Welcome to The Level Grind! My name is Philip, but you can just call me Matador. I love video games and all things geek, and with this site I wanted to inform and inspire others to be as passionate about their physical bodies as they are about their digital ones.

This is my journey to reach my full potential – my Level Grind. I’ve been working out steadily for about three years now, and now I’ve decided that it’s time for me to take the plunge and become a Personal Trainer myself!

Here you’ll find my musings on living a balanced life, ideas for maintaining your health and fitness, tips for eating clean without munching on nothing but lettuce, and reflections on the lessons I’ve learned on my journey. My goal with The Level Grind is to maintain a welcoming, body-positive atmosphere while still encouraging personal growth. If you’ve never really lifted weights before, or you have a tough time with more than one pushup, then you’ve got nothing to be ashamed of; it just means that you’re ready to start building yourself.

I want to be as healthy as possible and I’m focused on purely natural, clean eating, and functional training methods. BUT, I also want to look damn good, and I use my favorite game characters as inspiration (although some of them are more realistic goals than others – I’m looking at you, Gears of War).

I’ve also started a YouTube channel where I talk fitness, games, and general geekiness, and you can find me on Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter @matadorphilip! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the journey.