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Monday Mindset: Mamba Mentality

A little over two weeks ago, the great Kobe Bryant passed, along with his daughter and 7 others.


It is tragic to say the least.


It really shook me to the core, I spent a good part of that Sunday night crying.  My love for basketball and my admiration for this guy and my compassion for a fellow father, all boiled into thinking about how he was taken too soon from this earth.


But there are higher powers than my mortal mind.  We have to learn from tragedies such as this one.


One of the things that inspired me so much about Kobe was his mindset, known as the Mamba Mentality.  He gave us that gift, that torch.  It didn’t matter if you weren’t a basketball player, the Mamba Mentality was about never giving in, never giving up, no matter what.


That is part of his legacy.  He gave us that, it’s up to us whether we cement it home.


Listen, we all are gonna die.  What gift are you going to leave behind?  And no, you don’t have to be famous to leave a legacy.


Be unconventional – Kyle Newell


P.S-We are taking applications for our 2020 sweepstakes for the next week.  This is going to be the lucky chance for 3 people (per location) to win 6-FREE weeks of personal training, 1-1 Coaching and a real chance at transforming their lives.  All a person has to do is apply.  You can do so by clicking the correct link and dedicating 5 minutes.  Hey, 5 minutes for a chance to transform the path of your life sounds good to me!

Member Showcase: Action Jackson

Action Jackson gets everyone inspired and pumped up.

His love for training and life comes through in every conversation he has.

Which is why I thought it a great thing to showcase AJ as people strive to get into better shape for the coming summer.

You can take a listen here:

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!)

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)


  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 with the subject: ‘30’.

Member Showcase: Pistol Pete


Here is Pistol Pete’s fitness journey in his own words.  It’s not all roses, he owns it and he has inspired through it.

“I was a whopping 5lbs14oz at birth, full term, which is when I was forced into my “bulking” phase; yup they would wake me up to feed me. It kinda went all downhill from there. I was a very active kid, always involved in organized sports and pick up games with my friends. I thank god that we didn’t get an Atari when I was that age, I still suck at most video games. So being the “big” kid I never got to play Pop Warner football and always wore number 13 playing baseball because it was the biggest uniform. In high school I continued to play sports but never got any real or for that matter bad coaching in the realm of weightlifting or nutrition.

I went right into medic school after high school and then started my EMS career. I would routinely work six 12 hour shifts a week between a full time job and two part time jobs, sometimes I’d have a 24 hour shift sprinkled in for fun. Fast food was life, mixed in with some awesome ethnic food depending whether I was in Perth Amboy, Elizabeth or New Brunswick. I GOT LARGE. So I joined the health center at the hospital and I would go in and put in an hour of completely haphazard work, but I broke a sweat so it counted for something. Then came the low carb high protein with the pills diet plan, it worked but not anything sustainable, probably because they had to reformulate the pills something about hearts blowing up with prolonged use.

I had the big career change and got academy fit. I dropped about 15 pounds before the academy and about another 15 or twenty while I was in. I was in good condition walking out. I made on and off attempts at working out at a box gym over the next years, bought an elliptical for home, yada, yada, yada. I gained and gained until I maxed out at about 323 lbs. and realized I had some problems. I got put on meds by my doc for cholesterol and diabetes, BAM smacked in the face!!! I started using a phone app that tracks all of your ins and outs and had success because I was holding myself accountable.

This is when my fitness journey began in earnest. I was introduced to Newell Strength as a client in a fat shredder contest. Not gonna lie it kicked my ass. The first couple of weeks I’d go to the gym then get home walk through the door and LITERALLY lay down on the floor and sleep. Seems like a long time ago. Since then I’ve become part of the tribe and continue on my transformation journey. I’ve gotten off of the meds and normalized my blood work, which is a huge positive. I’ve made physical changes that are drastic enough that people notice and comment which is a big boost to the ego and makes me want to continue putting in the work.

I’ve had periods of great focus and success as well as periods of no focus, no workouts and downward trends. It’s my path, I own it positive and not so positive.”

Think differently – Kyle Newell


P.S-We are having our first ever deadlift championships on Dec. the 15th.  This is for a great cause, another way for NS to raise money for Rebecca Piro, the 1st grader in my nephews class that has stage 4 kidney cancer.  You can find out more about the contest here (novices are welcome!):