Happy Turkey Week!
Bootcamp Christmas Party!!
Workout hard… play hard…
When: December 16, 2017 (Saturday) 7pm-??
Where: Helen Fitzgerald’s (3650 S. Lindbergh, St Louis, MO 63127)
Let’s grab some holiday ‘spirits’ together and make a night of it!
Hope you can make it! Mark your calendar! Friends, spouses, and significant others all welcome! Can’t wait to see you and get our party on Bootcamp style!
What’s Your Mission?
I’m fascinated by top performers.
I always want to know what allows a seemingly average person (or a waaaaaaay below average person) to rise up from obscurity to the top of the heap.
It’s been my observation that when you broach this topic with most people, the consensus seems to be that the top peeps have extraordinary advantages that the rest of us aren’t privy to.
Born with a silver spoon in their mouth… genetically blessed with athletic talent… a massive IQ gifted to them by God… more connections… more advantages… more opportunity…
Ultimately, it boils to down to some people are just lucky.
I don’t subscribe to that theory.
Curtis Jackson being born into extreme poverty, having to sell drugs to make a living, watching his back for assassins, recording and selling his records one at a time, being shot 9 times (including one in the jaw that he raps with), and emerging as the artist you may be more familiar with as 50 Cent… has a lot more than “luck” going for him.
Sylvester Stallone was so broke he had to sell his dog for $50 at a liquor store so he could eat.
Oprah Winfrey had to overcome sexual abuse before becoming an icon.
Steve Harvey… Jewel… Keanu Reeves… Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson… the comeback stories are endless.
Theirs are the stories of triumph over adversity.
These are people with clarity of vision.
These are people who are on a mission.
The people I follow most closely today have very clear missions that drive their actions:
Gary Vaynerchuck’s on a mission to suffocate excuses.
Ben Greenfield’s on a mission to help people achieve ultimate wellness of body, mind, AND spirit.
Tom Bilyeu’s on a mission to help people escape from the Matrix.
Tim Ferriss is on a mission to deconstruct the winning tactics of top performers.
Ryan Fletcher is on a mission to create a movement of movements.
Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, Vani Hari (aka The Food Babe)… they all have a mission… for their businesses, for their personal lives, for the impact they want to have on their community and the world.
Me?… I’ve got many missions.
I want to make fitness an enjoyable experience.
I want to help those who are seeking increased health to find it.
I want to dispel nutrition myths that are working against you.
I want to uncover the little known tactics for optimal wellness.
I want to expose the corporations that profit off your sickness.
I want to help you break throught that weight loss plateau.
I want to discover the root cause of what ails you (rather than finding ways to mask the symptoms).
I want answers.
And I want to shout them from the rooftops.
Ultimately, I want to be a force for health in a world that’s becoming increasingly unhealthy.
I often recall a message I heard Andy Stanley lay out in which he implores listeners to take the time to reflect upon “what breaks your heart”… and take action accordingly.
In other words…
If the black rhino being on the endangered species list breaks your heart, do something about it.
If the idea of trash islands accumulating in the Pacific Ocean breaks your heart, take some action to reverse that trend.
You may have many things that come to mind, but perhaps there are one or two that tug at your heart strings more than others.
For me… it’s adults who think that “luck” determines their health… That genetics is the primary cause of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer… That Dannon yogurt is a healthy snack choice when it’s actually wreaking havoc on your body…
False information is literally killing us.
Further, it’s the children who never had a chance.
Kids don’t really know that McDonald’s is bad for them. They just know that McDonald’s tastes good… and it comes with a toy!
Often their parents are just as confused about nutrition. So despite mom and dad’s best efforts to provide “healthy whole grains”, low fat milk, and plenty of “protein”… the kids pack on pounds, hit premature puberty, become covered in acne, and begin showing signs of diabetes and atherosclerosis at alarmingly young ages.
Michael Pollan, author of “In Defense of Food,” estimates that one nutritious meal per day could help reverse a lot of that damage.
From my perspective, it’s hard to reach and re-educate all the parents. Frankly, there’s A LOT of un-learning to do!
But perhaps easier to reach the children and educate them properly at school. And further to provide a school lunch that will actually nourish them rather than toxify them.
But who’s in charge of school lunches?
Government entities influenced by the likes of fast food chains and soft drink giants insidiously trying to hook future consumers before their body and mind have even had the chance to fully develop.
McDonald’s Mondays. Taco Bell Tuesdays. Chicken Nugget Wednesdays. Pizza Hut Wednesdays. Fried chicken Fridays.
It would be a lot funnier if I were embellishing… but sadly, this is not far from the truth.
I spoke to a kid at Summer Camp a few months back who asked me when the last time I’d had Twizzlers was… When I guesstimated 15 years, he reacted as if that were some kind of cruel and unusual punishment. Granted, he hadn’t been on the planet for 15 years, but I’m guessing the idea of 15 days without his favorite junk food of choice would have elicited a similar response.
The kids who think pretzels are a healthy snack… who drink soda because water “tastes gross”… who suck on Ring Pops as I explain exercise moves…
This breaks my heart.
It’s not my mission to take away all the choices.
But as much as parents love their kids… if they really… REALLY understood what was going on, I think there’d be rioting in the streets.
In my preliminary attempts to try and meet with schools about their school lunch menu, I’ve been informed there’s a lot of red tape to navigate in order to change this system.
To me, that’s a puzzle worth solving.
If you’ve got contacts at your kids’ schools that could help me get a start on this journey, I’d love to get a dialogue started.
In the mean time, I hope to keep providing you with pieces of the puzzle. One conversation at a time. One video at a time. One blog post at a time. One comment… one share… one epiphany… one transformation… One domino that tips over the next.
Thank you for being a part of my mission. 🙂
And while I’ve got you… I do have one more mission that I need your help with.
It’s that time of the year again…
And it’s our 4th Annual Adopt-A-Family event!
This program has been a massive success the last few years and I never cease to be amazed by the generosity of our crew.
St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp is partnering with the Salvation Army to adopt a family of eight this year and I’ll need your help to make the holidays brighter for this crew who has fallen upon some hard times. Here’s their story:
This family was recently notified that they are being displaced from their home. They are in the process of looking for a new place. The family’s biggest struggle is meeting their most basic needs. Household items such as cleaning supplies, hygiene items, towels, bedding, pillows, food/grocery gift cards, and utility assistance would be the most help this holiday season. This family would be grateful for anything they receive this holiday.
I’ve got a page set up with all the details and gift requests for each family member here: http://stlfitnessbootcamp.com/adopt-a-family-2017-4th-annual/
1) Use the link to get familiar with the family.
2) This family is being super modest and only asking for the basics. While I hope we can meet those needs, I’d also like you to feel free to go “off-list” here and buy toys for the kids and grandkids that might lift their spirits.
3) Email me if/when you’ve bought a gift or intend to buy a gift for one or more family members. That way I can keep track of what we already have accounted for and keep our page updated accordingly.
4) I could use your help with wrapping this year. Obviously all donations are welcome, but if you have time to wrap, please do so and affix a sticky note so I know what it is and who it’s for.
5) If you’d like to donate cash instead, I’ve got a paypal link set up for you to do that.
I think that about wraps it up. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.
Thank you so much in advance for your help with this project. Let’s bring some joy and Christmas spirit to this family of eight!
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY HOURS…
THURSDAY (Thanksgiving Day) 11/23- NO CLASS (Turkey Trot 5k in Eureka if you’d like to join.)
FRIDAY 11/24- 1 CLASS @ 7am (Both locations)
SATURDAY 11/25- NO CLASS
Mark your calendars for 5/19/2018!!
That’s right!… We’re going back to the Battlegrounds!
Our crew had such a blast in the last one, that there was no hesitation in signing up for the next one.
You gotta get in on this!
AND… If you register early, you get a discount! (Discount code: LETSBATTLE)
Don’t miss out!
Here’s what to do (step-by-step instructions):
Go here: http://thebattlegrounds.com/events/
Click Sign Up Now!
Click Sign Up Online Now
Click Register Now
Choose Afternoon Waves 12-3pm
Fill out the form… (CHOOSE Distance: 5k) (CHOOSE Team: Battle-Tested Bootcampers)
Before you finish checking out, use DISCOUNT CODE: LETSBATTLE to get $10 OFF!
Hoping to get a big team together for this one, dominate the course, create some new stories, and party like a rockstar at the finish line!
Discount code may only be good through the end of October… so don’t wait… sign up now and schedule your life around this event. 😉
Here’s a race that’s coming up a little bit sooner:
Novermber 23, 2017 (Thanksgiving Day)
5k Turkey Trot runs through Six Flags in Eureka
Race starts at 8am
$20 to register
No Bootcamp on Thanksgiving Day… so you may have to get your energy expended elsewhere! 😉
CJ’s Book of the Week: “The Plant Paradox” by Steven Gundry, MD
“Skedge” for 11/20/17-11/25/17
Manchester (Class Times: Mon-Fri @ 5:30/7:00/8:30am & Satuday @ 7am)
Monday: Lower (CJ)
Tuesday: Upper (CJ)
Wednesday: Core (CJ)
Thursday: NO CLASS!… THANKSGIVING DAY!!
Friday: Total Body (CJ) 1 Class @ 7am
Saturday: NO CLASS!… THANKSGIVING WEEKEND!!
St. Peters (Class Times: Mon-Fri @ 5:30am ONLY & Satuday @ 8am)
Monday: Lower (Derek)
Tuesday: Upper (Derek)
Wednesday: Core (Derek)
Thursday: NO CLASS!… THANKSGIVING DAY!!
Friday: Total Body (Derek) 1 Class @ 7am
Saturday: NO CLASS!… THANKSGIVING WEEKEND!!
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