I am glad you made here, to ULYIS!
In case you are unfamiliar with who, I, Kyle, am, I would now like to introduce myself….(cue the Jay-Z song).
Where do I begin?
Let’s start back in 2004. That was the year that I competed in my first bodybuilding show. It was also the year that strangers and friends alike began to ask me for advice at the gym.
I was already an expert of sorts, having studied exercise science at the University of Delaware and having worked with the University of Rutgers Football strength and conditioning program.
Muscle was my burning passion, or so it appeared….
After my second bodybuilding show in 2005, I sank into a deep, dark place in my life for 2 or so years.
I’ll get to my freeze mode in a second, but it’s important to note that in 2005, I began going back to school to become a PE teacher, which I accomplished in just 2 short years, becoming a full-time teacher in 2006 at an elementary school.
Back to my dark place, but not to worry, this is not to depress you, it is leading to my majick which will ultimately help you unlock your inner strength.
What began as a harmless ‘hemorrhoid’ turned into two years of traveling the country trying to figure out a cure for my mysterious, Chron’s-like disease.
Looking back on it, I didn’t have a disease, but I was at dis-EASE. I was a stressed out, type-A maniac that would run through a brick wall, come hell or high water, to achieve a goal.
That hemorrhoid turned into ulcers of all-sorts. After a desperate surgery for a rectal ulcer which drove me further into despair, and then an experimental procedure of which I am the only one in the western hemisphere to have (I am a stubborn and highly persuasive patient lol), I reached my ropes end.
I remember standing at the kitchen sink, living at home with my parents at the time, during my first year of teaching in 2006.
I had lost 30 pounds of muscle, I stopped having any social life and I slept when I wasn’t teaching. That was it, it was time to end it. I took out a knife and held it to my wrist, crying.
Now before I go any further, you might be thinking, ‘Who the hell is this dude and he seems like he is out of his mind!’.
But we all are. And I will always express myself to you, as a guide on your life, with no-holds barred abandon. I have found that being completely open and transparent about my struggles and tribulations to BE the best way to inspire others. We all struggle at times; most people just hide it.
Ok, back to the narrative. I obviously didn’t do it. I couldn’t. I was a competitor and fighter in my spirit and heart and I wasn’t gonna punk out like that. Something stopped me. And this where the story, my story turns.
I didn’t immediately get better but I did decide a few months later that I would compete again in a bodybuilding show. I had nowhere to go but up and I had to do something to keep my mind occupied.
I also made a decision to start feeding my mind positive messages through books. That habit has grown into an 800 or so book library:).
And a funny thing began to happen.
I would read something like Tony Robbin’s ‘Awaken the Giant Within’ at night and on lunch breaks and I would train for my show in the morning before work and after work.
Each passing day, my mysterious symptoms began to get better, began to disappear.
That’s when it hit me that I didn’t have any disease. I wasn’t doomed. I had just been feeding my mind and spirit the wrong messages. Those faulty messages were manifesting themselves through psychomotor symptoms. I won’t go too deep into that here, but you will be able to find a lot out on my podcast and through reading the blog here about it.
I won one of the bodybuilding shows that year, in 2007, but that wasn’t the best thing. I became ME, the Human Strength Expert.
Remember when I said that I thought my burning passion was muscle? It wasn’t....
It was inspiring others to become their best selves through mastering their mind and spirit.
The body was just the physical manifestation of those two entities.
I founded Newell Strength later in 2007. Newell Strength has since grown into one of the premier private fitness facilities in the Northeast.
I resigned in 2012 from my teaching gig to lead Newell Strength full-time and I am very inspired by what is has become, a place to ‘inspire people to transform their lives’.
And now it’s on to my next evolution, Unlocking Your Inner Strength.
This is something I have wanted to do for years. Finally, in the spring of 2016 with the coaxing of a mentor and friend of mine, Dax Moy, it became a reality.
I live and breathe inspiration. First and foremost, for myself. Sound selfish? Don’t worry my friend, I’ll teach you ways:).
But seriously, one cannot take care of those he or she loves most unless they take care of themselves first. We call that, ‘putting your own mask on first’.
Secondly, I refresh my internal inspiration every morning so I can BE the man for my external inspiration, pictured here. (Number 2 is due this May!).
A great mentor, former Israeli Special Forces member, Dan Almagor, told me at a dinner recently, ‘Kyle, Newell Strength will not be your ultimate legacy. There is something else, something involving inspiration on a different level’.
When the Universe and God speak to you, they SCREAM!!!!
I could write a book about myself and yes, you could write one about yourself too, don’t short-change yourself.
I am not going to do that here though. I wanted to give you a semi-short introduction, say hi and let you know what I am all about.
I am going the bring the light to your darkness.
You can binge listen to the podcast show here or you can binge read the blog.
And if that tickles your fancy, you can check out the ULYIS monthly subscription newsletter on the tab next to this one titled ‘The Letter’.
On the Coaching tab, I will update dates of ULYIS mind, body and spirit retreats, seminars, ‘sprint’ masterminds and one-on-one coaching.
I’m here to inspire YOU and to guide you to the life of your dreams. Drop a line below to say hi, I’d love to hear from you.
With love and kindness,