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‘I Need To Get In Shape First’

Since we opened our first facility 8 years ago, each year, I’ve heard clients tell me that their friend or spouse really wanted to check us out, but that they needed to get in shape first, according to the third party.

 

At first, this confused me, but after I began to really learn about the brain, I understood.  People fear judgment.  It is one of the most threatening things to the human brain.

 

Just last week, I posted an article about a lady at a Globo Gym that was trying to start her new year out right, by going to the gym and she had three millennial hecklers that forced her to tears.

 

Luckily, a stand up citizen came to her rescue.

 

Usually, our worst fears don’t actually happen.  In that case, for that woman, it did happen.

 

When you are starting out on your fitness journey this year, you must take into account the community with which you are entering.

 

A family like community, like we have at Newell Strength, will dramatically reduce your fears, thus, allowing you to put all your mental and emotional energy into your physical transformation.

 

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-I will be having a goal setting workshop at the Flemington location this week at 8 PM, Thursday night.  It was a big hit in Hillsborough last week.  You can bring a friend or two.  And don’t worry, I keep it short, to be exact, it’ll only be [58:33]. See you then!

 

P.P.S-Whenever you’re ready here are 3 more ways we can help you transform your life, lose weight and gain bundles of energy:

 

1- Check out this podcast I did on Resistance (any time you are trying to improve your life, you will face this!)

http://unlockingyourinnerstrength.libsyn.com/uyis001-resistance-is-a-bitch

2-     Perhaps you’d just like to increase your mental game.  In that case, you can check out our Time Mastery Manual (the information in here will create ‘new’ time for you and give you the ultimate freedom in life) http://kylenewell.com/time

 

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What is Success to You? And What are You Willing to Do?

What is Success to You? And What are You Willing to Do?

 

Dan Gable, famous for having only lost one wrestling match in his entire collegiate career at the University of Iowa and for winning a gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games was asked by a reporter . . .

 

“What made you such a good collegiate wrestler?”

 

He said, “Well, you know, every afternoon at Iowa State we used to work out from [4:00]-[6:30], and from [6:00]-[6:30], we did the hardest conditioning anybody could ever go through. Then at [6:30], that was it.

 

People went to the showers and then left. I went to the locker room and I got my jump rope.

 

Then I’d go back into the wrestling room, and I’d start jumping rope until I passed out.”

 

When’s the last time you put in the extra time?

 

Here’s a link to an article I just finished up for ya, enjoy!

 

Plan and prepare for the week ahead! – Kyle Newell

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President Reagan’s Favorite Story . . .

President Reagan’s Favorite Story . . .

There were eight year old twins.

By the time they got to be eight years old, they were driving their parents crazy because one of the twins was down, depressed and negative, and the other one was positive, up and energized all the time.

Well, the parents finally decided to bring them to a child psychologist.

After a few sessions, the psychologist decided to do a little experiment.

So, when they came in, he took the negative boy and brought him downstairs, and in the room was ice cream, cake, candy, video games, rocking horses, everything an eight year old would want.

He said to the eight year old boy, “Why don’t you stay here and play while I meet with your brother?”

The kid walked off, sat in the corner, and sucked on his thumb.

The psychologist went upstairs and got the positive kid.

He brought him down the hall to this huge gymnasium, but there weren’t any basketballs and baskets.

There was just this huge mountain of horse manure that almost went to the ceiling.

He said, “Son, why don’t you stay here and play for half an hour while I meet with your brother?”

Almost instantly, the positive kid starting running up the mountain, rolling down the mountain, and within a few minutes, he was a total mess.

A half an hour later, the psychologist went down to see the negative boy.

He was still sitting in the corner sucking on his thumb.

They psychologist said, “Why don’t you have some ice cream, candy or cake?” “I might get sick.” “Why don’t you get up on the rocking horse?” “I might fall down and get hurt.” “Why don’t you play with the video games?” “I don’t know how.” “Well, why don’t you follow me? You might learn something.”

So, he went back upstairs to the gym, and the positive brother was still running up the mountain, rolling down.

The manure was in his hair, down his shirt.

It was a total mess.

When he saw the psychologist, he came running over all excited.

The psychologist said, “What in the world are you doing?”

The positive kid said, “Well, I figured with all this horse manure, there must be a pony somewhere.”

You see, it’s all about perspective.

Happiness is so simple and is really the purpose of all that we aim for in life.

It’s Sunday and that means I wrote you an article.  I know this one will have a big impact on you.

If you like it, please share it with a friend:) www.newellstrength.com/happy

Peace-Kyle Newell

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Why Goals and Will-power Won’t Help you Succeed

Why Goals and Will-power Won’t Help you Succeed

‘Your systems will help to protect your dreams’.

That’s what Dax Moy said to me last May out in Las Vegas.

I was fortunate that I was one of just 4 people that got to learn from Dax for 3 straight days.

But out of all that I learned from him that week, the systems quote from above is the ONE big thing that stuck in my mind.

After sending out an article last Sunday, it seems that many of the loyal NS fans loved it, so ‘that’ will now get turned into a system.

You can read the entire article here:   http://www.newellstrength.com/systems/

And in that article, you will find out why my mind is changing about goal setting and a cool trick or two about using will-power and not using will-power.

WARNING: If you apply what you read in the article, your life can and will change dramatically….

Just in case you read too fast and missed the link above, here it is:  http://www.newellstrength.com/systems/

-Kyle Newell

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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.




Don’t be a Sheeple, Don’t You Dare Fall for the Aerobic Fallacy

Don’t be a Sheeple, Don’t You Dare Fall for the Aerobic Fallacy

It’s Sunday, which means as you read this, I am out on my weekly hike with Suzy, Munchie, Dax and Mateena.

And do you know why we go every Sunday morning?

Because we love it!  In refreshes our minds and spirits and to us, it’s not forced exercise.

So many people fall into the trap of traditional thinking.  In the fitness world, that means that they ‘have to, must, need to’ do 30 minutes of ‘cardio’ at the gym.

Despite the fact that they hate it and find no pleasure in using an elliptical for 30 minutes to an hour.

The brain can’t and will not form habit around stuff it doesn’t find pleasurable.

Will power is ‘anti-habit’.  (This is fact, not my opinion).

Unless you absolutely love cardio as you know it, the today, I am your savior.

I was going through some very old articles that I had written for a book project I was hired to help with and I came across the infamous ‘Aerobic Fallacy’ article that I wrote in 2008.

Be prepared to leave your cardio beliefs behind.

You can read the entire article over at the NS website. http://www.newellstrength.com/the-aerobic-fallacy/

Let me know what ya think.

 

-Kyle Newell

 




Sometimes Giving Credit Where Credit is Do Will Get You Attacked

Sometimes Giving Credit Where Credit is Do Will Get You Attacked

I got news for ya.

Regular cardio doesn’t work.

Let me clarify that.  It doesn’t work for fat loss.

I could say just to look at what the majority are doing and do the opposite and leave it at that.  But I won’t.

In the early spring of 2008, I was being mentored and coached by legendary physique expert, Scott Abel, of Canada.

His philosophy really clicked with the direction I was heading in.  And he was the first authority that I came across thad the science to back up things I had been doing since college: the epic cheat day and my ‘anti’ cardio stance.

Scott wrote an article or two about it.  I read them, re-wrote them in my own words with some other methods I was learning about and then I taught them.

The best way to learn is to write about it and teach about it (anything).  I gave Scott full credit in my article, which wound up going viral in the fitness world.

And then I was attacked by his little army of minions for copying him.  Sigh….

Did I use his ideas?  Yup!  Did I capitalize on his ideas?  Yup!

But did I put my own unique twist on it?  Yup!  I have always blended what I have learned from the masters into my own unique style, my voice if you will.

Part of my life’s philosophy is to take things and make them your own.  Don’t plagiarize.

Once you find your voice, and you believe in it, it becomes easy to absorb what is useful and to discard the rest.

There is nothing new under the sun, only new ways and angles of looking at existing things.

If you are a mom or know of a mom that would like to know why we don’t do cardio at Newell Strength, but even more importantly what we do in place of it that is much  more effective, then send them over here to apply for our Fit Moms Challenge:  http://www.newellstrength.com/fit-mom/

-Kyle Newell

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