My Demise (Road to Sparta Series #4)

….continued from “A Key Insight”

It was three months of hard work

Of sweat

Of balancing fitness with life

Of finding something deep inside

Of becoming something better

Of becoming proud

It was three months of decent eating

And 0 sips

I mean absolution

Not 1 sip of alcohol

Not because it’s a problem

Because it’s an ingredient for a different type of life

One for a life I used to live

A couple drinks here

A couple drinks there

Money vanished

Memories forgotten

Emptiness found

This new road required a different standard

For three months I was on it

The only person who could stop me, was me

And that’s when it almost happened

When I let weakness creep in

When I began to think that I could integrate this new path of fitness with poor fillers of gratification

Most people can and do

But to me, even a sip takes me away from being the person that I am setting out to be

And worse, 1 day spent hung over, has always been enough to derail all physical progress

And here I was

At the crossroads

a St. Patty day dinner party with my family and 300 other enthused and lit up goers

Live music from the 50’s and 60’s

Drinks all around

I started with a bottle of water and some pink salt

An electrolyte cocktail

But then it moved on to an innocent drink

One after the next as we spent the night dancing

It was fun and it was safe

What most people would consider a neccessary night out

But it was enough to throw me off balance

To question all of the work

To question this desire to keep pushing forward

To keep growing and chasing

This is how it happened every time before

Some people climb mountains

Some never leave a sofa

Most live somewhere in between

Which is fine, if you keep growing

But I was settling

And settling is dieing

I couldn’t do it

I couldn’t throw away the work

Not this time

I was back in the gym pronto

And back on a road that needed to be built

A destination that needed to be chased

There would be more similar bumps along the way

And it would take months before there was another “Enough is Enough” moment

But the test of persistence started on that day

3 months in

5 months ago

The next stop

A goal worth chasing

Go back 1 to “A Key Insight”

Go back 2 to “The Insanity”

Go back 3 to “The Dad Bod” – The Beginning




A Key Insight (Road to Sparta Series #3)

…continued from “The Insanity”

It was 7am

A war between four walls just came to an end (Racquetball)

I stepped out of the court and into the gym

Inspiration was all around me

There was only 1 thing left to do

1 thing left before returning to my mediocre life

To my 8-5

To my place as a spoke on a spoke wheel

It was time for pain

An exercise routine I call a 5x5x5

5 Exercises, 5 Reps each exercise, for 5 sets

As fast as you can

All in push up position

You only break when you need to

Somewhere in the middle I broke

My knees hit the floor and my chin hit my chest

My vision was a wet blur

And my breathing was out of control

And then it happened

One of the most profound insights I have ever had

Hit me

I looked at the floor 2 feet below

I saw a puddle of sweat and I smiled

I laughed

I shook my head

Because I realized that this is what it’s all about

Pushing yourself

Pushing boundaries

Building strength

Becoming unstoppable and unbreakable

Realizing how far you can go

How much pain you can endure

And how good it really feels

My pain now was different than my pain 3 months ago

It wasn’t the pain of being out of shape

It was the pain of hard work

Of progress

And it felt beautiful

Outcomes (like a 6 pack) are byproducts to the true reward

The glory is in the work

It’s in the process

The journey

And it’s in everything we do

If you don’t love the work, then the outcome will always suffer

But when you fall in love

With the sweat, and with the pain, in the process

Then there is nothing that can stop you

And there is no outcome that you can’t achieve

It’s a mental war

The only thing that can limit your greatness is you

And that’s exactly what almost ripped me apart

And brought it all to an end


…read about “My Demise”

Go back 1 to “The Insanity”

Go back 2 to “The Dad Bod” – The Beginning



The Insanity (Road to Sparta Series #2)

…continued from “The Dad Bod”

I was 5 minutes in and I thought I was going to die.

Everything hurt.

Everything burned.

60 days of this was impossible.

Another 20 minutes was impossible.

I was never going to make it.

But there was no way I could quit…not yet.

I had to keep going.

Alone in my basement.

In front of the TV.

There I was.

Standing at the border of mediocrity and greatness.

Up, down, side to side.

On my knees.

On the ground.

Begging for air.

Pleading for recovery.

Whining like a baby.

Shaun T and his perfectly sculpted physique telling me to move.

To go harder.

To push.

I hated every grueling second.

And I was mad at how hard it was.

Mad at how out of shape I was.

And how long it would take to get back.

I had no idea how much joy was waiting on the other side of this process.

Did I do every single workout – No.

Did I stick to the plan 100% – No.

Did I keep going – Yes.

Did I finish every class I started – You bet.

Did I get stronger, faster, and in amazing shape – Roger that.

Was I dripping in sweat after each workout – Ya buddy.

Did I do it even when I didn’t want to – Every time.

Did I start smiling – Yep.

Did I start living – Like never before.

Did I stumble upon an amazing and profound insight

…read about “The Key Insight”


Dominance Within – New Podcast Episode

I had a ton of fun building the content for my latest podcast – “Dominance Within”

If you have yet to listen to the show – this is a great place to start.

I cover 3 parts in under 25 minutes. 

Part 1: A CrossFit athlete that shot chills down my spine (VIDEO) and why this culture fascinates me

Part 2: A look at Andre Agassi in the aftermath of one of his last matches ever played – holding hands with his opponent as they fight the pain. 

Part 3: My personal path to fitness optimization that I am calling “My Road to Sparta.” 



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Enough was enough

The “Dad Bod” had to go

I was sick of eating poison

Of being tired

Of being moody

Of being full of excuses

I was sick of having no flexibility

Poor range of motion

Restricted mobility

I was sick of dwelling on the good old days

The raging rapids and fear of natures savage & unrelenting power

The days where we chased a high on life

I had enough of living within the confines of mediocrity

Enough of being a quitter

Of saying “it’s too hard”

Of being a sheep living in fear

It was time to sweat

To sweat more than I stressed

It was time for rebirth

For vitality

It was time to find a warrior – somewhere within

Time to take control

To own my destiny

To set down a path

To build a road

It was 9 months ago and it was time for change

This blog series will capture the whole journey

From lethargic mediocre dad bod

To enough is ENOUGH

…read about “The Insanity”

Tiger, Head, Wildlife, Animal, Wild

The Dad Bod (Road to Sparta Series #1)

Rachel Beckwith

A 9 year old inspired me beyond belief this week. And, then she brought me to tears.

I decided to forego the podcast I was working on, and to do one on her story instead.

I don’t care if you listen to the podcast.

And, I’m not going to try to write something here that will grab your attention.

I just hope that you’ll take 5 minutes to watch this video.

Jeff Bezos | Centi-Billionaire | Business Strategy

Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, wealthiest in modern history, and first centi-billionaire provided great insight on where to focus business strategy in an Amazon Web Services Live audience in 2012:

“What’s going to change in the next ten years?” And that is a very interesting question; it’s a very common one. I almost never get the question: “What’s not going to change in the next ten years?”….They [Customers] want fast delivery; they want vast selection. It’s impossible to imagine a future ten years from now where a customer comes up and says, “Jeff, I love Amazon; I just wish the prices were a little higher” or ” I love Amazon; I just wish you’d deliver a little more slowly.” Impossible. And so the effort we put into those things, spinning those things up, we know the energy we put into it today will still be paying off dividends for our customers ten years from now. When you have something that you know is true, even over the long term, you can afford to put a lot of energy into it.

In my last podcast (links below), I changed the context from business to life and asked both of these two very important questions. What will change-how to prepare and What will not change-how to invest heavily.



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All Others:

The Gift of Death

My new podcast episode is up! It’s an exploration of truly living, dying, and the miracle of fulfillment in between.

Here are some highlights:

  • A deep dive into “Tuesday’s with Morrie” – A memoir that sold 14 million copies and changed lives around the world.
  • A side note on people who chase outcomes vs. falling in love with the process.

This episode generated some amazing actions took and then wrote to tell me about.

If you are looking for a reminder on the simple things in life that drive true fulfillment, this episode is for you.

It’s completely free. I build the material for my own development and then share with the world.

The show in general is targeted towards those who are working to optimize and elevate EVERY area of life that mean the most to them. Career, family, relationships, etc.

Not ONE area. EVERY area.

I personally desire this type of multi-level, 360 degree, absolute improvement.

I don’t want to be a billionaire on a yacht who is too out of shape to shoot hoops with my kids.

I want to be a better son, brother, friend, father, lover, etc.

Not better than you, him, or her. Better than me. Than what I was yesterday.

I want to figure out how to get better and better at work, my crafts, my hobbies, my relationships.

How to live a life of vitality.

If you work 80 hours a week and make hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, but you’re too out of shape to chase your kids around or too busy to make beautiful love to your partner, then you’re losing out on true fulfillment. True Happiness.

The kind that can only come with true optimization in every area of life.

Step into the game and out of the dream.


Have you seen the Billionaire manual?

It’s everywhere and it’s free. It’s also insanely stupid.

Of course money is great, but we all need something far greater in power than money.

We need absolute optimization.

We need vitality. We need love. We need to feel needed.

We need to gain the right insights to unlock the chains that are wrapped around our potential.

Money is just one outcome.

If you have all the money in the world, but are too out of shape to shoot hoops with your kid or too busy to make love to your partner, you’re not going to be fulfilled.

And you’re losing in life.

We need great sex. We need great friendship. We need something to give to physically and financially.

We need hobbies and outlets for our interest. We need to continue challenging our minds, our assumptions, and our processes for living.

We need fulfillment and then money.

The latter without the former is just gas on a fire that will eventually burn down your life.

But fulfillment first, will light the fire you need and will help bring the outcomes…like money.

If you’re out of shape, or eating like crap, or uninspired, or bored at your job, or feeling lost….buying a “Free” billionaire booklet is not going to solve the problem.

Stop chasing the weight loss or the 6 pack. Those are outcomes.

The process will get you there – when you follow it and fall in love with it.

What does that mean?

Until you fall in love with eating healthy and exercising daily, you’ll never reach the outcome that you desire.

That’s everything. If you don’t love the work you have to put in, the outcome will always suffer.

And the work, the hard work, is the joy of life. The journey travelled is the joy of life.

That’s where fulfillment is found.

Find that, and money is just one thing that you can pick up along the way – if you still even care that much about it.

Build Your Foundation -> Establish Your Presence -> Execute with Excellence

Check out my latest podcast where I tough on this topic along with Google’s 8 Innovation Principles…

Apple/iTunes or Search “The Chad Shipley Show” within any podcast platform



Google Innovation and The Need for Great Sex

The new podcast is up and can be found on all Podcast Platforms. Search for “The Chad Shipley Show”

This show was an exploration of the book Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World – which highlights Google’s 8 Innovation Principles. A quick overview of the authors Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler as well as YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. And some quick ranting and raving on why Great Sex is better than being a billionaire.

Oh and how I got into a fist fight with a MULE in Moscow and how they always win the good fight!

Check it out here: