When I was 14 years old my dad brought home
our very first family weight training kit.
1 power rack
6 #45 pound plates
4 #25 pound plates
4 #10 pound plates
2 #5 pound plates
From the age of fourteen until the age of thirty-
four (20 years), I lifted weights a minimum
of three times per week… practically every single
week for two decades!
Not only did I train with the rusty old barbell that
my dad bought, I also lifted 300 pound stones,
carried 800 pound yokes, and flipped 1,000 pound
I’ve lifted, a lot… and for a very long time.
So naturally, I became personally identified with
being a “strong man” (or being a muscular dude
who throws around a shit-ton of weights).
In the last two years things have been shifting for
me though. You might call it old-age; I choose to call
Strength training, football, strongman competitions
and the love of throwing heavy things around has given
me much joy in life…. but it has also caused me dozens
– Torn knee tendons
– Broken fibula (calf bone)
– Torn ankle tendons
– Broken fingers
– Neck injury
– Chronic elbow pain
– Torn biceps tendon
– Umbillical hernia
– Chipped teeth
– and more stitches in my face than a rag doll.
Now don’t get me wrong… I am SUPER grateful for
all of my injuries. I see each injury as an opportunity to
experience, learn and grow from my mistakes.
What doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger – right!?
So, you’re probably expecting to hear my big excuse for
not lifting anymore; my BIG “but”.
Buuuuu-t… over time all of this masochistic abuse has taken
its toll on my body, mind and character.
Injuries accumulate and not only cause biomechanical
dysfunction, they also cause an increase in sympathetic
overload and stress hormone release.
So the more “Layer 1” injuries (neuromuscular) you have, the
more “Layer 2” (physiological) and “Layer 3” (energetic/mind)
dysfunction you may also experience.
Yesterday I had a conversation with my mentor Paul Chek, and
he put it this way… “If you’re having a hard time changing
directions in your life, take a good look how ridged or flaccid
you are in the gym.”
Right now, I’m moving my life in many new directions.
So my training and my physique must be in alignment with
these new changes.
It’s all ONE thing (if you’re reading this newsletter, I assume
you already know this truth).
If you’re wondering what exactly I have been doing, you’ll
have to wait until my next “Programming” YouTube video
comes out… probably in the next week or so.
Keep Growing Stronger,
PS – I’ve been coaching with Paul Chek for the last three months,
I have also worked with coaches in my business, relationships,
psychology and life.
In my opinion life is too short not to learn from people who have
already mastered what I want to learn. And that is why I hire
coaches, attend seminars, go to workshops and join masterminds.
And I think you should do the same; so here is your chance:
Grow Stronger Experience (1 day workshop) – CLICK HERE
The NonJobs Summit (2 day seminar) – CLICK HERE
Hire Elliott for 1-on-1 coaching – CLICK HERE
PPS – Paul posted this video on his channel a few days ago, and
it blew my mind as it hit very close to home for me.
I think you might enjoy it also, here: