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I have been active most of my life. I have fond memories of playing games as a kid and riding my bike. My active life was a major component in my health markers. I had zero issues and was under 15% percent body fat in high school. My metabolism was very high. I did not weigh more than 100lbs until I turned 16! I was most active with wrestling, and track and field throughout high school. I was blessed to earn a college track scholarship (North Carolina State University, then Appalachian State University). I had always wanted to learn kung fu as a kid, but my mother said I was too wild…which was true. It was during college that I took up Shaolin Kung Fu. I later learned Emperor’s Longfist (Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing I Chuan, and Ba Qua Chang) and Hung Gar…both of which I am still learning and practicing today.
The ideas in this manual represent many actions I took to lose 30lbs of fat and keep it off, and improve my health markers (blood pressure, waist size, etc.). My actions were based on my track experience and my educational background, primarily. I ate healthier, exercised regularly, slept well and managed stress by letting much “roll off my back”. I was able to get back to 160lbs, but compared to my 100lb days, I gained about 50lbs of muscle. I was able to achieve results because I used a very simple philosophy from my martial arts training…kung fu is a lifelong process with constant ways to improve.
As you might have guessed, I am educated in the science of exercise (Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science –Appalachian State University, Doctorate in Exercise and Sport Science- The University of North Carolina at Greensboro). I am also an American Council on Exercise Certified Health Coach. I was a personal trainer after earning my Bachelor of Science degree in 1993 (Gold’s Gym) and again in 2002 (Beyond Fitness). I even earned All-American honors at NCSU. Much of my behavior modification experience comes from my Master’s degree in Student Affairs. I earned the Masters degree at The Ohio State University. I have been 180lbs twice in my life and returned to 160lbs twice (I am still 160lbs). This guide is an integration of my education and experience. I hope my approach works for you, as it still works for me.
-Dr. Gerald Martin