I’m back in Hawaii!

March 3, 2009 · Print This Article

First of all, I’d like to welcome my new readers from Hawaii, and elsewhere to my personal training blog and email list.



I’ve had a sort of writer’s block for a little while now and it’s time to end that.

I took a vacation right after I wrote my last blog post titled “230 lbs vs 165 lbs and The Bigger Picture“.

I visited one of my closest friends in Las Vegas and my sister in Denver.

I had planned this vacation months ahead.

Before I tell you about my vacation, I have a bit of sad news to share. I’ll start with the sad news so you’re smiling by the end of this entry.

It was the last full day of my vacation. We had just arrived at the Winter Park Ski Resort for our second day of snowboarding and gotten out of the car.

My Mom called me from Hawaii.

She told me that my Grandma had passed away. I burst into tears and hugged my sister, Kristen. She started to cry too. I don’t know how long it was but we stood there hugging each other for quite a while.

Grandma was an awesome woman. She was always laughing at the family BBQ’s and she had crazy skills at the Video Poker machines in Vegas. She would never admit it to me, but I heard she was quite the wild woman back in the day (I must get that from her).

She loved hanging out with the grand-kids and we loved hanging out with her.

An attitude of allowing life and people to be their unpredictable selves, while maintaining a positive inner attitude that has security either way, can bring every-increasing rates of success, personally and professionally.

Doc Childre and Bruce Cryer, From Chaos to Coherence

I spent a lot of time with Grandma right after my motorcycle accident. It feels like it wasn’t that long ago at all. I was stuck in a wheelchair for 18 weeks and had a special brace from my chin to the bottom of my stomach for even longer. I couldn’t move around very much at all. Grandma helped me around, kept me company, and made sure I was okay.

We eventually decided to hit the slopes despite the tragic news and watery eyes. I know it’s what Grandma would have wanted.

“Don’t cry because its over, smile because it happened.”


Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.

Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

First vacation stop was Las Vegas. I went there to visit one of my closest friends and to watch BJ Penn fight in the main event of the UFC.

BJ and I went to the same high school (Hilo High School in Hilo, Hawaii). We weren’t close friends or anything, but the fact that a kid from our small, sleepy, rainy, old Hilo town was fighting in the main event of the fastest growing sport in the world was pretty freakin’ cool. I was stoked to see a Hilo boy competing on the big stage!


He lost the fight, but that’s not the point of this post. I got to hang out with friends, eat at Chipotle’, and drink lots of beers. I had an awesome time!

That’s all I can share with you about Vegas. You know what they say–What happens in Vegas… 😉

I made it to Denver, Colorado to visit Kristen, my little sister. She’s taller than me but I’m 2 years older. I don’t think I’ll ever stop calling her my little sister.

Denver people are really into their fitness. There are a lot of places and options to work out in Denver. There are numerous gyms, personal training studio’s, and boot-camp’s all over town. I saw running trails and big parks all over the place! Kristen and I walked into a Costco and I witnessed at least 7-10 people doing their grocery shopping in workout clothes. I saw the same thing at a King Sooper’s Grocery store later on. Incredible!

I stopped by lots of different fitness stores in Denver to look for some some fun, new training equipment to use with my Hawaii personal training clients. I stopped by a few personal training studio’s and met a few local personal trainer’s. It was cool to see/hear what other people in my industry are doing in a different part of the country.

Towards the end of my trip, I attended an 8 hour kettlebell seminar with Nico Rithner, President and Head Coach of the Colorado Kettlebell Club. It was an incredible experience to say the least. Two thumbs up for Nico and the Colorado Kettlebell club.

I’ll talk more about kettlebells in future blog posts.

We spent the last two days of my trip up in the mountains doing some snowboarding.


Pictured above: Bauer, Chris Ranes, Kaoru, Steve, and Kristen Ranes

Getting balanced with the dysfunction to the right side of my upper body has been difficult. However, my perseverance and balance training has paid off big time!

I’m very proud to say that I can actually snowboard now and not just tumble down the mountain. I gotta tell you though, it hurts a lot less to wipe out on a snowboard than it does on a skateboard.

We got back to the house and ate dinner.

After that we drank beer and sat in a hot tub while it was snowing. That was a first for me. It was killer!


Jumping into snow in wet board-shorts was also a first for me. Very cool, indeed.

Vacation was great but I’m happy to be back. I’ll be writing in here at least once a week again. Please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email and let me know if there is anything in particular that you would like to read about.

If you didn’t know already, there’s whole bunch of great articles up in the articles section.

I recently added these 2 articles by Tom Venuto:

The Little Thing in Your Head That’s Keeping You Fat

The 2 Pounds Per Week Rule and How to Burn Fat Faster

Thank you so much for reading.

Stay Strong,



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