By Sidney Wilson
I’ve had a passion for exercise my entire life. Ever since I can remember I was doing pushups, playing sports, or doing something active. But it wasn’t until I lost six members of my family to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other medical conditions relating to poor health and eating habits that I became truly motivated to take fitness seriously.
That’s when my desire to improve my overall health, as well as help others achieve their fitness goals, began to flourish. I started training professionally over 10 years ago, at New York Sports Club, as a personal trainer.
While there, I was featured on an NYSC poster advertising fashion shows and was selected as one of three Top Personal Trainers in NYC by Pulse Magazine. I then went on to train a bevy of celebrity clientele including Lisa Lampanelli; Joumana Kidd; Rob Riggle; America’s Next Top Model, April Wilkner; celebrity stylist Sachika Twins; and Alice Braga, co-star of “I Am Legend,” among others.
I soon became an independent contractor, giving me the freedom and time to work with each of my clients on improving their overall health with my “Get Vicious” motto and lifestyle program. The rigorous training program — which can be a remote training online, or in-person in Las Vegas at The Get Vicious Training Facility — is not about going on a diet and working out.
It’s about a lifestyle change. What do I mean by getting vicious? Some people may have a perception that “viciousness” is bad. It is defined in the dictionary as ferocious, aggressive, violent and severe, among other things. With that said, it is not difficult for me to see why so many people view “getting vicious” as intimidating or as having a negative connotation.
However, my perception of “vicious” is intensity. It is the intensity that you have to look for in yourself in order to change your life. Therefore, I’ve taken a vicious approach in all my life endeavors, whether I failed or succeeded in any of them, and can look back and know that I have given each one my all.
The “Get Vicious” training style results in the loss of body fat, increase in muscle tone, improved physique and overall well-being. “Getting Vicious” means hitting exercises hard, keeping rest periods in between sets short, doing high reps (100 per exercise) and keeping the heart rate up throughout the entire workout by moving from set to set and exercise to exercise quickly. “Getting Vicious” involves strength training, isometrics, calisthenics, plyometrics and confusing the muscles. The body never gets used to it and therefore refuses to hit a plateau.
Getting Started The hardest part at the beginning of any new life change or routine for most people is getting started, and the easiest thing to do is to make up excuses! We all have a lot going on during the week and on weekends, but we have no legitimate excuses for not taking care of ourselves. Step #1 is Make a commitment to yourself; get out there and make it happen.
Our own health and activity level will translate into a more fulfilling life, performing better at our job or in our career, having more satisfaction in our relationships, and feeling a higher level of overall happiness and satisfaction with life in general. All of these will soar once people stop making excuses and put some “viciousness” into their routine!
The Las Vegas Tribune is giving me the opportunity to contribute this weekly column to provide you with fitness, nutrition and health tips to achieve your fitness goals. This column is for everyone who wants to know the best way to make a transformation. It doesn’t matter your body type or fitness level; as long as you have the will, I will help you find the way.
So let’s do it: Let’s get committed! More importantly, let’s “Get Vicious” starting now!
Sidney Wilson is a Las Vegas-based celebrity fitness trainer and lifestyle coach dedicated to providing his clients with the tools needed to “Get Vicious.” Through rigorous workouts and extensive nutrition coaching, Sidney trains clients at The Get Vicious Training Center located at 5693 South Jones Blvd. Suite 103, Las Vegas, NV 89118, or remotely around the world through his website www.sidneywilson.com. Sidney can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-226-6359.