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Hello everyone, and welcome to FreeFit Guy.  This blog is about two things:  my journey towards becoming a personal trainer, and helping people make healthy choices in their lives.  Let me give you the quick tour of the blog.

On the Home page, you’ll find posts/video/pictures about everything related to health and fitness, including workouts I love, recipes, and how to work out anywhere, anytime, for free.  Also, I’ll be updating my progress as I work towards my dream of helping people live healthier, happier lives as a trainer.

If you navigate over to the FreeFit* section, you’ll find a ton of info about my overall training philosophy, as well as some tips on how to get started with your own training regimen.  Ultimately, FreeFit* is a work in progress and a long-term goal – to develop a lifestyle program that will help hundreds (thousands?) of people achieve the fitness they’ve always wanted.

In the About Me section, you’ll find some info about yours truly.

In the Trainer Timeline section (still under construction), I will provide info on what I’ve done to become a personal trainer, what my next planned steps are, and how close I am to achieving my goals.  Life is too short not to do what you love, and so I’m going for it with everything I’ve got.

Finally, as this is January 1, 2011, I want to wish you all a very happy New Years from Japan!  And to kick your year off right, how about a nice little workout to get you going?

Welcome to the New Year WO (workout)

For time:

21 sit-ups, 21 push-ups (or hand-stand push-ups if you’re a beast), 30 walking lunge steps, 18 sit-ups, 18 push-ups, 30 walking lunges, 15 sit-ups, 15 push-ups, 30 walking lunges…6 sit-ups, 6 push-ups, 30 walking lunges.

Note:  Don’t be afraid to scale down the exercises to a level that you are comfortable with.  For sit-ups, maybe you only do crunches.  For push-ups, maybe you start from your knees.  It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how pretty it is, just do your best.  The only competition here is yourself.

On the sit-ups, try to put something under your lower back (such as a towel) to help maintain good form throughout the sit-up.  Walking lunges should be done with a straight up and down back, letting the back knee lightly graze the ground with each rep.  If this makes you uncomfortable, just go down as low as you can.

Good luck, and stay healthy my friends.