Will To Suffer

How much pain and discomfort do you voluntarily place yourself in?

After CrossFit workouts, track workouts and races I would push so hard that momentarily I would lose my hearing.  People would be talking to me but I couldn't hear what they were saying.  It would take me a few minutes before I could speak and put complete sentences together.  I thought everyone pushed themselves that hard.  Have you ever worked so hard you threw up?  I made it a point to find that point.  At times I pushed past it and other times I just flirted with it.  Throwing up and losing your hearing after workouts isn't very healthy but I though it was fun.  I wanted to see how much discomfort I could tolerate.  Read More

The Book Club

Reading gives me an opportunity to relax and learn something new.  I try to not let a day go buy that I don't learn.  I like asking people what they learned today, most say they didn't learn anything.  Each day is an opportunity to make progress, do you take advantage of those or do you let them slip past?

Here's a list of a few books that I dig.  They're not in any order of importance.  Read More

Eat The Weak

You're only as strong as your weakest link. Think of a chain, if you have one weak link it compromises the whole system. If you're not within these percentages your hips are not balanced. The athlete who does not move well is likely to have greater difficulty learning basic skills.

Fortress of Solitude

When you're stressed and need a break do you have a place that you can visit to regroup? Some people like the mountains, some the beach and others prefer the desert. My place is Sedona. Going for a long run there always makes me feel better. 

Way back when I had an office job I was constantly stressed by deadlines (for some reason it's tough for people to envision me working in an office, I never understood why). A couple times a year I would walk into the office, sit at my computer and think of a thousand different places I would like to be. I would walk over to my boss, say I need to take the day off, and bounce. A few times I got written up, I never regretted it. Not once. My coworkers were surprised when I did this. I thought it was crazy they didn't go with me.

Just heading to Sedona I would start to feel better.  Read More

Tony Robbins

I like what he had to say. Check It Out

Life Coach

Mean Boxing Coach Eric Kelly
I've had a lot of coaches growing up. I had some really good coaches who helped me grow and become a good coach myself. I also had a few bad coaches. The also helped me become a good coach. They taught me what not to do. 

The good coaches always made me feel as if I mattered. They taught me that hard work pays off. they taught me that you have to be prepared. They taught me that the most important weapon you take into competition is a positive self image. Isn't' that the most important weapon you should have with you in you daily life? They also taught me to be accountable. When I did a good job they let me know, when I was doing a bad job they let me know.  Read More

My Shoes & Socks

A lot of people ask me what's up with my socks and shoes. So I thought I would share a little bit about myself that'll explain.

Growing up my family didn't have a lot of money. I'm sure many of you grew up this same way. If you did, than we probably experienced a lot of the same things. One of the experiences I remember vividly is feeling inferior because I didn't have the cool clothes. When you don't have name brand clothes as a kid you tend to be made fun of. That's just how kids are.

At the beginning of each school year I would get a package of socks to last the year. As a kid, I always seemed to tear my socks up. Half ways through the year most of my socks would have holes in them. I dreaded going to PE when we had to do gymnastic type of activities.  I had to take my shoes off and my toes would be poking out of my socks. Arthur, a kid in my 3rd grade class who always made it a point to Read More

Three Questions

What's your routine before you attempt a new 1 RM lift? What's your ritual before the start of your athletic event?

This is something I like to do, I ask myself three questions Read More


What are your goals? Do you even have any? Did you make progress towards them or did you let another day slip past?

The biggest predictor of success is direction. It all starts with your goals. What are you goals? If you haven't written them down, take time to do it. Make sure it's something YOU want, not what you think you should do because of outside influences.

Write them down, it brings them to life once they're in writing. Goals will help you develop clarity, create motivation, hold you accountable and give you purpose each day.  

Your actions should be in line with your goals. If they're not Read More

Second Place

When I ran track, I entered races expecting to win. I don't remember going into a race without a goal and a plan. If I hit my time, I won. As I got stronger and faster my expectation was to place. First place was the only place that really mattered to me. Isn't that how it should be? If you expect second place you'll aim for that and be satisfied with that. My aim was 1st. Read More