Coach Kevin Voisin and his wife, Whitney, are Coach Sam’s special guests in this week’s episode where they talk about their recent adventure of swimming the Alcatraz event and share the lessons they learned. Parable #1: Childhood Sweethearts Kevin describes his wife as the ultimate diamond in the rough. They met on a church trip when they were twelve, and her hand was the first hand he ever held. But they lost contact after Whitney moved away. Twenty-five years and two marriages later, Whitney happened to see Kevin’s face on a billboard while she driving through town one day. She reached out to him via Facebook, and the rest is history. QUESTION How did you and your spouse meet? Parable #2: Witnessing Growth In the past three years, Whitney has witnessed the growth and rise of her husband, Kevin. “Inside of being an amazing father, and wanting to please me, he had lost Kevin. I feel like Wake Up Warrior has been the process of discovering who he is.” During this same time, Whitney saw herself as happy and content, not feeling like anything needed to change until she began witnessing Kevin training and leading men. She then began feeling like she was remaining stagnant while he continued to grow. QUESTION What growth have you witnessed in your spouse? In yourself? Parable #3: Overcoming Fears Whitney’s decision to enter the Alcatraz event stemmed from a fire that has been lit inside of her where she is “tired of living inside this little box I’ve created for myself.” “I jumped off the boat into the water because this was something I was doing for myself, not for anybody else.” Up until this point, Whitney was convinced she was meant to decorate the outskirts of the water, not jump in it. QUESTION What huge leap have you taken recently? Parable #4: Life Lessons From Alcatraz One of the take-a-ways for Whitney from her experience was that she wants to do the things in life that make her strong, surrounded by others who are also going to make her strong. “There was comfort and safety swimming in a pack.” Whitney observed a lesson she felt Kevin had learned by not completing the race because he began assisting others who were having troubles in the water. “The fact is, he straps others to his back all the time, which prevents him from completing something he wants to do.” QUESTION What are some of the lessons you have learned about yourself as you have competed in events? Parable #5: Creating Wins After coaching both men and women over the course of the past three years, Sam and Kevin have witnessed a huge disconnection between husbands and wives. Coach Sam: There may not be any drama or trauma inside a marriage, but there’s a huge gap between the husband and the wife. What you two have co-created by doing this event together is the Voisin standard of connection and winning.” QUESTION What are you committed to creating together with your partner or spouse? Parables from the Pit: “In a world today that is so connected using technology, we are actually in the worst era of disconnection, specifically between husbands and wives.” — Sam Falsafi “I am not alone is a powerful feeling, and when it leaves, it underlines just how important it is in your life.” – Kevin Voisin “I am the only one who gets in my way.” – Whitney Voisin
The PAIN of FAME | Warrior Week | EP 053
Coach Sam welcomes special guest, Ravi, to the show today. One of the main entertainers inside the game of Warrior and the Warrior’s Way, Ravi is all about energy. He joined the Brotherhood in August of 2018 during a time when his life was a mess. “Everything was fucked up. My wife hated me, I hated her, and literally, everything was a disaster.” Warrior turned that all around for him. Parable #1: WC3 During the three day WCON3 in December 2018, Ravi was an integral part of creating and driving the energy of that experience with over 1200 men. “It was fucking spectacular and unbelievably inspiring!” “Ravi has an extensive background in performing on world stages with all of the big names in the entertainment industry. Yet WC3 was an experience that stands out because “it meant so much to me. The energy was so intense, and everyone was on fucking fire to win!” QUESTION What was your experience at WC3? Parable #2: The American Dream Ravi’s father sailed from India to America in the early 1960s with $8 in his pocket and a desire to live the American dream. Within three years, Ravi’s father was able to become established and sent for his wife to join him in America and began raising a family. At a very young age, Ravi was obsessed with the drums and used anything he could find to beat on, resulting in a lot of breakage around the house. At age 10, at his father’s insistence, Ravi began working odd jobs to earn money for a drum set. QUESTION What is a passion had as a child that has carried on throughout your life? Parable #3: Trifecta of Insanity One could say Ravi is living the American dream. He met his wife at the Playboy Mansion and got married on the beautiful beaches of Malibu, he’s the father of two children, and a musician in the entertainment industry. “My life is a Trifecta of Insanity.” Coach Sam: One of the biggest fucking poisons inside the industry are the lies and cover-ups. Being a celebrity today has so many waterfall effects where everything you say – even your intentions – can get edited. QUESTION Inside your world, where are you noticing the lies and cover-ups?
LEONIDAS | Warrior Week | EP 052
Parable #1: Kettlebell Mania After breaking the record in kettlebell swings – over 368,000 lbs and over 80,000 swings in 24 HOURS – Alex underwent five back surgeries. He’s the guy who is willing to take things all the way to the edge in order to succeed in life. “Your mind really starts to play tricks on you, and in my mind, I went to that place where I’d rather die than fail. It inspired me to know that I can take things to a certain level, but now I channel that energy in the right direction going forward.” QUESTION How far to the edge are you willing to take things in order to succeed? Parable #2: The Death Race In his early to mid-30s, Alex traveled the country competing in Spartan races, and at the height of his popularity, he was invited to compete in the most elite Spartan Races of them all, the Death Race in Mexico. “We found ourselves staring down a bull in an arena in the middle of nowhere, our hands zip-tied in front of us, with instructions to find our bib number on the other side of the stadium, grab our bibs, and get the hell out of there – without getting attacked or killed by the bull.” QUESTION Where in your world have you taken huge risks? What have the results been? Parable #3: Please Let Me Go After Alex’s mother went in for minor colon surgery, complications arose which ultimately turned into sepsis. In the midst of losing organ and brain function, and while on a respirator and heart pump, she wrote four heart-breaking words on a pad of paper for Alex: please let me go. To this day, there’s a part of Alex that thinks that maybe she could have survived and pulled through if he hadn’t turned off life support, which is what he took into the Pit during Warrior Week. QUESTION What are some especially difficult moments you have experienced in your life? How did your life change because of them? Parable #4: Significance A lot of what Alex has done in his life has been linked to significance, which can be looked at as very important on the one hand, or very shallow on the other. “In a lot of my cases,” shares Alex, “it was shallow. I was always looking for more acceptance and more significance, but I still felt hollow; I still felt like shit inside. It was at Warrior Week where I was exposed and my perspective began shifting.” QUESTION Where in your world has significance played a big part of your life purpose and experience? Parable #5: What Matters Most Alex used to live his life wanting to be in the spotlight; wanting and hoping to get recognized for his athletic excellence. His hope was that he would be “discovered” on television and make a lot of money in the process. Today, his priorities have shifted. Alex finds joy and purpose in connecting with those whom he loves and cares about. When he’s having a bad day, his thoughts go to hugging and loving his son rather than to the memories of a competition he won in the past. QUESTION How have your priorities shifted through the years? What caused that shift to take place? Parables from the Pit: “It may not inspire someone to want to do kettlebells themselves, but it’s inspiring in the fact that it’s respecting the commitment and courage it took to take upon yourself this challenge. What becomes inspiring is the fact that you never quit.” –Coach Sam Falsafi “When you’re doing everything with an actual fucking purpose, things start to align. You start to feel filled up inside and bring a completely different energy to the Universe.” –Alex Nicholas ________________________________ WARRIOR WEAPON WORKOUT -THE WEAPONIZED KETTLEBELL WORKOUT FOR ELITE MEN- LEONIDAS 15 Minutes 30 Sec active 30 Sec rest On the Rest Each Man is in an Active Kneeling Position with Weapon on Knee WEAPON NEVER TOUCHES GROUND UNTIL WORKOUT IS COMPLETE LEONIDAS 1) Swing 2) Push Press- Right 3) Push Press- Left 4) Bent Over Row- Right 5) Bent Over Row- Left 6) Racked Reverse Lunge- Right 7)Racked Reverse Lunge- Left High Pull- Right 9) High Pull- Left 10) Racked Squat- Right 11) Racked Squat- Left 12) Clean- Right 13) Clean- Left 14) Thruster- Right 15) Thruster- Left FINISH IN WARRIOR RACKED POSITION WITH A TWO CLAPS BOOM!!!!
Live Now | Warrior Week | Ep 051
*This is an encore presentation of a previously published episode.* The Kosher Warrior, Dr. Adam Splaver, joins Coach Sam in this week’s episode to talk about the most incomprehensible experience a man will ever have to go through. The message of Warrior was completely against most of his cultural and spiritual beliefs, but Dr. Splaver’s leadership within the Orthodox Jewish community and as a cardiologist in the medical community was in actuality a merging of multiple beliefs to help him deal with the pain of his wife’s illness. Parable #1: What’s Your Story? Dr. Adam Splaver’s journey into Warrior began when his interest was piqued by the ads showing up in his Facebook feed. The experience of Warrior spoke to him, yet as a leader inside the Orthodox Jewish community and a highly respected Cardiologist in the medical community, he was nervous as to how these two traditional worlds might collide with the message of Warrior. The biggest issues he had were the stories he was telling himself. He wondered, “What the fuck am I doing as a religious cardiologist going into a program very foreign to my community and background where I’ll be stepping into a boxing ring, climbing up a mountain and swimming in the ocean?” Unbeknownst to him at the time, Adam would eventually discover for himself that Warrior Week was not a physical event but rather a powerful and painful spiritual journey. QUESTION Where in your life are the stories you are telling yourself preventing you from acting on a decision you feel deeply inspired to take action on? Parable #2: Tap Into Your Natural Gifts In 2012, while at the top of his game personally and professionally, tragedy struck out of nowhere for Adam’s family when his wife, believed to be in top physical form, collapsed and was unresponsive. With one look at her x-rays, he realized there was a hell of a lot of blood where it didn’t belong, sending him to the ground in a heap of emotions and uncontrollable screaming. Within six months of being told to prepare to lose Shaani, the love of his life, she began improving and Adam believed the worst was behind them as he prepared to enter Warrior Week 28. While there, he realized he has been playing too small in his life and afterward began tapping into his natural gifts of teaching and speaking, appearing on television, inside periodicals, and makes appearances in various public venues. QUESTION Where in your life are you playing small? Parable #3: Truth Is No Respecter of Persons Coach Sam: So you come to Warrior Week finding something that is actually giving you joy and is feeding your Certainty and Purpose. Life has been numb and it almost took a tragedy for you to wake the fuck up. All your life you have been living by the book and following the rules, yet you weren’t finding happiness and joy in doing that. As you started living your truth, you began colliding with an army of opinion within your professional and spiritual community. Adam: While at Warrior, I came to realize that the message of “stop lying and start telling the fucking truth” was the only way worth living. I had an incident with a Rabbi in my community while I was president of the synagogue, realizing that the rabbinic staff was not living up to their role as a spiritual guide and leader. I confronted them about it, and needless to say, it was not well received. What I learned from this experience is that I have the key, the access, and the ability to make my own connection with God and that I don’t have to go through anyone else for that. QUESTION What adds to your joy, certainty and purpose? How do you experience and express that in your life? Parable #4: All We Have Is Now Adam: The brain tumor returned with a vengeance in 2016, robbing Shaani of her short-term memory. When we were originally presented with this entire situation, I was absolutely paralyzed thinking what the fuck am I going to do… until I surrendered. I surrendered to the idea that the only thing that I could control was now, so let’s make this the most incredible now that we can. Coach Sam: Every piece of wisdom that you read says don’t live in the fucking past, live in the present, and the future doesn’t exist; the truth is not in the past, the truth is in the now. Your wife didn’t remember the past, she had no power to live in the future, so she was forced to live in the now; and inside of this, you found beauty, love, intimacy, sexuality, and power. QUESTION Inside of tragedy, what does it look like to surrender to the gifts? Parable #5: It’s A Matter Of Heart Coach Sam: Every single piece of emotion you have felt has been a gift from Shaani to you; gifts that you can use in your teaching as you heal men with the expression of their feelings. It’s coming from a place of experience, and it’s always been a part of who you are. Adam: At the end of the day, my understanding is that our souls are here for expansion: to get better, to get stronger, to get bigger than where we were before. And if that’s the case, then for some reason that I will never understand, God determined that our souls needed to undergo prolonged, prolific loss in order to perfect ourselves. I think this journey that my wife took me on has been an eye-opener, a heart opener; something I’m forever grateful for. And for that, I consider myself lucky, probably the luckiest man alive. QUESTION How many emotions do you allow yourself to feel and express? Parable from the Pit: “Shaani left this world for an unknown reason. You learned to surrender to what is. She left you many gifts, and each of those gifts come into play in your leadership. You would have never been the man sitting here today carrying so much power and respect if she had not been building your life with you. What the fuck are you going to do with the tremendous amount of gifts Shaani left for you?” –Coach Sam Falsafi “What happens when shit goes sideways? Are we prepared to deal with it? The bottom line is this: having the structure of the Warrior’s Way empowered me to continue on and just keep moving forward in order to tackle – to embrace – this huge problem in my life. If we can fortify ourselves to become stronger, then all of this other stuff becomes easier to tackle. Despite your darkest hour, despite the pain that you have, you are not alone. If you can lean on your Brothers and the people around you that really have your best interest at heart, then you can get through anything.” –Dr. Adam Splaver
Own Your Truth | Warrior Week | Ep 050
(This is an encore presentation of a previously published episode.)Your host Sam Falsafi has Warrior Guest Kelly Curtis on the call to face the barriers of race, culture, and religion and how becoming your own man based off of your own definition instead of society’s helps shape you into what you want to be in life. Parable #1: Follow the Lead of the Universe Kelly’s journey to Warrior Week began in 2007 while attending a convention where Tony Robbins, Les Brown and a charismatic guy named Garrett White were speaking. Years later while surfing the internet, Kelly was surprised to find himself viewing a documentary featuring the guy who, years earlier, had made an unforgettable impression upon him. There comes a time in your life when a conversation takes place that is out of your hands, where the Universe is delivering a message to you that will either move you to take immediate action or lead you down the path in the direction that is meant for you to take. QUESTION Are you opening your eyes to the messages the Universe is sending you? What are some of the messages you are currently receiving? Parable #2: Own Your Truth While on a spiritual journey questioning everything he has ever believed, Kelly began owning the answers instead of relying on someone else’s idea of what he should believe. He was brought to a place of peace, yet felt like he was missing the Map of what to do next. Warrior Week provided the tactical piece of the puzzle that was missing, giving him permission to become the Seeker. In sharing the story surrounding the origin of the Muslim law established 1700 years ago forbidding the consumption of alcohol, Sam asks you to consider: What laws and beliefs will you follow today that will serve you as a man, husband and human being in getting what you want and putting you in a position of serving others? QUESTION Where has questioning your core beliefs led you? What beliefs and practices do you still hold onto that are no longer serving you? Parable #3: There Is No Finish Line In a grinding 12 hour day in the war zone during one of the most difficult and challenging experiences of his life, Kelly is able to stay in the grueling game by retaining a piercing and determined focus on the vision of his sons watching him, envisioning demonstrating to them what it looks like to do your best, give your all, and go all in. In the midst of a six-month audit, Kelly owned that he had nothing to hide. What separates him from his contemporaries in the finance world is the fact that he lives by a Code that says: Don’t Lie, Tell the Fucking Truth, and I will not ask you to do anything that I haven’t done myself. QUESTION Where in your life are you asking people to do things that you have not done yourself? Parable #4: Religion, Race & Culture: The Big Dividers Of Humanity Judgment is the barrier that you put between you and another human being. As humans, we create labels which create the separation. Our backgrounds, race or culture should not create any fucking barriers to what we want or what we are ruthlessly committed to going after. By lying, we separate ourselves into these labels and circles. You can have an association that has the same religion, culture, and race, but inside of that, there is a major amount of separation taking place. On the outside the labels are perfect; on the inside, the love is not connected and the love is not real. QUESTION What are some of the ways you label, judge and categorize others? Does that make you feel more connected or more divided? Parable #5: Freedom Has a Price In his travels outside of America, Sam observed behaviors and patterns that were symbols of restriction and poverty, wherein one city families were claiming poles in the street as their home. He came back home appreciative of the freedoms that most take for granted in America. At the end of the day, freedom is a fundamental need for humans. We are acting alone as men, feeling like there is nowhere we can drop the guilt, pain, and shame, where we are conditioned to mask our totality. The secret to not fucking living with guilt and shame is to give yourself permission to be free to own the light and the darkness within you. That is what we do inside the experience of Warrior. QUESTION What price are you willing to pay to experience freedom within yourself and in all areas of your life? Parables from the Pit: “The reality is this: You are either my brother in my faith, race, or culture or my equal in humanity. Black, white – no matter what you want to call yourself – you are more than welcome to come inside this place and discover the permission to stop fucking lying and start fucking telling the truth.” – Sam Falsafi “Brothers, I’m looking forward to seeing more of us – guys who look like me. A lot of times we just need to see it. Maybe I’m the guy who sparks the thought inside of you: ‘Hey, he looks like me and he’s doing this, maybe it’s okay for me to try this out.’ The message, doctrine and principles are universal and there are a lot of men out there that can use this across the board – any race or color. We all have the same problems and issues no matter who we are or where we are in the world.” – Kelly Curtis