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The Greatest Fat Loss Comes From…

As you read this, I am hiking up in the mountains somewhere in New Hampshire.

No, I didn’t write this this morning, I applied some time travel skills to talk to you even while I am holiday.

Anyhow, I am up here enjoying the fresh mountain air, getting a little sweat going with Suzy, the boys and pups.

A side effect would be fat loss.

You see, the greatest fat loss comes from moving the body through space.  And the greatest strength gains come from moving the body through space.  Machines don’t fit this definition.

Fat loss and muscle gain come from affecting the nervous and hormonal systems, both of which are heightened when moving through your environment.

An inverse row beats a machine row any day of the week and a hike beats an elliptical machine ten times out of ten.

Put this knowledge to use, it’ll make you smarter than 99% of the trainers out there.

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

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Another Vicious Dog Attack, This Time on Munchie

Yes, there are two lessons here.

 

The first: there is a lesson to be learned in every single event you experience each and every day.

 

The second we will get to.

 

Last Saturday, we went over to see how our new tenants were doing.  I had to check on the cold water valve, which took a bit longer than expected, so Devon and Munchie were upstairs shooting the breeze with the girls.

 

The one girl had her two chihuahua’s away in a bedroom.  Well, about 40 minutes into our visit (way too long!), she let them out.

 

She was worried that the one brown haired dog was too nasty to be near Braxton, so she held him the entire rest of the time.

 

Well, just before leaving, we all went down to the basement so I could show them where the one valve was that me and my buddy were fixing.

 

The other chihuahua, a white haired one, was on the floor next to Munchie.

 

I was looking up at the ceiling at the pipe and next thing I know, the dog made a weird noise and Munchie was bleeding from his eye and lip.

 

Apparently he touched the dog from behind and it just snapped (a good thing Mateena wasn’t there or I am sure we would have had a dead chihuahua on our hands).

 

The owner was mortified.

 

Devon and I stayed calm.  Braxton was shook up for sure but a few tears and a Christmas cookie and he was happy.

 

We left shortly after reassuring the owner that it wasn’t her fault.

 

On the way over to Lowe’s, Devon started getting a pit in her stomach like somehow it was her fault.  Which of course, is the motherly thing to think, but it was in no way her fault.

 

She was beating herself up for reacting too slowly.  But here is where the lessons come in.

 

When in a state of stress, we often go into freeze mode, which causes us to not react or to react a bit slower than normal.  Devon was fighting millions of years of physiology, she had not a shot.

 

And from what I have seen and heard in the past with little dogs and little kids, I should have formulated a prediction and told Devon to hold the Munch man.  This would have been a response to my prediction, which goes along with the brain being a pattern recognition machine.

 

There is a HUGE difference between reaction and response.  One his human, the other is animal.

 

Yes, this can apply to any area of your life.  All I am asking you to do is to think about it and ponder it.

 

Munchie is okay.  His eye wound up swelling pretty bad and he had to go on a round of antibiotics because the bite turned into an infection. But it and that’s a big BUTT, it could have been so much worse.

 

His actual eyeball went unscathed.

 

Beware of the lessons in your life.

 

-Kyle Newell

 

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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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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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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




The Pitbull Attack on my Birthday

The Pitbull Attack on my Birthday

Two years ago, on my birthday to be exact, we took Dax and Mateen over to the dog park before going to see a movie later on that night.

Devon was 8 months pregnant with Braxton at that point.  We were already at the dog park for about a half hour when I noticed a pit bull acting very strange.

And after talking to the owner, I knew why.  The owner was aloof and didn’t even know the background of this dog that he had rescued one month earlier.

I do hate that pit’s get a bad rap, they are beautiful dogs and usually the ones that you see on the news are part of a cultural problem, not the actual breed.

Anywho, we watched as the pit spearheaded another mut right in the side for no good reason.

That’s when I said to Devon that we should start making our way to the truck.  We had already been there long enough and I didn’t like having this wild card near my pups.

Now, keep in mind, stupidly, I had flip flops on because it was a very hot, late summer day.  Mateena made one more bee line to go mark her territory as we were walking towards the gate.

I turned around and saw the pit running at her. There was also a rot that had just arrived, making his way over to the very same area.

Mateena knows herself as silly as that sounds.  I’d argue that she knows herself better than most people.  She knows that she is a loner and that she doesn’t like being in a crowded area.

And like any dog, she reacts if put in a situation that she doesn’t like.  The pit went up behind her and started sniffing her BE-hind.  Mateena turned and did this little chomp she does to let other dogs know to back off.

As I saw this unfolding, I was already running as fast as I could over to the spot because I knew what was about to happen.  The pit reacted to her chomp and clamped down on her skull.  Thank God I got there in time to kick the pit in the head a few times, dislodging his grip on her.

Stupidly, once again (man this was a dumb day by me all around), I stayed between the pit and Mateena and the rot that was now starting to get worked up.  I didn’t think about what it could have done to me.  I reacted and put my family first.

Luckily, I was very aware of my surroundings that day.

I knew the environment and I could ‘feel’ the energy that was in the air.

You can do the same thing, not with a pit bull of course but in your home, at your job, etc.

Environments are triggers.  The brain is always scanning your environments.  You are either going to be at the mercy of your environments or you are going to master your environments.

People often are stressed out of their minds because of their very mismanagement of their environments.

Well, lucky for you, Dana told me it’d be okay to run a special for her Fascial Stretch Therapy service for the holiday season.  For the month of Decemeber, Dana is offering a buy 2, get 1 free deal.

I am already booking a bunch for myself and Devon.

If you are overly stressed, tight in your lower back and regular old massage isn’t doing the trick, then shoot me an email and I will set you up with Dana.  For inquiring minds, if you aren’t sure what FST is, Dana shows you in a quick video here: https://youtu.be/mSUTCEkl3lM

Be your weirdest self – Kyle Newell

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Rhino’s Don’t Feel Gnats

Rhino’s Don’t Feel Gnats

Have you ever been stopped dead in your tracks by judgment?

I am sure the answer is yes.  The brain is very sensitive to judgment for survival reasons.

Here’s how it works:  your brain perceives slights and judgments.  The animal brain perceives it as you might get ‘kicked out’ of the tribe and your chance for survival goes way down.

(By the way, this is THE reason people in general are so petrified of public speaking).

Whenever you are trying to actually create something in your life, the swamp creatures will come out to attack.  It’s human nature.

And if you worried about everyone that said something mean or nasty about you, you would never ever be able to succeed.

Do you know why Rhino’s don’t feel gnats?  It’s because they have thick skin…

What other people think of you is none of your business.

If you expect that any time you are passing someone on the ladder of life they WILL bark at you, then you can formulate your response ahead of time.

Don’t give them any energy of yours.  Simply move on and realize that if you are trying to please everyone, you will wind up pleasing nobody.

Your self-image is everything.  Believe in what you are doing.

December’s workshop is going to be like nothing you’ve ever experienced.  I was going to do it on the 14th, but I need a little extra time to prepare for this one.  This one will be limited to 7 people max.  Keep an eye later this week for the bullet points of what we will be doing at this ‘Davinci’ workshop.

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Will and Skill(s)

Will and Skill(s)

As I am sitting here in my basement office, beginning this piece, I am now a 35-year old man.

Far too old to even attempt to enter the Navy, which would be the first step to becoming a Navy SEAL.

Nor would I even attempt it at this stage of my life.  Devon and Braxton depend on me, but I have often fantasized what would have happened if I was a young, single guy and I had the wisdom of life that I have now, compared to when I was 20.

In my fantasy world, I think I could have made ‘it’.  I wouldn’t be worried about the physical tests, but I was always highly intrigued by knowing whether or not I could have made it mentally.

The SEALS are known for their mental and physical toughness.  I have read many SEAL books and have even employed some of their methods into some of the ‘mental toughness’ portions of workouts at Newell Strength and in my own training as well.

But enough of my fantasy world.  Why I am talking about SEALs in this article?

Well, I’ll tell ya why…

SEALs to me are associated with a certain mindset.  And this article my friend, is about the biggest mindset myth and a new way to achieve success.

In my humble opinion, the biggest mistake that people make in terms of trying to create a habit (your entire life is nothing but a bunch of habits: what you eat, how you work, whom you hang out with) is they rely on will-power.

Somewhere along the way, it was taught to us that will-power was the key to success.  And while a little bit of it is great, too much will lead you right back to your starting point or perhaps even a lesser starting point from which you began.

The human brain (PFC) runs on will power.  And that part of your brain runs on glucose.  Once the glucose is ‘burned up’, you will go into a mental fog so to speak.

You have to let that area of your brain replenish before tapping back into it.  Yes, you can try and push through it, but if you ever have in the past you will know that it feels like moving through quicksand.

And that is because you enter into a ‘tension zone’ and tension is pretty much like sand paper for creative thought.

What this also means though is that our supply of will power is finite.  BUT, most people never use their will power at all.

They go through life like a robot, happy to be mediocre.  They do what they are told and their entire life is one big comfy routine.  They never try to get out of their comfort zone.

Being that most people never use their own will-power, you can and should use other people’s will power.  How can you do this?

Simple, whatever it is that you are trying to do, whatever you are trying to achieve, tell them about it and tell them often.  They are going to ask you about how your quest is coming along, and they will do this constantly if you tell enough people.

I’d say that nearly 100% of people that have lost significant amounts of weight and have kept it off have used this little trick.  People start to cheer them on and every time they see them, they will ask, ‘How much more have you lost?’

I use weight as an example because the physical visual is very easy to comprehend.  Now, if they used will power and didn’t tell anyone about their journey, you could be sure that they would have failed.

The brain doesn’t form habit around will-power based activities.  The brain can only form habit around things it finds easy and pleasurable to do. So yes, you will need a little will power but that also means that you will have to rob it from other areas of your life.

Trying to become a best-selling author and lose 50 pounds at the same time?  Good luck, unless you are writing a best-selling book about your journey in real time (which would actually be pretty smart now that I think about it).

Ok, so now that you have some understanding of the biggest myth of the mind; the myth of pushing through everything you don’t enjoy doing and hoping that success finds you on the other side of that rainbow, let’s move onto my new views on goals and goal setting.

I was recently exposed to an outside the box thought, one of the first that I have heard in quite some time and by that, I mean an idea that I have never heard anywhere else.

In the book, ‘How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big’ by Scott Adams (this will be this month’s book of the month), he talks about goals and they are the wrong way to go.

Goals leave us in an almost perpetual state of feeling like a failure, IF you set them like most people set them or if you even set goals at all.

We are never quite there when it comes to goals, so that will leave a feeling of: still haven’t made it or, man, I still have a long way to go’.  Who wants to have our numero uno environment, your brain, having thoughts of failure constantly?

I sure don’t.  But what’s the solution? It’s to have systems that you can work every single day.  A system is binary, it’s did you do it today, or didn’t you?  Systems are habits and now you can see why I am so intrigued by this idea.

Systems will move you towards anything you want to achieve and they will leave you each day feeling like a positive success.

This may take some thought on your part, so to help you along, here are some of my systems that I need to employ every day:

  • Wake up by [4:30] AM at the latest every day
  • Workout in the morning or get some kind of sweat on every single day
  • Perform my ‘brain’ exercises immediately after taking the dogs for their walk, first thing in the morning
  • Setting my schedule for tomorrow, the night before. And doing a recap of the current day.

I have more, and I won’t explain why I do each of these just now because this is quite lengthy and I want to make sure you get through this before that brain sugar burns off.

I do know though that if I do these systems every day, I will move closer and closer to what I want to achieve in life.  Notice too that there are no specific goals because a specific goal would be just that, a goal.  These are general systems, although specific to me, that will and have been working magic in my life.

Enjoy your newfound brain knowledge and as always, be sure to put it to use.  Otherwise, you just wasted 10 minutes reading this. Peace.




Stoke That Fire Bay-beee

Stoke That Fire Bay-beee

It’s about midday and just lit another fire in our cozy little family room.

I am sad to say that we only have a few more weeks here, the first ‘home’ that Devon and I shared together.

We are moving to a dream home of ours, very zen, quiet and complete with a creek in the back.

One of the things I am most excited about is the fact that I will turn part of the shed into my office.  I will have a singular light bulb or even a lantern, haven’t decided which yet as my lone light source.

Man, it’s got a mystical feel already, I can feel it!

But back to the fire.

I have been known to light fires in the middle of the summer because it set’s my environment for me.  For me, it’s always been fire and water, the two things that make me feel most connected to my source.

So when we were at my buddies the other night for a big bonfire, an old thought re-popped into my head.

As the fire raged, it was putting off quite a bit of heat.  Each palate that my buddy Chris through on went up in flames within minutes.

The fire had momentum.

Getting my measly little fire started today was a bit tough.  Normally I can get that sucker going within seconds.

After fiddling with the layout of the logs, I got it.  I can feel the heat.  And as I throw on more and more logs, I won’t have to mess around with it.

You see, the fire is already going.  The hardest part of starting a fire is just that: starting it.

Wherever you are at in life.  Whether your goal is to lose some weight, to start a business, to write a book, just start.

And once you start, keep going, day after day.

Momentum is often the most powerful force in nature, yet NO one talks about it when it comes to success.

Momentum will make you unstoppable, especially if you link it to something you are passionate about.

Momentum is about managing your time and energy in the smartest way possible.

Well, lucky for you, I finished transcribing October’s workshop which was all about Mind Map and Time Mastery. You can get the full manual (12 or so pages) and the actual audio from the workshop here: http://kylenewell.com/tm

In a brief moment, you can begin creating massive momentum.

 

-Kyle Newell




Has Anyone Ever Taught You How to Eat and Elephant?

Has Anyone Ever Taught You How to Eat and Elephant?

It’s Sunday morning as I am writing this in my basement office before Mr. Munchie wakes up.

And being that it’s Sunday, I bet you that I can read your mind; you are thinking of everything that has to be done with the upcoming week’s worth of time.

Your mind is racing and you won’t fully be able to enjoy the activities of today because of your wandering mind.

It’s normal, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept it.

An elephant is trained from a young age to be submissive by a small rope or chain that is tied to its leg.

At such a small size, the soon to be ginormous creature can’t break free.  It gives up after a few tries.

But when it’s bigger, it can easily break free.  So why doesn’t it?  Because the thought patterns it has in its brain have been laid down and are set in stone.

Habits of thought are very tough to break.

You may set your goals if you are in the minority.  But  you stop there.  You need to go deeper.  You need to break them down further and further.

After all, you eat an elephant one bite at a time.

Take a deep breath and relax, have some clarity moving forward into the coming week.

We are starting our next round of the famed Ripped Dads contest this coming week.  If are a dad or know of a dad that could use some breaking down of his habits, send the to apply here: http://www.newellstrength.com/men-2/

P.S-There may a spot left at November’s Theater of the Mind workshop that I am putting on in 10 days.  You’ll learn all about ‘elephants’ at it:).  You can check if there is still a spot. http://kylenewell.com/theaterofmind

-Kyle Newell

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