After Tough Mudder on Saturday I went back to the CanFitPro conference on Sunday. I took a couple of spinning seminars in the morning, which as crazy as it sounds actually helped my sore muscles as it got the lactic acid out of my legs. I then went to the closing ceremonies where Peter Twist spoke. In case you’re not familiar with him, Peter Twist is the President and CEO of Twist Conditioning. Peter Twist’s journey to becoming one of the leading Strength and Conditioning Coaches has shaped his belief on training and life. He has trained athletes all over the world, has written over 10 books, dozens of papers on Athletic Conditioning and has redefined training methods and equipment.
Peter Twist came to talk about how he found out that he had cancer. It was shocking to hear him say that he felt that being healthy worked against him. It took him 5 years of going to doctors and doing tests for him to get to see a specialist. Because all his tests were coming up perfect, no one took him seriously and sent him home. By the time he finally saw a specialist, they found a tumour the size of a tennis ball in his throat. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and was given a 25% chance of survival.
He talked about how he was angry, scared and determined to do everything he could to fight! He would go into the treatment center for chemo blasting “Boom” by POD, go to the 2 minute mark:
Is that your best shot, give me all you’ve got...he would park at the top of the parking lot where he could see the mountains, instead of the spots reserved for patients. In his own words, ‘Patients wasn’t a club I wanted to belong to, I wanted in and out of here!’
Peter’s passion was infectious! He talked about how most people live beside life, letting it pass them by. Instead of going out to explore, enjoy and be a part of nature and all it has to offer, we go to work, come home, sit on the couch to watch TV or play video games, go to bed and do it all over again. How most people fill their bodies with junk – processed, artificially flavoured, sweetened meals that don’t have any pronounceable ingredients. His advice:
- Never be derailed and stay on track.
- Give energy.
- Keep moving forward.
So, do you live life or do you live beside life? The choice is yours…in the decisions that you make everyday!