Built To Last Part III

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Welcome to the third installment of “Built To Last”!!! Now that you have made up your mind to live up to your full human potential, and you know of the necessary “building blocks” that will assist you on the path to longevity, it’s time to dream, to create, to set goals to build a body that is truly built to last!

Goal setting is a major factor on this journey, and it is one factor that should become a framework of mind. If you can envision it, it can be done. We must first see the goal in order to achieve it. Some have vision that comes naturally. They see it in their mind just as another sees it in a painted picture. They know what it is that they wish to create, to make a dream a reality. For some, goals are better when written down on paper. Sometimes seeing the words written in your own handwriting give you that first motivation, and become the initial plans or blueprints for something that we want to build, or create, or accomplish. Achievements are rarely brought to fruition by winging it. It takes planning.

The 1930’s typewriter on my desk at home still works because its design was drawn out first in a way that took all the moving parts into consideration. My Mother’s 1957 Schwinn that I restored for her still rides like the day that she received it from my Grandparents for her birthday, because Schwinn had a simple, yet elegant design along with a masterpiece of marketing ingenuity. My Great Grandfather’s Leiman Bros. work bench, (which I still use as a work station,) was first drawn with dimensions and ideas of sturdy materials to be used. It’s heavy iron legs still seem impervious & it’s thick wooden tabletop as blocky & stable as when it was first constructed in the 1920’s. My bike, the 1984 Haro Freestyle was built so well, and is so desirable today, that it has increased in value and is considered to be worth triple what my parents paid for it. The Ukai rims on the bike were, and still are state-of the-art craftsmanship designed to be some of the lightest rims ever made and strong enough to withstand enormous impact jumps and BMX quarter-pipe unforgiving punishment! I still ride it today, not taking as many risks, but still shutting the fear switch off from time to time and launching. These items were first drawn on paper as any goal or dream should be, and worked out until every kink, mis-calculation, & flaw were no longer present. Each became its maker’s own masterpiece, a perfect work of functional art that still functions so well, so many years later.

When I competed in Body Building competitions, not only were the dieting, workouts, and preparation rigorous, but developing a posing routine that displayed the body in a way that accentuated the muscles correctly & aesthetically was instrumental to success in the sport. It required a design that was accompanied by music and timed perfectly. The choreography had to go according to plan, or it would appear faulty to the judges and the audience. I was always dedicated to revealing a routine that was to the best of my ability and creativity.


So let this crucial element of creating anything that is “built to last” resinate and become part of you. Goals & Dreams! When I first meet with a client, I ask them what their goal is. So many respond by saying, “Realistically?” And I reply, “Any goal is realistic if you put your mind to it, and believe it can be done.” In the words of John Hannibal Smith, ( That’s right, The A-Team,) “I Love it when a plan comes together!”

I hope that you enjoyed this segment of “Built To Last”, & I also hope that you are enjoying the Summer & living life to the fullest! Make every day count, & do something that you enjoy, or do something that brings joy to someone else.

Until next month, John D.

About the author

John M. Di Fazio II
John M. Di Fazio II

John M Di Fazio II is a nutrition consultant, a personal trainer, and a massage therapist and has twenty years of experience working in the fitness industry. He was employed by Gold's Gym for thirteen years and in 2005 co-founded Remedy Fitness, a unique fitness establishment located in East Setauket, New York. While in the employ of Gold's Gym, he was recruited into Nutritionalysis, a nutrition company based in Venice Beach, California that specialized in individualized nutrition programs, and received his certification. Excelling in the field, his clientele grew by thousands. While establishing such a full clientele in nutrition and personal training, John also graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a bachelors degree in philosophy and also graduated from the New School for Holistic Health & Research on Long Island, New York with a degree and a New York State license for massage therapy.

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