The repeated performance of an action creates a mental blue print causing the formation of subtle electrical path ways in the brain, somewhat like the grooves in a phonograph record. Your life follows the grooves that you yourself have created in your brain.”— AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA
The Benefits of Martial Arts in My Life
As a child I grew up in rural parts of America feeling like I was different from the other kids. Being small and deathly skinny, my preschool experience was extremely stressful and traumatic. During my formative years I was faced with the usual sources of low self-esteem: disapproving authority figures, preoccupied caregivers, constant bullying, and constant moving from state to state.
It wasn’t until the middle of high school that I began to break free from my insecurities that plagued me for most of my life. I started training in my parent’s basement with free weights and I began learning martial arts through videos. As my physical appearance began to improve so did my emotional state. By the end of high school, I had a really good group of friends that helped me feel popular about myself, and even had the confidence to begin pursuing love interests.
After high school I began taking in-person martial art classes. Martial arts training has been a main stay in most of my adult life. Not having the confidence to stick up for myself or being fearful for my life are only reminders of how far I have come to peace of mind.
How the Corporate Lifestyle Ruined My Body
Before I entered the corporate world, I was an avid Colorado outdoors man. I was extremely active in sport climbing, cycling, hiking, camping, and martial arts. After I moved to Oregon and stepped into the corporate world things slowly started to change. Road-rage and explosive mood-swings became a common theme. All I wanted to do was sleep after my commute home. I started to gain unwanted weight. As time continued to pass, I developed chronic lower-back pain. I was making my family miserable. I looked bad and felt even worse. I realized that I was in desperate need of help.
I returned to martial arts. First in the form of qigong and meditation, which I learned from my father when I was a teenager. My energy level started to come back as my insomnia improved and my stress levels came down. Everything just got better. After a while, I learned that I could no longer train in martial arts like I used to without my back giving out on me. I hit a wall in chiropractic help. I had x-rays and MRI’s, but nothing significant was found to explain my pain. I took it upon myself to figure out my back problems. It took me many years of setbacks, hard work, and a certification in personal training to rid myself of my corporate body.
I am inspired by my life experiences to help people overcome their obstacles and achieve their goals in the pursuit of happiness.
If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”Lewis Carroll
I created Regroove Fitness in the spirit of helping people feel better and improving their lives.