Mike Taylor and Alex Roodhouse served as officers in the United States Navy's Riverine Units, patrolling the Euphrates River during the war in Iraq.
Fitness was always an important part of their job, but as the demands of the job changed, so did the fitness requirements. When they first entered the military, the focus was on long runs and calisthenics. Yet jobs in the military increasingly called for a more functional, weight bearing, approach to fitness.
Additionally, many service members ended up getting completely out of shape when they went on deployment.
So after they got out of the military, Mike and Alex came up with an idea: all in one container gyms that could be shipped and placed anywhere.
That idea became Beaverfit, which today is a rapidly growing multi-million dollar a year business. You can find Mike and Alex's gyms today in places as diverse as Camp Pendleton and Miami Beach.
In this conversation, I talk with Mike and Alex about their journey from the military to entrepreneurship and how they're growing Beaverfit to meet the increasing demand for functional fitness.
Learn more about Beaverfit at: https://www.beaverfitusa.com/
Baktash Ahadi was born in Afghanistan and raised in the United States. After college, he joined the US Peace Corps and went to Mozambique. As the US war in Afghanistan ramped up, Baktash decided to return to Afghanistan as an interpreter who worked alongside the US Marines.
In this episode, Baktash and I discuss the tragedy in Afghanistan and what led to it. We discuss the bureaucratic system, and lack of incentive to ever actually get anything done. We also discuss the repercussions of what this means for the Afghan people, and for American Veterans.
To learn more about Baktash Ahadi: https://www.baktashahadi.com/
To follow Baktash on Twitter: https://twitter.com/baktashahadi
Like many Veterans, I'm angry and appalled at the United States' hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan.
If you're angry, that's completely justified. You should be.
But to change things, we need to move beyond anger toward action. Veterans need to step up in society to ensure this never happens again. We do that by building our lives, and putting ourselves in position to exact change.
I listened to this video a few weeks ago as part of my morning motivational routine called "No Zero Days."
I'm not sure who put it together, but the concept really spoke to me. Essentially, the video encourages you to never have any "zero days" again.
A Zero Day is a day where you've done nothing to get to your goal. Instead, you should do something: read a book, do some exercise, take some form of small action to get to your goal everyday.
Watch the original video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxtv5XB7eIA
Mike Robillard is a US Army Veteran and author who earned his Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut before doing a post-doctoral fellowship at Oxford.
Mike has since left academia to co-found an organization called Christian Veterans United, which seeks to restore the values of discipleship in Christ, duty to country, and masculine virtue to the American psyche.
Mike joins a number of former academics who believe that the American university system has become derailed. In this interview, we try to deliver some practical advice as to how this situation can be fixed.