“The Comfort Zone” is The #1 Killer

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“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life”
– Muhammad Ali

What is the “Comfort Zone”?

The comfort zone in our view is nothing more than a trap. Most people live their entire lives on autopilot mode experiencing very little positive or negative emotions. Due to this lack of emotion we are often not even aware that we are stuck in this trap.

How many of you can name someone who hates their job but is scared to search for a new one?  Or maybe someone who has never left their hometown before?  Or maybe even you’ve had a great idea but failed to pursue it for some other reason?

For some reason in our society doing something out of the “norm” is considered crazy by some people. It’s almost as if we’ve been programmed from childhood to be in this routine. But this can’t be what life is all about, not the one we have envisioned.

So, we are here to tell you to stop it right now! It’s time to make a change if you’ve fell into this trap. That’s the beauty of life is that you can make a change at anytime you wish.  Here’s an interesting exercise to try out, write down all the things you wish you could be doing with your life. Then we want you to write down what would be the worst case scenario if you dropped everything right now to pursue some of those things. Then, if you had to go back what steps would you take to get yourself there.  We’re gonna go out on a limb here and say that you didn’t die during this process right? So if you didn’t die and you can always go back to what you were doing what’s holding you back?

We don’t expect anyone to change overnight but we do believe in small goal setting “baby steps”.   Here are some useful tips to getting out of a routine or looking to try/do new things:

1. Looking to read more – Instead of trying to force yourself to crame hours of reading why not set yourself a small goal like reading 10 pages a day.

2.  Learn new things –  This newfound knowledge can be academic or practical; it doesn’t matter, so long as it broadens your horizons. Try to learn something new everyday.

3.  Analyze your life – Every once in a while, you should put your life on pause, take a step back, and take a good look at where you stand. Figure out what you’ve accomplished so far and examine the distance between that place and where you intend to go in your life.

4.  Travel to new places – This doesn’t have to be explained much we don’t think.  Just go to new places and explore new experiences.

5.  Take Risks – This is what separates the men from the boys.  You’re gonna win some but you might also lose some in life but this is where you learn the most.

Living a HellaLife isn’t easy nor is it for everyone. But were here to tell you that everyone and anyone can make a change for the better.  Live the life you’ve always wanted, better yourself and help the world be better than the way you left it.  Confront your fears and start to breakout of that comfort zone and live that HellaLife.

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New HellaLife Women’s Buddha Tank

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New HellaLife Women’s Buddha “No Fear” Tanks are back in stock! Two color options are available. We believe that the secret of life is to have No Fear! #NoFear #Buddha

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Great Interview with CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman

Sean Woodland interviews CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman. Sean and Greg talk about fitness, nutrition and the growth of CrossFit along with the non believers.  It’s a great short interview and worth a listen if your a fellow Crossfitter or anyone just interested in health and fitness.

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CrossFit Games Regional Schedule & How To Watch

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For all of you who are looking to watch the CrossFit Games Regional workouts here are the dates and times.

To watch any of the eight regional competitions, tune in to Games.CrossFit.com for live streaming of every heat of every event of every division.

All regionals start at 9 a.m. local time. The detailed schedules will be posted to the regional pages, which you can access by clicking the region icons on the side of the Games site.

Regional Weekend 1: May 15-17

  • South Regional | South Central, South West and Latin America | Dallas, Texas
  • Atlantic Regional | Mid Atlantic and South East | Atlanta, Georgia

Regional Weekend 2: May 22-24

  • California Regional | NorCal and SoCal | San Diego, California
  • East Regional | North East and Canada East | Hartford, Connecticut
  • Pacific Regional | Australia and Asia | Wollongong, Australia

Regional Weekend 3: May 29-31

  • West Regional | North West and Canada West | Seattle, Washington
  • Central Regional | North Central and Central East | Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Meridian Regional | Europe and Africa | Copenhagen, Denmark
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To ‘Dad Bod’ or Not To ‘Dad Bod’

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I’m sure by now you’ve been inundated with ‘dad bod‘ articles circling around the web. It’s been a pretty big debate from what we can see (joking). But it does raise a good question about health, fitness and living a good life.

For those who are unfamiliar with the ‘dad bod’ we’ll keep it simple, males who usually go to the gym but also like to live a little so a little extra around the waist is normal to see. Ladies love guys who put the focus on fun, not physique, saying they’re friendlier, more mature and less narcissistic.

So, as a male in my thirties who’s been an athlete my entire life and knows what it takes to maintain a “healthy physique” is it worth it all? The countless days and hours training in the gym while everyone else is out enjoying life. All for some washboard abs and maybe a hot looking girlfriend or two? Now, don’t get me wrong I believe it’s important to keep the body in tip top shape. But does that mean training beastmode 2-3 hours everyday? What’s wrong with going to happy hour and enjoying margaritas and tacos?

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We love the fact that Leonardo Dicaprio somehow was made the poster boy of this new movement. Let’s not forget people he’s filthy rice and can do whatever he desires! So give us your thoughts on the ‘dad bod’. I definitely feel that you need to find balance in life and making sure you are enjoying every moment of it.

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The Way To Your Dreams

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We often wonder what the world would be like if everyone decided to only do the things they love and follow their dreams.  Reading one of the best selling books The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris and he poses some interesting questions to ask yourself.

Define your nightmare, the absolute worst that could happen if you did what you are considering doing. Would it be life threatening? On a scale of 1-10 if you had to downsize your life how bad would it be? If need be what steps would you take to repair or fix the damage? What are the outcomes or benefits? If fired today from your job what would you do? What are you putting off out of fear? What is it costing you in all aspects? What are you waiting for?

Now we certainly don’t expect everyone to be able to answer these questions right away. But these are important enough that if you’re not already asking yourself these than you should be! The point of living a HellaLife is finding that balance between work and life but in order to do so you must follow your heart, dreams and desires.

Are you following your dreams?

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Our Top Health and Fitness Podcasts

Here are some of our favorite and top health and fitness podcasts that we are listening too. We also added a few others that have our attention and some just for fun.

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The Paleo Solution Podcast by Robb Wolf the godfather of the Paleo revolution. His background is the perfect Paleo combo: He’s both a former biochemist and powerlifting champ. On his show, Wolf lays out deep biological knowledge in layman’s terms.

 

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Bulletproof Radio hosted by Dave Asprey who is best known for creating the “bulletproof coffee” craze. But as his podcast proves, he’s equally interested in examining all aspects of nutrition and fitness. Asprey dropped 100 pounds while refining his diet. And his endless curiosity in hacking his health led to adopting a Paleo-ish approach. As Asprey refines his formula for success, he consults with a parade of A-list authors and experts, and his (weight) loss is our gain.

barbellshrugged

Barbell Shrugged Ranked the #1 podcast on fitness and nutrition on itunes. With the explosion of CrossFit and Olympic Lifting over the last few years this podcast has featured some of the top athletes and coaches from all over the world. This is by far one of our favorite podcasts and totally has us on our feet from week to week. These are the topics we care about the most.

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The Joe Rogan Experience host by comedian Joe Rogan.  The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is a long form conversation hosted by comedian, UFC color commentator, and actor Joe Rogan with friends and guests that have included comedians, actors, musicians, MMA instructors and commentators, authors, artists, and porn stars. The Joe Rogan Experience was voted the Best Comedy Podcast of 2012 on iTunes.

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Meditation Oasis which is totally essentially for you to development mindfulness and clarity. Meditations to help you to relax deeply, be more present and flow more easily with life. We offer a variety of guided meditations with and without music, as well as instructions for meditations you can do on your own. We wish you a peaceful mind and open heart.

 

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What To Include In Your Training Journal?

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What To Include In Your Training Journal

Q:  I’ve never recoreded my WODs before, what should I include in my training log?

A: There is no right or wrong way to do it! I suggest that you take some pre-workout notes and post-workout notes for at least 30 days, to see what you can learn about yourself. If you’ve never done it, keep it simple and stick to the basics.

1. Very Minimal:  the date, what you did, and (possibly) bullet points on how you felt.

2. Some More Info: the date, where you were, what you did, how your energy and mood were before the WOD, a couple of positive points from the workout, a couple of things you’d like to improve on from the workout.

3. Lots of Info: Some people just love information and prefer to take very detailed notes. Here’s a list of info you could add – time of training, what you did, results, rate of effort during training, highlight of training session, any muscle soreness or pain, nutrition (pre/post workout), quality of sleep the night before training, energy levels before and after training, level of stress, level of confidence, level of motivation, any negative thoughts.

I typically suggest something like the middle option, as it’s important to get used to tuning into how you feel before the workout, as well as after it. I like to help athletes assess their physical and mental condition, so that they have a better understanding that it’s all connected.

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HellaLife Buddha No Fear Custom Wood iPhone 6 Case is Coming!

 

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New to the HellaLife collection coming in late April will be the addition of this custom cedar wood engraved iPhone 6 case. Since each piece of wood is different then one anther each one will be slightly different then the last.  On the back of the case engraved in real cedar wood is Buddha himself with one of our favorite quotes “the whole secret of existence is to have to have no fear”.  The phone slips easily in and out of the case and gives plenty of protection with style. You paid a lot of money for that iPhone 6, might as well protect it. Each case is made in the USA as we’ve partnered with Carved which makes some of the most amazing products out of wood.

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New HellaLife Advocate TNA Pro Wrestling Star Eddie Edwards

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We’d like to welcome our Newest HellaLife Advocate and TNA Pro Wrestling super star Eddie Edwards.

He is signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling(TNA), where he is a former three-time TNA World Tag Team Champion with Davey Richards.

He is best known for wrestling with Ring of Honor (ROH), where he is a former ROH World Champion, the inaugural ROH World Television Champion and a two-time ROH World Tag Team Champion with his partner Davey Richards as The American Wolves. He won ROH’s Survival of the Fittest tournament in November 2010 which propelled him to win the World Championship. His World Championship victory made him the first wrestler to win the ROH Triple Crown. He was also a regular for the Southern California-based promotion Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) and has made several tours of Japan with Pro Wrestling Noah.

If Eddie doesn’t live a Hellalife we don’t know who does!!  He embodies the spirit of hard work and pursuing your dreams of doing what you love. What else could you ask for? We welcome Eddie to the team!

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