I’ve been a compulsive reader my whole life. As a child, the library was a sanctuary. At the age of 10, I read a book called Instant Replay, by Jerry Kramer, that changed my life and led me to one of my professional callings, coaching football. Nothing just happens. What you focus on grows. Books continue to be a major influence in my life-long passion to find my passion, which includes but isn’t limited to, working out and fitness. Books have influenced every aspect of my adult life, professionally and personally.
I am a father and a grandfather. I have three daughters, two granddaughters, and a grandson. When my daughters were growing up, I bought books as gifts for every occasion because every book is truly a gift. I wanted them to enjoy the same life-altering reading experiences that I had enjoyed.
But there was a problem. In 1979, I discovered the 90-10 Rule – I had to change 90% of the content in the children’s books I was reading to my daughters because I believed the story was either too depressing or too advanced, even though the books claimed to be “age-appropriate.” I had to improvise on the spot, make up new parts of the stories to cover up the parts that I refused to read to my daughters. I believe that children’s books should be happy and educational in order to bring out the limitless learning and vocabulary potential that every child is blessed with.
In 2010, the 90-10 Rule surfaced again when I started reading books to my grandchildren. Same thing happened. I couldn’t read the entire story. Had to make it up to make the story happier and a better learning experience. By 2013, the book problem got worse. I needed a solution. And so, I began writing my “Happy Kids Books Series” based on real events and learning experiences that have made my children and grandchildren happy.
My 3-year-old granddaughter, Violet inspired the first book, called “Be Fit, Don’t Quit” by telling me a “happy story.” The happy story was simple, to the point, educational, and very happy. When she plays in my office at our gym, she plays with children’s exercise equipment as she smiles and laughs. That gave me the idea for the book – “Be Fit, Don’t Quit.” It’s the same message I’ve communicated to thousands of bigger kids who I’ve coached and taught in college. Now, I decided to send the same message to young children.
Children have limitless capacity to learn and to love. We adults have to do our part – teach and learn with them and love them back. Sharing a child’s learning process, especially through reading, gives the greatest joy known to wo/mankind. Soak in every sacred moment.
On a different note, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. X Fitness had a record-breaking night shift that started at 10 pm – the most women and men to work out at X Fitness on a Valentine’s Day night shift. That passion for lifting and running inspires me. I believe that working out generates a flood of positive energy that can fill any place, casting out the demons that often infiltrate real-life. My own workout of chest, abs, and running reached another level – personal bests for number of total reps in single chest/ab workout. The Power of Positive Energy can light up the darkest days, lift us out of the slimiest pit (tribute to Psalm 40), and help us tap into the limitless strength and potential inside all of that’s waiting to be called out.
The most appropriate Valentine’s Day workout song is part on my back-to-basics top 100 Classic Rock workout songs. The link is after my signature.
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3
Head coach – Niagara X-men football
Owner – X Fitness Inc.
Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of books are at: www.ginoarcaro.com His books include: 4th & hell: seasons 1-5, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT Offense, SWAT Defense, X Fitness Workout System, and a 3 business book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur . He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks. A new 8-volume interrogation book series will be released in the spring of 2014. And later this month, a new children’s book called “BE FIT – DON’T QUIT.”