When you were a kid did you ever laugh so hard that you couldn’t breathe? Did you ever think that you’d wet your pants because you were in hysterics?
I remember a lot of laughter, the one that sticks out the most is Mr Blobby. Now, I’m not from the UK but I do remember my dad coming back from a business trip to the UK with a video tape (VHS) of Mr Blobby… I really can’t describe the level of laugher that ensued after pressing play.
Coming over to the UK I thought that everyone would have seen it, I mean come on, it was hilarious. As it turns out my perception of Mr Blobby was completely different to people in the UK that actually knew who he was. It turned out that the VHS I had grown up watching was simply a compilation of his greatest moments on TV… When I found this out I felt like there was a whole world of people who had truly missed out.
It probably loses a lot in translation, but at the time it was the funniest thing that I had ever seen - it’s not because of the actual theatrics, its because he was so rubbish at moving around in that suit. The clumsiness and the way Garth cannot control himself all led to me absolutely dying with laughter as a child. Now that I am more grown up I think back and chuckle. I might watch the video a few times each year as a real ‘pick me up.’
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know that I love to go off on a tangent then swoop it back around… I’m all about the positive vibes and laughing is one of the best sources of goodness that you can give your body.
It is an integral part of any fitness class or clients session that I do - I have a very dry sense of humour and I tend to make awkward jokes to get people to smile. I think that is all part of a giant recipe that can make us feel better about ourselves.
My question to you today is can you find your own Mr Blobby? Can you find something that makes you laugh and smile and helps you reconnect with your inner child? Put some laugher at the forefront of your day and you'll soon find that the bad stuff that you can't control will soon become less of a thing to worry about.
Sure it's not all butterflies rainbows and giant Mr Blobby's in my life each day - but finding time to laugh is something I've come to love.
There's always something to smile about - even if it is an idiot in a pink and yellow polka dot costume that falls over a lot.
Have a great week ahead.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving
Today’s post is a bit different… Before you read this I'd like you to put away any preconceived ideas that you might have about people in prison because this story might just change the way you look at your life.
I stumbled across a Ted talk the other night, I normally listen as I fall asleep, kind of weird, I know. The video I landed on had me transfixed and watching to the very end. It was a talk by a guy called Curtis Caroll, Curtis is an inmate in San Quentin Prison in California and his talk was all about money and how it changed his life.
Curtis grew up in Oakland California, raised a the height of the crack epidemic with family that was heavily involved in drugs. At the age of 14 school wasn't on his agenda, it didn't offer him a future in his eyes, but crime did. In crime he found brotherhood, a sense of belonging; he found money and a future because people told him he had potential, the people around him believed in him, albeit for the wrong reasons.
He couldn’t read, write or spell but he understood that money was what he needed if he wanted to break free from waiting in line for food at soup kitchens. Times were tough, he watched his mother give blood for $40 so that she could get some money together. There was no sense of community in his neighbourhood, everyone was on their own trying to make enough money to survive.
At 17 years old he was arrested for robbery and murder and so began his time in prison. Confined within prison walls and surrounded by people who had similar stories to his he realised that things weren't going to get any better. At 20 years old he forced himself to pick up a book, he forced himself to learn how to read because he needed to change his life. He wanted to understand how the world worked, he wanted to understand how to make the most of his situation.
It was the hardest thing he had ever done. Harder than seeing his family suffering with drugs, harder than watching his community struggle.
The more he learned the more he realised that he had a really big opportunity to help other people change their lives. He started to learn about managing finances, about the stock market and how prison inmates could make the most out of the money they get paid each year for the work that they do.
If you are unfamiliar with the prison system in America then you might be surprised to find out that a lot of parolees will keep offending to stay inside because going back to their communities means facing more hardship. In prison people have a warm bed, clothes, food and jobs to do that earn them some money. They have a sense of purpose.
Over the last few years Curtis has developed a curriculum of finance management that is now taught in the prison system to empower people who really want to change their lives. "Financial education for me has been a lifesaver," he says. "And I have always been passionate about trying to make money. The problem with that money is it was focused in the wrong area — crime." Curtis is giving his fellow inmates the tools to create a brighter stronger future for themselves. He is helping his community…
The reason I’m sharing this with you today is not to make you feel sad for people in prison, nor is it to judge Curtis on the crimes he has committed. I want you to understand that where ever you are in your life you can always make positive moves, you can help the people around you and you have something fantastic to contribute to the world.
Curtis is still in prison, he has accepted the punishment for his crimes and is trying to make things better in the world, maybe in the hope that he makes up for the wrong he has done.
His sentence is 54 years to life; now, I don't know about you, but somehow the early morning alarm clock that annoys me doesn't seem so bad right now... Curtis is an example firstly, of the road you should avoid in life, but secondly an example of someone who did take a wrong turn and has managed to make the best of a rocky road. He took responsibility for his actions and began to put a positive voice out into the world.
I know I don't have a life sentence in prison, but I am determined to make it my life's work to help people become stronger and better people. So start your week this week and be determined, be fearless and go after the things you want in this world. Make your future bright, Curtis made his future better by embracing his surroundings and finding a way through the tough times. Are you ready to do the same?
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
I’ve been writing this blog for a while and I feel like my reach is far beyond anything I ever thought possible. I was thinking about the progression of the blog the other day and talked it through with friends and it became apparent that, although I am reaching a certain demographic with my words, I could be reaching more people to help them.
So here we are, the first in a series of videos that re-visit blog posts from a while ago. With a retrospective view I will be touching on the points that matter most when it comes to each post to give you guys the most out of my content, not to mention you get to see my beautiful face! 😃
I’d like you to know that I really appreciate the support that you have given to the blog, its great to be able to touch people’s lives each week. With the readership the blog has grown, so too my knowledge base, confidence and ultimately you have given me a platform to take Raw Motion Fitness to the next level!
With that said if you could share this with anyone to help brighten their day or set them in a new direction I would really appreciate it. Have a watch of my video below and if you have YouTube go a head an subscribe as the videos will be coming out every week and not necessarily part of the blog.
As always, have a great week ahead! Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
Since I’ve lived in the UK there has always been a massive drive towards summer; it’s a time when people go on holiday, relax and enjoy the warmer weather. It’s also a time that a lot of people frantically prepare for, in terms of body image.
Here are some of the things I’ve heard over the last few years.
“I’m going on holiday soon so I really need to shed some weight and get fit.”
“I need to get my abs to show by the time I go away.”
“I need to feel good in my bikini."
I’ve written about this in a slightly different way before, but I feel like it is a good time to revisit this topic. If we were to take a cross section of people who are starting training or who have been getting fitter for a while I believe there would one main goal or driving force:
**Everyone would love to look really good naked**
Let’s face it, you’ve probably gotten out the shower or bath and looked in the mirror at some point and thought of a area that you’d love to change. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look like the best version of yourself, however, there is always the potential for people to become either too obsessed with their imperfections.
I don’t spend much time looking into celebrity lifestyles, but the last couple of weeks has seen Kim Kardashian’s buttocks being paraded around the internet. Piers Morgan wrote a very scathing article about her in the Daily Mail, which was actually hard to argue with. He used strong words to say, amongst other things, that she has helped to create a world for her 51 million followers where there is a huge focus on material wealth and the ‘perfect' body. Plastic surgery and the wonders of photoshop have catapulted her into the hot seat at the moment as people are starting to see through the charade.
The reason I mention this is because we all seem to want what other people have got. All the while we are the most advanced version of humanity ever; we have the ability to nurture a nature of happiness through contentment and yet we still crave the lifestyle of others.
My point today is that being happy doesn’t mean to say that everything in your life is perfect (or what society deems is perfect). It means that you can look past the imperfections in your life and focus the awesome planet that surrounds us. Some of the happiest people I have ever met in my life are the ones who have never even heard of Kim Kardashian, or butt implants for that matter.
The main thing I wanted to put across is that you are great! You have the ability to look good naked; it all starts with believing that you do look good in the first place. We can chisel away the exterior as much as we like but we’ve got to be able to recognise that true happiness lies far beyond the physical.
My mission for you this week is to head out into the wide world and find 5 things that truly make you happy. I’d be interested to hear what makes your list, more importantly how it makes you feel to acknowledge the true happiness around you.
Have a great week ahead.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.