“If we can ultimately seek mastery of what’s taking place in our minds, then we have much greater command and control over the conditions and outcomes in our lives.” – Greg Amundson
Greg Amundson (@gregoryamundson) has worked in law enforcement as a Sheriff’s deputy and a DEA agent, and he has served as a captain in the US Army and is now the owner/operator/head coach at Crossfit Amundson in Santa Cruz, California. He’s an elite-level athlete, an author, a speaker, a podcaster and a man of unshakeable faith. He’s also known in some circles as “Crossfit’s Original Firebreather,” and I feel very fortunate to have had him play a role in helping me get on the path to improving my own health and happiness.
Greg goes deep in this episode – I had a lot of questions come in from listeners around some very tactical elements of health and fitness but, as you’re about to hear, this guy is thinking on a whole other plain.
If it’s not obvious enough from listening to the podcast, I highly recommend his excellent book, Firebreather Fitness: Work Your Body, Mind, and Spirit into the Best Shape of Your Life. It sounds like just another fitness book, but you’re in for much more than that. You may also enjoy Greg’s podcast, The Greg Amundson Show.
We also make reference to some other influential books, notably Mark Divine’s Unbeatable Mind and, more peripherally, Miyamoto Musashi’s The Book of The Five Rings: A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword, both of which also make excellent reading and are sure to change the way you approach your training and your life. Greg mentions Kyle Maynard and his book, No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life. Also check out this incredible video of Kyle’s first (yes, he has done more than one!) ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro.