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Don’t Be Afraid – Most things WON’T Kill You – Part 1

I’ve got a good workout for you from my OLD SCHOOL STRENGTH cycle, but I want to get into some more deep stuff first.

Stuff that molded me into what I am today and continue to transform into.

I’ll be straight up with you….

There’s a lot of things that scare the HELL outta me.

When I was growing up, there were more things then I could count that scared the total crap outta me.

Most of those things I’ve grown to adapt to and now, instead of run away from them, I chase them.  I hope you feel me on that one.

Not sure if you have heard my whole story or not, but I want to let you know how it ALL began.

I’m going to talk about how I got into training and what has continued to make me push myself to the limit all the times!

This will serve as Part I.

When I was little, age 10 or so, I was way into wrestling and football.

Football came naturally as I was fast, quick, and totally fearless when it came to that.

Wrestling was another story…

I wasn’t the same athlete out on the mat.  It was all purely mental.

I started wrestling in the 4th grade and to be honest, I used to get my ass kicked around all over the place!

Every year from the time I was in 4th grade up in to about the 7th grade.  I was a PUSSY in wrestling!

In most instances I was the better athlete in about every match I wrestled in, but the results never reflected that at all.

I was stronger, faster, quicker, but what I didn’t have was the mental edge.

In other words, I didn’t have that “killer instinct” yet.

I was passive, hesitant, and worst of all… AFRAID.

I’m not sure what I was so afraid of, but one thing was for sure, I wasn’t going to get killed by anything.

I don’t know what my problem was.

It took a few years of being afraid and getting my ass kicked until finally I went up to Tulsa OK to wrestle in the AAU National Tournament.

You see, even though I sucked, my dad would take me literally EVERYWHERE to wrestle!

I respect and love my dad to death because he spent a lot of his time and money hauling my ass around for me to put in half ass efforts and get my ass kicked.

So, there we were, at the national wrestling championships in Tulsa OK…  The best of the best were there to show their skills.

I had a 32 man bracket!  The biggest bracket I had ever been in!

It was insane!

To make a long story short, I got beat twice and was done and it was a LONG ride home.

But, it was something on that ride home changed me.

It changed my life and my mentality for ever!

As we were riding back home, I overheard one of my dads friends talking to him.

You see there were a bunch of us that all came to the meet together as my dad’s friend had his boys wrestling in the tournament as well.

Anyways, they both thought I was asleep and wasn’t listening in the back, but actually I could hear everything they were saying.

So, my dads friend went onto say, “I know whats wrong with Travis, He’s a PUSSY!”

He talked about some other things such as I was weak, passive, non aggressive, and fragile!

But that quote, He’s a PUSSY,  has forever stuck in my mind ever since!

Immediately, I was filled with rage when I heard him say that!

How dare he call me a “PUSSY”!

I knew better!

I thought to myself, “I’ll show him and everyone else who’s the real PUSSY!”

From that day forth, I vowed to NEVER again be considered weak, fragile, or incapable of handling my own.

My transformation began on that night.

I forever changed from that day to live STRONG, AGGRESSIVE, and RELENTLESS with anything and everything I did.

I had a PASSION to get better.

The only way I knew I could be considered STRONG and as far away from weak as possible was to TRAIN MY ASS OFF!

NO ONE would ever out work me ever again!   EVER!

I went on to win EVERY match in wrestling except for 2 in 7th and 8th grade.

I began lifting, running, and training as hard as I could.

The transformation had started, but it only just beginning…

Stay tuned for more!

BTW…

Here’s my OLD SCHOOL STRENGTH training day:

1A) Reverse Band Bench Press 6 x 3

2A) Weighted Pull Ups 5 x 5

2B) Banded Wheel Rollouts 5 x 10-12

3A) Chain Close Grip Push Ups 100 reps (do as many sets as it take BUT no more than 100 reps)

3B) Weighted Recline Rows 75 reps (Same as above)

4A) HEAVY Farmers Carries 3 x max distance

One lesson I’ve learned over the many years of ups and downs is this:

Don”t ever be afraid – for most things WON’T kill you….

Live Life Aggressive and Get Strong!

Travis

PS – Go ahead and drop a comment and let me know what you think

What have YOU been afraid of in the past?

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