Let's face it kids, we're not playing patty cakes on the mats. While there are other sports that probably have more devastating injuries, there isn't a grappler I know who hasn't hurt something at some point.
Gentle art my ass.
So how do you compare with your training partners from around the world? Here's your chance to find out!
I'm doing research for an upcoming book, Joint Pain Relief - The Ultimate Guide for Athletes. And if you're willing to help out by taking a quick survey, I'll send you a digital copy for FREE when it's published. I'll also send you the compiled results of the survey once they are available.
So, if you want to get in on the free book deal just click the link below to fill out the survey! Thanks for your help!
Stay Alpha -
I've been getting a lot of heat for a while now from customers who weren't crazy with our sky high international shipping rates. And I can't blame them! To be honest I never expected so many international orders when I started Q5 so we just weren't prepared to handle the demand and the logistics of international shipping when we started.
So I'm excited to announce that we now have a new shipping partner that will allow us to lower international shipping rates across the board, and speed up delivery times as well! Starting immediately all international orders will ship via DHL Global Mail. The shipping rate chart is listed below.
We will ship anywhere in the world, but it's your responsibility to make sure you don't import anything that would be illegal in your country, and you'll need to pay any relevant duties and taxes. It's impossible for us to know the laws and rates for every country.
Shipping via DHL Global Mail provides limited tracking ability and usually arrives to you 8- 16 days after you place your order for in stock items.
But then I became a father.
Now it wasn't all about me anymore. If I half assed this gig and screwed it up, it was my kids who would have to pay the price.
So, for the first time in my life I had to put in 100% effort. I had to dig deeper than I ever had. I had to push even harder when I really just felt like quitting.
We all need a little motivation some days. When you are working hard but you'd rather be sleeping, when you are worried about failing, when you aren't sure you're on the right path. If that's today for you, watch this and see if it doesn't help!
When I first saw Kurt Osiander teaching his 'Move of the Week' videos, I knew right away that he was a living example of the mantra we preach at Q5 - Stay Alpha™.
It's not about dominating over others, it's about dominating your own fears, beliefs, and self imposed limitations. Staying Alpha is a mindset for approaching life on your own terms, and never compromising what you believe in. It's about forging your own path, staying true to your own character, and reaching your full potential as a person. Most of us let outside pressures force us to bend to the will of society. We lose our edge and become passive and accepting of the burdens others place on us, whether those burdens are just or not.
Because the influence of society on our behavior is so powerful, and so subtle, it's important to see examples of people who have decided to live on their own terms, people who know how to Stay Alpha™. That's why I am so happy Q5 was able to participate in helping Stuart Cooper put together this fantastic profile of Q5 Athlete, Kurt Osiander.
Please enjoy the video, and share it with people who inspire you or people you know who are in a tough spot and could use a little inspiration. If you'd like to support the filmmaker, who travels around the world sleeping on academy mats to capture these kinds of images you can contribute here.
Stay Alpha -
** Warning: Course Language Throughout **
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An interesting post from the guys over at Danger&Play, a blog I stumbled across the other day via my friend Nic Gregoriades. The tone is harsh, but they are on point with most of these 7 Habits, especially this one:
Rule 4. Keep watching television (especially sports).
Television is nonsense and garbage. Studies have shown that a 20% cognitive decline occurs when a person watches television.
One study showed that reading the back of a cereal box required more neurological activity than watching “education” television shows on the History Network.
Reading books is hard work and can hurt your brain. Books also expose you to superior minds, and that might hurt your self-esteem. Or reading might wake you up to the fact that you’re a loser.
You keep watching television so you can have something to talk to other losers about.
You can read the rest of the blog here - Danger&Play and let me know what you think below!
Stay Alpha - Bill Thomas
Everyone makes some variation of protein pancakes with Q5 New Zealand Whey protein right?
If not, be ready to amaze yourself with some kitchen magic and indulge in a happy healthy breakfast treat. This is my current favorite breakfast, especially after early morning training sessions. Sooo much more satisfying than a shake when you're really hungry.
1 scoop Q5 Premium New Zealand Whey protein
1/2 cup quick oats
1/3 cup natural applesauce
1 large organic egg
2 tablespoons cream
pinch sea salt
pinch of baking powder
Blend together the dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl, then add in egg, applesauce, and finally the cream using just enough to make a batter. Whip by hand for a minute to get a little air into the batter and then let sit while you heat a frying pan. Cook in coconut oil just like you would a regular pancake, flipping just as bubbles slow.
These will come out a lot more fluffy and crispy than you are used to with protein pancakes which can be pretty dense and rubbery. Absolutely delicious!