One-on-One Online Coaching and
Health & Fitness Products...the Abel Way
I was born Aug 13th 1961 in Canada and raised in the province of Ontario. Like most young kids I was encouraged to play hockey, but I seemed to take a liking to almost any and all sports activities. Over time I developed quite an athletic roundedness. I also had a penchant for academic performance and this became very obvious from a very young age. As a bit of a trouble-maker as a young lad, as far back as grade school, teachers would keep me after class and try to talk some sense into me. More than a few of them, would tell me I had the "smarts" to become anything I wanted, but they worried about me and my proclivity for trouble. It took several years before I could understand what they meant, and I now value the sentiment that so many of them took the time to try to talk sense to me. I am grateful for this.
In high school I continued my involvement in all kinds of sport and I also continued to show a relative ease and great talent for academia. Unfortunately, my attraction to trouble was also still part of that mix.
Attending University at prestigious Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, helped knock from my shoulder, whatever immature chip I had been carrying
around. I was already involved in working out and I took that interest to the next level during those years. My talents for academia flourished as well
and I ended up with several unique academic scholarships and merits of distinction. I won scholarships for both academic performance and intellectual
proficiency. I continued on in graduate school and continued on
in the Fitness Industry as well. Beneath it all
was the classic mindset of an over-achiever.
And it served me well. My name in the
bodybuilding / fitness and diet industries
caught on like a wildfire and I was soon in
demand for lectures and appearances
everywhere. My clients were cleaning up
in contests at all levels of competition from
professional to novice. I became a kind of
industry celebrity of sorts. And as a classic
overachiever I wore many hats during those
years. Not only was I a featured guest poser
and lecturer, I was far and away the most
successful competition and weight loss
Coach in Canada. But it didn't end there. I
was a feature writer for various
magazines. ( There was no internet
then, so this was a big deal.) I once
had my own column in one of the most
popular magazines as well. And I
was also a ghost writer for several
magazines and supplement
Because of the development
level of my own physique I was
a paid celebrity athlete endorser of a few top level
supplement lines. And because of my expertise, I was
also paid as a feature writer and "expert" for them as well.
I was named to the executive board to more than a few supplement companies during these years as well. And my coaching dividends continued to gain me a greater and greater reputation for being "the best."
Not only was I a featured guest poser and lecturer, I was far and away the most successful competition and weight loss Coach in Canada. But it didn't end there. I was a feature writer for various magazines. (There was no internet then, so this was a big deal.) I once had my own column in one of the most popular magazines as well. And I was also a ghost writer for several magazines and supplement companies.
But after a couple of decades of this, something just felt missing inside of me. I didn't like the whole drug subculture of the competitive side of bodybuilding. I didn't like the kind of people it brought into my life either. I didn't like that I was becoming like many of them as well. I really wanted to change my environment. And so I did. I really didn't like the hollowness of celebrity stature. I didn't like the rampant narcissism of competitive bodybuilding either. But I did enjoy fitness as a healthy pursuit. I just didn't see a lot of this "healthy pursuit of fitness" around me. And I still enjoyed research and learning. It finally dawned on me what I was missing. I was just tired of being so "achievement-driven.' I chose instead to reorient my life to being, as I was back in my social work days, more "service-focused." My emphasis became what I could do for people, rather than what they could do for me.
More and more I removed myself from the competitive arena of fitness. I focused myself on creating products that could help everyone. Instead of focusing on myself, my physique, and my reputation, I now focused on the needs and issues of the common consumer, about whom I already knew so much.
But my overachiever mindset remains with me. To this end - I have now written several books, produced numerous video and audio projects and amassed a library's worth of articles, blogs and other written material to help clients and consumers alike. All this helped me develop several unique training, diet, and philosophical methodologies that continue to serve people to this day. I am now far more than fitness a coach. And this seems to have struck a chord out there in the real world. My approach is more of a combination of life-coaching, with fitness and health being a key component of that.
I'm not sure where the path will take me next. But I know it will be one where I can effectively model health, wellness, and real fitness. If this is something that resonates with you - I implore to explore my website further, and you may find a product or service of mine that could serve you in your pursuit of your goals
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