Sgt. Steve is the owner of Prescott Adventure Boot Camp in Arizona, a fitness and nutrition coach, and also an author. I've read his book Operation Motivation and it is one of the main reasons I wanted to interview him.

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The other reason is that he is very passionate about helping people and his advice is straight forward and effective. Here is his interview:

Q:  What did you do before you were a fitness professional? 

A:  I spent 20 years in the Army.  I did anything from rocket artillery to human resources to marketing.  I had a very diverse career.

Q:  Why did you choose the fitness business?

A:  I wanted a career where I could have fun, make a difference....doing something I am passionate about.

Q:  In your book you talk a lot about the Excuse Monster. Talk a little about the Excuse Monster and how you beat it.

A:  I deal with the Excuse Monster daily.  I struggle the most with doing my workouts.  The Excuse Monster LOVES the phrase:  ‘Just do it.....tomorrow’.   My best way to defeat him is to take away the word ‘tomorrow’ and just do it.  I also remind myself of how good it feels to knock out a tough workout.  A sense of accomplishment defeats the Excuse Monster every time!

Q:  What has been an “A Ha!” moment for you that changed your life?

A:  Realizing that people will like and respect me even if I don’t have a perfect body.  Freedom from the scale and needing to be ultra ripped has been liberating.

Q:  What’s the worst thing you’ve ever smelled?

A:  Goat’s Milk cheese in Zurich, Switzerland.  It smelled worse than ostrich vomit!

Q:  What is your simplest, but most effective nutrition tip?

A:  Quality over quantity.  Put good stuff in and the results will take care of themselves.

Q:  What is your favorite healthy recipe?

A:  My wife makes homemade pasta sauce with grass fed beef meatballs.  It is incredible!!!

Q:  What are your top 3 favorite exercises and why?

Kettlebell Clean and Press - I just feel a strong when I do them.  I love getting my whole upper body involved in a move.

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Pistol Squats - I am FAR from nailing these.  I am doing them with TRX straps.  I love the challenge of them....and the ability to show off a bit once I master them!


Pushups - I am good at them, so I am working on doing ones that really challenge me.  My goal is to do a planche pushup this year (legs in the air while balancing on my hands)


Q:  What are some things you do to make sure your wife and 2 sons stay healthy as well?

A:  My wife buys healthy snacks and prepares nutritious meals.  I also give them frozen and freeze dried fruits for snacks.

Q:  Lover or a fighter?

A:  I fight for love!

Q:  What is something you are working on now that you are the most excited about?

Three things:  A new book, an online fitness program, and workplace wellness in my community.  I have a busy couple of years ahead of me.

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