Monday, November 26, 2007


What am I truly grateful for in my life?

Today I turn 34 years old. As like most birthdays, I like to take time and survey my life, both good and bad, and contemplate. After reading a Timothy Ferris Blog on Gratitude, it got me thinking. Here are things that I am grateful for in my life:

* I am grateful to be alive today....I've made it 34 years so far....many people in the world die way before that.

* I am grateful that I am married to an amazing woman who supports me, loves me and completes me.

* I am grateful that Yoana is Pregnant with our daughter who is due in 6 weeks :)

* I am grateful for my twin brother Keats and his kids, my mother and father, my sister, my friends, family and support system. I realize that I am blessed with amazing people in my life and that the network of people I know has given me tremendous opportunities (which a lot of people do not have).

* I am grateful to be in good health and to be able to teach people healthy practices for my profession.

* I am Grateful for my relationship with Christ and the Peace and hope this relationship gives. It truly is the POWER behind everything I do.

* I am Grateful to live in San Diego, to have a home of our own, and to run a profitable and completely fulfilling business.

* I am Grateful to live in this amazing country where freedom and liberty are cherished. We live in a country where anyone (literally anyone) can come here, work hard, and achieve their dreams.

* I am Grateful for all the amazing knowledge available today as well as my passion for learning and teaching. I love books and I love music!

* Overall I am grateful for the life God has given me!



Birthday Training:

Barbell Military Press
115 x 3
135 x 1
135 x 1
115 x 3 x 2 sets

135 x 5
185 x 3 x 3 sets

Weighted Pull Ups
28kg x 3 x 3 sets

Sunday: 20/20 snatches 24kg

Took Last week off from weights!!! My lumbar spine, which has felt great, was starting to feel a little I didn't want to test it.

Thanksgiving Training:
Tempo Training at UCSD Track
10 x 100 yard sprints @ 70% intensity
Between sprints we did dips, pull ups, jumping jacks, jumping lunges, shuffles, mountain climbers, and push ups. Great training Session!


Tim Anderson said...

Franz, I'm grateful I met you.

Happy Birthday Buddy!!!!

Keats Snideman CSCS said...

Happy Birthday To Us Brother! 34 years young; here's to the next 34 years!

Aaron Friday said...

Happy Birthday, Franz! and Keats!

I am grateful to have lived and experienced joy and true love.

Taikei Matsushita said...

Forgot you were twins!
Happy birthday to both!!

Eating birthday cake?

Howie Brewer said...

Happy Birthday to you both! All the best in the years to come!

Franz Snideman said...

Thanks Tim! I am grateful to have met you as well!

Franz Snideman said...

Keats, Happy Birthday to you bro!

Love ya!

Franz Snideman said...

Thanks Aaron! Joy and true love are definitely worth living for!!!!

Franz Snideman said...


Yes my friend, there are two of us!

Thank you!

Franz Snideman said...

Thanks Howie!

Lauren said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANZ! Hope you had a good one.

Franz Snideman said...

Hey Lauren, thank you so much! Hope you had fun in London!!!

Pete said...

Happy Birthday Franz! ('re still a kid!)

(had to come out of my cave and wish you and Yoana well!)

Joe said...

Happy Birthday Franz! My gratitude extends to many things, too many to list but I will echo many of the sentiments you mentioned and say that you are friend as is your wife that I am grateful for.

Peace Brother, Keep on living, breathing, eat, and teaching your word!

Franz Snideman said...

Thank you so much Pete! Come out of that cave more often :)

Franz Snideman said...


your encouragement and support is always a blessing!

Rock on brother!

Kettlebell Lady said...

I am grateful for being able to appreciate the people in my life while they are is sometimes to short.
Happy Birthday!

Mike T Nelson said...

Happy Birthday Franz (and Keats) an great post!
I have so much to be thankful for and feel truly blessed for all of it.
take care
Mike N

Franz Snideman said...

Thanks Kettlebell Lady!

Franz Snideman said...

Awesome Mike! Glad to see you recognize your blessings! Thanks brother!

Aaron Friday said...

Franz, 135-lb press is very good. Only the huge guys at my gyms ever press with 135. I'm talking 220+ guys.

The super-strong guys don't overhead press at all because they can't physically do it. Their big bench presses over the years have ensured that their only strong pressing movement is forward and not up.

When I do overhead presses at the gym, I get looks. Sadly, nobody cares enough to try it themselves. But be assured that your press is quite good, and that you've chosen a superior exercise for whole-body strength.

Iron Tamer said...

happy birthday brother!

Franz Snideman said...

thanks David!