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Steve Weatherford Episode I: Reflection

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“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.” - Seneca, philosopher

Like most people on the planet, I’m sure you saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend. Predictably, the movie broke box office records and attracted several generations of Star Wars fans to the theaters dressed as their favorite characters. It was the seventh movie in the franchise, appropriately named “Episode VII.”

We are about to embark on a new ritual for this blog. As we turn the page on 2015, we will begin to share more insight from our partner Steve Weatherford. Steve is a Super Bowl champion, father of four, philanthropist, fitness maniac, health buff, and a relentlessly fashion-conscious man. He’s a lover of many things, including our Core Flytes, which he uses every day as a key part of his famous workouts.

This new ritual will be a monthly post about Steve’s insights on health, wellness, fitness, and anything else we think you’ll be interested in reading. Each month, we’ll share Steve’s perspective on a new topic or theme.

For today’s post, we are reflecting on the past.

I worked out with Steve last week in New Jersey. I think I held my own with the Core Flyte exercises which we both loved. And then we focused on Steve’s intense “back day” routine, a series of high-rep sets that focus squarely on the lats. My lats have just now recovered! During our workout, Steve shared his thoughts with me.

What would you say to your 15-year-old self?
Weatherford: “Stay focused. This is a long… long journey. Surround yourself with positive people who are hungry and who have big dreams the same way you are. Don’t worry about what people are saying about you now. Have a vision for yourself and trust that you will get there.”

Steve is now a massive man, standing 6’ 2” and topping the scales at well over 200 pounds of pure muscle. It’s hard to believe, however, that at age 15 he was 5’ 7” and about half his current weight… 108 pounds soaking wet. He says he had “little man syndrome,” which motivated him to work even harder to compete in sports at the highest level.

What’s something you’ve learned in the last year that’s totally changed your life?
Weatherford: “Never take for granted your health. Never take for granted family. Never take for granted opportunity… I learned this because of my injuries, the birth of my daughter, and a near-fatal car crash.”

To say that 2015 was an emotional, rollercoaster of a year for Steve is an understatement. His wife Laura gave birth to the couple’s fourth child, J.J., in June. Less than 36 hours later, Steve was nearly killed when his car was totaled on the New Jersey Turnpike while driving to Giants training camp. He battled through injuries and was finally let go by the Giants prior to the start of the season, upsetting dedicated fans in the Tri-State area.

If you had to do it all over again and couldn’t play football what would you do?
Weatherford: “I’d be a Navy SEAL. I think being a Navy SEAL would give me the opportunity to use my God-given athletic ability for something more than just entertainment… to protect the country, to protect our freedoms.”

This wasn’t a total shock. Steve is obviously in great shape and works hard to stay that way. He’s also very committed to supporting our troops. Steve makes significant contributions to philanthropic causes, and giving back to the military and their families is one of his greatest passions.

If there are specific topics you’d like to hear Steve’s thoughts on, please let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comment section below. One thing I can tell you for sure is that we won’t be labeling each of these blogs by episode number! So, if you have ideas for a cool name for Steve’s monthly blog please share them!

Be Flyte Fit,

Jeremy Greenberg
Co-Founder & CEO
Flyte Fitness

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