Lifestyle-500x450It’s a jungle out there. Without any focus on the intangible aspects of our lives—connection to others, an ability to be present in the moment, our experience of fulfillment—we can get trapped in a race to an unattainable finish line at a pace that only increases as time goes on.

The state of our body gets most of the credit when it comes to our health. Yet our experience of life is not made up only of nutrition and exercise habits. We are more than flesh and blood and paying attention to the experience of being alive goes a long way to improving well-being.

Adopting simple practices—slowing down, mindfulness, clearing clutter, performing acts of kindness—can have a profound affect on your health and well-being. Taking moments to appreciate your life exactly as it is now is as important as planning for well-being in the future.

The Lifestyle Practices are given to give you a taste of what’s possible in your life. We ask you focus on what might fulfill you by introducing practices that ask you to intentionally participate in activities that can elevate your satisfaction. The practices are designed to help you understand that no matter what you want, your life takes practice.

The elements that comprise your ideal life are not fantasies. They are the real-deal practices that make you happy, connect you to people, and make you the authentic you now. Creating the life you want is not a matter of chance: It requires choice, and it takes action.

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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.