John Romaniello

John Romaniello

John Romaniello is an angel investor, New York Times bestselling author, and one of the most highly regarded experts in the fitness industry. He's has written for scores publications from Men's Health to Fast Company, and has been featured on TV a bunch of times, which makes him mom really proud. An advisor to over a dozen fitness and tech companies, Roman splits time between NYC and LA, and loves the New York Jets, unicorns, sarcasm, and writing about himself in the third person.
John Romaniello
John Romaniello1 day ago
I'm alone in my apartment, working on my book, alternately sipping crystal Pepsi and bourbon, wearing nothing but a black silk kimono and a pair of Castlevania socks.

This is either the highest or lowest point of my life.
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John Romaniello2 days ago
This is one of my daily practices.

It’s simple, fast, and you can do it as soon as you finish reading the article.

And to be clear, I don’t really do this to make people love me. I do it because I love people. A side effect of the practice is that they love me more than they already do.

Give it a try.
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John Romaniello4 days ago
Do not mistake me for my mask. You see light dappling on the water and forget the deep, cold dark beneath.

You are not wise enough to fear me as I should be feared. You do not know the first note of the music that moves me.

—Bastas, son of Remmen, Prince of Twilight and the Telwyth Mael
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John Romaniello6 days ago
We’ve all been there before: start a new program, have a great workout, and everything is off to an awesome start.

And then, a few days in, you wake up in the morning to find out that apparently ninjas have kidnapped you in the night and beaten every part of your body with very large, very hard sticks.

Ninja sticks.

At least, that’s what it feels like.

In actuality, you’re experiencing DOMS, or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – which is exactly what it sounds like.

Now, a lot of people mistakenly think that this is something that happens to new trainees only, or peoples that have not worked out in a while, but that ain’t true.

I can tell you from experience even the most advanced trainee can experience some pretty serious post-workout soreness; particularly if they’re using a new program, or trying unfamiliar exercises. If you’re training for fat-loss you’re probably changing things up more often and may be experiencing DOMS with an uncomfortable frequency.

So, how to fix it? Simple: active recovery.

Active Recovery, as you might have imagined, is a way of being proactive with your recovery rather than simply waiting around to feel better. Additionally, it also requires to you be active to facilitate recovery.

Here’s why this is important: soreness from training can indicate a lot of things.

Most of the time it’s harmless and just uncomfortable. However, it can raise some interesting questions: should I wait until I feel better to workout again? How long is it gonna take to go away? Is this gonna interfere with progress?

Those are all great questions.

The long and short of it is that you probably don’t need to take time off—you’re almost definitely not injured.

But training through severe DOMS can be a severe pain the butt…or leg…or chest…or the biceps…or wherever. It can hinder performance, and as a result compromise the efficacy of your program. This is where active recovery comes in.

I’ll get to the specifics in a moment, but first, some basic training biology. It’s important to remember that all training creates tiny tears in the muscle tissue. This is what we microtrauma. When these tears are repaired the muscle gets either bigger, stronger, denser, etc.

It’s an important part of the entire process, regardless of whatever your specific fitness goal is.

Nutrients need to be shipped off to the damaged site to help with the repairs. Example: in your super awesome workout, you do a bunch of squats, causing microtrauma in your legs. In order to repair that, you need to get nutrients to your quads.

With regard to this example, let us assume that nutrients are transported to muscle cells only through blood. As a result, if we want to increase the rate that muscles are repaired, we need to hasten the delivery of nutrients by increasing the amount of blood flow to the muscles.

And that’s really what active recovery is and what it means: encouraging bloodflow (and, therefore, nutrient transport) to the site of damaged muscles.

The easiest way to do this? More exercise for those specific areas.

It might sound incredibly counterintuitive, but if your legs are craaaazy sore from doing tons of squats, one way to make them feel better is with more squats (or some comparable leg exercise). Keep in mind this will certainly “stress” the muscle ever so slightly…but it will create a lot of blood flow to the area, which in turn allows for the necessary nutrient transport.

And that’s Active Recovery in a nutshell.

Whatever part of your body is hurting, simply perform light exercise for that body part. That’s the key point, by the way.

You want it to be light, and relatively low on the intensity scale. If your quads hurt from doing a ton of squats you should do a few sets of body weight squats. Don’t go out there load the bar with your 1 rep max – just some light work to break through the barrier. Just a few sets can be very beneficial.

All of that said, there are a lot of ways to pursue active recovery. It doesn’t have to be direct exercise for that muscle.

If your hamstrings are sore you do not have to do leg curls—you may find that an hour in a yoga class will not only help your hamstrings feel better, but also bring with it a host of other benefits that you’ll enjoy. Or, if your quads are sore, going on a hike might be the thing to do.

My point is, there really is no wrong way to seek Active Recovery.

The important thing is that you actually seek it. It’s infinitely preferable (and more effective) than simply waiting around feeling sore and sorry for yourself, hoping that your legs feel better so you can hit the gym.

The best part is that not only will active recovery make everything go faster, it’ll also increase your metabolic rate, burn more calories, and just generally improve your mood.

In short, the only way you can go wrong with Active Recovery is to not do it.
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John Romaniello2 weeks ago
I mean...I'm not NOT hungry.
—me, basically always.
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John Romaniello2 weeks ago
Whether you're meeting someone romantically, going on a job interview, or trying to crush that big meeting, people are going to size you up and make snap judgments about you in as little as 7 seconds.


That doesn't give you a lot of time to put your best foot forward.

Check out this article to discover the four simple steps to making the PERFECT first impression.
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John Romaniello3 weeks ago
Hi. It is with great personal sadness and monumental disappointment that I must report that as of this date, May 5th, 2017, a collective 7 children have been born to various individuals I consider to be close friends, and not a single one has been named after me.
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John Romaniello3 weeks ago
GUYS - I tried to post a review to amazon for my boy Daniel DiPiazza's new book, Rich20Something.

HOWEVER - Amazon rejected my review on the basis of it too FACE MELTINGLY AWESOME.

So, while I go back and edit it to something more tolerable to those who crave mundanity, I'm posting it here so you can read it in all of its unedited glory.



HEADLINE: "Rich 20Something Is The Only Thing You'll Read This Week That's Better Than My Review of Rich 20Something"

Okay people, get your lunch box and buckle up, because you just got on the bus and I'm about to take you to school.

First off, let me just mollify the ethicists and galvanize the haters with some disclosure.

I know the author of this book. Gasp! Goodness! IT CANNOT BE SO.
It is so, kids. It is so, indeed.

Daniel DiPiazza is a friend of mine. We've trained together, eaten together, but strangely never gotten drunk together. We live in the same neighborhood, and he often honks at me when I'm walking my dogs. This is an annoying but forgivable habit.

Further, DD invited me on the Rich20Something podcast, AND I'm quoted in a sidebar in the very book I'm reviewing.

And you know what? I didn’t even BUY this book. I got it for free, cause I’m like mid-level internet famous and people send me free shit all the time.

While it's clear I've potential biases out the wazoo, I'm also dead inside and my only biases are related to the ranking order of the Final Fantasy series.

I'm primarily unbiased with regard to this book because I honestly hate business books. Most of them are unoriginal and derivative; 200 pages of exposition that should have been a blog post. So I am not any more likely to give R20a good review.

People often write the book because it was "their time" to write it, or it makes sense for their business, rather than because they have something truly unique to add. And, honestly, that's fine.

But R20 isn't like that. There's some actual SHIT in this book. And my fear is that it will get lost in the shuffle.

Here's the thing: this book will very likely wind up being called "the 4 Hour Workweek for the Millennial Generation" or some bullshit like that.

That's an unavoidable thing; it anchors something new with something familiar. MARKETING, SON.

It's tempting to make the comparison—after all, in many ways, all online entrepreneurs are the bastard scions of His Supreme Majesty Tim Ferriss, Dark Lord of the Internet (all shall love him and despair).

Broad strokes notwithstanding, the differences between the books are so legion that to herein list them is folly.

All save one: whereas 4HWW is intentionally written as highly theoretical, R20 is rich in practical application and immediately actionable shit.

DiPiazza—or DP, as a like to call him because it makes him wildly uncomfortable—knows his stuff. This dude is like the goddamn Tupac of internet bros. Prolific, inspiring, entertaining, and talented.

All of his products get results, his clients get results. The whole thing.


Listen, kids. This is a good book because the information is good, and you'll learn shit.

But I don't give books 5 stars because they teach you the shit they promise to teach you.

I only give out the full FIVER if I enjoy reading a book. And I enjoyed this one. It's well written, cogent, clever, and actionable.

You'll like it, too, unless you hate books or reading or learning things.


Here's the TL;DR of this mofo: If you're looking to start an online business, or you want yours to make more money, read this book.

But then, you know...maybe do what it says. Unlike most people.

There's gold in this. And fun. And hard work.

And DD is a great resource.

ALSO: the jacket design on R20 is super nice, so it'll look good on your nightstand. When you bring people over to your place they'll think, "oh look, you read and have the ambition to be rich, you're into self-improvement, we should probably have sex."

Daniel DiPiazza: getting 20something people rich and laid all over the place.

Just buy the book.

God DAMN am I awesome at writing reviews.
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John Romaniello3 weeks ago
I took this picture of my calves last week and forgot to post it so I am posting it now because I have nice calves and I want you to see them so you can validate me with compliments and also I have not trained calves since 2009 and they are probably still better than yours so please laud me for my superior genetics.
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John Romaniello4 weeks ago
I am a 34-year-old man, and I have a stuffed animal. This is my llama, Carlos. I love him. He travels with me everywhere; back and forth from NYC to LA.

TO BE CLEAR: This is not stuffed animal that I've had since I was a kid, who is grandfathered in as a holdover from my youth. I bought Carlos THIS YEAR. I saw him at Urban Outfitters, and immediately decided I need to own him.

I just really like llamas. I love my llama.

So. Yeah.
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John Romaniello1 month ago
Hey, if you don't think Billions is without a doubt the best show on TV, would you do me a favor and let me know in the comments?

I'd like to make a list of people I have zero respect for and will literally never speak to again.

Thanks 🙂
John Romaniello
John Romaniello1 month ago
Making a few changes here and there to your training isn’t just acceptable; it’s absolutely necessary.

The most successful clients I’ve ever had are the ones who learn to walk the line between compliance and adaptability.

They don’t overthink things.

Having a beautiful and masterfully written training program is great. Writing one sure is fun. But it’s a jumping off point to something that has to work in the real world.

So stop overthinking things, and read this article.
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John Romaniello shared Star Wars's video.1 month ago
As we approach the 40th anniversary of the release of A New Hope (May 25th, 1977), it seems as though Disney and LucasFilm have decided to start the celebration a bit early with the release of this absolutely wonderful tribute video to Carrie Fisher.

At the risk of repeating something I’ve said countless times, Star Wars is a monumentally important franchise, in so many ways. �
It’s a perfect embodiment of the monomyth. It proved science fiction to be a commercially viable genre. It created our very idea of a film franchise.

Star Wars is incredible.

And at the heart of it all, Princess Leia — defying every expectation of the 1977 version of that character archetype.

Ever the rebel.

Please watch. �
John Romaniello
Star Wars
May the Force be with you.
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