Interview with Sifu Slim

Published 2014-08-24.
What sets this book apart?
What sets this book apart is how it goes deep to reveal how these incredible athletes were able to overcome significant challenges, become mentored by family, friends, or coaches, and find success in their athleticism and happiness in life after the days of elite level competition.
What athlete's story moved you the most?
That question is impossible to answer. Each athlete moved me in a different way. The most amazing story is probably Charley French since he is still a world class athlete at age 88. When I asked Charley if he was going to donate his body to science, he responded, "If anyone wants it, they can have it."
When did you first start writing this book?
I was engrossed in editing "Sedentary Nation" when I happened to meet Randy Beisler at a gym in Tiburon, California. When he told me that less than 10 percent of his peers from the NFL were still fit in their 60s, that opened my mind to start in on the Aging Athlete project. Having two books going at the same time was both rewarding and demanding. What a ride! And, it's still going...
What's the story behind your latest book?
Each athlete I interviewed said the same thing: Less than 10 percent of their peers from their prime are still in shape today. Then I asked them to think about 10 athletes they still kept up on. Since I have had the chance to speak with some 300 former fitness and athletic performers, it's easy to do the math. 300 x 10 = 3000 people total. That number takes an anecdotal study and makes it a credible statistic, albeit a sad one. Out of 3,000 former athletes, only 300 are maintaining fitness decades after retirement from competition or the military.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's typically a labor of love to do the work necessary to write an engaging book. You have to have the courage to spend time on the computer--solo and sometimes lonely hours. Then you have to show your work around, to hire editors, to cut significant parts out of your initial drafts. That's the craft of writing. When all of that is done, you hope your work will be well received and that you can generate your own readership. That's the life of an indie author and, so far, I've appreciated all of this.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords provides indie authors a service to publish their works. They make it easy to get it out there, online.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
You write because you have to and also because you have something you think is important to share. These books I have written on wellness and physical movement have never been more relevant. We live in a sedentary nation and we spend so much time in our heads. We should rather be spending some time outdoors, in nature, on fields, trails, beaches, parks, blacktops, and sidewalks. Our brains need a break and our feet and hands need to be activated.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I can touch the heart of a reader, if I can provide entertainment, learning, and motivation for people, then I am blessed.
What are you working on next?
I have other athletes to interview for the next edition of "The Aging Athlete" and I hope to find some international athletes and female athletes. If you know of any who are still fit, and are likable people, please contact me through
Who are your favorite authors?
Read "Red Cloud, The Heart of Everything That Is." When you read writing like that, you are stirred in your soul.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I know each morning is for my exercise program. I didn't invent that, I adopted it from Jack LaLanne and Bruce Lee. Movement gives me a great change of having a wonderful day, filled with smiles and lightheartedness. I hope you can find your way to join me in that drive to movement.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love eating, reading, snoozing, learning, and spending time with my sweetheart. If I'm not balancing on my physio ball, I might be hanging from my chin-up bar.
What is your writing process?
As I am exercising, ideas pop into my head. I carry a notebook with me for jotting down ideas. Later, I type those into my Word doc and then I have the beginning of a new section or chapter in my book. Then the real works starts: writing, checking sources, reading a lot of fact and opinion, the rewriting, getting help from editors, then more rewriting. When that's all done and your hair is more gray, you're ready for the final proof. Then you have a normal, reader off the street read it. If they think it's okay, then you're done. It's likely they will ask for some changes. Then one more go-thru, then one final proof, then you send it to your formatter, put it online, and hope for the best.
What do you read for pleasure?
I thoroughly enjoy reading for pleasure. I have shelves filled with books.
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Books by This Author

The Aging Athlete - Inspirational Interviews With Some of the Fittest Survivors of Elite Athleticism
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 83,620. Language: American English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sports Psychology
(5.00 from 1 review)
"The concept is provocative. It is somehow counterintuitive to think of great athletes becoming unfit in old age. The recent suit brought against the NFL by former players indicates the fitness and health can erode all too quickly. The aging pursuers of fitness featured in 'The Aging Athlete' are the exceptions. We can learn from their own stories of perseverance." Tom Jones, Author, 40plussports
Sedentary Nation—The Answers Aren’t Found in the New Millennium, They’re in 1910.
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 81,530. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
A wellness guide for the busy, modern era and humorous memoir of a life spent living the wellness walk. The book shows how almost anyone can easily benefit from a program that has a payoff of improved health, youthful look and energy, better sleep, and clearer thinking without the physical toll and battle fatigue that often accompany other approaches to wellbeing and fitness.