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It’s been a challenging 2 weeks for me. A lot of self reflection. A lot of disappointment. A lot of hard conversations (which I’m grateful for). A lot of reading, researching, learning, and growing. What has occurred over the past few weeks has allowed me to see even as a black man in America I had been “asleep at the wheel”. I was personally only concerned with me, my immediate family and friends, those close to me. I wasn’t learning or doing anything for others, specifically in the matters of police brutality, incarceration, injustice to minorities. The more I learn and see clearly, the more I realize these are things that should have been on my mind and heart all along. For that, I have some thoughts to share.
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Our bodies are designed and meant to move and be used. The more convenient our lives become through technology the less and less we connect our bodies to the earth, to nature and to movement that requires us to run, jump, fight, play, climb, crawl, hike, and even walk. These are all essential patterns we should seek daily, weekly, yearly and throughout our lifetime. Yet, we find ourselves leading almost a completely sedentary lifestyle after we age out of mandatory physical education classes unless you are an athlete in high school or college. I know, I know, many of you reading this blog are saying “But Adrian, I love to workout, that is why I use FNX products and even why I’m an ambassador.” But what if I told you that still isn’t enough?
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Someone once asked me this for real. It was a random fitness interview one of the years I was blessed enough to be going to the CrossFit Games. The question was, “If you could only do 1 exercise for the rest of your life to stay in top shape, what would you choose?”. It actually didn’t take me much time to answer this question. Immediately my mind went to the checklist I think about when selecting exercises in general. What can I do with weight? What movement makes a large load travel a long distance and quickly? And what also can create some cardiovascular gains if I did it in high volume and not just for maximal loading? The answer I came to was the Thruster. I know, awful.
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The stronger your hands the harder you are to kill. Ok, so it’s not that simple and this certainly isn’t what this blog post is about. But there is no coincidence that grip is a high indicator when we look into evidence reflecting one's overall strength capacity. Your grip is the strongest correlate of your body's overall strength capacity. Again, it’s not the only thing, but it is something to consider and think about.
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I have personally grown up playing team sports my whole life. I love them. To me there is something magical about combining a diverse group of people and creating the ability to chase or embody a common purpose. The more like minded and selfless the members of the team, the greater the success I’ve had in my experiences. Team sports have always been more impactful on my life and in memories vs. individual sports because of the ability to have shared experiences with others. The ability to recall a time, place, game, training session, meal, whatever it is, with someone else is powerful and also unifying. As I think back to times of either great victory or terrible strife I also think about those who were with me in those moments fighting, working, pushing, helping, striving for the win and never giving up no matter what. Not everyone has these memories as we didn’t all grow up playing team sports and for some of us that did maybe those memories aren’t that fond. Not everyone has had great coaches or great teammates as peers. All of this is why we have Team FNX. This is why we have the chance to invite people to be a part of something bigger than just themselves and be an ambassador for our cause. 

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