Hello all, my name’s Conor and personal fitness has been a part of my life since a very young age. I grew up in rural western Massachusetts with the outdoors as my playground and spent most of my time when I was younger hiking, mountain biking and white water rafting with family and friends.
In my twenties I discovered weight lifting, got into trail running, and even dabbled a little in mixed martial arts.
When I finished my four year degree in Philosophy I decided to hit the road and backpack through eastern Asia for awhile. I fell in love with traveling and eventually settled down in Thailand teaching.
Moving to the big city was a major change for me but my wife and I still found plenty of time to get in our workouts at the local gym and go for a swim.
We’d spend our vacations hiking in Nepal and kayaking in southern Thailand.
However, in our thirties life’s responsibilities began to catch up with us as they do with most people.
In the summer of 2014 we were blessed with the birth of our beautiful baby girl. With her came a whole new appreciation for the wonders of life and our place in the world but our lifestyles also had to change to adapt to our new larger goals and responsibilities.
My wife and I want to do what is best for our daughter so we decided under our circumstances that we could handle my wife sacrificing her job for the time being and I could just double down on my own work to make up for it.
I also decided it was high time I began to do some professional development so I began to take an online course in order to finally get my teaching certification from America.
However, because of these new responsibilities I quickly found my free time disappearing. I used to spend 5 to 6 hours a week in the gym. Now I was lucky if I could even grab 30 minutes.
At first I kept trying to use the little time I had for fitness to continue working out in the same old manner I’d learned to over the past few years; lots of individual muscle isolating sets with free weights followed by a long session of grinding cardio.
This, however, did not cut it anymore. Doing this type of routine only once every week, or even less, was basically a waste of time and not very healthy.
My body was too sedentary during the long periods in between workouts for me to grow any stronger from them. In fact, because of the long gaps in between these bursts of athleticism I began to feel that I was just beating myself up instead of staying fit.
I grew dis-heartened as I increasingly had to choose lower and lower weights in order to do the same exercises.
After awhile I realized I had to learn a smarter way to stay fit or it was something that would slowly fade from my life.
I’d been doing some reading over the past few years on time management, such as the 80/20 rule, and began trying to apply these ideas to my exercise routines.
I learned more about both the health and time efficiency of whole-body compound exercises and calisthenics. I also got my first kettlebell.
I was truly blown away by the results! Not only was I having more fun than I’d had in a long time while working out, I was also getting three times as much done in about half the time!
I was now working out only a little over an hour a week total with minimal equipment and I could do it all from home. No more commuting to the gym necessary.
I was quickly back to being able to run 5K in under 30 minutes even though I only went running once or twice a month! These runs were also not done because I felt I needed to do them to stay healthy but simply for the fun of it.
I’ve built this website as a way to reach out and try to help people that are in the same situation as me. People who want to be active and fit but in a smarter and more time efficient way than before.
In this site I’ve done my best to condense down what has worked the best for me and present it in the easiest to understand way possible.
It’s my goal to be able to help as many people as possible live healthy, happy, and strong lives.
If you have any questions about anything you find on my blog don’t hesitate to drop me a line here. I’m always happy to give any advice I can.