How I got here


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Hi. I’m Paul. Thanks for visiting the site.

I have a passion for nutrition and exercise and enjoy constantly learning about the latest in these topics. I love to share this knowledge with people and see them feel great, get stronger and look better.

Over the years I’ve helped hundreds of people achieve fitness success. For some people success was losing weight and for others it was adding pounds to their bench press. I’ve trained a lot of people over the years and no one had the exact same goals.

Throughout my life I’ve had a lot of different fitness goals and have done a lot right and have done a lot wrong. This site is to help you separate fact and fiction and to help you to not make the same mistakes that I made.

 

In The Beginning

 

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I think my interest in getting in shape first came when I watched pro wrestling as a kid. I saw Hulk Hogan flex his 24 inch pythons and knew I wanted to have arms as big as that. I made shakes with whole eggs (shells and all) just like the Hulkster, but all that grew was my gut.

It wasn’t until high school that I started to get in shape. I was fat and unathletic but decided to play football anyway.

This is where I started to lift weights for the first time. I started reading fitness magazines and drinking protein shakes. There were a lot of ads for the latest supplements and I even bought into some of the claims but only saw minimal gains with them.

After high school I continued playing football in college, still having no idea how to train or eat properly. I put on 40 pounds my first year. Some of it was muscle but most of it was fat. I did get stronger though and was setting a lot of new personal records in the offseason but it was during this time that I got hurt.

I was out for a season and instead of starting from scratch as a junior, I shifted my sport to rugby. This change of sport also changed my training and I started to learn to get faster and more explosive.

Why Training?

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After college I was still playing rugby but somehow became interested in acting and modeling and ended up in LA. (That black and white picture above was my headshot.)

I was living in the San Fernando Valley and didn’t know anyone but there was a gym across from my apartment so I went there to get a job as the overnight front desk person so I could go on auditions overnight.

The manager told me “No. You aren’t front desk. You are a trainer.” I had no idea why he thought that. I wasn’t jacked. (I thought all trainers were supposed to be monster bodybuilders with veins popping out of their necks.)

He did a good job at convincing me to start training people so I started working there.  Even though I had no idea what I was doing in the beginning, I still ended up helping a bunch of people transform themselves and built up a successful training business.

Now and Beyond

Through the years I’ve read a lot of books, articles and obtained many training certifications. I’ve learned many training philosophies and nutrition tips.

I tried a lot of them on myself and use what works with my clients and throw out all the fluff, marketing hype and crap that does not work.

I’ve tried a lot of the BS supplements, fad weight gain and weight loss diets and the latest and greatest, new and improved workout routines, but found there is no substitute for hard work and a consistently.

Today, spend a lot of my time raising my kids but I still love researching the latest in health, nutrition and exercise and putting in the work to become the best version of me. I also still love to help people achieve success with their nutrition and fitness.

This site lets me share what I learn about nutrition, exercise and whatever else comes to my mind.

I want to help you become the best version of yourself. I want you to feel the best you’ve ever felt. I want you to stop buying into all the bad and misleading information about nutrition. I want you to be faster and stronger than you’ve ever been.

I want this blog to inspire you, educate you and motivate you to take action.

Thanks for coming to the site and let’s get it done.

Paul K. Niiyama

 

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