Finding Your Why

Sometimes we get lost on the way to the playground, even though it’s only around the block.

That’s how I’ve felt for a good part of this year. The good thing is, I’ve been consulting my inner map and making course corrections to put me back on track. Rather than write about it, I thought I’d do a bit of vocal rambling on the topic of finding your why and getting back on track when you feel lost.

Please let me know if you’d like me to continue with the podcast format since it’s much easier for me. And leave a comment with topics you’d like me to cover.

Thanks for listening.

The Flu-Funk

About two weeks ago I was in Amsterdam for a GMB Fitness European staff meet-up. We do this from time to time where the staff members in a particular part of the world all meet up to do some face-to-face work and play. I love that we do these meet-ups and always look forward to seeing everyone and catching up. Owning an online company has it’s perks but I always prefer hanging out with people in person.


Get Comfortable At Being Uncomforatble

Throwing a heavy pack on and trekking around in a torrential downpour at night might seem like a very unpleasant way to train for an upcoming hike. However, sometimes the worst conditions can provide the best learning experiences if you’re willing to let go and open up to the opportunity.


The One Big Thing

Do one thing every day that makes you uncomfortable. 

That last sentence sums up this entire article and you could even stop reading this post right now. You’d miss out on some other good stuff but if you’re pressed for time, then just be sure to get uncomfortable every day. It’s good for you.


Focus On The Exit

How much time do you spend refining how you exit a hold? Being able to exit a hold or movement with control allows you the option to flow seamlessly into something else. Practice it enough and you’ll find that it’ll also open up pathways to other exit options that you wouldn’t have considered.


2019 Jan-March: Training Update

What the hell have you been up to, Ryan?

Glad you asked! I’ve been having a lot of fun lately. Allow me to share.

In a nutshell, there are only a few activities that I really want to spend my time on; hiking and climbing, BJJ, and for a lack of a better name, floor play. You know, that stuff you see me do in all those videos.


Beard Power

Beards have made a huge comeback. Studies on women’s responses to facial hair on men found strong links to perceived manliness and being better dads. Stubble and full beards are generally attractive to the opposite sex. Personally, I’m holding out for a resurgence in chest hair fads. I’m destined for greatness if that ever happens!

The Climbing OG

I was bouldering with some friends at Planet Granite in Sunnyvale, CA. It was a holiday so it was pretty busy, but we found a little bit of wall for ourselves and got to working on a problem together. While grappling with this wall, a man that I would guess to be in his fifties came over to do the same.