Cheers: Hat’s Off To 2021

Here we are nearing another end of year and 2021 showed only certain differences from 2020. I won’t go too far down any COVID rabbit holes except to say that we are still “dealing with it”. I, myself, had a breakthrough case this year which was anything but pleasant and I’m glad to be on the other side of it.

As for RevFit, we continued our trajectory over last year and I can say, happily, that 2021 was our best year ever. To every single person, client and coach, who made that happen, thank you. I certainly could not have done this on my own.

So, as I’ve been known to do at year-end, here’s my annual list: My Top 5 most downloaded episodes of Revolutionary You, the podcasts I was featured as a guest on, my Top 5 most read articles, and all of the books I consumed in 2021.

The Top 5 Most Downloaded Episodes Of Revolutionary You in 2021

I took my podcast in a different direction this year after my milestone 300th episode. I wanted to challenge myself as a host and I wanted to highlight more of my guests. As a result, I pivoted the show to 4-part miniseries. With the exception of a 4-part client spotlight, each segment featured coaches and health professionals for 4 episodes in a row to give you the topics they were most passionate speaking on. I’m not sure how far I’ll take the direction, but I’ve enjoyed the change of pace and I can see myself doing this up until at least episode 400 and then I’ll decide where to go after that. Here are the Top 5 most downloaded of this year:

1: #317: Dr. Allan Bacon-Breaking Through Plateaus (1 of 4)

2: #314: Ruby Cherie-On Health Privilege, Fitness Identities And Learning How To Pivot (2 of 4)

3: #300: Leigh Peele-Restriction Is Not Reasonable Or Rational

4: #289: Melody Schoenfeld-“Diet Lies And Weight Loss Truths”

5: #316: Ruby Cherie-What About Motivation? (4 of 4)

My Podcast Features Of 2021

From Betrayal To Breakthrough (Debi Silber-host)-#191: Tales From Rock Bottom with Jason Leenaarts

The Heavy Metal Strength Coach (Chris Kershaw-host)-#20

M.I. Take (Brad Dieter-host)-A New Revolution with Jason Leenaarts

The Lifestyle Chase (Chris Liddle-host)-#198: Jason Leenaarts on Paying it Forward, Deeper Conversations and Evolving With Age

My Top 5 Most Read Articles Of 2021

1:…About That Mile I Ran

2: That Porn Problem

3: I Want To Lose Weight (But I Don’t Want To Do The Things It Takes To Lose Weight)

4: Unwilling

5: Five Signs You’re Not Ready For A Fat Loss Coach (And Three Tips For The Coach)

And here’s every book I consumed (physical and audio) in 2021:

1- 33 1/3: Kid A by Marvin Lin

2- 33 1/3: Tusk by Rob Trucks

3- 33 1/3: Chocolate and Cheese by Hank Shteamer

4-Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix by Philip Norman

5-Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

6-Diet Lies And Weight Loss Truths by Melody Schoenfeld & Susan Kleiner

7-Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

8-The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

9-My Body My Words by Various Authors

10-Resonant Leadership by Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee

11-Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg

12-Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica by Mick Wall

13-Let Love Rule by Lenny Kravitz and David Ruiz

14-The Overstory by Richard Powers

15-If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin

16-Bourbon Curious by Fred Minnick

17-Calling Bullshit by Carl T. Bergstrom & Jevin D. West

18-Acid For The Children by Flea

19-Some Might Say: The Definitive Story Of Oasis by Richard Bowles

20-Fit At Any Age: It’s Never Too Late by Susan Niebergall

21-Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith by Joe Perry and David Ritz

22- Profit First For Microgyms by John Briggs

23-Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad

24-Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

25-Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield

26-Who Not How by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy

27-Functional Training Anatomy by Kevin Carr and Mary Kate Feit

28-Strong Women Lift Each Other Up by Molly Galbraith

29-The Odyssey by Homer

30-How To Do The Work by Dr. Nicole LePera

31-Let It Blurt: The Life & Times Of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic by Jim DeRogatis

32-Sophisticated Giant: The Life & Legacy of Dexter Gordon by Maxine Gordon

33-World In My Eyes: The Autobiography by Richard Blade

34-It Takes A Tribe by Will Dean

35-The Game by Neil Strauss

36-Thrive State by Kien Vuu

37-The Search For John Lennon by Leslie Ann-Jones

38-A Second Chance by Catherine Hoke

39-The Mental Toughness Handbook by Damon Zahariades

40-Modern Music Masters: Suede by Tom Boniface-Webb

41-Beckoning: When Happiness Calls by Rebecca B. Cooper

42-Creativity by John Cleese

43-How To by Randall Munroe

44-Raised In Captivity by Chuck Klosterman

45-Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

46-Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd by Mark Blake

47-Original Gangstas by Ben Westhoff

48-American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

49-Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon

50-The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgensen

51-Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me by Steven Hyden

52-The Psychology Of Money by Morgan Housel

53-Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman

54-Hello, Habits by Fumio Sasaki

55-In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran by John Taylor

56-The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

57-You, Darling, Are Worth The Fight by Julie Tussey

58-Unfaithful Music And Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello

59-White Dialogues by Bennett Sims

60-Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz

61-Mariette In Ecstasy by Ron Hansen

62-Jailhouse Strong Interval Training by Josh Bryant & Adam Benshea

63-Jailhouse Strong: The Successful Mindset Manual by Josh Bryant & Adam Benshea

64-World Travel by Anthony Bourdain

65-A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

66-Hell’s Angels by Hunter S. Thompson

67-Lightning Field by Dana Spiotta

68-White Girls by Hilton Als

69-Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath by Tony Iommi

70-Power Vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants Of Human Behavior by Dr. David R. Hawkins

71-Risk Savvy: How To Make Good Decisions by Gerd Gigerenzer

72-Body by Harry Crews

73-Superfandom: How Our Obsessions Are Changing What We Buy And Who We Are by Zoe Fraade-Blanar & Aaron M. Glazer

74-No Time Like The Future by Michael J. Fox

75-The End Of Food by Paul Roberts

76-Room by Emma Donoghue

77-The Experience Economy by B. Joseph Pine II & James H. Gilmore

78-A Drop Of Midnight by Jason Diakite

79-Death By Food Pyramid by Denise Minger

80-Balance by Scott McCredie

81-The Pursuit Of Perfect by Tal Ben-Shahar

82-Mutations: The Many Strange Faces Of Hardcore Punk by Sam McPheeters

83-What Are The Odds? by Mike Lindell

84-The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook by Joe Kenn

85-Bright Line Eating by Susan Peirce Thompson

86-33 1/3: American Recordings by Tony Tost

87-33 1/3: Some Girls by Cyrus R.K. Patell

88-33 1/3: You’re Living All Over Me by Nick Attfield

89-33 1/3: Marquee Moon by Bryan Waterman

90-33 1/3: Amazing Grace by Aaron Cohen

91-33 1/3: Dummy by R.J. Wheaton

92-33 1/3: Fear Of Music by Jonathan Lethem

93-33 1/3: Histoire de Melody Nelson by Darran Anderson

94-33 1/3: Flood by S. Alexander Reed & Philip Sandifer

95-33 1/3: I Get Wet by Phillip Crandall

96-The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim

97-Attention Pays by Neen James

98-Exhalation by Ted Chiang

99-Persuadable by Al Pittampalli

100-Whiplash by Joi Ito and Jeff Howe

101-The Art Of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

102-Chasing Ghosts by Paul Reichoff

103-I Want My MTV by Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks

104-The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

105-Billy Summers by Stephen King

106-An Adult Child’s Guide To ‘What’s Normal’ by John Friel and Linda Friel

107-The Book Of Beautiful Questions by Warren Berger

108-The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

109-The Power Of Myth by Joseph Campbell

110-Gladiator: A True Story Of ‘Roids, Rage And Redemption by Dan “Nitro” Clark

111-The Broken Circle by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller

112-The Art Of Persuasion by Bob Burg

113-Not One Of These Poems Is About You by Teva Harrison

114-Choke by Sian Beilock

115-England’s Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock And Beyond by Jon Savage

116-How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie

117-Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

118-Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

119-The Excellence Dividend by Tom Peters

120-Stumbling On Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

121-Mrs. March by Virginia Feito

122-Crazy Like Us by Ethan Watters

123-My War: Killing In Iraq by Colby Buzzell

124-Love For Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim

125-This Music Leaves Stains: The Complete Story Of The Misfits by James Greene Jr.

126-What To Say When You Talk To Yourself by Shad Helmstetter

127-Spark by John Ratey, MD and Eric Hagerman

128-Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

129-The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

130-Ever Fallen In Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Tapes by Pete Shelley with Louis Shelley

131-The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler

132-Plenty: A Memoir Of Family And Food by Hannah Howard

133-The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

134-The Tapping Solution by Nick Ornther

135-The Chaos Kind by Barry Eisler

136-Burn by Herman Pontzer

137-The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

138-Uncommon People: The Rise And Fall Of The Rock Stars by David Hepworth

139-The Language Of Coaching by Nick Winkleman

140-And Party Every Day by Larry Harris

141-I Killed Pink Floyd’s Pig by Beau Phillips

142-The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang

143-Weaponized Lies by Daniel J. Levitin

144-Women by Charles Bukowski

145-Substance: Inside New Order by Peter Hook

146-Get In The Van by Henry Rollins

147-Circe by Madeline Miller

148-Stay Fanatic Vol. 2 by Henry Rollins

149-The Bees by Laline Paull

150-All Gates Open: The Story Of Can by Rob Young & Irmin Schmidt

151-The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

152-How To Get Rich by Felix Dennis

153-Hard Core: Life Of My Own by Harley Flanagan

154-Severance by Ling Ma

155-Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney

156-Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

157-The Sellout by Paul Beatty

158-Trejo: My Life Of Crime, Redemption And Hollywood by Danny Trejo

159-Chickenhawk by Robert Mason

160-The Conversion Code by Chris Smith

161-The Tell by Matthew Hertenstein

162-Wholly Unraveled by Keele Burgin

163-Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday

164-The Underneath by Melanie Finn

165-Laurel Canyon by Michael Walker

166-The Stubborn Fat Loss Solution by Lyle McDonald

167-Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album by Matthew Robertson

168-Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West

169-The Brave Athlete by Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson

170-Up Tight: The Velvet Underground Story by Victor Bockris and Gerard Malanga

171-Simple Rules by Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt

172-Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer by Patrick Suskind

173-Feel Like Going Home by Peter Guralnick

174-On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins

175-More Than A Body by Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite

176-A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach To Being A Better Leader by Ari Weinzweig

177-The 4 Disciplines Of Execution by Chris McChesney, Jim Huling and Sean Covey

178-Master Your Emotions by Thibaut Meurisse

179-Japanese Women Don’t Get Old Or Fat by Naomi Moriyama

180-The Power Of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

181-This Isn’t Happening by Steven Hyden

182-Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

183-A General Theory Of Love by Dr. Richard Lemmon, Dr. Thomas Lewis, and Dr. Kari Amini

184-Light Is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell

185-Becoming Unbreakable by Kate Galliett

(Here’s a picture of my wife, Marissa, and I enjoying a small pour of Van Winkle 12 Year in Kentucky during our 7-year anniversary getaway. Cheers!)