June 29, 2017

Carlos DeJesus

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Carlos DeJesus and I am the owner of Personal Fitness Concepts. I am not like most of the fitness “gurus” you see on the internet these days. I am a real bodybuilding champion who got there the old fashioned way–using hard work and no drugs. I want to teach you what I know. That’s the reason for my site.

The Inventor

The Natural Bodybuilding Pioneer

The Competitive Bodybuilder

The Philosopher

The Thought Mentor

The Inventor

The year is 1979. I am going to a local gym with my training partner and it’s clear to us that it’s just not working–the hours during the week, the weekend hours and closures on holidays. They just are not convenient for a competitive bodybuilder. I begin to think through the problem and decide that we need to have our own gym. My training partner was game, so I went to work planning a strategy. Wood would become the unlikely and most cost effective choice for the gym. I designed and together we built the Wooden Gym. With those nine pieces of equipment and 600 pounds of free weights I won every major bodybuilding championship of my day. I thought through and invented a way out of my challenging situation.

The Natural Bodybuilding Pioneer

Beginning competition in 1976, I was one of the few bodybuilders of my day that made the choice to train naturally. I made that choice long before I ever knew how dangerous the “sports drugs” were. I learned how to increase muscle mass without drugs. I also learned how to prepare for bodybuilding competitions without drugs. This meant I knew how to reduce body fat and water retention without jeopardizing my health or resorting to the “cutting drugs” of the day. I also trained others on my team I called the H.I.T. Squad to do the same. They were all successful in their endeavors. There was very little information in those days on how to train naturally. What I was doing became well known at that time and in 1988 Paul Jacobson, the chairman of the American Natural Bodybuilding Conference presented me with the Award Of Distinction bearing the inscription: “With Gratitude From The ANBC Acknowledging The Efforts Of A Pioneer Of Natural Bodybuilding” November 12, 1988”.

I still use the natural training methods I discovered 25 years ago today in my private practice.

The Competitive Bodybuilder

I started competing in 1976 and retired in 1985. I have seen no less than 36 stages and I didn’t win them all. I was competing in an era when steroids were common and only a handful of competitors chose not to use them. The reality was that they did provide a 15 to 20% edge over the non-user, so I placed in a lot of bodybuilding contests. For that reason it took me 3 years to win the Virginia State Championships, but I did win it in 1980. After that I never lost again in my own arena. For the 1981 Natural Mr. USA, the 1981 Natural Mr. North America, and the 1985 Professional Natural-For-Life World Bodybuilding Championships I was undefeated.

With nothing else to win or prove I retired from competition but not from training.

The Philosopher

Dubbed the “Philosopher” by Tom Venuto I believe because of my natural concepts of training. I have developed an approach to training over a period of 45 years with concepts like:

“Focus on the process and the End Result will overtake you”

“Natural Intuitive Training”

“The Larger Engine Concept”

“The Experiment of One”

“Regret Prevention”

These are some of the concepts I impart to my patients, clients, and athletes that I train because I believe that exercise and Exercise Therapy is a thinking person’s activity which is why I have become involved in Thought Mentoring.

The Thought Mentor

How should we think when we don’t know what to do? Every guru I have ever asked doesn’t know the answer. And why would I ask someone else a question that only I can truly answer? How do we get “unstuck” when we get stuck? How do we remedy fears, apprehensions, uncertainties, and doubts?

It seems like as soon as we commit to a goal all kinds of distractions and opposition begin to show up vie for our attention and break our focus. Once we make a goal statement how do we stick with it to see it manifest?

Everything begins with a thought, and my mission as a Thought Mentor is to teach others how to think.