Trainer X: Finding what we're made of

Darin St. George

We live in a country that is fascinated by ingredients.

"How much of this product is ‘healthy fat’?" "Is there enough protein in this? Because I'm trying to get huge."

Whatever your call to arms may be, you're more than ready to turn that box, package or can around and see if what's inside belongs inside you, right? Excellent, because knowing is half the battle.

I have a friend named Jervin Erasquin, and I really wanted to turn him over the other day and see what were his ingredients. Erasquin is a certified beast in the gym, a real "fire breather" as they say in the industry.

So, the other day I got the idea to ask Erasquin what "ingredients" have helped him lose more than 40 pounds and literally become fitter than he was in high school.

“I am always focused on my fitness,” said Erasquin.

Erasquin came to this country from the Philippines many years ago with barely anything to hang his hat on. Now the owner of a successful sandwich shop in Quincy, Mass., he finds himself working long hours to carve out his niche in the restaurant business. Even though he puts in the long hours, he still finds time to grab sets of 50 or so pushups between customers and squats whenever the boss isn't looking. Wait, he is the boss -- great way to lead by example. Keep your eyes on the prize like Erasquin and stay focused.

"I don't want to turn back into the old me," he said. "For the first time ever, I feel fit."

Everyone that has lost an appreciable amount of weight has that little fear inside that they will revert back to their old ways and start cramming Twinkies down the hatch. Well, by acknowledging that there even is an "old version" of himself, Erasquin is refraining from burying his head in fear and can take on any former bad habits with his head high and chest square, rather than hoping the boogeyman doesn't get him.

This guy is humble pie –– trust me. So to give himself a pat on the back, you know he must be exploding with pride inside. Whenever you feel fit or accomplished in your health and wellness program, take a moment to pat yourself on the back, because you deserve it.

Check out your ingredients and see if you need to borrow a cup of focus from my buddy Erasquin.

Have a great week, gang!

Darin St. George is a personal fitness coach at Gold's Gym in Natick, Mass. Visit his website at