Tag Archives: Fitness

Be Humble

“Have fun. I just have fun with the kids. Just talk to them. Most people don’t let these kids talk, they talk for them. So I just talk to them and try to find out what they like.” ~ Coach Jordan on how he approaches getting the best out of his athletes.

Be Humble… the words Jordan Matulevich, coach and owner of Be Humble Gym, first heard when trying to come up with a name for the new training facility he was dreaming up in his head. Quite a fitting name considering the humble beginnings Jordan came up from.



After battling addiction and living through some of the hardest times that addiction can bring, Jordan managed to come out on the other side a winner, but now that he had made it there, he wanted to find a way to give back. Jordan found himself coaching as a volunteer for special needs athletes but when the event was over it wasn’t for Jordan.

For a lot of disabled athletes competing in the games means training begins and ends when the events do. Jordan wanted to provide something more than just a few months of activity for the kids who were competing and thus, Be Humble Gym was born.

Starting out with just a handful of athletes Be Humble Gym has grown to host nearly 30 disabled athletes and continues to grow in size. It’s not just the training that Jordan offers that makes Be Humble Gym a great place for these athletes to train, it’s what Jordan brings to the table in terms of coaching that really sets the Be Humble Gym apart.

When I asked Jordan what he feels is the right strategy and approach to coaching each of his kids, whose disabilities can range from amputees to severe autism, he said, “Have fun. I just have fun with the kids. Just talk to them. Most people don’t let these kids talk, they talk for them. So I just talk to them and try to find out what they like.”

Advertisements

Jordan stresses how important it is that when the kids come to his gym they feel comfortable right away. From the topics they talk about to the music they play in the gym, each athlete steps into the gym and owns the place. If the Spongebob Squarepants theme song is what one of the athletes loves to listen to, it’s what’s blasting on the gym speakers as they train.

And not all of Jordan’s athletes can compete in every event. This means that each of his coaching methods must be adapted to suit the athlete and their specific needs but Jordan has no problem doing just that for each and everyone of them. Jordan says it’s more about building confidence than it ever is about trying to lift more weights.

In the example he gives me, one of his athletes can only perform the bench press. So they head down to the gym, they hit the bench press, and then they spend the rest of their training session hanging out and talking about anime. For a lot of these kids, coming to see Jordan isn’t just about training, it’s about coming to see and hang out with one of their best friends.

So where is Be Humble Gym going and what’s next for Jordan and his athletes? Staying humble and keeping at it. Jordan envisions a bigger gym and more equipment so that he can continue to provide exercises for the athletes and their specific needs. Not every kid can bench, not every kid can squat, not every kid can do every exercise. This makes it incredibly important that Jordan provide a wide variety of equipment for each his athletes.

Advertisements

It also means that the Be Humble Gym needs as much support as we can provide and the great news is there are a ton of ways to provide it. For starters, grabbing a Be Humble Gym t-shirt and helping raise awareness goes a long way. The gym also has an open GoFundMe page and donations go right back into the gym and the athletes to continue to provide them a place to grow their strength, speed, and confidence.

Check out the Be Humble Gym and show some support for our local athletes! You can also follow along with coach and his athletes on Facebook and Instagram or click the button below to make a donation.



The One Trick to Getting in Shape

There is one very simple trick to getting in shape.

It’s not a new workout program or diet. It’s not waking up early in the morning or hitting the gym twice in one day. It’s actually a mental battle that we fight every day and the trick is in winning that battle.

The problem most people face when it comes to working out is that they get incredibly motivated and hyped, they get all fired up, and they tell themselves, “I’m going to start going to the gym everyday after work.

And most of the time they do… but sometimes they don’t. Those that do inevitably face the same challenge that plagues them every time they start on this journey. They get to the gym, they get in a good workout, maybe even they go again the next day and the day after that.

photo cred: Cathy Pham

Then it happens… they have that bad day. The day where they stop going to the gym. Maybe they’re really sore or maybe life threw them a curveball. Life gave them a bad day and when it was time to go to the gym, they just couldn’t make it happen. Instead, they took a rest day telling themselves they’ve earned it.

Then one rest day turns into two. Two becomes three, three becomes five… and pretty soon they haven’t gone to the gym for a week…

This happens every year on New Years for thousands of people. Literally thousands of people get all fired up and excited to change themselves and a lot of times they can get started but eventually the majority of them will burn out. What these people fail to understand is that they are actually doing great. They are actually doing so incredibly good that they don’t realize it and what happens is that they make this one mistake.

Advertisements

They let perfectionism win out over accountability. What I mean by that is that instead of showing up at the gym and doing a shit workout, they tell themselves that since they don’t have it in them to go hard that day, that they shouldn’t go at all. This is the point at which they fail and so here is the one trick to making your workout work.

Just show up.

Just show up to your workout even if you do it half ass and you only do one repetition at a fraction of your normal workload. Showing up and being accountable, even if it’s at a half ass rate, is still more effective to getting in shape than not showing up and eventually quitting.

Advertisements

What most people don’t understand is that fitness is a part of life. It’s not something you do for six weeks and then never do again. It’s something that is a part of your life every day. You live it. And sometimes you have bad days. Too many people let one bad day decide the rest of their future. Stop giving yourself a day off and show up to your workout.

Show up and do the shittiest workout you have ever done.

Just.

Show.

Up.

And if you need some extra motivation watch my really shitty YouTube video on showing up…

…and then jump over to my Instagram for some higher quality videos with even more tips!

7 More Tips to Achieving your Fitness Goals

Week two of daily fitness tips. Here’s a weekly recap on those tips. If you want to get them every morning keep up with us on Instagram and Facebook!

Day 8: Invest in Yourself

Day 9: Rockets Need Rocket Fuel

Day 10: Find Role Models

Advertisements

Day 11: Find an App to Help

Day 12: Set a Due Date

Day 13: Stop saying, ‘Should’ start saying, ‘HAVE To’

Advertisements

Day 14: Be Grateful

7 Tips to Achieving your Fitness Goals

I’ve recently started sharing daily tips on reaching your fitness goals. Here’s a weekly recap on those tips. If you want to get them every morning keep up with us on Instagram and Facebook!

Day 1: Just Show Up!

Day 2: Little Victories

Day 3: Powerful Why’s

Advertisements

Day 4: No Rest For the Wicked

Day 5: Why You Don’t Have Enough Time

Day 6: Do What You Want To Do

Advertisements

Day 7: Compete

The Workout That Works

Day 1: How to make Working Out, Workout

“Service to others,

is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”

 — Muhammad Ali

There is soooooo much information out there on exercising, fitness, and health. And it’s so much of the same, over-and-over…

There are literally thousands of workout programs, some you see on tv and in ads, some you see on Instagram or YouTube. There’s people selling new equipment, new programs, bikes, weights, bands… it just goes on and on and on…

And how many of those new programs or new pieces of equipment have stuck with you day in and day out? How many of them have you started and you’re still doing to this day? How many of them were life changing?

Advertisements

If you answered none, that’s okay. None were life changing for me either. I’ve tried the programs, I’ve tried the equipment, I’ve done the things… and while I still had success when doing them, eventually… I stopped doing all of them.

But what if you could do something different? What if instead of being sold a new program or being sold a new piece of equipment… what if instead… someone actually shared some advice on how to make ANY work out program stick? What if I told you that you could pick any work out, from any source, and make it stick? You know, actually reach your fitness goal?

That’s what I’m offering. A new way to look at fitness, diet, and exercise. There’s nothing to buy, I won’t try to sell you a video or $300 dollar machine. I won’t tell you to do 500 pushups or to try and run a marathon. I won’t ask you to spend 4 hours a day at the gym to get the results you want.

What I’m offering is information that will help you take any workout program and make it work. Any system, any style, any type of training… and make it work. Not for a day, not for a week, but for good.

Advertisements

And you can do it with any life style. I know because I’m doing it working full-time, with 3 kids and a dog, while writing this blog, and still getting to the gym.

So if you’re interested in finally making a change. If you’re tired of promising yourself that January 1st is ‘going to be a new you‘ and you don’t want to relive another 2020 then come check out my first piece of advice:

Day 1: How to make Working Out, Workout

How to Have the Worst Workout

You know that feeling you get right before you know you need to go do your workout? Maybe it’s in the morning when your alarm is going off or maybe it’s right after work at 5 o’clock.

And you think about the day you had at work and you’re just like, “damn today was rough” or “I didn’t sleep for shit last night…” and you tell yourself that you’ll just skip today’s workout but you promise, you PROMISE you’ll get tomorrow’s workout in.

And then tomorrow comes, the stars are still not aligned, you think about how much of a pain in the ass your workout is… and you skip again. And again. And pretty soon you’re right back where you started, sitting on the couch, wishing you could figure out how to get your act together and questioning why the hell you can’t seem to make working out, work out.

photo cred: Bruno Nascimento
Advertisements

I’ve been there. I’ve been in those shoes. I’ve got three kids ranging from 1 to 15 years old. I know what it’s like to be out of gas. I know what it’s like to have a crazy busy day at work or to not get any sleep at night. I walk in those shoes almost every single day.

BUT here’s the trick.

Go have the shittiest workout that you can.

Literally… half-ass put on your workout gear, don’t even go to your gym if you don’t want to, and do 1% of your workout.

Do 1 pushup or 1 squat or 1 crunch. Walk 1 set of stairs or do 1 jumping jack.

Do 1% of your workout.

Because the real key to success in anything that you do is showing up. Showing up is like 90% of the difference maker. If you show up every. single. day… even if you do it in a shitty way, you’re already out performing 90% of the people you know.

How many people do you know that go to the gym every single day? How many people do you know that workout, every… single… day…?

If you just show up, even if it’s at 1%, you’re already 1% better than you were before.

Just show up.

Just go do it.

photo cred: Jonathan Borba
Advertisements

Go have the worst workout you can possibly have and do it every day. I promise you, if you do this, if you show up, even when you don’t want to. Your workout will stick. It will stick because you won’t see it as this huge unclimbable mountain anymore. It’ll stick because you know how easy it can be to do 1 pushup or 1 situp. It’ll stick because you’ll make showing up a habit and habits die hard.

So go do your workout today. Go do your 1%. The stars are not going to be aligned for you every single day. You are not going to feel 110% every single day. It just doesn’t work like that so stop trying to make it work like that.

Show up, do 1% and then show up again tomorrow. Keep showing up.

Mary Byron Games 2020 Success!

After 6 weeks of running every morning, today was the day I was finally able to Compete! In total we raised over $14,000 dollars!! Team Joshua was able to contribute $2,500 dollars on the nose to that total. Thank you to everyone who donated, helped, sponsored, and supported me.

A Big Thanks to…

  • My Mom, Dad, Joe, & Kim – You guys are my #1 supporters!
  • The Yates Real Estate Team & Family! ~ Thanks Clay and Jenna
  • My Brother Justin and Sister In-law Emily!
  • Studio 6 Hair Salon!
  • Pat Lankswert
  • 217 Problems
  • Theresa Voyles
  • Aaron Hatfield and all of the Hatfield Family for their support!
  • Barbara Hatfield
  • Teri Hatfield
  • Big thanks to Geri & Frank Ramirez
  • Jonah Grimes
  • Craig Schmidt
  • Greg Steiner
  • and The Stephen
  • Erik Baught
  • Mike & Michelle Stratton
  • Tyler VanderMeersch
  • Megan Livesay
  • Mike Davis
  • Jeff Byal
  • Aurora Coffee
  • Shout out to my scraping buddies Javier Lozano, Pedro Monzon, Juan Romero, & Carlos Varela!
  • My Aunt Sonja
  • Krish Sastry
  • Nadia Ferguson
  • And The Ritters!