I met Rodie at the gym during my training session with one of his students. That day, Rodie introduced me to the chicken wings and invisible shoulder press workout. Funny names rights?… trust me: they were killer exercises; I was not able to lift my arms within less than 5min. I didn’t know what happened, but I knew right away that I want more from this guy.
Today, I have been training with Rodie for one year now. My first session was at 6 AM, on January 2nd, 2020. That day, we made few vows:
– Warm up before my session, the warmup is not part of the workout
– If I commit and show up every week, I will be pleased by an amazing progress (physically and mentally)
– I will find myself thirsty for more and more progress, and my goals will get bigger and bigger every time
– I should not be discouraged by failure: failures and mistakes are the fuel of success
– The workout will never get easy, Rodie’s motto is “workout like your life depends on it” – you will learn to enjoy the push, and more importantly, you will be always more than ready when needed.
– A clear mind and a resilient heart make a sturdy honorable person
Now after a year, I can reliably confirm that I exceeded by far my wildest expectations. I never been stronger physically and mentally. Most importantly, I am more confident in my abilities and ready to go out of my comfort zone whenever I decide to – something that I couldn’t dream of before. I have had coaches in the past, but what made the difference with Rodie is the personal relationship that he developed with me. We become brothers from another mother (like he describes it). Rodie took the time and the energy to listen to me and understand my goals, my struggles, my weakness, and my strengths. It didn’t take long for him to gain my full trust (something that I struggle with a lot), and he didn’t disappoint. Not only, he was the wise and comforting person that I looked up to, but he almost always finds the solution to any problems I have “It is not for nothing that Rodie is known as the witch doctor”. Weather you have new fitness goal, a back pain, sore muscles, dislocated shoulder, emotional scares, communication problem, or literally almost anything, Rodie always has the remedy for you.
I am not alone in admiring Rodie and testifying to his incredible work. I had the pleasure to meet many of his clients, and I can fairly say that Rodie is like a magnet of wonderful people. Either, he shapes all his clients to wonderful, successful, full of potential and humility kind of people, or he simply appeals to only excellent decent people. You will be lucky to have him as your coach. He is the center of a large San Diego community that is positively affected by him in one way or another. When you meet one of his clients, you fast detect the exceptional amount of love, strength, and good vibes. For example, I had the chance to participate in his yearly care packages for san Diego homeless Christmas give away (one of the many good deeds that Rodie runs). I have witnessed many highly successful people waking up early morning on Christmas day and competing to help and assist Rodie in bringing some joy to the homeless during Christmas day. At the end of the day, Rodie showed me the real meaning of “it’s better to give than to receive”.
Beside his outstanding and unique personality, Rodie is a coach like no other coach. His fitness knowledge is unlimited, I have witnessed every single coach and professional athlete at my gym consulting and requesting advise from him. My workouts with him were and are always challenging, new, fun, and personalized. Rodie has unlimited energy, don’t think you are young and fit, Rodie will beat your regular push-ups with one hand push-ups anytime anywhere. He will also assist you in your workout to deliver the 110%. Going to muscles failure is almost a routine when you work out with Rodie. He has his way to make you not stop and achieve what you thought you couldn’t do (see note below). Every workout session with Rodie is a unique session by itself. Being able to survive and finish his workouts made other workouts look like a piece of cake.
In one sentence, I am so thankful, lucky, and happy that I met Rodie, and that I had the wonderful opportunity to be one of his students. For you reader: if you ever have the lucky chance to workout with Rodie, you will witness first hand and you will be amazingly surprised how he will succeed to lift you up and improve your life whether you think you need it or not.
For you Rodie, I trust you, I love you, and I thank you from the deepest side of my heart.
Your brother from another mother
PS: beware, never say I can’t do it to Rodie, otherwise it is a leg kick, and trust me, you don’t want a leg kick.