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Skedge 3/7 (The Villain Within…)

By CEEJ | In St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp | on March 6, 2016

Good morning Bootcampers!

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Quick announcement… I have jury duty tomorrow (Monday, 3-7-16).  As a result, 5:30am class will be the ONLY Monday class at Ballwin Bootcamp. 

7am and 8:30am classes are CANCELLED for Monday. 

Please plan your day accordingly!

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“I believe there’s a hero in all of us.” –Aunt May (from Spiderman 2)

Yes… that may be true, Aunt May.

But simultaneously…

There’s a villain in all of us too. 

Deep within each of us…

There’s a schemer, a plotter, a poor entitled soul.  There’s a thief, a cheater, a hooligan.  A side we don’t want to acknowledge exists, but it’s there nonetheless.

Paradoxically, none of us thinks ourselves to be evil. (Even the ones who actually are.)

Consider that even the members of the terrorist group, ISIS, legitimately believe that they are doing God’s work.  They think that you and I are the bad guys… the infidels… the sinners whom God abhors.

While these individuals are misguided, I guess it all comes down to perspective.

I know I’m probably way off base here.

Certainly you’re not a villain.

You’ve never stolen a grape at the grocery store.

Never cheated on a test, a board game, or a diet.

Never lusted over a married co-worker, acquaintance, or celebrity.

Never told a white lie to get you out of a jam.

Never broken a promise to your friend, your family, or yourself.

Not you… never!

Don’t worry, I’m not here to chastise you for your shortcomings.

Just pointing out that none of us are quite as righteous as we may believe ourselves to be.

Only one man in history was perfect and if your name doesn’t rhyme with Bezus… sorry Sweetie, it ain’t you.

There’s a hero in all of us… But there’s a villain too.

I’ve been reading recently about the how to craft great stories.

If we look to cinema for clues on where the best stories come from, you may notice a trend that includes superheroes.

Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain America, the Avengers, X-Men… these are the blockbuster hits of our time.

Why??

One might postulate that the obvious answer is because we love to watch a hero.  That each of us, despite a less-than-action-packed life, resonates metaphorically with the awesome power of a caped crusader.  Because each of us also believes that we too have super-abilities within us.  Powers that, if only we could harness them, might elevate us to our own super-status.

And so we watch in awe… become inspired… and then after the lights turn on and we wipe the artificial butter flavoring off our fingertips… we return to the real world.  But hold on to the fantasy of becoming super.

No doubt, super heroes are super cool…

But according to Stan Lee, far more critical than the hero… the Villain must be just as interesting or ideally more so than the hero.

“A superhero without a great villain is like a day without sunshine.”

–Stan Lee, legendary comic book creator.

That can’t be right, can it

The movie is named after Batman, not the Joker after all.

And yet, as I review the recent Batman trilogy in my mind, I define each saga by the villain that opposes Batman.  The one with the scarecrow… the one with the Joker… the one with Bane.

Dig deeper and you’ll recognize the essence of what these characters represent.

Scarecrow… the essence of Fear

Joker… the essence of Chaos

Bane… the essence of Pain

This is critical to the story and can help explain why every new super hero movie that comes out breaks the box office in record setting ways.

 

It has nothing to do with how righteous Wolverine and Iron Man are.

It has everything to do with the force they’re fighting against…  Which is evil in its most unimaginable and frightening forms.

If you call upon Spiderman to thwart the litter-bugs of New York City, you’re gonna have some pretty disappointed viewers and a potential riot on your hands.

Nobody wants to see Batman apprehend a jay-walker.  (Ok, actually, as I think about it, that might be a pretty funny skit.  But a major bomb at the box office.)

You need an intriguing villain. 

We need to wonder, “How in the heck is Darkwing Duck gonna get out of this one?”  (Did anybody else watch Darkwing Duck??)

Let’s redirect this topic away from fiction for a moment and relate it back to your life.

I started this post by saying there’s a villain inside of each of us.

The problem is, our villain is not one that we can see or smell or touch. 

There’s no capes or utility belts or spandex involved in this battle.

Our villain lives inside the intangibles of life.

It’s in your procrastination to write that book.

It’s in your addiction to drugs, or food, or the Candy Crush Saga.

It’s in the lies we tell ourselves.  (Or rather the lies of the Villain whispering in your ear and cloaking his voice as your own.)

It’s in laziness, apathy, drifting, stubbornness, and hatred for others.

It’s in doubt, fear, road rage, and disdain for old age.

It comes in too many forms to count.  And it will stealthily justify its existence hoping that you will wave your white flag and not put up a fight.

“Just one more cookie.  You deserve it.”

“Just one more hour of TV.  You’ll be fine on 5 hours of sleep.”

“I’ll just focus on work for right now.  My personal life/ social life/ relationships/ goals/ dreams/ fitness/  health/ body/ soul can wait. There’ll be time for that stuff LATER.”

Steven Pressfield calls this villainous force Resistance.  And has written entire books chronicling the dastardly deeds of this silent killer.  (I highly recommend “Do the Work” and “The War of Art” for full details on what you’re up against.)

It may seem like you’re losing tiny battles here and there.  But that’s part of your Villain’s game.  It wins the war through attrition.  Accumulation of mini victories adding up to a life less lived.

According to Pressfield…

“Resistance plays for keeps.  Resistance’s goal is not to wound or disable.  Resistance aims to kill.  It’s target is the epicenter of our being:  our genius, our soul, the unique and priceless gift we were put on this earth to give and that no one else has but us.  Resistance means business.  When we fight it, we are in a war to the death.”

–Steven Pressfield, “Do the Work”

As evil as the Joker is… he can lose a fist fight to Batman.  He can be detained in a cell.

Your Villain can’t. 

But the fight is no less real.

It may not show well on the silver screen.  No special effects required.  But the battle is no less epic.

There is so much on the line.

Part of winning the battle, is knowing what you’re up against.  Knowing that the villain exists and is actively plotting against you.

You must fight back.

Observe your thoughts… Who’s really doing the talking?

Take note of your inner conversations.

Your justifications.

Your desire to hit snooze because you’re not quite yet ready to face the day (the battle) ahead.

Study your opponent.

Determine where you stand.

Embrace your inner super hero.

And defeat the Villain within.

Blessings!

CJ

P.S…

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1-on-1 Personal Training Announcement!

Derek is taking 1-on-1 clients.

Need some extra attention to form?

Or a little extra kick in the butt??

Let Derek show you the ropes at Kor Fitness in St Charles.

Contact Derek for pricing and details and to schedule your 1-on-1 session.  (Discounts may apply for active Bootcampers and groups of 2 or more)thomas.derek.r@gmail.com

 

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Here’s this week’s YouTube videos:

Mouthwash vs. Oil Pulling…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjwf2D5aHi4

How to Turn Negatives Into Positives (in your workouts)…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRy2cIixqgc

Brussel Sprouts, It’s What’s for Dinner…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb8hfmAOFuA

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CJ’s Book(s) of the Week:  “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Housseini (A bit of fiction in the mix.  So far quite the page turner.)

CJ’s Podcast of the Week:  The Mike Dolce Show:  Ep. 131 Mindfulness  http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/mike-dolce/the-mike-dolce-show/e/ep-131-mindfulness-42879360

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“Skedge” for 3/7/16-3/12/16

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

Monday:  Core (CJ)………7am & 8:30am classes CANCELLED!!!

Tuesday:  Lower  (CJ)
Wednesday:  Upper  (CJ)

Thursday:  Core (CJ)

Friday:  Lower (CJ)

Saturday:  Upper (CJ)

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

Monday:  Core (Derek)

Tuesday:  Lower  (Derek)
Wednesday:  Upper  (Derek)

Thursday:  Core (Derek)

Friday:  Lower (Derek)

Saturday:  Upper (Derek)

CJ Thomas

Owner, Operator, & “CeejEO”

St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp

ph:  314-266-9729

email:  CJ@STLFitnessBootcamp.com

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