For a majority of my adult life I lived a sedentary lifestyle with occasional bouts of exercise activity at my former companyâ€™s gym. The exercise regimen would involve cardio (elliptical and/or treadmill) and weight training on various machines. Iâ€™d go to the gym twice a week for 1 to 2 months and then I would stop never to be seen or heard from until the following year. This sporadic cycle went on for about 7 years and each year I would continue to gain weight. Aside from being a self-proclaimed foodie and lover of tasty beverages (beer, wine, and liquor), I was a half-a-pack-day-and-cigars-on-the-weekend smokerâ€¦.clearly a recipe for all kinds of health disasters. In late 2009 I was at my heaviest weight. At the encouragement of a friend I decided to enroll in a Krav Maga class in late 2009. I chose Krav Maga because I believed the subject matter would hold my interest for a long time (at least beyond 2 months) and the conditioning exercises that my friend described would be more effective than any of my previous activities. In January 2010 I made a pact to get in shape so I committed myself to attend my Krav Maga classes 3 times a week. What made this resolution different from previous years is that I focused on just setting aside 1 hour, getting in my car, showing up to class, and making it out alive. No more, no less. Thatâ€™s when my REAL fitness journey beganâ€¦ My Krav Maga training motivated me to improve my athleticism. During the next 3 years I would do home exercise programs like P90X and Insanity with occasional periods of jogging. However last year I had hit a major plateau in my fitness journey. Most of my workouts were high intensity cardio (anaerobic) activities and I knew I needed to include more variety such as strength training and core development. Last summer I relocated to Orlando, FL and joined the YMCA since I had family who were members. Being a member of an actual gym (most of my exercising was at home or at the Krav Maga training center) gave me the opportunity to try a variety of classes (cycling, pilates, swimming, yoga, TRX suspension training). I finally revamped my fitness roadmap and got into the swing of things this past January. So for 2013 I added two major components to my fitness road map: YOGA and WEIGHTLIFTING (old skool style aka "The Iron Way"). These activities will help me bust my plateau and ensure that I crosstrain properly to avoid injuries. Now itâ€™s time to add the third and most crucial pieceâ€¦DIET. Iâ€™ve been trying to â€œoutrun my forkâ€ the past 3 years and while Iâ€™ve managed to lose weight I still have a high body fat percentage. Iâ€™m a â€œfit fat kidâ€ meaning Iâ€™ve got great endurance but my strength to weight ratio is terrible. I can do 3 hours of Krav Maga training yet still cannot do an unassisted pushup. That has to change! I was researching how to do a pull up and I came across Steveâ€™s article. And that is what brought me to the Rebellion. Iâ€™m looking forward to exchanging ideas with my fellow Rebels as the mysteries of fitness are finally revealed to me.