I Can’t Do what You DO!

Dream Muscle is about inspiring you to discover something NEW about yourself.  I am often told, “I CAN’T DO WHAT YOU DO.” You’re INSANE!

What many don’t know is that just a year and half ago I couldn’t do it either.  I was devastated with an injury that occurred during my playing career that left me without exercise.  At that particular time in my life I realized something NEW about myself.  I realized that I WAS A FIGHTER and I HAD THE STRENGTH to overcome my injury and setback and through it all I became a stronger person and I was not going to let my circumstances stop me from becoming my absolute best in life and continue pursuing something (fitness) I had enjoyed my entire life.

YES, you cannot do what I do and I cannot do what you do.  You will never experience your absolute best in any area of your life if you continue to compare yourself to others.  Just start where you are and get better, if its 5  minutes of working out with light weight, do that.  If its 10 minutes with no weight, then do that.  Start comparing yourself to where you DESIRE to be and I promise you that you will exceed your expectations and someone else will say the same thing you once said, I CAN’T DO WHAT YOU DO…

You were created for a purpose, there’s a dream in your heart that needs to be pursued.

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Strength and conditioning is the most important aspect of revamping the body.  Your body was designed for natural movement.  We live in a world where most people think strength and conditioning is for athletes and those who are obsessed with working out.  That is far from the truth.  Every person on the planet was designed with a body that needs to be strengthened and conditioned.  However, strength and conditioning looks different for each person.

When people arrive at Dream Muscle Gym they typically do not have any idea what to expect.  We treat every one as athletes when they walk in our doors.  From a 20 year-old kid to an 80 year-old lady.  We believe the body was designed to move in natural and athletic ways with short bursts of speed to raise the heart rate and burn fat.

We’ve had many non-athletes come and complete our program and it is interesting to monitor the progressions from when they start to when they finish.  Most of them say, “Its too much,” or I can’t lift that.” By the end of the program they are asking for more workout routines, more sets and more weight.  So we have concluded that is NEVER TOO MUCH.  Whether you want to lose weight or build muscle we can help you at DREAM MUSCLE GYM 

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Your greatest supporter is YOU!  Your greatest enemy is YOU! You have an opportunity to make your life the best.  Many of you have failed yourself over and over again just to settle for what is rather what could be.  Physical exercise is not rocket science.  It is vitally important you find a fitness routine that works for you.  I myself have tried a variety of workout routines, P90X, Insanity, Cross Fit, Bodybuilding and the list goes on.

Find something that works for you, coupled with your health and fitness goals with determination and a vision to create a better life experience for yourself.  Your greatest battle is between YOU and YOU.  You have what it takes to conquer your fears and progress into a greater experience for yourself.  Live your Best Life Now!

Tip: Affirm yourself with positive words about yourself.  Repeat these: I am healthy, I will not lose, I will be my absolute best, I refuse negativity, I refuse to be depressed and I will win.

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Pursue your Greatness

Today is a great day to train your body, so you can exercise your mind.  “To train the body is to train the mind.” Our mission is to inspire you towards your greatness.  Only you can decide what your greatness is.  You will become what you desire to adopt as values, principles and ultimately the habits or lack thereof you develop.  My hope is that you will wake up with an “I CAN” attitude and pursue your greatness by any means necessary.  Many people will come to try and take you down through negative comments, feedback and thoughts.  Wherever you are, go and find a mirror, look into it and let yourself know that you will decide to pursue your greatness and that nothing will stop you.  Work hard and train hard and I promise you, your life will be an amazing gift to those around you.  You will feel good, look good and possess the confidence to achieve your greatest level of success in life.

Tip: When choosing your workout routines, remember to choose according to your fitness goals. If you do not like running, do not start running.   There are a variety of ways to meet your fitness goals within your liking.  No Excuses! Let’s get it done.

Strength and Conditioning Routines

Today was an AWESOME DAY!  I took a client through a strength and conditioning workout with an emphasis on strength.  The myth is that strength and conditioning is for athletes only.  That is not true, strength and conditioning is important to the overall development of the body and mind.  Strength and conditioning routines typically move you out of your comfort zones. It forces the body to stretch beyond its capacity into a variety of movements.  Today our main movement were the squat, so we tried to work in a squat in whatever movement we were doing, such as,

  • DB Squat
  • BB Squat
  • Kettle Bell Squat

We also switched up the reps between low and high.  We then moved to the Deadlift,

  • Straight leg Deadlift
  • Kettle Bell Deadlift

We concluded the workout with 10 minutes on the stationary bike and five minutes on the stair stepper.  The stair stepper really beat the sweat out of my client.  So you can see the variety of exercises we were able to incorporate for the goal of strength and conditioning.  As you can see it is very clear that strength and conditioning were the focus, squats, Deadlifts for strength and the stationary bike and stair stepper for conditioning.

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The Simplicity of Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness in America has become a complex subject.  A majority of people in America are overweight and over-drugged.  We have access to larges amounts of information like never before and yet people are continuing to drift away from the idea of health and fitness.  It is my opinion that we have made health and fitness a complex subject and it is NOT.  In my opinion it is very simple, either you workout and eat healthy or you do not.  Your lifestyle is designed differently depending who you are and where you currently reside.  But the topic “Health and Fitness” speaks for itself.  It is that simple!  

Many of you are stuck trying to figure out the logistics of fitness and dieting.  Many people spend thousands of dollars trying to count points, special programs, plans, magic pills, etc.  The reality is staying active, the habit of staying active alone will better your lifestyle.  You do not need a million recipes, plans, coaches, pills, etc.  You just have to do it.  You have a great opportunity to better your life through health and fitness, life isn’t a race it is a marathon.  So anything worth doing takes time.  Just know that a healthy fitness lifestyle is really simple, Do you workout? Are you eating healthy? 

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Inspiring you to become a person of value


Dream Muscle Athletes: Interview Former Cincinnati Bengals WR Shay Hodge


I had the privilege of interviewing former Cincinnati Bengals Wide receiver Shay Hodges. This was an awesome interview that was conducted on the topics of Faith, Family and Football.

His story is very interesting. Not only did he grow up in a small town of Morton, Mississippi. But he was also blessed with the ability and skill to play high school, college and professional football. I personally honor athletes and commend them for continuing and choosing to get better as athletes and I also give double honor for athletes choosing to become better people as well. Shay Hodge is one of those guys who has chosen to become a better person. He has faced a lot wins and loses in his life and athletic career thus far.

While a standout high school athlete he was able to juggle life and football excelling in academics. Then receiving a football scholarship to the University of Mississippi. Becoming one of NCAA Football top receivers by his senior year in college and rated a NFL Draft prospect as the 8th best wide receiver in the 2010 NFL draft.

Shay has been inspired, determined and challenged all at the same time. Being raised by his mother and step father, while watching one of his favorite athletes and role models Deuce McAllister reach and live out his dreams of playing in the NFL. Shay began to realize that if he continued to work hard and put forth his best effort that he could accomplish his dreams of playing in the NFL as well. The more he looked within himself and at his life, the more he realized how close he was to living out his dream. He feels his life is a testament to others and he never wants to take his life for granted. Some kid is sitting at home dreaming to do what he’s already done and some father is living in regret for not maximizing his opportunities.

Some of Shays challenges came at the end of his college career at the University of Mississippi. He battled an ankle injury that slowed his progress for NFL preparation.

He was able to make his way through the NFL Combine (evaluation workouts held by NFL scouts) and Pro Day (evaluation workouts held by universities for pro scouts). The devastation continued as he was not selected in the 2010 NFL Draft but was immediately picked up by the San Francisco 49ers but was not signed due to inability to pass team physical. Shay expressed to me the frustration that he was feeling at that time. He stated “I was not healthy to play and I didn’t have the time to get healthy because I was standing directly in front of my window of opportunity.”

Some way some how Shay continued to fight through the adversity and ended up signing with the Cincinnati Bengals. He believes that the adversity has strengthened him and allowed him to become a better person. Even during those times of not being healthy battling the ankle and knee injuries. Shay contemplated if football would be an option in his future. Would it be in his best interest to let it go and start a new chapter in his life?

The leadership lessons I learned from Shay:

NEVER GIVE UP! You have to continue to work and prove yourself over and over again.

Shay Hodge has recently signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Canadian Football League) mini camp begins April 2013.

How was your transition from high school into college? I didn’t have to do much, I did not work as hard as I should have in high school, because I was naturally gifted but when I went to college I felt like I wasn’t the man anymore and I had to compete.

How has Shay Hodge played for?
Washington Redskins (2010)
Cincinnati Bengals (2010–2011)
Georgia Force (2012)
Kansas City Command (2012)
New Orleans VooDoo (2013)*
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2013)

How was life in the NFL? It was good. I spent most of my time working to get on the active roster. Which was accomplished the last 2 games of the season.

College career:
Hodge was a 2009 first-team All-SEC selection. He became the all-time leading receiver in Ole Miss history with 2,646 receiving yards. While at Ole Miss, he had 22 receiving touchdowns and 173 career catches, making him second in Ole Miss history. His six 100-yard receiving games tied him for second in Ole Miss history. In his senior season at Ole Miss, he caught 70 passes for 1,135 yards and a team-high eight touchdown grabs.

What did you earn your degree in?
Journalism … Made U.M.A.A. Honor Roll in Spring 2007 and Fall 2008.

Do you have a relationship with God? Yes, I believe God is everything!

If you had one piece of advice to give to kids what would it be? Never Give Up!

For more information on Shay Hodge please visit: Shay Hodge Bio you can also follow Shay on Twitter

What have you learned from Shay? Leave your comments in the comment sections below

If you are interested in sharing your story, please email: dreammuscle at gmail.com

Dream Muscle Athletes: Interview Chris LeFlore of the Arena Football League, Pittsburgh Power


Chris Leflore Interview

College: Northwest Missouri State University
Professional Athlete:
Pittsburgh Power (Arena Football League)

More info: http://pittsburghpowerfootball.com/1995/01/01/terrance-washington-db/
Website: http://www.chrisleflore.com
Twitter: @gingabreadcl

Our goal is to share the athletes story in a way that others may be inspired and motivated to live out their purpose in life. We had the opportunity to interview Chris LeFlore of Arena Football Leagues Pittsburgh Power. It was an awesome interview. Chris has a bright future ahead and I’m excited to see what he accomplishes on and off the field.

1. Chris share a little about what you are doing now? Its off-season, and I’m in Nebraska hanging out with family, working out and getting myself mentally prepared to have a great season. I’m preparing for my fourth season in the Arena Football League and I’m very excited to lead my team.

2. How did you get there? What was the process like? I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where I played all sports. In high school I played wide receiver and defensive back at Omaha Central High School for Coach Joe McMenamin. I helped my team to the Class A state playoffs each of my three seasons. I also earned one letter in basketball and two in track, where I was part of one of the state’s top 4×100-meter relay teams. My dream was to play at the University of Nebraska with my older brother Mark. Through determination and persistence I set goals to get there and was able to walk-on. I sat out as a redshirt in my first year at Nebraska. But going into 2005 fall camp I was hoping to provide valuable depth at cornerback in a re-tooled Nebraska secondary. That year the Huskers lost both 2004 starting corners, including senior Lornell McPherson and junior Fabian Washington departed early for the NFL Draft. But eventually ended up transferring to Northwest Missouri State University. I had a good career at Northwest Missouri State University and graduated in December 2008 with a degree in Communications. I was looking forward to continuing my football career but was not selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. In 2010 I found a agent through a friend who helped me into the Arena Football League. I was also invited to workout with the Cleveland Browns but unfortunately that didn’t work out.

3. Even to this point in your life who has been the most influential to you? The biggest influence in my life has been my family. Both my parents Floretta and Mark LeFlore Sr. and my brothers and sister. We were very close growing up. My siblings have been a great example to me, even learning and growing from their wins and loses in life. Yes, I would have to say that my family has contributed the most to my growth.

4. Do you see yourself as a leader? Yes, but I’m not much of a vocal leader. I lead by example.

5. What leadership quality do you posses that people seem to be attracted to? I Lead by example and I listen to people. I believe listening is a leadership quality that people like about me.

6. What are your plans after football? I don’t really know right now. But I would love to play a few more years then do something with my communications degree. The older I get the more I see life out of a different lens. Life is about adjustments and I plan to make those adjustments when the time comes.

7. If you had some advice to give to kids what would it be? I would tell them to be accountable for their actions. The only way you grow is when you are accountable . If you point the finger you don’t grow. Thats really how I have grown as a person and a player.

8. One thing you will do before you die? I don’t really know. LOL!

9. Chris talk a little about your faith? I grew up in a Christian household. We went to church on Sundays. The only thing that stayed consistent growing up was God. I have a strong faith in God. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Him.

Thank you so much for reading Chris LeFlore’s interview. I hope you learned as much as I did not only about his football career but about him as a leader. Two of the most fascinating things Chris talked about was the way he leads.

1. He believes in leading by example and being a good listener.

2. He attributes his success as a person and athlete to his close relationship with his family and strong faith in God.

What have you learned from Chris?

Contact Chris LeFlore via:
@gingabreadcl on twitter
Chris LeFlore Official Website

You are a WINNER!
You are a person of integrity.
You are a person of great character and have a purpose in life.

Do the right things, to become a better athlete.

Learn and grow, to become a better person.

Be an example, to become a better teammate & friend.

Sports do not define you, they incline you. Sports do not destroy you, they deploy you into your destiny.

You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Phil. 4:13

Dream Muscle Athletes: Interview Tank Calais of the Arena Football League, Pittsburgh Power


I had the honor of interviewing Tank Calais of the Arena Football League, he recently signed with the Pittsburgh Power.

I conducted the interview on the topic of faith, family and football. This interview was so intense that it could have been multiple posts written on it. He has a lot to share and I believe there will definitely be more opportunities where he will be able to share on bigger stages. But for the sake of time we wanted to shoot it to you straight and grab some leadership out of it.

Tank Calais is a very interesting person. His passion and determination was contagious from the start. Either though I conducted the interview via phone. I could feel the rumble in his voice. I quickly discovered three things right away about Tank.

He has strong faith in God. He communicates very well. He loves his family.

What do people discover about you within 2 minutes of conversation?

As we continued the conversation it was very clear that my discovery was dead on.

Tank talked a lot about his childhood and why he has a very strong passion to take care of his immediate family (son and girlfriend). Tanks childhood started in Patterson, Louisiana. He and a few of his siblings were primarily raised by his grandmother due to some parental inconsistencies. Either though that was not ideal for Tank he learned some values and principles that he would take with him on his life’s journey. His grandmother taught them how to depend on God and move ahead in spite of life’s circumstances. Tank and his siblings didn’t live in the best of neighborhoods growing up. He could have easily been influenced by his environment but due to the history of his family he was inspired and motivated to pursue his dreams and earn an athletic scholarship and go to college.

Tank has very rich family history in sports. Tanks father played safety at LSU and His uncle Ike Hilliard played for the Florida Gators and in the NFL for the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His great-uncle Dalton Hilliard played running back for LSU and his uncle Mike Calais played linebacker for LSU as well.

Not only does Tank contribute a lot of his development to his grandmother. But he contributes a lot to his uncle Ike Hillard who was a first round draft pick in 1987 who is now an assistant with the Buffalo Bills.

In high school Tank went to live with his uncle to become a better person, athlete and to gain a new perspective on life. His uncle was very successful and at that time Tank needed a model and a mentor to show him what it would take to provide a better life for him and his family. Tank ended up receiving a football scholarship to play at Louisiana Tech University excelling in football.

He was faced with a dilemma towards the end of his career with an injury that would hinder some of this productivity. He was not selected in the NFL Draft but ended up signing with an Arena Football Team. I asked Tank what he thought about the opportunity to play in the Arena Football league, He stated, “this is my opportunity to show the scouts what I have and prove myself. I have to provide for my family and I am going to work, all I know is work. If God has brought me this far I know He will take me ever further.”

Talk about your faith in God? My faith in God is very strong. He’s the reason I’ve been able to move on and make the best of my life in spite of life’s difficult circumstances.

If you had a chance to give a kid some advice what would it be? WORK, Work hard and good things will happen. All I know is work.

For more information about Tank Calais visit: Follow Tank Calais on Twitter

To all athletes: Sports do not define you, they incline you. Sports do not destroy you, they deploy you into your destiny.

If you would like to share your story please send us an email: dreammuscle at gmail.com

Dream Muscle Athletes: Interview Pro Soccer player Ryan Junge


This was an awesome interview I conducted. My hope is that you will learn and grow through some of Ryan’s life experiences. You can also follow Ryan on Twitter.

1) Dream Muscle Athletes: Tell us a little about yourself. Such as,

Name: Ryan Junge

Age: 27

Home location: Omaha Nebraska

Sport: Professional Soccer in the MISL

Profession and educational background: I graduated from Creighton University in 2007 with a degree in Advertising

Years in sport of any kind: I’ve been active in sports since I was 4!

Sports participated in: I have played football, baseball, track, and soccer

Years in current sport: 22 years What got you started: when I was 5 years old!

2) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports career?

Ryan: I’d have to say my biggest accomplishment in my entire career had to be when I got drafted to play in the MLS and in my second season with the Columbus Crew we won the MLS Championship.

3) Dream Muscle Athletes: What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

Ryan: I approach every practice like I’m new to the game. There is always room to improve in your game and its been said before by many greats in every sport “the day I know it all is the day I retire”

4) Dream Muscle Athletes: What would be your ultimate achievement?

Ryan: I want to become my own business owner but before that I would love to become a devoted husband with a wonderful family

5) Dream Muscle Athletes: How do you set your goals?

Ryan: I don’t really set goals I guess. I just strive to succeed in whatever it is that I have put on my plate

6) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

Ryan: My biggest challenge would have to be myself. I doubt myself sometimes, I don’t like to toot my own horn about my achievements but I also don’t acknowledge them when I probably should.

7) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your diet like?

Ryan: Any and everything haha. I try and stay with healthy eating habits in the season but in the offseason its tough to keep that same diet plan.

8) Dream Muscle Athletes: What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from your contemporaries who have fell off in their athletic participation and abilities?

Ryan: I’ve always wanted to keep going no matter what. I don’t like quitting and don’t like losing.

9) Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you have any recommended resources to share (books, seminars, websites, coaches)? Ryan: I’ve always loved following professional greats like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Jerry Rice, etc.

10) Dream Muscle Athletes: Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it?

Ryan: I experience a breakthrough everyday just by waking up. Each day is never a given, so I am thankful each time I wake up to the annoying alarm on my phone

11) What was the best advice you were ever given?

Ryan: Do what you want but do it well

12) Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

Ryan: my mom always told me growing up to “believe and achieve” so I guess I’ve followed that saying for most of my life.

13) Dream Muscle Athletes: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Ryan: I always draw it from my family and friends. People who know me know how much of a meaning they have in my life. No meaning is to small.

14) Dream Muscle Athletes: How many times in the last year have you been to see a physician, and why (only what you’re comfortable sharing)?

Ryan: I rarely go! i try to maintain good health.

15) Dream Muscle Athletes: Anything else you’d like to share?

Ryan: I’ve enjoyed the questions! Hopefully I get to see some folks out at the Comets games this upcoming season!

Dream Muscle Athletes: Also who was your role model growin up?

Ryan: My parents were and still are my biggest! I really looked up to Jerry Rice and Michael Jordan just because those guys knew exactly how to do the right thing in the right situation.

To all athletes: Sports do not define you, they incline you. Sports do not destroy you, they deploy you into your destiny.

If you are interested in sharing your story, send us an email: dreammuscle at gmail.com