Welcome to the Revolution!
My name is Zack Arnold, creator of the Fitness In Post podcast and blog, as well as the Optimize Yourself Program. I’m an award-winning film & television editor (Empire, Underground, Burn Notice), and I’ve spent the last fifteen years working brutally long hours chained to a desk…in the dark. I’ve been to hell and back more times than I care to admit (creative burnout anyone?), and I know what it takes to not only survive but thrive.
I help ambitious creative professionals like you learn how to use movement right at your workstation to ignite your energy, your focus, your creativity, and also skyrocket your productivity. I’ll even help you eat better during the day and sleep better at night.
After all, what’s the point of sacrificing yourself for the sake of your creative work if you don’t have the time and energy left over to live your life?
Before moving forwards, let’s dispel a few myths:
Fitness is only about "Hitting the gym"
I believe in a well-rounded long term approach to better health. Going to the gym is not the only option. I approach ‘fitness’ from several different directions including physical health, mental health, and emotional well-being. This site is about a lot more than doing push-ups during your renders breaks (but that isn’t a bad place to start).
It's 'All or Nothing' if you want to make a real difference
I’ve been down this road more times than I care to admit. I’ve pushed myself to the edge earning a black belt in martial arts, completing difficult exercise programs like the entire P90X series, and I’ve even competed in Spartan Races and Tough Mudders. But inevitably long term goals have to include more than 90 day calendars and deprivation diets. I don’t believe in giving you fish so you can eat for a day, I’m going to teach you how to fish so you can feed yourself for life. Designing a lifestyle that includes better habits is all about baby steps. When it comes to your health, stop playing checkers and start playing chess.
Living a healthy lifestyle isn't possible in front of a desk
For years I simply didn’t believe it was possible to balance better health with crazy long hours chained to a desk. But after years of blending my knowledge of athletics, yoga, martial arts, nutrition, biomechanics, and human psychology, I’ve cracked the code for myself, and it is now my mission to help you do the same. It is possible to live a healthy lifestyle in front of a desk and still have energy left over for your family at the end of a long day.
Required Reading (And Listening) For New Visitors
If this is your first time here, you’re probably wondering how the heck it’s possible to combine optimal health with your crazy job (especially if you have no time to go to the gym). The articles and podcasts below should get you started.
“I’ve been an assistant editor and editor for close to 10 years and I can’t tell you how much I’ve dealt with the topics you cover – mental burn out, physical fatigue, trouble coming up with strategies to advance my career. It’s really amazing to have someone with a post production POV offer perspective and solutions to these problems. “Daniel M.
“Your podcast is a Godsend in that I too was suffering from some pretty bad burnout/depression a little over a year ago. I do love this work and I completely believe that it does not need to be like it is. I decided that the thing I could change was myself and I began working on doing the things I need to be healthy, happy and successful in this industry.”Scott D.
Serious About Getting Healthy At Work?
I’ll admit I am 100% biased recommending the ‘Move Yourself’ online learning program and video library. Why? Because I designed it myself. If you’re interested in learning how to sit less, focus more, build better habits, and become so active at your workstation you never feel guilty for skipping a day at the gym again, click here to learn more.
Optimize the Most Powerful Operating System You Have…Yourself
It’s time to start treating yourself better than you do your technology.
The Essential Tools I Use Every Day to Maintain High Performance
I have tested every recommendation below. Thoroughly. Even though I do receive small affiliate commissions for purchases made through these links (and your support is greatly appreciated), I have chosen these products because I use them every day to help maintain consistent energy, focus, get better sleep, and stay active even when I can’t make it to the gym (FYI…I haven’t had a gym membership for 7 years now).
If you can’t go more than an hour without a Coke or Red Bull to keep you energized and focused, it’s time for a better plan. How about instead of caffeine and sugar you tried 70 superfood ingredients instead? I take a tablespoon of Athletic Greens with 16 oz of water every morning. It’s the energy drink that’s actually healthy.
You’re getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every single day, right? And you’re avoiding all processed foods and eating 100% organic, whole, raw foods? Yeah, me neither. When I don’t have time to have a healthy meal but I want to avoid take-out, my #1 meal replacement recommendation is Shakeology.
Yes…butter and coconut oil in coffee is a thing. It it could quite possibly change your life. Bulletproof Coffee was one of the first changes I made to my diet. To say it was the catalyst for the creation of the entire Fitness In Post program is not an exaggeration. The increased energy and focus you experience is nothing short of astounding.
My Nutribullet is the most indispensable tool in my kitchen, I use it 2-3 times per day. I even own a second Nutribullet that I take with me to every job. If you’re serious about maximizing nutrition with minimal effort, especially if plan to start incorporating Shakeology or Bulletproof Coffee into your daily routine, this appliance is a must-have.
What you measure, you can improve upon. The first step to becoming more active is measuring a baseline of your existing activity, then setting goals to become more active. Fitbit provides the best quantification tools on the market and makes tracking and measuring fun.
Beachbody On Demand
Ditch your gym membership! Beachbody On Demand is the Netflix of exercise programs and contains the best Beachbody has to offer including the P90X series, 10-Minute Trainer, and a whole library of exercise programs you can stream right at your workstation during quick activity breaks.
The ‘Pivot’ Chair
Hands down, my favorite option for a more dynamic workspace is my Pivot chair. I bring one to every job without question and immediately ask that the regular desk chair be moved into another room. It will keep you active, increase circulation, and help reduce your lower back pain. And it’s fun!
The chances you’ll have time to hit the gym are pretty slim, but if you have a set of kettlebells by your desk you can fit in strength training any time of day. I often swing a kettlebell or do squats while watching footage or reviewing music tracks.
Holosync is an amazing technology that calms your mind and actually rewires your neurons. In short, “Holosync meditates you” and amplifies the effects of daily meditation. I use it every day to help me sleep like a rock. Learn more in my podcast with the creator of Holosync.