It is a routine practice for me to listen to podcasts when commuting (I learned of this positive practice years ago and it keeps new ideas flowing and constantly introduces new influences across industries into my life).
History is filled with great speeches, delivered precisely by the best orators of their time.
They are important to study and learn, providing key insights to move people in the direction of their goals and desires.
An integral characteristic of leadership is getting people to move in a certain direction, usually towards the vision of the company. Without that ability, you are just someone with a name and position.
Navy Seal and former commander of the US Navy Seal team that captured Osama bin Laden gave a speech to the 2014 graduating class at his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin.
The speech wasn’t your run of the mill commencement address. He didn’t talk about getting a good job or being a steward for whatever blah blah blah.
He gave 10 actionable lessons that if applied, can be used to change the world. [Read more…]
Cam Newton is one of the most dominant football players in the NFL. He is the arguably the best player today, having led his team all the way to the Superbowl and mostly in a dominant fashion.
Yet, most people in America will openly criticize him because they feel that he is unprofessional. They feel like he throws tantrums and they feel like he is a bad role model. Some have even gone as far as to call him a boy.
That’s right. Scores of fat, lazy people eating chicken wings and drinking beer are criticizing Cam Newton for being a bad role model.
This is what Cam had to say… [Read more…]
The Onnit Academy is a world-renowned fitness facility that places a heavy emphasis on unconventional training.
I spent a day working out at their facility and enjoyed the opportunity to play around with some of their products and unconventional training tools.
Of note is the adoption of DeFranco’s Gym, another world-class training facility that is fully integrated into the Onnit Academy. It is unconventional-functional meets conventional-proven, all under the same roof.
The place is oozing with awesomeness and permeates an aura of physicality.
When I first arrived, I immediately noticed that there was some serious training going on. Heavy squats. Swinging ape faced primal bells intensely. Tactically wielding steel maces.
It became instantly obvious that this was a gym for real training and not one for casual workouts. The people that trained here were looking to become masters of their craft.
It is a place people go to train when they become intensely focused on a goal — a home for those absorbed by a singular passion for optimal performance.
Training under the banner of Joe Rogan. My favorite comedian, podcaster, and general badass guy.
After exploring the space, I signed up for an unconventional fitness class.
Their typical workout formula looks similar to what we did:
Mobility- 10 minutes
Conditioning Set- 10 minutes (we did 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest of Airdyne sprints and sandbag cleans)
Movement Prep- 10 minutes (we did 10 rounds of a hybrid hip-opening stretch and a core exercise very similar to slow reverse situp)
Primary Set- 10 minutes (we did 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest of double kettlebell squats to press)
Cool Down- 10 minutes (we did 10 rounds of a 90/90 hip-opening sequence and scorpion holds)
I felt like it was a tough workout but in a way that was too much, which left me adequately primed for follow on workouts.
The incorporation of the mobility exercises was unique to me, yet it didn’t feel overly mundane or unimportant. The way the mobility movements were organized made it so that it was functional and purposeful.
I enjoyed the experience as it was vastly different from what I normally do. Like all great artists of the world, I am going to steal some of the ideas I learned. I will take the best of what I learned, and incorporate it into my own workouts. At a minimum, I will look for creative ways to incorporate mobility movements that has me primed for the workout.
UNCONVENTIONAL + CONVENTIONAL FITNESS + MOBILITY = OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE
Beyond fitness, Onnit is also a brand that makes quality products. I was first drawn to their brain enhancement supplement, then decided to try one of their savage Primal Kettlebells. Now I frequent the online Onnit Academy for its vast knowledge base of all things fitness, health, and nutrition.
It is a one-stop shop for optimal performance that aligns well with their motto: Total Human Optimization
MY FAVORITE ONNIT PRODUCTS:
- Alpha Brain– a nootropic supplement for memory, focus, and processing speed.
- Spirulina & Chlorella– super greens for super humans.
- Shroom Tech Sport– cellular energy and cardiovascular endurance.
- Strong Bone & Joint– build bone strength and reinforce structural integrity.
- Primal Kettlebells- train like a savage.
- Steel Maces– train your entire body while mimicking real-world movement.
- Steel Clubs– enhance your primal fitness with this ancient tool.
- Apparel– I am a big fan of the way their bamboo shirts fit.
The Onnit Academy promotes an Optimized Life: A few of my favorite articles are listed.
- 8 Underrated Attributes of a Champion (that you can adopt as your own)
- Why We Crave Sugar
- 1 Exercise That Fixes 99 Problems
- The Unconventional Olympian
- 13 Steps To Sustainable Fat Loss
- 12 Ways to Lose Fat & Keep the Weight Off
- Life is a Physical Fitness Test
MAIN HUBS ON THE SITE LINKED BY CATEGORY:
If necessary, bookmark this post so you can review my recommendations and links directly to each category. The Onnit database holds a superabundance of great information to help inspire and fuel your journey to greatness.
Reading is a time-tested, tried and true way to become an authority. The greatest men of history and the multi-billionaires of today have all read their way to the top. More importantly, they continue to read even after amassing their fortunes.
In today’s society, it’s the nothings and nobodies that choose not to read. It is the people that claim to have “no luck” in life and the ones that settle for mediocrity.
Like Jim Rohn once said, “Poor people have a big TV. Rich people have a big library.”