FitFight Training Center in SF has been closed for 17 Days

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Well it is officially 17 days since we closed the door. (Last class was 3/31/2017)

  • It was time
  • It was necessary
  • It was the right thing to do

That being said, I am missing it. It does not make a ton of sense for that to be the case, as I have so much on my plate anyway. I have a family, I have a job where I am making an impact, and I am still constantly busy.

Things I miss:

  • My Students and Clients
  • Training and Teaching
  • Watching everyone improve

Things I don’t miss:

  • Not putting Emilia and Elinor to bed
  • Not giving FFSF enough attention
  • Seeing the product (my classes) and slowly degrade in quality
  • The money drain

Now that I am out of the maelstrom of small business ownership, and am just dealing with the last little details of closing out the space, I think I have a little of my objectivity back. Maybe. I am still constantly thinking of what I could have done to improve things, to make it better, to succeed. I keep forgetting that my metrics are off. I created FFSF to be a place where I could teach Sambo and build a community of like minded people. In that I succeeded. The FitFight Training Center evolution happened as a need to keep the Sambo gym afloat, and while I gave the space and students the attention they deserved, we began to thrive. It took a while for things to make a positive turn, but when they did, it was explosive.

Then I made a classic mistake, I overextended myself further. As soon as I saw a growing profit, I decided to expand the space. The opportunity arose, I’d be helping out our neighbors (The bike shop next door) and we could offer a new style of classes. Of course, I was already stretched thin, both financially and in regards to time, my family was being affected negatively by the time and resources I was putting into the gym, and I still felt I had to make it work.

Well, had I not expanded I’d have another $50K+ in the bank right now. That experiment failed miserably. (Live and learn) It seemed as soon as the expanded space was open, a year later it was closed. More damage done. The last year of FitFight was a full priority shift for me. It became me removing myself even further from the day to day at FFSF. As soon as I was no longer there, everything shifted, and not for the better. My coaches tried to keep things going, but it was not the same. FFSF was me. I was the product, I was the main draw, and I was gone. It sounds conceited, but it is true of a service that is based on an individuals knowledge, skill and charisma. Without me, it was different, and it showed. Classes were not taught “MY WAY,” class sizes started to shrink, upkeep of the gym was not up to my standards, and money got tight again.

With all of this, am I crazy enough to do it again? Probably, sometime down the road, on a much smaller scale. (at first)

I am pausing this side of me, the same way I paused theater, music and team sports. Prioritizing things in my life is a constant, and as long as I take care of the most important things, I should come out of this life doing pretty well.

Top 3 Priorities as of 4/17/2017:

  1. My Daughters
  2. Reduxio Success
  3. Everything else


It is about commitment and accountability

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8 years before after

I was asked by a friends husband how I changed my body so drastically over the last several years. Here is my reply:

The secret sauce is really suffering through the pain of changing habits. When you make the decision to dial it in and make a change you have to dial it all in. Being consistent with your training cycles, dialing in your food and removing empty calories from the equation. (Sugar, booze, etc.)

In my 20’s it was easy to stay lean, drink, eat whatever, and workout. In my 30’s, even playing more soccer and fighting, I became more sedentary in my day job and was weighed down by eating poorly. It wasn’t even that the food was bad. (Well some of it was) but it was way too much especially in combination with my alcohol intake going up significantly.

Looking back, I must have quadrupled my sugar intake from the time I was 25-35. (Cocktails, beer, processed foods, ice cream, etc.)

At 35 I started reducing all of it. When I wanted to really drop (unless I was super active, as in 8 hours of hardcore fight training a day) when I wanted to get lean it meant (and still means) low daily sugar intake. No booze. Lots of vegetables, lean but not fat free meats. Nothing processed or sold in a box. No fast food.

When I need to drop, I can dial it in for 2 weeks and drop 10 lbs with this system. When I need a major change, I go 30, 60 or 90 days. It is a commitment to doing it.

I also don’t let myself make excuses. The accountability to myself is key. Pushing aside the distractions and accomplishing the goal.

There is no silver bullet. There is only the decision and will to make the change.

Not going to lie, a good support structure does help. Especially in the beginning. Knowing answers can be had and even people to challenge is great for motivation.

This is a really long way to say, it isn’t easy. 😊 it is 100% doable. You just have to want to do it.

6 Day results for “Rob” during “Get Ripped With Rob”

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For the last week I have made an effort to stay below 50g of sugar a day, get 7-8 ours of sleep a night, eat healthy meals/snacks and keep it booze free.

  • My Monday 5/18 7:30AM weigh in was 196.4 lbs
  • My Saturday 5/23 9:00AM weigh in was 186.6 lbs

Does taking active control of your diet, workout schedule, and sleep schedule have an immediate effect?  For me it does!

This isn’t rocket science.  This is accountability, this is commitment, this is being able to follow through and achieve a goal. At the end of the day, unless you have something medically going on with you (thyroid issues, hormone imbalances, you are pregnant, cancer, etc.) you should be able to “dial it in” for 2 weeks. It may not be as fun as eating and drinking whatever you want, whenever you want, but it does allow you to reset.

At the end of the day, during your fitness journey, losing weight is the most difficult part of the process. You have to realize where your bad habits are, and work to break them. When you are at your goals, it is MUCH EASIER, as you have typically learned what good habits you need to embrace. Plus the act of maintaining is much easier than “Losing Weight,” or for that matter, significantly improving athletic performance. Maintaining means doing what you are used to.  Improving your fitness level takes you back to that commitment, follow through, and decision to achieve. That takes effort.

Anything worth doing usually does take effort.

You can do this!

Keep Kicking Ass!


Beginning 2 Weeks of Clean Eating, Getting Enough Rest, and Working Out Right!

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Sambo Tournament Sept 19 2014 Las Vegas cropWe have a Facebook Group going “Get Ripped with Rob” to track everyone who is interested in joining us.  Here are the basics:

On May 18th 2015, you need to take before pictures. You will probably need help, so take them at home or at FitFight.

  1. full body front
  2. full body side
  3. full body back

Wear something revealing. Yes. Revealing. You want to see the changes you are making, so don’t be shy. Also, you don’t have to share the pictures unless you want to. Your call.

I would like a group picture on Monday the 18th. So if you can make it into the 5:30PM INSANITY class, we can get a pic together!



All resistance bands are not alike

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Performax Bands

There are a lot of fitness bands out there and I have tried a pretty good number of them. I have purchased various tubular bands from BeachBody, SPRI, SKLZ, LifeLine, Harbringer, and others. I have even tried sports bungee cords (that one hurt, I’ll explain later) Of all the resistance bands I have used, I really like the Performax bands. These are multi-layered flat latex loop bands available in a wide variety of resistances. (from a few lbs to a few hundred lbs) These bands have held up exceptionally well at my gym (FitFight) where we really do put them through the paces.

Taking into account the high quality and reasonable price of the band, the loop band does everything a tube band can do and more. We use the loop bands for almost every movement that can be done with barbells/dumb bells, we attach them to kettle bells to change the resistance vector when we do kettle swings, we use them as a pull up assist, we use them for fight training, and much more.

If you are looking for a resistance band, give serious thought to purchasing these bands or something similar. The variety of exercise and convenience of the bands make for an exceptional experience. Using these bands or similar will take your workout to the next level in almost any sports discipline.

Use the comment section to ask any question you may have.


Why are San Francisco residents flaky about fitness?

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Sometimes I can rant, I know, and here is my latest:

“What do I have on my mind? (this is a fitness centric post, but you can apply it to many things) I am sitting here thinking that many people in SF need to get their priorities straight. Many people I know personally and many people I have just met have said, “they want to get more fit, that they want to take an active roll in how they age and perform.” So, I mention they need to find a place to work out, be accountable for what they do, what they eat and not be sedentary. Many disappear for a while, and when I see them again (Sometimes months, sometime years later), most of them are in a much worse state than when we had our first discussion. (more…)

Review: BeachBody Ultimate Reset (Rob’s View) Week 2 of 3

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BB Ultimate Reset Pic

This is a continuation of our progress. Started this week at 197lbs and I have been sticking to the diet, taking the supplements If weight loss is the end goal, I am achieving it. I don’t seem to be losing muscle mass, though I am failing occasionally mentally. This could be due to the fact that I have not completely stopped working out. (Though I have been dialing it back a bit, teaching classes more than training every day.) The mental stuff has been just weird moments of near senility/really stupid stuff.

Example: Today (Day 9) when I went to brush my teeth for some reason I reached for my contact solution instead of the tooth paste. Went so far as to pop the cap and turn it over, as if I was supposed to put it on my toothbrush. WTF?  Hope this is a one off occurrence.

Yeah, I am over this program. See my final thoughts below! (more…)

Review: BeachBody Ultimate Reset (Rob’s View) Week 1 of 3

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BB Ultimate Reset Pic

Smurf and I began the BB Ultimate Reset on January 20th, and this will be a list of my notes/thoughts/results as the process goes.  Also, I have a bit of an advantage as Smurf is an amazing cook, and has been doing my meals for me. (For the most part)  Both heather and I are still working out as well.

Note from 9 days in: BeachBody did an OK job with the menu, as it is nothing special so far.  They really need to up their game by creating multiple menus which are both seasonal and regional around local produce.  The cost of the meals is not low, and shopping from a farmers market would be a HUGE win for people on a budget.  Another note, their companion videos for the program are terrible.

My starting weight on Monday morning was 207 lbs.

Day 1 January 20th:

Breakfast:  Good amount of food.  Pretty Tasty, if a little bland.

Lunch: WAY TOO MUCH WAKAME in the Miso Soup.  Gaaaa.  the rest was good.

Snack: Skipped it

Dinner: Very good dinner.

Overall Feeling: Started getting  a headache midway through the day that stuck with me until bed. (more…)