Pain is a fact of life. It's also something that keeps us from being who we truly should be.
That's because whenever we go through intense pain the human tendency is to try to put our minds somewhere else. When it comes to physical pain, this tendency allows humans to accomplish many things. Extreme athletes, for example, are able to put their bodies through immense amounts of punishment.
When it comes to mental pain, however, this tendency to mentally run away from pain can push us further from reality. It can also keep us from overcoming the challenges that we need to face in order to move forward in our lives.
The fact is that if we truly want to live our lives the way we should be, we can't run away from pain. We have to live with it.
Our tendency to avoid it drives us toward drug abuse, alcoholism, and other addictions while also strangling our mental growth.
In this week's Warrior Fitness episode I discuss questions from members of the Warrior Soul Fitness Academy.
First, I talk about whether or not you should focus on doing different deadlift variations: conventional deadlifts, rack deadlifts, Romanian deadlifts, and sumo deadlifts.
While I do believe that each deadlift variation is useful, and that strength trainees should try to incorporate all of them, beginners should focus on perfecting the conventional deadlift first before moving onto variations.
Once a lifter is advanced enough, switching variations every three weeks can be helpful for strengthening weaknesses.
Next, I discuss whether or not I think lifters should use weight lifting belts during their workouts. While I see the value in using them if they are part of training for your sport (i.e. powerlifting or olympic weightlifting), I do not see much value in incorporating them otherwise.
Then I cover whether or not fasted workouts are effective. The answer here depends on a number of factors that I cover in the discussion.
Finally, I discuss weight loss for those with slow metabolisms. For those with slow metabolisms it's not as simple as reducing calories and doing more exercise. Instead, calories may need to be varied on a day to day basis to get the metabolism fired up enough to actually get you to lose weight.
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Sue Bhatia is the Founder and Chairwoman of Rose International, one of the largest staffing companies in the world. She came onto the podcast today to talk about Rose's Deployment to Employment initiative.
Many people do not know this, but there is actually a surplus of jobs on the market right now, and companies are having difficulty filling these jobs with qualified candidates. Military veterans make perfect candidates for these jobs because they have the leadership and soft skills suited for these environments.
In this conversation we discuss how Rose International works with veterans to find well paying tech jobs. They have a coaching process that aids veterans through the interview process and building their resumes.
To apply get into this program, simply send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The holidays are a joyous time for many people. Thanksgiving and Christmas bring about family gatherings, parties, and get togethers. But those who are depressed can often feel more alone than ever around the holidays.
I'm not an expert on depression by any means, but I have been very depressed before. I can tell you that dealing with it means that you have to realize something: you're the only one who can get yourself out of it.
Depression involves retreating inward. The consequence of this is feeling like you're the only one in your world. Getting out of it entails pushing outward, even when you don't want to.
This can involve helping others in some small way, or it can involve becoming part of a group.
As I said, I don't have all of the answers, but I do hope that this episode helps you to get through this holiday season and to find some joy for yourself.
When it comes to fitness, a lot of people freak out about the holidays. That's because Thanksgiving and Christmas bring turkey, pumpkin pie, candied yams, and lots of other temptations.
And the fact of the matter is that eating it is almost mandatory. If you don't participate you miss out on time with family and memories that can be made.
But it isn't impossible to enjoy the holidays without slapping on 10-15 pounds. In fact, the holidays are a great time to get in shape.
In this fitness notes episode, I cover a strategy to help get you through the next six weeks and come out on top of your fitness.
The point is this: don't wait until New Years to get in shape. You can start right now and still enjoy all of the holiday meals coming to you.
Two art forms that go back to the dawn of human history are music and storytelling. Both had roles in developing communication and culture.
Dave Bray is a storyteller and a musician. A US Navy veteran who served as an FMF Corpsman, Dave is a man of both patriotism and faith.
This is very apparent in his music. His album, Music on a Mission delivers soothing vocals along with heartfelt storytelling in which he describes each song's importance to him.
In this interview, we talk about Dave's music, his love of country, and his views on how the country can heal it's divisiveness.
The pursuit of knowledge is one of the most important ventures you could ever take up in this life. The problem is that many believe that knowledge is difficult to come by.
In this Warrior Notes edition, we cover three different methods of pursuing knowledge: reading, experience, and failure.
Reading is, by far, the most accessible way to gain knowledge. While you may not be able to secure a mentor in your geographic area, you can still learn from the masters by reading what they have to say.
The other is via experience. The problem with experience is that many people wait for the "perfect" time to try to get actual experience. This is a mistake because it keeps you from the opportunity to fail.
Failure is, by far, one of the best ways to secure knowledge. Within failure, there is the opportunity to learn lessons.
This week on the fitness notes edition, Chris covers topics brought up from the Warrior Soul Fitness Academy private Facebook group.
The first question asks whether or not workouts with a single exercise could be effective. It was asked by someone who needs to do their workouts after a long day of work, and who wants to focus on the important stuff.
The second question asks whether one should do squats or deadlifts. Chris highlights the differences between the two exercises and why you should do both.
Finally, Chris answers questions on different intermittent fasting protocols and whether or not a 72 hour fast is a viable choise for those seeking to improve their fitness.
In the aftermath of the Borderline shooting many of us scrambled to find the motive. This is something we commonly do when a tragedy like this happens.
But this time it ran more deep as the shooter, Ian Long, was a United States Marine. In the aftermath, General Robert Neller did his best to distance the Marine Corps from Long by stating that Long was an "ex-Marine." Many, however, believe that Neller missed a "teachable moment" where he could have reached out to those Marines who are suffering from silent wounds.
Amidst the shock, many were also lost on the fact that another Marine died that night. Dan Manrique served in the Marine Corps and then went on to become a volunteer with Team RWB who made it his mission to help other veterans.
This episode discusses these two Marines and their diverging paths. One died a lonely villain, while the other died a hero. It covers four things we can learn from the life of Dan Manrique and from the mistakes of Ian Long.
Michael Reagan is a political commentator, Republican strategist, and the son of President Ronald Reagan.
Michael has made it his mission to get America to remember its history through the Reagan Legacy Foundation. His latest project is the Walkway to Victory, a memorial brick walkway at the Airborne Museum at Saint Marie Eglise in Normandy, France.
The walkway is lasting and fitting tribute to those who liberated France and Europe during World War II.
In this interview we discuss the Battle of Normandy and why it's so important for Americans to remember their history and the sacrifices that those young made on those beaches.
We also discuss some current political events. Michael has been an honest and objective Republican critic of the Trump Administration. We discuss what's going right, what's going wrong, and what our current leaders could learn from President Reagan's Legacy.
To learn more about the Walkway to Victory and the Reagan Legacy Foundation: https://www.reaganlegacyfoundation.org
For Michael's book Lessons my Father Taught Me: Click Here
In today's world, it's easier than ever to start a business. The internet and technology have lowered the barrier to entry and they've created the opportunity for anyone to become an entrepreneur.
The problem is that many people get wrapped up in the details without focusing on what's important. Focusing on things like creating a logo or building an expensive website are useless for people who are just starting out.
What you should focus on is doing the one thing that will make or break your business: solving a specific problem and finding a specific audience to help with that problem.
This Warrior Notes episode discusses the major things that you need to do if you are considering opening up your own online business. I pull back the curtain on both Warrior Soul and my online training business to give you some insight as to how you can start your own journey.
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Transformation challenges are becoming more and more popular, and I think that's a good thing.
These challenges have helped many people learn how to get fit, lose weight, and master their bodies.
But if you are looking to transform your body, also make sure that you are transform your mind. Don't make this a temporary foray into fitness: make sure that the habits you pick up and the practices you instill become permanent parts of your life.
Real transformation occurs when you're able to do all of the things you need to do to better yourself regardless of what happens and despite the obstacles you encounter in your day to day life.
This Fitness Notes takes you through what you need to do to instill real transformation in your life.
Napoleon Hill once wrote "If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self."
These words ring very true. Everyone wants to be successful, but so many people fail because of self doubt and self sabotage.
Our guest this week is a man who helps people master themselves so that they can achieve success. Sergeant Major Max Garcia honed his skills in the greatest leadership proving ground of all, the United States Marine Corps.
Enlisting in 1994 at the age of 17, Sergeant Major Garcia has led several generations of Marines at home and in combat. During this time he began exploring the power of the mind.
Now, as Life Coach 8, he is leading in a different way by helping others to achieve abundance.
When I look back at pictures of myself serving as a US Marine, I remember those days as being mostly good. I was young, doing something that had meaning, and surrounded by friends.
But the truth is that, if I remember hard enough, those weren't my thoughts at the time. In my mind, I was always complaining, "why am I here" or "this is dumb." And normally, I was wishing I was somewhere else.
Most of us live our lives by trying to put our minds somewhere else when we go through difficulty, and that's a huge mistake. It's a mistake because there is so much opportunity to be had just by living in the present.
Stop wishing you were somewhere else, bring your mind to the present, and you'll be amazed at what you can learn.