Like many, I came into fitness to prove something to myself. To get bigger and stronger - To prove I wasn’t a scrawny kid and a weakling. In the process I got stronger and bigger. It wasn’t enough. I started a long journey in the martial arts and boxing to prove I was tough - That I could stand in a ring with courage and take the hits. It wasn’t enough. I started running in the city late at night after getting home from the boxing gym, hoping someone would mess with me so I could prove I was big and bad. It wasn’t enough. I ran, scrapped, lifted, and boxed and in doing so I yelled and shook my fist at God. One day my Father asked me what I was ‘running’ from. I didn’t hear him. Around the same time, after getting injured, a wellness practitioner asked me the question of whether I wanted to age gracefully or age foolishly. I didn’t hear him. But life’s important questions
have a way of forcing themselves upon you. If you don’t get the message the first, second, or third time around, someday sooner or later you will. Life’s failures, like physical injuries, have a way of showing up again and again until we face the root of the problem. After my divorce, a spiritual advisor said to me “Eric, you can’t outrun your shadow.” I heard her. In facing my own shadow, my real purpose in health and wellness has appeared to me – to discover my own truth in wellness, and to the help others find their real meaning and passion in fitness. It’s my hope and aspiration to broaden the dialogue about what constitutes real health and fitness. I don’t have all of the answers but it is my aspiration to have to the courage to ask the right questions.
- Eric Stevens
Eric Stevens is a writer, speaker, actor, and presenter. For the past 15 years, Eric has also coached, managed, and taught in and around fitness, the martial arts, and boxing. Eric is currently the Director of Fitness & Client Services for Resilience Code In Englewood, Colorado. http://www.myresiliencecode.com Eric is a published author and a contributing writer for Breaking Muscle. In 2011, Eric appeared as fitness personality/trainer for the television program “I Used To Be Fat” for MTV. Eric lives with his partner Patience and dog, Suki, in Denver, Colorado.