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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:)




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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