Six months ago, I clicked on a link on my news feed for the first time in my life. The title was, â€œSuper Foods.â€ The article said that beets are super food. TheyÂ not only prevent countless diseases,Â they energize your workouts. Immediately, I went to the store and bought beets. I started eating beets every day â€“ 365 beets.Â Exactly three beetsÂ the size of golf balls, every day.
My workouts went through the roof. Next level T-blasts, super longer-lasting pumps. I lifted heavier, more intensely, with bare minimum rest between sets. I ran longer and faster. A month later, a gym member at X Fitness asked me, â€œWhatâ€™s the best pre-workout powder to take?â€ I said, â€œBeets.â€
â€œBeets?â€ he asked.
â€œBeets,â€ I said.
â€œHow many beets?â€
â€œI didnâ€™t know that,â€ he said.
â€œScary workouts, man. Itâ€™s like back to the 70â€™s. I started working out just before the first lunar landing in 1969.â€
He typed something on his phone as he walked away.
Since I started eating beets, Iâ€™ve had two personal bests. I told my wife, â€œIâ€™ve had two personal bests since I started eating beets. We have to get more beets.â€
The next day, I saw a commercial about a portable can opener that opens cans perfectly with the touch of a button. Gently stick it on top of a can, push the button, and it turns like a helicopter wing. It even has a magnet that lifts the lid without getting your hands messy. My grandchildren loved it at first. â€œLook, a helicopter,â€ I said. They laughed once. Then it became boring. I bought two, one for the gym, one for home. One month ago, the can opener at the gym malfunctioned as I tried to open a can of beets. Only half the lid was cut before the can opener ran out of gas and got stuck.Â I panicked. I needed beets. I tried to remove the can opener. No luck. Iâ€™m not bragging but Iâ€™ve built some serious strength. It didnâ€™t work out. Couldnâ€™t remove the helicopter can-opener by hand.
I turned the can upside down and all the red juice spilled. It looked like a crime scene. Using a knife and fork, I leveraged the can-opener off the can. I completed the opening ofÂ the can with a backup manual can-opener. I ate my 3 beets. Had an incredible chest workout that night. Off the charts.
This afternoon, the same thing happened at home. Exactly. The helicopter can opener ran out of gas at the same place on the can. This time, nothing worked out. I was home alone and dropped an F-bomb. Out loud. I left the unopened can of beets in the sink with the can-opener stuck on it. I feared a workout without beets.
Six months ago, I was coaching a group of women lifters at X Fitness. In the middle of the workout, a young man said to me, â€œHey man, I need to train with you. Youâ€™re intense.â€ Without hesitation, I responded, â€œNo you donâ€™t. You couldnâ€™t last five minutes.â€ True story, he gave me a thumbs-up. I just insulted a customer and got a thumbs-up. He said, â€œHey man, thatâ€™s old school.â€ I was deeply impressed. He was right. â€œNo you donâ€™t. You couldnâ€™t last five minutesâ€ was 1970â€™s trash-talking. It went all the way into the 80â€™s and 90â€™s. Insulting other lifters was lifting, for both the passer and the receiver. Once you said, â€œNo you donâ€™t. You couldnâ€™t last five minutesâ€ in the 70â€™, 80â€™s, and 90â€™s, you had to back it up. Trash-talking other lifters has itsâ€™ own soul. The Soul of a Trash-talking Lifter. The Soul of an Insulting Lifter.
The guy wasnâ€™t even born in the 70â€™s, 80â€™s, or 90â€™s but he knew. He knew the secret of working out. I got emotional. Nostalgic. It was a T-blast from the past. That night, my leg workout went off the charts. I blasted Living on a Thin Line by the Kinks on my iPOD. The first time I played it in the gym was in 1985. I got emotional. Living on a Thin Line was the very best song ever played on the Sopranos. Maybe second to Junior Soprano singing Core Nâ€™grato.
The moral of the story is this – beets or no beets, true T-blasts come from within. Do what it takes. Dual meaning. Do what works out and do what takes everything out of you at that moment. Reach deep down inside your soul and spill your guts. Then, thank God Almighty for the blessing.
Nothing just happens. I was stuck during Chapter 22 of a new book I’m writing called: Midnight Shift from Hell â€“ Lifterâ€™s High, part 3. Not being able to think straight was depressing. The next night, was when IT happened â€“â€œHey man, I need to train with you. Youâ€™re intense.â€ I wrote an entire chapter aboutÂ Lifterâ€™s Trash-talking from the 70â€™s, 80â€™s, and 90â€™s. It had a deeper meaning that tied to a bigger picture. I got emotional. I printed it and now I read it every day before my workout.
Nothing just happens. I decided to start a Podcast called Blunt Talk after the guy said, â€œHey man, I need to train with you. Youâ€™re intense.â€ Omens, messages, theyâ€™re all around us if we open our hearts and minds to hear and see them.
There are two Youtube links after my signature â€“ Living on a Thin Line by The Kinks and Core Ngrato by Junior Soprano. Both have made my top 100 workout songs of all-time.
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP (Natâ€™l Coaching Certification Program)
Head coach â€“ 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 2014. And just released, a new childrenâ€™s book called â€œBE FIT â€“ DONâ€™T QUIT.â€ His latest book on human potential called â€œHashtag Peaceâ€ is at the editing stage. He just finished another book called â€œLifterâ€™s High.â€ Both will be released soon.