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>>> NEW Bootcamp Apparel… <<<
Following up from earlier this week… NEW Under Armour “St Louis Fitness Bootcamp” Apparel is available now! Go pick up an item or three here:
I’m really excited about this offering with some name brand Under Armour tops with multiple color options. I’ll be putting in a bulk order this week to get the best pricing. So go browse now, put in your order on the site (or in person). And get excited to sport your new threads! (You’ll have to imagine the Bootcamp logo printed across the chest.)
Order deadline: WEDNESDAY (5/16/18)
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(I have two FREE SPOTS available! Unfortunately, two of our teammates won’t be able to participate. So that spot is open for the taking. First one to email me that they want it can have it.)
We currently have a team of 24 that are going to get dirty, drink beer, and have a blast this weekend. You won’t want to miss out! Don’t worry if you’re not a regular obstacle course racer. We attack this course as a crew and help each other out. No man or woman left behind. 😉
WHEN: SATURDAY 5-19-18
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Master Your Inner Mollusk…
Have you ever been to the ocean?
Have you ever stared out over it and marveled at its seemingly infinite expanse?
Have you become profoundly humbled by that ocean? Considered how small you are in comparison to that body of water and this world? Wondered why your problems seem so big in a world where you are so objectively small?
And while pondering your place in this universe and the meaning of your life… did you also find yourself wondering about the secret lives of lobsters inhabiting the ocean floor?
No???… Not where you thought I was going with this?
I suppose the only time people really think of lobsters is when they’re in the mood to eat one (or when they’re watching the Little Mermaid). #Sebastian
True, you and I typically have too much going on to allocate much brain space to this bottom-feeding crustacean… but according to many researchers and author, Jordan Peterson, we can learn a lot about ourselves from the lobster.
Jordan, a clinical psychologist, researcher, and the author of the best selling book, 12 Rules For Life, dedicates much of his first chapter (Rule #1 of 12) to breaking down the life of a lobster.
You may be fascinated to discover, as I was, that lobsters have numerous parallels to humans in terms of their social construct hierarchies and their neurochemistry.
Successful lobsters get the best shelters, get the most food, and attract the most mates. Sound familiar?
But how do lobsters determine who’s the most successful in the pinching order?
Lobster-Battle-Royale, of course!
The best shelters tend to be limited in comparison to the total number of lobsters in a community. Ergo, lobsters looking to hang their hat for the night will go knocking on numerous doors, so to speak, to lay claim to a resting spot.
Often times when you knock on a door… you may get an answer. And since lobsters don’t have legal deeds, personal property lawyers, or mortgages with their name on it… these encounters tend to result in a lobster show down (similar to a duel a la the Wild Wild West).
The dispute can be solved at different levels.
In Level 1, they spray chemicals at each other that gives their opponent a taste of their hormonal profile. If your musk translates to “Not To Be F****d With,” the exchange ends here.
If neither backs down, you proceed to Level 2, which is kind of like boxers sizing each other up in a ring.
Since physical injury is serious business in the animal kingdom, victory by intimidation is preferred to actually duking it out.
At Level 3, it becomes a wrestling match. The lobster that gets put on its back is the implied loser.
If they still don’t concede however, Level 4, becomes an attempt to maim or injure which may result in fatality.
But typically, it doesn’t have to go this far. Lobsters have internal ranking mechanisms that aid them in settling disputes before things go to fist-i-claws.
Indeed, lobsters have an internal “primordial counter” that tallies personal wins and losses over their lifetime.
If you’re Lobster Mayweather, then you’re the undefeated crustacean-weight champion of the sea…. your serotonin levels soar, your confidence is through the roof, your posture is intimidating and telegraphs your dominance, the lady lobsters can’t stop checking out your monster-sized claws, and your mere presence makes the lower-level lobsters cower and tuck tail without a fight.
If, on the other hand, you’re Lobster Urkel, odds are good that you’re gonna get bullied a lot, your serotonin levels are in the basement, your posture hunches up and you avoid confrontation, you get less food, you can’t find a date on Lobster Tinder, you go through life scared and depressed, and you typically live a shorter lifespan as well.
If you’re wondering what all this lobster talk has to do with you… the answer is EVERYTHING!
While you may not have ongoing head-to-head competitions with other humans for shelter, you do have a similar “primordial counter” that tallies your wins and losses in life… and thus determines your sitting in the land-dweller social hierarchy.
Acing tests, scoring touchdowns, and getting promotions… scored you wins.
Getting noogies, bad break-ups, and going bankrupt… scored you losses.
The sum total of your wins and losses over time, will in large part dictate your serotonin levels, which affects your level of happiness and even your physical posture.
Slumped shoulders and head hunched forward subliminally signals to the world that you’re a low-level lobster who maybe doesn’t deserve that job opportunity or a second date.
So what’s a low-level lobster (or human) to do?
Fortunately for us, we can hack the system in reverse.
You don’t have to confront your high school bullies or declare to your ex that you’re soooooooooooooo over them.
You can simply change your physiology.
Shoulders back, head up.
Think more Superman, less Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Changing the way you carry yourself via your posture, changes the way you see the world, changes the way you’re perceived by the world, changes the levels of your serotonin, changes the level of your happiness, changes your rank in the social hierarchy, and may help you live a longer, more fulfilling life.
Pretty cool, right?
The awesome part about being a human, on dry land, in America, in the 21st century, is that you have all the resources necessary at your disposal to alter your circumstances in a positive direction.
That power lies between your ears, within your physical body, and in your uncanny ability to learn, adapt, and act accordingly.
Tony Robbins is a massive advocate of changing your outside body (via posture, breathing, and facial expression) to directly impact and influence your internal neurochemistry.
Smiling (even if you don’t feel like it) will actually start to produce hormones that match that physical state thus altering your psychological mood… essentially altering your feelings from the outside-in!
Unfortunately, for our shellfish friends, a lobster with a history of life losses won’t be able to pull off this hack. But you can!
Head up, shoulders back.
It’s not just for beauty queens and spandex-clad super heroes.
In the personal training world, it’s widely noted that the vast majority of people exhibit what’s called upper-crossed syndrome.
Constant sitting, texting, driving, and typing gets compounded with your accumulated lifetime ‘losses’ to produce the forward head and rounded shoulders that most of us don’t even realize we’re doing. And it’s become so common that you won’t visually notice any issues because it’s par for the course in our culture!
But it’s wreaking havoc on your physiology, your psychology, and ultimately your perceived rank in the human pecking order.
So… I implore you… COME OUT OF YOUR SHELL!
There’s no need for us to curl up into little, depressed, submissive lobster balls.
I’ll do my part to keep throwing in moves at Bootcamp like the High Pull, Rotator Cuff Wall Slide, and Bent Over W-Raises to train your body towards a better posture.
But in the mean time, heed Jordan Peterson’s simple Rule #1 for Life: Stand Up Straight with Your Shoulders Back.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Jordan:
“Standing up physically also implies and invokes and demands standing up metaphysically. Standing up means voluntarily accepting the burden of Being. Your nervous system responds in an entirely different manner when you face the demands of life voluntarily. You respond to a challenge, instead of bracing for a catastrophe… You step forward to take your place in the dominance hierarchy, and occupy your territory, manifesting your willingness to defend, expand and transform it. That can all occur practically or symbolically, as a physical or as a conceptual restructuring. To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open.”
Head up, shoulders back… it’s important… practice often! 😉
CJ’s Book of the Week:
“12 Rules For Life– An Antidote for Chaos” by Jordan Peterson
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