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A workout a day keep the doctor impressed

Forgive the blatant sales pitch but something just happened that I have to brag about.

Have to!

Okay… I am working on this delightful film called “Mr. Fiction” for the Pixel Network through Hallmark all week.

I’m a dad who is trying to protect one of his investments while also trying to spark a little romance into my son’s overworked life.

Fun stuff.

But here’s the deal… When ever you do a movie you have to be given a physical to make sure you are insurable. In the event that you get sick the production company needs to be able to get reimbursed for any money they are out because of your sickness.

Just how it is.

So… today I am getting my physical and the doctor sees that I’m 54… just 54 BTW… and wishes me Happy Birthday.
“Thanks” I say.
Then he takes my blood pressure.
“Wow… that’s really great.” He says.
I forget the number but it was enough to impress this guy so that’s good with me.
He then listens to my heart.
“Um…” says he. “What is it that you do to keep in this kind of shape at your age?”
That’s when I told him about P90X3.
That’s when I gave him the link to my web site.That’s when I thanked him for coming and he said “No… Thank you. I’m going to start doing this right away and get my patients on it. I’ll order P90X3 tonight.”

It feels good to help a doctor get into better shape!

For those of you who know what this means… BRING IT!

For those who don’t… why not give it a shot?


I was a fat kid.

Yup.. I weighed 250 or so when i was 16 and still had it in my head that I was going to be a movie star.

“How many obese movie stars do you know?” asked my brother Bob that summer of 1976 when I had just wolfed down another corn dog at Six Flags.

He was right…

I didn’t know any. John Goodman had yet to do his first ever movie with me (Eddie Macon’s Run).

I decided to lose the weight and get into the best shape of my life. I knew that I was supposed to do something with my life. I knew it. Felt it in my bones… right there under all that fat. So I made a decision…  right then and there.

2 months later I had dropped 50 pounds.

Guess I’m one of those people who, when they put their mind to something they really put their mind to it.

I’m telling you this because I just heard that my fitness group, TEAM RIPPED DUKE has collectively lost over 4,000 pounds in the last 2 years. Continue reading Purpose

i don’t mean to brag…

…but I’m really proud of myself.

For the past 3 years I have worked out every day with anything from P90X to Insanity to Les Mills Combat and now T25.

It’s not easy and I honestly believe I wouldn’t be on the “Haves and the Have Nots” if it weren’t for that discipline. Tyler was looking for someone in his 50’s that was in “great shape for his age.”

I weighed 30 pounds more 3 years ago when I did “Desperate Housewives” and “October Baby” and “Doonby.” It felt great to no longer be the “Middle age guy with the middle age spread!”

Me and two of my cotton mouth friends at Sundance

Tell you why I’m bringing this up… I was walking up a flight of outside stairs at Sundance yesterday and had the pleasure of zipping by several groups of younger (much) on my way up.  They were huffing and puffing and holding on to the rail.

Not me! I used my core… pretended I was doing T25 or a pull-up with Tony Horton and made it to the top of the stairs… then the steep hill… then the really steep hill without having to stop even once!

I couldn’t have done that 5 years ago. Hell… I couldn’t have done that 20 years ago!

If you currently don’t have a daily practice of some kind of physical fitness I urge you to find one. I have many to choose from right here but you can get it anywhere you want as long as you make a commitment to do it.

I can also assure you that I never would have been able to keep up with the schedule of “John Schneider’s Smothered” if I wasn’t in shape. No way. We shat two days every day and it may have killed me three years ago!

I feel better about everything. My head is clear. I write more. I’m more creative…

…and I can jog by people half my age going up the public stairs at Park City!

I’m liking  that.

Do it for you. Do it for your family. Do it! Then you’ll be bragging too!

I am really NOT trying to sell you anything here but if you are interested in any of the programs I have to offer there are three that come with a full email/youtube video support system for free when you purchase  a challenge pack. P90X. T25 and the Ultimate Reset.

If you want to know more about what that involves, click here for Coach John Support.