Just Get Back In The Game

by Juan Antonio

We have the power to begin the world over again.  – Thomas Paine


Broken v. Unbroken

I broke an ankle during a 24hour race last year at the infamous World’s Toughest Mudder.

For two months, I did no forms of exercise – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Not even yoga, which is 90% breathing or pilates, which is 95% core.

I could have easily done either of those activities. I could have even hopped into the kiddie side of the pool, but nope, I didn’t do a damn thing.

During this time, I literally ate pizza every other day, lived off beer or just didn’t eat.

Being the holidays, anytime someone offered something sweet, I made sure to eat a double serving. I felt like I was “taking one for the team.” I mean, I can afford those calories, most people can’t.

Did I lose some leanness?

Sure. As long as I can still fit into my skin tight, superhero compression shirts, I’m good.

The problem is, I failed to notice my tight shirts stretch to adapt to your body. They’re great feats of manufacturing, design and engineering, but a major “whoops” on my part.

Did I lose some strength and conditioning? Of course – I lived off pizza and fucking beer!

Seriously, what did you think was going to happen?

Eat like crap and don’t move and you’re body will pay for it one way or another.


What did you think was going to happen?

Did I want to get back in the gym?

Hmmmm. Some days yes, but most days, “FUCK NO.”

I can say the ankle was my primary limiting factor. After all, the doc said, “8 weeks of nothing weightbearing.”

With his french accent, it sure sounded like, “Watch Netflix and eat donuts” to me.

You can always come up with excuses of why you’re not where you want to be. The trick is to dig for the solutions. Tiny solutions are alway better than big excuses.


You know something’s wrong when the morning cold or rain are reasons you’re not training. I mean, when was the last time it was raining inside your gym?

I think a part of me was just burned out.

There are only so many times you can sleep for four hours, attempt to fight crime and work long hours at the office before the body just says, “Hey you, lugnut – I need a break too. Don’t give me one and I’ll walk out. And I’ll take brain with me.”

If you don’t listen to your body, it will make decisions with or without you.

I should have listened, because they walked out on me. All I had was beer to soothe and comfort me. Beer, like any other crutch is always going to be a temporary solution.


After I decided to stop being a pansy, the real question was, “Where do I begin?”

Running? Lifting weights? Yoga? Rockclimbing? Striking? Hiking?

Wait, what I am even training for?

With nothing specific to train for aside from becoming Batman, I thought it best to find out where I was at, relative to where I was and where I want to be.

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Current v. Future

The simple, but not easy solution was staring me right in the face: just get back in the fucking game.

What are you waiting for?

Begin at the beginning

After long layoffs – be it having done nothing for months, years…decades – I would highly suggest you begin at the beginning.

If you’re a beginner or feel lost when going to the gym, 24/7 Coach is ready to help you.

What can you currently do right now?

If you want to be objective, take some baseline assessments.

Believe it or not, we in the fitness industry as a whole, can’t come to agreement on fitness assessments. Shocking, I know.

I hate waiting around. I’m not waiting for those yahoos, so I created one for everyday people who want get better with each training session.

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Here’s part one of our standard, patent-pending Minds of Steel Baseline Assessments:

1.  2-minute Max Push-ups

Rest 2-minutes

2.  1-minute Max Squats

Rest 2-minutes

3.  Max Pull-ups

Rest 2-minutes

4.  Max Plank

Rest 2-minutes

5.  MOS Run


It’s pretty simple, I know. That’s the beauty of it.

Just go through it as described. And don’t attempt to change it. Believe me, I’ve already experimented with endless combinations and the order described is the best.

Would you argue with the glorious recipe over at Zachary’s Pizza in Rockridge?

Here’s what I scored after a two month, Home Simpson layoff, compared to what I scored last year in the midst of World’s Toughest Mudder 2014 training:

January 13, 2015   v.    September 13, 2014

1.  2min Push-ups     50  v.  82

2. 1min Squats           40  v.  65

3. Max Pull-ups          8  v.  25

4. Max Plank              1:13  v.  5:13

5. Maximum Velocity Run: SKIP (Ankle no bueno)  v.  8.5mph – 13:13

Nothing to call mom about, but not too shabby I must say.

FYI, I’ve been doing push-ups, squats, pull-ups and running for years, so I’ll score better than average for a long time to come.

You can aim to be better than average, or to be in superhero/Conor McGregor shape. I prefer the latter.

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No fate but what we make.

You want to see something SUPER IMPRESSIVE?

Check out Clever Running Cat’s scores after only six-ish weeks of serious training:

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Clever Running Cat’s stellar improvement thus far,

Numbers don’t lie. Look at that improvement.

I’ll let all you whiz’s do the radio math, because all though these numbers are great, they don’t even touch on how Clever Running Cat has improved in terms of her eating, thinking, planning, mindset, feeling, energy levels and exercise techniques.

She just told me the other night that the most times she made it to the gym in one month last year was 11.

Now, she average’s going 20 times in a month!

If you make it to the gym five days a week, that body fat has no place to hide – it will be obliterated. Trust me.

If Clever Running Cat’s improvement doesn’t impress you, I challenge you to match and top it.

I’ll take you to Zachary’s Pizza or for lobster burritos if you can successfully do so.

I’m challenging you too GSP.

Am I where I want to be?

Take a look at where you’re at in your fitness journey:

Is this where you want to be?

Be honest. Be real.

Yes = keep going

No = do something about it – anything.

I don’t know = if you don’t know, how can anyone else know?

No one knows better than you what you want.

Maybe taking 13 minutes to sit down and think about what you actually want will save you the pain of joining a gym you don’t want to go to, or those silly 6AM bootcamp classes you won’t wake up for anyway.

Maybe you just want to go hiking, run at the local track or visit the community pool?

Maybe taking an honest look at what you’re eating, how often and when holds the true key to your success?

I don’t know, but I hope you do.

I can’t help you, if I don’t know where you are in your fitness journey and where you specifically want to go.

When in doubt, just follow this four point plan:

1) begin at the beginning

2) do something – something is better than nothing

3) walk everyday for 20 minutes

4) eat a bag of broccoli everyday.

If you don’t try now, when will you try? 

There is only trained and untrained.


Saul Juan Antonio Cuautle
Founder & CEO


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