Top Master Trainers of Q1 & Q2
Congrats to these top WARRIOR Master Trainers who led the most certifications in Q1 and Q2.
Pretty impressive way to kick off 2022 as the fitness industry dusts itself off and emerges from the rubble of the pandemic. Collectively they trained 120 WARRIORS, which does not include those who opted for the self-study!
Liz, Jerome, Usha, Lana, Bess, me, and Sadie (from left to right).
Q3 here we GROW! 🌱
How Did We Pull This OFF!!??
Producing each Lesson is a multi-step production process. Obviously, it involves creating, testing, and rehearsing each Lesson, but it also requires coordinating a LOT of schedules!
This month we filmed FOUR Lessons!!!!!!! WARRIOR Rhythm 12, WARRIOR Kids Bonus 1, WARRIOR Strength 11, and WARRIOR Kids 2!
But we were READY for it. In fact, we produced some of our best content yet!
I will include some BTS footage. I hope you enjoy. And, as always, thanks for supporting us by reading our emails and loving our formats!
June 27th, 2022
This story isn’t about me…
…it’s about that stool I’m sitting on in the pic. It’s about not only making do with what we have, but being creative and joyful in doing so!
REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE
I needed a stool. Amazon had a perfectly serviceable one I could have ordered and had delivered the same week for under $100. SO tempting. But there was an old work stool languishing in our backyard. My husband Tom had gotten it from a rental yard where he used to work back in early 2000. They were getting rid of it because it was OLD then and had probably been in their machine shop since the 80s. Tom hates to see things get thrown away when they still have life in them, so he brought it home. I wish I had a “before” picture of that stool.
Tom offered to refurbish this cast-off for me. How sweet! Now, Tom is a highly skilled professional carpenter, however he is NOT a furniture guy. There was a lot of carpenter cussing (the most colorful kind) in the workshop while he disassembled, refinished and rebuilt this thing. It took a few months, but in the end we think it is quite beautiful in a steampunk sort of way.
I needed a nice, sturdy, high stool for two important reasons:
1) My day job has me sitting in front of a laptop with two monitors 8 hours a day/5 days a week. Sitting low and looking up at my second monitor was killing my neck. OUCH. A high stool allows me to look at my big monitor straight on while gazing downward at my laptop screen. Along with my adjustable desk, this one-of-a-kind stool is literally saving my neck.
2) WARRIORS, you already know how exceptionally accessible WARRIOR Strength and WARRIOR Rhythm are as exercise formats. I wanted this stool so I could confidently demonstrate off-the-floor sun salutations and flows when teaching. This “prop” had been so fun to add in to my classes!
Next time you “need” a new thing, I challenge you to take a more thorough look around you and, changing your perspective perhaps, see if you already HAVE it! Maybe that old thing just needs a little love and attention and it will be just exactly what you need.
HaPPY INTERNATIONAL YoGA DAY
Dear yoga practice,
Thank you for accepting me the way I am. Thank you for asking me to breathe just a little slower and deeper. Thank you for opening my heart and mind and challenging me to grow in ways that I otherwise would not. Thank you for not judging me when I loose my balance or feel bored or lose focus.
Because of you I’m learning how to accept my body’s flaws and limitations. I am more grateful about life.
WARRIOR Leadership CALL
Finally!! The 2022 WARRIOR Leadership Call is here. If you feel the "calling" perhaps it's time to put yourself out there. The application process for our newly defined leadership roles is open! A lot goes into the final selection process. It's a concoction of talent, form 'n technique, personality, geography, experience in the field, passion, leadership in your community and in OUR community, ability to take feedback well, public speaking skills, brand loyalty, and even a sense of humor. Becoming a WARRIOR leader is NOT for the fainthearted. It is NOT for those who care more about status than personal growth. But it is for those who love the WARRIOR formats and family and possess unique gifts that will help us extend our reach. 🏹Expert Educator 🏹Pro Presenter 🏹Content Contributor 🏹Talent Team Let’s GO and let’s GROW ❤️🔥
Nobody cares. Work harder.
Nobody cares. Work harder.
How does that statement hit you…repelling or ringing a bell??
I was SO excited to get this bold red sweatshirt! When my husband saw it, he was irritated. He felt it was a nihilistic state of mind: “It should say, ‘Lots of people care. Relax.’!”
Maybe it has to do with losing my first Mom to cancer when I was seven, but for as long as I remember, I’ve had this visceral truth in me that whatever I want for myself ultimately comes down to my own efforts to achieve it. Don’t get me wrong; my family and friends, including my second Mom, have always been fully supportive of me - physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. I am never alone in this world and feel loved by many. I love them back.
Is this frame of mind negative, then? I don’t think so! The realization that you are the tiniest speck of existence in space and time is awe-inspiring. Similarly, the belief that YOU and you alone shape your destiny while you are on this earth is somehow…freeing. Thrilling. Maybe a bit scary, but in a good way! What do you think?
By Bess Ogden
The world's LARGEST fitness convention is introducing our WARRIOR programs.
This event will also be our "WARRIOR summit" where we will gather from all corners of the world to team build together.
The Power of WARRIOR Music
I was folding laundry today while listening to music. The song Power by J.Pollock and SVRCINA came on. It just sort of grabbed my soul. Had to stop…Had to look out the window at the blue skies and the clouds scudding across it. Power stopped my worried monkey mind and made me appreciate the present moment. Play with cat. Smile.
This is the undeniable power of music - to shift our mood and our awareness. It can be soothing, cathartic, energizing, and even inscrutable at times. This is one reason why we WARRIORs love Revolution, Rhythm and Strength. They are not just workouts. The playlists lift us up, move us, and make the world a better place to be for a while.
What is YOUR most powerful WARRIOR song so far?
Seems like the older we get the harder we fall, and the harder we try to avoid it! When was the last time you fell? Was it while you were doing something new, something fun, or not so much? Did you hurt yourself?
Oh my goodness, the wonderful falls I’ve had as an older adult:
WARRIOR Rhythm™ and WARRIOR Strength™ are all about functional fitness. We have fun and listen to rocking music. We move and challenge our bodies physically. We fall in love with trying and wobbling and falling once in a while. We get stronger together. Then we go about our lives, ready to do hard things, not afraid to hit the ground once in a while. Because we know how to get back up.
Master Trainer 🏹
Behind the Scenes
Happy birthday 🎂 WARRIOR Rhythm. I can’t believe you’re a 2 year old. You can walk and talk. Your personality is emerging. And you are growing like crazy. (Sound on)
Ellen de Werd is the creator of WARRIOR Rhythm™ and WARRIOR Strength™. Inspired by global interest in her format, Ellen opened the WARRIOR Instructor Academy.