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Do you remember back in 2004 when Bill Clinton had quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery? It’s no coincidence that he slept only about five hours a night in the years leading up to this.
The human body can put up with a lot. We can suffer. We can make it through BUD/S and being a Navy SEAL for three or four years. We can make it through boot camp. Just go to see the movie Unbroken, and you will see just how much the human body can endure.
“You can ride the human-being hard and put it away wet like a horse. You can. You just can’t always do that.”
This quote is straight out of my interview with Kelly Starrett, who is the founder of MobilityWOD.com and the author of Becoming a Supple Leopard and Ready to Run. No one is more proficient on the subject of full-body integration and mobility than Kelly Starrett.
During this interview, Kelly takes the definition of “badass” and flips it on its back.
“It’s not enough to exercise,” he says. “You have got to sleep. You have got to drink enough water. You have got to develop a practice around maintenance of your body. You have got to learn how to move right.”
Your body is one big system. Deciding to just “go hard” in the gym—taking one piece in isolation—won’t work. Kelly uses this analogy: It’s like having wheels but not having a steering wheel.
“We’re such fans of the Whole Life Challenge,” he says. “We’re doing it in our gym, and I think it’s such a simple idea. There are so many moving pieces for people. Once you see how simple it is to make these little changes, you have no idea how much better your life can get.”