Dear Mythos Family,
I recently was lucky enough to take a trip to New Orleans. While there I met the most wonderful of human beings who for our purposes will call James. James is a free soul who lives his life one day, hour, minute, and second at a time. He has thrown off cultural and social expectations and lives life as he sees fit. While his lifestyle isn’t for everyone, he taught me a great deal about how we should approach everything, including fitness.
While there, one of James’ favorite activities was to walk up to a passerby and ask them “Are you alive?”. I asked him why you chose to do this and the answer surprised me in its depth.
James patiently explained to me that so many people walk through life worrying about the minutiae, wanting to pick fights and arguments, spread drama and rumors, break friendships and relationships out of fear. He developed a habit of asking a person when they tried to confront him about a topic that didn’t truly matter by asking “Are you alive?!”. This would quickly quell any arguments, any desire to pick a pointless fight. He since then has made it a habit to ask strangers the same question three times, especially those who seemed lost in spirit. The results were entrancing to watch.
Most individuals would initially react by throwing up walls. Here was this tall, grinning, wild haired man getting in their personal space and asking an intensely intimate question. Many would react with “yes…” with a good deal of hesitation. James would continue smiling and allow them a moment then ask the question again. They would reply with a more affirmative and slightly annoyed”Yes”. On the third ask, something beautiful would happen. You could see the change, the shift, the introspection, where the person realized and FELT that they were alive. For most, this brought a joy that brought walls down. The final yes was heartfelt, and you couldn’t help but smile with them. James made many friends that day as we walked the streets of the Quarter.
So what does this have to do with fitness and exercise? Well, for those of you who have achieved a new skill, have broken a personal record on something, have been lying on the floor breathless at the end of a workout, and especially those who have experienced heartfelt friendship from those you suffer with, you KNOW what it feels like to be alive. In that one hour of your day, YOU ARE ALIVE.
Our hope at Mythos 150 is to give you a space where you feel alive. Our goal is you can take that feeling and keep it with you as you move into the outside world, outside of the gym walls. It goes beyond fitness, it becomes a Journey.
If we succeed in creating this for you, we hope that you run into James somewhere deep in the French Quarter, you will have your answer ready.
It seems like a simple question, how are you measuring your progress?
I have yet to meet a single individual who doesn’t have some sort of goal related to their fitness journey. Often though, these goals are so long term or ambiguous, they get lost in the noise of working out everyday.
Here at Mythos 150, this question is the foundation to who we desire to be as a fitness brand. With that in mind, we have created the M150 Journey System.
This Journey System is currently in testing, but I wanted to give you a sneak peak of how it works.
This system follows two simultaneous tracks: Athlete and Lifestyle. Lets break them down.
Athlete will be a set of measurements, movements, and abilities across 5 different categories. These are Gymnastics, Aerobic Capacity, Weightlifting, Mobility, and Benchmarks. There will be clearly defined mile markers for each category, which will give you a set path on how to improve. Instead of the pass/fail culture of a gymnastics movement (“I don’t have pullups), or the idolization of 1 rep maxes in weightlifting, you will have small, bite sized goals that show you that you are making progress.
This system also shows you whether you are balanced, or have inadvertently created a bias in your training. Often people realize they have prioritized Gymnastics and Weightlifting, but have completely forgotten mobility. Or they are crushing it in Aerobic Capacity, but need to work on their Benchmarks.
The Lifestyle track seeks to combine the hard work you put into the gym with things outside of it. This may be running a 5k, playing with the kids without knee pain, gaining the confidence to rock a certain outfit, or being more confident in your job. Everything we do in the gym at Mythos 150 is with the intention of improving your life outside of it.
Look for more information about this Journey System in the coming weeks. If you are interested in being a Beta tester for it, shoot us a message, we would love to hear about your goals.
Dear Mythos Family,
Welcome to your first step in a journey of something new. For the next few months I will be posting regular updates about the state of the gym, buildout, location, and of course colorful anecdotes about the adventures of starting a new business. I will also be including notes/thoughts/explanations of the vision for this facility, and for the family that I hope will inhabit it. But first, I owe it to you to explain how this began.
I was lucky to find fitness at an early age, having clear memories of training my buddies Jordan and Austin on my Dad’s bowflex at age 12. Something about understanding movement, the ways that I could change how my body looked, and the rush of pushing into new areas really hooked me. For a shy, awkward, and extremely lanky kid, being able to do these things gave me sense of confidence and self-worth that had been lacking. I had uncovered something new, a passion.
Fast forward 14 years, having been a mediocre track athlete, gym bro, bright eyed new Crossfitter, and finally coach, I arrived again at something new. The concept of ownership, of creating a space that serviced those I care about well.
Now, like most owners, this seed of a thought started in a place of frustration. I looked across the landscape of culture within functional fitness facilities and was…saddened. Coaches and owners being shitty to athletes, cliques strongly formed against new individuals or those who did not perform as well athletically, programming that caused injury, and a culture where we are supposed to one up each other in how much we DREAD the difficulty of the workout (“Man this workout is going to SUCK”).
Something in me snapped. I was over the culture, the shaming, the people being left out, the worship of heavy lifting, the comparisons. There had to be something different, something better. This is where the term Mythos came into being.
Mythos is defined as a set of beliefs or assumptions about something. So here are a few.
The beliefs of Mythos 150 are continuing to grow and change. But I am creating a facility where each individual will be able to walk their own path towards health and fitness, a place where as a community we celebrate our collective progress and individual differents, and where someone in their first month will be as celebrated and welcomed into social gatherings as the 5 year veterans.
I look forward to taking the next steps with you.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. -Lao Tzu