One of my all-time favourite movies is Joe Dirt, and for anyone that knows me might think I say that because of my sense of humour. However I like the movie for a few other reasons, yes toilet humour is always going to make me smile but more importantly Joe Dirt (David Spade's) attitude is the thing I admire most.
Joe gets treated poorly from a very young age when his family abandon him at the Grand Canyon; he was also set back in life as his mother had him wear a mullet hairstyle which he never changed. (You'll understand why if you watch the movie.) And it is safe to say mullets never looked good on anyone... This leaves him open to abuse throughout his life in the movie and everyone tells him that he is a white trash loser.
Despite all of the negativity Joe faces each day and the ridicule for some of his more stupid moments in the movie he has some classic sayings.... "Life's a garden. Dig it!" And "You just gotta keep on keeping on." He stays positive, focused on his goal of finding his parents and meets amazing people along the way; the most valuable thing is that he finds out what is important to him and that good things do happen to good people.
You can't really beat that for a feel good movie if you ask me. You also can't beat that for sound life coaching tips straight out of Hollywood - life truly is a garden and you have to put in the hard work to make it blossom. If you keep on going and never give up on yourself you'll see the results.
If you haven't been able to watch Prince Ea's latest motivational video then I suggest you click and watch it below. One of my favourite lines from the video is, "there is no such thing as a smooth mountain, if you wanna make it to the top then there are sharp ridges that must be stepped over." We just have to keep going!
So the big question is, what are you going to do today that ensures you never give up on your dreams?
Have a great weekend!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving
About two years ago I was trawling the YouTube pages looking for solutions to my loose skin issues I came across a guy with an awesome sense of humour and a gift for making videos. His name is Brian Turner, of course with a name like Turner I knew he was going to be a cool guy!
A few simple facts about Brian to get you going:
1 - He loves lifting weights and training hard in the gym, and used to be really skinny. Check his picture below.
2 - He has been a natural bodybuilder for about 7 years.
3 - He suffered terribly with acne.
4 - He has a real talent for making top quality videos. And produces some of CT Fletchers awesome motivational ones.
5- He started his YouTube channels to try and help his clients with specific exercises and it blossomed into where he is at now.
6 - Brian runs his own clothing and fitness company called, 'Beyond the Weak', where he prints his own shirts and offers online coaching. www.beyondtheweak.com
7 - I said he used to be skinny, now he is seriously jacked!
Brian has had a really mixed upbringing in the sense that he was home schooled for a long time, he has also experienced being the 'new kid' at a big school and has dealt with all the social pressures that go with that. Discovering that fitness was one of his passions he pursued it to no end, growing in size, developing his knowledge and putting everything he learned and experienced online in YouTube videos for the world to enjoy.
At one stage Brian was putting out a video every day of the week to reach his audience and grow his channel. He even started a series called 'My Accutane Adventures' to track his acne treatments and help other people around the world understand what to expect if they want the same treatment. (Having been on accutane myself I know how crazy the treatment can be and how it can make you self conscious.) Brian's acne was 10 times worse than mine which makes his openness about it even more commendable. He is now through all his treatment and is enjoying his clear skin! Not only that he has changed his lifestyle and become a Vegan as he feels it really helps with his skin, health and most of all the planet!
I was lucky enough to meet and train with Brian last year at BodyPower here in the UK and it was a really awesome experience as he is such a positive and happy person. I remember that he kept talking about a YouTube House and having loads of YouTube fitness people training, living and making videos together for their followers. I thought that the idea was great and didn't realise that it was actually already in the pipeline, a few months later the videos were coming out and Brian had successfully brought people together to share a positive part of their lives.
Brian lives with his brother Eric 'LP' Turner who also trains hard and makes YouTube videos, together with John Glaude (who you may remember from my post - From Obese to Beast) they form a trio that rivals some of the great entertaining acts, truly funny and always honest.
So.... Why am I writing about Brian today? Well he recently reached over one hundred thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel! I'll write that out for you 100000 subscribers! That means that each day he has the potential to reach 100000 people and spread his positive energy.
Firstly I would like to send out a huge congratulations to him, but secondly I believe that we can all learn something from his journey through life. Not only has he transformed his body through his training, but he has gone through a serious skin problem that I know can affect confidence in a massive way. I think we've all been there staring in the mirror wishing the big yellow and red spots would just magically disappear. Brian managed to rise above all of that and faced the world, overcoming any fear; putting his life on display. Some people may look at YouTube as a simple search engine filled with videos, but for many people that is their passion, their job and they absolutely love it.
Brian gives more than 100% to everything he does and it shines through. He has had to chase down and work hard for everything that he has in his life right now and I admire his mental strength and resilience. He could have let the social pressure of leaving home school get to him and define the rest of his life, instead he embraced it, acne and all, and is now an entrepreneur like no other! To sum Brian up, he never let fear get in the way of what he wanted to achieve, to me that is some of the best inspiration for your Monday morning!
Go out there this week and be the best you can be! Give it everything you've got! Face any fears and doubts you might have head on and go after what you want! If you want to checkout Brian's YouTube channel in the meantime then watch his video below!
Have a great week, Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
I have a question for you this fine Friday! Have you ever met a person who is a walking enthusiast that is really overweight? I have known a few really avid walkers in my time and they always seem to be pretty fit and in good health.
The reason I ask that question is because I believe that walking is one of the most overlooked forms of exercise when it comes to making a lifestyle change. Sure, running tends to be one of the most popular 'goto' exercises for those who want to lose weight; and studies by the institute of people who study stuff have said that running is more efficient at reducing BMI, as we expend more energy. (Who would've thought? :-) )
I think that we always have to take into consideration that not everyone can run, or jog, I certainly couldn't run when I was starting out, in fact even when I did start running to lose weight I got injured because I was probably too heavy to do it. I truly believe that it is the most under-utilised forms of exercise. Take for instance yesterday, I walked 6.15 kilometres around the gym as well as on a nice scenic walk down a footpath. If you combine the walking my workout of 400 calories then yesterday's calorie burn was 700 calories. Using my very complicated mathematical equation that is a good 300 calories burned through walking.
Granted not everyone thinks that they have the time to walk 6.15 kilometres a day, but think about the nature that you could be missing out on.We all have a tendency - especially in the UK - to look outside and think about how green and beautiful the grass is somewhere else in the world; meanwhile there is natural beauty all around us, we just have look for it.
When I hear someone say that they want to lose weight but don't know where to start my first reaction is to talk about healthy fresh nutrient dense food. My second reaction is to recommend developing a habit of walking every day; and if the goal is not to lose weight but feel better my ingredients remain the same.
If you don't believe that you'll see results in how you feel then try it for a week, put one foot in front of the other and let them lead you away from the craziness of the world for 30 minutes to an hour a day. Not only will you discover some really awesome places, but you might just discover something about yourself along the way!
Have a great weekend ahead!
Stay Strong and Keep Walking!
It's Monday after the Masters Golf Tournament, the first major golf tournament of the year and it always gets me wishing that I was on the golf course in a full time capacity. It only seems fitting for me to share a poem with you today, I think it is a poem, or more like an excerpt from one of my favourite movies ever, TIN CUP.
If you're a golfer you'll have seen the movie and if you aren't, well then you'll just have to make it a priority to watch it and appreciate the whole concept that I am about to lay forth. There are so many mixed reviews of the movie, some saying it is great and others saying it is infuriating that (spoiler alert) Tin Cup - Roy McAvoy - throws away his chance of winning the U.S. Open all because of his stubborn nature. To me that is the beauty of the movie in the first place.
The poem/ excerpt is below:
"Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Well, I tend to think of the golf swing as a poem. The critical opening phrase of this poem will always be the grip. Which the hands unite to form a single unit by the simple overlap of the little finger. Lowly and slowly the clubhead is led back. Pulled into position not by the hands, but by the body which turns away from the target shifting weight to the right side without shifting balance. Tempo is everything; perfection unobtainable as the body coils down at the top of the swing. Theres a slight hesitation. A little nod to the gods.
Dr. Molly Griswold: A, a nod to the gods?
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Yeah, to the gods. That he is fallible. That perfection is unobtainable. And now the weight begins shifting back to the left pulled by the powers inside the earth. It's alive, this swing! A living sculpture and down through contact, always down, striking the ball crisply, with character. A tuning fork goes off in your heart and your balls. Such a pure feeling is the well-struck golf shot. Now the follow through to finish. Always on line. The reverse C of the Golden Bear! The steel workers' power and brawn of Carl Sandburg's. Arnold Palmer!"
The reason I share this with you today is simply because I see the sport of golf with so many similarities to life. Perfection in what we want to achieve in life is sometimes unobtainable but it doesn't mean we need to stop trying. The reason Tin Cup is a golfer's cult classic movie is because Kevin Costner's character is full of self doubt, he overthinks things, he has failed in the past (sounds a bit like life right?) During the movie he has to overcome all of the above to keep chasing his dream, and, because it is Hollywood, 'get the girl'.
A little 'off the wall' for a normal Motivational Monday post; the point being that life is a tough old journey that we have to navigate through from point to point. I look around at others and often reflect on my life and think that we can become too focused on the destination; if Danny Willett had stood on the first tee on last Thursday morning just thinking about the weekend and the green jacket he never would have achieved his Masters victory. Sure, ultimately that was his goal, but he had to plot his course towards it over 4 days.
A huge congratulations to Danny Willett for winning the Masters, proof that if you work hard and stay focused you can achieve what you want in life!
We all have small steps to take each day, let's make them purposefully and enjoy every single one as much as possible!
Have a great week ahead! STAY STRONG and KEEP MOVING!
I was supposed to be running with the 401 Marathon Crowd today in Stratford Upon Avon, I was then going to come home and put together an amazing little photo blog story to share with you. Unfortunately I ended up in a doctor's surgery, waiting to be seen and told to rest as much as possible over the next three days to get my voice back. There I was thinking I'd just left it behind on a bus, turns out some guy called Larryn Gytis stole it. (That was my attempt at a joke.) So this post might be slightly more somber post than initially intended....
We all have those moments in life that we wish we could take back, sometimes they keep us awake at night lying in bed wondering WHY OH WHY!!? One of my most haunting decisions was starting smoking - even though I quit in 2013 I have a recurring dream that involves me chain smoking again; I normally wake up and feel really guilty.
It is safe to say that every year since starting smoking to where I am today I have had some form of cough or chest issue. I even remember once, back in 2013 - I had a chest X-Ray because I couldn't breathe very easily and woke up choking one night - I was pooping myself waiting on the results as I thought that there would be news about me having cancer.
So far I have survived, minus a lot of money and a distinct loss of pride in myself for being so silly with the habit in the first place. The thing that sits badly with me the most though is not the money or the pride, it is the time that I wasted on the habit itself; the time I am wasting now by having weaker lungs. Sure we do all get sick sometimes, but I really do question how much of my sickness each year is down to smoking. Let's forget about statistics on how bad smoking is, let's forget about the cancer it causes and focus on TIME!
Time, to me, is our most valuable thing in the world so much so that we as a species have written books and made movies about it. There was that really rubbish one with Justin Timberlake called..... In Time. Quite an original name though, if you ask me. Writing this has got my mind thinking of that song by Rod Stewart where he sings, "I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger..."
I digress... My point is simple today, let's make good use of our time doing things that benefit our minds and bodies. Let us make good use of our time because one day we'll definitely be wanting more of it. This is the third post in which I have referenced a quote from the documentary called The Kids Menu - but it really sticks out;
"If we don't make time for health, we have to make time for sickness." - Kate Corcoran
Go out there, be healthy and have a great weekend, and if you are looking to quit smoking, or have someone who you think would benefit from this post then contact me below, or share this post with them.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
I hope that you are having a great start to your week, the week after Easter holidays, when routines fall back into place for many people. By now I'm sure you managed to read the Friday recipe from last week and you should be suitably full of cous cous salad. If not then stop reading, click here, and go make the salad and then get back over here to continue this post. ;-)
I have been working with an array of different people over the last few months on their fitness journeys and I have to say that it has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. I knew that becoming a personal trainer meant that, well, the training would be personal but I didn't realise how rewarding it would be.
What I hope to instil in each person I work with is the understanding that the goals we set are part of the journey, they are not the destination. Goals shift over time and what seems vitally important today might not be so urgent in a few weeks. I think that is the problem when it comes to a lot of diet books/ programs and workout programs out there, people are sold on the destination and the journey is forgotten about.
I say that we should make our journeys as amazing and as exciting as possible! Working with awesome fitness techniques/ movements and amazing recipes that nourish the body can help us along our way in this world. There was a quote that I read this week and I'm not too sure of the source, google tells me that it's origin is either a lady called Lynn Austin, Neck Deep (a punk rock band) or even an African proverb, you can decide. Anyhoo, the quote reads: "smooth seas don't make skilful sailors."
To me that quote is so simple and amazing, it tells me that we learn to adapt and survive in the tough times to become better more rounded individuals. That is hopefully something that I communicate to the people I work with, if you get through a challenging workout, pushing yourself beyond what you believe is possible then the rest of the world will seem less daunting. And bear in mind; just because something is challenging doesn't mean it can't be fun!
I'd like you to take that quote on board this week and really embrace it, if you have a tough day remember that you can either embrace the challenge life puts before you or you can let it consume you. I let things consume me for too long and it didn't get me anywhere for a long time. You can become a skilful sailor, become the best and strongest version of yourself and you can start today!
Have a great week ahead focus on your goals and enjoy your journey!
STAY STRONG and KEEP MOVING!
The weather is getting better for us up in the Northern Hemisphere and I have already seen people starting to get their braai's (that's a barbecue) fired up! With that in mind I thought I'd put together a recipe for you to use in the coming months to WOW your guests!
It looks good right? So here's what you'll need....
Purchase a bag of mixed leaves, or spinach,
A Handful of Grapes,
100 grams of Cous Cous,
1 Tin of Salt Free Sweet Corn,
1 Tin of Chickpeas,
1 Handful of Raw Cashew Nuts,
The method is very simple - boil the kettle and add water to the Cous Cous, cover and leave for 5-10 minutes.
Chop up the apple, carrots and baby corn, add to the mixed leaves in a colander. Add your chickpeas, sweet corn and grapes, rinse thoroughly and let it drain. Pour everything into your salad bowl, add your cashew nuts and you should be good to go!
I added a spoonful of hummus and branston pickle along with two dark rye crackers to make it even better!
Feel free to add any other sides to it!
Within about 15 minutes you could have a really awesome meal that can nourish your body in the right ways! And guess what? You'll have no guilt going back for seconds!
Have a great weekend ahead, keep eating healthy, keep focused on your goals!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.