By David Smith
Ever have one of those weeks that just leaves you glowing and helps reignite the faith in yourself along with humanity? Mine started last weekend, following what was just an awesome bootcamp and being able to reach out to so many people on many different levels and inspire those to really take part in an amazing journey. Every 2 years before the Olympic Games I always make an effort to visit the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Check out and shop for any new Olympic/ Team USA merchandise as well as take a tour of the facility. When I arrived I unfortunately had missed the last tour however I still was able to go into the shop and find the cool Team USA stuff I was wanting to buy. On my way out I walked by the front desk and noticed something on the counter. It was one of the torches from the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, I started talking to the guy at the desk and he let me pick it up and hold it. One of my biggest dreams is to be apart of the torch relay and to be able to carry the flame on part of it's journey. Being able to stand there and holding on of the torches that carried the flame was truly one of the first steps toward realizing that dream.
By David Smith
Many people have asked me my thoughts regarding supplementation. With all the various products out there, ranging from protein to Creatine, Fish oils to L-Glutamine. If you walk into any health store such as GNC, Max Muscle etc or big box gym such as 24 Hour, Lifetime and such you will no doubt have supplements pushed onto you as the “best addition to make your workout most effective”
In addition to having all these products shoved into your face, how do you know if they work? What they do? What the hell are they? Let’s discuss some of the more common supplemental products, there are hundreds of kinds out there so make sure you do your research before you decide to lay down lots of $$$ for something.
By David Smith
It's always been humorous to me when people see me and expect that I have a super ripped body, only to be a bit let down when they lift up my shirt and realize they have to scrub their laundry elsewhere. With the countless hours of training and exercise I do, it's a wonder that I am not a walking cover of "Men's Fitness" but, it's not my focus or care. I often ask friends, clients, random people what their goals are for fitness, many of them are gay, bi, straight, trans or whatever. The most common response among men, especially gay men is that they want 6 pack abs, they want to be ripped and have that nice body that our culture has come to expect. Like most gay men, I myself suffer from body image issues as well
Check out my throwback Thursday picture! This was from high school my junior year in marching band! Notice my bleached hair which was a popular style at the time! I played percussion in "the pit" including mallet instruments such as the xylophone. We were practicing on the day of a competition! Was a lot of fun and a great experience for high school.
By David Smith
Can you figure out which one is me?
This past week in talking with the Aquatics Director at the pool I teach aquacise at, I learned that my classes were going to be a featured part of the City of Westminster's Biggest Loser program and that I was going to be given over half of the swimming pool for my class. In addition they were expecting so many people that for the first time they would have to put a maximum cap on my class. On the first class this program was beginning I was expecting there to be a lot of people but not exactly a maximum cap on the class (they tend to over exaggerate these things). Once I walked out on deck however, I quickly realized this would not be the case, as the pool was filled with people, all there to get a good, fun workout! I always tell people that I teach for fitness, to better myself and to better the people around me on a physical, social and mental level.
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David Smith is a coach, exercise professional, athlete, blogger and owner of Stonewall Fitness. He is a certified personal trainer and holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition. He is an active athlete and Gay Games medalist training and competing in swimming. He is passionate about bringing the LGBT community together through exercise and fitness.