Interview with John Brookfield, Founder of Battling Ropes System and so much more


I had the great honor of interviewing John Brookfield, a long time friend of mine, but moreover a man with exceptional physical, mental, and spiritual prowess!

I underestimated him the first time I met him, and was immediately humbled, by quite possibly the most humble man to ever achieve so many world records and physical feats.

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Here are just a few:

  • Inventor of The Battling Ropes Training System
  • Author of several fitness and spiritual books
  • Trainer, mentor, and coach to thousands of people and athletes, including the Special Forces, NFL, and Perform Better Trainers
  • John pulled a truck weighing 24,000 pounds a distance of one full mile in one hour and 23 minutes. The mile pull was done without the use of any pulling ropes.
  • John rolled up one-quarter mile of steel nonstop in 59 minutes. The world record was done by using 62 twenty-foot steel bars, which were 9/16" in diameter. Each bar was laying on the...
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The Secret to Feeling Better, AND Seeing Results - The Answer May Surprise You - By: Ethon Burns

aaron guyett ethon burns May 19, 2020

Scouring through fitness articles, social media posts and fitness click bait, I keep seeing titles on “Training over 40”. What is so special about 40? Why is training over 40 different? What if I were to tell you that if everyone, at all training ages, trained like they were over 40 they would be healthier, happier people when they actually reached 40? Let's take at look! 


If you are in the age range of over 40 and you’re athletic (or at least been working out regularly) you probably started when you were in your late teens or early 20’s. At that time, everyone knew exercise was important for a healthy lifestyle and developing a more aesthetically pleasing exterior, but the information provided was fairly sparse. The internet was either non existent or very new and you got your info from magazines or from gym rats who were next up the chain of the aesthetically pleasing. Most were on a steady diet of Whey Protein and Bro Science. Monday rolls...

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Mindset to Overcoming Life’s Challenges, By Coach Q

Mindset to Overcoming Life’s Challenges

By: Q. Pullen aka QtheCoach 

The tag word “Mindset” is the hashtag of the day.

To understand Mindset, I’ve broken down the compound word into its two segments.

The 'mind' is defined as the set of thinking faculties. When we examine those factors, the summation is our consciousness, perception, judgement, and emotion.

'Set,' however, has 25 references for its definition but for our purposes we will use “To establish as the highest level of performance”.

Mindset is establishing the highest level of performance in your consciousness, perception, judgement, and emotion.

So how do we apply this to our daily lives to overcome life’s challenges?


Looking at the four factors of the mind lets discuss how to implement, SET those factors to their highest level of performance.

Consciousness is the awareness of one's surroundings. Having a high level of consciousness means allowing ourselves to stay...

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Top 10 Body Weight Exercises to Boost Your Metabolism with Kaitlin Heaney, plus Interview


Looking for a way to give your body a metabolic jumpstart without any equipment?

Look no further!

Here are 10 fun and effective moves to get the heart rate up while working the entire body.

These short bursts of exercise can boost your body’s EPOC (Excessive Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption), or to put it simply- they create an AFTERBURN!

So, you’ll continue to burn calories hours after training! 

The Workout (video above):

We are going to try to work as many muscles in the body as we can, so expect to use multiple limbs and move in multiple planes! Our goal is to work for 30 seconds at a high intensity followed by 20 seconds of complete rest. Complete at least one round! 

*Remember, while we do want to work at a higher intensity and speed, keep your focus on controlling each movement over anything else. Clean form is our number one priority! 


X Jack Squats: Start with legs hip width apart, gripping the floor with your feet and allowing the...

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Jesse Grund, Owner of Unconventional Strength, Instructor with TRX, and Level 4 Battle Ropes Coach

aaron guyett jesse grund Apr 28, 2020

Jesse Grund is a husband, father, gym owner, Level 4 member, Head of Physical Programming for Boulder Crest (a ptsd to ptg veteran and first responder program).

It was an honor to interview him for Living.Fit, and get to know who he is, what he does, how he does it, and why he does it a little better.

To listen to the whole interview, subscribe below.

Unconventional Strength - A Training Gym in Orlando Florida

As a gym owner he has been able to pivot and help out most of his clientele during this time in quarantine. His value has been driven by his connection, programming, and coaching skills. He was able to immediately pivot and save his business. Find out more about it, and obtain a supportive, encouraging and developing group in Level 4.

If you are looking for a highly educated and very experienced coach in the Orlando area, look no further than Jesse Grund at Unconventional Strength.

An Educator in Multiple Realms

Jesse Grund understands the value of mentorship. He also...

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The Freeman Method - The Power of the Mind

david freeman Apr 20, 2020

By: David Freeman

Take a moment and think about your breathing. As you inhale, be aware of all the things you are grateful for and what you cherish, now I want you to exhale, exhale out doubt, fear and hate as all of these things cloud your mind from working optimally daily.

We have place the full-length interview on this public blog article. Normally, to listen to David Freeman's interview on the 3 E's with Aaron Guyett, our Education Director you would sign up for free with your email below. We have loads of valuable content just like this here as well.

With that said, let's dial into the power of the mind and what elements bring your daily focus to life. My personal mission in life is to connect people to their greater purpose here on earth. I tap into what I have coined as the 3 E’s. The 3 E’s have been in existence for me since 2007 when I found a deeper meaning to my life while being isolated in France playing the sport I love, football. Understanding who you are...

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Aaron Guyett talks Habits, Rituals, and Discipline on Mike Robertson's Physical Preparation Podcast

aaron guyett Apr 17, 2020

I had the incredible pleasure and honor to be interviewed by Mike Robertson on his Physical Preparation Podcast.

We talked about fitness and we talked about battle ropes and we talked about programming/coaching.

But we also talked about leveling up as a human, and improving our walk no matter what path you are on.

Mike Roberston does such an incredible job of asking great questions, and evoking the deep and valuable information from his interviewees.

I was already impressed by his style of podcast, and his writing style, that I have been listening to him and reading his stuff for the last 5 years or more.

I was ecstatic to learn that he wanted me to come on his show to speak into some of the experience that I have been able to glean as a serial business creator, a father, a husband, a Marine, and a leader of leaders.

Thank you again, Mike Robertson for this incredible opportunity!

 Check out the podcast here:

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Taking Back Control of Your Brain During a Pandemic

aaron guyett jason dolby Apr 14, 2020

Proactive vs Reactive

If we begin the day reactively, it is quite easy to fall into a higher state of stress and anxiety.  Especially during a worldwide pandemic. Starting the morning off by immediately turning on the news in anticipation of learning something else horrific, reading through emails, or frantically responding to text messages is NOT good for your brain.

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Your brain just basically sees threat, no threat, or uncertainty.  And unfortunately, our brains pretty much see uncertainty the same as they see threat.  

During this Covid-19 outbreak, there seems to be more global uncertainty than anything else.  Which equals quite a bit of threat response and cortisol(stress hormone) dumping from our brains.  Whether it’s potentially life-threatening health risks, the...

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Jimmy Walker: Battle Ropes Level 4 Member, MSP Gym Owner and Incredible Community Advocate

aaron guyett battle ropes Apr 07, 2020

I have the great honor of calling Jimmy Walker a friend.

I was able to interview him, and talk about all the value he is bringing to the world around him. subscribe below and check out the Living.Fit Podcast with him.

He is a husband, father, community advocate, gym owner, combat athlete trainer, athletic coach, and a Level 4 members.

For those of you that don't know, Living.Fit offers two certification courses for battle ropes and two certification courses for kettlebells, Fundamentals and Advanced.

We also undergird those courses, by offering 4 levels of continuing education.

Jimmy Walker has gone through all of our courses and levels, and is a contributing member of our Level 4, so we decided to share some of the reason why he rises to the top.

Community Advocate

Jimmy is deeply involved with the members of his community in the greater Chicago area, from helping the elderly to giving his time to local elementary schools and high schools.

His insatiable appetite for service comes...

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5 Keys to Body Weight Workouts in Small Spaces


Looking to get a good workout, but you are limited on space?

The above video breaks down how to build a sandbag or create an external load, so you can still do pull movements (which are difficult to do with just your body and the ground...we will be sharing some great routines later, if you have a pull-up bar).

Now let's get into the 5 keys to body weight workouts.


Make sure you are doing a solid warm-up routine.

If you subscribe to this blog, you can get access to the whole workout video and coaching, which begins with the lunge matrix and arm-drivers as an incredible 7 minute warm-up.

Warm-ups are used to prepare the body and mind for the work that will be done. The lunge matrix I have chosen, does an incredible job using dynamic and complex movement patterns to align the body and the mind together. It also literally warms up the body, muscles, soft tissues, and nervous system, so you can move easier while decreasing the chance for injury.

Warm-ups also...

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