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Member Showcase: Leah McMorrow

In case the name looks familiar, Leah is the wife of last week’s member showcase, Brendan.  

Leah decided to come in for last year’s Fat Shredder contest and although she thought any place with weights or strength training might be intimidating, she soon found that was not the case at all.  

One of Leah’s favorite things about Newell Strength is that the Coaches Coach you where you are at, rather than a one size fits all approach that you’ll get at a lot of places.  

Take a listen to hear how training at Newell Strength has enhanced Leah’s life for the better:)




Newell’s Rules #6-10

The year before Braxton was born, I was reading a book down in the OBX in which Brene Brown said, ‘Comparison is the thief of happiness’.

That was just one of those lines that I new would stick with me for the rest of my life.  It was simple and teachable.

In today’s podcast of Unlocking Your Inner Strength, that is rule #8.  And the other 4 are superb as well if I must say so myself.

To take a listen and gain some wisdom in just 12 minutes, take a listen over here (if you aren’t already subscribe on ITunes): www.newellstrength.com/single-post/2019/05/13/Newells-Rules-6-10-for-Success

Think differently- Kyle Newell

P.S-Our next Ripped Dads contest begins on May 16th, so if you are looking to commit 6-weeks to transforming your life or if you are looking for an early Father’s Day gift, then simply shoot Devon an email at devon@newellstrength.com

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

 

  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’.



Who You Are Being, Not What You are Doing

Just yesterday I was writing about this very topic and I didn’t look ahead to see what today’s scheduled episode of Unlocking Your Inner Strength was, but wouldn’t you know it….

It deals with the same message.

This can only mean one thing.

The universe and the powers that be that we cannot see are trying to speak to you and I.

In today’s episode I talk about being the person you want to be and aspire to be.  Too often, we just get blocked because we are so busy doing that we forget to BE present and focused on the current time.

You can listen to today’s episode here: http://kylenewell.com/inner-strength-podcast/

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-If you’ve been having that voice in your head that keeps telling you it’s time to try something different in terms of your fitness, then you should check out what our 30-day trial is all about.  This is for you if you want to learn, be held accountable and add some spice to your fitness routine or heck, even just get started on one.  You can find out more about it here: http://www.newellstrength.com/30-day-risk-free-trial/




The Highest Form of Learning is Unlearning

I was always a decent student, not great, but above average.

Unless the subject matter stimulated me, I didn’t see the point.

It was only after I graduated from college that I realized how much of a passion I had for learning.

I swore I would never read another book again when my commencement ceremony was over, my dad can attest to this.

Then as I kept getting deeper and deeper into my passion of strength training, I realized how much more there was to learn.  And I realized that information is not knowledge.

As the years have gone by, I have discarded principles that I thought I would live by the rest of my life.  But as I learned, I discarded.  Back and forth it went.  I kept emptying my cup.

In today’s episode of Unlocking Your Inner Strength, I go over the highest form of learning and believe me, there are some gems in there for you to take and apply if you so choose.  You can listen to the episode here: http://kylenewell.com/inner-strength-podcast/

 

Think differently – Kyle Newell

P.S-If you’ve been having that voice in your head that keeps telling you it’s time to try something different in terms of your fitness, then you should check out what our 30-day trial is all about.  This is for you if you want to learn, be held accountable and add some spice to your fitness routine or heck, even just get started on one.  You can find out more about it here: http://www.newellstrength.com/30-day-risk-free-trial/




Lessons from Picking Up a 300-Pound Zilla

Lessons from Picking Up a 300-Pound Zilla

Yes, I have one more story for ya from last weekend’s Poppzilla wedding.

The Zilla is one of the jolliest men you will ever meet.

Check that, he is one of the world’s true gentle-giants.

The Zilla used to weigh more than 400 pounds and I have seen him lift weights in the gym that were super-human.

However, over 5 years ago, the Zilla decided to make a transformation.  And since that time, he has lost and kept off over 100 pounds!

But….he is still a big boy.  Normally at weddings when we scheme to pick up the groom for his victory dance, we don’t have to account for their weight, but most grooms aren’t living giants (the Zilla has size 22 feet).

Well, we corralled him and about 6 of us managed to get him up in the air.  He was loving every second of it as he should have been.  It was his night, his hour.

Now, I should note that earlier that morning, I had already pulled my hammy pretty good while doing heavy lunges. Lucky for me, my adrenaline was going so I was able to mask the pain.

The other two or three guys on my side did help to get him up, but once up, the Zilla was squarely sitting on my right shoulder.

My ‘teammates’ started going through the  motions and acting like they were supporting him, but as each heave into the air as we danced with him would attest, I could tell that I was the lone one supporting him on our side.

I motioned to set him down because this wasn’t going to end pretty.  As we went to set  him down, my right thumb got bent straight backwards, which is still making it tough to type for me.

It was a fun but physically exhausting few minutes lifting him up.

Even though the guys on my side started slacking, there is no way I could have gotten him up in the air by myself.

Sometimes, you need a supporting team to accomplish the extraordinary.

You don’t have to go it alone in life.  Surround yourself by 5 people that you admire and respect.  You will become the average of the five people you hang out with the most in life.

Lucky for you, we have (not to brag, this is not about me) an extraordinary team at Newell Strength that is ready and willing to be your supporting team heading into the New Year.

You can start by applying for a spot in our 3-WTD here: http://www.newellstrength.com/3wtd

I’ll be back tomorrow with a super cool article about happiness.

Peace-Kyle Newell

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My Philosophies of Strength Training

My Philosophies of Strength Training

I am always crafting my life’s philosophy.

In fact, one of my principals is that you MUST have a life philosophy of sorts if you are to make an impact on the world.

Well, just as in life, I also have training philosophies.  And if you have been following along for a number of years, you are probably familiar with them.

But just as a refresher and hopefully a breathe of fresh air, here are my 4 strength training philosophies:

  • You must continually apply new stress to the body.  This includes but is not limited to reps, weight, rest times, different organization of your workouts and new types of training.
  • You should train with peripheral heart action (PHA) in mind.  If you aren’t sweating and in ‘oxygen debt’, then you aren’t training as hard as you need to be.  You can do this by full body training, head to toe.  This is 1000 times better than any piece of cardio equipment you can go on.
  • 99% of people should be training movements, not muscles.  The body can push, pull, squat, extend the hips, carry stuff and resist movement (core training).  If you train all the movements, you will 100% hit all of the 600+ muscles in the body.  If you try to isolate on machines and will old-school bodybuilding programs, your body and core will eventually retaliate against you.
  • If at all possible, I believe everyone would be better served by training in the morning.  Yes, training later on is better than not training.  But if you do some simple reality math, you will realize that nearly everyone is in a better mood after working out.  There is real brain science behind this, which I won’t go into here.  If we know this to be true, why not get this mood boosting effect first thing in the morning so it carries over to the rest of the day?

There you have it.  There are more, but those are what came to my mind first.

If one of the goals you have for the new year is to become better at mastering your time, then you are gonna want to check out my new Time Mastery Manual.  In honor of Black Friday, you can get it for more than 50% off here:

It will be mailed to you and you will get the audio link of the live workshop I did on this back in October.

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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.




How Can you Learn From the Longest Remodel in History?

How Can you Learn From the Longest Remodel in History?

I call our neighbors the slugs.

Nice people, but slugs.

They don’t seem to do much besides sit around the house, day after day.

They walk around in their PJ bottoms at all hours of the day.

They brought in the Mrs.’ brother to remodel a bathroom about 2 months ago.

He still isn’t done.

Day after day, I hear the saw going and the hammer clanking away.

I shouldn’t be surprised.

Like attracts like.  And to be honest, I don’t believe the dude that is doing the remodel is a professional (a pro wouldn’t take 2+ months to re-do a 4×3 foot bathroom).

And if you missed the lesson, allow me to point it out for you.

Most of the time, most people, want to remodel their body in some way.  Yet they never seem to do it because the circumstances are never right.

Another reason is because they didn’t hire a pro.

We just had a client sign up that spent nearly 10 grand the past year on personal training with little to show for it.

When results are important, you hire pros.

Just because someone has the title, doesn’t mean they are a pro.

Here’s your chance to work with the pro coaches at Newell Strength for free: http://vyper.io/contests/update/608/1

Be whelmed today (not over, not under)-Kyle Newell

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The Time I Almost Killed the Ref

The Time I Almost Killed the Ref

I am typically a very quiet and reserved person.

It’s my nature.

Throughout  my life, people have often taken that to mean I am timid and un-passionate.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

When I was a junior in high school, basketball was my life.

I dedicated every waking moment to fulfilling my ‘hoops dream’.

One weekend, I filled in for my dad’s CYO team and we were playing a team that I fiercely wanted to beat.

And this poor ref was making one call after another against us.

I blew my top so to speak.

I charged him.

Teammates had to hold me back.

I told him I was going to ‘kick his ass’.

Totally out of ‘character’ but at the same time it wasn’t.

I have a blinding passion for those things that I love.

Lucky for you, the main thing that I love is inspiring others and helping those people to find their inner strength.

I have dedicated my life to the study of all aspects of ‘human strength’.

If you’d like to enter the world of growth and inspiration that Newell Strength has to offer, then take a chance and enter our Fall Sweepstakes here: http://vyper.io/contests/update/608/1

And yes, by the way, I did calm down after a few minutes of belly breathing and I apologized to the ref after the game once I was back in my ‘human’ brain.

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