I Used to Be the Chubby Kid who got Laughed at in Gym Class Because I Couldn't Do "Boy Pushups."
Now, I'm a certified personal trainer with the ISSA. I'm a gym rat. I have calloused hands from lifting, and I have unironic conversations with friends about protein, posture, and calisthenics. Most importantly, I'm confident about my body and my ability to perform physical activities.
My name is Blake, and I created Self-Himprovement because I know how hard it is to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
I'm not going to post shirtless pictures of me flexing and glistening with baby oil. (A) Eww, that'd be weird. (B) I don't have a six-pack, and I may never have one.
But what I do have is a healthier relationship with my body. I know how to fuel it, train it, style it, and respect it.
It has made me a better person. I'm happier and less insecure, and I'm able to show up more fully for the people who matter to me. My fitness and wellness journey has had rocky points, but it has reached a point where it's a central part of my life.
I'm not going to teach you how to be a bodybuilder or physique competitor. I'm going to teach you how to feel more confident and at home in your skin.
Here's what you can expect on the new and improved Self-Himprovement:
Thoughtful, honest looks at the products that have worked for me, whether it's a nutritional supplement, exercise equipment, or grooming gadget.
My favorite part of going to the gym is training up to reach new accomplishments, such as going from a 1 pull-up max to 10 or learning to do pistol squats. As I experiment, try new things, and come across new techniques in my research, I'll share them with you here.
Style and Grooming Recommendations
Unless you live in a nudist colony, you probably wear clothes on a regular basis. And if you do live in a nudist colony, I'm guessing there is still a bit of grooming. We'll chat through trends, advice, and insights to help you enjoy what you put on.