Out of the darkness WOD

Start 2019 off the right way! Join 22fitness for a fun fast pace community-wide workout fit for all levels! Not only will you be beginning your journey to becoming a better you. You will be giving back to the community by supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The focus of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is to eliminate the loss of life from suicide by delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

When: Sunday, January 6t,h 2019

registration begins at 10:00 am, Workout begins at 11:00 am

Where : FUEL Fitness

440 W. Rawson Ave. Oak Creek, WI

*Open to the public, no membership required.

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Success isn’t green.

What is success? What does it look like?

noun

  • 1.the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.

Having money or the lack of money plays a huge roll in how we perceive success. It also plays a roll in how we measure our self-worth. Speaking from experience, being financially unstable can have severe consequences on one’s mental health. I can remember standing in line at food pantries waiting for a box of food and having to get my clothes from local thrift stores.

The feeling of failure from not being able to provide for my family was one of the main contributors to my depression. It’s taken a lot of hard work and self-reflection to become the person I am today.

When I started this journey of personal growth to become successful, money was never the benchmark. I needed to find myself, I needed to find happiness. I needed to become confident in who I was in order to take on a new purpose in life post-military service.

Everyone wishes to have loads of money. Life is not all about making money, but more about helping others and finding value in one’s self. I think it’s perfectly okay to want to have financial freedom but what is the point if your’re just a bitter, angry person constantly measuring your self-worth by your job title and income.

When I was in the military I was undoubtedly happy. Why? I didn’t make copious amounts of money. I was happy because I had a purpose. Success without a purpose is an endless life of disappointment. Success is more relatable to one’s happiness and joy by fulfilling a purpose. I’m not rich, I improve every day by making spiritual investments into myself and I always make a point to create space between myself and negativity.

Negativity alters perception and ultimately leads to underachieving goals. If you spend your entire day thinking or thinking about other people’s lives that you perceive to be successful. You’ll find yourself energy wasting and involved in unproductive gossip, jealousy, and bitterness.

Have you ever met someone that didn’t have a bunch of expensive crap, a fancy job title, or a mansion on the hills, but they were always incredibly happy? I have, I now know that perception is everything and the power of positivity and purpose will ultimately lead to true success and happiness.

Having lavish material things don’t equate to happiness. Those are temporary bandaids for a misguided perception of one’s self-worth created by a materialistic society that values profits over purpose.

By society’s perception and definition of success, I’m not successful. By my terms, I’m very successful than even people with more money than me. Why? Because I have a purpose, I have goals not measured by titles or bank accounts, but measured by consistent self-improvement.

I’m very fortunate to have a real-life experience that taught me the power of perspective and also showed me that having money doesn’t mean being happy. I’ve met a lot of people with heavy paychecks that are absolutely miserable and grotesquely insecure.

 Let me be clear, I think it’s perfectly okay to want to make a large sum of money, there are plenty of wonderful reasons to want complete financial freedom.

Without a comfortable level of money in the bank, are you not going to be able to provide for your family and have the basic necessities to facilitate your personal, professional, and spiritual growth. Live within your means and strive to be rich with positivity and purpose.

No amount of money will ever redefine the true meaning of success , and the accomplishment of a purpose. I don’t strive for success in the hopes of being perceived as rich. I am however very passionate about helping people. To me, that means showing someone that they can still be a successful individual without deep pockets.

”Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.”

-Shiv Khera

Never in the back.

I was not breathing on the day that I was born into this world. Clearly, I wasn’t supposed to be here; Yet, here I am.

For much of my life, people told me that I couldn’t do things. As my mother would tell you, I am defiant to the core. I refuse to be told what I can and cannot do.

Throughout my journey, I’ve had several people doubt me. Not only have they doubted me, but they tried to suppress me. They would try to dim my light so theirs could shine brighter. They knew that the louder that I got, the more successful I would become.

Never let anyone hold you back. Never let anyone push you aside. Never let toxic people that are threatened by you halt your quest for happiness.

Combat PTSD with combat sports.

I’ve spent the better part of the last 4 years using physical fitness to cope with my PTSD. Having a mental health disability is challenging and often misunderstood. Yes, I look healthy but I don’t feel so good on the inside. Even with the gym and my ability to keep my disability at bay I still felt like something was missing. This past summer I hit another low point.

August 9th I came home from work and I started drinking heavily. I was trying to fill that hole in my heart with alcohol. One thing leads to another and started drunk texting everyone I cared about telling them how much of a fool I am for letting things get to me. Thanks to an old battle buddy he talked me through that moment and I was able to sober up and get my wits back. I felt like a hypocrite, It was at that moment I realized I needed a new challenge and I thought really hard about my present state. I had gained a little weight, I was bored, and I was tired of trying to be the best at exercising.

As I started to reminisce about my time in the army it had accursed to me I missed Combat Sports. A sport of pure grit and personal responsibility. A challenge as old as time and a true test of one’s discipline and sportsmanship.

With that revaluation, I started researching MMA classes in my area. Knowing I was a little rusty, mid 30’s, and bad joints I was a little apprehensive. Yet, I was determined in my quest. That’s when I found former UFC champions school Pettis Martial Arts.

I arrived and met an old friend there for my day 1 trail. After the first rear leg kicked I was hooked! With every strike I could feel the anxiety, the tension in my chest, the worries just disappear. It was absolutely euphoric! It was exactly what I was missing.

Pettis Martial Arts is a family friendly environment with world-class instructors. Since joining I’m now looking at participating in my first contest in 10yrs. Win or lose, I know this is what I needed to keep moving forward.

Be More Human

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