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Adversity and the Golden Chicken

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Adversity.

How do you overcome, cope and look it directly in the face?

How do you react?

What choice do you make?

Do you take the easy way out or do you push through and make the hard decision?

This weekend I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people. You see these people are just like you and I in more ways than not. They found a passion, a purpose and a tremendous will to succeed. When I say success, I don’t mean simply monetary or business gains. I mean personal success – let me explain.

Two stories with a similar out come. Two different set of circumstances. Two very different roads to recovery and roads in life.

Some of the images featured are from the recent Rush Club 007 fitness competition. I will cover that in more detail later this week. This story is about amazing people overcoming adversity.


 

One took place in the middle east on the first visit to Iraq. As soldiers went village to village to assist the local communities, the temperature in the air was not the most inviting from all. As his Hummer was en route to its next stop, they hit a IED or Improvised Explosive Device.

An improvised explosive device (IED) is a bomb constructed and deployed in ways other than in conventional military action. It may be constructed of conventional military explosives, such as an artillery round, attached to a detonating mechanism. IEDs are commonly used as roadside bombs.

This IED dismantled the Hummer leaving this soldier without use of his leg. He went back in to help his crew members and when he pulled the door open was hit with another IED. The trauma from this event left this soldier without his leg.

That hero’s name is Michael Gallardo.

The Hummer that Mike was in:

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Mike


In June 2007, while on his third Iraq tour with the 82nd Airborne Division, he was met by a burst of gunfire as he led his men into an insurgent-filled house during a nighttime raid on the outskirts of Baghdad.

“One second I was moving forward, the other second I was looking up,” he said. “It was kind of weird, because I didn’t even know where I had gotten shot.”

He had taken a bullet through his right knee, he endured several months of failed surgeries and physical therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before doctors sent him home to Minnesota for recovery and more operations.

This Army veteran who served three tours in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division, credits fitness with helping him break out of severe depression after an insurgent’s bullet ended his Army career. (Credit www.stripes.com)

This hero’s name is Derek Weida. 

 

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You see these two gentleman are amazing people who have taken a situation and used that to help others, become strong and to set an example. So when the alarm goes off at 5AM to go run, you think I have any excuse that will ever beat what these hero’s have gone through?

The answer is HELL NO!

So tomorrow when you are looking for reasons to not do the things that will make you better – remember these stories, and build your own legacy!

You can find Mike and Derek below

Mike Gallardo

Derek Weida

Cheers,

Kolby is The Healy Primate

Show Me a Man Who Cannot Be Bothered – The Future of The Healthy Primate

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“Show me a man who cannot be bothered to do the little things and I will show you a man that cannot be trusted to do the big things.” Lawerence Dale

There have been many new and exciting things going on behind the scenes here at The Healthy Primate. It has caused me to pull the breaks back a bit to assure I can deliver on the core mission of why I started sharing this journey. A quick insight into some things that we are working on.

  1. Book Release – Stress Management
  2. Video Series to support the book
  3. Partnership with one of the leading fitness groups in the United States
  4. Possible brick and mortar location for a training facility
  5. Family, holidays, and daily life

I have 2 podcasts that are in edit from the past, these will be posted shortly. As the quote above states – are you willing and able to do the small things in your business that will lead to the biggest impact?

Cheers!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

How in the Hell did the Actors in 300 Get So Ripped?

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The ground is shaking as rubble starts to pelt the helmets of two soldiers. “Leonidas, it’s an earth quake.” The camera pans over to a shredded Gerard Butler in battle gear. His reply – “No they are getting in battle formation!” As both armies prepare for the opening scene in the movie 300 you can tell this is going to be intense. Gerard looks to his men in line, and shouts one last word of encouragement prior to the battle that is moments away.

“Remember this day men, for it will be yours for all time!”

When you look back in cinematic history, I am not sure of one film that had so many toned actors have been on one set. That is in part and thanks to the head trainer Mark Twight. A section of the press kit that was sent from Warner Brothers read the following.

“To support fight preparation the training emphasized athleticism by combining compound movements, lifting, and throwing. Primitive tools – medicine balls, Kettlebells, rings – were used instead of machines. Each session was competitive, with a penalty-reward system tied to performance and results posted daily for all to see.”

Mark has a great article HERE that demystifies the program he used for the men on the set of 300. You will be hard pressed to find any secret sauce out side of “hardwork”.

The Original 300 Workout:

  • 25x Pull-up +
  • 50x Deadlift @ 135# +
  • 50x Push-up +
  • 50x Box Jump @ 24″ box +
  • 50x Floor Wiper @ 135# (one-count) +
  • 50x KB Clean and Press @ 36# (KB must touch floor between reps) +
  • 25x Pull-up
    = 300 reps total

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If that isn’t enough to get you moving, the team over at Onnit put together a few variations of the epic 300 workouts that look pretty intense. Funk Roberts  has a great video series of 10 variations of the classic 300 work out.

As I am getting back after surgery, I look forward to reporting back on results from these programs.

Have a great week!

Cheers,

The Healthy Primate

 

 

 

3 Performance Tips That Separate Amateur From Professional Athletes

3 Performance Tips That Separate Amateur From Professional Athletes w/ Olympic Gold Medalist & World Champion Erin Cafaro Mackenzie

In this video series we cover 3 things that you can implement to improve and increase your performance while training.

Erin Cafaro is a 2 time Olympic gold medal rower, world champion, coach, mentor and student. Full bio listed below.

Tip 1: Prime the Pump

  •  Intro the movement and get ready for the task at hand
  • Get your heart and body ready
  • Prep your tissues
  • Breathe Hard and be sweating before exercise

Tip 2: Visualize

  • See it before you compete
  • See the goal and the result you want
  • What are you going to do when it gets hard and how you will react

Tip 3: Decompress

  • What helps you turn off?
  • Unplug
  • Remove distractions
  • Learn when to be on, when to be off
  • Meditate, Relax, Unwind – it’s a must

Direct Links:

Erin Cafaro Mackenzie:

Instagram: https://instagram.com/erincafaro

Website: http://unscared.com/

Crossfit Endurance: http://crossfitendurance.com/

 

Cheers!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

About Erin Cafaro Mackenize: Source Wikipedia

Erin began her rowing career as a novice at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. She went on to make the varsity team in her freshman year, and to win the Women’s NCAA Rowing Championships in both 2005 and 2006. In the summer of 2005 Erin also competed for US Rowing U23 Team in the Women’s 4- at the Amsterdam, Netherlands FISA U23 World Championships, where the team won gold.

Starting in the summer of 2006 Erin began training full-time with the US Rowing National Team. She won a bronze Medal at Eton, England in the FISA World Rowing Championships in 2006 and one gold Medal in Munich, Germany at the FISA World Rowing Championships in 2007, both in the Women’s 4- event.[2]

Erin competed for the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and 2012 Olympic Games in London, England where she and her teammates brought home the gold medals in the Women’s 8+ event.[1] Beijing was the first time the United States Olympic Team has won the Gold in the Women’s 8+ event in the full 2000m race.

In 2009 Erin won Gold Medals both in the Women’s 2- and 8+ events at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland. This was the first time in US Rowing history that the W2- pair has won the Gold Medal in an international championship, much less two gold medals in two very challenging Olympic events in the same year at the same regatta. Erin and her pair partner, Susan Francia were awarded 2009 FISA World Crew of the Year for their performances at the World

Rowing Championships, as well as being named USA Today’s Athletes of the Month.[3] Erin was also awarded the Female

Athlete of the Year award for 2009 by her teammates and coaches on the US Rowing National Team.

During her training in the 2008 Olympic year, Erin discovered CrossFit, and has incorporated the training ideologies, concepts and workouts into her full-time, year round rowing program. Erin has recently received her Cross Fit Level I Training Certification. She feels that everyone can make a huge difference in their conditioning by using this philosophy and techniques.[citation needed] S

The UFC, The Gracie Family & Coaching World Champions – Our Interview with John Crouch

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This week we feature our interview with Coach John Crouch.  He is a world class jui jitsu coach, professor and mentor to world champions in the mixed martial artists community. Ranging from Royce Gracie to former WEC / UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. Not only is an amazing coach, he is a friend. I look up to many aspects of what Coach is doing for the sport he loves. He is highly regarded as one of the best MMA coaches in the business today. From his time with the Gracie Family to Coaching World Champions we go through his journey.

“Find something you love to do, and spend time doing it”

At the end of the podcast we will be giving away some autographed UFC gear. Details in the lower section.

Topics We Discuss:

  • The Journey to Martial Art
  • Time with The Gracie Family
  • The start of the UFC and World Champions
  • The rise of Jiu Jitsu in the States
  • The MMA Lab
  • What it takes to be a professional fighter
  • UFC – Behind the scenes
  • Road to a championship
  • Details of a fight camp
  • The Ultimate Fighter – Mexico
  • Benson Henderson – The Story of a Champion

We will be running a contest from Monday September 28th until midnight Friday October 9th.

You have the chance to win a pair of autographed UFC gloves signed by legend and world champion – Benson Henderson. We will also be giving away some limited edition Ultimate Fighter Latin America – Autographed Tee Shirts from Mr. Efrain Escudero. 

Click the link HERE for full contest details.

Cheers!

The Healthy Primate

NY Times Best Selling Author & Fitness Revolutionary – The Brian Mackenzie Interview PT1

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This week we feature a two part interview series with Coach Brian Mackenzie. He is a NY Times Best Selling Author, founder of Crossfit Endurance, raced in 30+ ultra marathons and is considered a leader in endurance and functional training.
He has been featured in Competitor Magazine, Runners World, Men’s Journal, ESPN, The Economist, and contributed another NY Times Best selling book by Tim Ferris’ – The 4-Hour Body.

We dive deep into Brian’s experience in building a business and his thoughts on functional fitness as well as the importance of building a community.

Part 1:
  • Daily Routine
  • Skateboarding & Surfing
  • Starting a Business
  • Differentiating Your Business Model
  • The Elon Musk Effect
  • Mentors
  • Scaling Other Aspects of his business & building a community
  • CrossFit – Functionality, Personal Responsibility & the Future

Power, Speed & Endurance – The Process w Coach Brian Mackenzie

In preparation for our 2 part series with Coach Brian Mackenzie, we release a small piece of our prep call. In this we discuss the thought process from his critically acclaimed book Power, Speed, Endurance – A Skill Based Approach to Endurance Training. In our interview series we cover Brian’s journey from following his dreams and how he has become world class as a trainer, athlete & author.

In part two of our section we cover the importance of breathing and feature live video of me doing intervals.

You can view more at www.thehealthyprimate.com

Brian Mackenzie:
NY Times Best Selling Author, Industry Expert in Functional Fitness, Competed in 30+ ultra marathons and his team hosts over 70 seminars a year. Thought leader in altitude training, coaching and kick ass athlete in his own right.

Coach Mackenzie is the creator of CrossFit Endurance, & 3Fu3l, and Author of Power Speed ENDURANCE: A Skill-Based Approach to Endurance Training & NYT Best Seller Unbreakable Runner: Unleash the Power of Strength & Conditioning for a Lifetime of Running Strong.

Direct Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anaerobic
Instagram: https://instagram.com/iamunscared
Twitter: @iamunscared
CrossFit Endurance: http://crossfitendurance.com/
3 Fuel: http://www.3fu3l.com

Cheers,

The Healthy Primate

Podcast: Professional Triathlete, Business Owner & The Best Buddy Program

In our latest Podcast we we feature an interview with Mr. Timothy Bolen. He is a decorated endurance athlete, professional triathlete and business owner. He coaches and trains some of the worlds best endurance competitors and triathletes. Tim is also the Arizona State Executive Director / Team Best Buddies.

In this episode we discuss his journey to becoming a professional triathlete, his time at Berkshire Hathaway, starting a successful business and how a special family member with cerebral palsy lead him to drive a movement that has a global impact on those with disabilities.

“Are you doing something you love every day that brings you joy?”

At the end of the show we are running a contest to help drive more awareness towards the Best Buddies program, so be sure to follow along. Click the Podcast Link in the header or you stream above.

 

Cheers!

The Healthy Primate

A NY Times Best Selling Author, Professional Triathlete, World Class Chef, Olympic Coach and a Top MMA Practitioner walk into a bar

Podcast – Interview Updates:

Our podcast series feature conversations with world-class athletes, entrepreneurs, business owners, healthcare professionals and industry leaders. We discuss the tactics, actions and stories that have shaped both their failures and success. In these conversations the goal is to inspire, educate and motivate you into thinking about things in a way you may not be traditionally accustom to.

There are some amazing people, stories and action coming your way over the next 6 weeks. Our podcast series is proud to feature interviews with the following people.

Tim Bolen: Professional Triathlete, Collegiate Runner, Endurance Athlete & Executive Director for Best Buddies Charity, an International Non Profit to bring awareness to the those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Brian Mackenzie: Owner of CrossFit Endurance, NY Times Best Selling Author, Industry Expert in Functional Fitness, Competed in 30+ ultra marathons, Thought leader in altitude training, coaching and kick ass athlete in his own right.


Chef Gio Osso: World Class Chef, Owner of Virtu in Scottsdale AZ with Accolades from Esquire Magazine to the Food Network.

Also being named 2015 Chef of the Year by the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame. Restaurant nominated for a coveted James Beard Award


Coach John Crouch: World Class Jui Jitsu Coach & Professor. Mentor to world champions in the mixed martial artists community, ranging from Royce Gracie to former WEC / UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. Coaches over 40 professional fighters across the top MMA Promotions, UFC, Bellator  Etc.


Coach Jimmy Pedro: Judo World Champion, Olympic Medalist and current Judo Coach for the United States Olympic Team. Highly regarded as one of the best Judo competitors of all times.Cheers!

The Healthy Primate

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