Dinner With Tony Horton

As I sat on my Southwest flight from Oakland to LA yesterday, I could only smile and think to myself– “I am doing the right thing with Team Pure Athlete!”

I will expand on that further in this post.

I was returning from an event called Sports Spectacular, a yearly event to raise money for Cedars-Sinai’s Medical Genetics Institute.  This world renowned research and multi-disciplinary outpatient center for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of all forms of hereditary disorders and birth defects affecting fetuses, newborns, children, adolescents and adults brings elite athletes and celebrities together for a great cause.

With David Beckham as the man of the hour, athlete after athlete got on stage to talk about how this organization has impacted their family.  From ex-Raider Todd Christensen talking about his son Teren having spina bifida, to former NBA clutch man Robert Horry telling the story of how his daughter was given 18 years of life because of the advances of this organization–it was a powerful evening.

Me, Tony Horton and my buddy Chris throwing up the X

While all this was going on, I had the pleasure of sitting next to someone who has changed my life over the past 5 years–Tony Horton!

I work out on my television every day with Tony H. and he has not only whipped me into shape with P90x and P90x2, but millions across the globe.

I was excited to say the least when he sat directly next me (thanks to some fine detail work by my buddy Chris) and we instantly started chatting.

We talked about everything from P90x2, to my upcoming nuptials, to who makes a better custom suit:  Vietnam or Italy.  We had an absolute blast sharing stories and talking hoops.

I could write 2,000 words about dinner alone, but what I really want to do is talk about the powerful and lasting impression Tony H. made on me and thousands in attendance.

What you see is what you get with Tony H.  Countless people, including professional athletes, lined up to express their gratitude for all he has done to change their lives.

I witnessed a 20 minute conversation between he and Teren Christensen, who is paralyzed from the waist down due to spina bifida, on how they can put a program together to help get him in shape and moving–bringing a tear to Teren’s eye.  Pretty powerful stuff.

It was truly remarkable not only to see the amount of people in this ballroom that Tony H. had influenced, but how he took time to individually talk to each one of them, hear their story and encourage them to keep pushing play.  His enthusiasm is contagious as adoring fans smiled from ear to ear while making an X for the camera.

You can see the passion in every word that comes out of his mouth and that he truly cares about every single person that has bought one of his P90x DVD sets.

So bringing it back to the the comment I made earlier, “I am doing the right thing with Team Pure Athlete!”

What is “that thing” I am referring to?

Helping people get healthy and fit.  Helping educate people on proper nutrition and the importance of exercise.  Motivating people to do things that they never thought possible.  Helping end the trend of obesity.  Helping re-install confidence and make a difference in people’s lives.

Although Pure Athlete Fitness is new to the Beachbody community, the amount of people it has helped and influenced in 4 months is pretty remarkable.  My goal is to get 1,000 people moving and grooving and making that life change–whether it be to lose weight, get fit or become elite–we are promoting health and fitness and a better way of life.

Although Tony Horton may never read this post, I want to thank him for taking the time to get to know me, to ask questions and to help reinforce that helping others is the most gratifying and rewarding profession there is.  Bring it!

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