Optimal Living (Body, Mind and Spirit) About Me

 Hello, my name is Joseph Brooks, I would like to tell you a bit about why i have decided to write this Blog. I believe that Optimal living is a choice that we all make. I lost my motherto heart disease when i was 18 years old and my dad to cancer when i was 11 years old.  I dedicated myself as a personal trainer to help one individual at a time live to their maximum potential, physically,mentally and spiritually.

   What is Optimal living? The word optimal is defined in biology as the most favorable condition for growth and reproduction. I like that definition because it allows us to play some role in how are lives end up, I grew up in an environment that was a gang and drug infested breeding ground but although gunshots were constant outside. My mother and father created conditions for me in the midst of chaos that were safe and nurturing therefore i was able to grow in every area of my life.

   It wasn't always great, after losing my parents,  i suffered with depression,anger,low self-esteem and a myriad of other issues. I went back to something that i had discovered as a freshman in high school, it was what i knew made me feel great, exercise, specifically strength training, it made me feel strong,confident and less aggressive. It allowed me to live an optimal life and i wanted to share that feeling with everyone that i knew, so i began personal training 22 years ago and i've seen it all, the gadgets the gimmicks the fads, but one thing remained constant, the way that living healthy makes you feel, it makes you feel great! perhaps not while you are doing it, but when you see and feel the results, its great to know that you have created a favorable condition in which you can grow .

    The link to solidifying that growth is God, he has had a profound effect on my success and although I have been lied on, ridiculed, insulted. I have been able to go and grow because of my faith.
throughout this blog i want to encourage you to realize that no matter what you are going through, or have been through, you are capeable of rising above your circumstances. I was also severely bullied as a kid, at school and by family members, it hurt but only made me stronger, physically and emotionally, i realized that If someone is bullying you, its because they wish they were you, because no matter how bad you think your life is, its better than theirs.

   I want all of us to live optimal lives but we must make the choice, I would like to coach you through life, not only in fitness but in all areas, because to live an optimal life you must be able to believe that you have a life worth living. look forward to sharing with you.

-Optimal Training By Brooks