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Skedge 6/12/17 (Everybody Love Everybody!…)

By CEEJ | In St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp | on June 11, 2017

Back in the saddle again!

A little Aerosmith to get you goin this morning:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIPS4LyveJs


***Bootcamp Social Event***

Friday, June 16th (Happy Hour… starting at 4ish???)

Corner Pub (13645 Big Bend Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122)

Come say hi if you’re free!  🙂


Crusher Race  (Our Team is GROWING!!)
Where:  Eureka, MO

When:  6/25/17  (We’re doing the 5k option at the 10AM time slot!)
Use this link to sign up with the Bootcamp Team:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-crusher-race-spring-2017-registration-31201917776?team_token=1794936-n8o31


Everybody Love Everybody…

“Vacation.  V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N.  Vactation.”

And with that correctly spelled word, Nicole Conway solidified her spot as the champion of the 2nd Grade Spelling Bee.

I was the runner up.

I can’t remember what word I misspelled in the turn prior.  But I remember vividly that Nicole got what I considered to be a lay-up word for the winner.

“Vacation.”  What a joke!

Despite the loss, I still felt like I was the better speller.  I felt that I’d been cheated.  I felt like there should be some spelling court of appeals to weigh the difficulty of the words being administered.

Even at age 7, my ego was trying to run the show.

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Wayne Dyer (whose authored a ton of books and self help courses) says that each of us has two people living inside one body.

The Ego Self.

And the Sacred Self.

The Ego Self is obsessed with titles, comparisons, and rankings.

And above all The Ego Self wants to be right.

The Sacred Self puts zero value in status, possessions, or how many figures you have in your bank account.

The Sacred Self wants only one thing:  for you to be at peace.

Most people would probably tell you they’d rather be at peace than be right all the time.  (Ok, maybe you know a few exceptions…)

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But oddly, we don’t act that way.

Peace was certainly not what Mini-CJ was feeling at the conclusion of the 2nd Grade Spelling Bee.

It was my pint-sized ego projecting larger than life… voicing false narratives about why I deserved to be the champ.

That same ego explained why I should have been 3rd place instead of 4th place at the State Wrestling Championships in high school.

And it helped justify a list of my perceived shortcomings post-college with manufactured stories about my perpetual bad luck.

It was all a load of malarkey.  (Spell that one Nicole!!)

While I’ve tamed my ego considerably, it’s not something that ever goes totally away.

I listened to a Bible teaching this week that began with an acronym for the word “Ego”.

Ego stands for “Edging Out God”.  (OR “Edging Out the Galaxy/Universe” if you aren’t into the whole God thing… you can probably still acknowledge there are forces in this world that are greater than yourself.)

The Ego Self is what makes us feel separate and disconnected from one another.

Which is actually the antithesis of peace because we’re hard-wired to need connection and acceptance.

In fact, our need to belong is so foundational that it follows only behind food, water, and shelter in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

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(Unless you count WiFi…)

So if the Ego self is causing disconnect and thus disharmony, how does one reconnect to God, to neighbors, to friends, to family, to community?

According to Wayne, at every opportunity that presents itself, you need to practice being kind rather than being right. 

Nobody likes a sore loser.

And your “being right” doesn’t bring you any lasting happiness.

Clinging to false narratives only makes you more jaded, more deluded, and more difficult to be around.

So exercise your kindness muscle instead.

When you get cut off in traffic, it doesn’t matter that you had the “right” of way.  Or that the other driver was “wrong” to cut over 4 lanes of traffic without a blinker…

Exercise kindness towards your fellow commuter and shoot a prayer/positive vibes his way.

Paradoxically, your letting go of what’s “right” and exercising kindness will help you feel a lot better.

Similarly, when you get the frazzled waiter at the end of a double shift at the restaurant, calm him down and tell him with a smile that you’re in no rush and to take his time delivering your food.

The ego will instinctively fight this advice…. “What about me?  I’m a paying customer!  I deserve top notch service!  And I deserve it NOW!”

Maybe you’re right… BUT WHO CARES??

Kindness will bring both you AND the waiter additional peace.  (And you’ll probably get your food faster because he appreciates your candor so much.)

Because the truth of the matter is…

We’re not separate.  We’re all on Team Human.  E.L.E.! (Everybody Love Everybody!)

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Laird Hamilton, legendary big wave surfer, explains this concept in terms of competition.

An athlete with a competitive edge may not want to share her training techniques and secrets for fear that the competition will catch and surpass her.

And the Ego Self desperately wants its status at the top of the pack.

But Laird explains that when all the competitors put their egos aside and share openly, the skill level of the entire field becomes elevated to never before seen levels of human achievement.

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This in no way discredits the value of healthy competition.  Rather it gets the absolute most out of it for everybody involved.

Today, I try to practice this as a trainer.

I’ve been asked which bootcamps/gyms/facilities are my greatest competition in the area.

But I try not to think of it as competition.

I like to think that all of the area trainers are on a common mission against the raging health epidemics that are facing our fine nation.  I like to think that we’re all on the same team waging war against the likes of diabetes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease.  We’re all trying to change lives for the better.

Don’t get me wrong… I 100% want my business and personal brand to grow.  And I’m taking every step I can dream up to improve our Bootcamp and my skills and knowledge as a trainer.

But I don’t have to steal or win over clients from other gyms to achieve that goal.

That’s called a LACK mindset. 

It assumes there are only a finite amount of gym-goers for all of us trainers to fight over.

When in reality, there’s untold numbers of people in this city that are still trying to find their fitness fit.  Searching for their inspiration.  Digging for their will to get off the couch and take the action they know they ought to be taking anyway.

And when the student is ready… and has seen enough of my silly videos on Facebook… the teacher will be waiting!

That’s ABUNDANCE mentality.

There is no lack of resources.  Only lack of resourcefulness.

When you take off your “Ego Self” goggles and get fitted for your “Sacred Self” frames…

When you let go of being right and embrace being kind instead…

You catch glimpses of the peace that Wayne Dyer, Abraham Maslow, Laird Hamilton and the Bible are referring to.

When you play for Team Human… we all win!

“Peace” out Homie!



Crusher Race
Where:  Eureka, MO

When:  6/25/17  (We’re doing the 5k option at the 10AM time slot!)
Use this link to sign up with the Bootcamp Team:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-crusher-race-spring-2017-registration-31201917776?team_token=1794936-n8o31

(We’re planning to carpool/caravan to the event leaving from the Manchester Vetta parking lot that morning.  I’ll be in touch as the date approaches.)


CJ’s Book of the Week:  “Head Strong” by Dr. Dave Asprey


“Skedge” for 6/12/17-6/17/17

Manchester (Class Times:  Mon-Fri @ 5:30/7:00/8:30am & Satuday @ 7am)

Monday: Upper (CJ)

Tuesday:  Core (CJ)
Wednesday:  Lower  (CJ)

Thursday:   Upper (CJ)  

Friday:   Core (CJ)

Saturday: Lower (CJ)

St. Peters (Class Times:  Mon-Fri @ 5:30am ONLY & Satuday @ 8am)

Monday:  Upper (Derek)

Tuesday:  Core (Derek)
Wednesday:  Lower  (Derek)

Thursday:  Upper (Derek) 

Friday:  Core (Derek)

Saturday:  Lower (Derek)


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CJ Thomas

Owner, Operator, & “CeejEO”

St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp

ph:  314-266-9729

email:  CJ@STLFitnessBootcamp.com


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