Monday Motivation: I’m all in; are you?

Hope you had a great weekend and you’re in full throttle summer mode.

Last week, for 4th of July weekend, Krebs and I decided to go to Vegas for some R & R. Just let loose and have fun and not open any e-mails or answer any calls.

The trip was definitely a success and although we came back physically tired, our minds were fresh and ready to go (which was the goal).

Part of the reason we travel a lot is not only to go around the world and learn from the best, but also to experience new things and let our minds relax.

When we travel we like to let go and have a good time.

Yes, we also like to party here and there. Party hard.

People ask me about that sometimes…

…and it brings me back to the concept of “ALL IN.”

When I’m home I bust my butt to make the experience of my clients the best possible and deliver the results.


When I’m studying, learning and improving, I’m engaged because I want to be the best possible. It takes time, effort, and, a lot of times, finances, to do this.

But when I do, I’m ALL IN.

When I decided to change my performance or body composition and want to look a certain way, I’m going to get my meals made, follow my program no matter what and make some sacrifices.

I’m going to be ALL IN!

When I’m at business meetings to grow my vision and have joint partners in big projects, I’m  there 100% ready and professional, no b.s., doing whatever it takes to make that vision become reality.


When I’m with the people I love, whether just small every day things like hanging out and having dinner, or bigger things like vacations, I engage and dedicate my all to it.


Whatever I decided to do, I’m going to be ALL in or it will get scratched off, or maybe it will wait until I can be all in on it.

Now, those things may happen at different times of the day, week, month, or parts of our lives. But when they do, if you want something to really change, you have to be “all in”!

What made me get stuck in the past is that I would complain about things not happening and not getting exactly what I wanted, when the truth was I wasn’t all in. I was “kind of” in or I would do only so much, yet expect to get the full rewards.

It doesn’t work that way. The sooner you realize that the better.

Maybe right now isn’t the time that you can be ALL IN into something. If that’s the case then that’s ok, but just call it what it is and don’t complain that things are not happening like they should.

But if you are really 100% sure about being ready to make a change in a certain area in your life then do it and be ALL IN.

It will change your business, your body, your relationship, your _________ (insert whatever here) when you do.

Let me know what you’re going to choose to change and be ALL IN on.

For real, I want to know.

Memento Mori,

Monday Motivation: The start…and the finish.

This morning I woke up and I felt like everything was pulling me away from all the things I need to do.

Texts, Facebook, e-mail, calls…all distracting me from my goal!

The “resistance” was hard at work.

I took a break and picked up Steven Pressfield’s “Do The Work.”

It not only got me to fight the “resistance,” it put me in the right state to write this e-mail so it hopefully helps you get shit done today, throughout the week and in the future.

There’s really two things we have to do to make things happen:

#1. Start the Work

#2. Finish the Work

Most can’t even do the first one so the second one doesn’t matter.

I’ve changed my philosophy on this whole “getting started” deal…

I believe you should START BEFORE YOU’RE READY!

You heard me.

Don’t prepare. Begin.

You see our enemy is not the lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account.

The enemy is “resistance.”

The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, self-justifications, and a million reasons why we can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do.

“Preparing” too much is many times a cover up for delaying. It’s the “I’ll do it tomorrow or next week” line.

I have a friend who wants to open a gym. He has been working on the “business plan” for over 2 years and from what I hear it’s close to being done. That was the case last year.

I started with a vision but no concrete, perfect business plan.

I started before I was ready. You adjust along the way.

If you ever want to know if you’re going in the right direction, here’s the rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more “Resistance” we will feel toward pursuing it.

Ok, so you got started.

I’m giving a strong dap right now (this means high five in more urban terms)!

Then there’s this whole other thing we have to do called finishing shit!

Oh how we love to say we’re “doing” all these different things and “working on it.”

Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?

But what do we actually get done? What do you finish? How many projects do you have in the “works” that never get done?

Seth Godin always talks about and puts a huge emphasis on “shipping” (finishing). Because finishing is the critical part of any work/project. If we can’t finish, all our work is for nothing.

It take cojonas to ship (it’s Spanish for balls…I know, I looked it up).

When we don’t finish, I honestly believe that it has almost everything to do with our fear of success.

This still stands to to be one of the best pieces written on this subject (from Marianne Williamson):

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

That’s deep. I like deep stuff, just like I like deep squats.

Fear of success is the essence of resistance.

Get over it, for real!

Finish the damn thing and ship it.

A new front end offer?

A new training program you’ve been “working” on?

Appreciation that will make a member go WOW?

Some type of savings for yourself and your family?

Contacting a coach/mentor because you know you need one?


#1 – Start shit!

#2 – Finish shit!

So what have you been working on that is a priority but isn’t DONE? Are you gonna get it done this week or bullshit around it again?

What are you gonna start before you’re ready that will make a change in your business and your life (once you start it, don’t forget to finish it!)?

So go now…DO THE WORK!

Pack Life,

Monday Motivation: Learn. Teach. Learn. Become Greater! Repeat…

Hope you had a great weekend and are starting to enjoy the summer.

It comes a little later here in Seattle, but when it does, ooohhhwweeeeeeee, I’m all over it and doing a lot of my work outside in the sunshine. By now people know one of my routines is coming to the gym before I train people or manage my team, and sit outside in the back in a chair, reading and working in the sunshine.

Looks a little funny as I’m in a sofa chair in the middle of the parking lot with my shirt off getting a tan reading anatomy, mindset, and marketing books. I love that shit so I don’t really care what people think about it haha.

Last weekend I mentioned we had Mike Robertson in for in-staff as well as attending the Sounders Sports Science Summit where the top performance coaches come together to talk sports science and what’s working for soccer and where its going.

Great weekend with a lot of insights, especially after the actual seminars talking with the likes of Dave Tenney (Sounders S & C), Charlie Weingroff, Patrick Ward, Tim Vagen, Mike Robertson, Joel Jamieson, …

A lot of information to digest as well as decide what I can take away and apply to the gym instantly (if there is great info I don’t like waiting because then we rarely ever put it into place. What about you?)

I always get excited about learning new things, or seeing new possibilities (sometimes its being reminded of things I already knew but stopped doing!).

Honestly, I get so excited I HAVE to let it out.

So the Sunday after the seminar I always run our Warrior training. It gets me up and going and I love the group and intensity they bring.

At the end of the training session, once everyone catches their breath, I bring it in and I have a little story I tell to make a point on a certain lesson for that day.

As I was talking I started to veer off a little bit (I do that a bit, but all in the name of helping people) and discussing some new things I had learned, showing hands-on drills and examples, theory explained in simple concepts that they could take home and think about. As I kept talking, people asked questions and it became like a bit of a classroom.

There were 12 people in the session and the first one left 45 minutes after we got done with training. The rest stayed for an hour. On Father’s Day!

This wasn’t planned…it just happened.


People want to know more of why they are doing what they are doing and what will make them better. They like knowledge (not talking at them and above them like you are better). They love that you are talking with passion and seeing that you have their best interests in mind.

Vigor Ground is the DOJO.

The DO represents “path” and the JO represents “enlightenment.”

We get people results, but we also educate and enlighten them. It’s part of our core values. I want our clients to have a better life and be happier because they come to our DOJO.

Think about this the next time you step foot in your gym, when you talk to people and when you write an e-mail.

I’m dedicating myself to doing short seminars and workshops on different subjects I’m digging into so that I can break them down to simplicity and have our clients take applicable things they can use instantly. Things that will improve their life in some way.

A couple of weeks ago we did a seminar/workshop with Doctors of PT where I talked about the joint by joint approach to training and why it matters, things they can apply from it asap (although it is things we implement in our gym it is different when you educate your clients on why you do it), while they talked about soft tissue and the importance of having good tissue quality, dry needling and how and why it is so effective. Afterward they worked on our clients with whatever issues they had.

It was a huge success and people loved it.

The cost of the workshop was only $10 and we gave it all to charity.

Doctors of PT got new clients. We added a ton of value and “enlightenment” to our clients’ lives, and for me; I got better at teaching and at the subject matter.

Intermittent fasting. Breathing. Mobility. Speed. Detoxification…Whatever I’m learning, I’m also teaching it.

You see, every time I have to teach, I learn.

I really believe the best form of learning (or maybe I should say engraining what I have learned) is teaching.

That is why whenever I learn something I want to teach it to someone as soon as I can. It engrains the knowledge, makes me better at communicating it in a way that the client can understand…and all of that makes me a better coach.

Start learning more and then teaching it. You’ll be amazed at how it changes your business.

Will it automatically bring you in thousands of $? Probably not.

But it builds the foundation of your business and you differentiate yourself so much that people start talking about it.

You’re different. And in a world where everyone is just copying everyone else, you will stand out. Especially because it is not only making your client better but its also making YOU better.

If you didn’t know, now you know.

Do it or don’t do it.

I thought you wanted to be the best and most successful though?


Memento Mori,

Science Won’t Save You!

Growing up, I played a ton of sports. I was all over the place and a nut case.

When I was around 9 years old, I fell in love.

Deep love.

This kind of love lasts a lifetime.

Her name was basketball.

I know you were getting emotional, as you should, but stay focused so you can learn from this story.

I wasn’t crazy gifted nor was I tall. What I had was ridiculous work ethic. Ridiculous, I say!


I made it to the Olimpija junior team, which was by far the best team in the country, winning a championship almost every year (all the way up the youth levels).

I made it because I was relentless when it came to hard work. I was the energizer bunny and coaches do like to see that. It also makes every one else work harder.

When I started, I was under-sized, not very genetically gifted and playing with some of the top talent in Europe. Playing with the top guys got me a lot better because I had to bring it ALL the time.

I saw very limited playing time. When I did, I gave it everything and did well.

I worked my ass off and had a chip on my shoulder because I felt that because of some of the “names” on our team I had to work 5x as hard to get a smidgeon of opportunity.

We had a great coach when it came to training, tactics, and just straight up developing great players. I’m grateful for him as he really helped develop me as a player and put us all through some incredibly tough physical and psychological training.  He also lit more of a fire under me because nothing was given to me, so I had to fight for every inch.

The one thing he didn’t do? He didn’t BELIEVE in me.

That was the reason I left that team.

Don’t get it twisted, I appreciate everything he did for me and I am grateful I got to be part of that team, but he didn’t influence me enough because he didn’t believe in me and didn’t live inside of my head when I was not training.

Fast forward to the team I went to next. It was a team that didn’t exist before and was put together with a coach that had a dream but not much else. Most of the players were not well known or recruited by the national team. Hard working guys though.

He convinced us to join the team because he had a vision and was so passionate about it.

How else would I go from the best team in the country to a team that would have to fight to even get into the Division 1 league?!

He got into our heads and believed in us from the get go. He made us think about the “vision” when we were training and when we went home.

Was he the best coach when it came to training, tactics, skill, etc.?


But he connected, he was engaged and he made us believe. We knew he truly cared about us so when he did say things, we listened and we believed them (which is why we’d actually do the things we were supposed to outside of our training).

We trained and played harder because of it and we were more of a team in the true sense of the word. A family.

We made it to the Final Four in the next 3 out of the 4 years. This was a team that didn’t even exist before!

I ended up going on to play college basketball as well as professional basketball on a high level in Europe.

We still keep in touch after over 15 years and when I go to Slovenia we meet up (actually part of the whole team always does).

We comment on each other’s stuff on Facebook.

I still think and talk about him and he is still influencing me (otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this!)

He was a true coach.

In your business, are you that coach? Do you believe in your clients and do you connect and engage with them? Do you get them to take the message and apply the lesson when they are not with you?

What type of coach are you?


Really think about that.

When you have stopped thinking about it, change it for the better!

Here is my opinion. I absolutely believe that you should pursue mastery in your art/craft. You should always strive to be better at what you do.

One part of that is IQ; the science, methodologies, the laboratory.

I think it’s a must and not enough fitness professionals pride themselves on that.

But just as important (if not more) is EQ; emotional intelligence.

Things like attitude, engagement, connection, and reality. BELIEVING in your clients when they don’t believe in themselves.

Truth is, just one of the above won’t do.

Science won’t save you.

All emotion won’t work either.

The one equation you should know, whether you like math or not: Science + emotion = Art of coaching!

I believe we’re all in this because we love being able to affect people’s lives in a positive way. I would go further and say in a transformational way!

The more people we can help change and get what they want, the more successful we will be.

So why are so many people missing the “core” of what we do?

It’s easier to think that there is an X’s and O’s formula to make you successful and make you a lot of money.

“Do this, do that….follow this strategy, listen to this guru….and you’re guaranteed to make gob-loads of moolah!”

Let me know how that has worked out for you.

Become a true coach, from the EQ to the IQ. Transform people from the inside out by believing in them, connecting with them, and helping them apply the things that matter.

Changing their lives will change yours as well.

When you do that, people won’t be able to ignore you even if they wanted to.

Before you go and do some life changing shizzz, check out my interview with a coach you can’t ignore and that has been a mentor and huge influence to me in the past decade; the creator of, Martin Rooney.

You might want to check it out!

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
– Woodrow Wilson

Monday Motivation: What does your future look like?

Hope you had a great weekend.

I spent most of my weekend at the Sounder Sports Science Summit here in Seattle where the world’s top soccer strength and conditioning experts were presenting on what works in the soccer sports performance field.

Apart from amazing information and connecting, it was even better as I had my brother fly out to attend.

We train some real high level soccer players as well as run pre-season training camps for teams and individuals in the Slovenian Vigor Ground, which made this summit a great fit for moving forward and taking things to the next level.

We have players from AC Milan, Benfica, Olimpija, etc. attending pre-season training this year when our new gym opens up in Ljubljana so we wanted to make sure we’re ahead of the game when getting them prepared for their season.

I’m absolutely fired up to see the new place. I’ll be flying down to the grand opening of our 9,000 square foot facility in September. There will be no other place like it in the country.

At the same time, I’m starting to work on a huge project that will change the way fitness is done in Seattle.

It used to just be a speck of a dream, a whisper…but now it’s starting to shape itself and becoming something that will happen (because I won’t stop until it does).

At first both of these were just a dream. A vision. But without the vision, none of it could have became reality.

This brings me to something called “futureview,” a mental picture of what we hold of our future existence.

It’s the ability to project yourself into the future and then look back at your present position from the future’s point of view.

The thing is, EVERYONE has futureview, but often without realizing it or examining what it looks like. Not being aware of it doesn’t mean it doesn’t influence us because it does.

Becoming aware of your own futureview puts a superhero style powerful tool in your hands. It gives you the controls to your own future.


It determines what actions you will take and which you will avoid taking. Different futureviews create different realities.

When I had futureview of the gym I wanted to open, how it was going to be laid out, who I would train, what feel it would have, etc., my daily actions would be zoned in on that “vision”. Anything that was out of line with that I wouldn’t do.

One of the guys I trained with starting around 7 years ago when I just moved to Seattle came to Vigor Ground for the first time this past week (he moved out of state but followed everything I’m doing).

He walked in and said: “Man, this is incredible, I remember you telling me the place you wanted to have and you were drawing it on a piece of paper and writing out exactly what you wanted. This is almost exactly like it. That’s crazy!”

I didn’t think about it much until he said that but it is true, I did constantly envision, draw, and write out what I wanted the gym to “be” (in every sense).

Now that I/we achieved this vision, I see more. My futureview has changed and my next “vision” is what I work toward every day.

It could be the exact opposite.

When I was younger I got into some pretty bad things (when I say pretty, I mean really). I had tons of energy and dedication but no purpose or vision, so it got me in with the wrong crowds doing some bad stuff.

I’m fortunate to be here, and honestly, it taught me a lesson. Basketball was what saved me then because it gave me the futureview and what made me decide to move to play college ball in the U.S.

Because of my past I try to influence youth and show them that there is a positive future no matter where they are.

Years ago I was speaking with some junior high kids about the future and careers in a school in Virginia. They attended an inner city school (well, whenever they actually went to school) where most had given up on them and they were surrounded by crime, drugs, etc.

Most of them have been in trouble, some minor, some more serious. Most of them had seen drive-by shootings, abuse, and most of their surrounding friends and family not making it.

Once I got to know them a bit better and they got to hear my story, I asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. What they saw in their future.

With very serious answers, none of them expected to see the age of 20, and definitely not 30. The other answers were: going to jail, I don’t see anything, etc.

You see these kids futureview was death or jail, nothing good.

Their actions were in line with what they saw in their future.

Change the future they see and you will change the actions they take – which will change their future!

The same goes for you. Change your future by changing what you see in the future.

What is your futureview?

Take a pad and write, draw, speak your vision. Then keep doing it until it becomes clearer and clearer.

Work toward it every day, consistent action on the daily with some doses of massive action here and there.

You’ll laugh down the road when people will tell you that you can predict things and “things came together for you real well”…

Futureview. Relentless hard (the right) work and action. Constant learning and surrounding yourself with the best. Pursuit of mastery. Pursuit of leaving a legacy. Obstacles. Fear of not fulfilling your potential…

Sure, things just “came together.”

Are you ready to have an extraordinary futureview?

You deserve it!

Memento Mori,

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