My Minimalist Athlete Story

In my late teens and early 20's I used to spend 2 hours per day in the gym.

I would do that 6-7 days per week.

I had a chest day, an arm day, a leg day etc.

And everyday, after I lifted, I would do cardio on the treadmill or elliptical.

I planned and prepped every meal I ate, which was 5-6 per day.

And I took a bunch of supplements as part of my daily regimen.

I was the total opposite of a Minimalist Athlete.

I certainly wasn't a Minimalist...

...I spent 12-15 hours per week at the gym,

...I did tons of sets, reps and exercises for every body part,

...I relied on a bunch of machines and equipment to train,

...I had to take a handful of supplements everyday,

...and I spent most of my waking hours either planning, prepping or eating food.

And I definitely wasn't an Athlete...

...I separated my body into individual parts, like Frankenstein,

...my "cardio" consisted of standing in the same spot and moving my legs until I'd sweat,

...I never used my body the way it was designed - running, jumping, throwing, etc,

...and my joints always ached, my body constantly stiff and hurting.

I was 23 years old, with a broken down body, when I finally realized that my health and fitness routine wasn't improving my health OR my fitness.

How could I be 23, obsessed with fitness, but my body was falling apart?

That question took me on a journey that ultimately led to me becoming a Minimalist Athlete.

As I researched ways to fix my body, I came across the world of kettlebell training.

I was intrigued by this system of training that prioritized mobility, movement and athleticism as much as it did strength, power and conditioning.

So I started training with kettlebells - swinging, squatting, pressing and snatching.

And the more I trained with kettlebells, the leaner, stronger and more athletic I got.

My aches and pains went away and I was shedding body fat that I didn't even know I had.

The way my body felt and performed was unbelievable. 

And I was only spending a couple hours per week with the bells!

I was getting better results with a simple training plan and a simple training tool than I was spending 15 hours a week with an entire gym full of equipment.

This is when I learned the power of minimalism.

Eventually, after getting such great results with minimalist training, I started looking at what else in the world of health and fitness I could simplify.

I started experimenting with stuff like hill sprints, throwing medicine balls, and mobility work.

That's when I realized the power of developing athleticism.

It's not enough to just look good, your body has to be able to perform optimally.

To be able to run, jump, crawl, throw and MOVE.

Through 10 years of experimenting, I started to put the pieces together.

I slowly built a training system that could improve all of the qualities that I thought were important, in a fraction of the time of conventional methods.

I finally became a Minimalist Athlete.

And through this site, I'd like to share these insights with you.

To show you the power of becoming a Minimalist Athlete and taking control of your Strength, Health and Performance.

It's great to have you along for the ride and I look forward to sharing and learning with you. 

In Strength and Health,

Dave

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