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  • Writer's pictureTy Jones


Last weekend, Soupha and I attended the Two-Brain Summit in Chicago. Two-Brain is a gym mentorship company that helps gym owners provide the absolute best product to their members while helping them run a tight ship and to actually be profitable. This is a LOT harder than it sounds. But I digress. The summit showcased several speakers from the functional fitness world. My favorite talk was by Jason Khalipa. Honestly, he impressed the heck out of me. He had just published his new book: "As Many Reps As Possible" and the talk was pulled mainly from that book. While most of the talks for the weekend were on the tactics of gym ownership, Jason's talk was more general in how to be the absolute best you can be at ANYTHING you do in life. Through the years, he has been developing a methodology based on doing an AMRAP workout. When you are in the middle of a difficult AMPRAP workout and you're fighting for maximum reps, there are a lot of lessons to learn about life. Here are just a few that he talks about. And by the way, this is just a summary. Get the book. Listen to it. Read it. However you consume literature.

  1. FOCUS - The thing you are doing requires your attention. Whether that's spending time with your family, working, working out, learning an instrument, etc... We live in a world FULL of distractions. Learn to shut out the noise and focus on the task at hand. You will find yourself far more successful, fulfilled, and have stronger relationships. And for goodness sake, put your phone away when you're with friends or family!

  2. SHIFTING GEARS - Just as important as the ability to focus is the ability to switch focus when it's time. He talked about coming home from work, cell phone in hand. He'd walk into his house and ignore his kids while he continued a work call or looked at numbers. He realized that he needed to shift gears and shift his focus wholly to his family.

  3. BREAK THE BAND - This is a phrase often used in competition. We've all experienced it from one side or the other. Imagine you are running a mile for time. You are in a group of 3 and you're all vying for the lead. When one of you speeds up and pulls away. Mentally, the other two decide at some point that the person that pulled away is a lost cause and that the real race for them has become between each other. Before that person pulled away, it as if all three were connected by an invisible band. But when they pulled ahead, they "broke the band". For the person that pulls ahead, it's a moment of triumph and confidence boost. But for the people left behind, it's kind of soul crushing. The goal in life is the break the band, pull ahead of the pack, and go for the W.

  4. HARD WORK - Jason is not a big fan of life hacks. He is a fan of following a solid methodology, doing it consistently over a long period of time and giving it your all. He is a proponent of the old school thought process that Matt Fraser popularized "Hard Work Pays Off".

It's a relatively short book. It's packed with great advice, life lessons, and some very emotional struggles Jason and his family have endured. Read or listen to the book, it will be worth your time.

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