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I am now Dr. Dick Talens. (Doctor Dick has a really nice ring to it.)
You heard that right. Thanks to an honorary doctorate in "Drug and Alcohol Counseling" (See the irony here?) from my friends at the LADC, I can legitimately, legally, and officially, be called Dr. Dick Talens.
You might think I'm being silly. You might think that I'm trolling. (Hint: I'm always trolling.) But I'm going to make an argument for why, for the purposes of marketing, calling myself Dr. Dick Talens is no worse – and arguably better – than what occurs every single day both in the fitness industry and at most family practitioners' offices.
The "Dr." title is placed in front of someone's name in order to signal legitimacy as a highly-educated professional. There's nothing wrong with this; while the specifics depend on the field, you can generally assume that there was a decade of studying, research, and hands-on experience that was spent accomplishing this degree.
That being said, there are three observable phenomena that you should know about. While these don't apply to everyone, I believe that they apply to a majority of the population.
Friends, romans, countrymen, lend me your ears Ok but serious hashtag notroll.
I wasn't going to do online training group for a bit, but given the success of the last and the fact that not everyone could sign up, I've decided to do another.
The client results have been nothing short of amazing with people losing upwards of 50 lbs while working with me.
Sign up soon if you want a spot because they go quickly. Btw, the latest group has retained almost all clients, which tells you how much benefit they've seen.
Conspiracy theorists, take note. There is something very eerie going on between CrossFit and Fight Club…
Ignoring the obvious fact that their initials are backwards (CF vs. FC), there are some very compelling reasons that Fight Club is the exact opposite of CrossFit. Could this be mere coincidence?
With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, you're probably worried about gaining weight.
What if you could actually LOSE weight during the holidays? Well you can.
With a few tips, tricks, and instructions you'll be able to eat all of the food you love during the holiday season WHILE still losing weight.
On January 2nd, everyone will be starting the New Years resolutions, you'll already have a notch down on your belt.
2014 was a bit of a strange transition year for Dick Talens.
In March, I left the company that I spent almost every waking hour of the day working on since starting it in 2011. Part of the reason that I left is realizing that I've spent my mid-to-late 20's glued to a chair and monitor. After that, I spent the year traveling, drinking, chasing tail, and building up my coaching business to the point where I could earn a six-figure living if I just did that fulltime on my own.
As you can see above, I chased way too much tail this year.
With that being said, I will no longer be part of the fitness industry on a fulltime basis. While I do love coaching, writing, and devoting a chunk of my time to helping people with fitness, it's going to be more of a hobby/pet passion of mine for the time being.
Last week, I added a VIP section to dicktalens.com as a thank you to everyone who's supported me and read my stuff over the years. that will be updated with exclusive content and tools. I just added a weight tracker with nifty graphs and am currently building a Reverse Pyramid Training calculator.
Registering is – and always will be – free. Check out some nifty interactive graphs that you'll get below.
I'm also saving my best articles for the VIP section, such as "The Persona-based Guide to Hitting Your Macros" and "The Ultimate Chest Workout."
Hope to see you inside. :)
For the most part, what I write about my personal life online is from my digital troll persona. Ninety-nine percent of my social media posts can be summed up as a string of incoherent Facebook babbling and Tinder screenshots that leave many wondering "trolling or unhinged?" It's tongue-in-cheek entertainment, not to be taken literally. (Which might make more sense if you've met me in person.)
But this post is very different. There is no trolling. I want you to know that I am 100% serious with everything that I'm about to say.
I'm writing this post for two reasons. First, I suspect that many entrepreneurs and fitness professionals quietly deal with issues around alcohol. But more importantly, this is the first time I'm actually admitting these issues to myself.
For the last two years, I've battled an an ongoing struggle with alcoholism. Of course, to those who know me well in person, "coming out" about being an alcoholic may seem like hearing that Lance Bass just came out of the closet. Except that even my closest friends probably don't know the extent to which I drink.
Since 2014, I've drank to the tune of 15-20 drinks per day. Unfortunately, that's not a typo. I remember (or don't remember) all too many consecutive nights in which I easily polished off a fifth of vodka and some additional beers on top. Or three bottles of wine. Pick your poison.
An initially frustrating trip to the hair salon yesterday (Yes, a salon and not a barber. Asian hair is fickle ok?) was a good reminder about the three types of people in life.
I came in for an appointment to cut my hair (more like hobo rag at that point) at 7:50pm. When I came in, I was told by one of the two women frantically working that they were running 15 minutes behind.
15 minutes turned into 30 minutes...which soon turned into 45 minutes. I started to become irritated, and it wasn't helped by the fact that some college-aged looking douchebag kept demanding extra attention to perfect his buzzcut. I mean it's a fucking buzzcut. Do it yourself.
Now, there are three types of people in this situation.