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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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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

 

 

 

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

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

Oh I Have Plenty of Time – Wait, What?

At the start 2015, much like 2014 and the year before and the year before – we all set new goals. You know the kind.

  1. I am Going to Read More
  2. Be Nicer to People
  3. Work Out
  4. Eat Better
  5. Run a Marathon
  6. Do Something Awesome

No put this into perspective, we have 92 days until the lights go down and we start another year. Did you get your resolutions completed? Did you hit the goals you set out for yourself? If the answer is no or if you have something yet to achieve, put this into perspective. You can make some major life changes in 90 days. I know this personally as I have done fitness or diet challenges in this time frame that have brandished huge results.

We don’t have to give up or feel like a failure – there is a ton of time left in 2015.

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But how long does it take to form a new habit? What does science tell us? 

Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon in the 1950s when he began noticing a strange pattern among his patients.

When Dr. Maltz would perform an operation — like a nose job, for example — he found that it would take the patient about 21 days to get used to seeing their new face. Similarly, when a patient had an arm or a leg amputated, Maltz noticed that the patient would sense a phantom limb for about 21 days before adjusting to the new situation.

These experiences prompted Maltz to think about his own adjustment period to changes and new behaviors, and he noticed that it also took himself about 21 days to form a new habit. Maltz wrote about these experiences and said, “These, and many other commonly observed phenomena tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to jell.”

In 1960, Maltz published that quote and his other thoughts on behavior change in a book called Psycho-Cybernetics. The book went on to become an blockbuster hit, selling more than 30 million copies.

And that’s when the problem started.

You see, in the decades that followed, Maltz’s work influenced nearly every major “self-help” professional from Zig Ziglar to Brian Tracy to Tony Robbins. And as more people recited Maltz’s story — like a very long game of “Telephone” — people began to forget that he said “a minimum of about 21 days” and shortened it to: “It takes 21 days to form a new habit.”

 

On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In Lally’s study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit. [1]

In other words, if you want to set your expectations appropriately, the truth is that it will probably take you anywhere from two months to eight months to build a new behavior into your life — not 21 days. ( Source Huffington Post ) 

So now that you know you have more than enough time to finish the year strong – what are you going to do?

Cheers,

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

Juicing with Noah – Peach Blast

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Join for another episode of Juicing with Noah. This week attempt to make Peach Blast.

It is filled with Vitamin A & C. Aimed at increasing your immune system and keeping you healthy. We recommend that you wear safety gear when working with a juicer. Noah came prepared. We have a special guest this week. Stay tuned for an ending to remember.

Peach Blast – Good for Mental Clarity

Apples – 2 large
Carrots – 10 medium
Lemon – 1
Orange – 1 large
Peaches – 2 large

Cheers,
The Healthy Primate

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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

Now Live on iTunes!

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Our podcast series was picked up by iTunes. You can now subscribe and listen anywhere. Click the image above and subscribe today! If you listen today, you will be the first to hear a special podcast prior to general release.

Cheers!

The Healthy Primate