Episode 04: The Painful Truth of Competing & Overcoming A Hopeless Mentality with Brooklyn Hillenbrand


Just when she thought her life couldn’t get any better playing soccer overseas on a US women’s team, Brooklyn Hillenbrand was unexpectedly pulled back from the life she had known when she tore her knee at a match. Overcoming severe injuries and feelings of self-doubt and undergoing reconstructive surgery, Brooklyn eventually bounced back and took her talents from the soccer field to building something incredible with her body. Now, she is a fitness influencer, a nationally qualified bikini competitor, a fitness coach, and bodybuilding.com athlete from Washington, DC. Learn how Brooklyn turned her life around and took life’s blessings in disguise, overcoming the challenges with recovery and transitioning to body-building.

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The Painful Truth of Competing & Overcoming A Hopeless Mentality with Brooklyn Hillenbrand

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We have someone extremely unique. Her name is Brooklyn Hillenbrand. The purpose of this show is to create you, to bring your vision to life and take Brooklyn to a place she’s never been or take your mind to a place that you’ve never been and that’s through getting uncomfortable. Going through past experiences, but also talking about strategies or structures for you to implement into your life or into your career you can take the next step in your life and the people around you can also experience the same transformation. Thank you for joining us on this episode, Brooklyn. How are you?

I’m wonderful. How are you?

I’m amazing. Your eyes are literally piercing my soul right now. You have these very beautiful eyes and there’s a lot of passion. There is a lot that people might not even know about. You’re with BodyBuilding.com. You’re starting your own business. You have a lot of awesome things going for you, but it wasn’t always like that.

My life has changed incredibly.

She tore her knee three different times from playing soccer. Soccer is at the center of Brooklyn. She’s being carried by her teammates. There’s one that she’s literally after surgery in a big brace. There’s also one where she does not look too happy to be honest. You have a broken finger too. The interesting part about Brooklyn is she had complete reconstructive surgery on that knee and you played soccer your whole life. You were slapped in the face out of nowhere. You were punched in the gut and you dropped. You kept on getting back up, but then the third one was the charm. It says, “The third time is a charm hopefully.” Little did Brooklyn know that she would then take her talents from the soccer field to building something incredible with your body. Something strength filled, something that did take a lot of courage. You’re thriving and you’re overcoming so much and helping many ladies, hundreds of thousands around the world. Tell me about that transition.

I had my third knee reconstruction. I was a junior in high school, at the end of my high school career. I went overseas to play soccer on a US women’s team. It was the peak of my career. I was getting ready to commit to a school for college that I always hoped to go for. We played weeklong in a tournament and the last second of my last game, I tore everything. It was a split second. I was on the ground, the whole knee blown up. I tore every single thing. I had to fly back to the United States the next day from Switzerland. It was the worst pain I’ve ever been in. I got home. When I was born, I had heart surgery so I can’t get MRIs. I had to sit on that knee surgery and before that for three weeks. I got surgery. It was supposed to take an hour. It took five hours for the knee surgery.

It caught you off guard. I can relate to that. I don’t know if many people know that I had a concussion, my second to the last game in high school for football and I had an opportunity to most likely go to Vanderbilt. I was in talks about to sign with them. I’m super excited to do SEC team. It’s a massive Division I school. I suffered a severe concussion and after that was one of the most brutal years of my life. I had brain fog every single day, post-concussion syndrome. I know what it’s like to have everything you’ve worked for your entire life and lose it in a second. The most beautiful thing about that is that made you who you are. You wouldn’t have hundreds of thousands of people following you and you wouldn’t be able to inspire many women and men all around the world if it weren’t for that.

At the time, I never would have ever thought about being a fitness influencer and doing what I do now. If it wasn’t for that one moment going overseas and having the best experience of my life and at the time thinking, “I lost everything in that split second.” That one split second changed my entire life.

It was a blessing in disguise. I know your story well. You were fatigued with your life in general. You felt weak, you felt alone and you felt insecure and all these different things. When you saw that your leg was atrophied to half the size of the other one. Tell us about that because you went from that point to bodybuilding. What was that bridge? Where did that bridge form? When was it?

I obviously had the surgery and that’s a full knee reconstruction metal on my knee, but I also had total muscle atrophy on my right leg. With that, I was in that leg brace for a few months. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t do anything. Before that injury, I felt strong and I’m at my highest point and then all of a sudden I felt weak and alone. I felt sorry for myself and I was sitting in my bed saying, “Why me? Why is this happening to me again?” From there I decided, I was like, “What’s me sitting in bed thinking about this? If I could change that one split second, what is that going to do for my outcome?” A seventeen-year-old me, crutch down to my home gym and I started lifting weights, upper body for a couple of hours. I had nothing else to do and I started feeling strong again. I started feeling good about myself again. From there, I spent all summer in my basement, every single day lifting with my big leg brace on and I started seeing progress. It was the best feeling ever to see those physical changes from putting in the work and feeling strong again. Going for PRs on a shoulder press and from there I was hooked. That’s how I got into bodybuilding from that knee surgery.

What’s interesting about this is that when you talk about bodybuilding, building size, strength and everything, usually females are like, “I want nothing to do with that. I’m going to get big and bulky.” You’re proving that you can work out the way you want. You can work out in the gym and lift heavyweight sometimes. Even not lift heavy weights but do bodybuilding exercises, movements and look good. Sculpt your body the way you want.

I was a victim of it too. I thought bodybuilding when I was in high school, “That’s bulky.” Even when that happened, I started getting into bodybuilding before my senior year and I had a lot of girls talk behind my back saying, “She’s going to look like a man. What is she doing?” For females in general in lifting, that’s a big misconception is with bodybuilding. You hear the word bodybuilding and instantly you think of something totally different than what it is, big juiced-up girls.

What you and I have been talking about is important, not to give in to peer pressure, not to give in to what everyone else is saying, not to give in to the bad vibes, the noise. A lot of people talk about this on social media all the time, but who truly listens to themselves saying that like, “Don’t give in.” We all give in. What’s one way that you gave in during the journey? You know you did in some way, shape or form and one instance. When you were going through that transformation, where did you give in a little bit to the noise and what people were saying?

I got into doing competitions and I got super competitive about it. At first, it had nothing to do with social media. I didn’t even have a social media account, but then I did a show and I felt that pressure. There’s that pressure on social media of I want to win. I was determined to get a pro card and I drove my body into the ground for it. I look back and it wasn’t even that long ago. I finished a few months ago and I look back, I’m like, “Why did I do that? I wasn’t even enjoying myself.”

Why did you do it?

I did it because I felt pressure from social media to continue, to win and I wanted to win so badly.

Why did you want to win so badly?

The status of it.

At that point, what did you feel it would give you?

It would give me the feeling of accomplishing a said task that I said I was going to do, but at the end of the day, when I look back I’m like, “If I get this title, IFBB Pro, what is it going to do for me?”

It doesn’t make you any more talented. It doesn’t make you any better than anyone else. It doesn’t make you a professional or an expert. I do want to touch on this because this is something that we want to dive into. A lot of people struggle from this. It’s that, “I want that IFBB Pro card or I want this. I want to be seen as accomplishing this.” Where else in your life did you feel like you fell short and you’d didn’t achieve what you set out to achieve fully in anything in your life?

It happened a lot in my life, playing soccer especially. I’m playing with the same girls. I have fallen short of making certain teams that I was determined to make. It’s hard to work hard and see someone else get it and then you go after it and not get it. At the end of the day you look back and with the soccer thing and the knee surgery, something happens to you. It’s not what you want, but it’s a blessing in disguise. It happened a lot.

That’s something to target on right there is everything does happen for a reason. We don’t know why. We can’t explain it. It’s like we’re in a big forest and we’re going through and all of a sudden you see some light. You get outside of the forest and it’s everything you could ever imagine. It’s maybe the car, maybe it’s the relationship and maybe it’s the IFBB Pro card for all you know. You can work and work and fail and fail, then you can either quit because you feel that it’s not coming to you. You could have a shift and realize that maybe that’s not the journey for you and the success is right around the corner, you just don’t see it yet, but you try to keep on going with it in a different way. Maybe in a more humble way, maybe it’s giving back a little bit more or maybe it’s sitting and taking a different approach to your life. We all go through things and we all need to counteract in some way, shape or form. Your turning point was going to bodybuilding. What is that feeling when you walk into a gym? What is it with you that makes you want to progress more and more because you are well-known for your workouts on social media? You can build a nice upper body especially. What does that give to you?

In 2018, I was focused on the aesthetic of getting onstage, but now I have this feeling of, I go into the gym and I love feeling strong. My gym workouts have been amazing and being able to share workouts and having other people, both male and female, reach out to me and say, “I tried your workout. It destroyed me in the best way possible and thank you so much for sharing this.” Helping someone, even if it’s one person a day, makes my heart happy. When I started my journey and it’s crazy now that I’m a BodyBuilding.com athlete. I was fourteen, I Googled bodybuilding for women and there was not that much stuff that there is now. The amount of information and content you can find and having someone say, “You changed my life,” is the best feeling ever.

It’s funny because when you were looking online, you were looking for inspiration. You were looking for someone to be like, “I did it. You can too.” What did you show to the world? What was missing in your life at that point that you’ve provided to other women around the world and even guys? That’s the cool thing because we never should limit ourselves because of our race, our gender, our views on religion or political views. We’re all the same.

I hate when people tell me, “Can I do this workout? I’m a guy.” I’m like, “What’s the difference between me going into the gym and you going into the gym? We’re both there. We’re both trying to work for a common goal. There’s no difference. Go in with intensity.” In the industry, there are so much with females and targeting female workouts and workout supplements and stuff. I’m like, “There’s no difference.” I hate that stigma. It bothers me.

This brings up a huge point. You have your degree. What is it in?

Health Sciences.

You’ve interned with?

I’m interning with Sport & Spine Rehab, a chiro, PT office, but I was a sports performance trainer for a while.

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That right there is coming down to science. The way you train can be for anybody and everyone that wants to build their body and truly wants to build each muscle group. A woman saying, “We’re going to focus on shoulder or delts chests and maybe a little bit of back.” How is that going to be any different? Science is science. We talked about strength, power, hypertrophy, muscular endurance, rest ranges, frequency and all this stuff. Is it the same Brooklyn or is it different for women?

It’s exactly the same.

I thought that you go to school for exercise physiology for males. It’s interesting green juice for men.

Protein powder for men and women and I’m like, “What’s the difference?” It bothers me so much. It’s always more expensive for women if you haven’t notice that.

That’s because women are buyers. That’s one part of your story and that’s all incredible. You’re here and now you’re a bodybuilder. Outside of bodybuilding, because everyone needs a life, what are some things you do that nobody knows about or are you focused on training and are you focused on makeup because you’re also big into makeup? What else do you do?

To be honest, it is hectic with school and interning. My day is waking up, going to the gym, going straight to school, going straight to my internship, coming home and doing all my research.

You are structured and you do research?

All my studies are research.

You put time and effort into crafting your skill.

I’m doing a presentation at my university. I got it submitted for that but I do a lot of research.

A lot of people feel they have it all already and they don’t need to research anymore or, “I’ve already learned. My experience is strong enough.” The truth is you always have room to grow. Like you’re coaching people and you have everything that’s launching in the business, you also have a coach. That’s Nick who’s also on the show. It’s important because Nick probably works with other coaches. Don’t think that you ever have enough.

Never settle.


There’s always room to grow, to learn and to be more. Something my mom said to me, “You should never be the smartest person in the room. You should always surround yourself with people who bring you value in your life in a different way.”

That is also shown through the people that follow you. That’s also shown through your little brother, your little sister, your cousin, that person at the grocery store. Everyone brings you value in every room. You don’t know it yet. That’s the most important thing is to get up and find out for yourself, and that’s what you’ve done with bodybuilding and taking it to the next step. When we talk about a nice old dinner table, we’re at a dinner table and you have three people that you can have dinner with. They’re all at the same table. Who would they be? I’ll give you four for myself.

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I would like to tap into the mind of Gary Vee. I feel that him and I have an interesting perspective on life and people around us and we’re also both high energy. I would also love Tony Robbins. I also would love Donald Trump. I want to tap into his mind and understand who he is, what he truly enjoys and what he’s truly passionate about. All of this stuff is a facade of who he truly is. I think he’s a good dude. Everybody’s a good dude or a good girl. Finally, I would like Logan Paul. I don’t care about followers. It’s not something I truly care about, but the controversy around him, his high energy, his athleticism and how much confidence he has in himself, but also the other side. I know he’s got a soft side. I know he has a lot of things that hold him back in his life. I like tapping into that. How about your three people?

Can I not take any of yours? Gary Vee and Donald Trump are two that would be interesting. This is a little bit girly for me, but I would love James Charles, the makeup artist. Have you heard of him? He’s huge on Instagram and YouTube.

Who else?

I would love to sit down and have dinner with the Kardashians.

Which one?

Kylie Jenner.

I want to tap into this because you said a couple of different people. Why?

I listen to Gary Vee every morning driving to school for my hour commute. I love his podcast. I love everything he preaches. Donald Trump, he’s an interesting and good businessman. There are many questions. I don’t know where I would start, but he is fascinating to me. James Charles, he turned twenty and this guy has fourteen million on YouTube. He started and fourteen million on Instagram too. He’s incredible. He’s talented with everything he does, makeup, piano. He could sing. He does everything and a great businessman as well. The stigma between a male and the makeup industry is something I would love to learn a little bit more about, things he struggled with and how he’s overcome things. He’s young. Him and then Kylie Jenner, the same things, being young. I know she was more born into a family who was well-known, but she took that power she had and made it into something incredible. I would love to sit down and talk to her as well.

I say this every episode whenever I ask that question, “You can find out who a person is from whom you would like at your dinner table.” If I said, “I love the local guy from McDonald’s. I would like the maid at my dinner table. I would also like Spec Mike, the guy with the video camera.” That also explains a lot about a person. It’s interesting because each person has a story that we don’t truly know about, the Jenner family, we have no clue. Our judgment doesn’t serve what we’re creating or what we’re developing. When we’re looking at people that are sitting at our table, the foods that we’re going to provide to them and what we’re going to be talking about, we can start learning more about ourselves and watch those people. Keep on being inspired, but ask yourself, “Why am I watching these people? Why do I want Tony Robbins? Why do I want Donald Trump? Why do I want Logan Paul?” Sit with that and embrace it. Let me ask you. Who would you want at your dinner table? If you have a little kiddie dinner table, that’s okay. I wouldn’t fit in a little kiddie chair, but you can. I want to have a little bit of fun and not talk about politics or religion. Where do you want to go into the world?

If I had to pick one place, Egypt is definitely one.

We need to tap into why you don’t know. You can’t have everything you want. Let me ask you, Brooklyn, because a lot of the times when I asked you a question, you have to think about it.

Do you know where I want to go? I’m a history person, that’s why I would like Egypt. I would love to go to Europe and go to Amsterdam.


It’s because of the concentration camps.

I was thinking of something completely different. I’m glad you brought that up.

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I love that type of history. It fascinates me so much. I live in DC. We have the Holocaust Museum and I love going to museums in general, but that museum speaks to me and learning it in school many times. I would love to go and look at that history and going through that, because the whole scenario of how everything went down blows my mind. I love Europe in general, but I would love to go specifically to Amsterdam, Poland, the Anne Frank House would be one place I want to go.

Anne Frank, I read that book. I’m a professional reader. I’m a speed reader. Did you know that I’m Polish?

I am too, 15%.

How do you know the exact percentage?

I got my DNA tested.

Me too, 23andMe. Did you know that I’m Ashkenazi Jew?

I have 0.1%.

I’m 28%. I’m definitely a part of the team. I thought I was so much Puerto Rican and Italian. I’m Puerto Rican-Italian but I’m like, “My name is Brendan. I’m Ashkenazi Jewish.” I’m not even sure. I’m about 8% Puerto Rican and 15% Italian.

You thought you were all Puerto Rican and Italian?

I told myself that for the longest time. I’m also Czechoslovakian. Are you Italian?

I’m not Italian but I am Spanish-Portuguese.

Spanish and Portuguese, do you speak?

I don’t. I didn’t even know I was, but my grandma found out she was, which was a whole other thing. She has heritage from Spain. I found out I was too.

I want to tap into that personality of yours and why you’re calm all the time. How do you stay calm? Why not flip and be like, “Back up because I’m about to go wild on you?”

Why are you hyper?

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Do you think it’s hyper or do you think it’s high energy? What’s your perspective on me?

I like high energy. You are hyper or high energy.

I feel that’s something a doctor would say like, “You’re hyperactive and we needed to get that taken care of with some medicine.” I’m passionate about everything I do, everything I touch, everything I eat. I love food, I’m passionate about it. Why are you so calm?

I’m passionate about what I do too.

Do you want everybody to win around you?

Yeah, I’m a team player. I love cheering people on. I was also a cheerleader in high school. I was a varsity cheer captain.

Why did you like cheerleading?

I like the energy of it.

It’s similar to me? The energy I have?

I liked it. I love the environment of football too, but I was a competitive cheerleader. We did all of that tumbling, the stunting, but it was fun. It was different than soccer. When you’re doing competitive cheerleading, more of an adrenaline rush thing. I liked it.

You’re into sports. You have all this story. You built an incredibly strong body. You’re smart. You’re calm. What’s your favorite movie?

A Star is Born.

Are you into music?

I’m really into music.

Do you like to twerk?

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I’m not a twerker. I would love to learn. I tried to watch a YouTube video one time on how to do it. I love all kinds of music. I grew up on music.

Do you like country music?

I do.

For anyone that’s reading, I flirt a lot. I’m a flirtatious person. I build off of energy. I love everyone around me, but we’re also close friends. What do you think about a man who plays an acoustic guitar?

It’s a man playing the guitar, singing or a piano too.

When you go on a date with a man, what is the best first date? The most respectful first date that a man could give you?

I don’t go on many dates. An ideal first date, I don’t know if I would say going out to dinner, which would be a standard first date. I like to do something. Maybe go out somewhere.

Roll down a hill with a bag over your head?

I don’t know about rolling because my hair would get messed up. I don’t know about that, but maybe going and doing something. It could be anything like hiking.

Do you like a competitive man?

Yes, I do because I’m competitive too.

This is for all men and women out there, would you say that you could be in a relationship or date someone completely opposite to you?

Opposite in what way?

Energy or passion-wise, what their goal is.


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Is that the same thing for every woman? As a male myself that dates and other guys that are all around the world that are looking for someone to come into their life, they’re searching. Where do you put that confidence with a woman if they’re a little bit different? Should they not even pursue? Should we not even pursue that relationship or that possibility? What’s your perspective on it? If someone’s opposite of you, are you going to tell the guy or do we need to find it out for ourselves and like you?

It doesn’t hurt to find out, but at the same time you don’t want to waste your time with someone. It’s a feeler thing.

What if we don’t trust our gut?

That’s the problem. That’s how people waste time in relationships. They stay with someone and they settle with someone because they give them that instant gratification and they don’t feel alone. They get stuck in a relationship and they settle.

If you were digging for gold, you found it and it’s a golden nugget. How do we tell? Do we need to ask the questions? Do we need to set an intention? If we’re at dinner and we’re into the other girl, do we ask something? When is too early?

It’s who you are as a person. If you’re comfortable with asking certain questions and seeing how the conversation’s going. If the person seems standoffish and closed off, I don’t know. It’s hard to say.

I’m a very straight forward person. If I’m at dinner with someone, maybe it’s not the first one or you don’t want to set yourself up to lose. One thing I do is I set the intention and I say, “I’m attracted to you. I love hanging out with you. I would love to see where this goes more than a friendship.” I was afraid for a second because if that was a failing strategy, I would have to rewrite a twenty-year script.

Being upfront with someone and not leading them on is a good idea in general. I would appreciate that in general and I would say the same thing to someone else. If I wasn’t interested, I would say I’m not interested.

A girl won’t say that. We need to ask the question or set the intention.

You need to ask.

Are you interested in me and not over text message?

Not over a text message.

Did I FaceTime you the first time I ever talked to you? I almost feel like I did. I’m a FaceTimer. I’m like, “Let me get your number and then I’ll FaceTime you.”

Text can be interpreted in many different ways. You don’t know how the person’s tone is or anything, it’s confusing.

Don’t you think everything in life is about relationships?

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It is, yes. Everything, friendships and how you get along with people. Who you surround yourself with is a relationship.

Your word is your world thing. I talk about that all the time. What you say, what you give, how your energy is, everything is your world, what you surround yourself with. What would you say to someone that is seeking something in their life greatly? They don’t know what it is. They’re trying to find it. It’s almost like a passion, they’re looking and seeking. What would you say to someone that’s feeling stagnant, lost, weak like you were when you had that horrific injury, surgery and situation in your life? This could be searching for a woman. This could be searching for a job. This could be searching for my passion. It could be everything from A to Z. Can you even be in a relationship with a woman or a male until you know about yourself or have a passion for yourself?

Personally, I would say no. Not a successful relationship. I feel like with relationships and something I take is I want to find myself, be established and know what I want before I bring someone else into my world with that. I want the same thing for the male I bring into my life. I want him to know who he is and what he wants in life. When we come together, we both have our own individual goals that feed off of each other. Going back to relationships, I couldn’t be with someone that didn’t have a drive because I’m driven with everything I do. I want this and that and then know clearly what I want. My thing is you need to find out who you are before you almost feed off of someone else to make you feel whole.

Create you before you can create that relationship that you want. It’s true. That’s why I’m asking you about that if someone’s stagnant, lost or weak. What’s something that you can tell them that will get them over the hump?

Put yourself out there. Try new things. You have one life, why do the same thing over and over again if it’s not working? If it’s not working, try something else. You might surprise yourself, love it and find that passion from it. For me, it’s always soccer and all of a sudden I’m into fitness and I’m into beauty. I like to try new things and see what’s out there. Explore the world. If you’re not feeling fulfilled by what you’re doing in life, don’t settle for it.

If you’re using the wrong soap, I suggest you try a new soap. If you have the wrong shampoo, choose a different one. Get a new shampoo. If your chicken is too grilled, try something new. Don’t grill it as much. That’s a good point to close on and bring a cool summary up of what we talked about. In summary, you played soccer and went through a tough situation with your leg. You went through a lot and you found strength in bodybuilding. You found strength in something you were desperate for at that time, but you found it because you trust that it would happen. You trusted the process. You trusted that you would create you eventually and not only that, but you took it and you turn it into a career.

You said, “I’m not going to settle here. I’m not going to settle for getting strong and working out and stuff. What do I want to do? I enjoyed this. Why not try it? Why not go all in?” If you’re reading, you may have all this other stuff pulling you back, but you do know that it’s possible. That whatever you want in your life, whatever passion is there, there is something there and you know it’s there. Keep chugging along and try it. Go out there and be who you want to be every single day. Create you with the intention that you’re going to create you and that’s it. Don’t allow the outside noise to bog you down. Allow the outside noise to give you feedback but use it towards what you want to create as Brooklyn did. Brooklyn, thank you so much for coming on.

Thank you for having me.

We talked about relationships. We talked about all of the research that you’re doing in school and also your degree in health sciences and the possibilities that you have. Thank you so much for sharing and going in-depth with yourself and showing everyone else what’s possible with their selves. You were once that girl who was on the internet looking and searching for someone to inspire you, and now you are the woman on the internet that people are looking up and gaining inspiration from.

I don’t care if you’re a guy or a girl, this isn’t a man’s podcast or female’s podcast, get those seven free products and review the podcast. If you enjoyed this, please leave a review on iTunes. If it’s bad, great. If you don’t like the show, then it is what it is. I’m here to bring visions to life and to sit down with incredible guests, people from Brooklyn, all the way to homeless people. People that work at regular jobs, local businesses, CEOs and Fortune 500 companies. I want everyone and anyone to come on here and share their story and strategize with me. Thank you so much. Thank you for reading another episode of the blog. I’ll see you next time.

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About Brooklyn Hillenbrand

CUE 04 | Overcoming Severe InjuriesBrooklyn is a nationally qualified bikini competitor, fitness coach, and bodybuilding.com athlete from Washington, D.C.

Her passion for the weight room ignited after suffering from multiple knee surgeries and other injuries as an elite soccer player growing up.

She documents her fitness journey and knowledge alongside finishing up her undergrad degree in Health Sciences & Pre-Physical Therapy.

Episode 03: My Scary Suicidal Journey (Story Revealed)


Life has a very interesting way of taking you towards the path you are meant to be. Sometimes, it leads us across many bumps that make it challenging for us to even go on, but as you continue, you’ll find something worthwhile. Starting the very first of many Quicktime Fridays, Brendan lets us in on the difficult journey that brought him to where he is now. Brendan begins by taking us back to how his life went a total 360 – from being on top of the world in California to lying down on the ground thinking he was dying from various losses and health conditions. Brendan narrates the events that changed his life where he broke through and ended up making $100,000 in one day, built incredible companies, and gained more than he could imagine.

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My Scary Suicidal Journey (Story Revealed)

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We’re going to do something called Quicktime Friday, and it’s basically just me talking. Remember, when you do review the podcast on iTunes, you get seven free gifts. I want to touch on a subject. I want to hear also what you want me to talk about, send me a message on Instagram, @BMeyers. You can even send in a review like some of the things that you want to know on the show. I wanted to talk about how I lost so much weight in a very short time, about 30 pounds in ten weeks. It was muscle. Dive into this story and see if you can relate to it in a way or take it into your own life and maybe look at everything around you from a different perspective.

It feels like a lot of the times we don’t even realize what people are going through. We don’t even realize that our friend is depressed or mom or dad is hating what they’re doing. We don’t realize these things. I believe we’ve got to. I believe that every single day we have that choice to learn more and that’s all about being present and standing for ourselves and other people around us by being that present. Preparation in our life is key, that’s what it comes down to. I want to jump into this because it’s a very interesting story. I went from being on the top of the world, Corvette, BigTeam, all these different things, living in California to laying on the ground thinking I was dying every single second of every single minute. I had to move back to Florida. When I was in Florida, I couldn’t move. There’s a lot of stuff that was happening. The toughest six months of my entire life, let’s just jump into it.

I actually wrote down something as I was going through it all. It was July 20th, 2017 all the way up until January 31st, 2018. I want to just go through step by step and what happened and how I shifted through these moments and broke through and ended up making $100,000 in one day and building incredible companies and building the CreateU Agency and going from literally losing all of this stuff to gaining more than I could ever imagine. It has been a wild ride and I’m more blessed that you could ever imagine. I’m thankful and that’s why I’m here with the CreateU Experience and bring you this show.

The Week Of July 20th

July 20th, I pulled something in my shoulder. I come to find out that I tore my shoulder in four places, but that same week I have a breakup with my very beautiful girlfriend. I loved her to death. I thought I was getting married. The same week, I herniated two discs on my low spine. My whole foot was numb. I couldn’t feel my leg at all. I was exhausted and crying so much because of the breakup that I didn’t even know what to do and my shoulder. I could barely move my shoulder, but yet I was still trying to train it. My pops came out to California and he was supporting me in every single way. We would walk everywhere and I would keep on trying to ride my bike because I just couldn’t keep my mind off it. My dad ended up going home. It was a crazy week. At that same point, I found out that I had fleas in my house from my dog that I had, a pit terrier mix. His name was Koa. I love that dog. That dog actually went with my ex. In the next month, Koa would be brought back to the pound, but it was a good pound, it was not a kill shelter. She ended up getting a housing but that absolutely destroyed me.

In that same week, I went to go get a scan of my neck and something was going on with my gland next to my throat and I was like, “What’s going?” I was freaking out. I had all this stuff happening and I went to the doctor and he’s like, “It’s nothing. You don’t need to get a scan.” I ended up heading back home to Florida because I couldn’t take care of myself. I couldn’t walk. I could barely do anything. Honestly, I was sitting in a dark apartment. I was trying to ride my bike everywhere and my back was getting worse. Remember, I had severely herniated discs. I went back to Florida and I was like, “This is cool. It is what it is. I’m going to break through this,” but it’s not. I was torn to pieces. I couldn’t move and I was crying.

I ended up going to get an ultrasound of this gland in my neck and all the doctors like, “There’s nothing, don’t worry about it.” When I go and get the ultrasound, even the woman on the ultrasound said, “That’s just your lymph node. You’re good.” I go home. I’m waiting for a week. I’m worried about everything.” I get a call from my doctor’s like, “Yes. You have something abnormal in your gland and you need to get a CT scan immediately.” I’m like, “You’ve got to be kidding?” I was extremely scared. I literally dropped right there. As I said, I had all these things happening. This is in a two-and-a-half-week period and I was praying. I go in and get a CT scan and through this whole journey, what was most incredible was how certain people showed up for me and how things just fell into place everywhere. I actually found out that there was nothing wrong with my gland, but you know what happened? I had severe paranasal sinus disease and I’m like, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” I was happy in a way because I was like, “I don’t have a tumor into my gland,” but at the same time I was breaking down and I was exhausted.

That next day after I got the CT scan, I got the same day results because of a very close friend. I am sitting there, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. Nothing else is bothering me. I’m like, “I have torn shoulder. I have the X situation I’m going through,” and then my low spine was destroyed. After that day, the next day came around and I felt fine. The third day after that CT scan, I just broke down and I was crying off and on all day. The next day was even worse. At the end of the day when I stopped crying, I noticed that that crying feeling in my throat was not going away. I was wondering, I was like, “What is this? Why do I have something in my throat?” I literally feel someone is choking me all the time and I still have that. If you take two of your fingers and you press it up against your throat, below your Adam’s apple, that’s the feeling that I have all day. It comes on and off, a little bit worse, sometimes a little bit less. I started worrying out from that, and I go in to get my blood results the next day after that because I was going to go in, either way, to get a full checkup because my body was destroyed and everything was fine. I was nervous the whole time.

I brought up to the doctor, I was like, “I have this lump in my throat.” He’s like, “It’s nothing. Don’t worry about it. It’s probably allergies.” I still couldn’t do anything. I was just destroyed. It felt like someone was choking me. I was laying on the ground and I was basically shaking. My shoulder was torn to pieces. My lower spine was torn to pieces. I couldn’t feel my leg and I was just shooting pain all through my body and I didn’t know what to do. Come to find out that we’re in September, a category four hurricane is going to hit my house. I’m like, “You’ve got to be kidding me. Is this what life is serving me?” At this time, I wasn’t picking up my camera. I left everything in California. I had my entire team that was still working. I had an office that I was paying $2,500 a month near Santa Monica Beach. I had the apartment that I was still paying $3,500 a month. I had all these bills and all of these expenses and I wasn’t even living there. I didn’t post on social media for seven, eight months.

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Right when this hurricane was about to hit, it actually shifted. Right when I walked outside after the hurricane, a bee literally starts chasing me and it stung me in my head and the next morning I wake up in all my lymph nodes on the right side of my body are swollen and they hurt. I start freaking out. I go to the doctor and I ask about the lymph nodes. I tell them about the lump in my throat again, he tells me lymph nodes aren’t a concern. They’re just inflamed. They should go down in a few weeks. I’m like, “This is brutal.” I’m worried about everything. I’m searching for lymphoma. I’m literally fearful of death and I’m planning my death. It’s just destroying me left and right. You may know the feeling, you may not but when everything’s going down the hill, you don’t know how to control anything. You’re not eating, you’re not doing much of anything, you’re just lying on the ground shaking and you feel someone’s pressing up against your throat. It’s tough. I’m not going to lie.

The Events From September 20th

September 20th came around and I had to move out of my apartment in California because I wasn’t there. It was better to break my lease, spend thousands of dollars to get out of it and come back to Florida and focus. That was one of the toughest parts for me because that was my home. That’s where I had everything. I had to let go of my office during that same time. It was stressful. I didn’t know what to do. I’m a believer and I was just praying. This is just the beginning of the road. September 25th came around and I moved out of my apartment and it was a hard time for me because I was leaving California in my home and I’m from Florida, so it was just a brutal time.

I go to an ENT and he checks my throat. He’s like, “It’s all fine.” He says to go on an antibiotic. I go on this antibiotic and he says that my throat is all about anxieties. It’s called Globus Hystericus, but he tells me to go see a GI because it’s very important. I go and get an endoscopy done and I get a biopsy and everything. Everything’s normal in my throat and I start freaking out of my lymph nodes because they’re not going down and I still can’t work out, I can’t still can’t do anything. October rolls around and my lymph nodes aren’t going down at all. I’m concentrating all this crap and all of a sudden, I start getting headaches every single day.

They’re minor but they’re slight aches at the top of my head, a little on the sides and my eyebrows, a little bit of fogginess. At this point, I’m like, “What is happening?” My headaches won’t go away and I end up calling in for the antibiotics for my sinus because I didn’t want to take antibiotics. This is where it all began. This is the real journey. This is about a month and a half in and I’ve already lost about twenty pounds. I can’t catch a break. About two months in, I’ve lost about 30 pounds of muscle and I’m smaller than I ever have. I’m literally writing my death sentence. I’m trying to journal, I’m working with my very close friend Megan, who was my life coach at the time and she’s a great friend of mine, but my headaches would not go away at this time. When I got those antibiotics and started taking those, I started to jog a little bit to try and get my mind off very slight.

CUE 3 | Life Journey


I noticed that my headache and fogginess was still there and I started developing urinary issues and I was like, “What’s going on? Why am I going to take a piss, then all of a sudden, three minutes later needing to take a piss again? Why would I pee and there would still be pee after even if I stopped?” It was almost as if I didn’t have control of my bladder. This started to worry me a little bit. I didn’t understand it, but I kept on jogging that next day. I jogged a little bit harder. I was just trying to get my mind off of everything. Literally, I was in pain, but I was still telling myself, “Brendan, you’ve got this. Push your mind, push your heart. You know you have something bigger and better in your life,” but I was still worried. The next day I jogged again and my nerve all the way down to my leg was aggravating me even more. Remember, this is when I still couldn’t feel my leg, so it was getting a little bit better, but not quite as much.

This is where self-control comes into play and I’m pissing even more. I’m walking with my dad, I’m like, “What’s going on?” He says, “Are you good? What’s going on with this?” I’m like, “I don’t know why, but I think it’s just my stress and all this stuff that’s happening and I’m losing everything.” I ended up losing my team in that same week and I lost $100,000 of my dad’s money. Even though I was making money, I was still losing. I was paying for doctor bills. I was paying for everything and anything to heal myself with so many doctors and all this stuff. That next day I actually decided to smoke some weed with my buddy. I had a blunt, I smoked from a bowl and I smoked from a bong and I got ripped. I don’t smoke a lot. I’m in Denver, Colorado but I still don’t smoke. I got high and I felt like my throat was literally eating my tongue. It was so scary. From that day on I would have brain fog. Basically, I had many concussions in high school where I had a post-concussive syndrome. What I would feel is everything around me is just not real and I couldn’t even recognize myself in the mirror, so that day it started.

All this stuff in one week, the urinary issues, headaches, I got on antibiotics and I decided I need to go get an MRI of my brain. I was thinking so negatively. Some people were saying, “It’s just your sinus issues.” I was thinking so negatively and I was worried. I thought I had cancer or had a tumor in my brain. I had headaches every single day. I had the fogginess, I had my throat, I had my back, I was laying on the ground shaking, I just couldn’t control myself. I got the MRI and it was negative. Basically, I put this liquid that put in your body for a contrast scan. I did that and it clearly affected my body significantly because my cortisol levels were so high. Just a couple of weeks go by and I talked with a friend and I still have the throat issue and then I go into the doctor for urinary issues and he basically says, “You may have some serious issues.” I’m like, “What are you talking about?” He’s like, “You should just watch your urinary issues and see why they’re happening and see if they get any more significant.”

I got a call one day from a very close friend and also a doctor out in California. He basically says, “You said you were having urinary issues, right?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “How was your back?” I said, “It’s just destroyed. I can barely walk, can barely do anything.” He said, “You need to go to the ER immediately.” I said, “What do you mean?” He said, “I don’t want to scare you, but there’s something called Cauda Equina” At this time, I’m literally at one of my closest friend’s weddings on the West Coast of Florida. He’s like, “Go see a spine surgeon. Whatever you have to do, you literally might need surgery today.” I’m like, “What are you talking about?” He’s like, “Just look up Cauda Equina and don’t freak out.” I’m like, “Thanks. I appreciate that.” I go and look up Cauda Equina and I learned that Cauda Equina is when you herniate your disks in your low spine. I have two severe, L4 and L5, S1. They call it the horseshoe down there with all the nerves. You have the possibility of literally damaging all of your nerves and going paralyzed and also losing control of your bladder or your bowels.

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What he was saying is, “You actually might have that.” I go see a spine surgeon and I tell him about this and he’s like, “You need to go get an MRI immediately.” That next day I come back and he’s like, “You don’t have the syndrome. It’s pretty bad. You have severe injuries and they’re definitely pressing on all the nerves and it’s affecting your nerves 100%, but you don’t have it. We need to give you a shot in your low spine.” During this time, I was on the second round of antibiotics and I was like, “What is going on?” I needed a second opinion and I ended up starting to take the Prednisone. In the same week, I took Prednisone, I took an antidepressant called Lexapro and I was also on a GERD medication. I was driving to the neurosurgeon I was going to see for my low spine and I literally had the most severe panic attack. For the next 48 hours, I would literally be panting, trying to breathe and my lungs and everything was so sore, so brutally destroyed. I couldn’t do anything. When I was driving, I fell asleep because of how light headed I got and how tingly I got all over my body.

I almost crashed into the side of the road and I woke up last second and I could breathe and I rushed to the neurosurgeon. He’s like, “Are you okay?” I’m like, “Yes.” It’s me trying to take control of the situation and believing like, “It’s going to be fine,” but when that’s happening, I just need to be open. He gives me a second opinion. He tells me, “You 100% could have surgery. You have your L4 and L5, S1. Your herniations are literally on your spinal cord. They’re bad.” That was horrible news for me but he said, “I suggest you don’t do surgery and you just focus on healing through proper nutrition and doing all that fun stuff like the rehab and all of that.” I worked with so many different people during this time. I was on the Prednisone and I was on all these things and then after all the antibiotics, I got the epidural shot. He did suggest, “It’s fine to get the epidural shot.” With the epidural shot and everything else that happened, I started feeling extremely weird.

My vision started getting super effected, my throat was feeling even worse and I ended up having some severe complications to all of these medications and that shot in my low spine. I was numb all the way in my pelvis for a while. I started having panic attacks for five hours straight and I couldn’t take a deep breath. I was freaking out, tingling hands, tunnel vision, my chest was just ended up being extremely sore and my throat area is destroyed. I started having tremors and my whole body was having cold flashes and my anxiety was through the roof. I literally would be sitting there and I will have a cold flash that’s shot all the way up my body.

From November 19th

This is all in the same week and a half, and this is in November. I also couldn’t sleep. My eyes were super tired of these days feeling everything was worse. I decided I need to get off all this and I started getting nauseous. I still had the headaches at this point and I was like, “What is going on?” I was only sleeping four hours, feeling worse and worse. I felt like a zombie. November 19th, I decided I’m just going to stop Lexapro. It was the last night I just stopped the cold turkey and everyone told me not to do it, but I got off of it and I was like, “I’m not doing it.” The next day I was off Lexapro, that antidepressant, I was feeling good. I was able to work. There’s not much shakiness. I was still losing money, I wasn’t posting. I was down about 32 pounds. I got down to 163 pounds. I started at 205 pounds, so I lost about 43 pounds in total. It was a stressful time but as time progressed, my anxiety actually increased and it got worse and worse.

CUE 3 | Life Journey


I was laying there one day and I was freaking out because I was like, “What is wrong with me?” I can’t move. My shoulder is still destroyed. I can’t move my leg. I can barely walk. I have these urinary issues. I’m peeing like crazy. I feel someone’s pushing up against my throat. I have headaches. I’m foggy. I don’t know where I am. I’m on two different rounds of antibiotics. I’m on this medication and that medication, so I go to get my blood tested to find out about foods and what I can be consuming, and I found out that I’m literally sensitive to every single food except for a very small amount. I’m talking about spinach, allergic. Strawberries, allergic. Everything and anything under the sun. All the foods that I was eating, my chicken, my turkey and I was like, “I can’t even eat anything.” My doctor was telling me, “You need to focus on a diet that’s minimal, but you’ve got to heal your gut.” I didn’t know what to do. You’re sitting there and you’re like, “What? Another thing?”

The next day, I’m taking a shower and I find a bump on my ball and I’m like, “Are you joking me?” You know what that means. You need to go to the doctor immediately. Go to urologists, figure that out. I remember, I have someone that I drove across the state of Florida for and he had testicular cancer, so immediately, you know what came into my mind, I was like, “Maybe this is what is causing all these problems.” I go and I and I get an ultrasound, the urologist and everything and he says I’m clear. I could not sleep that whole night. Through this whole time, I kept on telling myself a different phrase, I was like, “Stay focused with that warrior spirit.” I actually have a tattoo on my left arm. I’m like, “Just keep on moving forward, even if you keep on getting stabbed.” Also on my right arm, I have a tattoo that says, “It’s all good,” with a cross because I would just tell myself, “It’s all good, Brendan. You got this.” If I didn’t, I’m telling you I would have killed myself.

I started progressing through that and I started having more issues, my urination and all that, and it started coming into December. I found out that I needed to get sinus surgery. I had sinus surgery and afterwards, I had horrible complications. I was completely dizzy. I was nauseous for weeks. I had to start another antibiotic, and there was so much blood from my sinuses that was actually abnormal. It just got worse and worse. I found out when I went to go get an MRI of my shoulder during the same period, I had literally four tears in my shoulder: my labrum, my bicep tendon, my supraspinatus and the fourth one is a separation in my AC joint. I still wasn’t training, it was months and months. I’ve already lost 30,000 followers and I said, “Come on people, please.” I couldn’t even look at my Instagram. I couldn’t pick up a camera, then I was told that I needed to get surgery on my shoulder. To be honest, this is why I am who I am because of all of this.

I opted out of that and I reached out to somebody and they said, “You can get stem cell surgery.” I ended up getting stem cell surgery, which was six bone marrow extractions and eighteen vials of blood taken right after while I was on antibiotics and recovering from my sinus surgery, so I actually had severe complications with that. I had a frozen shoulder. I couldn’t move my shoulder at all after those complications. It was the worst pain I’ve ever been in. I will be completely upfront. I’m thankful for it because I can move my shoulder and I do a lot of different work. I box and I can do crazy jumps. From that point forward, I noticed that I started having heart issues. My steady beats per minute were literally like 99 to 102 beats per minute, every single second of every single day. You could feel it, and I could only sleep 30 minutes per night and I was on Percocets, which is a narcotic and I was in the worst pain I’ve ever been.

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I couldn’t move my shoulder at all. My low spine was getting a little bit better, but it was no way near to me being healthy. I’m still thankful for my mom and dad because if you walked into the house and you saw how they looked and how exhausted they were, you would know what I was going through for sure. They went through that for me and they never stopped. They kept on assisting and loving and I’m so thankful for them. During this time, I couldn’t move my shoulder at all. I had to go through a lot to break out of my shoulder even moving because my shoulder was so swelled with all the stem cells that were placed in. I think I had ten injection sites. I had to work through it. Then after 30 minutes per night, I started sleeping four hours a night and then I had to get another PRP treatment in my shoulder, which is 22 vials of blood and I was still dizzy and it’s still in my throat. To be honest, I thought I was at the end. I had to go to the cardiologist to figure out what was going on and found out that my EKG was fine, my echocardiogram and my heart was all clear.

Onwards From January

At that point, I looked at myself in the mirror and I was like, “Brendan, you have been through the wringer.” Honestly, this isn’t even the whole story. I can go into the minor details but it’s not even necessary. Things would happen right after my shoulder surgery, a week after I fell on my shoulder. Things would happen again and again. I was having so much anxiety. I could barely breathe every single day. I was trying to take deep breaths and I couldn’t and I felt like my throat was locking up. At this point it was January, I was going through stuff from July 20th, all the way until January. When I looked into the mirror, I looked at someone differently. I looked at a young man who was beaten down but didn’t quit. A man that was struggling so much but knew that there was more. Even before that, I looked into the mirror because I was waiting to move in January. I was laying down, I’m going to be honest with you, I was suicidal. I was looking at the fan at the top of my ceiling and I was like, “I needed to go. This is too much. I can’t continue,” but this is where the warrior spirit comes into play. I was like, “No, I’m not going to allow myself.” I just said, “Brendan, just go to sleep. There’s another day. It’s all good. There are other people that are literally dying. You got this.” I woke up and I had five text messages.

Remember, two weeks before I was looking at myself in the mirror and after the echocardiogram and everything in January and I have text messages from people that I needed. It was my acupuncturist. It was an opportunity to go to an apartment that could store my Corvette. I lost everything else but my Corvette. I lost my team. A couple of people stayed around for me, which I’m so thankful, my close friends, Este and Nick. This apartment was such a far-fetched idea. At that moment I was like, “I’m moving to California.” Fast forward and I’m looking at myself in the mirror and I’m like, “Brendan, let’s go. Stay motivated. Pick up your camera and roll.” I’m a creative at heart. I love to create. I love it with all my passion and I decided to get up and just go.

I got on a plane ride and I moved to California. When I got to California it was tough, I’m not going to lie. My ex was in the same city. I was still having so many issues with my low spine, my left shoulder. I could barely move still. It was better but it was destroyed. God bless my other my surgeon for the stem cells. He did a great job, to be honest. He helped me out a lot. He got me through that and got and pushed me through and I’m healthy. When I was in California, I got back to YouTube and started posting, and I noticed that my engagement dropped so much and it didn’t feel right in my heart to be doing the same thing over and over again. I lost the love for that specific part of it, blogging. Even though I tried to get back into it, I couldn’t find myself. I couldn’t do my bodyweight training. I couldn’t do my flips. I couldn’t lift heavy weights. I had to do all rehab and I wanted to transform to someone else, but I was still so depressed even though I was in California. I was thankful I was alive and a lot of these other things were toning down.

CUE 3 | Life Journey


I still have the urinary issues, still had the throat thing, but my brain fog is a little bit better and I’m getting better. I ended up getting a call from a close friend. His name is Brian. He mentioned how he and his girl were breaking up and he’s like, “I don’t know what to do. Where should I move?” and I was like, “I’m moving with you.” I broke my lease immediately. I’ve lived in eight places because I like to move and to be adventurous. I moved in with him to a beautiful apartment and as I was sitting there, I started to reminisce on my entire life, my relationship with my girlfriend and everything and what I went through and how I was sitting in a three-storey house, a block from Venice Beach with a good friend and about to knock the world out of the park. I was like, “This is insane,” but I knew I was going to make some things happen. I knew something was going to come from it. As I was sitting there, I thought about my relationship and I realized a few different things.

Number one, when I was in that relationship and when I was going through all this stuff, I was not adventurous. I was holding back. Number two, I recognize how judgmental I was. Number three, I recognize how cold I was when someone would tell me something, it would go in one ear and out the other. I wasn’t compassionate. I started recognizing all of these different things. The biggest reward from all of this, and I’m so thankful that all of this happened to me, was my intuition, my gut. I started to recognize how right I was when I trusted my gut. All these things kept coming up. Brian was working hard in the house and I was working hard on the house, then I came up with an idea called the Creative Fitness Academy. I developed this Creative Fitness Academy in a 45-day period.

Eventually, people like Matt Ogus, Austin Dunham, Josue Pena, thirteen different people fly in and we filmed 120 videos. I structured it all. There are videos that are ten minutes all the way up to an hour and ten minutes. You can still buy that. Just go to the site, CreateUAgency.com. Go to the Podcast Experience, on the right-hand side you can pick that up if you want. It’s a pretty expensive course but not nearly as expensive as everyone else because I looked at the situation. I was like, “All these people are charging people $500 to coach them or $10,000 for a course and all this stuff. I want to produce something that’s $1,000, $2,000 that they can literally get everything with brand development, literally build their business from scratch and trust that they can build it with coaching and videography.” I did that, I put it together and the company was a complete success. Not only did I make all my money back, but I made more. From there, I started to recognize more of myself, the ego that was placed in my life and even more the judgment and wanting to be right all the time. I was like, “I need to take a stand for this.”

I started traveling and recognizing stuff again. I didn’t have control over my health. I wasn’t eating right. I was still suffering from everything, but I was still getting better. That’s the most important thing. I went through this mastery program called Mastery in Transformational Training and I started recognizing how I actually treated myself and how much I sacrificed my own life for other people. I never communicated right and I didn’t show up for people the way I truly wanted to. Showing up is not just like being on time, I was always on time, but it’s more so like standing for someone else or speaking up or mentioning something. I wasn’t doing it. I recognize that and I started shifting. When I went through this course in LA, everyone would tell me, “You’re being rude. You’re doing this. You’re being cold-blooded. You’re not being compassionate.”

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There’s a phrase that I gathered from that course. It’s that I’m a loving, compassionate and grateful man. I started to tap into that. All of a sudden in my intuition became that much stronger. I started recognizing things that I’ve never recognized in my entire life, not only about myself but about other people around me. I started to feel people and the energies that were going around me. This is where CreateU comes into play. I would listen to this person and that person and I would notice that their eyebrow would move a certain way when they set a specific word, or their ear would twitch or their pointer finger would jump up a little bit, or they would shift from left to right during this phrase. If I ask them a question, it will take them three seconds to respond. It’s pretty wild. For me, I recognize it and I was like, “I truly have a gift and I can tap into these things.” Because I was growing so much and being adventurous and being kinder and being compassionate and loving, I started to feel the same type of ways of being that I never have before and being compassionate and being loving.

Moving Forward With CreateU

I remember being on the phone and enrolling someone into purchasing the Creative Fitness Academy and he ended up buying. He was telling me a story and I got this cold streak through my body. I got shivers and bumps all over my body and I was like, “I’m feeling this.” Even though I lost all that weight and all of the things happened, the second I started feeling stuff, I was like, “This is the greatest ten months of my life. I’m so thankful for all of it. I’m thankful for all of the pain and all the misery that I went through and the freaking out.” All that stuff that’s happened that I talked about was literally in a six-month period. I didn’t even talk about this. I got addicted to pain pills. I was smoking weed.

I started creating my own pain pills. I bought bags of poppy seeds. I knew I had to put an end to it because I have all this pain and all of this stuff that was happening. I was like, “I cannot do this.” It was hard to stop it but I finally did. At that moment when I was feeling all these different things with that kid, it hit me with my purpose and why I was put on Earth. It wasn’t to become a bodyweight enthusiast. I’ve always thought about that. I never only wanted to do that. I always had plans for more. It wasn’t only to speak to people and motivate them through my experiences, but it was to tap into the minds of everyone in the hearts of everyone and create them, create you.

That’s where we are. I ended up doing things that were so adventurous. My friend bet that I wouldn’t book a trip to Philadelphia that same day to meet this girl that I was actually talking to at the time. It so happens that I did, which I would never have before all this stuff commenced. I ended up partnering with her in her business. From her, I partnered with another person. From her, I partnered with this other guy and from him, I partnered with another person. Soon enough I had the CreateU Agency. I was like, “I have something big. I finally get to release a podcast. Let’s just do it, Brendan. Let’s go big.” I came to Denver, Colorado and I remember my relationship with my brother and my sister and I was like, “I got to move to Denver, Colorado. Let me just do it.” I was living in a house on the top of the hills and I had the most beautiful view and awesome roommates. I had everything going for me at the time and I said, “I’m just going to get up and go, let’s see what happens.” That’s the whole story.

I’m in Denver, Colorado. I still have the pressing on the throat, feeling a little bit, my back acts up every once in a while, but not so much anymore because I’m just doing yoga. I’m focused. My shoulders are a lot better. It gets tweaked here and there but it’s good. I’ve been boxing. I did all this stuff and I look back on all that’s happened. Whenever anybody says anything to me or ask me a question about like, “What a story. That’s insane. That must have been horrible.” I was like, “No, it was the best thing.” They’re like, “What?” It was the best thing that ever happened to me. It created me, it created who I wanted to be and it allowed me to open up my horizons more than I could ever imagine.

Look where I am. I make very good money. I don’t even need to post on social media, but even more incredible than that is I’m creating other people around me and I’m standing for everyone around me, and that’s what matters. When someone looks at me and they’re like, “Why does he work so hard? How does he work so hard? What is going on in this guy’s mind?” I’m just all in. Every single second, I wake up with a purpose. I’m like, “I’m going to be better. I’m going to make something happen.” I’m not going to lie, I still have anxiety and stress like, “I don’t want to go to the doctor because I’m not sure what would come from that. I don’t want to get a CT scan on my throat because what if there’s something there? If it’s my time to go, then it’s my time to go.” It’s pretty tough.

Even back when during this time of all this stuff happening and I sold my Corvette and I ended up buying a Fiat, I started to learn how to let go of things. If I can’t let go of my Corvette, how am I going to let go of the past relationship that meant so much more to me? My Corvette was my favorite thing ever. I let go of it. I was like, “It’s time to let go.” I threw out all of my clothes in my wardrobe when I changed all my clothes, and I started just shifting and going on trips and learning from people and sitting there and talking to a homeless person. I would go on these walks and then I’ll talk to this person and that person. My life started transforming and I started gaining my weight back and everything was just so great. Being here in Denver, Colorado was surreal. This whole story that I just told, it is surreal because this is me, Brendan Meyers. I could have never called for this.

I remember in college I wanted to be in the NFL, the National Football League, and I had the talent to get there. I truly believed that for sure, and I believe my coaches did as well because I walked into my coach’s office in my sophomore year of college and I said, “I’m done. I don’t want to play anymore.” He told me to turn around and remember who I could have been. I was starting and I would hopefully start it against the University of Florida, the Gators that year. I went with my gut and it’s something that I’ve always struggled with the majority of my life. Because I went to California, I went back to Florida with my herniations, I trusted my gut that everything was going to be okay in the end. I started to be adventurous and left all these different things, started dating again, started doing and accomplishing things and made money. I created myself.

That’s what CreateU is all about. This is CreateU. I’m not here to steal money from you or backstab you. I’m not here to do that to anybody because there’s no need. There’s so much more than money. I went through it. I’ve lost money, I’ve made a lot of money. There’s so much more to that. Friendship and relationship are more to me than anything. That’s why I will literally surrender a lot of my power in many instances. I’m not going to sacrifice again in my life. I’ll always give a part of me to someone else that they can thrive as well, but I’ll never give all of me to somebody. I want to be independent for the rest of my life. If you’re reading this and maybe it could be even more, I want to talk to you. There’s someone that’s going through something. Support them, give them love, give them something that they’re missing. Surprise them with a gift, give them a massage, give them words of affirmation. When you’re going down the rabbit hole, you’re going down faster than you could ever sprint out. It’s so brutal.

The shake and the tremors and all of a sudden you have headaches and you have urinary issues, and a hurricane hits, and all of a sudden you grab something off of the counter and you banged your head because you slip. People die because of stress and because of doubt. They don’t die because of most of the diseases. Some people do. The majority of disease I believe comes from stress and pain in the mind and in the heart. When you give up is when you lose a life, and not just physical life like you died at the age of 83. I’m talking about mentally. You literally can die at any moment in your life. The great thing about it is that if you are a life physically, then you have the power every single moment to shift and get yourself out and wake yourself up. It’s like the resurrection. You have the power to resurrect your mind. Get up and wherever you are in your life, it could be a relationship, get up and trust the process. That’s all I have to tell you.

Thank you so much for tuning in for this episode. This is more so about a story that I wanted to talk about. That’s what CreateU is all about. That’s what my story is of losing that much weight in a couple of months and being suicidal. I hope you have an absolute blessed day. I pray that you take the next step in your life and you don’t settle. I’d love a review on this podcast, especially on iTunes. Five stars is always good. You could give me four and a half. I’ll give you seven free gifts, my Ab Up program, my Muscle Gaining programs and a few other cool business builders. They’re great PDFs. I put a lot of work into this stuff to make sure that you would be satisfied with something for free that gave so much value. You can check it out everywhere, also in the descriptions in YouTube. Thanks for tuning in for another episode of the CreateU Experience.

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Episode 02: Austin Dunham Talks TRUTH Of Jaw Exercises, His Fitness Career, And Chris Heria



Austin Dunham is a fitness enthusiast, a successful YouTuber with more than 680,000 subscribers, and the founder of the AD Workout program. He enjoys calisthenics and offers bodyweight training tutorials and routine – motivating others to achieve what he has done. Austin gives the lowdown on jaw exercises and provides tips for anyone who wants to start a YouTube channel. On the side, he touches on pursuing YouTube full time, following your passion, and what he thinks of Chris Heria and THENX.

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Austin Dunham Talks TRUTH Of Jaw Exercises, His Fitness Career, And Chris Heria

We have a unique guest. He’s someone that I look up to with his social media and what he’s doing. It’s funny because it was almost the other way around in a way. Many years ago, I knew this young man for a long time and he’s killing it with business, his social media, the calisthenics community and the fitness community. Austin, what’s up?

I’m excited to be here.

Austin is someone who is killing it on social media. More importantly, he’s inspiring people. He’s transforming lives left and right. He’s also 2.5%, 0.4%, 0.3% body fat. We do have experience for CreateU before where we worked out. We do this with every single guest that comes on the show. We bring the podcast to life by showing some type of experience. We did a workout and that was brutal. Let’s go way back a little bitty, Austin, from a long time ago. It says, “iPad Pro news and rumors.” It’s funny because you’ve got the earrings, you’re ready to rap and you’re hyped up.

My style and vibe were totally different. That was a few years ago.

You are a successful business owner. You have AD Team. You have hundreds of thousands of followers all across everything. People want to know what you’re doing. They want to see and they want to learn. How did you go from iPad Pro news and rumors to AD Team and transforming the world?

It was a slow evolution process for me. At first, I thought I want it to be a technology Youtuber because I looked up to people like MKBHD and other people in that space. I’ve always been into filming content no matter what I was doing. Even when I was fourteen years old, I had a YouTube channel and 1,000 subscribers. I felt good at the time. I got into technology. I started reviewing my mice, talking about tech news. I got my mouse and I reviewed it because I can’t afford to buy another mouse. I was trying to make content regarding anything technology. I came to college. That’s when I discovered fitness and then I got into that and started making content about that.

You’re in the military. A lot of people might not know, a majority of your followers, maybe not the new ones, but Austin was going through ROTC.

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Air Force ROTC at Valdosta State University.

You went to school and during this time you could have left school and not graduated with your degree. It might be that a lot of people reading are like, “You’re a YouTuber. You’re a business leader.” That’s what you are. You’re someone that transforms people’s lives. You’re a transformer. How did you go through this whole process without wanting to quit school and pursuing YouTube full time? What was it? What stopped that?

The truth is I did want to quit school multiple times. I am not going to lie. I had discussions with my mom and I had periods where I told myself, “I’m not going back next semester,” but that will be temporary and I’ll always tell myself, “You’re close. Go ahead and finish it. It will be in the trophy case. Whoever knows what might happen in the future.”

What was the purpose of you fulfilling that degree? What was it?

My mom, my parents.

You wanted to not only make her proud, but you wanted to own up to your own word.

I did have a lot of pressure to do it because of my twin sister has a degree and also my mom. Not just from the pressure, I wanted to make my mom happy in a sense. I was like “I’m going to go ahead and finish it out. I’m already in that environment.” Even if I was to drop out, I wasn’t going to move out of the area anytime soon. I was like “Let me do it, put my head down.” It was easy for me too. I didn’t study a lot. Nothing.

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You had your career. You were already building your career. You knew where you are going. You’re like, “This is something I want to accomplish.” If you’re someone now and you’re thinking about whether or not you want to quit school or anything like that, look at it from the big picture. Look at it from a different point of view. Sometimes you do want to stay, sometimes you don’t. It all depends on what you want to do and what you want to accomplish. For Austin, he had the means to be able to pursue his career, go to school and finish schooling. If your career was significantly hurt because of it and you might not have been able to pursue the career, if you continue to school, would you have left school?

I totally would have left school if that was the case.

Why is that?

Long-term, I know what I want to do and I know how passionate I am about it, how driven I am to succeed. Regardless, I would have been successful either way.

When you look at it from that perspective, what I’m hearing is you’ve got a passion. Your passion meant the world to you. If that passion had been crushed because of something you wanted to accomplish, you would’ve easily bypassed it and pursued a new career. If you’re reading, you have an opportunity now to define what that passion is for you. You have that opportunity. If you are settling for whatever it is and it’s affecting that passion, maybe it’s living with your parents, maybe it is going off to school, maybe it’s working at a local grocery store rather than a gym, whatever it is. I’m telling you and you can also advise if you would like, take a step back. Look at it from a different point of view and make the decision on whether or not you want to continue truly. If it hurts your vision, then what is it doing? It’s not aiding in what you want to create. You want to create you. Taking the first step, would you advise differently?

I will say exactly, “Follow your passion. Follow your heart.” Even though that’s cliché, there’s truth in that statement. Do what you want to do. If you go down that short-term path, then you’re not going to be fulfilled in any way. You’re probably going to end up quitting or living a boring life that you don’t want to live.

You’ve been blown up. You’ve been growing. You’re becoming more successful. You’re thinking more. Where would you say you spend most of your time? Is it more so learning from other people? Is it creating your own content? What would you say it is? Since you’re more established, where is your focus?

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My focus is on creating my own content and also in a sense learning from other people too. Creating content is second nature to me at this point in time. I do it often and do it every day or every week. I’m still a student in that area and I always like to learn from other people and see how other people are killing it, taking ideas and golden nuggets from them too.

Would you say invest in yourself? Money, everything, relationships, friendships? You don’t have that many people that hate you that are like, “Screw that boy.” Little do I know, there is one person. It will be good to dive into that because I personally know Austin and he was the Hulk at one point in time on the street, a long time ago when I was pushing his buttons. He’s an incredible guy and he shows up for people. I’ve noticed that with you. That also provides the value for everyone that’s following you. It shows in your growth. It shows in your travels and who you stay with, who you associate yourself with. Where did you get that from? Where does all of that emotional trust come from and discipline and communication? Where does it all come from?

My overall upbringing; how I was raised, my parents, what they instilled to me, military ROTC, that program college and overall my personality. It’s the way I am.

You’re super successful. You have your bodyweight training down. You have everything down. Your mom, your dad, who are they? What did they instill in you? You don’t talk much about your mom and dad.

Basic stuff like being a good person. I grew up in good parts of the neighborhood. I always got what I wanted for the most part. Manners, simple stuff that I felt every kid or a person growing up should know and have. Being courteous, having emotional intelligence with others, being empathetic with others and helping others.

Why would we help others?

Why wouldn’t you?


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Why would I go out and be like, “I want to help you?” Why would I do that?

For your own purpose and fulfillment. Some people don’t get fulfilled by that but I feel at a point, a lot of people do. I wasn’t like that at first. Through the social media of YouTube, I discovered the impact you can make by helping somebody and how simple it can be.


I was playing devil’s advocate because the truth is, we do find all of our fulfillment not only when we trust ourselves. We have to discipline with ourselves and we give to ourselves when we give to other people because we are born into straight up relationships. That’s what we are. We’re one big relationship with ourselves and with other people. If you always put yourself first like, “I’m the best. I’m going to do this. This is for me,” it’s not going to be fulfilling long-term. You learned that through social media as well. You see it like, “How can I give to everyone that’s following me?” That’s also selling. When you sell, you’re often giving.

A lot of people that are reading may take that and be like, “I don’t want to sell. I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to do this, but I want the social following. I want everyone to know my name. I want the big views.” I feel that’s coming down to the ego. When you don’t want to sell, you want more numbers, you want more people to like you and you want everyone to see you. That’s more ego than anything. What would you say to that? How much do you believe in selling? What can you say about selling? Do you think selling is an ego thing or do you think it’s more so, “I’m going to help you and you get to invest type thing?” What would you say?

I discovered this but that same thought of selling and the reasoning and impact behind it, I see it as a service to your people. It’s because if I didn’t have anything to sell or to give to somebody for them to invest in themselves, then I feel I’m doing a disfavor to them in a sense. If I didn’t have these training programs or whatever else these people could invest in themselves to get a better body, feel better, more vitality, then I would feel I’m not doing them any good.

It’s because you are an expert. You can say self-proclaimed. What matters is that you care. That’s what truly makes an expert in the end, it’s someone that brings value and cares. They always want to learn. What you’re saying is you’re giving them something they need. Rather than going to someone else that maybe isn’t going to provide all of that and more, all the value, you’re there. You’re almost like a father to them.

Speaking of value, I feel like you should first give value before selling. Where is value to you? Free content?

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Value can be literally anything and everything. It could be giving a PDF. It could be creating content. It could be donating something. It can be volunteering. Give and not ask for anything in return. You did that for a long time. Remember when I wanted to sponsor you back in the day with my calisthenics brand? I was close. I was not a master and a roller at that time. I was little Peewee Herman in that master enrollment game, but I couldn’t get you. I was like, “I know you’re going to blow up. I can feel it. It’s in my gut. My stomach’s rumbling.” You were starting to get more and more shred and I was like, “This guy is about to blow up.”

You almost had me sold honestly. I remember you had that calisthenics intro with the music and all that. I was like, “What if I had that before my videos? How cool would that be? I’m sponsored by Brendan Meyers.” I had 40,000 subscribers or something like that. In regards to that sponsorship, I felt like, “I had my own path to go and I didn’t know too much. I didn’t want to be sucked in on a sponsorship early.” I was smart about it and it all played out right.

Here’s the thing. Not only did he learn from it but I learned from it. The beautiful thing about it is that even though he rejected me in a way, it wasn’t a rejection to me. At that point in time I was like, “Ego slap.” When I look back at it, I’m like, “I’m excited at the moment. I was happy that I learned how to approach someone I wanted to bring on as a sponsor.” What it told me was, “You’re not ready,” and some of us forget that. We’re not ready yet. Take your time. That’s why when you watch boxing, these guys take a long time like King Ryan. He’s twenty years old. He’s a freakish athlete, but they’re not putting him in there with the big dogs yet. What he’s doing is building up his record, getting the experience in and ring, getting some older guys in there as well, some younger guys. Soon enough, he’s prepared and he’s ready to go. That’s what we need to do in our lives. If we want to create ourselves truly, we got to be patient. Take those leaps, take those chances but take baby steps. Where did you take those baby steps? Everything in your life to get to where you are now because where you’re at is insane.

I’ve been with a lot of people who want to do what I do and they want to rush to get there. I never focus a lot on numbers. I love to do what I do. I love posting videos. I like working out. When I would post workout videos or the concert, I wasn’t like, “I need 200,000 by next month. This needs to get 50,000 likes or whatever.” I would do it. I was patient with it and I still am patient with it because I know that over time, as long as I’m consistent then my time will come.

You’re not touching on something to get vulnerable enough. I know what it’s like and when you’re in the game and you’re posting videos, you’re on the real-time views, on YouTube analytics. You’re like, “How many is it?” You’re honest, but let’s be more vulnerable with that. When we’re in the game and we’re posting these tutorials or posting these exercises, we’re enjoying that content. We do get sucked into our ego a little bit. What’re your thoughts behind that? It comes from insecurity for me. What about yourself?

I’ve dealt with that being in the YouTube game even to this day. You post a video. It might not do well even though the last ten did. I’m more aware of it now. Back then, I would try and one-up myself. I would see low numbers or 30, 50 people watch my video that whole week when I was first starting out. I would keep posting and I would keep creating.

You always want more. Where it comes from is that you want more. If you’re reading and you’re stagnant and you do not want more, maybe it’s time to shift. It’s time to shift your content. It’s time to shift what you’re doing in your life, your career. It’s time to shift your job. It could be your degree. You see The Rock. He’s always doing more. He’s passionate about it. You’re more. We talk about your more. What’s more to you? What did you want to go with your life? What’re some of your end goals?

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I have so much I want to do, but I want to open a gym. I want to do everything I’m doing now. On a bigger scale, one day I want to help other people to learn how to do what I did. I want to motivate others. I want to stay as healthy as long as I can and have a life of freedom.

You’re comfortable where you’re at.

I want to say comfortable. I like where I’m at but I’m striving to grow more and I am growing more. I want to say necessarily comfortable.

Let’s get you uncomfortable. You had this little stuff going on YouTube about this jaw stuff. All this stuff that happened around that, people are like, “My best Jawzrsize.” What was your intention when you did it?

My intention is I’ve always been interested in the weird subjects and learning about stuff. We’re talking about how to get a deeper voice. When I was a teenager, I will search for things and research all day like, “How to get better jawline? How to look more attractive?” I’ve always been into weird stuff. I’ve done that for years. I had a YouTube channel and I’ve always been into sharing what I’m learning or doing. I shared the concept of my experiences and what I did. They blew up.

Everyone knows that there were no ill intentions. It wasn’t a $5,000, $100,000 promotional deal. They took your video and put it all over Facebook Ads and everything. Let’s get a little more uncomfortable. This Chris Heria thing, I’ll be intentional with this. I’ll be honest. When I first knew Chris, he inspired me a little bit, how he flows his calisthenics and stuff like that. It was incredible because I’m bodyweight training for a long time, weight training, all of it. I started to get to know him and I was put off a little bit. It was almost we were competing in a way, even though we didn’t talk too much. I wanted to go out there and build a relationship.


I went down to his gym and I tried to do a couple of different things. I almost felt a punch in the gut from him whenever I talked to him like he didn’t like me. I’ll say that my intention at the beginning was to build the relationship but at the same time see who he was. I now look at him as inspiring a lot of people, it’s incredible. I give a lot of props to that. I also see him as being an incredible father to his son. I see him being a genuinely good guy that wants the best, but he gets caught up in some of the emotional stuff. I have no problem with him. I would love him to come on the show so I could talk to him.

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You had a little scuffle with him and a few different things happened. What are your thoughts of Chris? Put it all out there. I know who you are. I know how you act. I know how you are with a lot of relationships and you care about people. You want the best. If you guys don’t know who Chris Heria is, he’s from ThenX. It’s a big YouTube channel. Tell us where are you at? Do you want that relationship? What does it look like to you? What do you think of him? What do you think of ThenX? Do you think of everything?

From the start, I honestly didn’t know him as a person, but I saw what he was doing and that was inspiring in itself, like how he grew his YouTube. It was big and the style of everything he’s doing, he’s killing it. There’s no doubt about that. From there, since we make similar content, a lot of people wanted us to have collaboration together. One thing I learned later about him is that he’s a bit insecure in himself in regard to other people who want to do what he does, also from a physique standpoint. If you noticed at expos, he’d wear big coats and it’s one thing Gabo Saturno told me later, which I didn’t even realize at the time. When we did that collaboration video, he made me wear a large shirt. I wear a medium. He was like, “What size do you wear?” I’m like, “Medium.” He’s like, “We’ll get you a large for this.” I wore a large for the video and it totally went right past my house. It was because he didn’t want me to look bigger than him.

We’re you 100% sure that’s what it is? Did he say that?

He didn’t say that.

I understand where you’re getting at with all that stuff. I’m on your side. I’m also on Chris’ side.

It’s from another back story too based on all the conversations I have with people who already knew him. Diving in that story, it was a point that was brought up regarding the insecurities. Those insecurities led to bigger ones such as him thinking I was copying him because he’s insecure, like I would take over his spot somehow or blow up bigger than him. It’s the fact I’m more ripped to him. My arms are bigger, insecurities like that.

What can you say to him? Let’s say he’s reading. Let’s take the ego out of it because we’re meant to live to communicate in a way, build relationships, work together, be friends and evolve. What can you say to him that will rehash that and allow you to be friends with him? You’re going to be successful either way. He’s going to be successful either way.

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In that video I made, I have no hard feelings against him honestly at all. I would be willing to forgive and forget, shake hands, be cool and everything. Honestly, I know he’s not that type of person.

He is. Every person is. I know you want to be friends. I know how you are with people. I’ve seen you everywhere.

I would want to be, maybe not totally cool friends, not like on the podcast together friends.

You would want to shake hands, maybe grab dinner, talk or whatever about the whole situation and move on with your lives and when you talk about Chris, you say good things. When he talks about you, he says good things.

If he was more open to that, he would grow even bigger with everybody in every relationship he’s ever had.

Chris, if you’re reading, first of all, I DM’d you. I like your music. I appreciate it. I also enjoy your calisthenics and what you’ve been doing. Austin here was inspired by you when you first started a while ago. I was inspired by you. We’re all a family in the end. Imagine if we’re all on our deathbeds. Austin’s going to say, “We’re all in this to help people and transform lives.” Hit him up. Don’t be shy. Austin can have a conversation from a non-ego standpoint and I know you can too. That’s that.

Let’s see if that happens.

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Hopefully it does. I know your intentions. I know my intentions. Let’s see if his intentions can meet that. Now we’ve gotten all that taken care of, I want to ask you a question. If we’re at a dinner table and you’re able to invite any three people, who would they be? This is your favorite food. It’s all their favorite foods, everything.

There are billions of people on this Earth.

I’m going to do a different three because I always do a different three whenever I’m at a table. I would like Obama. I would like the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. I would also love a random guy from the streets of Egypt because I’m interested in that culture and I’m interested in each and every person that’s there. That location is in the middle of a hotbed. There are many things going on around there. Obama is incredible with his words, the way he speaks and everything. It’s unique. It’s incredible. Who would your three be?

I would say probably Gary Vee is one of them. I used to have a conversation with him. Two is Jay-Z.

Why Jay-Z? Is it because of your audio-video that you recorded by the iPad and stuff back in the day with your music?

He’s a mogul and he’s a great guy. I’m thinking MLK. He’s the reason why this is happening.

There are a lot of reasons why it’s happening. He created a lot of change, a lot of transformation. What does MLK mean to you? It’s not like Gary Vee and I like this guy. Why would you want him at dinner with you? What would you want to ask him? Why would you want him there?

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His mindset is in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Speaking from that mindset, I would want to see why he did what he did and what he experienced in his drive behind that. I will show him now and I want to see his reaction and his thoughts from what’s going on now.

What are your thoughts about what’s going on now with society? Where is society now to you?

I live a good life. I don’t experience too much. It seems good to me. We’re in a social media, digital age.

Do you think society is aiding in the success of everyone around us? Do you believe it’s hindering people? Do you believe that it’s there, we’re going through it every single day and that’s how we react? What are your thoughts about society?

How do you describe society?

Society is what’s around us, maybe the environment. It’s the digital age. It’s how people are reacting. It’s the words. It’s verbiage. It’s clothing. It’s the style. It’s everything that encompasses what we’re in now.

Some people have their own opinions, but I feel we’re progressing every year, every few years and every decade. Several years from now, all this is going to be super outdated.

Society, you didn’t even answer the question. You bypassed it.

I feel we’re progressing in society. It’s a hard question to answer because of what sector you’re in, where you’re at. The United States, where I’m at and what I’m experiencing, I feel we’re progressing and we’re in good time. It’s a great time to be alive for me.

I do think that because of where we are in our life and what is provided to us, whether it is a phone, clothing, style, whatever it is, even having a TV, it does provide a lot of opportunity across the world. Screw society, but also thank you society because we do have what we have in America. Let’s be honest, this is America. It’s the home of the brave, the land of the free. What about people in Pakistan? What about people in different parts of India that are super poor? I look at it as an opportunity for them, but I also look at it from it depends on where you are in your life. You’re successful. If you’re a kid, you’re going through high school and you’re listening to Gary Vee. You’re also listening to 100 other people and you have the twerkers of the internet. People need to create their own path because society’s not going to create it for you. If someone wants to start a YouTube channel now, what would you say to them?

Start now. Don’t overthink it. You don’t have to have the nicest camera or the nicest microphone. A phone or whatever you have works. First, it’s more about getting the content out there and getting used to recording content. Naturally, you’re going to evolve the longer you stick with it. I guarantee it. I bet if you make 100 videos and you go back and look at your first video, it’s going to be totally different than your 100th video.

We all look different. We always grow. We always have these opportunities. Take advantage now. You have YouTube. We have all those others out of the way. What do you like to do? Do you like to edit? Do you like to play soccer? Do you like badminton?

I’ve never played badminton.

Do you like baseball?

I hated baseball.

Do you like soccer?

No, I’m bad with my feet.

Do you like football?

I like football and basketball.

Why do you like football and basketball? I’ve seen you touching the rim. You’ve got that next-level vert.

I like those sports because it’s what I grew up playing in recess with friends. We always play football or basketball. We don’t go outside and play soccer. We don’t play golf. We don’t play badminton.

I played golf for a few years.

Golf is honestly hard. I’ll be real with you.

Thank you for respecting and acknowledging that. I played golf. I also played soccer. I also played baseball. I played basketball. I played football. I’ve never played badminton, but I did play tennis and I’m good at ping pong.

I wish we had a table. I would beat you. I played all throughout college. That was in our dorm area.

Were you in a frat?

Of course not, no.

The, “Of course not,” why?

I feel with a frat, you dedicate a lot of time towards that. For some of them you’re not allowed on social media for an extended period of time throughout that.

If you’re in a frat now, this is no bad blood. We’re all about the cold blood.

I have a lot of friends who are in frats.

You don’t like any sports. You like football and basketball recreationally. We’re getting deeper into stuff and we’re learning a little bit more about you. 45-year-old Austin, who is he? Does he have the jaw-line showing a little bit more? Is it the beer-filled three-feet long?

45-year-old Austin is doing one of my handstands. He has a salt and pepper look.

Salt and pepper is beautiful and don’t you dare look at it as anything other than that. I look into the mirror every single day and I see it.

I’m probably traveling a lot, same as usual.

Do you have kids?

Yeah, family too.

A boy or a girl?

Two boys and one girl; boy, girl, girl.

The boy, is he dunking at age ten?

No, but I will enroll him in some type of sports.


Not golf.

Do you like soccer?

No. If he wants to do that then sure, you never know. It might also be a soccer player.

You’re laid back.

I’m open minded, laid back and chill.

This is an interesting topic. It’s serious. Nowadays, you’re getting different gender restrooms. There’s a lot of LGBT. What do you think about one guy being with another guy? What do you think about women being with women?

I’ve seen quite a few guys holding hands, walking down the street and stuff like that. It catches me off guard at first because growing up, you don’t see that stuff. Being in this day and age in society, it’s becoming quite the norm. I let people do what they do. I honestly don’t care. I’ve also had been not close friends but friends with some gay people before. Most people are born that way. They cannot help it. How can we say that’s weird or not natural for you to be with another person like that? Being gay has probably existed since the start of humankind.

It happened a lot more often than you think. If you were blindfolded and you were connecting with someone, all of the tones of voices were the exact same. The blindfold came off and it was a guy. What would your immediate reaction be? You connected with that person, you started to build that emotion with them.

We can be friends.

Why? You connected with the person when you had the blindfold on and the tone of voice is all the same.

What does connected mean to you? Is it like on an emotional, physical level like, “I love you?”

It could be a lot of different connections. I’m talking about if you’re with a woman. This is something that I love to ask people. I’ll tell you my opinion. This is not how it works, not at all. I’m getting to a point. If you have a blindfold over your eyes and you’re connecting with someone deeply. You start catching feelings for them and you enjoy that person. You take it off and it’s a male in front of you, immediately what’s the reaction? Either because the way you grew up is probably similar to the way I grew is like, “That’s not the norm. That’s not right. That’s not cool.” What if we grew up in a society where that was the norm? Where that was completely okay and you did take off that blindfold and there was a guy that you liked.

You can connect with somebody on that level, blindfolded and all that. Another part of connecting with somebody is being attracted to them. Once the blindfold comes off, physically, from an eye point of view, I’m not attracted to dudes. That’s why I say we can be friends and have those deep emotional talks and stuff.

I would love to hear what people think about that. It’s interesting because some people think and some people are more spiritual and they’re like, “I’m more connected to the being of a person.” Other people are more connected to the way someone looks. Other people are more connected to the way someone looks. Other people are both. This is a completely different topic, but it’s interesting because it all surrounds society. I believe it’s in the way we grew up. The reason why you are where you are on YouTube and you are where you are with your businesses, helping people, relationships and everything you do is because of society. It’s because of how you grew up. It is because of your mom and dad. What would you tell someone that’s reading that maybe is confused about their relationship? It could be their sexuality, their passion and it could be anything and everything. What would you say to someone that’s confused? Where should they go? What should they do? They don’t know what’s going on because society’s chirping in their ears and their friends are telling them everything. Their mom’s saying this. Their dad’s saying that. What do they do?

I’m not going to tell them to listen to everybody else. That makes no sense. First, have a conversation with yourself. Sit down with yourself and realize who you are, what you want. Write out the pros, cons, whatever you need to do, a bullet point list, whatever. Discuss that with somebody close to you if you have that person, an unbiased person. There are a lot of resources for that including online, like forums.

Take your time and trust your gut.

From there, make a decision and go with it. Make sure you don’t regret it.

It does come down to trusting yourself and that discipline with your gut. When you have a gut feeling, you’ve got to go with it because every time it is right for yourself.

I can say a similar situation when I was going through a battle with whether or not I should leave the Air Force or ROTC program, which I did leave but I stayed in college. That was another pivotal point for me within my career. That’s relatively new too.

Your gut told you to stay and finish?

Yeah, everybody else was telling me, “Stay in, double dip, do both at the same time. Travel the military free.” I knew within myself and in my gut that I knew what I wanted to do. Everybody else didn’t understand. They’re like, “What if YouTube goes away?” They don’t know that I have an email list with over 50,000 people or stuff like that.

That’s amazing that you like providing that vision for other people. You are an inspiration. You are a living testament to what other people want in their lives, what they want to do. I want to talk about one last topic. Where do you see this fitness industry going and social media?

I feel there are always new trends popping up every odd few months or so, but I feel it’s growing bigger and bigger with new faces and new people. If you’re in the fitness industry, you got to go ham on it and make your mark. From there, realize that your time is temporary in the space. Temporary could be several years, many years but there’s always going to be a better, fresher face, somebody who’s more charismatic.

The truth is to go all in now because you never know when it’s your time. You never know when things are going to shift for you. I’m happy. Austin is one of the leaders of this industry. I used to be one of the more well-known people in the body weight industry around the world, but I knew my place. I knew when my time was shifting onto building businesses and helping other people in different ways. I’m continuing with bodyweight training in some ways but it’s more like, “I’m here to provide love, to show you what’s possible and to bring your vision to life.” Go all in. Do everything you can to take the next step. Thank you so much for joining us.

No problem. I was excited to be here.

CreateU you is all about taking where are you are, taking your circumstance, taking your environment, taking all the bad stuff, all the good stuff, putting it all together to provide towards your vision. Everything you want is possible. Your passion is definitely 100% possible to bring you the career you’ve always wanted and to bring you the money, the relationships, the girlfriend, whoever and anything you’ve ever wanted. You’ve got to keep on pushing and go all in. Austin, where can they find you? What are you selling? What is up? Give people some transformational stuff.

You can find me everywhere, Austin Dunham. I create everything like blogs, tutorials around bodyweight workouts. I’m here to inspire and motivate you to become the best version of yourself while creating you.

Thanks for joining us, Austin. You definitely can check him out. He has programs. He has all that. He travels a lot. He’s on YouTube. If you want any tutorials, any exercises, anything like that, motivation, he’s even there for that. Thanks for reading another episode of the show. We’re on all audio platforms. We’re also on YouTube. In the description, if you want seven free gifts, it’s me giving back. I’m good with money. Don’t give me your money. Take these opportunities I’m giving you now and grab all that stuff by reviewing the podcast on iTunes There you have it. Austin, thanks for coming on. We’ll see you next time. Peace.

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About Austin Dunham

CUE 2 | Jaw ExercisesAustin Dunham is a young fitness influencer and entrepreneur. Creator of AD Workout Training Programs and Coaching. With 4+ years of calisthenics experience, Austin has built accreditation and is now recognized widely as one of the top Youtube Calisthenics Experts.

Episode 01: CreateU Experience: The Kickoff

About a year and a half ago, life couldn’t be anymore crueler for Brendan Meyers. In one week, he lost his relationship with his girlfriend. Over the next six months, Brendan found himself experiencing several illnesses, going through occasions where he thought he was dying. Hitting the plateau with everything not going in his favor, Brendan felt he lost everything until something hit him. He started looking deeper inside of himself and took a leap of faith to evaluate his life, assessing where he was lacking and why was he there. At that moment, he created the CreateU Experience Podcast to bring people around the world to discover the hacks to be successful. Dive into this episode to get a glimpse of the possibilities and visions in life you could create.

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CreateU Experience: The Kickoff

Bringing Your Vision To Life

I want to start off by saying thank you for taking the time to join me. It’s just me for this episode, but for future episodes, I’m going to have so many different people joining us, influencers, CEOs, all the way down to people who are homeless, trying to find a path and looking to create themselves. There will be many guests that are a part of this and moving forward on the CreateU Experience. When you review the podcast on iTunes only, you get seven of my best and most popular programs and PDFs that I’ve ever used for any of my businesses. One of them is my AbUp! Program. It’s a ten-week ab program that you get to follow. Give me an honest review. With AbUp! You’ve got to shred fast, burn fat and increase the agility. Also, you’ll receive my grocery lists, meal plans, lean muscle gaining meal plans and fat loss meal plans. You’ll also receive a step-by-step checklist on how to start your business, strategies and tips to build your business to six figures.

CreateU Experience

I am so excited to have you because CreateU is all about being unfiltered and bringing the vision to life of everyone around us. Buckle up because I guarantee you without a doubt, we’re going to go in. This is going to be a big ride, a long ride, a journey that you’ve never experienced before. Let me tell you a little bit about the CreateU Experience and what to expect and why this is even what it is. I went through some serious things. In one week, I lost my relationship with my girlfriend. I’m the happiest man alive now because that’s all I really know, which is to be joyous. That’s how we were born. We were born to be joyful, not to be discouraged, to be fearful and to be pissed off. We were born to be happy and give everyone the love that we give ourselves. I lost my relationship. I actually didn’t lose my relationship. I gained my relationship.

“I lost the relationship.” I tore my shoulder in four places. I herniated two discs in my low spine. I had fleas in my apartment and over the next few months, I would go through several occasions where I thought I was dying, that everything was over. I got stung by a bee and all my lymph nodes swelled up. I got hit by a hurricane. I got addicted to pain pills, I had prednisone and all these antibiotics. I ended up being allergic to every single food on the market. I’m not even kidding even spinach. I also went through a stem cell treatment for my shoulder. I had sinus surgery. I had severe complications with my stem cell surgery. I had everything not going for me at the time or so I thought. Through all of this and all the pains, developing something in my throat and going to the doctor for testicular cancer. I had a bump on the ball.

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I literally was shaking on the ground every single day thinking that I lost everything. I lost $100,000. I lost my entire team in California. I moved back from California to Florida, my hometown. I was distraught. I was shaking on the ground. I didn’t know what was going on. I had brain fog every single day. I was making my own pain pills by the way. Everything was going wrong until I finally started to look a little bit deeper inside myself and took the next step to find where I was lacking the most and why I was where I was. That’s when I truly created myself. That’s what CreateU is all about. It is bringing people on this podcast and YouTube, everyone around the world to see and learn not only the strategies and the structures that it takes to become successful, but also tap into the minds of people that are already successful and maybe even people that aren’t successful at all. See why they are who they are, how you can relate and take it for your own being, for your own vision and bring that to life.

I’m so all in and that’s why I say this is going to be unfiltered because if someone’s going to cry on this show, great. That means they’re getting something out. That means they’re moving forward. That means their vision is coming to life. If someone’s going to laugh as hard as possible the whole time, it means their vision is coming closer to life. I have words that represent not only my being but what I want other people to be represented by as we every single day. It represents CreateU, hardworking, visionary, focus, vulnerable, creative, giving, blessed, determination, loving, joyful, surrender, authentic, energized, grateful, happy and thankful. All of these words represent exactly my true being and how I was brought into this Earth. Many of us struggle every single day because we’re not happy. Imagine this, no matter your circumstances, no matter what you’ve been through, no matter how hard that day is or that second is, you’re happy. It seems unreasonable. That’s what’s so great about the impossible is that the unreasonable is reasonable and the impossible is possible. That’s why I’m here to CreateU.

I’ve made my money. I have my businesses. I own the CreateU Agency. I partner with influencers. You’ll get to know all of them, especially a couple of them that are actually moving here to Denver, Colorado. I moved to Denver, Colorado. I didn’t tell anybody about that. I have everything that I’ve ever wanted and more. I’ve seen the lowest of lows, but I’ve also seen the highest of the highs. I’m talking about peaks that you could never even imagine. That’s why I’m here giving back because I truly believe when you’ve made it or on your way to “making it,” whatever that means for you, you have an opportunity to give back in so many ways, shapes and forms. For me, it’s this podcast. For me, it’s giving you free programs, those seven. You can check it out on my Instagram, find it on YouTube and you get all those products absolutely free.

CUE 1 | CreateU Experience
CreateU Experience: You can live the vision that you’ve always wanted to live by starting with bringing other people’s visions to life along with yours.

They’re big-time products. Ten thousand-plus people on my AbUp! Program, all of them are incredible. You have an opportunity to create you in this process of this podcast, but also create other people around you. What is so not exciting about seeing someone smile and transform right in front of your eyes? Everything is exciting about that. That’s the truth. Every single thing about someone else being inspired, whether that’s you’re into fitness, whether that’s you’re into building businesses, you could work at a local grocery store wherever and however you are. You can live the vision that you’ve always wanted to live by starting with bringing other people’s visions to life along with yours. It all encompasses the same. We are human beings. We are connected by nature. We have the power to transform this world together.

I want to bring people on here that are literally going to build my Jeep and talk about how they’ve done that. How they fixed up cars and where they started. They started in their garage, whatever it is, I want to bring the dream to reality for everyone and anyone. I want to bring someone in who’s working, who runs a school, who doesn’t have a big following, but she researches cancer cells. She is trying to come up with cures and in a way to heal people that have cancer or even help them during the cancer process and chemotherapy. I want to bring anyone and everyone under the sun. It could even be you. You the person that’s on this podcast and not only create you in front of everyone else but provide strategies, experiences, and things that you’ve been through so that anyone that’s reading know that they can accomplish anything that they ever thought of.

If I told you, it’d be sitting on a beautiful custom made desk CreateU Experience, if I told you I would be here in Denver, Colorado, moving from LA, the land of all lands, Lala Land, the most beautiful place in the world where everyone wants to be, I would laugh so hard because I didn’t even think I’d be in LA. I thought I’d be in Florida the rest of my life. I always think I was in New York. When life is in your favor, weird things happen and that’s the truth. When life is in your favor, everything that happens every single day, someone could quit, someone could join on the team, you could lose your job or it could be someone gets sick around you. You could lose a frog and you could lose anything and everything yet it’s still in your favor and you’re excited about it and you’re happy. That’s the interesting thing about life.

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The Many Layers Of You

That’s why I’m here with CreateU. It’s a whole different way of looking at life. Something that I have fallen in love with because I truly believe in every single person. If you hit somebody, I still believe you are joyous, somewhere in that soul, somewhere in your heart. I truly believe that you can become a great person. Even if you hit somebody, that’s horrible. I never would condone that, but the truth is every person has a bunch of layers that have been stacked on over the years. We always talk about peel back the onion layers. The fact of the matter is those layers of that onion were never there when we were born. We were smiling. What do we do? We had a couple of emotions. We laughed, we cried and we focused up. We would stare at something that made no sense. Why not take a stand for where we were and not allow any more onions to peel over us because eventually you’re either going to have to peel them back or you’re going to get sick. You’re going to get exhausted. You’re going to get stressed. Something bad is going to happen because you don’t deal with the problem at hand.

If you’re bad at communicating, if you’re having problems in school, if you don’t like something, you’re not passionate about it, if you don’t speak up to a crowd, if you never raise your hand if all these different things are holding you back, what else are you going to do? Just allow them to keep on stacking on and soon enough you can’t take it anymore? No. This is the time. This is the opportunity to take your life to the next level and trust that it is possible. Believe that it is possible for you to be anything and everything without all those layers. Let’s peel them back because as you age, all the stress and all the pains, keep on coming and coming. Frustrations, experiences, you go through something with your parents or someone picks on you, whatever it is, anything it is, these layers just keep on adding on and on and you become more stressed. You second guess yourself. You feel like you can’t bust through failure.

What if you thought the failure was the best thing ever and you’re always like, “Yes, that was beautiful.” Maybe you’re doing a PR the squat at the bench or the overhead press or whatever it is. You’re doing bodyweight training and you failed. There are two ways you can look at it. You can go back to the drawing board and train hard, even go forward again or you can drop and be like, “I’m not doing it ever again. That was a horrible experience. I’m done. KO, I’m quitting my career.” I know that’s an extreme example, but you have an opportunity to choose. I want you to start doing that literally. CreateU and your future, you got this. You deserve it. Give yourself affirmations in the morning if you have to because I honestly believe you have all the power, every single ounce of it.

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CreateU Experience: With vulnerability comes a lot of intentions.

You have the smarts. You have the intellect. You have literally the hardworking skill. You have the vulnerability of authenticity. You have all of these words that are on this wall, creativity. You have the determination. You have the loving side of you, the joyful side of you to make everything come to fruition. It’s simple as that. That’s a little bit about the CreateU experience. We’re going to be working with so many awesome influencers, so many CEOs, so many business leaders. We’re going to dive in on a whole different level. We’re going to create an experience on YouTube so you will be able to see what that person entails. What that person’s all about or what that company is all about or what it took for them to get there.

You’ll be able to see the story behind it a little bit or what they actually do before we jump on the podcast so you can have a clear understanding of what is possible and have some cinematic shots. I’m all about cinematic shots, so why not bring it to YouTube and bring each person with something with your eyes. You can actually see who you’re talking to, listen and feel the emotion and also if you need to listen to it on iTunes, Spotify, iHeart Radio and all the audio platforms. Buckle up because things about to get real. If you’re not prepared to dig deep into yourself and take the next step in your life, this podcast probably is not for you. I’m going to be honest. I will not take any heat, hate, frustration from that or judgment, nothing.

If this isn’t for you and you don’t want to read, you don’t want to watch the incredible transformations in front of your eyes and strategize, structure and take everything from business to fitness into your life, that’s completely fine. I’m on board with you. I truly believe that if you stay tuned for every episode and you’re paying close attention, we’re going to have fun with it. There are no scripts. I like to be my authentic self, whatever comes to my mind. I don’t like that type of stuff. If you’re selling something online and it’s a video sales letter and you want to make sure that you’re going to say certain things, there’s a time and place for scripts and all of that. That’s not what CreateU Experience is all about. It’s about bringing visions to life through their own experiences and getting authentic with the world.

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Authenticity, what a beautiful word. When you’re authentic, you go to your core and whatever you are to your core is you. If you scream in the middle of nowhere and you feel like screaming, scream. That’s why I’m so excited. We have so many cool things happening. I feel as though you may be stagnant in one or more areas in your life, 100%. I am stagnant. I go in and out of relationships and dating is tough for me. Relationships in that sense is pretty tough for me. I’m getting clear on that. The cool thing about is that I’m always working on it. I’m always more and more vulnerable. One of the hardest things that I’ve ever experienced is how to be vulnerable and how to be compassionate. It was something tough for me. I was like, “What is this?” being loving in this way. I was so confused at what being vulnerable truly meant. That means if you feel like saying something, say it. That means if you feel a certain way towards someone, put it out there.

With vulnerability comes a lot of intentions, so intention-setting. That’s something that prides my life off of is intentions. If you sit down with somebody, “Here’s my intention. I want to get to know you. I want to do business with you. I want this, I want that. I love to explore this A, B, C all the way to Z with you.” If they’re not down, they’re not the person for you. If they’re not down, that whole situation or that opportunity might not be the best for you. Setting intentions is so big to me. I believe when you set an intention, you get focused within your own life. You get to organize or strategize and structure where you’re wanting to go with that opportunity. That opportunity could be a relationship or anything like that. That’s in a jest, in a nutshell, what the CreateU Experience is all about. Bringing in fire, bringing it all. Let’s grab all the wood that you have around you, all of the trees and let’s camp out and make a beautiful fire that’s lighting up, that’s igniting your future and your vision. Let’s do it. I’m all in. Are you? I know you said, “Yeah,” in your mind subconsciously.

Thank you for tuning in for this first episode of the CreateU Experience. I’m giving away seven of top products, PDFs and videos in my AbUp! Program, a ten-week ab program that you can follow right away if you review it on iTunes. We’re on YouTube. We’re on all audio platforms, Spotify and SoundCloud. Look up the CreateU Experience or type in my name, Brendan Meyers. You can also follow me on Instagram, @TheBMeyers. It’s going to be a fun ride. Buckle up with me. Keep on rolling. Keep on enjoying this. I appreciate you. I’ll see you next time. Peace.

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