Harlon Mathuin – Day 0

A lot of people talk the talk. There are some that think all my ego does is talk; at least until they meet me. That is usually when they hate me more because they see I actually walk the walk as well, and let me tell you, it’s not an easy walk.

Transforming your life is a full-time hobby, whether it’s physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, educational; doesn’t matter. It’s not something you will achieve overnight. It takes years to sculpt yourself from what you were into what you want to be. The good news is, with a little encouragement, qualified instruction, and consistency, you will see results within the first few weeks, so don’t be discouraged.

Case in point, Harlon Mathuin. Continue reading

21 day challenge

Ok pilots, it’s that time of year again for many of us. You know what I mean, and I’m not talking about Pilot License extension. I’m talking about summer; that sweaty, sticky, sexy time of year where if you got it, you flaunt it, and if you don’t, well, some still do, but probably shouldn’t. It’s embarrassing.

Tired of being in that last group? Would you rather be in that first group that has great self-esteem, self-image, self-enjoyment on a regular basis?

Then you’re going to need to work for it. I dare you.

That’s right, it’s a personal challenge from me to you, 21 days of exercise in a row, to test the limits of your body, the discipline of your mind, and the dedication of your heart.

I guarantee that if you live through it, you’ll thank me.

Only one catch for this: you need a TRX Suspension Trainer (P2 model). Shop around online. They aren’t expensive. I’ve found them from $90 – $250, depending on your locale. Still, that’s only 2 – 3 months at your local gym, and you get to keep this equipment and can use it anywhere, but enough uncommissioned sell for TRX, let’s get our workout on!


Exercise  Reps  Rest  Sets
1A TRX Lunge (w/ Touch and Hop) 16 30 secs 3
1B TRX Inverted Row 16 30 secs 3
2A TRX Balance Lunge to TRX Single Leg Squat  16 30 secs 3
2B TRX Atomic Push-up  16 30 secs 3
3A TRX Y Deltoid Fly  8 30 secs 2
3B TRX Biceps Curl  8 30 secs 2
3C TRX Triceps Extension  8 30 secs 2
3D TRX Body Saw 8 30 secs 2

Do each number group as a circuit, so 1A, followed by 1B, then onto 2A, 2B, etc. It’s straightforward stuff. The only comment I’m going to make is that the guy doing the body saw in the video is lame. One of the core principles of TRX training is the pendulum. For that exercise, the further away you are from the anchor point, the more challenging the exercise. What he’s doing is adding zero difficulty to the exercise, but it’s the best example I could find quickly.


Exercise  Reps  Rest  Sets
1A TRX Hip Extension  8 30 secs 3
1B TRX Single Arm Row  8 30 secs 3
2A TRX Single Leg Squat 8 30 secs 3
2B TRX Push-up  8 30 secs 3
3A TRX Lunge  8 30 secs 2
3B TRX Roll Out  8 30 secs 2
4A TRX Jump Squat  30 secs 30 secs 2
4B TRX Mountain Climber  30 secs 30 secs 2

Do each number group as a circuit, so 1A, followed by 1B, then onto 2A, 2B, etc. It’s straightforward stuff.

So that’s your challenge, and before you start whining about how difficult it is, this would be the beginner level for my TRX classes, so suck it up and get it done.

In the comments section, commit to it. Then each day, come back and reply to your own comment. I want to see how everyone does, and sadly can’t be there with you.

As always, ask me any questions you want about this. I’m happy to help.

Now go show summer who’s boss!

[OOC] TRX Shoulder Press

As some of you may know, I’ve been reworking my body the last few years, trying to get in better shape. To that end, I’ve worked with personal trainers, ran a half marathon, climbed the CN Tower, invested in a TRX Suspension Trainer, and pretty much been willing to try any type of exercise anyone has recommended, with mixed results.

End result?

I’ve added quite a bit of muscle mass to myself as well as shedding over 20% body fat. Now I’m focused on nutrition, but that’s another story.

Next month I begin a few certification courses: TRX Professional, Canadian Fitness Professional, etc, etc. I’ve already started approaching various gyms about teaching TRX classes, as well as proposing an interesting iPhone app idea I want to write with PyjamaSam.

So of course, in addition to the DVDs and workout books I have for the TRX, I turned to YouTube for more instruction. I’ve found many interesting progressions to try, some involving two suspension trainers, and have had mixed results in my attempts at these exercises.


I did succeed at this one, however, and though it looks straightforward and easy, let me tell you, it’s hard as hell. Your entire core works during this exercise, to maintain your balance as well as counteract the blowing wind. Would a weight shoulder press target the main muscle group more? Perhaps. All I know is that my entire shoulder, including my latissimus dorsi and armpits were sore for days, so to me it was worth it, and is now a regular part of my TRX Shoulder Routine.

Remember to not attempt any exercise (this one specifically), without first consulting a licensed physician.

Our core beliefs define us.

And no, I didn’t wipe out at the end.