Excercise-500x450Without some activity every day your muscles start to close up shop. Sitting in the workplace every day literally starts your nervous system shutting down big muscle groups for lack of use. That kind of imbalance can lead to soreness, stiffness, injury, lack of energy, even illness.

Humans are born to move. It is written in our DNA. The health of our bodies fundamentally changes based on how much we move or sit still. Take a look around, as we modernize, we move less and our health suffers.

When you move, your whole system lights up. You feel strong, alive, energized, and ready to take on anything. Your confidence is boosted and you see the world in a whole new light.

Most people think that if they do not have an hour to exercise, it isn’t worth doing anything at all. “Doing nothing at all” becomes their habit. If you’ve got 10 minutes, you’ve got no excuse. In the Whole Life Challenge, 10 minutes a day is all it takes to start the habit of taking it as far as you want.

Antoine de Saint Exupery said, “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.” We don’t ask you to take many steps, but we do ask you to take the next one. The rest is up to you.

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.