 2 years ago.  Your exercise programs help keep me going and give an alternative when I plateau.  Thanks.

    January 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  • Matt

    Congrats on all your accomplishments! Me: Benched 280 for 2 reps for the first time ever. Squatted, the most....and deadlifted the most I ever have as well. BIG accomplishments for me.  I made the most in strength increases this year ever. Without your emails, probalby would still be stuck where I was a year ago. Thanks, and happy new year! -Matt

    December 31, 2011 at 7:45 pm

  • Katia Janecek

    What was actually really neat about the Roman products that I bought and the articles that I read and tried out at the gym, was that my husband got on board and did Roman stuff after I told him about it.!

    December 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm

  • Eugene Zuger

    Thanks to you John I've gained 8 pounds of lean muscle.  You are an amazing coach!  I've learned so much from you and can't thank you enough.   I highly recommend your online coaching to anybody looking to get fit and look good!  Thanks again can't wait for boating season   Eugene Zuger

    December 31, 2011 at 11:55 am

  • Andrew Edwards

    As you kindly mentioned above I dropped from 17-8%BF in two weeks on teh awesome FPFL and getting into my best shape ever despite having been a regular gym goer for about 5 years =) I also got the pleasure to work with Roman on his online coaching program which is took me physically to the next level. All the Best Roman and sure you will rock 2012

    December 31, 2011 at 7:00 am

  • The_cods

    Great stuff Roman, My greatest achievement was getting over a broken neck in two places I got due to a surfing accident in November 2010, was back doing weights in February 2011, learn' t a lot about exercise through the experience. Regards Adrian.C

    December 31, 2011 at 4:26 am

  • Daniel Aipa

    Congratulations on your success Roman.  It's a real inspiration to learn about a person's success.  I really enjoy your writing, and all your articles especially on T-Nation.  Keep up the solid work!

    December 31, 2011 at 1:28 am

  • Ylwa Eklund Falk

    I'm blown away over how far you've come in the past two years. I still remember when I stumbled upon your blog in the early days of 2009 and having read EVERY single blog post of yours since then and following your path to success has been truly inspirational. My big personal achievements this year includes, 1) Getting married in Central Park. Something that wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for our awesome friend who hosted us for 10 full days, made our day possible and gave us memories for life. We love you! 2) Entering my first figure show and placing 2nd. Going through my first diet has really been a life changing expereince, and I was shocked at how much soul searching and learing about yourself that you do in the process. I came to make some very important, and sometimes painful insights about myself 3) Giving up my job, risking putting my master off and leave the life we spent the last 4 years buliding up to move across the Atlatnic, to the middle of mid-western nowhere when my husband got a job offer, not knowing a soul. Realizing it hasn't worked out the way we wanted to and hoped, suck that up and find that life works out anyway and that VERY, very little in life is non-reversible.

    December 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm

  • Charles Mclaughlin

    Roman, I want to thank you for being an inspiration to the fitness enthusiasts around the World. Your dedication to online blogging is unmatched. I am thankful that I used your Clash of the Titans program to get into great shape. I recently placed in the top in five in Craig Ballantyne's Transformation Contest. I  placed as a finalist four times (two six weeks and two twelve weeks). That program rocks! Keep up your hard work and I am sure your support will grow exponentially. Wishing you nothing but the best in 2012!

    December 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm

  • RAHZ

    Awesome Year Roman, It show nice guys can create success. It's also great knowing a local guy from LI is making it happen and I can model his success. See ya Soon Rahz Slaughter MetaBurn LV

    December 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm

  • Lianmunday

    Excellent and something to aspire to.  For my own personal triumphs, I found a wicked nutritionist in the UK who is helping me with a rubbish metabolism and thyroid issuse.  I had a gastric band removed to enable me to do things correctly (gastric band didn't work, apparently you need to be an over eater for it to work and I'm an under eater). I joined a gym, go a PT and started to get fit and now I've started my own blog to help people to avoid gastic surgery.  I have now lost 14kg, lots more to go, but it's the first time in my life I have ever managed to lose any weigh....  Busy year ahead..... one day I will be the slim person I was always born to be.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

  • Dazzasupreme05

    My fitness accomplishments: dropping 12% bodyfat, incorporating a clean eating food plan that has allowed me to not gain back that fat, and sticking with training have all helped me feel fitter and healthier than I ever have. Non-fitness accomplishments-focusing on school, learning more about mental health (my profession) and taking a vacation all allowed me to achieve all of the goals I set. Im looking forward to making 2012 as great as possible!

    December 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

  • Travis Olson

    Thanks John!  One thing you have never ceased to grab me with in every post or when you work with Joel Marion is your hilarious humor lol  I'm sure you will dominate your competition with a new digital product online.  I'm working with some big guys in the fitness field to make that a reality for me this year.  Here's to you're success!  Will you be at Bedros Business summit this year? ~Travis

    December 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm

  • Mark (MNMAC)

    Celebrated the conclusion of year three of my fitness transformation by maintaining my goal weight and continuously improving my self through dedicated training (things like SHW ... which I love).  My third grandchild was born and my goal to be the most fit and active Papa are a reality!  Just remember .. "Old Guys Rock!" and I continue to plan on "dying young at a very old age!"

    December 30, 2011 at 11:47 am

  • Joe

    Roman,  Time Square was a big example of "Success is the best revenge". Congrats on everything you have accomplished. I wish you much success and blessings in 2012!  Joe in Los Angeles.

    December 30, 2011 at 11:22 am

  • Rocky

    My accomplishments were.. Created a better relationship with mom Talked to my pops for the first time ever Learned that over training sucks real bad Built new relationships with some badass people Hired a coach that has made training fun for me for the first time in over a year and has been a HUGE influence in my life.. And oh yeah he helped me pack on some mass too =)

    December 30, 2011 at 11:20 am

  • Chris Ashenden

    Love it mate, congrats on a rocking 2011. Onwards and upwards.... here is to an amazing 2012!!  Cheers,  C

    December 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

  • Tony P Roe

    Awesome, dude. I'm more than proud of you and even prouder to be one of your past clients! Best, Brony

    December 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

  • Paul

    FPFL was the best workout program I had ever done... until SH Workout.  I really think the edge was getting to think I was doing something called The Super Hero Workout.  I mean, who doesn't want to be a super hero?  Thank you sir for both of these programs and all of your blog posts this year.  They have helped me be a better me.  I'm extremely happy for you and your success.  I almost (almost) feel bad about the fact that your football team is doomed with a horrible QB.  Luckily, with all of the positive things, you can handle this one piece of devastation.

    December 30, 2011 at 10:48 am

  • Chad Howse

    What an amazing year! You've hit another level my friend, it's great to see. I'm pumped to see how 2012 is going to somehow top it - which it surely will.

    December 30, 2011 at 10:43 am

  • Risto Uuk

    You definitely had an awesome year when it comes to achievements, but I bet you'll be the first to say that it's much  more important that you had a lot of fun along the way. I wouldn't say I've been very successful but I'm kind of OK with my progress. I definitely learned a lot about psychology, nutrition, anatomy, and training in general this year. I achieved nice success with my trainees and got more experience under my belt with that. Another thing I would bring out is that I got an opportunity to intern under a personal trainer that I respect the most in Estonia. And finally, which I'm most happy about, my relationship with my girlfriend got awesome. Any hints about your book? What's the general idea?

    December 30, 2011 at 7:32 am

  • Lorraine

    I got a way better new job, to which I can take the train.  I get off one stop early so that I can power-walk to the building complex, where there's a bridge I can sprint across and a basketball half-court with a wall where I can do Nick Tumminello's Medicine Ball Circuit.  Life is good!

    December 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm

  • Daniel Wallen

    Great list, Roman.  Sounds like you had a bad-ass year.   Some big personal accomplishments: 1) I got engaged to a really hot, funny, smart girl.  I never considered myself "the marriage type," but she's very badass, so I had a change of heart.  I proposed to her during a burlesque theatre performance, which I'm also pretty proud of. 2) I dropped 50 lbs/10% body-fat, with an assist from Final Phase Fat Loss and some of your articles on cheat days and IF.  Thanks for that, man. 3) I started a blog.  I'm going to start training online and selling downloadable workout programs, but right now I'm giving away free shit for free.  I feel it's a good thing to do before trying to sell something.  I'm going to start 2012 with a free e-book, which I'm almost done with.   This year is going to be focused on turning my blog into positive income, building on my relationship, and building a muscular body on my new slim frame.  It should be a sweet year.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm

  • Kyle

    Love the breakdown of the Batman workout schedule.  Totally explains why he could kick any other JLA members arse.  4:50 avg per mile on a 20 mile run?  And on an off day?!?!  And it's too slow?  Awesome.  And kudos on all the personal accomplishments, I make sure to pass your blog on to anyone I talk fitness with, which always seems to help them in a major way.  Love the articles, keep it up man!

    December 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

  • Josh Hamilton

    Thank you. Truly, you need to know what an inspiration you have been in my life thus far. 2011 has been the year of a pivotal mind-shift for me. I have decided to harness the power of my insatiable drive and hunger for life. With a passion for all things health, fitness, nutrition, business, writing and lifestyle design, I have committed to targeted self study. I cannot help to think of what I can accomplish in the four years I would conversely be sitting in a classroom. Instead, I have developed a curriculum consisting of anatomy, physiology, training, nutrition, business, writing and the psychology behind coaching it all. 2011 has been the year where I take control of my life. At 18, I know what I want, and I will stop at nothing to pursue it. Through seminars, books, products, blogs, courses and the cultivation of truly meaningful relationships, my journey has begun. My own training has evolved leaps and bounds beyond what it once was. My strength and physique have advanced, and my goals have shifted. Learning from you has been a pleasure and a privilege.  Thank you, Roman. Your accomplishments and contributions continually drive me forward. I look forward to what the new year will bring as I plan an extended trip to NYC from Vancouver, Canada. (Yes, Canada. You know-where Craig Ballantyne hails.) Josh-

    December 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  • Dean Somerset

    Chatted with a cool guy named Roman about business and what made him the man.

    December 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

  • Marie-Claire

    Awesome way to end 2011 and start 2012 Roman! Wi-Clapping for YOU!! I look forward to more fun workouts, fat loss, strength gains and blogs from the Roman Empire Leader.

    December 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

    • Marie-Claire

      Oh, my achievements: I lost 17lbs and 16 inches all-over in 6 months (the last six months of the year). I stand taller, look people square in the eye and started dating again. I do a chin up and pull up every time I pass my bar to go to the bathroom or in and out of my room. I'm seriously thinking about publishing a book I started two years ago. Basically, I'm getting 'er done slowly, but surely. And you've helped me in many ways with your wit, banter, nerdiness, bad-assery, killer abs and fine intelligence.

      December 28, 2011 at 11:19 pm

  • Mike C

    The biggest achievement for myself was passing my German language course, considering I couldn't speak barely two words together.  Next was doing some traveling.  But unfortunately, my fitness goals went down the toilet.  I did put on some lean mass and bulked up... but also put on a ton of fat.  That will be the goal of 2012.  15% body fat, a number I have come no where near for my entire life.  See you at the end of 2012, fitter, leaner, and healthier!

    December 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

  • Racassid

    Great stuff Roman, Congratulations on all your success.    Ross Anthony Cassidy

    December 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

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