Show Notes:

Intro: if you have been following my Instagram feed lately you will probably have notes I am training for the Tactical Games. My guest today is the man that keeps me from doing anything too stupid in that process – Bryan Everett (Spelling)

Welcome to the syndicast
Bryan’s background:
1. What are your current credentials and where can listeners find you if they want training?
1. DM Bryan on Instagram: @beverett23
2. Current and prior military and first responders can train free provided they are members of Lifetime Fitness
2. Tell us a bit about your journey to where you are now? Sports, military, education, etc.

What is the Tactical Games?

If climbing obstacles, running with a rucksack on, carrying heavy things, and shooting from unconventional positions excites you, than The Tactical Games is for you!

What is the difference between a professional baseball player, pro-football player, or basketball player and a tactical athlete? Professional sports players get an offseason. Tactical athletes, however, are on point 24/7/365 with No Off Season! A Green Beret, SEAL, or Delta Operator doesn’t have the luxury of taking a day off. They don’t get to say, “I’m just not into it today!” They are constantly deploying or preparing to deploy.

Why am I doing this?
Turning 45, set a goal of 15% body fat for my birthday, I want to know what’s possible for myself, I ain’t real bright…

Go over evolution 1
1. Spartan model
2. Weights
Discuss training evolution 2
1. Changes, Pilates
2. Weights
Another episode prior to evolution 3
And after games to discuss the repair season

Current discuss live
Supplements, discuss live

What am I missing? Sleep, rest, recovery techniques like sauna etc.


Speaker: hey everybody, and welcome back to the civic calf. A cool episode for me. If you’ve been watching my Instagram feed lately, you know that I’ve been training for the types of games. My guest today is the man that keeps me from doing anything too stupid in that process. Brian Everett, you’ve been training me for a couple of years now and now we’re dealing with a tactical game.

Speaker: Brian, welcome to the show man. Thanks for having me. We’ve been talking about it for awhile. Yeah, no, well I uh, yeah, I talk about these things for awhile with most people before they happen. It’s just timing. It’s just scheduling is always interesting. You’re a busy guy. I’m a busy guy. Um, so before we jump into this, the, the one, uh, well I’m going to call a cop two plugs we got to do. One is if you get anything out of this, share this shit with a friend. Absolutely. And then the other piece is we’re gonna mention a few things, some supplements, some books, possibly, um, some weight training tools for the house. Um, and if you’re interested in any of that stuff, if you go to, forward slash shop forward slash Hawkeye Ordinance three gun, uh, you’ll find all those recommendations there. Yes, I do make a commission.

Speaker: No, I don’t care what you think about that. All right. So God pay the bills and for my three children, yes, you’re right. Dance is expensive, ungodly expensive, um, and hard on great-grandparents. Yes. I’ll tell you that story. Nighttime. So Brian, tell me like, let’s just, I know I’ve known you for what? We’re three years now, three and training Alpha at, um, cross at lifetime fitness. Yep. So, um, also just if people want to find out how to get ahold of you, what’s the best way to reach you? If they want to reach out for some training here in Minnesota? Uh, email, firstly, first initial, last name, B. Everett, e. V. E. R. E. T. T. Okay. At lifetime dot. Life is an easy way. Okay. Uh, Instagram, be Everett 23. I’m not huge into it. Okay. I’ll play around with it a little bit, but I tried my damnedest to not be on my phone.

Speaker 3: I got it at work. No, I’m going there every once in a while. I’ll go through a spirit where it’s weeks of posting videos on exercise habits, sleep, stress, all those things. Okay, cool. I don’t even, nothing I’ve really delved into a whole lot. I don’t even know if I’m following you right now. You probably aren’t. Okay. Well I’ll handle that. So that’ll all be in the show notes. For those of you that are actually paying attention, I’ll make sure it’s in there. And then, um, before we dive into all the fitness stuff, let’s talk a little bit about like, how did you, how did you end up as a trainer? Like what was your pathway to then, I mean, I know you had sports and military in there somewhere, but give us the like 40,000 foot how you ended up here. A pretty interesting journey.

Speaker 3: Well, at least to me because it’s a 40,000 foot. Yeah. I grew up a avid sportsman in sports and outdoors, uh, always outside as much as possible, which meant not necessarily focusing on school because at the time it was a little boring. Yes. Um, I just needed to my my way and via the u s army and then I found my way. Yeah. I was a very good athlete growing up, so I wasn’t really big into necessarily exercising outside of sports. I was just good at the sports that I played. So a strength and conditioning in the early to mid nineties for pitchers especially was not really on the radar. No. We were, you know, told if you lift too often, you’re going to get tight. You’re not going to be able to, you know, be flexible and all that bullshit. Yeah. Looking back on it, I wish I would have gotten into it, but can’t change anything for the past.

Speaker 3: So for sure a tore my labor and when I was 18 years old, things changed quickly after that. Yeah. And I couldn’t lift my arm above parallel to the ground for a little while. And which Terry, how’d you do that? Oh, just wrestling with a friends and the stupid, honestly, I’d never got injured that I can remember in a game or in sport now a little dinged up, but nothing serious. I’m just wrestling with a buddy that was way too big to be wrestling. Then I slipped and just separated my shoulder. Partially separated it. Right. I was misdiagnosed as just a strain pitched a few weeks later. It didn’t go well after that. I had planned on playing baseball in college. Grades started slipping, parties started happening, you know, that whole route. That’s why the [inaudible] so I planned on taking a year off of school after I graduated high school and decided to go to the u s army.

Speaker 3: Military was always something that was on my mind but hadn’t really been forefront or getting brain injury. Kind of pushed you that direction. Um, looking back on it. Yeah, inadvertently. Sure. Because it changed the route that I may have wanted to take. I didn’t want to go to school when I got done with high school. I wasn’t ready to go to school. I wanted to go play baseball or just party. Yeah. Both of those things weren’t going to be on the table for my father now, so let’s get a job or go to the military. And I chose to go to the military and learn to discipline. Got kicked in the Assabet. I was the worst, worst teenager and young man and I wasn’t, it was just, I just didn’t give a shit about what’s going on that I was, but I was the worst.

Speaker 3: And then I got these two monkeys, one of them still sleeping right now it’s one o’clock in the afternoon. They’re teenagers now. And I find myself being like, I am what? You know, I am. What I didn’t listen to. Oh, absolutely. It’s just terrible. Anyway, you got three kids. I have three daughters, 12, eight and five. Yesterday are from five yesterday. So Ellie, who you’ve trained a little bit, um, got a deferment, started college. She might have day. Yeah. She didn’t have to go. She has PSCO today sort of thing. So she’s at Normandale postsecondary. Yeah. And that crazy credits for free. So weird, right? Yeah. She’s like, well, go to school three days a week and then I’m working at the red cow just like a nice restaurant is that, you know, I’m like, yeah, I know what that means. I’ve been to dinner.

Speaker 3: Their hostesses are not the way I want you perceived anyway. And the [inaudible] told me how that she’s making. I’m like, oh good. Yeah. Paying her way, man. Sorry. So you joined, sorry, I’m going to derail this a bit. So you joined rands or much the same. Oh, totally squirrel. Yeah. Um, you, uh, you joined the military? I did. Okay. 18. I was 19. Okay. I was supposed to leave for basic training on September 11th, 2001. Holy Crap. I had sprained my ankle two weeks prior to that playing baseball. The last game of the season. Just twisted it stepping into first base and uh, I was unable to go that day. I literally, my ankle was three times the size that it should be. Huh. But I was at the meps station downtown when the first plane hit and then when the second plane hit and it was a, I could have backed out at that point, but then I just was even more into it after that.

Speaker 3: So I got it. Then went to Fort Benning. I was there for the beautiful months of June, July and August. No guys, Andy Hill at Fort Benning, Georgia. I was going to go, airborne got injured towards the tail end of basic training that separated my shoulder for the second time. They didn’t know the first one. Yeah. Right. She’s lost over that and the physical. But that took me out to airborne training and then just things changed from there. I went to Fort Riley, Kansas for a couple of years. Got deployed to Iraq for about 14 months, 2003 into 2004. And uh, yeah, that made me, that made me want to go back to school I guess. Yeah, no. So, uh, you were played in the heat of all that. I was, we were the second wave in after the first, um, what was it? First Marine Division, I think one in April and we were there in September of Oh three hot in Ramadi, Fallujah Kinda the, the armpit of the Sunni triangle.

Speaker 3: So could well, I’m feeling good experience. I got it. I’m glad we’re not going to go too deep into all the, I mean, we can do that another time now. Totally. I’d love to hear more about it, but I actually, I was just listening to Jocko Willink was, um, interviewing he, I just love his interviews with these guys cause it’s like, it’s a conversation today would never have with me, but they’ll totally have it with Jocko and I just get to listen, you know, I mean, I think I teared up like four times in this conversation listening to what these guys go through are there, I get from it. The more emotional it becomes really, I think you just have a different perspective. And now that I have children, I couldn’t even imagine leaving a week. Yeah, totally. Middle East. Oh God. Let alone 40 let alone, yeah.

Speaker 3: Yeah. So it’s a young man’s game for sure. For sure. And I’m an old man. Yeah, I’ve started to feel that way. Well that’s interesting you bring that up because that’s Kinda how I ended up doing this silly tactical game scene you got going on. So you finished the finished military, you get out and then did you go back to school then after that? And I found what I wanted to do. Okay. During my deployment I met a few guys that were very big into exercise and nutrition. I took to it very quickly and became a huge nerd on biomechanics and coolest theology and nutrition and sleep and stress and just went down a rabbit hole for then the last, now it’s been 15 years, but I’ve been training for about 10 yeah. One thing about training with you that’s really interesting is you like, you have like, I’m going to say this, the only way I know to say it, if Jim Carey was an athlete, like with that level of control of his body.

Speaker 3: Yeah. You know, cause he has a remarkable control your body. Right. But he was an athlete cause he could, you know, the way you show how to do things like you can manipulate your body in and out of right and wrong. And these really weird ways it makes it really easy for me is, you know, I wouldn’t tell you I’m a visual learner, but it’s like, oh I’m doing that thing with my tailbone again. Or like chess. I think you’re more kinesthetic than you are visual. But I find that it’s more beneficial for me to over-exaggerate for sure what people are doing incorrectly. One to make them look like they look ridiculous and they don’t want to repeat it. I guess it’s just more fun that way. Yeah. And then just to give him more of a perspective of what I actually want them to do.

Speaker 3: Totally. So what a great, what a great combination. You know your nerd and kinesiology and then the physical ability to to like demonstrate it and sure to remarkable way. It’s hugely helpful for those of us that train with you. So, so you go into school, you finish, you go for kinesiology then or a exercise science, exercise science. And I have a degree in exercise science and then, uh, certification, uh, from NASM, National Academy of Sports Medicine USA, WC USA, weight lifting. So I’m certified twice, level two and Olympic weight lifting and then done some hands on things. I’ve never been certified in Kettlebells, but I’ve been teaching them for 10 years. I didn’t go like dragon door or RKC or anything like that. Okay. What I want to do next is more along the lines of Gulf Dpi. Okay. So Titlest performance institute. I’m a huge, well, I used to be big into golf.

Speaker 3: Thank you daughters. Yeah. So, uh, it’s something I really have a passion for. Yeah. And the good news, by the way, that comes around again. Oh, I know. Yeah. Yeah. You’re getting into it. So it’s like an excuse to take at least one of them. So you gotta hang out for the ride and then it like comes around. Okay, cool. So how did you end up at lifetime? So lifetime fitness, if you’re not from Minnesota, I mean their national brand at this point. Massive. Yeah, they’re up in Canada or we are, there are certainly some love hate around lifetime fitness. You know, there’s a lot of animosity towards everything. It totally like everything. But I will tell you for me, I was over at, um, when I started getting into training, I was doing it in the gym. You know, I had gotten sober, I was trying to figure out like what was I going to do with myself?

Speaker 3: So I started in the, in the basement of the apartment complex I was living in after, uh, you know, the wife left me. And uh, and then I got an anytime I met some girl and she got me to anytime fitness and then I went over there to tour lifetime and I saw the Alpha racks, which is like the crossfit world. And I was like, this is, I remember the day you came in. Oh do you really? Yeah, from a distance tatted up doodle. And I was like, this is where I gotta be. You know, cause I just, you had the gear and that’s the thing is the quality. I wanted an X. I wanted a club, like an experience, like a club experience where I could go and have lunch and bring a client if I needed to, but also have like all the equipment, have it be serious.

Speaker 3: Yes. And, and that’s what I saw when I went there was that mix. It wasn’t cheap but it was worth, I think it’s worth every dollar. But how did you up there? Um, I think it’s because I was just surrounded by it. I mean we finishing up school, we, I mean I probably took that last 13 or 14 months of school out of the gym. I just was working full time, school, full time. We had a newborn. I honestly didn’t touch the gym and then stepped into a lifetime. The one in Chanhassen across where we had just moved into a town home with my neighbor. I’d never been in one. And then I decided that’s where I wanted to work place. Okay. Cause the same, I mean pretty much the same experience you had when you walked in there. Right. That Jim’s ridiculous. I know Ho so you walk into that always coming from dingy, rusty steel.

Speaker 3: Totally sweaty, Bro. Out Row. Military. Yeah. Gms where it’s just dudes peacock and all over the place. And you know what I mean? There’s Testosterone’s felony walking in and there’s just, here’s a new equipment and to be able to take a shower and a steam, I mean, I know that stuff is all unnecessary, but man, is it great. I had my Blair steiny, who’s my partner in hockey ordinance, was in town the other day and we shot the Saturday. Imagine I’m all, he’s really old. And, and we, and we, um, um, we were like, we had like an hour to kill the end of the night. And I’m like, do I go get a fucking sauna on, you know, and just relax. And he’s like, yeah, that’d be amazing. Love is that he lives in decor Iowa. They used to have a sauna at the old hotel and other hotels gone.

Speaker 3: So he’s like, no more solder. Sure. Yeah. So we went over there and just, you know, go in at nine o’clock, flash your card, go down and hang out and get something to drink. And, um, which club was that? It, it just this one. Yeah. And Brice or whatever. The new guy at the front counter was nice enough to like, apparently you’re not supposed to come in at like nine 30 with a guest, but he wasn’t asking questions. You know, if you’ve seen polarity you’d be like, Blair has two modes, rape or pillage. Right. They’re like he was letting him in the door. He’s got players like six, six of the big like biker beard and the whole, yeah. All right. So really good. So you’re at lifetime now I’ve seen you, I trained with you with Alpha, which is Kinda like the, you know the owl, the crossfit of lifetime.

Speaker 3: Yes, I would, I would say it’s a, it’s maybe some of the like the competitiveness and, and some of the overhead stuff is limited, which is maybe a little lighter weight. It a little easier on the joints for the clientele. And I think that depends on who’s okay. The coach. Got It. So for me, coming from my certification, being in USA weight lifting rather than crossfit certification, I mean since you’ve been in class, we don’t do rep ranges really over like three, maybe five if it’s no, it’s within the clean or a snatch lifting. No, I just don’t believe in that breakdown of form because it’s so formed dependent because it’s such a dynamic move. So that’s where I differ. Yep. But there’s other coaches that are, and maybe that’s what it are big into crossfit that teach four lifetimes. So they kind of adopt that mentality and that, that modality I guess.

Speaker 3: So I could, if I really was interested in supercross fit, I guess you could do it. You just thought you’re a trainer. Okay, that’s fine. The coach that fits it fits that personality or that intensity or that whatever you want. Okay. But I also see training like, you know, 80 year old women, one of my longest terms clients is a 77 year old man that uh, I’ve been training for 10 years, it’ll be 10 years in December. That’s incredible. And we have the discussion all the time that, I mean he asks where he he ranks compared to his other people his age and I give them of course a smart ass morbid answer of, well some of them aren’t here anymore. Yes. So honestly he had a 50th reunion not too long ago for high school and there was people missing. There was people with walkers.

Speaker 3: It was people constantly asking the same question over and over again. It’s like his cognitive function is out of like a 50 year old. Wow. Or I wouldn’t, I mean maybe even younger, maybe physically he was pressing 50 pound dumbbells the other day at 77 years old. Credible. I heard in a world of kinesiology that like if you’re looking at markers for longevity, there’s a couple it’s foot speed. Protecting yourself from a fall and being able to squat. We squat every day that you don’t. Squad is one day that you can’t squat. Now he doesn’t do loaded. I mean up until maybe two years ago he was squatting one 35 but we’ll follow, which was crazy. I was like, Holy Shit. Should I keep doing this? But he loved it. Yeah. His spine got stronger. His muscles, his stabilization got better. That’s amazing. It fell once last winter. Anybody else?

Speaker 3: Honestly, his age probably would have shattered his hip. Yup. He just popped up and walked into lunch. Awesome. Didn’t hit his head, didn’t hit his shoulder, just slipped and landed on his hip. Yup. Got Up and just walk that shit off and went to lunch. If your idea of squatting is getting off the toilet, that’s a problem then you probably are not long for this world. And the reason I’m digging into this a little bit with you is because I’ve got, there’s a lot of people listening to this and that. Um, you know, machinists who own companies that are 50, 60 pounds overweight, they don’t even know where to begin. You know, and I think personal training is like really, really smart. I think it’s a good investment. And frankly, if you put down the Cito a budget for the month and you’d probably could afford personal training.

Speaker 3: Yeah, we sat down for 10 minutes, we could, we could find the money. You just have to make it. Yep. I’m a priority in your, in your day, not just your, your week and every fucking day of your life. Yeah. Because it shortens if you don’t. Yeah, for sure. Well, so that’s kind of where this conversation starts. Cause I had been training with you for a long time and then I decided to do this thing called the tactical games. It looks fun. It’s pretty cool. Yeah. So let me just, for those of you who don’t know what it is, this is right off their website. So tactical games, this is crossfit meets combat. If climbing obstacles, running with a rucksack on carrying heavy things and shooting from unconventional positions excites you. The tackle games is for you. I’ve scores. I was like, hmm, I’m in.

Speaker 3: What are they? So what is the difference between a professional baseball player, pro football player or basketball player and a tactical athlete? Professional sports players get an off season tactical athletes, however, on point 24 seven three 65 no off season Greenbrae a seal or a Delta operator does not have the luxury of taking a day off. They don’t get to say, I’m just not into it today. They are constantly deploying or preparing to deploy. So why am I doing this? Right? I’m 45 years old. Um, you know, reasonably well to do. I’m mean, my kids are in high school or college. I mean like why am I doing this? And honestly what happened was, is I had told myself I wanted to be 15% body fat for my 45th birthday. So I was already on this. Like, I’m going to segue a little out of Alpha and a little more into endurance.

Speaker 3: I did the whole 30 diet for 30 days to reset my internal system and I just like watched the weight fall off. I watched it. Yeah. Right. Well, about a week into that, I saw this crossfit games thing or this, um, tactical games thing from some friends of mine who were into it. Um, notably Jeremy Moore, Don Texas and Dustin Sanchez here in Minnesota. And I seen these guys run around their plate cares. I’m like, why do you, what