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Adversity and the Golden Chicken

Stage Side - Derek


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:

Hummer 1

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. 

 

Derek 2

DEREK 1


 

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

The Story of Human Spirit and Competition

 

The human spirit and drive to overcome adversity is something amazing. From athletes pushing themselves to the limit, to our veterans returning home from a tour of duty. Humans have the ability to do some great things. When you combine those two in a fitness competition, exposition, cameras & stage you get the Rush Club.

I am excited to announce a partnership with Rush Club for the upcoming February 6th event here in Phoenix Arizona.

What is The Rush Club? 

 

Rush Club is a head to head single elimination functional fitness competition. Unlike other competitive fitness events, Rush Club uses weight classes to match up athletes. We take more of a “fitness to weight ratio” approach which makes the event much more exciting to watch. Each workout is announced 30 days prior to the event so that athletes can train and develop proficiency as well as a strategy to maximize effectiveness. The workout length will vary but will never be longer than 10 minutes. The winner get’s the purse, the Rush Club belt, and bragging rights.

Rush Club Competitive Fitness Championship is about creating and telling compelling stories of the human spirit. Stories about heroes who refuse the call to be ordinary and cross the threshold to pursue the call to victory. Stories about how people are tested, how they overcome enemies both inside and out. Stories about seizing the sword, going into battle, and emerging victorious.

The next event is February 6th at Celebrity Theatre and being streamed on Pay Per View. 

The event is less than a cup of coffee and proceeds are going back to veterans.)

 

The best have graced the Rush Club arena and we are just getting started. Join us Feb 6th at www.rushclubnation.com to watch the live stream. Watch Derek Weida take on defending adaptive lower champion Mike Gallardo for the adaptive lower title!

Hope to see at the event!

Cheers,

Kolby is The Healthy Primate

Kick Up Your Metabolism, Hydrate and Burn Fat First Think in the Morning

Through interviews for The Healthy Primate Podcast I have the opportunity to talk with some world class athletes, authors & entrepreneurs. In this I often ask what the first 60 minutes of the day looks like. Specific to any routine, diet, work out or other aspect that start with. One thing has been continuous, morning hydration. The morning water routine is not simply serving as hydration. There are some other amazing aspects that all support water within the first 30 minutes of waking.


 

Recently NY Times Best Selling Author and Endurance Coach Brian Mackenzie posted his recipe for the water routine we discuss in his interview. 

  • 1/2 – 1 full lemon squeezed into 30oz of water.
  • Dash or 2 of Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 drops of black pepper extract.
  • ** I recommend over ice – which I will explain below

Why? Hydration is no longer a factor in my day. The absorption that occurs because of the salt and pepper is absurd, and the lemon/apc is neutralized in the body which helps inflammation, digestion, fight infections, and a slew of other things including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, & potassium. 

Consistency is key. Try this for 5 days, then take a couple days of removing it.

** I add ice to help jump start my metabolism and to help my body in the fat burning process first thing.

You can see more from Coach Mackenzie at the following:

Brian Mackenzie:

Books:

 

Stay thirsty my friends!

Kolby is The Healthy Primate

Fear – HELP! I Can’t Breathe

Where is it that we find the most growth? It is not from doing what we always do or staying in our comfort zones. It almost always happens at the point of a personal challenge. As most of you know I am 13 weeks into recovery from a major shoulder surgery. In this we found numerous complications so my physical activity for the past 3 months has been almost non existent. I share this for one reason only – FEAR!

I have the opportunity to attend an exclusive breathing clinic being held by one of my favorite practitioners, Coach Brian Mackenzie.  To top it off he is having Mr. Wim Hof as the special guest for the all day session. If you do not know Wim, please watch the quick video below. He is the global leader in breathing technics to improve athletics, stress reduction and healing.

I don’t mean some late night infomercial scam, I mean the guy has worked with the scientific leaders from around the world to validate, measure and document his approach.

Did I mention that I am scared? Afraid – like my stomach is nervous as hell to attend and participate. Needless to say, this journey is for me and the things I will learn will be un measurable in value. As much as this post is about the importance of breathing, it is more so on overcoming your fear to find growth. Today – challenge yourself to do something uncomfortable.

More to come when I return from the experience.

Cheers!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

Camp

Event Overview:

The ability to breathe is something that most people take for granted until they are in a situation when breathing becomes difficult.  Whether its induced by stress or health issues, restricted by water or metabolic capacity, all of us have been to that place where we realize we are limited by our ability to breathe.  What if you could learn how to be a better breather and open up more athletic, health and all around wellness as a result?

This camp is for anyone that wants to learn more about breathing, open up more athletic potential towards breathing, learn how to deal with stress, increase recoverability, and have a better overall awareness of you’re ability.

Direct Link:http://athletecell.com/product/breathing-performance-camp/

Who is Wif Hof and why should you care?

 

Sugar: Culprits, Reading Labels & What to Watch For

This week we have a candid discussion around the concerns with sugar in diet, sports and the culprits you should watch out for. Our conversation is with best selling author, fitness revolutionary and crossfit renegade, Coach Brian Mackenzie.  
One soda a day increases a child’s chance of obesity by 60%. One 20-ounce bottle of soda contains the equivalent of approximately 17 teaspoons of sugar. (Source Fed Up Film)
QUESTIONS
  • Why is sugar an epidemic
  • Main culprits to watch out for
  • What should I look out for on food, supplement or beverage labels

Cheers!

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

BIO:

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.
 
You can find Brian at the below:
IG: @iamunscared
Twitter: @iamunscared

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

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

http://thehealthyprimate.org/

Elevation Training: My Journey w/ Training Mask PT1.

We had the chance recently to interview Coach Brian Mackenzie, founder of Crossfit Endurance. In our discussion he broke down the key components to breathing and exercise and why it is so important. One of the tools he represents and endorses is his partnership with Training Mask.

As I am personally training for an endurance event in December, we had to put this to the test. I have dealt with Asthma for over 20 years, and have to say I am excited to work on new technics and ways to improve my breathing and response times.

What is Training Mask:

The secret of truly elite athletes isn’t the amount of time spent working out, the intensity of the workout, or the determination to push one’s body to the limits. No, world-class athletes are beating their competition thanks to the effects of high-altitude training.
When the air is thinner, your body works harder, increasing your ability to process oxygen. When you return to lower elevations, your performance will show substantial increases in strength, endurance and speed. It’s as if you were wearing a suit of armor while working out and then removed it for the competition.

It used to be that most athletes who wanted that edge were out of luck. Unless they lived near very high mountains, or had an enormous amount of money to travel to training facilities there, they had to settle for the benefits of a hard workout at sea level.
That was then. Now there’s a way to get the benefits of high-altitude training without heading to the mountaintop.

Credits: Brian Mackenzie

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:

Training Mask

Website: http://www.trainingmask.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElevationTrainingMask

Instagram: https://instagram.com/TrainingMask

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrainingMask

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TRAININGMASK

Brian Mackenzie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anaerobic
Instagram: https://instagram.com/iamunscared
Twitter: @iamunscared
CrossFit Endurance: http://crossfitendurance.com/
3 Fuel: http://www.3fu3l.com
Music:
A Tribe Called Quest: Electric Relaxation

Cheers!
The Healthy Primate