Double Life: Balancing a Career and a Fitness Passion
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Double Life: Balancing a Career and a Fitness Passion

Introduction: A Lifelong Journey in Fitness Instruction My journey as a group-exercise fitness instructor has spanned my entire adult life, taking me to various cities and leading me to teach over 7,500 classes. This avocation, my passionate side hustle, has been a fulfilling counterbalance to my career in sales. The Flashdance Era of Fitness My…

Family Fitness and Modern Culture: The Insanity Workout Experience

Family Fitness and Modern Culture: The Insanity Workout Experience

Introduction: A Late-Night Infomercial Encounter While on a family trip, an infomercial for Shaun T’s Insanity workout grabs the attention of my young son. His enthusiasm for the workout, promising ripped abs and a transformative fitness experience, piques our interest. The Allure of Physical Perfection The infomercial’s MTV-style edits and the allure of a perfectly…

The Golden Era of Music: A Nostalgic Look at ‘The Baked Potato Super Live
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The Golden Era of Music: A Nostalgic Look at ‘The Baked Potato Super Live

Introduction: The Pinnacle of Music’s Golden Age The late seventies and eighties are often revered as the golden age of music, a time when the industry flourished with the advent of MTV and the financial clout of baby boomers. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” epitomizes this era, merging artistic brilliance with unprecedented commercial success. Los Angeles: The…

Intro to JimStalker.com

Why should you, or anyone for that matter, spend time on this blog? Good question. The simple answer is, I write because I love it, and I think I’ve got something worth sharing. The Essence of Writing For me, writing isn’t just a hobby; it’s a form of communication and connection. It allows me to…

My Side Hustle

My Side Hustle

For my entire adult life, I have been teaching group-exercise fitness classes. I have taught in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Silicon Valley, Aspen, Manhattan Beach, and Granite Bay. I taught at some exciting times for the fitness industry at some fantastic health clubs. I suspect I have taught just north of 7,500 classes. I’ve met…