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The following post has been our top social media post so far in October. It’s only been a week, but it’s been in our #1 spot. Here it is:

“The best escape is getting in shape. Feeling trapped makes you feel like hell. Getting in shape is the best escape. #soulofalifter #peace”

This isn’t the first time that this post has been a big hit. It’s always been popular no matter how we phrase it. It has a chance to make our Top 5 posts of 2014 if it continues gathering momentum. The two key words seem to “escape” and “trapped.” They strike a chord in readers that prompt a spike in ‘likes’ and comments. ‘Escape’ and ‘trapped’ are connected concepts. You can’t escape unless you’re trapped. You’re not trapped unless you need an escape. There are countless ways of feeling trapped. One of the most common ways is being out of shape – physically, intellectually, emotionally, or spiritually. I felt the despair of being out of shape as an obese, dysfunctional 12-year old. The nightmare of being out of shape didn’t go away on its own. I couldn’t run from it. So I started running to escape, one block at a time. At the same time, I started lifting weights. Lifting and running have been my escape for 45 consecutive years. All-natural. Steroid-free. Doing it on your own without drugs isn’t easy but it’s worth it because you own it. And more importantly, it’s a natural escape that last a lifetime. Artificial escapes are temporary. You get trapped again and again and again if you use unnatural means.

The post was a big hit on Linkedin as well. Based on the comments it received and the articles that are posted on Linkedin, being out of shape professionally causes another trap – the career trap, the professional trap, the workplace trap of feeling your soul twisted into knots day in, day out, robbing you of joy and #peace, resulting in the tortured soul that searches constantly and relentlessly for an escape.

The perfect workplace is one of top preoccupations of 21st century civilization. Post-modern society doesn’t handle imperfection well. They have to have it all, right now – the perfect job, the perfect boss, the perfect time off, the perfect salary, the perfect bonuses, the perfect benefits, the perfect pension plan, the perfect company car, the perfect expense account, the perfect praise, the perfect recognition, the perfect attention, the perfect spotlight, the perfect promotion, and most of all, the perfect title. The perfect workplace is needed to make the perfect profile on social media. After all, you can’t have an imperfect life on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, Google-plus, or Youtube.

The struggle of the imperfect workplace will be written in history books as the 21st century’s Trapped Civilization. Trapped by stress, trapped by anxiety, trapped by worry, trapped by fear… trapped by just being trapped.  The bad news is that there is no perfect workplace. The good news is you can make your own perfect workout-place. Working out builds your perfect workplace. You get to control the heavy lifting that gets done. You assign the workload.  You are your own boss. A perfect meritocracy – the return and investment match, perfectly.

The link to the workout song of the week is after my signature. It’s a classic. Guaranteed to lift your workouts to a new level.


Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP (Nat’l Coaching Certification Program)

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:

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 children’s book called “BE FIT – DON’T QUIT.” His latest book on human potential called “Hashtag Peace” is at the editing stage. He just finished another book called “Lifter’s High.” Both will be released soon.


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