How fitness changed my life and a full-body equipment-free workout

Happy Monday,

I “found” fitness when I was twenty-two years old.

At the time, I was struggling — a lot. I was lost, hopeless, and disillusioned with life. At that point, I had tried and failed at so many life paths that didn’t fit, I felt like I had failed as a human being.

I started with a single push-up. That push-up changed everything for me.

Before fitness, I believed that everything about myself was fixed, from my physical abilities to my personality. Fitness showed me that I could have a say in the person I was becoming and some control over the direction my life was taking.

Remaking myself from a person who had no obvious athletic abilities into someone who identifies as an athlete made me wonder what else I could do to shape myself — and my journey.

Fitness helped me learn to believe in myself. It taught me how to set and achieve impossible-seeming goals. More than anything, it taught me to take risks, to give something my all — and to try.

Has fitness changed your life in a profound or meaningful way? I’d love to hear your story! You can reply directly to this email to get in touch.

What I’m reading —

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

A fascinating and optimistic look into the technological trends that are likely to shape the next 30 years and transform our lives.

What I’m reading (article) —

The more intensely you exercise, the bigger and stronger your brain grows — even in old age / Brain Tomorrow

“Study authors say that with more intense physical activity, the larger the brain regions actually were in volume and thickness of cortex.”

If this isn’t a reason to work out hard, I don’t know what is!

A quote that inspires me — 

“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You have to set yourself on fire.” —  Fred Shero

What I’m training —

Here’s a full-body routine you can do with no equipment and very little space. No excuses! Try it out and let me know how it goes.

Three new workouts —

Bodyweight Blaster HIIT Workout (12 minute, equipment-free)

Throw + Swing HIIT Workout (12 minute, kettlebell, medicine ball)

225 Rep Calisthenics Challenge Workout (Time challenge, pull-up bar, dip bar)

You can get these and all future workouts right in the 12 Minute Athlete app when you subscribe as a Super Athlete.

Questions? Feedback? Content requests?

Please feel free to reply directly to this email if you have any questions or comments (yes, I am a real human). I get a lot of emails and messages, so I can’t reply to all of them, but I do read everything you guys send me!

Dream bigger!

– Krista

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