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About Alexander

My passion in life is to live free and to learn; thus, I approach life living in the moment and enjoying the ride. Not to say I donโ€™t get caught up with goals from time to time as applying a strategy for our future is vital, yet I constantly strive to detach from any expectations as the future is unknown and being built by the present. I have learned in my life through sport that it is very easy to get caught up on the goal. It wasnโ€™t until recently that I developed sufficient enough wisdom to truly realize the destructive manner in which I approached sports which caused all types of injuries. Having to coach myself many times, I had to learn to temper this and find a balance through my training regimens lest I end up regularly damaged physically, mentally, emotionally and, deep down inside, spiritually. Once I came to terms with my destructive behavior I found the peace and calmness I was always searching for. I still have my ups and downs, as we all do, but instead of fighting the down portions of my life I search for understanding like a soul surfer experiences the troughs of waves - feeling for a way to get back up.

A Brave New World

Move with awareness

No escaping this theme in 2020. Whether you believe the hype of this virus or know that there’s more to it, one thing is for sure, the world is forever changed. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Obviously, no one wants their loved ones to pass on, nor do others want tyrannical control mechanisms following their every footstep because they could possibly transmit an illness to an unsuspecting person. This is quite the dilemma humanity finds itself in and the future seems locked up in the unknown. If looked upon with objective eyes, we will all have to agree that being brave in this new world will make all the difference between thriving or just surviving.

As this site is dedicated to the empowerment of the individual’s ability to live their best and healthiest life, of course, and indeed, we will focus our approach on proper mindset and belief in humanity’s ability to be strong and capable. Why not? We are what we focus on so deciding to shine my inner eye’s light on strength and mental fortitude, I thus create the life I nurture.

On the contrary, “misery loves company”, as the saying goes, can be seen going on around us with people of a deleterious nature desiring harm and destruction of others because they themselves believe in their weaknesses. It makes me sad, to say the least, especially when I see those close to me also fall within the trap of self-loathing. Much easier to play the blame game and point fingers than to take full ownership of one’s life with a good hard look into the mirror and then making the required adjustments to meet one’s challenges head on.

That being said, and to get to a present point of contention, viruses will be around forever, as will bacteria. They are part and parcel to physical life. So it would behoove people to eat quality foods and to drink revitalised water, all the while reducing their intake of alcohol and eliminating sugary drinks and non-nutrient beverages. Also, people need to start supplementing with vitamins and minerals they may be lacking, using coMra therapy to relax and release high stress levels and do an effective fitness routine. Apropos, stop unwisely spending time watching media that does nothing to improve quality of life opting instead to get outside to a natural setting grounding with one’s earthrunners on.

The situation will be dire if these considerations aren’t taken seriously. That’s because we have dogmatic scientists espousing fearful rhetoric and then recommending, and in many places it became mandated, the use of masks (very unhealthy for the individual), social distancing (we are social creatures by nature), quarantining in rooms and homes (creating Vitamin D deficiencies; mental anguish), closing healthy places like the beach, places of worship, and then after all said and done, many persons still came down with an illness ending up in hospital care that isn’t addressing the real issues of manifested dis-ease. Add to that fact that many of the hospitals’ interventions exacerbated the symptoms pushing many patients into further distress without any ability to have a family member advocate or provide real warmth and care – the true pillars of health and wellness.

Alas, it is what it is. Humanity called this forth BIG TIME! We’ve been so complacent and at the same time have become so dis-empowered by handing away our innate capability of self-sufficiency to some one willing to take it and use it for their nefarious gains. Who’s fault is that?!

Overall, I’m not discouraged and I believe in my ability to adapt and make adjustments based upon the demands life places on me. It takes a willing heart and an open mind to do so. Then it is just a matter of practice and patience to allow the natural unfolding of life to take place. First and foremost, you must believe in your self. This is the single most important shift a person can make. Having this belief as a strong foundation will allow you the fortitude to overcome the challenges that will inevitably arise. Over time, these challenges will be embraced and even welcomed as each one will spur you into higher heights of belief. The awareness of Self and the building of confidence will develop through these and this will in turn give you more ability to be response able to life’s requirements.

The gist I’m getting at is that you MUST believe you have what it takes in this brave new world as the roller coaster has just begun and weakness will either be ironed out or exploited. My hope is for you to take the reins of your life and to enjoy the process even in the midst of the struggle. Life is too short to fret, even in the worst of times you must find the gem in the present and gather the knowledge encountered…

It’s make or break time, ready or not, it’s time to cast your lot!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

In love,

Alexander

…a Path with a Heart…

Picture is from the Hunter X Hunter anime series

Greetings to All!! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a while since I have taken the time to write in this blog. Lots has occurred within my life and much learning has taken place, so I wanted to share knowing some of my initial writings were dealing with struggles I created out of a goal mentality I held due to an erroneous idea I placed upon my life. The brushed over aforementioned idea was basically that I could bang my body into competition shape, foolhardy, without regard to the natural order of life and the body’s capacity to heal and get stronger. I ran myself into the ground so many times I began to doubt myself and self-sabotage even more.ย I kept getting injured, having setbacks and being disdainful with my self. Throughout that time, I did have that nagging presence of conscience voicing the need to trust the process, even though it was suppressed for the most part.ย  I was still very immature and not yet in grasp of the wisdom I hold now as I continued to harbor an idea of who I thought I should be. For many years I placed focus and energy on becoming something I thought was worthwhile and important, you know to get acknowledgement and praise outwardly, that I dug holes so deep it took me months and even years to crawl out of. Crawled out I have!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hence my desire to share in the hope that if someone else is going through something similar this might light a path in the direction of their heart.

My last post here was the fact that I opened up a small fitness studio in Miami, Fl. Gymclusive. It surely was the last piece of my RunHolistic puzzle.ย  This type of, what I’ll call, ‘therapeutic fitness with resistance training’ opened up my path to the possibility of being very strong, a healthy type of fit and always ready to handle the challenges life throws at us while having more time to spend enjoying and engaging with life. I took time to heal, get stronger and then push for more growth again. A cycle of breakdown due to exertion and effort against a resistance, in control, meditative even, until the point I am unable to perform another repetition; then, time off doing taiji, spending time with my boys and wife venturing through life, and the feeling, all the while, like I am youthifying myself. Because of this, enjoying the present moment became more important than anything else!

You can see through my previous posts how I approached training (even though I did have hints of what I am now embodying more of).ย  My mindset was locked, hellbent and unrelenting towards a goal for the most part of that time of my life. To be fair, my fitness was sharp, yet that sword was double edged with the other side of ultimate performance being injury or complete systemic fatigue. Now I just feel super capable, loose, light, springy, supple and free from the encumbrance of an ever present achy sore body, tired mind and weakened Spirit.

Since I now understand the proper training stimulus, recovery, overcompensation, and repeat, it’s a different world, one where I listen to my body respecting and loving it first and foremost. Nonetheless, I continue to train for track competitions, and I’ve taken up BJJ/MMA again, and these activities leave me more with that broken down achy sore sensation. Instead of banging it out like I used to, now I just enjoy the process and take it all in stride. That means, there’s a body learning curve and it is our responsibility to understand it and apply it for an ultimate form of a healthy type of fitness. And in more general terms: “Life is a journey to be enjoyed, not a problem to be solved in haste.”

If this resonates with you, feel free to connect with me atย Gymclusive to learn a sustainable way to take a healthy body, mind and total being into our elder years.ย  Life is to be had so we need the ability to do so.

Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚



Last piece of a puzzle…

Greetings to one and all,

It’s been a while since last writing here. I believe the last time was during my cross-country trip up to Canada and I was in Atlanta, Georgia, when I saw an interesting situation take place later elucidating it via prose. Now that I’m here again, I wanted to update everyone on what’s taking place in the realms of heartfelt holistic self-sufficient healing – that kind of healing that takes place between you and your Self.

In fact, many things have happened! A complete shift occurred over night as an insight hit while speaking about Nautilus gym equipment with my father. This wasn’t even in the equation and just like that it became the last piece of a puzzle I’ve been working on since my teenage years. Life, eh?! LOL I always knew at some point I’d acquire the right friendships and relationships as well as the knowledge and accoutrements necessary to actualise my dream of a center for practical experience, just didn’t know how and when. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And here I am. An owner of a brick and mortar establishment called Gymclusive. Generally speaking, the main idea is an infrequent approach to high intensity strength training with 5 compound, older, Nautilus machines (circa 1985). This is a whole body strength training program that also works the aerobic and anaerobic metabolic pathways in less than 30 minutes. Since everybody is different, the recovery time between trainees varies and could be as short as 5 days or as long as multiple weeks.

That’s the science part, the art side of it is learning to listen to your body and feeling it recover then supercompensate (get stronger by laying down new lean muscle mass). I love that part of it! Reason why the approach resonated with me and hence the last piece of the RunHolistic puzzle. With this understanding of muscular development, a true measure of health, I am able to provide an ailing population an opportunity to precise, concise and affordable fitness training with health in mind. And now this is my initial departure point for those interested in learning to optimise and maintain good health throughout their years.

When I can, I’ll come through here from time to time to share deeper musings and observations of life, but most of my present blog work will be inspired by Gymclusive’s blog and tailored around holistic strength training in the ever-busy 21st century.

See you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

With love and light,

Alexander

 



Pizza Man

 

A knock! “Yo, can you get that for me” said a smoking man. Up goes Michael to answer the call and collect the goods [bass heard in the distance]. “Hey! What’s going on over there?!” “that’s some high school game or somethin?” said the delivery man.

Word!

“Hey, by the way, you got a spider web in your yard”

Did you run through it?

“Nah…where I parked the light shined on it……alright, you be careful”

Have a good evening!

Weird…..what’s this strange feeling that I have from that interaction. The high school band music remark wasn’t too striking, even though it showed his willingness to connect, it was the need to speak about a web that he successfully avoided to ensure that I don’t get tangled within its threads. And his, ‘be careful’ was genuine with undertones of real concern.

hahahahahahahaha raucous laughter from the smoking man.

“What he’d say?”

That there is a spider web and we should avoid it.

hahahahahahahahaha smoking man rolling around the couch enthralled by the experience.

That feeling was real. I need to pay attention to something. What web is trying to ensnare me? A web of my own making? I don’t know! (meaning isn’t important here, flow with the feeling and see what it uncovers) If I’m careful, I will let the light shine on it and see it from where I am standing and then step along side of it. Being wide awake will be the only way for me to be alert enough to catch its gleams of light.

 



Moving Forward

Greetings my people! I’m here with you, learning, living and experiencing life on this planet along side some of the most heartfelt individuals alive. I see now more than ever many are searching for freedom and desire this above any other object. Don’t fret, your uncovering of Self is there for the taking. Believe in your self, never stop fighting for truth, and remember that as the universe takes part in you, you also take part in it! ๐Ÿ™‚

 



Racing for the win

 

Raced my second 800m this past Friday. Decided upon racing for the win of my heat rather than an all out for time. With this in mind, made the event much more enjoyable and allowed me to relax into the process. Didn’t win, such is the way at times, but fought an impeccable battle coming in second place of my heat.

I’m looking at a string of races to compete in around Florida and maybe a little farther. I want to get race sharp by working on my placement in the pack and my timing for driving home.

I’m going to say this right here, my focus is to go sub 1:55 and I feel this season it can be done. But I also recognise the outcome isn’t in my hands, all I can do is fight an impeccable battle, enjoy the process and follow my heart. If the time is within my grasp I’ll run it one way or another. ๐Ÿ™‚

Time to make haste slowly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 



Ryan Mccall Invite University of Tampa 800m

Yesterday I opened up my season running the 800m at the Ryan Mccall invite which was hosted at the University of Tampa. It was a fun race!

I decided to temper myself off the gun as I usually go out hard and hold on for dear life. LOL But the 800m is a new beast for me at the level I am searching, so a prudent approach is warranted to gather what will work best for me in respects to race strategy. As you can see from the video I sat in the back cruising until about 500m where I had to run around two stragglers and then make a move inside as a hole opened up. From there my pace quickened and figured might as well start my kick with 250 to go. Ran out of real estate in the end running a personal record of 1:59.98. About time I got under 2 minutes!

Lots to improve upon. Time to get back to business, attain more fitness and prepare for the next race on the schedule. Faster times on the way!!

 



Armory 800m 2017

 

This is a very late post. Life has a way of moving very fast leaving things undone if not done early enough. This is especially the case if you’re a entrepreneur working on many different tasks on the edge pioneering ways without any guidelines to assist the process. Oh well! This is what makes life fun if you’re following your passion. Anyways, my first ever indoor race was at the Armory taking part with Team Arete. I competed in the 800m off of very little training – with a road mile race on Turkey dayย a few weeks prior.ย  I posted the race video on my youtube channel:

I came in second in the heat and ninth over all with a time of 2:03.10. I have built much since then and now looking forward to my next race. Many adventures and experiences in the city of NY.ย  Like running to Rockefeller center at 2am in the morning the night after the race to see the Christmas tree lights only to find out they have hours of operation. LOL Fun times indeed!

I’ll let some pictures I took during this trip do the rest of the talking:

 

 

Until next time….



Savannah the Holistic Pup

 

We have a new addition to the Run Holistic Family. Her name is Savannah. She is the pup of a rescued dog that was happened upon while the family was fleeing Hurricane Irma, finding her pregnant, sick and malnourished on the streets of Georgia. The mom was subsequently fed a diet of raw foods, which brought her health back in good order. Being the holistic family that we are, we decided to do the same as good nutrition is really the first pillar of good health.

Here is a little bit about Savannah:

I can eat!!

And sleep!!!

My curiosity is keen….

Until it’s time to take a nap…LOL

Playgrounds are now my second home….

I also love a good walk with my big brothers Kanoa and Kaden….

Or one with mom where I can stop and smell the flowers….

I love to hug…..

People love to meet and pet me….and I don’t mind being the center of attention. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am just a fun loving pup with a fun loving family ready to explore and experience life as only a dog could!!! ๐Ÿ™‚