Forgive me, as I’m horrible at writing bios, but here’s my best shot.
My name is Rob Arthur and I work full time as an engineer for a construction management company in Raleigh, NC, while also doing a little writing over the interwebz.
While I’ve served as a personal trainer in the past, at the moment my “bread and butter” are nutrition, recovery, stress management, and (perhaps most importantly) behavior change.
Basically, everything OUTSIDE the gym.
Why do I do this?
Because I’ve taken my diet and training to the extreme, completely neglecting those other factors, and wasted years getting nowhere with how I looked, felt, and performed.
Oh, and my obsession with food and exercise was causing me to miss out on everything in life that matters – friends, family, etc.
I eventually learned (the hard way) that doing LESS is often infinitely better than doing more in terms of body composition, performance, and general health.
I also learned that most of the headlines, blogs, videos, and articles about getting lean, strong, and healthy just don’t reflect reality.
Most either make being fit and healthy seem much easier than it is – “Follow this one simple trick!” – while others make it seem much more difficult – “No pain, no gain!”
The truth lies somewhere in between, and will vary in terms of difficulty from one of us to the other. Context matters!
Will improving our health and fitness take a little bit of discomfort? Probably.
Will we need to learn new skills and step out of our comfort zone? Probably.
Will this require eating bland food, living in the gym, and sacrificing our time with the people we love doing the things we love? Not at all!
It doesn’t matter how hard we “diet” or how hard we train – if we don’t prioritize stress management, recovery, sleep, and community, we’ll never be happy with our progress – even if we hit that body fat percentage, race time, deadlift PR, or other objective measure of progress.
Annnnnyhow, I think that should just about do it for now, as I’ll be sharing much more about these points moving forward.
In case you’re curious (some of you may be, some of you may not be) I’ve earned the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach (will complete Level 2 in April ’18), and Certified Primal Health Coach credentials.
That said, I don’t usually place much weight in letters behind my name.
What you need to know is that I’m constantly learning, constantly improving, and constantly working to shore up weak spots in my knowledge and application of the factors that play a role in improving our lives and bodies.
I’m really looking forward to getting to know you all a bit more and sharing whatever I can to help you smash your goals.