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I Got My Butt Handed to Me

A few weeks ago at BJJ class, I was sitting out one of the rounds of live sparring because I didn’t have anyone to roll with.

Sometimes, it’s hard to pair up because most guys that do BJJ aren’t in the heavyweight category.

Well, as I was looking around, Mickey Gall, a professional and very good UFC fighter (he trains at Gracie with us) said he wanted to roll with me.

He choked me out a few times, which was cool, just being able to see how a professional athlete operates at the highest level within their specialty.

Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t a rag doll, in fact, he kept complimenting me on my strength and how that was good for him to go up against.

However, getting choked out isn’t anything new for me, often the bigger black belts get the best of me.

Yet, I don’t lose.  How can that be?

Because, in life, you only lost if you don’t know why you lost.

Think about that for a moment….

Think differently – Kyle Newell

P.S-If you’d like to come in and try Newell Strength for 30 days, we are running a 50% off promo through our emails only.  If you go this page and fill out the application (or you can send it off to a friend), you will get to participate in your 30-day trial for only $99.  You can go here to apply: https://www.newellstrength.com/30-day-risk-free-trial




8 Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

When I was first exposed to intermittent fasting 4.5 years ago, I knew I had struck gold.

At the time, it was only for me, meaning I could finally give up all the complex diet strategies and just focus on simplicity.

It’s not a stretch to say that intermittent fasting changed my life.

In today’s episode of Unlocking Your Inner Strength, I cover 8 key benefits of intermittent fasting.  You can listen to the episode here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/unlocking-your-inner-strength/id1138596023?mt=2

 

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-We are having our next people of fitness party at our Flemington location on Friday the 12th.  It will begin at 7:30 PM and we will have local beer and pizza on hand.  It’s always a blast and all are welcome.  You don’t need to be a member to attend.  You can RSVP by sending an email to devon@newellstrength.com

P.P.S-We are having a ‘drive-in’ movie night on Friday the 26th at our Hillsborough location.  It’s BYOB, you must bring lawn chairs too.  It will be a Halloween movie in the spirit of Halloween, so keep the little ones at home….




Laziness and Energy

I had an epiphany last week. And that epiphany was this:

To create anything, we need to bring energy to the table. Creating can only happen when energy is present and ramped up.

Think about money for example; money is just a form of energy, an exchange for you providing energy. Some people’s energy can affect tons of people, while other people’s energy can’t even affect themselves.

When we go into freeze mode, when too much stress piles on, we are entering a depressed state. Everyone has dealt with depression of some sort at one point or another. When we are in that frozen state, energy is crap and creating is almost impossible.

So, what’s this got to do with you?

If you want to create better health, you need to bring more energy to the table, not less.

If you want to switch careers, you better up your energy.

If you want to have better relationships, you better up your energy.

Sometimes, you have to be ‘lazy’ in order to cultivate and protect your energy. When I say lazy, I mean you have to recharge; maybe that’s a little extra sleep, maybe it means doing something fun and so on.

I used to sleep very little because I thought it was a sign of laziness and therefore weakness. Little did I know that I was robbing my ability to create what I aspired to.

Think differently – Kyle Newell

P.S-If you’d like to come in and try Newell Strength for 30 days, we are running a 50% off promo through our emails only. If you go this page and fill out the application (or you can send it off to a friend), you will get to participate in your 30-day trial for only $99. You can go here to apply: https://www.newellstrength.com/30-day-risk-free-trial




Member Showcase: Jon Pawlowski aka Stretch

Stretch has been associated with Newell Strength just about as long as any member we’ve had.

That’s because we were buddies way back at another globo gym, then we started playing hoops together and so on until he decided he wanted to start working out with me in the PIT.

He is a great role model for other dads out there.  He still plays hoops here and there and he makes a point to get in for at least 3 workouts per week, despite being a busy teacher, Coach and dedicated father and husband.

Here he is in his own words: https://youtu.be/PEaPVYXUjQE

 

Think differently – Kyle Newell

P.S- School is back in session, which means it’s a great time for you to find your routine again (even if you don’t have kids)….If you’d like to get started just like Stretch’s wife did, then you should consider joining our Fall Fat Loss Classic Contest at our Hillsborough location, please click the link to find out more or simply send an email to Dana@newellstrength.com: https://www.newellstrength.com/2018-fall-contest




Breakthrough at the Water Park

One of our favorite experiences on our vacation was going to a local indoor water park one evening.

This was great, because it allowed Devon and I to take turns going down the adult slides.

We each did about 8 runs and we both felt rejuvenated afterwards.

There are two reasons for this.

1-Play is great for the brain.  It engages your brain in a different way and shuts off all the background clutter going on; one of the big reasons I love going to my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes.

2-Nostalgia aka, Hebb’s Law.  What gets fired together gets wired together.  One of my favorite things growing up was going to either an amusement park or a water park with my family.

The same feelings I had then come flooding back along with the great memories anytime I am at a waterpark.

Kind of like when you hear your favorite song.

Put yourself in these states as often as possible.

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

P.S- School is back in session, which means it’s a great time for you to find your routine again (even if you don’t have kids)….If you’d like to join our Fall Fat Loss Classic Contest at our Hillsborough location, please click the link to find out more or simply send an email to Dana@newellstrength.com: https://www.newellstrength.com/2018-fall-contes




Fear is the Biggest…

On vacation, I was able to read two novels, squeezed in between our family time and while the boys were sleeping.

I believe reading novels is an undervalued hobby.  It causes you to use much more of your brain that just watching a television show and it really allows your brain a break.

Its meditative if you will.

In one of the books, which was excellent by the way (The Betrayal by Tim Tigner), they speak of fear being the biggest industry in the world.

I know fear is the strongest motivator but I never heard it phrased this way before.

Flip this around and figure out to how to use this to your advantage.  Figure out exactly what you fear and then write it down, break it down and reframe it.

What if all goes to hell?

I’ll counter that with: What if everything goes better than expected?

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

P.S- School is back in session, which means it’s a great time for you to find your routine again (even if you don’t have kids)….If you’d like to join our Fall Fat Loss Classic Contest at our Hillsborough location, please click the link to find out more or simply send an email to Dana@newellstrength.com: https://www.newellstrength.com/2018-fall-contest




Unlearning Nutrition Principles

I remember way back in college, in 2003, my senior year, when I was really thinking outside the box about nutrition.  Part of that process, being young and naive, was going against anything that was inside the box.

And while that has mostly served me well, one of the things that I think back about is the nutrition pyramid that the US government put out years ago and is taught in every school.

I used to vehemently disagree with it.  The answer, as I was taught, was protein, protein, protein.  Protein was the answer to both muscle building and losing fat.  But how can that be?

In today’s episode of Unlocking Your Inner Strength, I go over that and some other things I’ve had to unlearn over the years about nutrition.  You can take a listen and subscribe over here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/unlocking-your-inner-strength/id1138596023?mt=2

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

P.S- School is back in session, which means it’s a great time for you to find your routine again (even if you don’t have kids)….If you’d like to join our Fall Fat Loss Classic Contest at our Hillsborough location, please click the link to find out more or simply send an email to Dana@newellstrength.com: https://www.newellstrength.com/2018-fall-contest




6,000 Feet Up, No Guard Rail

On the first Friday of our vacation to New Hampshire, we planned out a trip to the top of Mount Washington.

In case you are unfamiliar, it is the highest point on the east coast, topping out at just over 6,200 feet!

We each had sweatshirts on, despite it being 70 degrees at the base of the mountain; I had heard the weather can be quite unpredictable up there.

Well, on the drive up, the boys were both napping, which was good because it was one less thing for me to have to focus on. As we climbed up and up and up and passed the 3,000 foot elevation mark, the tree line disappeared.

What was left was no guard rail, no shoulder, a tight road and nothing but mountain. My palms began to sweat and I locked in, become hyper-aware of everything around me.

To be blunt, I was scared sh**less! The visions of plummeting to a fiery death were just that, visions. We obviously made it up and down and lived to tell about it.

Now, usually, I don’t let much get to me, I can control my breathing and thoughts to a good degree but when being ‘inches away from the edge’, my animal nervous system took over.

There were many lessons that I am going to write about from that drive up, but a takeaway point is this: yours and mine thoughts about future bad events aren’t real. The future does not exist, it’s just a part of our projected imagination. This means that all you fear is made up. ‘There is nothing to fear but fear itself’.

And if you don’t manage it, it can cripple your action taking.

Think differently – Kyle Newell

P.S- School is back in session, which means it’s a great time for you to find your routine again (even if you don’t have kids)….If you’d like to join our Fall Fat Loss Classic Contest at our Hillsborough location, please click the link to find out more or simply send an email to Dana@newellstrength.com: https://www.newellstrength.com/2018-fall-contest




Once Your Mindset Expands…

I was incredibly fortunate this year to be able to hire Matt Furey as my personal success Coach.  This is a man that is super modest, despite his extreme success.

In fact, people don’t know this, but Tony Robbins has paid him a few times to come and do a consult (I always wondered who the masters went to as their teachers).

Everytime we have a Coaching call, he expands my way of thinking.  So funny enough, he actually brought this up on our call last week.

He said, ‘Kyle, once the mind expands to new realities and possibilities it can never go back’.  And how right he is!

The problem is that most people don’t let their minds expand because they get stuck in a rut with their way of thinking.

Once you know what’s possible, why would you settle for anything less?  When I see someone use a weight in the gym that they’ve never used before, I will tell them, ‘Awesome job!  Now you can’t ever go back, you now know what your new capabilities are’.

In which area does your mind need to expand?

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-If you’d like to join our Fall Fat Loss Classic Contest, please click the link to find out more or simply send an email to Dana@newellstrength.com.  We have room for 15 teams: https://www.newellstrength.com/2018-fall-contest




How to Eat a Whole Cake

Devon made me my favorite cake in the whole world for my birthday a few weeks ago.

I enjoyed a few pieces that weekend and then thought I’d have it around for a few weeks if I froze it, to enjoy some more.

Well, I went to put it in the freezer late that Monday night and amazingly, the whole damn thing was gone.  My first thought was, ‘Mateena!’  But nope, the dogs didn’t get it.

It was Devon.  I was puzzled, because that cake is so damn filling that I have trouble having more than one piece at a sitting.  How could this be?

You see, Devon had been dieting her little butt off, despite me telling her to take it easy, because she wanted to get the baby weight off.

When we do anything to the extreme, your body will react in the opposite direction.  Hard core dieting leads to hard core bingeing.  She had entered ‘super-compensation’ mode, a state you can only get into from intense exercise and dieting (this is how I used to put on eating shows when I would get ready for a bodybuilding show).

We actually wound up eating some raw chicken that week too because her hunger got the best of her and she didn’t want to wait until it was cooked entirely, no joke!

If you find yourself using extreme will power, get ready for a nasty pendulum swing to the other side.  Coax, don’t force your body.

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-If you’d like to join our Fall Fat Loss Classic Contest, please click the link to find out more or simply send an email to Dana@newellstrength.com.  We have room for 15 teams: https://www.newellstrength.com/2018-fall-contest