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Listen to Learn

I was really bummed a few weeks ago when Michigan State lost in the Final Four.

That’s my team, being with my family connection, being born there and going to basketball camp out there before my senior year (I actually had an academic scholarship there and wound up turning it down for other reasons for another time).

While at that camp, back in 1998, Coach Izzo would constantly repeat the mantra: Listen to Learn and Learn to Listen.

Listening is a skill, an invaluable one at that.

In today’s episode of Unlocking Your Inner Strength, I discuss listening and also making sure you don’t lead a life of convenience.

You can take a listen here: http://kylenewell.com/podcast/dont-lead-a-life-of-convenience/

Think differently- Kyle Newell

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

 

  1. Find out more about our 30-day, Risk Free Jump Start. If you are ready to shred for the summer and want a simple, no-gimmicks approach. A program in which you just have to show up, 3 times per week and have all the accountability that you would ever need and then some, simply send and email to devon@newellstrength.com with the subject: ‘30’.



You’ve Changed….

Back in 2007, when I started the business of Newell Strength, I used to drive around to people’s homes in my little Hyundai Elantra with some exercise bands, a pair of dumbells and one old medicine ball.

 

A year later, my parents were gracious enough to allow me to build a 200 square foot studio in their basement, known as the PIT.

 

A couple of years later, I expanded that to 600 square feet.

 

And then I opened the first stand alone facility.

 

I used to train only athletes and men.

 

It used to be just me and then me and Gabe Lincoln (our first ever Coach besides me).

 

We used to train all through the winter with the garage doors open.

 

At the time, we achieved what we set out to do.  We created the culture we wanted at that point in life.

 

It’s funny when people tell me that we’ve changed, that I’ve changed, as if it’s somehow a negative.  I sure hope I’ve changed and that Newell Strength has changed.

 

In life, you can either adapt and grow or stay the same and die off.

 

When you see it like that, it’s obvious which path you should take.

 

So yes, we have changed and will continue to change.  But the mission remains the same: To Inspire People to Transform Their Lives.

 

Think about change and the idea of it in your own life.

 

Think differently- Kyle Newell

 

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 (and possibly win $10,000!):

 

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

 

  1. Our annual, 6-week Fat Shredder contest. If you are ready to shred for the summer and want a simple, no-gimmicks approach. A program in which you just have to show up, 3 times per week and have all the accountability that you would ever need and then some, simply send and email to devon@newellstrength.com with the subject: ‘shredder’.



Member Showcase: From Nervous to SuperWoman

I remember the very first time that Linda walked in to Newell Strength.

She happened to come by during a very busy athlete training session, which meant there were primarily big, strong dudes everywhere.  Add to the fact that Newell Strength is in a warehouse and she simply couldn’t get her head around this place being a fit for her.

She had to think about it.  However, Coach Dana reached out and was able to calm her fears and get her to commit to just 30-days.

Welp, that was 2 years ago.  Linda is one of the great success stories of Newell Strength.  She feels better, has lost a ton of weight and has become an important part of the Newell Strength community.

Here Linda tells you in her own words why you should never judge a book by its cover

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

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

3.      Risk-free 30-Day Jumpstart. If you’ve simply seen enough of our members experience incredible results and you’re ready to get started with us, the 30 Day Jumpstart is the perfect fit.  You’ll get the full Newell Strength Experience that’s designed to get you on the path to a longer, healthier and happier life, we’re ready to help you! Simply REPLY to devon@newellstrength.com an email with the subject: ‘jumpstart’.




Discover Your Mental Resilience

10 days ago, I was on the phone with my long-time mentor, friend and Coach, Vince discussing business and life.

When you start anything out in life, any new venture, it’s going to be tough.  You need to bring a tremendous amount of energy to the table, there will be many rejections and mistakes.

And that was mainly what I was talking with Vince about.

Later that same week, he texted me to see how everything was going and I informed him of an issue we were having and he texted me back ‘GOOD’.

This is taken from Jocko (former SEAL) and is probably the quickest way to reframe a situation that I know of.

It instantly made me feel better.  Something is no longer working? Good. You got told no ten times? Good.  You’re having growing pains? Good!

Reframing is the most powerful skill we have at our disposal, develop it.

 

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-If you’d like to try Newell Strength out or if you have a friend that is interested, you can go to this application for their 30-day trial and they’ll get $50 off! Can’t beat that….https://www.newellstrength.com/30-day-risk-free-trial




The Runaway Pick Up Truck

Roughly two weeks ago, I was driving with Suga Shane to an off-site meeting with my long time Coach and mentor, Vince.

We were around mile marker 34 when I saw in my periphery a black pick up truck jet across our 3 lanes.  Amazingly, no one hit it.

Suga looked up and said, ‘What was that?!’

We both thought he was just cutting through but then we watched as he proceeded to cut across the 3 west bound lanes at a violent speed as well, again amazingly, no one hit him.

And off the edge he drove.

We called 911 and reported it.  I tried to look up the outcome that night but couldn’t find anything.

There are a couple of takeaways here; never take a second for granted, easy to say, but hard to live.  This guy was probably just on his way to work when he fell asleep at the wheel or his accelerator may have gotten stuck.  And, if we had been two seconds further ahead, we would have gotten smashed by him.

Perspective is a key element to enjoying your life.

Our, if nothing else, this shows you how important sleep is if indeed he fell asleep.

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-whenever you’re ready, here are a few ways to work with us

  1. Talk to us on the phone. Want to see if we’re the right fit for you? Want to talk to a someone that cares about your success and can point you in the right direction toward it? We can help.

Just respond to this email with CALL in the subject and we’ll get right back to you.

  1. Book a free consultation. We’ll sit with you and talk about your goals, experience with exercise, current nutrition program and any things that may be preventing you from getting in the best shape of your life. From there, you’ll get our expert advice on how to achieve your goals and leave the meeting with a clear plan for success.

Just respond to this email with “Consult” in the subject and we’ll get right back to you.

  1. Risk-free 30-Day Jumpstart. If you’ve simply seen enough of our members experience incredible results and you’re ready to get started with us, the 30 Day Jumpstart is the perfect fit. You’ll get the full Newell Strength Experience that’s designed to get you on the path to a longer, healthier and happier life, we’re ready to help you!

Just respond to this email with “JUMPSTART” in the subject and we’ll get right back to you.




The Path Is Immediate

The Path Is Immediate

When I was 17 years old, I wanted to be the best strength coach in the world.

I didn’t even really know what that meant because I had no one to set the bar against.

All I knew was that I was consumed with this idea of being the best.  Looking back on it, it was being the best that I could become.

It was reaching my full potential.  Am I there yet?  Nope, not even close.

However, I far surpassed my ‘movies of the mind’ from way back when.

You never really know where you are going to wind up.  Most people never even sniff their best self because they are unwilling to see how far they can actually go in life.

The path, your path, is immediate.  You are on it right now.  You can see the next step or even maybe the next couple of steps.

But the path is going to wind and zig-zag and go up and down.  Most people try to see the end from their current position.

You cannot see the end from where you are right now.  All that projecting does is increase your level of anxiety and makes you feel like a loser.

If you are feeling the great anxiety gap, just know that it is caused by trying to focus on the end of the path (which doesn’t really exist, it just keeps going) rather than your current and next steps.

Success is yours for the taking.  So what if it means you gotta show up and do the work every day.  So what if it means that you didn’t see anything after one day of doing visualization exercises.

The time is going to go by anyway.  You and you alone are in charge of your destiny.  If you don’t think so, it’s because you’ve bought into the lie of ‘out there’.

I will be teaching some really cool stuff that will help you activate regions of the brain that you didn’t even knew existed and fusing that with some serious mental work to make 2017 your best year ever.  This one is going to be a bit different, so there’s only room for 6 people.  You can find more info and sign up here, if you dare to be great in 2017: http://kylenewell.com/december

Be weird – Kyle Newell

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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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What’s Scarier, Michael Myers, Freddy Kreuger or Staying ‘Fat’?

What’s Scarier, Michael Myers, Freddy Kreuger or Staying ‘Fat’?

It’s Monster Mash Day.

And that means that as I write this I am listening to the ‘Monster Mash’ on and endless loop.

You do know that I love Halloween, right?

Little Mikey Myers was compared to the boogeyman in the original ‘Halloween’ movie.  He was an unstoppable force that came back to finish a job.

Freddy, my first horror movie hero, would actually haunt you in your dreams.

You weren’t safe when you were asleep and then he figured out how to come to the reality dimension, which meant you weren’t safe anywhere.

Scary dudes to say the least.

But are they really as scary as staying ‘fat’?

I put fat in parentheses because it doesn’t mean fat as you know it.  Yes, you may be overweight or maybe your energy is terrible.

It doesn’t matter.

We all have our own version of what it feels like to be ‘fat’.

And the thing that’s holding you back is fear.

Fear of change.

Fear of the unknown.

Fear of disrupting your current lifestyle routine.

Fear of the lack of a plan.

Go back to what old Ben did in an earlier email from this week; simply make a list of what you need to do to start.

Now, I’ll admit that going into an unknown environment (a new gym) can be scarier of all the horror movie characters put together.

You aren’t sure if the people will be nice.  You aren’t sure of what to do.  Heck, you may not even be sure of where the bathrooms are or how to sign in.

There are just so many things that can cause us to go into a feeling overwhelm.

Here’s your chance to just be pleasantly whelmed, not over, not under, just whelmed.

Check out our Fall Sweepstakes, the chance to win 5 FREE week of personal training and more with us at Newell Strength.

We eliminate all the unknowns and we will coach you through every step of the way.

There’s only 10 days left until we close the doors.

-Kyle Newell




Why You Must Know ‘Your Edge’

Why You Must Know ‘Your Edge’

Braxton is a daredevil.

When he started to become more mobile a few months ago, we would cringe at first when he came up to a step or edge.

However, he learned very quickly to turn around and go down feet first.

Except for when he saw the dog bed lying there in the living room.  Our dining room and living room are only separated by a small 6 inch drop off; otherwise it’s an open floor space.

Munchie will go up to the part where the dog bed is and he will fall face first into it, knowing full well that the soft bed will break his fall.

Braxton (in case you were unaware, his nickname is Munchie) seems to have developed great depth perception, thus allowing him to know when he is at the top of a case of stairs, a ledge, the edge of the pool, etc.

(As an aside, I partly think this is due to his lack of TV time.  A toddler’s dimensional vision is still developing until roughly the 2-year-old mark.  They cannot distinguish that the shapes on the TV are supposed to be 3-dimensional, often causing problems in depth perception and vision, which can lead to processing issues.  But lets save that for another Mind Map article).

Now I don’t want you to think we just let Munchie roam free without supervision, we are always there watching, waiting if he needs us.  But, his ‘knowing of where the edge is’ has given us peace of mind and has allowed himself to explore and do things that he otherwise wouldn’t be able to do.

So how does that relate to you?  Well, ‘knowing thyself’ is a crucial factor in living a meaningful, on-point life.  And as you know from observing others, self-awareness or a lack thereof is the difference between those that create their own destiny and the common ‘tire-kicker’.

I want you to think of what your limitations are, what you are not good at and start there.  I will use myself as an example, so you can see warts and all but more importantly so you have an example of how this can be applied to your life.

First, I am not good at corralling my many ideas into actionable steps for others to follow.  Ideas pop into my head a mile a minute but ideas are no good if you they aren’t actionable.  I guess that the entrepreneurial blood in me.  But I’ve had to surround myself with a team and coaches that are good and creating step-by-step instructions.

Next one, I am not the best at techie stuff or handy man work for that matter.  I can do both; I can figure them out, but not without some frustration.  And, I know what I value my time at (monetarily in this case) and most of the time it just doesn’t make sense for me to fiddle around with the stuff I am not good at, especially when it causes ‘frustration momentum’.

Thirdly, trying to ‘Coach’ Devon when she doesn’t ask for it.  Guys listen up here; YOU must be given permission to Coach the person, whomever it is.  Otherwise your opinion will be unwelcome and thus it will remain unimplemented.  I violate this rule of Mind Map constantly with Devon and then I have to catch my mistake, apologize and realize it for what it is.  Every time you find yourself telling someone else: you should, you have to, you must; stop and ask yourself internally if they asked for your advice.

Another one; I know that my work will expand to fill the time that I give it.  That is why I must work to the clock when I am in high focus mode.  And when it’s a bit longer term than the immediate moment, I must set deadlines.  Remember this, deadlines are our lifelines.

Finally, and it took me until a few years ago to finally realize this fully, I am an extreme introvert.  Yes, I can function in public and hold a conversation, but when it comes to managing my energy, this knowledge has been HUGE for me.  I recharge by quiet time and being alone.  Parties and such have always drained me, but I have gotten better in social situations because I have given myself time to recharge on other days of the week.

This explained to me why in high school and college I was always begrudgingly going to parties and I would often leave early to go find solitude somewhere.  Weird yes, but I’d rather know myself and be weird than just follow the herd.

There you go, 5 things of my own that I constantly have to be aware of.  Things that are ‘my edge’.  Make a list of 5 things that represent your edge and work on them frequently.  (I don’t mean work on them as in learn how to doing something you aren’t good at, I mean work on them in terms of self-awareness).  Know thyself.