Warrior and Inspiration
For my first blog, I have the luxury of remaining topical while getting nostalgic so long as the focus is on health and fitness somehow someway. For those of you who follow pro wrestling fanatically, and for the rest of you who check the news on Google and Yahoo, you are well aware that The Ultimate Warrior passed away early Tuesday evening. for a frame of reference, there is this:
This may seem silly now, all insane and out of context(don’t worry, even in context, it was insane.) but if you were growing up in the late 80’s and watching wrestling, this was one of the guys you looked up to. A mountain of muscle with the energy, facial expressions and fashion sense of a five year-old. To an entire generation of kids who felt that Hulk Hogan was too much of a Goody Two-shoes and The Macho Man wasn’t crazy enough, there was The Ultimate Warrior, a man who screamed intensity. And hyperbole. And his workout routines. And his thoughts on the weather. The man screamed everything. As he got older, he quit the wrestling business in favor of touring the lecture circuit as a conservative speaker. The equivalent of Iggy Pop running for city council. He was more well known however, for starting up his own website and blogs where he would rant and rave from the relative comfort and safety of a computer where we would come to find out, he kept himself in tremendous shape and all the stuff he was ranting and raving about was about believing in yourself, trying your best, never giving up, and to not let anything or anyone stop you from reaching your goals.
These are ideas no doubt formed under a barbell or squat rack.
That’s me on the left. I ran a Warrior Dash 5k a few years ago and its not hard to figure out why I said yes to this specific event. I grew up with asthma that kept me indoors and away from sports for most of my life. When this opportunity to run three miles for no reason came up, I decided to take a chance and see if I could train hard enough to pull it off. To my surprise, I managed to get into fantastic shape. It was all because i believed that I could, I set a goal for myself, I got it done and as if a sign from “the heavens above” jumped in front of me in the form of this one guy who was inspired enough to wear a Warrior costume and nice enough to take a photo with me; it set me on this path that lead me to you guys now reading this blog as i revel in the fact that I tied it into health and fitness somehow.
His last appearance was on WWE Monday Night Raw where he gave thanks to the fans that believed in what he was doing and whom he credits for his Induction into the company’s Hall Of Fame along with this fitting monologue which his death lends a certain gravitas(to be fair, this is again, all he ever talked about. He lived every day apparently, like it could have been his last).
“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat, his lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper, than something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever.
“You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior.
“In the back I see many potential legends, some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they live with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends as well. I am Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever.”
it is that spirit that i hope to bring to any who read this and decide they need to get in shape. It is with that strength of will that I hope to inspire growth and change. Helping others achieve their goals and spreading the message that everyone is capable of being the spark that leads by example is the essence of Archetype Training. Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you made it this far, I hope it was good reading. Keep checking back for the next blog. I promise it will be of equal or greater value. oh, and, R.I.P Ultimate Warrior