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Who Can You Help?

About 5 years ago, I added a bumble bee tattoo on my left arm.  

 

It’s hard to spot but when you focus in, you can see it.  

 

It represents a concept from an old mastermind group that I was in where you never know the power of your words or energy towards another person, so be sure to reach out with a word of encouragement from time to time.

 

And that is all I am reminding you to do.  Be someone else’s Coach today.  No, you don’t have to get into the weeds with them, just offer them a boost.

 

Afterall, a Coach is someone that can help get someone from point A to point B, point B representing a place that they can’t get to on their own (after the term ‘stagecoach’).

 

When you become too focused on the self, troubles arise.  When you shine your focus on someone else, your worries melt away.

 

The same door you give through is the same door you receive from.

 

Be unconventional – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-The next Panda Challenge will begin Monday, September 14th.  I am only taking 10 students this time and I have 3 NEW things that will be implemented into this journey.  It will be 7 weeks.  *ONLY 2 SPOTS REMAIN!!!*. To apply and set up a call so I can see if you’re a good fit, go to: https://hillsborough.newellstrength.com/panda_diet

 

P.P.S- We are in fact having our annual Fat Shredder contest, albeit a little later than normal.  If you are ready for some fun, accountability and ready to take back your health, then this is it.  Contest begins on Sept. 17th and we are only taking 20 teams.  Each team is made of 3 people and must include at least one woman and one non-member (can be one and the same).  If you are interested, reply to this email or sign up at either Newell Strength location.




Meditate on Your Death

Since I was a young kid, 7 or 8 years old, I have been contemplating death.  

What?! 

Allow me to explain.  

Shortly after we moved to NJ from Michigan, one of our neighborhood buddies from Michigan died of a brain aneurysm. 

He was only slightly older than me.  

But it had such an impact on me that I obsessed over death for quite a few years.  

These periods of intro-flection would come and go and still do.  

Do I sit in the corner and fear death?  No, I am more curious about it at this point.  

One thing that it has allowed me to do though is to take chances and to play as big as I can possibly play in life.  

I keep track of my weeks gone by and weeks left, literally, with two buckets of marbles in my home office.  

Morbid?  Maybe.

I see it as helping to live more and to live better.  

‘Meditation on death should be performed daily….’ -Yamamoto Tsunetomo

 

Maybe young Kyle was on to something.

 

Be unconventional – Kyle

 

1- The Fat Shredder is coming!  Realistically it’ll probably start at some point in the backside of May and run until the 4th of July weekend.  Here’s all you have to do for now: start thinking of your teammates. Each team will have at least a member, non-member and one woman (teams of 3).  It’s gonna be epic and just what we all need at that time:) 

 

2-I am opening the doors to the second Panda Challenge, which will be starting within the next 3 weeks.  The first 12 ‘Panda’s’ are crushing it and dare I say, all 12 are on track to hit their 45-day goals! Yes, I only take 12 because of the high level of Coaching each client receives.  5 of the spots are already taken from people that just missed the cut for the first Panda Challenge. If you’d like to find out more info and at least throw your name in the ring for me to decide if you’re a good fit, then go here: https://hillsborough.newellstrength.com/step_1




What Are You Going to Do to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone?

This morning, I went for my 45-minute walk with my 80 pound weight vest on in a tsunami.

Why?

Because it’s Mental Toughness Monday.  

I am switching the name to mental toughness Monday rather than Mindset Monday because mental toughness is a skill.  Mindset is more fluid, some days we feel up, some days we feel down.  

But I have found over my life that when I feel down or in a rut, I can usually climb out just by challenging myself to be uncomfortable.  

What are you going to do today?  How are you going to challenge yourself?  Even if its something like taking a cold shower or writing a few sentences with your opposite hand.

 

DO SOMETHING!!!

Remember, mental toughness is a choice and a skill. 

And all skills can be learned.  

You got this.

 

Be unconventional – Kyle

 

1- The Fat Shredder is coming!  Realistically it’ll probably start at some point in the backside of May and run until the 4th of July weekend.  Here’s all you have to do for now: start thinking of your teammates. Each team will have at least a member, non-member and one woman (teams of 3).  It’s gonna be epic and just what we all need at that time:) 

 

2-I am opening the doors to the second Panda Challenge, which will be starting within the next 3 weeks.  The first 12 ‘Panda’s’ are crushing it and dare I say, all 12 are on track to hit their 45-day goals! Yes, I only take 12 because of the high level of Coaching each client receives.  5 of the spots are already taken from people that just missed the cut for the first Panda Challenge. If you’d like to find out more info and at least throw your name in the ring for me to decide if you’re a good fit, then go here: https://hillsborough.newellstrength.com/step_1




What About Your Emergency Fund?

Each day this week I will be bringing one of the five areas of growth to get and learn from this situation.  Today’s topic is the emergency fund….

I am by no means a financial expert.  But I do know that all the ones worth their weight in salt will tell you that you need an emergency fund.

And for all those people that never saw the point in having one, now you can see it very clearly. 

An emergency fund is for just that, emergencies!

There are tons of people out of work right now.  If they had 3-6 months socked away, then there would be nothing to stress financially right now. 

Yes, you read that right.  You want to have 3 to 6 months of your average monthly living expenses saved away. 

I know very few people do this because I know how people behave.  So how does this help you right now? 

Well, hopefully it gets you to wake up and begin one right away. 

The next emergency will probably be different than this current situation but rest assured that it is coming.  It might be you getting laid off, it might be your spouse getting laid off, it might just give you the freedom to pursue a dream career, but I do know 100% that you will need it at some point. 

Figure out your monthly expenses and start by putting a few bucks in to build the momentum and then make it a regular part of your weekly credit. 

 

Trust me and thank me later J.

 

Be unconventional – Kyle

 

1- The Fat Shredder is coming!  Realistically it’ll probably start at some point in the backside of May and run until the 4th of July weekend.  Here’s all you have to do for now: start thinking of your teammates. Each team will have at least a member, non-member and one woman (teams of 3).  It’s gonna be epic and just what we all need at that time:) 




The Winner’s Mindset: Competitive Spirit

The Winner’s Mindset: Competitive Spirit

 

When I first started to compete in bodybuilding, I did it just to compete, for the experience.

 

And as most things go in life, I got the seed planted in my head that more is better.  A joyful experience turned into one of external circumstances, which never ends well.

 

As the years went on, I learned to savor the process of competition and getting ready.  The day of the show was just a celebration.

 

In 2007, I had won my first show and one week later I was competing in a bigger show that I had already done numerous times.  I thought this was going to be my year to win that show.

 

Well, at the weigh-ins, I saw a competitor who would later become a good friend, and I knew that there was no way I could beat him.

 

He was a professional caliber athlete and later did turn into an IFBB pro.  Yet, I wasn’t disappointed.  I had enjoyed the process of being the best I ever was up to that point.

 

Up on stage, I gave it everything I had and it was an honor to go against such competition.  My spirit was enhanced, I was inspired.

 

Which begs the question: what is the point of competition?  Is it win, lose or draw?  Yes and no.  The only person you are competing with is yourself. There are certain ways to express the human spirit, the main ones being: sport, art and music.

 

Competition should inspire you.  If you aren’t growing from the spirit of competition, then you are going about it wrong.  If you are measuring your worth by whether or not you won first place, then joy will be short lived.

 

Yes, you should want to win.  Heck, I want to be a killer every time I compete in something.  To honor competition requires such a mindset of ‘finish’.  Don’t take your foot off the pedal. Give it your all and leave nothing in the tank.

 

All of the mini-competitions you have just part of the bigger game of life.  Life, however, is a game that cannot be won.  Once you win, you must set new targets or risk dying a slow death of mediocrity.

 

Every expression of the human spirit must enhance oneself.  Every time I make writing a chore and start to think that my writing worth is what others think, I am no longer writing for the joy of writing. And I burn out, I no longer get lost in the process and the expression of creativity.  It becomes something else.

 

You need something or someone to compete against, so honor that entity.  Games are supposed to be fun and a game can only exist when you have someone to play against.

 

Feel the ups and downs of competition but realize that they don’t define you.  Competition is just a way for us to experience some of the flavorful emotions of life.

 

It’s about what you learn on the journey and who you are being on that journey.

 

And remember, it’s all your path.




This Doesn’t Mean You’ve Traveled the World

“What if on your last day, you met the man you could’ve become?” -Danger and Play

 

I once knew a man that traveled over 50,000 miles on his stationary bike.

 

He liked to brag and boast about this feat, but to me it was silly.

 

All I heard was, ‘I have wasted 50,000 miles worth of my time sitting in the same exact spot, accomplishing nothing but a little leg movement’.

 

I won’t go into one of my rants here about slow, long distance ‘cardio’ but I do want to help you connect some dots here.

 

By going that distance, he could have literally traveled the world more than a one time over.  He could have gained experience and overcome obstacles.  But he didn’t.  He did the same boring thing, day after day.

 

Wisdom is not found by age.  You don’t become more wise just because you are older.

 

You gain wisdom by experience and by failure.

 

If you are doing the same boring job in the same way that you were 10 years ago, I hate to tell you that have wasted 10 years.

 

When I was teaching, I used to see this all the time.  Some teacher would have 20 years in the game, but after year 2, they never grew.  They just did the same routines and lessons over and over and over again.

 

That’s 20 years of teaching with 2 years of experience.

 

Get out there and fail.  Get out there and experience life.  Put a knife into the heart of fear because fear is what will keep you the same as everyone else.

 

 

You can BE different by getting off to a hot start with one of our limited 3-Week Test Drives.  It’s available to new and former members.  Find out more here: http://www.newellstrength.com/3wtd

 

 

P.S-You only have 10 or so days left to get in on Dana’s super special offer of buy 2 get 1 FREE for FST.  Shoot her an email at dana@newellstrength.com

 

Be different – Kyle Newell

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Stephen King’s Everyday Magic

Stephen King, the great horror writer, he said when he’s writing a new novel, he writes 2500 words a day without taking a day off, because he said if he takes a day off, he gets too far away from his characters.

 

There’s a magic to doing it every single day.

 

He was also able to figure out how to write his first novel, Carrie, while working as a full time public school teacher up in New England (if you’d like to know how to do something like this, then check out this 25 page book I developed this past fall about time mastery: http://www.kylenewell.com/time)

 

What are you going to do BIG ins 2017?

 

Stop thinking small.  This year will be a significant percentage of the rest of your life.

 

I want you to start thinking about living each day as if it were your whole life.

 

I am going on the record to say I will write 2 books this year and you can hold me to that:).

 

One will be my fictional book that is a little behind schedule but I am working on it and the other will be the official Ripped Dad’s book.

 

You can read the intro the Ripped Dad’s book here:   http://www.newellstrength.com/man-mish/

 

 

Afterall, a man needs a mission.

 

Enjoy your funday Sunday – Kyle Newell

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A Purple Ball, A Mallet and Golf Ball at 5A.M.

For the first 3 days of this past week, I woke up feeling like someone drugged me with Ny-quil.

 

No, I didn’t take any sleep supplements nor was I hungover.

 

Nope.

 

It was my environment change.  As I was saying earlier in the week, it is very challenging for the brain and nervous system when you change environments.

 

Most of the time, one wouldn’t notice this, but in extreme circumstances and stresses, such as moving homes, you can’t not notice it.

 

I managed it as best I could.  I eased back into my morning routine.

 

I also didn’t try to get as much done for the business part of my life because I knew the juice wouldn’t be there.

 

But it’s coming back.

 

Thursday of this week was the first time that I got into my full morning routine groove.

 

I even added in a little extra since I knew I wouldn’t be making it to the gym that morning.

 

All in all it took 30 minutes, but it could be modified to fit anyone’s schedule.

 

I started with a quick shower with my breathing meditation.

 

Then, I did 100 pushups, 50 body weight squats and 50 burpees.

 

Next came my favorite part:  I practiced bouncing a golf ball off a mallet, using both hands, followed by rolling my stomach with a soft purple ball and finally I practiced my cursive hand writing with both hands to write out my affirmations.

 

And today I have been feeling great!

 

I love my morning routine, but the main point is that you need a routine to start the day.  A way to set your brain on fire if you will.

 

Or else you will be at the whim of how you woke up that morning, which by default, is usually going to be a negative state.

 

I gotta run, so I can’t explain it any more right now, but if you want to get one of the last two spots for this month’s ULYIS workshop, check out this link and act while you still can!

http://kylenewell.com/december

 

Peace – Kyle Newell

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The Echo Chamber of Stupid Fitness Advice

I had never heard of an echo chamber until this year’s election.

 

Basically, it’s when no outside voice or opinion can be heard or is allowed ‘in’ and the same information, correct or not, get’s ‘echoed’ back and forth.

 

And oh boy…how this sure does apply to the wonderful field of fitness.

 

Here are just some of the ‘echoes’ that your Tool Boy, big box gym, personal trainers are sure to be telling people coming into the new year.

 

  • Just work harder, that’ll work. Use all the will power you can muster because obviously you have just been weak-willed in the past.

 

  • Cut out carbs and count your calories. This will do the trick (and not to mention it’s pretty fun to carry around tupperware and a scale everywhere you go).

 

  • Make sure you do 30 minutes of ‘cardio’ after your machine based weight training session . This will ensure you are in the fat-burning zone and I know you have all the time in the world to spend here in my gym, like a human guinea pig.

 

  • Do what I do and you will look like me. My six-pack has NOTHING to do with having the right genetics and weighing 175 pounds soaking wet.

 

  • Train arms and abs one day and back and chest on another day. You can skip legs except for throwing in a few sets of leg presses a couple of times per week.

 

 

Man how I cringe when I hear these bums talk and spew this mis-information and ‘fake news’ of fitness.

 

It is a choice what you choose to believe.

 

But remember, what you believe for a long period of time will become a part of your faith (faith doesn’t just have a religious meaning).

 

Be careful and mindful of echo chambers and tool boys.

 

Here’s a way to save someone you love from the fake news of fitness;  get them a 3-Week Test Drive at Newell Strength.  It’s the best $99 gift you’ll ever give:) http://www.newellstrength.com/3wtd

 

Be different – Kyle Newell

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Why Have I Been a Bit Off Lately?

You may have not noticed, but I certainly have.

 

But I know the answer as to why I have been feeling off.

 

First, it’s because we just took on one of life’s top 5 biggest stressors: a move.

 

And two, my morning routine has been stifled.

 

My morning routine is the key to my entire day.  But I don’t know where all my stuff is yet, I don’t know exactly what to do with the pups in the morning and heck, I don’t even know which light switch is which yet.

 

That’s okay though. I expected this and I gave myself permission to ease into our new home.  As long as I do one part of my morning routine this week (theater of the mind), then all will be okay.

 

It takes the human brain and nervous system roughly 3 weeks to get used to a new environment.

 

After that, you begin to know your way.  The environment begins to become a part of you.  Kind of like a living, breathing habit.

 

What environments in your life are positive and which ones are negative?

 

You are probably going to have to think about that because after those intial 3 weeks you tend to go on auto-pilot and go through the motions.  Unless of course, you bring some conscious thought to your environments and do an assessment.

 

There is nothing as powerful in life as BEING self-aware.

 

And I am going to teach you how do just that at this month’s workshop.  I believe there are still one or maybe 2 spots left (I haven’t checked yet today).  It is on 12/28 at 7:30 PM.  You can find our more here or register if you so desire: http://kylenewell.com/december

Peace – Kyle Newell