Let’s face it…The Frog is challenging for most every person who has ever had the nerve to get on it and really give it a shot, and it seems that our 100 yard Frog Challenge has only been completed by one person so far. Why then would anyone want to make it even harder than it already is?
Well, I guess I just enjoy a challenge. After Joel Metzger and I Frogged up the banks of the Mississippi I’ve been obsessed of taking my Frog and training with it anywhere I can, almost like “Where’s Waldo”. I’ve Frogged in multiple States and also in Hong Kong and Mainland China but when I took it up this long ass hill, I quickly realized I may have bit off more than I could chew.
One day while driving west on the 78 Freeway in Vista California I noticed a rather long and steep hill and quickly thought to myself, “I’m gonna Frog up that”! A few days later there I was and quickly thought to myself, “why am I here”? Me and my buddy Tony put the Frog together and off I went up the 275 yard 45% incline.
From the first extension I realized how challenging this hill idea actually was. It takes so much more focused effort because you don’t want the wheels to slide, you have to move steadily, slowly and carefully. All of this taxes your body probably 10X more than on a flat surface.
The beauty of the hill challenge is every single one is different and that makes the opportunities for challenging workouts endless…it’s just really a matter of how challenging you want to make your workout.
I’ve been steadily using The Frog for about 7 months now and no two workouts have been the same, and realizing that hills are an option and hard as hell…it only excites me even more excited to find unique and challenging ways to use my Frog.
When Jack & Jill went up the hill they were fetching a pail of water. When I went up the hill on The Frog I was searching for that same pale, plus some oxygen, and a ride back down.
Over the years my opinion as to how much proper nutrition plays a role living in a lean healthy body has changed. I used to tell people that “eating clean” was 70% of the equation, then later it rose to 80% and now that I have a better understanding of the importance of proper nutrition I’m saying it’s 100%.
I think most people don’t dig deep enough into the true healing power of food, and I think this is a direct result of looking at nutrition simply as a means to an end to “getting ripped” and not how eating clean, fresh, “whole foods” can actually heal your body from maladies that are too often self induced by doing the opposite…eating bad, sugary, processed, packaged junk.
Truth be told, there are countless people living in skilled nursing facilities for illness like diabetes, kidney failure, heart disease and more and not all of them need to be there, they are there because of bad choices. It’s sad but true!
I’ve seen many people, who have been diagnosed with illnesses like adult onset diabetes, because of how they ate, heal themselves by simply following sound advice and simply changing what they ate. Food is a powerful drug that can be used to hurt or heal.
We need to get away from the focus aesthetics in regards to what we eat and get more interested in the cellular response of the food we consume. If you take this approach and think to yourself, “what is happening internally when I eat this?” “How will this affect my health if I eat that?”
Here’s the sad truth however…We live in a day and age where it’s so convenient to eat bad food because there are large, well financed corporations that make sure of that. Call it a conspiracy theory if you want, but slick advertising, nutritionally void “value meals” and the like are making our country unhealthy at a very fast pace and the evidence is all around us.
Just look at people when you are out in public. Be observant of what they are consuming, how they look and notice the energy levels and attitudes. I personally think you can fix a bad attitude with proper nutrition. I really do. I personally believe you can heal many illnesses with whole natural food. I honestly feel you can change, not just your body, but your entire life if you choose to think about what you are putting in your body and understand that nutrition can truly be the key to you living in your healthiest body.
I’ve traveled the globe speaking to people about health and fitness and living in their healthiest bodies and no matter where I am I see one common thread….most people, unfortunately, do not take care of themselves! It’s a fact… especially here in the US where we have EVERYTHING available to us, both good and bad.
I always ask people to raise their hands by saying, “who here feel that they are living in their healthiest body?” If I have a room of 50… MAYBE 2 will raise their hands…and truth be told I’m not always raising mine!
I too have times in my life where I am not being a good steward of my most precious gift, my health. Like an alcoholic we need to first be honest with ourselves when we think about that question.
Let me ask you right now… Are you living in YOUR healthiest body RIGHT NOW? If you said “no” then I say “why”?
It’s important that we understand that we only have one body and that when we fill it with bad food, sugary drinks, drugs and alcohol, negative thoughts and empty calories we are only demanding that it gets worse. The body will only respond to what it’s being fed, and how it’s being treated, that’s it. It may take longer for more genetically gifted people to get fat and unhealthy, but eventually, overtime, even the skinniest person with the fastest metabolism will break havoc on their metabolic system if they treat their body with disrespect. It’s simply a matter of time.
That being said, the opposite is true as well and that is the good news. When you treat your body with respect and feed it and treat it properly…even the least genetically gifted person will begin to see results over time…some longer than others.
It’s pretty simple to figure out but it all starts with a desire to live in a healthier body with the main goal being more efficient as we age. It’s not about looking perfect or being some fitness model, that may be a great ancillary benefit that happens as a result, but it’s more about understanding that if you treat your body with respect and are a good steward over that gift, your body will give you it’s best in return by giving you a longer, healthier and more enjoyable existence.
We started to get worried as we heard that many of the title sponsors were backing out of the event due to inclimate weather. The Houston area had been flooding off and on for the past few weeks so nobody really knew what the turnout would be for this first time event called The American Fit Expo.
We pulled our rig in and began to set up in a small ballroom that hosted a prom the last time we were there for The Ironman event, so again we aeren’t really sure if we would get our money’s taking a chance as a title sponsor for the AFE.
We were situated near two of the biggest names in the industry, Kali Muscle and CT Fletcher and we had another big name right in the center of our booth, our spokesman Mike O’hearn with his sidekick Stryker, so the table was set once the doors finally opened Saturday morning at 10 AM with the sun shining none the less.
The crowd started to pour and we began to notice right away that this event would be different than others. You see…the internet was already buzzing with “The Frog” and people were VERY curious to try it instead of walking right past not knowing what the hell it was.
With a viral video that had received over 1M hits in less than 48 hours of a young man completing “The Jadeveon Challenge” (100 yards non stop on The Frog) people were actually really excited to come by and see this thing in person, however many were still intimidated to try it.
As per usual, I was on the microphone challenging people to come in and give it a try. I had every type of person you could imagine tentatively come in and see what the excitement was all about. There was a blind girl who was a paralympian in Judo, a 6’7’ basketball player, parkour practitioners, fitness models, moms, grandpas, entire families, Ninja warrior competitors and of course a bunch of bodybuilders and fitness models… and here is the exciting part…
EVERY SINGLE PERSON LOVED IT!!! If you need proof, watch any of the two dozen or so exciting and funny video testimonials.
If that wasn’t enough, the human leapfrog himself, Cade Cowdin (former D1 linebacker, gym owner and Frog team member) did one of his jumping exhibitions, which even stopped the great CT Fletcher form his flurry of activity, to give Cade a thumbs up as he stood atop a 75” platform after jumping on it in front of a frenzied crowd of onlookers.
As things began to settle late Sunday afternoon, the promoters of the event approached myself and Rich and thanked us for taking a chance on this first time show. “You guys were the first to step up, you had THE MOST exciting booth in the whole show and we would love nothing more than to have you back because EVERYONE is talking about The Frog. We really do think you guys have The Next Big Thing In Fitness” were the marketing director’s words.
When my partner, CEO/Inventor of The Frog signed to be one of the title sponsors of the 2016 North American Ironman Championships I was honestly a bit concerned as to how these “elite” athletes and their coaches would respond to our product.
Don’t get me wrong, I know The Frog kicks everyone’s ass that dares get on it, but these are some of the most conditioned athletes in the entire world. These athletes run a full marathon (26.2 miles) bike 112 miles and swim 2.4 miles….that’s conditioning and I was a little concerned as to how the product we love so much would resonate with this elite group of cardio freaks.
As one would expect many of these competitors were a bit weary to try anything that may cause pain or soreness before such an important qualifying event so we then looked to their coaches for validation of The Frog.
The “Coaches Challenge” was issued as Richard and I addressed the athletes from the platform. We asked questions to the coaches and competitors like
“If you had a fitness product that would give you a competitive advantage would you use it”?
“How do you do a dry swim”
“Is a strong core important to your specific sport”?
The energy went fro “what the hell is The Frog”? To, “I need to at least pass by the booth and see it in action”
As a part of the coach’s challenge we offered a 500.00 prize to whoever won a race…Yes, you can race on The Frog! The coaches lined up, took off, got a fantastic workout…dismounted with a smile and said…..
“My athletes will be training on this thing from now on”!
“I can’t believe how hard I’m breathing after such a short workout”!
“I thought this thing was a joke, but I was way wrong”.
BAM! The validation and acceptance we were looking for happened as a result of knowledgeable, fit, passionate people actually stepping up and trying it and not “judging” it while it sat there doing nothing.
The bottom line is when an athlete, regardless of their physical dominance in their given sport, challenges their body in a way not common to their current protocol…they get stronger, more efficient, cardiovascular conditioning and so much more, especially if it’s The Frog were speaking of.
A proving ground is all any up and coming product needs. A place for the real world to determine whether or not said product deserves any consideration from the demographic you are going after. Well, so far, EVERY proving ground we have delivered The Frog to it has risen to the challenge and that challenge is challenging some of the most fit people on the planet. Let the keyboard warriors say what they will, but we are getting from behind our computers and taking this product anywhere, anytime that anyone wants to put it to the test.
Our only question now is…who will be next and will anyone ever get off it after a few short minutes and say anything other than…”shit, that thing just kicked my ass”!
Could that person be you? Only one way to find out….You feeling Froggy? If so, LEAP!
Serving Those Who Serve US
“You don’t have to ask us twice”, was the sentiment that both Richard Pearce (Frog CEO and Inventor) and myself felt the moment we were invited to Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota this past March.
Myself, being a former Marine, and Rich one of THE MOST patriotic people I know, are quick to jump at any opportunity to support our troops in anyway possible especially introducing them to The Next Big Thing In Fitness …The Frog!
The greeting was amazing, a 4 Star General, one of only 6 in the Air Force was there to greet us as were every other high ranking officer and enlisted men and women. We felt like celebrities and were treated to special privileges like sitting in the cockpit and climbing all over a B1 Bomber. Talking about acting like little boys, we crawled everywhere possible as our hosts looked on thinking , “Oh God, please don’t let anyone fall”!
Once the intros and fun was done it was time to get to work, First we addressed the crowd of over 3,00 enlisted and officers all excited to try The Frog. After I worked pretty hard to get the energy in the room as high as possible I introduced Richard where he opened his heart and explained that we were there strictly to give back and show them a way that we can help increase the fitness of everyone who would be willing enough to try The Frog.
As with most people who are being introduced to The Frog for the first time, they were a bit reluctant to HOP ON ( cute huh) but once they did…the smiles and excitement raised to an entirely different level.
We had races around the track and on the field at the same time. I was calling the races and honestly I felt like I was at Del Mar race track calling the pony’s …”we got the tall skinny guy making a move, but the big black guy is ahead by a nose” Hey, I was having fun too.
As we were thanked by everyone who attended We stood tall with pride joy in our hearts knowing that were in fact serving those who serve us. Being the generous and caring man he is Rich authorized that 3 Frogs be left in the base gym for daily use.
The event certainly won’t be our last as It’s very important to all of us here at Frog Fitness that we actively involved with events like this one. We will travel anywhere that any military institution or First Responders need us. That’s a promise!