What is needed in order to be successful in life?
This is the question I asked myself and has had difficulty pinpointing the answer. It took me a while to decide so I chose to focus on what I was not doing for myself. I delved into a little soul searching, exercising, and healthy eating; the social emotional aspect as well as the physical. This seemed like a logical place to begin.
Since I have a great passion for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), I gravitated towards these athletes because of their incredible shape and agility. Unsure of where to begin training for MMA, I figured becoming active and getting my whole body stronger would be sufficient. I researched the type of strength and conditioning training that MMA athletes utilized and had difficulty locating a facility that housed this training. Eventually, I learned about kettlebells and the effect it can have on your body. One cannot go wrong with a workout that has been around since the 1700s.
In early 2013, it was suggested that I check out Urban Fitness Oakland; I learned the proper kettlebell techniques and how to execute them without harming the body. I excelled in honing my kettlebell technique that I was offered an internship that turned into a coaching job at this facility. Purely by accident, I unearthed another passion: coaching and training.
I achieved my personal strength goals but felt that something was still missing. Nutrition was not a major focus but through my training, coaching, and experiences I realized how a lack of proper nutrition could affect your body’s performance and brain function. In order to expand my understanding of the relationship of healthy eating habits, the mind and body I spent much of my time researching the interaction of all three. The singular approach of focusing on one aspect was just not enough to be sustainable and to provoke a lifelong change. It takes a combination of self-awareness, goals and daily activities to determine what your nutrition intake needs to be.
I have tried a variety of different approaches and weeded out options that were non-researched based, outdated, and non-whole food consuming diets. In order to achieve optimal success, I searched for something that aligned with my personal philosophy and goals. Finally, I encountered the perfect approach through Mike Dolce and his Dolce Diet philosophy. After countless hours of coaching tied with my own journey, it is clear that success is on the horizon when paired with nutrition and self-awareness; energy and a body transformation is the direct result!
Mike is renown as one of the best weight management coaches to elite MMA artists and has won 2013 and 2014 World MMA Trainer of the Year Award. I have also had the distinct honor of meeting him I can attest to the fact that he is truly an honest, respectful, and inspiring person. I have read many of his books and followed the principles of The Dolce Diet. It was evident why he worked with top professional UFC fighters like Ronda Rousey, Thiago Alves, Johnny Hedricks, and many more.