Growing Stronger is a process of expansion.
Expanding your neuromuscular strength through improved posture, core strength and structural integrity.
Expanding your physiological strength through respecting biological rhythms, high conscious dieting, and low physiological load (stress).
And expanding your energetic strength through meditation, bioenergetics, deep breathing, learning, imagination, and manifesting your reality.
Below is a video where I discuss the physiological and energetic implications upon your posture.
You’ll learn just how important all three of layers of strength (muscular, physiological & energetic) are to for a balanced body and mind.
Lately I have been applying several new methods for expanding my energetic strength (which is synonymous with expanding consciousness).
For example, I just completed 21 days of Dynamic Meditation. I awoke every day at 5:15 AM and went to my gym where I shook, danced, yelled and vibrated my body for one hour. In almost every shamanic tradition higher states of consciousness are achieved though movement, deep breathing or dance.
When the ego (or self-conscious mind) lets go of its constraints upon your muscular system, the mind and body align to create spontaneous movement. It is in this “trance-like” state that contact with your higher self is often achieved. – This is just one of perhaps thousands of methods for expanding your energetic strength.
One of the easiest and most powerful ways to expand your mind, and energetic strength, is though experiences. The wider the array of experiences, the higher your potential for expansion. Traveling, reading, learning a new language or instrument are all wonderful ways to grow your intelligence and expand your mind.
One more, often over looked, tool for self growth is through relationships.
We often think of growing stronger as something that we do alone, in the gym, while meditating or while studying. But when we step outside of our own subjective realities and allow ourselves to become subject to the ideas and experiences of another person, we have the ability to almost “download” some of their consciousness (this is why it is critical that you are discerning about who you spend your time with). This is another reason why coaching, mentorship and mastermind groups put your growth on hyper-drive!
A friend posted this image on Facebook this weekend, and I saw the truth in it right away.
When I was starting my business and growing my family, I believed that I had no time for friends. I thought that people who made time to socialize were either rich or lazy; “no hard working, goal achieving man has time to hang out and bullshit with others” – or so I wrongfully believed.
It wasn’t until one of my older clients invited me to join his ‘men’s group’, where they met weekly to discuss matters of becoming a ‘balanced man’, that I realized that I had been missing out on gaining wisdom thought the interests and experiences of other people – particularly people who are different than me. Most of the men in this group were at least 20 years older than me, making me the youngest member with the least life experience.
Since that time I have been far more open about who I choose to befriend, or simply hold conversation with. Today, I spend most Friday afternoons at a cigar lounge in my city speaking with mostly strangers about their lives, experiences, failures, hopes and ambitions – it has become one of my favorite activities of the week.
In fact, last Friday I met a USF student named Chris who was studying anthropology. He and I spoke for almost two hours on topics ranging from decoding ancient manuscripts to the use of psychedelics for mind expansion. On paper Chris and I seem like complete opposites; he as an anthropology student, me as a father of four small children and gym owner. But during the course of our conversation we both expanded our awareness of different means for orienting towards the world – thus growing stronger.
This weekend I had the pleasure of spending time with artist, philosopher, videographer, musician and YouTube personality Frank Yang. You might remember that Frank created this video portrait of me last year.
After exchanging powerful new ideas, and eating a lunch of Blue Crab and shrimp, Frank invited me to close my eyes and listen to the following violin concerto on YouTube.
I must admit, sitting through a thirty-five minute “musical adventure” is something that I’ve never done and have never considered doing. But the experience was transformative. I was able to orient myself towards the music by watching and mimicking Frank as he silently absorbed every nuance and fluctuation in the performance.
From time to time it is essential to either discontinue old activities, begin new activities, or engage in reorienting your attention through the ideas or experiences of other people. By doing so you will loosen the ridged cohesion of your consciousness and allow for greater mental flexibility.
The more flexible your mind, the greater its capacity for expansion.
After our conversations and intent listening of violin concertos, we headed back to my gym for some dynamic meditation. Frank and his friends are used to orienting themselves towards life though critical thinking, creativity and mostly mechanical physical exercise such as bodybuilding. Dynamic meditation requires that you relax physical inhibition by releasing the control of your mind, particularly linear (or judgmental) processing, and orient your attention upon deep breathing and spontaneous movement.
It was a wonderful MIND EXPANDING weekend for both Frank and I; and I am tremendously grateful for his presence in my life. I am also grateful for my relationship to every level of consciousness that supports my growth; from the minerals and salt in my water, to the “unseen forces” that guide my intuition and life-path.
My friends, keep expanding your mind. Keep subjecting yourself to new ideas, especially ideas that are in discord with your current mental cohesion. If you are a Christian, try reading The Tao Te Ching; if you are an introvert who hates to dance, try attending an EDM festival
Keep Growing Stronger,
It has been well established by science that what we perceive as mass (material), is in fact energy. What we see as objects in the world is actually energy vibrating at various frequencies producing different states and patterns.
As fascinating as these discoveries are, how can we put these principles to practical use in becoming the strongest version of ourselves?
You and I, as conscious beings, not only take on the form of the “human pattern”, we also have the capacity to choose our very own “authentic patterns of behavior” which send vibrations into our physical world, thus reflecting back to us whatever new form is established by these patterns of behavior.
Or as it has once been said… “You become what you repeatedly do” -Aristotle
So, for example if you wake up every morning to an alarm clock, stumble into the kitchen for a cup of coffee, hop in your car and turn on the alternative rock station, while eating a protein bar five days a week… you have established a pattern. And what you get in life will be a direct reflection of this pattern.
You may or may not like the results you are getting in your life, but understand that you are creating it through your patterns of behavior.
The awesome power that we have as human beings is that we can change our pattens of behavior at any moment, which would completely alter the trajectory of our life. A new pattern would create a new form!
Just imagine if the morning I described above were changed to: Wake up whenever your body is done sleeping, take a long hot shower, sit and read the biography of someone you admire, eat eggs and feta cheese omelet, write a blog post about the book you are reading.
Without judging either pattern as “good or bad” just consider how different the results each of these patterns would be.
Almost all our our thoughts and behaviors are locked into patterns, most of which have not been of our choosing. They are usually thought and behavior patterns forced upon us, or simply accepted without question.
Here is a video where I speak about a method I use to “interrupt and recreate” patterns in my life:
If there is something in your life that you are not satisfied with, consider that you might be creating this situation though your unconscious “thought and behavior patterns.”
Back when I first went into business for myself, and things were NOT going well, a friend taught me a powerful technique that caused me to “reprogram” my habitual thought and behavior patterns. He called the method “visualization and affirmation”.
After only 21 days (3 weeks) of visualizing and affirming what kind of business and life I wanted to create, my life began changing dramatically. I began noticing things, that I otherwise would not have seen, that could support me in my vision. I began thinking differently, and as a result my life took a hard turn in the direction of my new dominant thoughts.
By changing my thought patterns, which sent out vibrations in accordance with this change, I was able to get out of $90,000 of debt and build a business that pays me very well.
Here is a video where I share some ideas about replacing unresourceful thoughts, that move you away from your goals, with positive thoughts that bring you closer to your vision. I’ve personally used this method to Grow Stronger!
Keep Growing Stronger,
Before I begin, I fully intend to share my plans with you about the current projects and activities I am engaging in now (since I have stopped making videos). But I need to tell you a few important stories and give you some background information first. If I skip telling these stories and providing you with this information, I may run the risk of being misunderstood.
These blog posts (which for now on I will simply number for you; 1, 2, 3, etc) will build the foundation for understanding my experiences and ideas which will prove as a vital resource to those who are either new to “Planet Hulse” or want to deepen their knowledge of such topics that I’ll discuss.
This series, or chronicle (not always in chronological order though), will also provide all of the information and resources that you will need in order to make a confident decision about investing in the book I am now writing. The book, which I am calling The Grow Stronger Method (2nd edition) will give you all of exercises, instructions and action plans for implementing these methods into your life and on your journey of becoming the strongest version of yourself.
I am not writing this book to be a New York Times best seller or to make 100 million dollars, I am writing this book because it is my responsibility to do so. All of the videos, on all three of my channels (1, 2 and 3), have touched slightly up these ideas, this book is my attempt to consolidate them and present them to you for practical use. Everything else in my life and business is taking a backseat to this project because I know just how desperately many of our brothers and sisters need it.
Those of you wondering if I’ll make a come-back to YouTube videos in the future, know this… that once this book and the chronicle blog posts series are complete, I am confident that a video rebirth will be in order. For now, I am only focused on one thing though, that is giving you all that I can through these written words.
I hope that these blog posts and the new book prove to be as empowering and resourceful as my YouTube videos have been. And I look forward to continuing to walk with you on our journey of Becoming The Strongest Version Of Ourselves.
Keep Growing Stronger,
A year after marrying my high school girlfriend Colleen, we found ourselves living in the basement of her father’s home.
My parents had recently decided to move to Florida. Actually, my “parents” didn’t decide to move… my father did. My dad is as impulsive as I am. So, after working for the same auto body shop and living in the same house for about 20 years, he comes home one day and basically tells my mom, “pack your shit, we’re leaving.”
I’m sitting at a small desk facing a lake in the St. Petersburg (Florida) Public Library. I have a backpack full of books, my Panner Pad, a few protein bars and two bottles of Evian water. I have a feeling that I’ll be sitting here for a long time today.
About seven years ago I use to sit in this very library writing e-books on health, strength and personal development. I was also writing free reports to give away in order to attract leads for my personal training business, which grew into Strength Camp, and for potential customers of my e-books.
I taught myself how to write sales letters, create e mail opt-in forms, autoresponder e-mail series’, I taught myself how to create websites (using code! we didn’t have simple shit like wordpress back then), I used Adobe Fireworks to create graphics and edit images of football players, bodybuilders and strongmen for my new websites and products.
All of this I did on a used laptop that I bought for $700 at a pawn shop few blocks from the library. I still remember the “card” I had to purchase for $60 that would allow the old laptop to connect to wi-fi. The card was a big blue chunk of plastic that stuck out the side of the computer. I was always at risk of snapping the card off the computer whenever I placed it in my backpack.
I’d like to share with you one of the many strange rituals I participate in when I’m feeling confused, ungrounded, lost… or just in need of mental / spiritual clarity.
If you’ve been watching my videos long enough, you understand what I mean when I say “Your Body IS Your Mind.”
It has been my experience that through deep breathing and exercise, specifically exercises that elicit spontaneous movement in the body, we might be able to transcend the limitations of the ego and reach deep into our unconscious where there may be valuable pearls of wisdom laying for us to discover.
It has been through my practice of various forms of “body meditation” that I’ve come into contact with a powerful, non-linear intelligence that I believe guides my steps, weather I acknowledge it – or not.
By Ryan Magin
Creator Of: 51 Handsome Guy Secrets
What if I told you right now someone is judging you.
What if I told you right now how you look is effecting things like:
• How much money you are currently making.
• How much your friends trust you.
• How attractive you appear to women.
Let that sink in for a bit.
I Want To Let You In On A Little Secret…
A secret so powerful that massive advertising agencies are using it to manipulate you right this very moment…
Curious as to what it is…
It’s called The Halo Effect.
I’ve always had a pretty distinct style of dress. Some might even say it’s
I routinely get made fun of for the short-shorts and outdated sandals I
usually wear (you’ve seen these puppies in my Instagram posts and videos).
Recently, I’ve discovered that the clothes you choose to wear speak
VOLUMES about who you are!
I’ve even heard someone say that “the clothes make the man.”
The clothes I usually wear… camo tank, quad-tight shorts, and sandals,
scream, “I’m too busy kicking ass to give a fuck what you think about me.“
And it’s true!
My camo tank top says, “I’m a warrior ready to do battle, NOW!”
My short shorts say, “I might have to kick someone’s ass, and these shorts
keep my knees free for the kickin’.” (it also says, “check out my massive
My sandals, well… they really just say “I don’t give a fuck!”
This style has worked well for me as a “gym-dwelling, video yelling, tire-
flipping, business-owning, no-one-tells-me-what-to-do (except the IRS)
I like my style and won’t change for anyone!
Hey, I’m just wrapping up a super empowering weekend here at Strength Camp.
I got so caught up in the awesomeness that I forgot to release this blog post featuring the winners of my Strength Camp Camo Tank Top contest.
Before I announce the winners, here is a pic from this weekend (I’ll be uploading the rest to my Facebook Fan Page later today)
WINNERS OF THE STRENGTH CAMP INSTAGRAM CONTEST:
Below is an awesome pic with our friend at 1419m on Jonshornet in Norway! Growing Stronger is a process of climbing the summits of inner and outer strength, this is a perfect depiction!
After years of requests, last July I decided to make the Strength Camp camo tank tops that you see me wearing in the majority of my videos available for purchase.
The camo tank tops were custom created, and only available though a single manufacturer. Of course there are others who make similar shirts, but I wanted my people to have the SAME EXACT shirts I wear… no imitations!
After a successful era that took my YouTube channel from less than 100K subscribers in 2012 to almost 840K, making it one of the biggest and fastest growing strength / bodybuilding channels on YouTube, I announced last week that I’d no longer be creating new Yo Elliott videos for my Strength Camp YouTube channel.
What kind of person would someone pull the plug on a successful project at the hight of its growth? — The same kind of person who puts his life on the line, and risks everything he has to hearken the call of his heart; a call that set him on the very path of his current success.
To get where I am today, I consistently chose to honor the feelings in my body; I allow my heart and my gut to guide and inform me during every step of this journey. My choice to end this series and move on comes from the same place.
As a result of choosing to end the series, I decided to hold a contest for the best “remix” video featuring videos from my two main channels.
There were over 130 entries, all of which were amazing in their own ways.
Many of the videos were centered around my strength training advice, but the overwhelming majority of them featured clips from videos where I simply spoke about how to LIVE. Videos centered around courage, freedom, commitment, discipline, hard work, success and failure seem to have had the biggest impact on you (as you will see from the selection of videos and the playlist below).
Before announcing the winners…. I must admit, the videos you guys made for me were just as potent and inspiring to me, as the ones I created for you. At this time in my journey, when I am once again forced to choose between logic of my head and the dangerous dictates of my heart, your videos have strengthened my resolve and the commitment to my heart. Thank you
Now… on to the contest.
First, EVERYONE who entered the contest is a winner, and I’m not just saying that. If you entered this contest, even if you are not the grand prize winner or runner-ups below, I have a gift for you. In fact, its the most valuable gift that I can give – that is, my time.
I will be holding an “Open Gym BBQ” at Strength Camp in the coming months, that only YOU and a few others are invited to. We will train during the day, and I’ll have a BBQ dinner for you that night. All of the details will be sent to your YouTube Inbox, so please keep an eye out for that
Next, below you will see a link to watch all of the amazing entries.
You will also see the Grand Prize Winning Video by Nolan White. I will be contacting you via YouTube Nolan to get your address to mail your new iPad Air.
Finally, I have chosen three other videos that were close runner ups. Each of them represents a different angle and immense creativity. Both Colleen and I spend hours choosing these specific videos, and we are glad to have such a great gift from you. You are also invited to the “Open Gym BBQ” and I will be sending a package with a few of my favorite books and other cool things to you. Please keep an eye on your YouTube inbox for details.
With MUCH LOVE,
See all of the Yo Elliott video contest entries here.
#1 Grand Prize Winner
Runner Ups (in no particular order)