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Skedge 7//17 (Are You Creative?…)

By CEEJ | In St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp | on July 9, 2017

Hope you’re having an amazing Sunday!


CJ’s Taking a Day Off!:

Saturday 7/22/17 (No Class at Vetta-Manchester location!)

People have been mentioning this “vactaion” thing to me… I’m still not sure I get it, but I’m willing to try it for a day.  I apologize in advance if your Saturday feels incomplete in my absence.  (I’ll miss you too!)  But my friend has a cabin and wilderness that’s been calling my name, so I have to answer.  If it goes well, I may take another day off in 2018… maybe.  😉  In the meantime, please send your hate mail to Derek.  Lol.


Are You Creative?

I was given the opportunity to go speak at Priory School’s Career Day this week.  The docket was filled with cops and judges and even scientific bee researchers.  So while I thought I might look out of place showing up in my knee-high socks and sleeveless shirt, I quickly discovered that my signature Under Armour uniform is actually a bit boring next to a man with a sidearm and handcuffs or a pair of girls in full on bee-keeping apparel.

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How does a certified personal trainer start a Career Day presentation you might be wondering?

With a workout, of course!

While you might think I simply enjoy “torturing” every person I meet, that’s only partially true.  I’ve actually read research conducted by author (of “Healthy Brain, Happy Life”) and neuroscientist, Wendy Suzuki, showing that students actually perform better, retain more information, and get better grades when the coursework is preceded by a workout.

Go figure!

(So if you’ve been given a raise or a promotion since starting Bootcamp, I probably deserve all of the credit for increasing your performance, and I’ll be expecting your thank you and my cut of your bonus in the mail any day now.  😉  )

I was excited to get this opportunity because I envision myself doing more speaking engagements in the future.

I’ve learned so much from top tier speakers like Tony Robbins, Eric Thomas, Andy Frisella, Mel Robbins, Lisa Nichols, Gary Vaynerchuk, Les Brown… the list goes on and on.  The ability to use your words and ideas to motivate, inspire, change paradigms, break patterns, and improve lives is something that’s always fascinated me.

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I’m grateful to have been impacted by all the great ones out there.  And my hope is to be able to pay it forward to countless others.  Because I want to have impact.  I want to change lives.

But first, I have to get in my reps.

You want to be good at pushups.  Practice pushups.

You want to be good at speaking.  Practice speaking. 

And one of the critical tenets of effective speaking, is knowing your audience.

Sadly, I had a bit of a tough time getting into the heads of the 6th-9th grade age bracket I was presenting to.

There’s a gap there….

They talk about apps and TV shows I’ve never heard of.  Half of them still believe they’re going to be professional football and basketball players.  Half of them look at you as if they’re mute when you ask them a question.  Half of them won’t participate in a simple three minute warmup workout to get the blood flowing because that sh*t ain’t “cool”.

Somebody call that cop in from the other room to pistol whip these kids for non-compliance!

But perhaps most disturbing of all, when I asked the room, “How many people in here would consider themselves CREATIVE?”

Only half the room raised their hands.

Just half!

Rewind the clock a bit… If you ask the same question to a group of Kindergarteners, “Who in here thinks they’re creative?  Who knows how to draw?  Who can sing?  Who can dance?  Who can build?  Who can tell stories?”

Every hand in the room will shoot up!

We’re creative by nature.  But nurture breeds it out of us.

A friend makes fun of our art and we close that part of ourselves off.

We get a bad grade on our math test, and we conclude that we’re bad at numbers.

We’re engrained with this false belief that failure is bad, which, of course, makes it safer not to try at all.

But creativity is not reserved strictly for the artsy… the thespians… and the Lady Gaga’s of the world.

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We all have it.  And we all use it on the daily. 

Every day is a new blank canvas that we make our mark on.

Some will be messy.  Some will be strokes of genius.

Some will convey heartache.  Some will convey breakthrough.

It’s the culmination of these individual pieces that make up your life… your masterpiece.

When we think that we’re not creative, we’re simply living a lie.

This was the point I was trying to convey to a group of 11-15 year olds who seemed to be more interested in whether the Doritos at the back of the room were for them or not.

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Yes, I talked to them briefly about nutrition too.  But it’s tough to squeeze in a workout, convey life lessons, discuss entrepreneurship, encourage creativity, inspire them to take action, and clean up their shoddy diets in under 25 minutes.  Not that I didn’t try…  😉

I took the point of creativity further to include the type of health and bodies they would be creating for themselves by the food and drink choices they were making daily.

“How many in this room know someone with cancer?… Diabetes?… Heart disease?…”

Inevitably, EVERY person in the room raised their hand to acknowledge they knew somebody battling these health conditions.

General Mills and Kraft and Pepsico have all created empires on the back of processed food products that are poisoning the masses.  They’ve created lies about calories and fat and “healthy whole grains” that have kept an entire nation utterly baffled about real nutrition for decades.

When I mentioned to the kids that they’d be best off to consider taking milk out of their diet, one kid literally asked me at the end of the presentation, “If I don’t drink milk, how will I grow?”

He was genuinely concerned!

This is how bad it’s gotten!

This is how deep their deceptive marketing penetrates!

I recorded a 12 minute video the other day debunking some the myths around milk.  But for 12 years this kid has been hearing celebrities and top athletes endorse that milk “does a body good” and it’s the ONLY way you’re going to get big and strong. It’s insidious!

Fact is, it’s tough to create health or wealth or success of any kind if you’ve been indoctrinated with lies your whole life.

So to be better creators, we have to first be better seekers. 

Be a life long learner.

Read books, listen to podcasts, search YouTube for something other than cute cats and puppies.

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Every person on this planet is a creator.

Some are just more intentional than others.

What are you creating today? 


In your lifetime?

Best wishes on your masterpiece!  😉

(Special thanks to Carrie Lane for having me at Career Day.  Despite some of my sarcasm here, it really was a positive experience with several magic moments and I was very grateful for the opportunity.  Thank you!)



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CJ’s Book of the Week:  “Live Your Dreams” by Les Brown


“Skedge” for 7/10/17-7/15/17

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

Monday: Core (CJ)  

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

Thursday:   Core (CJ)  

Friday:   Lower (CJ)

Saturday: Upper (CJ)

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Wednesday:  Upper  (Kyle)

Thursday:  Core (Derek) 

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