Alanis you would hate this because it is actually ironic. I have just become a partner in Healthy Poker.
Healthy Poker is a one-stop place for poker players looking to accelerate their lives in every way. We offer everything from tax planning, and life coaching to mindset coaching and specialist advice and coaching on fitness & nutrition for optimal performance.
Why is it ironic? Well, I am out of shape (read fat), have been treating my body and brain like an amusement park and have had some well documented battles…read as beatings from the tax office. So in summary I am exactly the kind of person that Healthy Poker would describe as an “ideal customer”. This is not me but it may as well be:
Now that I am at the helm of Healthy Poker I simply cannot present myself as I am today. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the pinaccle of the poker world and by far the greatest concentration of poker players in one place (Vegas) and at one time…It is paramount that Healthy Poker has a prescence during the WSOP and therefore it is paramount that I present myself in a manner that befits and represents our ideals at Healthy Poker. In simple terms I need to live it if I am going to sell it.
And from the perspective of a serious poker player if I am going to do anything except flush my bankroll away when playing at the WSOP then I am going to need to be in shape, physically, mentally, emotially and a whole lot of other areas ending in lly that I can’t think of right now.
I know you have heard this all before (The Hawk Weight Loss Bet etc.) but this time it’s a need not a want that I can rationalise away…
I will be blogging here on Healthy Poker Live and a variety of other poker sites and forums etc…
(to avoid any advertising bans on these sites we will talk exclusively about getting in shape to play)
…with the focus being on my work with a variety of Healthy Poker professionals and specialist advisors to get me in mental and physical shape to make a serious run at this years WSOP…basically I will be trying to practice what we preach at Healthy Poker. Hopefully the content will be of interest and help to not only the many poker players who struggle with fitness, balance, mindset and other impediments to optimal performance, but also to the people who just want to live a happier, healthier life.
We will kick off with physical fitness and and why we need a quest to get back in shape in time for the WSOP.
Thankfully it wasn’t always this way, but I should have seen the warning signs, or did I see them and just subconsciously choose to avoid them? The jeans that didn’t fit anymore, that my sports psychologist gave me a copy of a book he wrote called Scientifically Slim, or that it had become increasingly difficult to reach around and wipe my bum (and I am pretty sure my arms haven’t got any shorter), and you should never be on a first name basis with both the Crust Pizza and the McDonald’s delivery guys…the sad part about this is that I don’t even like McDonalds!
I’m not really sure how it happened, one minute I looked like this…
…and the next minute I look like…
…My vanity prevents me from putting up a fat pic just yet, but let’s just say I don’t look like that guy anymore.
The link between physical fitness and mental performance has never been stronger, so I am getting off my sizable bum and doing something about it. I have engaged Singapore’s leading fitness guru Andrew Jacobs (Jayco)…
…and he is helping me put together a program to get me in shape for June and the WSOP. So in the coming weeks you can join me on my journey which will include:
- Initial Professional Assessment (including the before pics…as much as my ego hates this)
- Initial Training Regime (details posted here for anyone who would like to follow the program)
- Progress Reports (lots of pics and videos)
- Pre Vegas June Review (the after pics)
Then we will conclude by posting a program specially designed by Jayco to keep us sharp during the WSOP (The World Series Workout). Understanding that players will be sedentary for up to 12 hours a day and in some cases sharing hotel rooms, Jayco will show us how to get the most bang for our exercise buck with a short, sharp program that can be done anyware…even inside a hotel room.
The WSOP is 3.5 months away…is there a bracelet with my name on it? Who knows, but I do know there will be a size 34 pair of jeans waiting there with my name on them.
If you are interested in joining the Healthy Poker Challenge please fill in the contact form on the front page of www.healthypoker.com