We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Balance has been a huge key for me throughout my entire life. As a kid, I would balance my school work, to the amount of time I would be outside to play with my friends. And as an adult, it really hasn’t changed a whole lot haha! Im VERY good at keeping a good Balance in my life. There is that old saying, “work hard, play hard.” and while I definitely work hard, my kind of play is more therapeutic…at least to me. Getting out in Nature is non negotiable. I NEED to be outside and in Nature weekly…if not daily. Its good to keep those negative ions charging throughout my body….and a way to do that is being barefoot outside in Nature. This helps with my body recharging, so to speak, and getting energized. It helps with inflammation in my body and brain. Helps my nervous system stay balanced, and many other benefits of being outside…plus it just feels good to recharge outdoors. Being a personal trainer, to me, I find it easy to keep a good balance in my life. Because I’m with SO many different people throughout the day, I need to disconnect from the world, and reconnect with myself and Mother Earth. So I would say that over time, the importance of Balance in my life has increased dramatically. Making it non negotiable to take some quality time to be selfish, and take care of me. It helps me stay focused, energized and connected with the people I’m working with. that is the importance of finding a good balance in ones Life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer for almost 20 years now. I still consider myself as an athlete (mainly because of my discipline and work ethics) and still train myself like an athlete. Over the years of training and experience, I’ve educated myself in my field of business. But not just with working out, also healing. Because it’s great to workout hard, sweat and feel good about yourself, but you also have to learn how to rest and recover properly. And a lot of that starts with diet and Sleep! I consider myself a biohacker. Meaning I do a lot of human enhancement biology to help my body perform at an optimal level more efficiently. And it’s really not that hard to do. There are MANY ways to biohack your body. One is cold water therapy. This helps your body with inflammation to your body and brain, and is a great way to stimulate your Vagus nerve. And another is good quality sleep. Sleep may be one of the MOST important things to do for your recovery process and your immune system! Some ways to help are blue light glasses, to help your mind calm down at night. Another is to sleep in a cool, dark room. No light coming in…that means from your phone and alarm clock! And there are MANY other ways to biohack your body. Just a few examples of what and how to do them. And something I encourage to share along your Journey.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This one is a fun and loaded question. Because my experience will definitely be filled with a lot of fun activities outdoors 😂👍. This doesn’t have to ALL be in one day, but I’d say a long weekend.
I love paddle boarding, and my friends own a little shop in Malibu called the Malibu Surf Shack. It’s right in front of the Malibu pier. I’d go there for a few hours of paddling. Definitely jumping in the ocean too and swim with the dolphins. There are many great hikes in Malibu too. I’d would go to one of them, maybe Temescal park, so you can get views of the ocean and city at the top. A bike ride along the bike path is a must! Easy little workout, biking down to Palos Verdes and back. With stops along the beach to hang out, play some frisbee and get a little workout in. Not to mention jumping in the ocean to cool off. I’d go to one of the most exclusive gyms in Southern California, Equinox. Get a little workout in and a steam and shower to finish the day. And then there are some great restaurants to check out. One of my favorite spots happens to be my client, Michael McCarty and his restaurant Michael’s in Santa Monica. Great spot and great food. Good place to go with friends or on a date
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A shoutout to my mother and father, who raised me to the the Man I am today….encouraging me with Love and Life, and always there to support me. and to my friends and clients, Trusting me to help them focus on themselves with health and fitness.