Fitness 101: Getting Started

By Joe Fulir

Let the journey begin! As we go through everyday life we face obstacles we must overcome to advance in our endeavors. Why should fitness be a chore? Instead, think of it as the next challenge in life to break through.

The benefits of fitness range from better sleep to more energy and confidence to get through the day. I am here to let you know that tomorrow is going to be promising because you are going to awaken your body to give you just what you have been waiting for in life. Let me lead you to a future of increased overall health and fitness!

Our mission is to create a fun and fulfilled path consisting of our own body’s ability to move around. All we have to do in this first step to a fit life is go for a walk! This walk is going to be like no other walk you have been on though, I promise you that much! This walk is going to be one that opens your senses to the surroundings of your local park or neighborhood. When on this walk, I challenge you to take in everything nature has to offer from her scents to the landscaping. While strolling along your chosen route, you should make yourself aware of the beauty that nature has to offer. This will help spark interest in your voyage while keeping you from having doubts in your ability to complete the walk.

I am already proud of you because you know what? You are still interested in what this journey is about! You’ll find out that through self-motivation and consistency anything is possible. Are you concerned about the outside temperature, humidity or terrain? You can walk from one end of your house to the other side of the lawn until you adapt to how you feel. All you have to be focused on is movement. Movement creates energy and energy creates accomplishments! You are setting forth short-term, easily obtainable goals that you can build upon to launch you into the next realm of fitness. You are then going to be armed with confidence and a new attitude—you’ll be thinking, “Yes, I can do it!”

Once you are walking every other day, or even every day, get a buddy to walk with you! Invite your spouse, friend, neighbor or anyone that just wants to be active. Along the route talk about what you are trying to achieve and what you have already achieved. Having a buddy to walk with you can motivate you while you are exercising, and can also give you that extra push to get out the door when you don’t feel like exercising. Remember that results come in both superficial forms and physical forms as well. In the beginning you will start seeing benefits in your sleeping patterns, confidence and endurance. Next, you will notice physical changes. So, don’t let the scale be the only factor that you use to judge your success!

In closing, take a deep breath! You are making changes that will benefit not only you but your loved ones who surround you. There is not a journey out there that does not require a head scratch every now and then. It’s alright to have doubts and concerns about attempting something new. However, I assure you that the old adage of “without your health, you have nothing” stands true for anyone ever questioning if it is too late to make a change for the better!

Meet Trainer Joe

EmPower is proud to partner with Joe Fulir to bring you real, manageable, physical activity guidance. “Trainer Joe” is a certified personal trainer with certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the World Instructor Training School. He has specialty certification in TRX Suspension Training and Kettle Bell Training, and this summer received his Biggest Loser Trainer certification.

Q: Who is Joe Fulir?

Joe: One of the first things people ask me is my ethnicity. My mother is Filipino and Spanish, and my father is Caucasian from Pennsylvania. I was born in Pittsburgh and went to high school in Maryland before going into the Marines.

Q: What drew you to become a personal trainer?

Joe: I think my passion for personal training began in the Marines. I’ve always had the physique of a trainer, but the Marines really brought out the passion for me. As a Platoon Sergeant at the age of 20, I really needed to know how to motivate people and how to get the results I needed.

Q: So you left the Marines to pursue a career as a personal trainer?

Joe: (laughs) Not exactly. I always knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur., I started a general contracting company to help work my way through school. That is how I earned my degree from the University of North Florida in Psychology.

Q: Why psychology?

Joe: I learned in the Marines that it takes different techniques to motivate people. I saw that results came from not only physical but mental fitness as well. I knew that I wanted to be able to help people change not only their appearance, but also help them address some of the mental factors that coincide.

Q: So, what is your philosophy as a personal trainer?

Joe: I am an educator, first and foremost. I don’t want to train people for months on end. I want to give someone the education they need to understand how to do physical activity, and why. I want them to understand the relationship between their nutrition, their physical activity, and their overall health. I want people to be able to walk into a gym, a fitness center in a hotel, or just a local park, and have the ability to safely and effectively work out their entire body.

Q: You are very passionate about this. Is it personal for you?

Joe: Diabetes runs rampant in my father’s family. I’ve seen what it can do to families. I know that it’s hard to stay physically healthy in our society. I want to give people a chance to grow up with and not old with their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren.

Q: Last question:

What’s the one thing you would say to anyone thinking about starting up a fitness program?

Joe: Don’t talk about it; be about it. That’s always been my motto and it applies to everything in life, not just fitness. Anyone can take on little steps to improve their health and wellbeing. A lot of people talk about the changes they are going to make in their lives. Don’t talk about it, Be about it!