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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

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 Stress Affects Your Brain & What You Can Do About It Today

When I started this journey now almost two years ago, a glaring health risk presented itself. It was one thing to loose weight and get myself physically in a better place, it was quite the other trying to understand why I was still so anxious. After meeting with a few friends who are experts in the space of stress management, it was clear to me what the next stage of my life was to become.

Immersing myself  into understanding the science behind stress consumed me. Now let me be clear about a few things.

  1. I am by no means a Yogi now
  2. I still get stressed and freak out
  3. My wife thinks I am insane

But what I am – is educated on understanding why my body and mind does what it does and how I can control aspects of it without medication or having a damn heart attack.

If you have followed The Healthy Primate and the journey of the site, you will see three distinct commonalities. I focus on Mind, Body & Soul. This has been done on purpose as you see that was the order I focused on and cataloged in my personal journey to becoming a better person.

  • Mind: Understand the ways to reduce stress, increase cognitive thought and being fully aware of your potential.
  • Body: If you are overweight and missing physical activity, your mind and systems will respond accordingly. From food, exercise to thoughts and process to make your physical self the best it can be. This will allow the Mind to reach heights un measured before.
  • Soul: The center of it all is finding that balance, happiness and reaching your full potential. When the mind is right, you can focus on the body. When the mind & body are right – your inner balance comes into play.
  • Bonus: When we are in balance we will have thoughts to reach the things we truly want to do in life. Start that business you been pondering, quit the shit job you have been shlepping to for years, build a healthier relationship with those in your life from friends to family.

 

The mind is such a complicated technology that we often take for granted. At the core of it all has been my studies on Cortisol as a stressor. The following video is a great explanation of what is happening in your mind when fall under stress for small and long periods of time.

The presentation mentions exercise & meditation as the route to reduce and control cortisol.

 

As I journaled 16 months of blood work centered on Cortisol management I recommend a few additional tools that will help tremendously. I cover this in detail in my up coming book that will be released in January 2016.

Why Your Life is Killing You  – My Journey to Reducing Stress and Living to Tell About It. 

 

 

Here are the top three natural supplements that you can take that will reduce your cortisol dramatically. You can get these at your local natural healthy food shop IE Sprouts or online.

  1. Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha, an exotic Indian herb, has remarkable stress-relieving properties comparable to those of powerful drugs used to treat depression and anxiety. In addition to its excellent protective effects on the nervous system, ashwagandha may be a promising alternative treatment for a variety of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Ashwagandha has powerful antioxidant properties that seek and destroy the free radicals that have been implicated in aging and numerous disease states. Even more remarkable, emerging evidence suggests that ashwagandha has anti-cancer benefits as well. (Source)
  2. Rhodiola-rosea: Rhodiola significantly reduces the effects of prolonged and minor physical exhaustion that results in fatigue. This is more related to stress and the ‘burnout’ effect, or prolonged but low intensity physical exercise. (Source)
  3. Kava Kava: Kava has a calming effect, producing brain wave changes similar to changes that occur with calming medicines such as diazepam (Valium, for example). Kava also can prevent convulsions and relax muscles. Although kava is not addictive, its effect may decrease with use. Traditionally prepared as a tea, kava root is also available as a dietary supplement in powder and tincture (extract in alcohol) forms. ( Source )

                                   *As always consult with your Dr. when taking supplements.

In combination of education, understanding and taking action you really can change the outputs and way your mind and body deal and process stress. Thank you as always for reading!

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

Find a Way

QOTD-Excuses

“If you really want something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse.”

I have been on both sides of this statement. From hitting the snooze button to being first up and out when the sun is still down.

From the new job, relationships, loosing weight or simply getting healthy – If you want something you will find a way.

As you head into the day today, think of what you are striving for and push excuses out of the way to make it happen.

Cheers,

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

The Road to Self Worth Has Over 2600 Miles

How do you define personal growth? Is it a series of self-help books, personal coaching, a long walk on the beach or simply a great workout? For one man it was a coast-to-coast hike and a camera to catalog each mile.

Photographer Andy Davidhazy recently hiked over 2,600 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT trail leads from Mexico to Canada. Here is the catch – Andy took selfies at every mile along the way. This amazing journey took over 5 months to complete, 4.5 million steps, required 5 pairs of shoes and a guest appearance from some exciting wildlife.

After hiking 2600 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, a man discovers that life after a life-changing experience isn’t the change he planned for.

The end of the trail is the beginning of the story

 

 

Aside from the hike, you get to see the amazing transformation his body goes. Loosing 50 lbs and a multitude of beard mixtures, you get to see this happen frame by frame. The full journey and project can be viewed at Andy’s blog Lostorfound.org.

What are you doing to find your calling in life? The clock is ticking and today is the day to set your plan in motion.

Cheers!

Kolby I 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

Squaw Peak Hike – The Movie

 

We recently hiked one of Arizona’s intercity adventures. It is 20 minutes from most major cities in the surrounding Phoenix area.

I have been in the process of experimenting with altitude training. On this hike I was doing circuits with my Training Mask. Enjoy a condensed down version of this awesome trail.

Cheers!
The Healthy Primate

Details:

  • Trail #302 – Freedom Trail
  • Length: 3.74 miles
  • Elevation: 2,102 ft. – 1,400 ft.
  • Multi-use trail except on Summit Trail
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

The trailhead is located at the Apache picnic area at the far end of the parking area in Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area (open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.). Paved parking, restrooms and drinking water are available. There is no parking in residential areas along Squaw Peak Drive signed “No Parking.” Dog owners and equestrian users please note that part of this route is on the Summit Trail, from which dogs and horses are prohibited — you can not complete this loop if you are hiking with a dog or on horseback. Hikers with dogs and equestrian users should be prepared to turn around at the junction with the Summit Trail.

The Freedom and nature trails start and traverse together for about 1/2 mile. At the intersection of 302, 304 and 1A, the Freedom trail turns left and follows the same alignment as the Perl Charles #1A trail for slightly more than a mile. The Freedom trail then breaks away from the Perl Charles and follows a series of switchbacks up the northwest side of Piestewa Peak to meet the Summit Trail to Summit Trailhead, then follow the trail on the north side of the ravine back to the trailhead at Apache area parking lot.

https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/piestewa-peak/hiking-trail-map

Music: Foo Fighters: Congregation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZHtZrfFuhU