My life changed a year ago when I began working closely with TV’s Biggest Loser physician Robert “Dr H” Huizenga at his incredible mountaintop retreat, overlooking the blue Pacific ocean in Malibu, CA. He asked me to head his Clinics fitness department and it has been nothing short of an incredible experience. To work directly with Dr Huizenga, a leading expert on fat loss, optimal wellness and physical fitness is both challenging and stimulating. Hs spectacular facility has set the standard in not only fat loss and health but total well-being.
I have known Dr Huizenga since 1989 when I was playing for the LA Raiders. Dr Huizenga was the Raiders team doctor, hand picked by owner Al Davis to ensure that the entire roster had the best medical care. That 1989 Raiders team included several future Hall of Fame players including Howie Long and Marcus Allen. Rob Huizenga had the respect of all the Raiders – not always the case with NFL players – as he was identified as “one of us” as in a fellow combatant. Rob was an All- American wrestler at the University of Michigan and that is serious street cred with guys in the locker room. Rob earned his MD from Harvard and relocated to Los Angeles setting up his practice in Internal medicine where he continues today.
Helping people realize their fullest potential is a passion of mine and working with the folks at Dr H’s property is a blessing. It reminds me of how fortunate I am to be in the field of fitness and well-being. I wish my readers well in their unique journeys and am available to help those who may reach out to me. PK
This past July marked my forth straight year of attending the CrossFit Games in Carson, CA. I’m lucky to live just 20 miles from The Stub Hub center which houses the ever growing event. I like attending the Games for several reasons beyond the excitement of the live competition which consistently enthrall. Foremost I like the people that I meet when I’m there; Games friends from years past and new friends.
Pete and Syn Martinez
Carl Paoli and Pete
Pete, Kevin Ogar and Andrea Logan
Carla Nunes da Costa and Pete
Katie Hogan, Andrea, Becca Voigt and Pete
Bob Harper, Andrea and Pete
I’ve gotten to know 2013 Games competitor Carla Nunes da Costa and enjoy immensely listening to her insight as the events unfold. I had the opportunity to meet several CrossFit celebrity athletes like Games veteran the super cool Katie Hogan (also my CF Level 1 Instructor) and Games legend the amazing 7 times Games competitor Becca Voigt. Also had a chance to meet ultra-inspirational athlete Kevin Ogar. I met Biggest Loser trainer and CrossFit athlete Bob Harper who was gracious with his fans. A highlight of my weekend was getting to know the founder and creative genius of one of my favorite CrossFit-esque companies Afro Brutality Mr Syn Martinez.
My favorite conversation all weekend may have been with world renown CrossFit Coach and founder of Gymnastics WOD Carl Paoli. I bought his new book FreeStyle while at the games and he was kind enough to sign it for me. I highly recommend this book to all athletes and coaches looking to improve training and performance.
For the forth consecutive summer I spent a long weekend soaking up all that goes on at The CrossFit Games and once again it was BLAST! The events rocked, the vendors area was super fun and the crowd was both enthusiastic and Southern California chill. If you ever get a chance to check out the Games for yourself I say come on – you’ll have a great time right along with the other ultra fit fans. PK
I am regularly asked about my experience working on Heartbreak Ridge, the film I co-starred in with Mario Van Peebles and Clint Eastwood. For the record it was a remarkable experience in every way. When reflecting on the time making the movie, what truly stands out, was the absolute generosity of the film’s producer, director and star Clint Eastwood. The supporting cast and crew were friendly, committed and always professional. It was a dream to work with the exemplary group that were nearly all handpicked by Clint.
Here is a rare photo from the set of Heartbreak Ridge.