W a rrior Week 43 graduate, Franco Cabral, is Coach Sam’s special guest in this week’s episode of Warrior Week: Parables from the Pit. Franco’s fascinating story is one filled with twists and turns of the miraculous kind and is certain to ignite the fire of inspiration & change within you. Parable #1: Painful Reality A graduate of Warrior Week 43, Franco was initially introduced to Warrior at the beginning of 2016 by a friend with whom he hadn’t connected for nine years. WarriorCon1 was the first event he attended and it was there that he discovered the painful reality of the facts of his life. It was during a special meditation that Franco was able to take a step back and look at where he really was in life, asking himself the questions: Is this what I really want? Do I really want to continue being ‘that’ guy? Would I share these facts with my daughter? QUESTION Do you really want to continue being ‘that’ guy, the man who runs from the facts of his life? Parable #2: The Mirror After Franco’s wake-up call, he decided to go ‘all in’ with Warrior and began using the tools. Although he began seeing gains in his life and started feeling good about himself, the foundation he was creating was a foundation of lies. It was after the birth of his son a few months later that Franco had the realization that his infant son was a mirror for him; that he was the only one who truly saw him. Aware of the darkness that was gathering around him, Franco knew that his son and daughter deserved better. QUESTION Who and what do you see when you look in the mirror? Parable #3: Maybe I’m Not Alone Although in great financial deficit, Franco reached out to Coach Sam and committed to Warrior Week, not knowing how the fuck he was going to pull it off financially. He was tired, and unbeknownst to him at the time, his marriage was headed down a dark path. During the two weeks Coach Sam had given Franco to put the money together for Warrior Week, Franco received a call out of the blue from a man with whom he had made an investment seven years before; an investment Franco had all but forgotten about. That afternoon, the man handed Franco a check for $19,500. QUESTION How has a path miraculously opened up for you that didn’t previously exist? Parable #4: Turning Points The pivotal moment for Franco at Warrior Week came when he was face down in freezing cold water, his entire body was shivering, and the question was being asked of him, “What will happen if you do nothing?” Time stopped at that moment for Franco as the thought of another man raising his children entered his mind. Since that day, much has changed for Franco. His family life is unrecognizable, he recently re-proposed to his wife, his spirituality has been rekindled, he listens to the Voice who’s existence he used to question, he’s in the best shape of his life, he’s experiencing certainty & clarity, he is having powerful collisions, and he has rekindled his relationship with his father. QUESTION What has been a pivotal moment for you in your life? What happened? How has your life shifted because of it? Parable #5: Impact In January of 2019, the man who handed the investment check to Franco showed up at his door, a broken man in a very dark place. Many months before that, he had asked a question of Franco to which Franco responded in complete honesty and unleashed exactly where he was in all areas of his life at the time. Franco listened and shared his pain; he held space for this man who had enabled Franco to enter Warrior Week. He chose for himself to go ‘all in’ and now Franco is a witness to this man’s journey and transformation, which “fills me in a way that’s indescribable.” QUESTION Who in your world have you shared space for? How did it feel? Parables from the Pit: “It is the structure of the CEO of the Universe to open the doors.” — Sam Falsafi “One thing I’ve learned at Warrior is that every time I truly have been ‘all in’ in my heart, God has helped me find the path.” -Franco Cabral
WINNING TOGETHER | Warrior Week | EP 054
Coach Kevin Voisin and his wife, Whitney, are Coach Sam’s special guests in this week’s episode where they talk about their recent adventure of swimming the Alcatraz event and share the lessons they learned. Parable #1: Childhood Sweethearts Kevin describes his wife as the ultimate diamond in the rough. They met on a church trip when they were twelve, and her hand was the first hand he ever held. But they lost contact after Whitney moved away. Twenty-five years and two marriages later, Whitney happened to see Kevin’s face on a billboard while she driving through town one day. She reached out to him via Facebook, and the rest is history. QUESTION How did you and your spouse meet? Parable #2: Witnessing Growth In the past three years, Whitney has witnessed the growth and rise of her husband, Kevin. “Inside of being an amazing father, and wanting to please me, he had lost Kevin. I feel like Wake Up Warrior has been the process of discovering who he is.” During this same time, Whitney saw herself as happy and content, not feeling like anything needed to change until she began witnessing Kevin training and leading men. She then began feeling like she was remaining stagnant while he continued to grow. QUESTION What growth have you witnessed in your spouse? In yourself? Parable #3: Overcoming Fears Whitney’s decision to enter the Alcatraz event stemmed from a fire that has been lit inside of her where she is “tired of living inside this little box I’ve created for myself.” “I jumped off the boat into the water because this was something I was doing for myself, not for anybody else.” Up until this point, Whitney was convinced she was meant to decorate the outskirts of the water, not jump in it. QUESTION What huge leap have you taken recently? Parable #4: Life Lessons From Alcatraz One of the take-a-ways for Whitney from her experience was that she wants to do the things in life that make her strong, surrounded by others who are also going to make her strong. “There was comfort and safety swimming in a pack.” Whitney observed a lesson she felt Kevin had learned by not completing the race because he began assisting others who were having troubles in the water. “The fact is, he straps others to his back all the time, which prevents him from completing something he wants to do.” QUESTION What are some of the lessons you have learned about yourself as you have competed in events? Parable #5: Creating Wins After coaching both men and women over the course of the past three years, Sam and Kevin have witnessed a huge disconnection between husbands and wives. Coach Sam: There may not be any drama or trauma inside a marriage, but there’s a huge gap between the husband and the wife. What you two have co-created by doing this event together is the Voisin standard of connection and winning.” QUESTION What are you committed to creating together with your partner or spouse? Parables from the Pit: “In a world today that is so connected using technology, we are actually in the worst era of disconnection, specifically between husbands and wives.” — Sam Falsafi “I am not alone is a powerful feeling, and when it leaves, it underlines just how important it is in your life.” – Kevin Voisin “I am the only one who gets in my way.” – Whitney Voisin
The PAIN of FAME | Warrior Week | EP 053
Coach Sam welcomes special guest, Ravi, to the show today. One of the main entertainers inside the game of Warrior and the Warrior’s Way, Ravi is all about energy. He joined the Brotherhood in August of 2018 during a time when his life was a mess. “Everything was fucked up. My wife hated me, I hated her, and literally, everything was a disaster.” Warrior turned that all around for him. Parable #1: WC3 During the three day WCON3 in December 2018, Ravi was an integral part of creating and driving the energy of that experience with over 1200 men. “It was fucking spectacular and unbelievably inspiring!” “Ravi has an extensive background in performing on world stages with all of the big names in the entertainment industry. Yet WC3 was an experience that stands out because “it meant so much to me. The energy was so intense, and everyone was on fucking fire to win!” QUESTION What was your experience at WC3? Parable #2: The American Dream Ravi’s father sailed from India to America in the early 1960s with $8 in his pocket and a desire to live the American dream. Within three years, Ravi’s father was able to become established and sent for his wife to join him in America and began raising a family. At a very young age, Ravi was obsessed with the drums and used anything he could find to beat on, resulting in a lot of breakage around the house. At age 10, at his father’s insistence, Ravi began working odd jobs to earn money for a drum set. QUESTION What is a passion had as a child that has carried on throughout your life? Parable #3: Trifecta of Insanity One could say Ravi is living the American dream. He met his wife at the Playboy Mansion and got married on the beautiful beaches of Malibu, he’s the father of two children, and a musician in the entertainment industry. “My life is a Trifecta of Insanity.” Coach Sam: One of the biggest fucking poisons inside the industry are the lies and cover-ups. Being a celebrity today has so many waterfall effects where everything you say – even your intentions – can get edited. QUESTION Inside your world, where are you noticing the lies and cover-ups?
LEONIDAS | Warrior Week | EP 052
Parable #1: Kettlebell Mania After breaking the record in kettlebell swings – over 368,000 lbs and over 80,000 swings in 24 HOURS – Alex underwent five back surgeries. He’s the guy who is willing to take things all the way to the edge in order to succeed in life. “Your mind really starts to play tricks on you, and in my mind, I went to that place where I’d rather die than fail. It inspired me to know that I can take things to a certain level, but now I channel that energy in the right direction going forward.” QUESTION How far to the edge are you willing to take things in order to succeed? Parable #2: The Death Race In his early to mid-30s, Alex traveled the country competing in Spartan races, and at the height of his popularity, he was invited to compete in the most elite Spartan Races of them all, the Death Race in Mexico. “We found ourselves staring down a bull in an arena in the middle of nowhere, our hands zip-tied in front of us, with instructions to find our bib number on the other side of the stadium, grab our bibs, and get the hell out of there – without getting attacked or killed by the bull.” QUESTION Where in your world have you taken huge risks? What have the results been? Parable #3: Please Let Me Go After Alex’s mother went in for minor colon surgery, complications arose which ultimately turned into sepsis. In the midst of losing organ and brain function, and while on a respirator and heart pump, she wrote four heart-breaking words on a pad of paper for Alex: please let me go. To this day, there’s a part of Alex that thinks that maybe she could have survived and pulled through if he hadn’t turned off life support, which is what he took into the Pit during Warrior Week. QUESTION What are some especially difficult moments you have experienced in your life? How did your life change because of them? Parable #4: Significance A lot of what Alex has done in his life has been linked to significance, which can be looked at as very important on the one hand, or very shallow on the other. “In a lot of my cases,” shares Alex, “it was shallow. I was always looking for more acceptance and more significance, but I still felt hollow; I still felt like shit inside. It was at Warrior Week where I was exposed and my perspective began shifting.” QUESTION Where in your world has significance played a big part of your life purpose and experience? Parable #5: What Matters Most Alex used to live his life wanting to be in the spotlight; wanting and hoping to get recognized for his athletic excellence. His hope was that he would be “discovered” on television and make a lot of money in the process. Today, his priorities have shifted. Alex finds joy and purpose in connecting with those whom he loves and cares about. When he’s having a bad day, his thoughts go to hugging and loving his son rather than to the memories of a competition he won in the past. QUESTION How have your priorities shifted through the years? What caused that shift to take place? Parables from the Pit: “It may not inspire someone to want to do kettlebells themselves, but it’s inspiring in the fact that it’s respecting the commitment and courage it took to take upon yourself this challenge. What becomes inspiring is the fact that you never quit.” –Coach Sam Falsafi “When you’re doing everything with an actual fucking purpose, things start to align. You start to feel filled up inside and bring a completely different energy to the Universe.” –Alex Nicholas ________________________________ WARRIOR WEAPON WORKOUT -THE WEAPONIZED KETTLEBELL WORKOUT FOR ELITE MEN- LEONIDAS 15 Minutes 30 Sec active 30 Sec rest On the Rest Each Man is in an Active Kneeling Position with Weapon on Knee WEAPON NEVER TOUCHES GROUND UNTIL WORKOUT IS COMPLETE LEONIDAS 1) Swing 2) Push Press- Right 3) Push Press- Left 4) Bent Over Row- Right 5) Bent Over Row- Left 6) Racked Reverse Lunge- Right 7)Racked Reverse Lunge- Left High Pull- Right 9) High Pull- Left 10) Racked Squat- Right 11) Racked Squat- Left 12) Clean- Right 13) Clean- Left 14) Thruster- Right 15) Thruster- Left FINISH IN WARRIOR RACKED POSITION WITH A TWO CLAPS BOOM!!!!
Live Now | Warrior Week | Ep 051
*This is an encore presentation of a previously published episode.* The Kosher Warrior, Dr. Adam Splaver, joins Coach Sam in this week’s episode to talk about the most incomprehensible experience a man will ever have to go through. The message of Warrior was completely against most of his cultural and spiritual beliefs, but Dr. Splaver’s leadership within the Orthodox Jewish community and as a cardiologist in the medical community was in actuality a merging of multiple beliefs to help him deal with the pain of his wife’s illness. Parable #1: What’s Your Story? Dr. Adam Splaver’s journey into Warrior began when his interest was piqued by the ads showing up in his Facebook feed. The experience of Warrior spoke to him, yet as a leader inside the Orthodox Jewish community and a highly respected Cardiologist in the medical community, he was nervous as to how these two traditional worlds might collide with the message of Warrior. The biggest issues he had were the stories he was telling himself. He wondered, “What the fuck am I doing as a religious cardiologist going into a program very foreign to my community and background where I’ll be stepping into a boxing ring, climbing up a mountain and swimming in the ocean?” Unbeknownst to him at the time, Adam would eventually discover for himself that Warrior Week was not a physical event but rather a powerful and painful spiritual journey. QUESTION Where in your life are the stories you are telling yourself preventing you from acting on a decision you feel deeply inspired to take action on? Parable #2: Tap Into Your Natural Gifts In 2012, while at the top of his game personally and professionally, tragedy struck out of nowhere for Adam’s family when his wife, believed to be in top physical form, collapsed and was unresponsive. With one look at her x-rays, he realized there was a hell of a lot of blood where it didn’t belong, sending him to the ground in a heap of emotions and uncontrollable screaming. Within six months of being told to prepare to lose Shaani, the love of his life, she began improving and Adam believed the worst was behind them as he prepared to enter Warrior Week 28. While there, he realized he has been playing too small in his life and afterward began tapping into his natural gifts of teaching and speaking, appearing on television, inside periodicals, and makes appearances in various public venues. QUESTION Where in your life are you playing small? Parable #3: Truth Is No Respecter of Persons Coach Sam: So you come to Warrior Week finding something that is actually giving you joy and is feeding your Certainty and Purpose. Life has been numb and it almost took a tragedy for you to wake the fuck up. All your life you have been living by the book and following the rules, yet you weren’t finding happiness and joy in doing that. As you started living your truth, you began colliding with an army of opinion within your professional and spiritual community. Adam: While at Warrior, I came to realize that the message of “stop lying and start telling the fucking truth” was the only way worth living. I had an incident with a Rabbi in my community while I was president of the synagogue, realizing that the rabbinic staff was not living up to their role as a spiritual guide and leader. I confronted them about it, and needless to say, it was not well received. What I learned from this experience is that I have the key, the access, and the ability to make my own connection with God and that I don’t have to go through anyone else for that. QUESTION What adds to your joy, certainty and purpose? How do you experience and express that in your life? Parable #4: All We Have Is Now Adam: The brain tumor returned with a vengeance in 2016, robbing Shaani of her short-term memory. When we were originally presented with this entire situation, I was absolutely paralyzed thinking what the fuck am I going to do… until I surrendered. I surrendered to the idea that the only thing that I could control was now, so let’s make this the most incredible now that we can. Coach Sam: Every piece of wisdom that you read says don’t live in the fucking past, live in the present, and the future doesn’t exist; the truth is not in the past, the truth is in the now. Your wife didn’t remember the past, she had no power to live in the future, so she was forced to live in the now; and inside of this, you found beauty, love, intimacy, sexuality, and power. QUESTION Inside of tragedy, what does it look like to surrender to the gifts? Parable #5: It’s A Matter Of Heart Coach Sam: Every single piece of emotion you have felt has been a gift from Shaani to you; gifts that you can use in your teaching as you heal men with the expression of their feelings. It’s coming from a place of experience, and it’s always been a part of who you are. Adam: At the end of the day, my understanding is that our souls are here for expansion: to get better, to get stronger, to get bigger than where we were before. And if that’s the case, then for some reason that I will never understand, God determined that our souls needed to undergo prolonged, prolific loss in order to perfect ourselves. I think this journey that my wife took me on has been an eye-opener, a heart opener; something I’m forever grateful for. And for that, I consider myself lucky, probably the luckiest man alive. QUESTION How many emotions do you allow yourself to feel and express? Parable from the Pit: “Shaani left this world for an unknown reason. You learned to surrender to what is. She left you many gifts, and each of those gifts come into play in your leadership. You would have never been the man sitting here today carrying so much power and respect if she had not been building your life with you. What the fuck are you going to do with the tremendous amount of gifts Shaani left for you?” –Coach Sam Falsafi “What happens when shit goes sideways? Are we prepared to deal with it? The bottom line is this: having the structure of the Warrior’s Way empowered me to continue on and just keep moving forward in order to tackle – to embrace – this huge problem in my life. If we can fortify ourselves to become stronger, then all of this other stuff becomes easier to tackle. Despite your darkest hour, despite the pain that you have, you are not alone. If you can lean on your Brothers and the people around you that really have your best interest at heart, then you can get through anything.” –Dr. Adam Splaver