I wanted to take some time to write in with some thoughts related to my journey through the year with the Scott Herman Fitness community page on Facebook.
Unlike most of the people who have come to the community page, I didn't find Scott through his season of The Real World: Brooklyn or through his YouTube channel. In fact, I don't even think I'd heard of Scott until one random
evening when I did a search for something completely unrelated to The Real World or fitness.
On that night in question, I was looking for information on friendships between straight men and gay men and somehow came across an interview in which Scott talked about his support for LGBT causes. I remember seeing pictures
and being impressed with his looks, but I was even more impressed with the commitment I saw Scott display during the interview. It led me to start searching for more information about Scott. Ultimately, that led me to the community
Shortly after I joined the page, there was a point when much of the conversation on the page had little to do with fitness, leading to Scott and others asking people to focus on fitness. "That leaves me out" I thought at first,
thinking about how badly out of shape I was. That said, I decided I'd give the community a chance and perhaps offer encouragement where I could. I started by offering general advice that could work for setting goals in general.
Soon, I paid attention to the information Scott and others were giving out. Before I knew it, I started offering advice to others.
One of the things that led me to want to stay on the community page was the positive support I saw for people there. People were offering advice, positive reinforcement and (mostly) gentle prodding when necessary. I also began
to watch The Real World, hoping to gain some more insight into Scott and find out what he was all about. Soon, I watched the episode when Katelynn announced that she would have to leave the show because of her finances. Then,
I saw Scott give Katelynn money for her to pay her bills. That had such a huge impact on me. In fact, it led me to post a thread in which I asked others to post the kindest thing anyone had ever done for them.
Eventually, however, I started to watch some of the videos on YouTube. The video I remember the most vividly is the second episode of Beat Me Down. What struck me about it was seeing Scott expend so much energy that I could
tell his body was ready to cry "Uncle!" But Scott refused to give up, and kept battling and battling until the timer hit zero. With that determination in mind, I went outside and mowed the entire lawn at my house, not stopping
until the last blade of grass was cut. I thought if Scott could keep going, so could I.
Scott's example has certainly helped me from a fitness standpoint to be more aware of what I need to do to improve my health. However, getting to know Scott from seeing him interact on the community page, reading interviews,
and watching his videos and his season of The Real World has also challenged me to better myself in other ways. I feel inspired to do better at work and in life after seeing Scott do as much as he has for the community as a
whole and for individual people as well.
I'm honored to consider Scott a friend, and I look forward to taking the next fork in the fitness journey with Scott on my tail.
Mike Sarzo - MD, USA