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Can You Look Fear in the Eye?

Two weeks ago, I embarked on the craziest week of my life.  

I am currently making it into a short 20 page book and possibly a documentary at some point in the next year.  

Anyhow, before the week began, I received a text from a friend and client that said, ‘I admire what you are doing, looking fear right in the eye and not flinching….’

That was a jolt of energy that I needed on Sunday the 17th.  

And look, your fears will be different than my fears and this lesson about fear isn’t just about how we opened up Newell Strength with the government’s approval (amazing how it came about). 

The point is, when you feel fear, that usually means you are heading in the right direction.  

The problem is, when you feel it, look it in the eye and then retreat back into your comfort zone, never having gone through the transformational process of going head first into the resistance you feel.

Lessons are everywhere, if you are paying attention. 

 

Be Unconventional – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-We are ready to start forming and shaping the Shredder.  It will be different this year, but we are going to make it work.  We are taking x amount of teams, here’s the breakdown.  The contest begins on….




Do What You Said You Would Do

My workouts last week were mediocre at best. 

As I was saying yesterday, I was drained from the entire week and all the unknowns. 

But the mission was accomplished. I’ll be able to tell my grandchildren about it one day, hopefully….

All because I followed one principle, the one that it tattooed on my wrist: Do What You Said You Would Do. And that’s what I did.

There were multiple times I almost pulled out, backed off and shrank back. 

But I didn’t, because everytime I look at my wrist I realize that the DWYSYWD isn’t just ink, it’s a creed.

 

Be unconventional – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-By the end of the week I will have a date ready for you for our annual Fat Shredder contest, so stay tuned!!!!




How do You Match That?

The emotions I had on Monday and the drive in and when I got to Newell Strength on Monday the 18th are very hard to describe.

They were unmatched by anything else I had ever experienced. 

Anyhow, my grandfather, Leo, WW2 veteran and my family, were here to support as well as a lot of friends and family from the community. 

I continued doing interviews, one after the other until it was time to open at 4 PM. 

At that time, we played the national anthem. It was awesome! Everyone stood at attention to the flags that many of the patrons had brought with them. 

Then, the first clients entered for their workouts. At that moment, I knew that we had achieved what we had set out to do: we provided hope. 

The Police officers provided me with my summons after notifying me that I was in violation of the Governor’s orders. They were awesome that day and throughout the week. I seriously couldn’t respect those guys more. 

Going into Tuesday, day 2, was going to be a bit different because I knew that hoopla was going to die down (I am not much for attention, so to me that was a blessing). 

It unfolded very similarly to day one. 

Just to see the expressions on the clients faces and the joy of being back to normal somewhat was well worth it. 

Which led me into Wednesday, which was probably the strangest day of my life. The morning started with me doing a radio interview on New Jersey’s biggest radio station, followed by a workout. 

When I got home is when I started to hear some rumors about how the day would unfold, which Devon and I were prepared for. 

And add to that the uncertainty about calls I was getting about there being some BIG protest at the gym, of which I was completely unaware of. 

I did know that clients that came were now going to be in violation of the Governor’s orders, which bothered me because they just wanted to come for a workout and to feel great once again in mind and body. 

I give them so much credit because they knew the consequences as they headed in for their workout but some of them still went in. What courage and belief in HOPE they displayed!!! 

When I opened up that day, the law was fully ready for the protestors that thank God, did not show up. The Officers were again very gracious and just awesome, although it was quite a scene for the people that were driving by that were trying to see what was going on (I will be able to write about all this more detail in the near future). 

Anyhow, since I was in violation, I got my 3rd summons in 3 days. If it were baseball, I’d be the best player of all time with that average:). 

Well, then I received a call about a closed door meeting that night that involved myself and 3 other men, all of which I respect the heck out of. The meeting was about coming up with a compromise, which I was all about. Again, this had nothing to do with me opening the gym, it had to do with providing hope to everyone out there that was fatigued with the past few months. 

That meeting lasted about 2 hours and the one man that gets a lot of credit is Assemblyman, Roy Frieman, who set it up and was one of the 4 men in the room. 

It was just a fantastic thing to be a part of and I knew that our actions were heard all the way up to the top just by the nature of the meeting and what I was privy to. 

The day certainly took a turn that I did not expect, but I guess that’s why you have to have no expectations or just expect anything and everything to happen. 

What a day, what a night. By the time I went to bed, I was running on empty, elated but drained….

 

Be unconventional – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-By the end of the week I will have a date ready for you for our annual Fat Shredder contest, so stay tuned!!!!




Up and Down, Chaos and Peace

Two weeks ago began the most amazing and emotional week of my life. 

I had made a video to give people hope on a Tuesday night about our choice to open Newell Strength. 

Within a few hours it had almost 10K views.

Fox News reached out the next day and it was on.

My intention for opening Newell Strength was more about hope than anything. If was just about opening up for business, the easier thing would have been to stay closed.

Saturday I had the interview on national television which was surreal. Then the rest of the weekend was up and down, not being sure what to expect on Monday afternoon when we opened. 

Monday was full of talking with reporters and such during the early part of the day and listening to other people tell me how the scene was unfolding at Newell Strength. I wasn’t planning on going in until [2:30] or so for our 4 PM opening. 

Driving in was wild because I had no idea what to expect from all the different things I was hearing. 

I was listening to ‘Born in the USA’ by Bruce as I pulled in for parking. 

I walked in, noticed there was already a crowd gathering, opened the bay doors and began to play patriotic music. 

To be continued tomorrow…..

 

Be unconventional – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-By the end of the week I will have a date ready for you for our annual Fat Shredder contest, so stay tuned!!!!




Faith Over Fear in the Corona Climate Part 2

In today’s podcast, I continue the discussion about faith over fear. 

Keep in mind that this was recorded about a month ago, valid points, interesting insights but notice how the energy has changed since.

 

Enjoy the show! www.newellstrength.com/single-post/2020/05/26/Faith-Over-Fear-in-the-Corona-Climate-Part-2

Be unconventional – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-By the end of the week I will have a date ready for you for our annual Fat Shredder contest, so stay tuned!!!!




A Big Day All Around

One week ago, I had no idea where I’d be today.

I’ll get to telling you about the historic Monday from a week ago as the week goes on….

But today is a big day.

It is Tank’s birthday, it’s Memorial Day and as you read this I am down at the Jersey shore, getting ready to give a speech to a couple thousand people.

Funny enough, I don’t even know what I am going to talk about, but I do know it’ll come from the heart.

We will celebrate Colt’s birthday later in the afternoon and remember all those that gave their lives to battle for our freedom.

I got invited to speak today simply because I honored my internal convictions and values and carried them out.  

In life, when we do what we know is right in our heart, amazing things happen.  The cool thing is that what’s right for you or what you have in your heart may be different than me, but that’s cool, great things will still happen.

 

Be unconventional – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-By the end of the week I will have a date ready for you for our annual Fat Shredder contest, so stay tuned!!!!




A Real Life Hero

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to reflect on my living grandfather, Leo.  

Yes, he is the same man that I watched Raw Deal with in yesterday’s email.

Leo is a world war 2 vet, and as you know, there aren’t many of them left.  He is still sharp as ever, still strong as ever and a real inspiration for me.

His dad, my great grandfather, was an Italian Immigrant that earned his U.S. citizenship by fighting in WW1.  

I always reflect on my grandfather as we celebrate both Memorial Day and 4th of July.  He fought for our freedoms and way of life.  

Thank you Pa! 

And if there’s anyone in your life that sacrificed to give us freedom that you know of, please give them a big thank you from me.  

Happy  Memorial Day weekend!

 

Be unconventional – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-We will be up and running soon.  Some of you have been reaching out about the annual Fat Shredder contest.  We will be doing it, and are aiming to start in the beginning of June.  More details to come!




Discover Your Imagination

A few weeks ago, Braxton watched the Predator with me and then again with his cousins at a sleepover.

As an aside, one of the earliest movies I can remember watching was Raw Deal with Arnold.  It was just me and my  grandfather, Leo (still alive and a WW2 vet). 

Anyhow, on Mother’s Day, Braxton made an elaborate booby trap in our front yard in order to try and catch the predator, just like Arnold did at the end of the movie.

His imagination knows no limits, as it should be.  

Maybe we should be a  little more childlike and exercise our imagination more.  

Afterall, imagination is the greatest nation on Earth. 

 

Be unconventional – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-We will be up and running soon.  Some of you have been reaching out about the annual Fat Shredder contest.  We will be doing it, and are aiming to start in the beginning of June.  More details to come!




Amazingly it All Started With This

9 years ago, I made today’s video.  

It’s about how I began and yes, it began with a simple exercise band.  

Take a listen for 3 minutes and try to gain a spark of inspiration.  

(Don’t mind my eyes, they  were a bit puffy because of allergies).

Enjoy! https://youtu.be/wa61Mmg9mRs

Be unconventional – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-We will be up and running soon.  Some of you have been reaching out about the annual Fat Shredder contest.  We will be doing it, and are aiming to start in the beginning of June.  More details to come!




Faith over Fear in the Corona Climate

I recorded today’s episode about a month ago.

It was one of the most passionate ‘rants’ I’ve had on my podcast and it was infused with passion.

It’s all about acting with faith over fear because as I’ve been saying, fear is the real virus to be afraid of.  

With faith, you can conquer that.

Enjoy and let me know what you think! 

www.newellstrength.com/single-post/2020/05/19/Faith-over-Fear-in-the-Corona-Climate

Be unconventional – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-We will be up and running soon.  Some of you have been reaching out about the annual Fat Shredder contest.  We will be doing it, and are aiming to start in the beginning of June.  More details to come!