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.
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John Romaniello1 hour ago
Caught on stage at #FBS17 immediately before my werewolf transformation.

Today was a great day for me. Not only did I get to stand before an incredible audience and wax poetic about the writing process, I also got to share the stage with some of my closest friends and favorite people, like Jay Ferruggia, Jason Capital, and Mark Fisher.

Best of all, I was gifted with the opportunity to present alongside three of my mentors: Bedros Keullian, Craig Ballantyne, and Dr. John Berardi. At various points in my life and career, each of these men has given far too generously of their time, attention, affection, and wisdom to help me grow as a person or professional, and achieve any of the myriad goals I'd set for myself.

In my talk today, I said that in any endeavor, we all stand on the shoulders of giants; and all of the men listed here are giants indeed, and I am honored to have stood on their shoulders or learned at their feet.
No paltry words of mine could ever express how truly grateful I am for all of their help and guidance—but I am a strong believer that there is no need to say anything if someone has already said it better than you could.

To that, I close humbly with this quote from Patrick Rothfuss: "They were the best sort of friends. The sort everyone hopes for but no one deserves, least of all me."

To all of you, and all those who came out to FBS and listened to me: thank you.
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John Romaniello1 day ago
Above all else, take pleasure in violent exposure to your own ignorance.
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John Romaniello4 days ago
Tip: never, ever, EVER self-censor vulgarity by using an asterisk.

"F*ck" is no less offensive than "fuck" — everyone knows what you mean, so it's essentially the same thing.

At the risk of paraphrasing Louis CK, all you're doing is forcing the reader to fill in the blank and think the word, while allowing yourself to shirk the responsibility of having used it.

This is illogical, weak, and stupid.

If you're going to use vulgarity, commit.

If you don't want to use it, rewrite the sentence so that you don't need it.

Whichever you decide, know this: both require some modicum of skill.

Censoring yourself is the height of laziness. With the possible exception overuse of exclamation points, there is no clearer way to signal, "I am a truly terrible writer."

I'd like to say, "You're fucking better than that."

But, are you?
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John Romaniello at Ace Hotel New York.6 days ago
[Wednesay Wisdom] — #onesmallsecret

This picture was actually a slide from a presentation given by Sol Orwell at the RFS Mastermind meeting in NYC last June.

Sol surrounded a photo of me with a bunch of terms that instantly come to mind when (assuming familiarity with my content) the name "Roman" is mentioned.

Some of them are obvious. Others are incredibly intimate.

How is it that "loves anal sex" and "depression" come to mind as readily as "author" and "strong?" Simple: authenticity and vulnerability.

I learned long ago that the primary reason for my success was my uncompromising commitment to not being boring; to talk about things that others in the industry refused to. The sex, the drugs, the pain.

Still, it took a long while for me to become comfortable enough to reveal some deeper pieces of myself: my relationships, my struggle with depression, my suicide attempts. It was a slow process.

When you start publishing content and putting yourself out there to be judged, it's impossible to completely open yourself up. To stand naked in the light and invite the criticism.

Dropping your defenses and stripping yourself of your armor isn't like flipping a switch; it's a slow degradation of your need for approval. One need is replaced with another: the need to be yourself, without apology.

It's slow going. Step by step. Word by word. Secret by secret.

There are many things that cannot be taught, but nothing that cannot be learned. And to learn this process, I often intone Hemingway's maxim: "write hard and clear about what hurts."


Today, reveal one small thing about yourself on social media. One small secret that your friends or fans or followers don't know about you.

Let them in just a little. Let the cracks in your armor show—because that's how the light gets out, and how it gets in.

Use #onesmallsecret and, if you're feeling connected, tag me. I want to know what you reveal.

For me? I wet the bed until I was 10. Sleepovers were a nightmare. I legit had to wear Depends so I wouldn't piss in my friends' beds. It was...less than ideal. Seems funny 25 years later, but sure as fucked sucked at the time.

Gimme yours.
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John Romaniello1 week ago
Thank you to all 31 people who sent me the article about the Oxford comma and the settlement.

I appreciate you taking the time to reaffirm that you're aware how right I am about everything.
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John Romaniello1 week ago
A significant piece of being a great conversationalist is knowing when you should offer a well thought out and insightful reply, and when you should nod sagely and simply say, "That's so fucked up."
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John Romaniello shared AskMen's post.2 weeks ago
THIS motherfucker right here. Billy-G making you look bad, son.
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John Romaniello3 weeks ago
Haven't posted on IG in like 3 weeks but I couldn't keep these to myself. These Peep flavored Oreos are the most interesting thing to happen to me recently, and I lead a REALLY interesting life. Everything about them is good and pure and wonderful.
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John Romaniello3 weeks ago
During your set at the gym, lightly touch the muscle you are working. This is one of my favorite sneaky tricks to get a muscle growing.

Seriously. Touch it like it might be hot and you have to gently place your fingers on it to make sure it doesn't burn you.

This will boost mind-muscle connection via a method called tactile stimulation, which to send signals to both brain and body to increase the activation of that muscle.

Early in my training career, I had less connection to my back than I did to any other muscle. No matter what I did, I’d pretty much just leave my back out of it. Anytime I did pull-ups, I was basically just using my arms.

Then I started touching myself.

I switched all of my back exercises to unilateral movements, and with my non-working arm, I'd reach across my body and touch the lat of the working side. By doing this, I was able to feel when I wasn’t working, and try to actively engage my muscles during the exercise.

Over time, I was able to develop intense mind-muscle connection.

And my back went from being one of my visually weakest body parts to the most impressively well developed.

I use this with my clients now, and we’re able to see significant progress over a short time.

This works incredibly well with your back and calves.

Most people also have an issue with glute activation, so resting a hand on your tuckus while you’re doing lying hip raises can definitely help get your glutes to fire and begin to improve development and strength.

So, yeah. This isn't a joke.

Give it a try at your next workout.

And let me know how it goes.
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John Romaniello3 weeks ago
In defense of sleep
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John Romaniello3 weeks ago
I'm going to listen to a lot of Jimmy Eat World today and I think you should, too.
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John Romaniello4 weeks ago
Verily did I enjoyed this article.

Modern Love is one of my favorite columns.

Really heartwarming, and worth a read.
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John Romaniello4 weeks ago
Let me just establish that I've avoided yoga like the plague for years and years and years.

Occasionally, someone would drag me to a class and I'd HATE it.

I was really bad at it. And everyone in the class was good. And that made me feel terrible.

But I knew I needed yoga. EVERYONE needs yoga -- it’s great for flexibility, stability, mobility, and balance.

I tried to convince myself that I didn’t need it, that it wasn’t “for me” because I get everything I needed from training with weights.

But you know what makes you better at training with weights, and makes it more effective?


Because in addition to helping you develop strength in new ways, it's also great for active recovery—which means that you can use it to help you make more progress on days between weight training if you’re trying to gain muscle. If you’re trying to lose fat, it’s a great way to burn extra calories and facilitate recovery without adding too much intensity.

The thing is, even knowing all the benefits of yoga, I could never stick with it because the commitment to go to a yoga class for an HOUR seems like way too much. Doing something your bad at for 10, 15, or 20 minutes is doable. Doing something you’re terrible at and you hate for an hour is asking a lot of anyone.

You can’t just pop in and leave 15 minutes later.

Thankfully, there is now a solution for this problem. And I’m proud to say that it comes from the brain of my lovely wife, Neghar.

Neg has been a practicing yogi for a dozen years, and she's great at it. But she's also a fantastic coach. And a huge part of being a great coach is meeting clients where they're at.

She felt that so many people who should be doing yoga (like me) weren't, because the activation energy to get started was too much. She set about changing that.

Fast forward 15 months later, and we come to today -- Neghar is releasing her new program Wildfire Yoga.

It's a series of 15-20 minute yoga flows, to be done every day for 21 days.

Now, ANYONE can free up 15-20 minutes a day. Even if it's for something they "hate" -- as long as it's going to help them feel and perform better.

Even a meathead like me isn't too busy or too inflexible or too stubborn to do a 15-minute yoga flow.

So, that's exactly what I've been doing.

Every day for the past 9 days, I've been doing the Wildfire flows. I'm in NYC for business at the moment, so I've been doing them right in the middle of this 543 square foot apartment.

Normally, I do this before I head to the gym, OR in the middle of the day when I need a break from work and realize I've been sitting for way too long.

I'm not going to tell you I like yoga.

I'm not even going to tell you I don't hate it.

And I'm certainly not going to say I don't suck at it anymore.

BUT - it's only 15-20 minutes. And that's not that bad. I'm feeling better, too. My joints are less achy, my lower back isn't quite as angry at me. AND, my shoulders are looking denser and more vascular, which is sick.

I haven't lost any fat yet, but I've also been crushing New York pizza three days a week. Don't judge me.

So -- I want you to pick up Wildfire Yoga and do the damn flows.

If only so you can be bad at it like me, and we can commiserate.

They're follow along videos, so you get to have Neg coach you through it. And because you're not her husband, she'll probably be more patient with you than she is with me.

So. Seriously. Head over to the site and grab it. It's on sale until Friday, and you absolutely need to be using this.
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