Hey, good Bruce, Almighty! I close the gym a year ago and the entire world goes to hell in a handbasket? What's a brother got to do for a little normalcy these days? I'm not so sure things would be back to normal if I reopened (I do think about it quite a lot), but I don't think it would hurt, sheesh!

1 year ago I closed down our doors to Hillsboro Fitness. I knew that the future of the industry would not be easy in Oregon, and though some gyms are still doing great, for me the juice just was not worth the squeeze. Can't believe it's been a year.

I don't write much these days because I'm working my arse off creating this new company and building basketball courts and hardwood floors as a general contractor (still weird getting used to), but at the end of the day, I'm still a strength & conditioning coach at heart, and I think about it all the time.

How are you doing? How many times are you going to the gym each wek or taking care of your fitness? How are you doing mentally these days?

I don't think I've ever witnessed so many people suffer from mental stress, depression, and anxiety as I have over the last year, both men and women. That's why I ask, how are you doing and if you're taking care of yourself.

Right now, I have to FORCE myself work workout during the week, either before or after work. It's not easy, but it's something I have to do for my own mental health. When I don't get my heart rate up, I physically become filled with anxiety, which raises my systolic (upper number) blood pressure. That's called, "elevated systolic hypertension." You know that pressure you feel in your chest when your kids or spouse steal all of your phone charges for the 100th time after you've told them not to, 100 times?
Personally, I'm doing better than I deserve. I set up my garage with the workout gear I need, and I love going in there by myself to make sure I stay fit-n-sexy. lol! Jkjkjkj. Fit-n-healthy.

As a strength coach & trainer who's had quite a reach since 2003, I have to remind myself that I served you over the years, and I believe I still need to serve you. I can't let what's happened in the world and my transition to start a new career allow me to sacrifice the relationship I have with people whom I've served since 2003 when I started.

How Can I Serve You?

I don't have a training studio anymore, but what I do have is some information on health and a few recommendations for fitness, mental wellness, and even spiritual health.

I don't know anything about immunology, virology, vaccines, or medicine. I know about fitness, the immune and endocrine system (to some degree), health, strength, mobility, and blah, blah, blah...

What I know are science and facts. I don't like to step out of my bounds so I won't pretend to be an immunologist. You're smart and you know stupid ideas from the truth that's right for you.

From what I observe:

~75% of American adults are deconditioned. This means those 75% of Americans should be scared of getting CORONA or the delta virus and should consider the vaccine.

~60-70% are now overweight and deconditioned. This means those 60-70% of Americans should be scared of getting CORONA or the delta virus and should consider the vaccine.

~40% are now obese and deconditioned (possibly more in different parts of the country). This means those 40% of Americans should be scared of getting CORONA or the delta virus and should consider the vaccine.

~ 1-in-9 have Adult-Onset-Sugar-Induces-Sedentary-Lifestyle-Diabetes. This means these 1-in-9 Americans should consider the vaccine.

*I do not have any statistics of children however, if a child is born to obese parents, they are 7x more likely to be obese children and adults. What is very heartbreaking is a new term: pediatric obesity. Therefore, they’re 7x as likely to suffer from the same symptom of a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle as their parents.
Where do you place on the Wellness Curve?
This virus attacks weaknesses, and those most vulnerable in our community. Delta is now attacking younger people, but everyone should remember that recover rates are VERY high and though terminal for some, it’s NOT for 98-99% of people. 

This is why I’m begging you to make a commitment to me and to yourself for the rest of the year to eat healthy and exercise 4-5 days a week. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, and you know the difference between:

- A plate of pasta and a plate of salad

- 6 beers and 6 glasses of water 

- A GD Dutch Bros/Starbucks bullshit milkshake machismo in the morning, or a black coffee. 

- A pizza and a chicken breast. 

Overcoming COVID or any other type of sickness takes strength, endurance, muscle stamina, respiratory conditioning, which the MAJORITY of American's DO NOT HAVE. If you fall into these categories, I'd suggest you consider getting the vaccine, if you have not already.

The physical detriments that accompany a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating choices have put these populations at risk of contracting this respiratory virus. Plus, what makes it so dangerous for these populations are the other symptoms that accompany a sedentary lifestyle:

- Type II diabetes
- Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
- High Cholesterol- High Blood Pressure
- Obesity
- Respiratory complications/Breathing Issues
- Non-Exercised Induced Joint Pain
- Muscle atrophy
- Osteopenia/Osteoporosis

"Won't my natural immunity take care of me, even if I'm deconditioned?"

Our energy output and immune system have to be used sparingly, otherwise, we’ll fatigue the entire body and substantially increase the risk of disease and infection. Ever known someone who always gets sick and who always has low energy?
  • What’s their lifestyle like?
  • Are they energetic?
  • Do they always want to go outside and be active?
  • Do they always eat leafy greens?
  • Do they get plenty of water each day?
  • Do they go to the gym or workout 5-6 days a week?

When the body is continually fed artificial flavors, artificial colors, processed drinks, taurine, guarine, wheat, processed sugar, fried foods, processed meat, meat with pink slime (fast food meat), and other complete horseshit, the immune system is continually tasked repairing the damage done to cells. How much energy will be in the immunity-reserve-tank to fight off a respiratory virus? Not much, and from what I’m told by a respiratory therapist, if anyone is placed on a ventilator in the hospital because they’re not strong enough to clear the liquid out of their lungs and breathe on their own, there’s about a 50/50 chance of making it out of the ICU alive. So, think twice before you splurge with the pizza, shakes, beer, soda, chips, and alcohol Thursday afternoon through Sunday night.

Add in smoking and it’s a recipe for disaster.

IMO, this is why 20% of Americans choose NOT to receive the VAX:

They likely believe they are FIT enough to recover and their system is strong enough without a vax, and see no need to receive it.

For the most part, they’re not wrong. Sure, they may get sick every few years, but they recover very quickly because they store a huge, reserve tank of immunity and have great cellular repair, fed by the right macronutrients, minerals, whole foods, vitamins, and minimal horseshit.

Should some people quarantine? Yes, there are certainly very at-risk populations that should not be exposed to this virus. This virus attacks weakness and not everyone has to ability to become strong and conditioned.

Working out and being fit will most definitely NOT keep you from getting the virus. It will LIKELY improve your recovery time though, and reduce the severity of your symptoms. I personally know a handful of fit pros who have contracted the virus. All are okay, all recovered quickly, but one person (admittedly, I do not personally know him), Bill Phillips, creator of the Body For Life Challenge, NEARLY died a few weeks ago. I do not know what other factors made his case so severe.

I don’t know what the long-term effects of the vaccine are. I don’t know what the long-term effects of ivermectin are. I DO know what the long-term effects of strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, running, bike riding, boxing, CrossFit, healthy eating, and the occasional bottle of wine are.

If you’re going to walk around without a mask, I hope you’ve been hitting it hard in the gym for years.

If you're going to take your family grocery shopping without masks, I hope all of you get plenty of sunshine, exercise daily, get 8 hours of sleep a night, keep a healthy body weight, take a multivitamin, avoid processed foods, drink lots of water, and don’t surround yourself with smokers.

For more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov or your local health department's website.

Coach Chuck Gonzales, CSCS, USAW, FMS
Pacific Personal Training -->CrossFit Hillsboro --> Hillsboro Fitness-->Hillsboro Floors
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