Up Close and Personal with Mike and Q
Today we get in-depth with our listeners about our own enlightenment on the path to well balanced health. Today we interview each other on our most important lessons from being in the health and fitness industry.
Meet Mike & Q
Mike: Now, without any further ado, I want to step into this time with Quentin. Remember it’s one thing to hear someone saying to you all about this scientific or chemical understanding of the way the human body functions, but that is not true wisdom. Those things are learned. I learned them when I was studying to be a PT. Quentin learned them when he was studying to be a PT (Personal Trainer).
But when it comes to true understanding, these things are actually lived experiences. They are actually trained experiences. People who have trained for a lot of years, well beyond one or two or even three decades.
These are the kinds of things that you get in The Balance in Fitness. So I want to make that demarcation.
There is a big difference between the hype of what you see on Youtube for all of these different kinds of eating styles or understandings. Or of how they work and how simply the universe, the world, nature, your body, and your mind function together.
Actually everything that is in our environment at the moment, especially in marketing works against it. So that’s what we’re here for.
Mike: Now let’s get into it. Quentin,Where are you now? Where are you coming from and where’s everyone hearing you from?
I’m in New York State on Long Island or as we say, we call it Strong Island and where I’m from, and I went to school, and was really born in was Brooklyn, which is more of a famous place. More people know about Brooklyn, but I grew up on Long Island in a place called Roosevelt in New York. The home of Eddie Murphy and Dr. Dre and a lot of famous people came from this particular area.
I moved back to be with my mom after my father passed away a few years ago and before that I was living in California for a very long time. I was working as a trainer and teaching yoga and doing things out on the west coast.
But then after my father passed and my mom became ill, she was diagnosed with what they call Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and I just felt that I was just too far away to, you know, be from her at this particular time.
I was not married and my sister is married and has as a family. So I felt it was my honor to move back home and to spend some time with my mom and be of help in any way that I can with the expertise that I have with health, cooking, and all the things I’ve studied for so many years.
I’m working with people you know, out in California, but you, my mom is not well, so that was the initial thing to move back home and to take care of her.
Mike: What’s your heritage? Where’s your family from?
Quentin: Ah, my family is all over the place, man. You know, it’s so funny people in America have so many different parts of them scattered all over the place. Of course, from a simple point of view, you could say I’m African American. I’m a black black man, as we say in this particular country.
But of course, my mom is a Mulatto. So my grandfather on my mother’s side is an Anglo White Dude, straight from Europe somewhere around there. Anyway, he passed before I was born. And so my mom, you know, she’s very light skinned and my father, who was my grandparents on his side also passed before I was born.
And they were from Brooklyn. So there’s that and then of course I did a DNA thing sometime ago and you know, I don’t even, you know, you get this DNA thing and this is a whole other thing.
Like where did the New Zealand midget come in there? I didn’t know I had part of New Zealand midget in me. What is that about? When did I get the Maori from? I don’t know, you do those DNA things and it’s like, okay, all right. I had a purple head about 3000 years ago. You got a 17% Chinese and that made sense to me, since ever since I was young. I used to swear I was Chinese.
The only people that knew that I wasn’t Chinese was Chinese people. They really had a tough time with that one, although that would politely agree. Oh, okay.
Mike: Alright, next experience in the fitness industry. What have you done? Where are you been? Where did you start?
Oh my God. Oh yeah. The fitness industry is like many things in the world that don’t exist anymore. There’s certain things in the fitness industry that have gone the way of the cassette tape.
You know, it’s just certain things that I got into the fitness industry of course, because I was always a Chubby kid, you know, when I grew up.
I had an affinity for breakfast cereals and sugar when I’m cooking, I grew up and my mom, worked very hard to raise my sister and I, and so I didn’t have a lot of parental guidance in that. I was sort of just left on my own to cook. So, you know, you’re a kid and you’re like, what you want?
You want to eat your vegetables or a hostess cupcake? Hmm. See, I gotta go with the cupcake mom.
So consequently, you know I was in those days, what they called “Husky”. They didn’t say derogatory things like Chubby. They called it the “Husky” section of the boys clothes.
But then when I was very young, there was a day that I was sitting on the floor watching TV with my mom and all of a sudden, you know, you hear this thing, come on, “Woo” you know, and then it was Bruce Lee in the Chinese Connection. And from then on I’m like, okay, that’s what I wanna do. I wanna look like Bruce Lee. I want to have muscles like that.
And that’s when my fitness journey really began because from there I began to read everything I could about Bruce Lee, how he slept, how he maintained his fitness. And then I would read magazines about that.
And then the 70s, this is when things started to come around. So that was the beginning.
That was the true essence of the innocence of inspiration. Yeah. You know, basics things at that particular point, you know, when fitness was in the 70’s, things were very basic.
My father was a military man and my father would get up every morning and I would see him when I would go visit him and he would do, you know, 300 push-ups, 300 sit ups, 300 jumping jacks.
And it was something, as a kid, you just look at him going, why is my father doing this and why is it all morning while I’m trying to get my Captain Crunch cereal in.