Hello Titans and welcome to October! I never know how to approach this month as 7 years ago on October 1st, I wintessed the most amazing thing in my life with the birth of my children. As many of you are aware, the greatest miracle in life is
watching your children be born, yet I got three miracles in one with TTV. I can not beleive they are SEVEN now, in a mere blink of an eye. However, October also carries alot of sorrow in my life as 16 years
ago my mother passed away from Breast Cancer, just four short days after her 52nd birthday. I often wonder what she would say to me now. Would she be proud of where I am? Proud of her grand children? To this day I do most things with her pride in mind, well, minus the occasional swear word that comes out of my mouth... She would not like that! However, I often use the phrase "F%*! Cancer", I do not think she would mind that. Too many people in my life have been touched by the big C as I know many of you all have had love torn from you from the disease. Several years ago I got a tattered pink ribbon tattooed on my left lower tricep, just below my sleeve, so where ever I go, I can be reminded to make my mom proud and work in honor of her. Recently my family found out my father's younger brother was diagnosed with a rare form of Merkal Cell Skin Cancer that only affects 1600
people nationwide annually, which with my bad math skills and complete lack of knowledge of how many people live in the United States, I would venture to guess is 1 person in 2 million. Chances are, unlike Breast Cancer, you've never known someone with Merkal Cell, and until recently, I never heard of it. There are very few positive reviews for this aggresive form of skin cancer, meaning there are few known ways to fight it. Thoughts and prayers are appreciated!
As I try to do every October, thoughts, prayers, props, hugs/kisses, love goes out to all personal and Titans Gym family that have been touched:Marth DelGrosso, Aunt Gerry LeJoy, Leanna DelGrosso, Janice DelGrosso, Malissa's Canadian Nona, Dana Tussel, Randy Carver, John Norwood, Ken Kozinski, Bill Hall, Adam "Spidey" Long, Erin Painter, and many more. Feel free to shout your names off to on your own Facebook page to let them know they are being extra loved this month.
Onto gym news! As I posted last month, things are changing... Some of the changes have already begun as we replaced 14 treadmills in the Mentor club these past couple weeks. We are also shopping both lines of Magnum equipment in Mentor and Cleveland as we look to upgrade these in the coming weeks. Cleveland and Twinsburg should be receiving some backup for the lines at your respective stepmill lines. I am also looking to swap out some pesky things such as the Lazy-boy, errrrr, recumbant bikes. So hopefully some positive flow will be added for the end of 2015! The better the end of 2015, the better the start of 2016 will be and I plan on that being a MONSTER YEAR!
See you all in November!
Until next time Titans!
Geoff DelGrosso, CSCS
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
President, Titans Gym, Inc.
I love quotes. I use them all the time, I try to come up with my own, I read them on t-shirts and bumper stickers. If I'm somewhere and someone says something awesome that can be used, I try to write it down so I can remember it and pass it along. I was attending a clinic at Penn State probably 10 years ago, and I was sitting in on Larry Johnson, Sr.'s portion of the event. Coach Johnson is now in Columbus with the Buckeyes. (If you're a football coach and you're looking for a clinic to attend, go to see Coach Johnson. Trust me. Larry Johnson is worth the drive and is the main reason I go. Every year, he saves the last 10 minutes or so to share some stories and add something inspirational and motivational to the day. The first time I was there, I was "wow'd" by everything and he was the absolute highlight.) Anyway, he's going through his defensive line drills and coaching points and he's starting to wrap up so he turns off his overhead projector and begins walking back and forth across the stage, sharing a story about a conversation he had with some other high school coaches and a couple of their players. He repeated how the coaches missed their high school days so much and how it was the best time in their life and the "good ole days," and how they try to teach their kids to cherish the moments because they'll never return and it'll never get better.
Coach Johnson just stood there staring at the crowd and I immediately had that crazy, old feeling running through me because I knew what was coming and it actually reminded me of the way my old coach used to talk to me.
He said "NEVER GET BETTER THAN THIS??? THEY TEACH THEIR KIDS THAT THEY HIGHLIGHT IN HIGH SCHOOL?!?!?" From here on out, he went on a 10 minute verbal rampage, like a preacher, lecturing the rights and wrongs of never looking back and highlighting every single day and being opportunistic and I remember having goose bumps and literally fighting back some tears (and even right now, thinking about it, takes me right back there.) That day, that man and that speech changed me forever. Without a doubt in my mind.
Highlight every single day.
I love that word. I have nights where I can't sleep because there is something I didn't get a chance to finish. I used to play video games and now I think about it and think "there has to be something better I could be doing." I had a season where I coached defensive backs and I used to preach "be opportunistic," daily. "When that ball goes up, IT'S YOURS! Go get it!" How every single play is an opportunity to make something positive happen... think that translates into real life?
Every single day, every single work day, training day, days with friends and family, or just moments. It could be just the final seconds of your day, you could change someone elses. It doesn't have to be a full day at all. A moment at the grocery store where you see someone who may need a hand or to just be friendly to someone you don't even know.
Our days aren't about everything we can get and what someone will do for us. They're about the finger prints and footsteps you leave. And it's not about being noticed or recognized either. Its about making a positive impact to IMPROVE. Improve lives, improve your life, improve your surroundings, improve the workplace, improve your home, improve your relationship, and improve the lives of the people you care about most. If you work to improve and progress and love every single day, you will change. You will change your life and you will change your friends and co-workers. You will change your entire world. Your own mindset will be so blinded by your visions, nothing else will matter. Be mindful and engaged in every moment. I dont care what anyone says, if you work to improve this world and love, anything you ever do will be special. I promise you. And all that love will return back to you 10x over and you will be the luckiest, happiest person and you will then be.
Titans Gym - Twinsburg General Manager
Certified Personal Trainer
Fall brings us beautiful color change while at the same time it takes the warm sun. Since the first tanning session is on us why not try warming up for a bit in one of our tanning beds. TG Tanning has a 1 year EFT contract that is discounted for Titans Gym members that allows members to tan for a great monthly price worry free. A tanning rate sheet is available at the front desk with all our prices and beds listed.
TG Tanning Special for October:
Sign up for a 1 year EFT contract and receive a coupon for 25% OFF your next bottle of Tanning Lotion!
TITAN FALL CONTEST:
GOOD LUCK TO "TEAM TITAN'S" members as they compete SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10th in the NPC NATURAL NORTHERN USA CHAMPIONSHIPS & EXPO at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium, 14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood, Ohio 44107:
1) Dominic Marotta - Open Bodybuilding & Open Men's Physique
2) Jeff Jevnikar - Jr Men's & Open Bodybuilding
3) Joey Calanni - Men's Physique
4) Kayla Mehalic - Open Bikini
5) Kasey Eichele - Open Bikini
6) Nicole Kussman - Master's & Open Bikini
7) Kelsey McKeon - Open Women's Physique
8) Deborah Robertson - Open Figure
9) Ashley Williams - Open Figure
10) Greg Ford - Master's & Open Men's Physique
11) Paige Bott - Open Bikini
Titan Gym, Mentor's Pre-Contest Pre Coach and Personal Trainer, NPC contest co-promoter, Dave Liberman along with co-promoter, Todd Pember are already aggressively promoting their next BIG event this Fall, the OCTOBER 10th, 2015 NPC NATURAL NORTHERN USA CHAMPIONSHIPS & EXPO! Very Special Guest Posers will be 4 X MR. OLYMPIA, PHIL HEATH & CELEBRITY BODYBUILDER, MIKE O'HEARN! BOTH HEATH & O'HEARN will also be hosting a SEMINAR following Prejudging!
For a small sample of what you'll be witnessing this upcoming October 10th, click onto this!!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y3sQLOlPZo
TICKETS & ENTRY AVAILABLE NOW AT: www.daveliberman.com by purchasing advanced Tickets through credit card on "PayPal." though Saturday, October 3rd! AFTER October 3rd, tickets can be purchased in cash by contacting Titans Gym member & Personal Trainer, Dave Liberman at: 440-942-5634 or see him at the Mentor, Titans Gym location. Tickets can be purchased the day of the contest (October 10th) at the Box Office, CA$H ONLY.
9:00 AM (doors open to the public at 8:00 AM) PREJUDGING (ALL Prejudging seating is assigned!)
VIP PREJUDGING (first 10 rows center of auditorium = $25.00
RESERVED PREJUDGING = $20.00
SEMINAR WITH GUEST POSERS PHIL HEATH & MIKE O'HEARN (following Prejudging) = $15.00
5:30 PM (doors open to the public at 4:45 PM) FINALS - VIP SECTION (first ten rows in the center of auditorium) = $35.00, All other seats RESERVED (assigned seating) = $30.00.
**A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the "American Cancer Society"**
Anyone interested in adding the donation as a sponsor, contact Dave Liberman ASAP. BEST OF LUCK TO "Team Titans" and ALL the hard the working competitors this Fall!
TITAN POSING CLINIC 2016:
The GREAT NEWS is EVERYONE will get another opportunity follow in IFBB Pro, Harry Cooke's professional footprints and learn & practice with the BEST as the return of the PROFESSIONAL POSING & PRESENTATION CLINIC at TITANS GYM in MENTOR, OHIO hosted by the "DREAM TEAM" of Gary Udit, Ashley Kaltwasser and Summer Montabone on SATURDAY, FEB 27th, 2016! Mark your calendars NOW as this is another golden opportunity NOT to be missed!! Posing Clinic Registration and info at: www.daveliberman.com!
TITANS GUEST POSER THIS SPRING 2016!:
After numerous requests to bring someone who has not previously guest posed at my Lakewood, Ohio events, my co-promoter, Todd Pember and Titans Gym, Mentor personal trainer & contest prep coach, Dave Liberman feel bringing in IFBB BODYBUILDING SUPER-FREAK, ROELLY WINKLAAR, which will certainly satisfy quite a few fans who want to see someone who is popular, freaky and otherwise, wouldn't have a chance to see in person!
TICKETS & ENTRY for this Spring's APRIL 2nd, 2015 "Nutrition Pit" NPC NATURAL OHIO (open) CHAMPIONSHIPS & EXPO in Cleveland, Ohio will be available on NOVEMBER 1st, 2015 at: www.daveliberman.com!
While you're all waiting for Spring, DON'T MISS our UPCOMING FALL event:
OCTOBER 10th, 2015 "Nutrition Pit" NPC NATURAL NORTHERN USA CHAMPIONSHIPS & EXPO featuring: 80+ BOOTHS featuring the very BEST supplements, fitness apparel and industry related products & services in the industry!
INCREDIBLE GUEST POSERS & SEMINAR!!
2015 & 5 X MR. OLYMPIA, PHIL HEATH - appearing in AWESOME SHAPE 3 weeks after defending his title in Las Vegas at the 2015 MR. OLYMPIA! This will be a Phil Heath like you've never seen before!!
CELEBRITY TOP BODYBUILDER, FITNESS MODEL & ACTOR, MIKE O'HEARN who is ALWAYS in tremendous shape and will be appearing with his beloved dog, "STRYKER!"
SEMINAR WITH BOTH PHIL HEATH & MIKE O'HEARN FOLLOWING PREJUDGING!!
TICKETS, ENTRY & INFO for our upcoming Fall event is available NOW at: www.daveliberman.com!