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So, Who The Heck Runs This Place?

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Hi, I’m Slyvon. You can call me Sly, or Von, or “the guy who runs”.

I help men & women simplify their fitness and life.

I’m a minimalist and am a big advocate of the concept “less is more”.

Especially when it comes to fitness.

There’s way too much information bombarding us every day, and it’s confusing the crap out of all of us.

I don’t like it. I’m sure you don’t either.

You might have seen some of my work over at, STACK, Yahoo! Sports, The Personal Trainer Development Center, and a couple others I can’t remember. This site right here, though, is where you’ll find most of my writing regarding fitness. I also write on my personal site over at

Outside of fitness, I’m a nomad, foodie, tech wizard, online business consultant, and a self-proclaimed lifehacker (if you ever want to learn how to fly anywhere in the world for $0, shoot me a message ’cause I can show you how).

My Unconventional No-BS Approach to Fitness

I take a different approach to fitness than most people in the #fitfam world (or whatever hashtags they use nowadays).

First, I don’t believe that you should have to give up any of your favorite foods or live in the gym just so you can start feeling better about yourself.

There’s a much better approach to achieving your goals than starving yourself and working out every day of the week.

I also don’t force any training methodologies down anyone’s throats.

I strongly believe that the best training regimen is the one that you actually look forward to doing. You should NEVER have to do anything you don’t like.

Most of my clients, for example, hate running on a treadmill. Cool, no problem. I hate it too. Because here’s a little secret: ALL training programs work, whether it’s bodyweight training, Crossfit, powerlifting, or the common bodybuilding workout split.

Find something that you’ll enjoy doing and can stick to for a very long time.

Lastly, I’m a big advocate of efficiency.

More specifically, the 80/20 Rule:

80% of the results come from 20% of the actions

To put it simply, there are only a small number things you need to focus on in order to get your desired outcomes. This applies to many things in life.

Even though the ratio is 80/20, in many cases the ratio can be a lot higher.

In fitness, for example, 90/10 may be closer to reality. The problem is that most people are focused on doing all the wrong things at the wrong times.

By putting your efforts on the things that actually matter, it gets ridiculously easy to make fitness a part of your life, instead of being consumed by it.

A Heads Up: This Site Isn’t for Everyone.

I’ll tell you straight up that I’m no fitness “guru”.

I won’t pretend that I have all the answers to everything.

That said, what I do have is experience.

I know what works in the real world and what doesn’t. Note the key phrase “in the real world”. That’s because I’ve tried just about everything to get to where I am now. Literally everything. And let me tell you something: 90% of the fitness “advice” out there are full of crap.

Eat every 2 hours to “speed up metabolism”? Put butter in your coffee to burn fat? Don’t eat past 8PM ’cause everything you eat after that time magically turns to fat?

Umm ya, no.

If you’re looking for a way to get in amazing shape while being able to live a life (you know, like juggling a full-time job and spending time with your family) then you’ve come to the right place.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for the technicalities of a high bar squat vs. a low bar squat, or the science of muscle protein synthesis, then this might not be the right place for you.

Until next time, and thank you for reading.

– Sly