Facts that a Scumbag Hollywood producer left out of the first episode of American Grit.
I was born at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
My father served 20 Years in the United States Military.
My dad died when I was 18, He had a military funeral and his ashes are interned at a National Cemetery.
My all-time favorite American is Army Ranger Pat Tillman.
My hometown is Tacoma, WA. It’s less than 30 miles from the “wilderness” where American Grit was shot. I spent most of my life there.
I perpetually confess to have have very little talent at anything, especially athletics.
My football team awarded me the RYFP award my senior year as the player that did the most to “Reach Your (my) Full-Potential. It’s generally given to a player with minimal talent, but excellent work ethic.
I was one signature away from joining the US Marine Corps and shipping out for Officer Candidates School in Quantico, VA. My transcripts were approved, my letters of recommendation were submitted, I passed the basic physical, I scored high on the physical fitness test, and the ASVAB. It all came down to my flight physical. It turns out I’m too color blind to be a Marine Corps Aviator.
Since I started my youtube channel I’ve been helping US military members with their fitness and combat readiness for free and corresponding with them directly in Iraq and Afghanistan via email.
In 2009 I injured my back at work, herniating my L4 and L5. I gained 50 pounds during the injury. When I say, “the average person is fat, weak, slow, and stupid,”
the context is that our lives are distorted by corporate greed, misinformation, broken institutions, and domesticated living. The average person actually is fat, weak, slow, and ignorant to how they are being poisoned by the purveyors of everything from cereal to soda. The work I do everyday is promoting simple and easy strategies so that we can all be healthy, happy, lean, and strong. My central hypothesis is that humans are the best animal. Our DNA codes all of us to be fit, strong, fast, and smart, but to realize this potential we must remove the distortions. I’m grateful to Tee and everyone of our service men and women for the sacrifices they make. I would never question her ability to lead Marines or the sacrifices she has made for our country. During our "scene" I wanted to be open and honest with her. The terms of my contract with the show prevent me from elaborating, but I’m sure people would have vastly different opinions if they saw ALL the raw footage from Episode 1.
My confidence in my ability came from studying BUD/s 234 on Youtube and diligently preparing for all the obstacles that Seal prospects face. During my preparation, I overcame my fear of swimming beyond the waves. When I left for filming, I was able to swim for miles in the ocean without a wetsuit (in November). I could hold my breath for 3 minutes underwater. I could tread water in the open ocean for 6 minutes with my hands out of the water. I could effortlessly run for miles and I had the stamina for hundreds of push-ups, dips, pull-ups, and crunches.
I was expecting something like BUD/S 234 when I showed up for filming. Instead I got a mash-up of Survivor and Big Brother.
I’ve been using “Captains of Crush” grip trainers for over a year. My right hand is still a lot stronger than my left hand. This is an interesting fact, if you were to ever see all the raw footage from the first circus. Again, I can't say anymore per the wording of my contract with the show.
My wife is a beautiful Latina. She was pregnant with our first child during the filming of American Grit, interesting that my wife, daughter, and even my dog (a great dane, named Buttercup) were left on the editing room floor.
Just some facts. Here’s a question: If someone told you a professional athlete, beloved by the military was a hosting a television show, would you expect a real athlete or an Actor/Pro Wrestler with a cartoonish bodybuilding physique and a lifetime of steroid use under his (WWE Heavyweight Championship) belt?
Finally here’s a thought: Let’s stop exploiting our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen (and women) and Marines for TV Ratings. Instead let's start truly supporting them. Our veterans are certainly not getting the care they need through the VA. Isn’t it time that our fighting men and women had access to the same gold-plated healthcare that we bestow on our congresspeople? Wouldn't that be the ultimate sign of respect?