Experiment Of One ™

What is the experiment of one?

It is the journey that begins with the statement that Franco Colombu made many years ago. He said, and I quote,

“Each man is a rule unto himself”.

That said, what lies ahead of all of us is the quest for our own personal truth.

So why do we ask others questions about ourselves that only we can truly answer?

Because we are looking for answers, and we think that someone else has them. Someone who is an expert.

It is however, important to know the basics. We should first know how to exercise.

After that, what’s the best workout? The best rep range? The best meal plan? The best anything?

The answers to those questions are what you and I will discover as we conduct the experiment of one.

This may be hard to believe right now, but I’m going to show you how this applies in every other part of our lives, most of us just didn’t realize it.

Not one of you reading this post has any problem with going to a clothier picking out a suit from a rack then having a tailor custom fit it to your body. Not one of you would have a problem going to a shoe store and finding a pair of shoes that fit your feet. Would you buy a pair that doesn’t fit you? Of course not.

So then why would purchase an exercise program that has not been designed for you?

It took me about one set to realize back in the 70’s that the then “state of the art” equipment that was the last word in exercise was made for someone but it wasn’t made for me. I couldn’t use them.

The equipment was awkward and painful to my joints. I tried to find a way to use these machines but they just weren’t made for my body type. What was I to do? I built my own, and the ones I built- they worked for me!

If I would have had a mentor it would have cut years off of my “experiment”. I didn’t so I learned by trial and error what worked for me.

Who are you physically? Where are you physically? What works for you? What do you respond to (at this point in your life?) How often should you exercise?

This is what we will discover as we conduct the Experiment Of One.

Why do well intentioned, goal oriented hard working people fail in their attempts at fitness?

Did you know that fewer than 10% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions actually achieve them?

It is one thing to have a “goal” in mind, or something that we truly desire and would like very much to achieve, yet it is another thing to actually realize that goal. More often than not these desires usually go unfulfilled and unachieved.


Was it because we really didn’t want them?

Was it because we lacked discipline?

Was it a question of true commitment?

Usually the real reasons are:

  1. We don’t always know how to get to where we want to go from where we are. Or what that encompasses in terms of time resources and effort.

  2. Our Focus. If we don’t know what it takes to make our desires appear it is easy to lose our focus and interest.
    The “End Result” is what we want to achieve.
    As a result our primary focus needs to be the daily involvement in that process that brings our desires closer to us. Otherwise chasing the “goal” may become an elusive undertaking.

  3. We may not be familiar with the stages of the process that is needed – and as a result we can become discouraged

Usually there is a need for more information. Failure causes discouragement and lack of confidence.

  1. Clearly Identify Your End Result
    What do you actually want?

  2. Preparation
    How do you get ready?

  3. The Road Map
    How do you get there? And what are the land marks that let me know I’m on the right track?

  4. Action To Take – Primary Focus
    The actual activity or daily assignment

  5. End Result Realized
    What you desired has been drawn to yourself by putting into action 1 to 4.  What you want will come to you as you continue to be involved in the daily  process!

Together we will discover the best way for you to 1) Identify, 2) Prepare, 3) Map, 4) Act on your end result. So that what you desire can come to you.

The Single most important element in success and longevity in exercise is Motivation. For many, a trainer can provide motivation. When you are working with someone who is as interested in your success as you are, who can design you a unique plan for your particular set of circumstances- it is at this point that most realize that exercise instruction from a Trusted Authority doesn’t cost, it pays

Recent Research Reveals:

  • So many of what we thought were symptoms of aging are actually symptoms of disuse!  (Lack of use)

  • Up to 50 you can get away with not exercising; after that, you start paying the price

  • Your health is largely under your control.

  • Unless you do resistance exercise – strength training (weights or elastic bands) – you lose six pounds of muscle a decade. This loss of muscle (plus increase in body fat) puts extra strain on the heart, alters sugar metabolism (increasing the risk for diabetes), and tips the balance of healthy lipids in the blood, leading to heart attack and stroke.

Benefits of REGULAR EXERCISE: It is never too late to start!
30-90 minutes of physical activity at least three days a week


  • Reduces your risk of heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and some cancers.

  • Reduces blood pressure,

  • Improves your ability to use glucose from the blood by 25%,

  • Increases bone mass by 1 to 3%

  • Improves GI efficiency by 55 %

  • Can reduce your risk of dying in the next eight years by 40%

  • Improves brain function

  • Cuts your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 60%

  • Blunts the symptoms of depression.

Exercise has a tremendous impact on every cell in the body:

  • Reducing inflammation

  • Increasing blood flow

  • Reversing the natural declines in oxygen efficiency and muscle mass that come with aging.

  • Improves the function of the mitochondria – so they manufacture more ATP!

  • Reverses the decline of function in mitochondria that comes with aging.

  • Combats oxidative damage – While you take in more oxygen while exercising, (which is injurious to tissue), regular physical activity also slows your resting heart rate, making it more efficient. The net result? Exercise reduces the overall rate at which you create harmful free radicals.

  • Slows down the rate at which your telomeres shrink. (Telomeres are your body’s biological clock.) Exercisers have much longer telomeres

  • Increases your exercise efficiency (can do more with less)

Exercise transforms your health and your life!


Contact me directly at Exercisetherapy1@aol.com

2 Responses

  1. thank you Carlos. this is what I needed to read today. You are an inspiration…..

  2. […] Experiment of One – Carlos DeJesus […]

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