Happy Halloween, Crew!
Most of you are aware of this, but Halloween is literally my favorite holiday. I love the idea of dressing up and not being so serious for a full week (yes, I celebrate all week).
This week I was:
As much as I LOVE Halloween, to be honest, historically, October hasn't been the best month for me. It always seems to be filled with drama, breakups, deaths, moving...
You ever have that month that you are kinda holding on and just waiting for something bad to happen because, well, it always does. That's this month for me. What's interesting is that things actually were going good, but my body was FILLED with anxiety, anticipating the worst.
Last year, despite IG pictures that seemed happy, I felt super alone, was going through a breakup, and I was struggling to find my place when I was living in Colorado.
Yes... you heard that right. I was sitting outside at a cafe, minding my own business, doing some work and all of the sudden I felt a drip drip on my head and shirt.
I looked up, and there was literally just ONE bird sitting on a ledge above my head. He KNEW what he was doing.
I posted about this and so many people messaged me saying, "it's good luck" and this got me thinking. Why? Why is it good luck?
What if it is just making light of a seemingly bad situation?
If we can say that good luck comes for a bird pooping on your head, why not take that same perspective when other bad things happen in life?
"The primary reason that many cultures believe that it's good luck to have a bird poop on you, is because the chance of this happening is fairly rare. In fact, it's about as rare as a win in the lottery. Therefore, many people who get pooped on, immediately go and buy a lottery ticket.
It has been calculated that in the USA, the chance of getting pooped on...
It's been a busy few weeks. I had a week home in Austin and then I got asked to speak at a men's group in Saint George, Utah.
This was my first paid speaking gig since the pandemic. I was so damn excited to get on stage, share my story and provide value to a group of over 60 men.
I flew to Vegas and had to be driven 2 hours to Utah, passing 3 time zones! (Nevada, Arizona then Utah.)
When I arrived, the guys where all doing ice baths and activities to work on themselves to make them better men/humans.
We then got to the house where I would be speaking.
I was definitely nervous, even though I was prepared. And when I got up there, my mouth immediately became dry as I started the talk.
I started off with some questions and then lead into talking about my story on how I became an "accidental ninja"
I honestly didn't even know what the show Ninja Warrior was when I tried out, I just had someone pushing me to try out because they had this insane...
Today I wanted to take a moment to chat about my mom's hospitalization.
Last week I went off to New York City. I had this trip planned for over a month a month. The plan was to reconnect, explore the city and go to tan event called Strong New York.
A week before going, I got the phone call nobody ever wants to get.
I had noticed that my mom was not answering me much during one of her favorite days, her birthday.
It was strange, so I talked to my stepdad and he informed me that she had been hospitalized.
You see... my mom is an amazing woman.
She is a force. On top of that, she is ALWAYS checking in on me and the rest of the family.
She's 63 years old, and a perfectionist who literally puts 110% into everything she does.
I have really been enjoying working closely with a select group of women. I am super proud of my client, Aimee. After not working out in awhile, we got her back in the grove of hitting 5 workouts a week, starting back to the basics, mastering them, getting decent schedule down.
She was ON A ROLL… until well, life happened. Her cat went missing, and she finally found him, (I can relate this so much since I used to have an outdoor cat.)
Because of this, her schedule got a bit messed up. She wasn’t able to get her workout in early like she had wanted. Instead of beating herself up about it and stressing, she simply just moved her workout to a different time that day, from the normal 7am to 1:30pm.
Not only did she make the time, she also realize how damn good it felt to take her mind off all the stress and get movement in.
It’s in this moment as I read her messages and schedule her workouts for next week that you can SEE exactly why movement isn’t just about...
Today I wanted to do a quick check-in with everyone and talk about growth, because the truth is....
But we have a choice. We can stay stuck or we can lean into the discomfort
I decided to lean into it, but it took awhile to get there.
You see, I had EVERYTHING going for me. I owned a gym, I was getting in magazines, and I even had a boyfriend for a hot second.
And then BOOM.
In one flash of a second EVERYTHING changed.
I tore my ACL on National Television (Ninja Warrior 2018) in front of HUNDREDS of people. I was embarrassed, I was frustrated.
Everyone watched me go from being one of the strongest top females to a crippled girl who was broken.
So what did I do?
I took a moment to feel what I needed to, to feel all the suck. To sit in the shit moment. To say, "why me?". I was so broken at one point that I didn't want to live anymore. I felt like my identity was gone since I wasn't an athlete.
Until I finally got tired of my own shit and realized it was...
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Pull-up vs the Chin-up! Which one is better?! Which one is easier? I go through all of that in this video! I also go over a few other variations of pull-ups that you can do to shake things up a little ;).
“I needed somebody who has a plan that could give me structure that I could look at and be consistent with.”
I’m super excited to be celebrating Becky today! I met her at a convention in Seattle and she had expressed interest in getting a pull-up so I invited her to join my Pull-Up Revolution program. In 30 days, she went from 0-2 unassisted pull-ups through the Pull-Up Revolution program!
Dr. Becky Rucker is a physical therapist and owner of Physio Movement Performance, but she had always wanted to learn a pull-up. For so long, she was just doing pull-ups with a band, but what she realized through the program is that a pull-up is not just an upper-body exercise… it is a FULL BODY movement. It’s your shoulders, your core, your glutes, you name it. Bands are great for feeling the movement of the pull-up, but they don’t do much for you to learn how to do your pull-up without you.
Becky loved the structured plan of the program...
I see people getting "stuck" on the assisted band all the time! A great way to start to get off the band is by doing body rows instead! I walk through in this video all the drills you'll need to do in order to advance and start doing that pull-up on your own!
00:40 Body Rows & Setting up the Bar
02:11 How to do the body row
02:44 Shoulder Shrugs on Bar
03:16 Flex Arm Hang Holds
03:57 How to advance these
SOOO many times i hear while people are trying to get their pull-up that they legit cannot hold onto the bar. A BIG factor with this is grip strength! I am personally not a fan of getting "grips or gloves" to help with this! So in this video I will go over a TON of different things you can do to finally get that grip strength you are looking for!
01:00 NOT A FAN OF GRIPS OR GLOVES ;)
01:16 Instead of getting grips or gloves do THIS (Liquid Chalk or wrapp the bar)
02:04 Plate Pinches
02:52 Plate Flips
03:51 Just Hang out
04:55 Farmers Carry
05:44 Towel Hangs
06:32 Weather Advisory
07:09 Finger extensor exercises
08:28 Stick Roll ups
10:48 Different Grip Holds