Why You Need More Failures in Your Life…


The modern world is set up for you to fail.  Disappointment, rejection, and fear are everywhere.  Our lives are constantly being filled with distractions that keep us from doing what is truly necessary. How depressing is that?  Well, it’s only depressing if you let it win. By it, I mean failure.

You see, the more books I read, the more documentaries I watch, and the more podcasts I listen to, the more I realize that pain and struggle are a prerequisite to success.  If you want to become a millionaire, a world class athlete, or achieve any level of perceived greatness, you’re gonna have to take your lumps.

What I mean by this is, regardless of your goals (assuming you have set some for yourself) you’re going to have to overcome some obstacles along the way that will test your will to keep pursuing that very goal.

Let’s take my favorite athlete of all time, Michael Jordan for example, the greatest player to ever step onto a basketball court, was cut from his eighth grade high school team.  Did that discourage him? Probably. Did he question his abilities? Most likely. Did he give up and let it defeat him? No f*cking way!!


It was this failure that fueled his fire to become the best basketball player he could possibly be (which coincidentally is the best player in history!) His competitive drive and desire to succeed far outweighed any setbacks he would experience.

How about Thomas Edison? We’d all be squatting in freakin’ dark if Thomas Edison decided that the whole light bulb thing was a little too far fetched.


“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that do not work.” – Thomas Edison

And let’s not forget the undisputed queen of the modern world, Oprah Winfrey, was once told early in her career that she was “unfit for television.” Now she has her own network and is one of the richest women on the planet!

I’m not quite sure when we became so scared to give our best effort regardless of the outcome.  Maybe, as adults we’ve been conditioned to “play it safe” and maintain the status quo.

“Don’t look stupid.”

“Don’t question authority.”

“It’s too much work so don’t waste your time.”

These are all the things we are told that keep us from achieving what we really want.

Training is no different.  We all know the hardest part of any training program is starting one.  And anyone who trains regularly knows that not every workout is going to be an earth shattering experience.  But it doesn’t have to be in order for it to be worthwhile and effective.

I’m pretty sure every moment of every day at your job isn’t ultra productive and gratifying yet you continue to do that day in and day out.

Like anything else in life, there’s going to be good days and bad days.

My point is, there is always going to be something standing between you and your goals that will make you think twice about moving forward.

Fear and excuses will never be in short supply which is why it’s so easy to just sit back and do nothing.

The truth is there are very few things in life that matter or directly impact your quality of life.  One of those things is your physical fitness.

Despite all of your fears and frustrations, being in good physical shape can enhance all aspects of your life.

You don’t need to be a pro athlete for training to be beneficial either, you just need to do something and once you’ve started you can NEVER stop. That’s the only rule.

Have I ever missed a lift? Tons of times.

Have I ever been laid out flat on my back gasping for air after a tough workout? More times than I’d like to mention to be honest.

Has my desire to train been affected by these experiences? Yeah, I’m hungrier than ever to be the best I’ve ever been!

You see, failure can do only one of two things to a person:

  1. turn you into a coward that will never reach their potential because you’re too scared to make mistakes.
  2. make you stronger and want to push harder to reach your goals.


Without failure, no lessons are learned.

Without failure, you become complacent.

Without failure, you have no idea what your limits are.

Through failure, you build character.

Through failure, you find out if what you’re striving for is really worth it.

Through failure, you develop grit.

Through failure, success tastes that much sweeter.

I dare you to be yourself, pursue your passion, and do what makes you happiest.

I dare you to find out what you’re truly made of.

I dare you to take action in spite of what others might say or think of you.

I dare you to fail, because that, my friend, is how champions are born.

The next time you fail, ask yourself what are you going to do about it?

Stay Strong,

Isaac Payne




9 Nutrition Mistakes that are Keeping You Fat!


Let me guess, you’ve been training pretty hard and consistently for the last few months.  You’re hitting all your lifts and your strength is starting to improving quite nicely.

You’re even packing on a bit of muscle and your buddies are starting to notice.  Hell, you’re probably getting a few double takes from the ladies over on the elliptical machines!

You’ve even gone as far as sprinkling in a cardio session or two from time to time to burn a few extra calories and not be a complete meathead.

But, to your utter disappointment, all that work and hard earned muscle is completely buried under a layer of fat that you just can’t seem to get rid of.

This is a classic case, my friend.  A classic case of “I lift big and heavy weights so I can eat whatever want!” This is totally fine if you’re going for that Pilsbury doughboy or The Rock in 1987 look.


All kidding aside, you’ve made some common, yet critical, nutrition mistakes.  Don’t worry though, with a few small adjustments, this can all be fixed.  I’m going to help you get back on track and you’ll be leaner than ever in no time.

11 Things to Keep in Mind When Trying to Lose Fat


Losing fat has got to be one the most frustrating pursuits in all of fitness.  With so much temptation from all of our favorite foods it’s amazing that only half of the western world is overweight!

Despite its’ challenges, losing fat isn’t impossible.  It’s actually a pretty simple concept.  All that’s needed is a little bit of time and discipline.

Easier said than done I suppose.

18 Ways to Build FREAKISH Strength!


It doesn’t matter what circle you roll in whether it’s bodybuilding, powerlifting, Crossfit, or pretty much any sport with the exception of yoga (not really a sport), everyone seems to be on a quest for more strength.  If you’re in the gym and you’re moving weight, you’re trying to get stronger in some way, shape, or form – or at least you should be.

5 Ways to Improve Your Conditioning!


I’ve never been a huge fan of the word cardio.  Not because I don’t like cardio but more so because of the stigma attached to it.

When I hear the word cardio, I automatically think of people sitting on a recumbant bike pedaling away while reading the latest issue of People magazine.

7 Benefits of Flexible Dieting (IIFYM)


I’ll be the first to admit that I find diets to be utterly frustrating and confusing. We’re all human beings yet there are so many different approaches to eating.

Are we all that different in how we process food?

I know there’s food allergies that may cause some deviations but how can there be so many COMPLETELY DIFFERENT trains of thought?

Training and Life Lessons From the Last 15 Years – Part 1


Oh how time flies.  As I get older, I find myself saying that more and more.  But it’s true, it seems like the older I get, the more things seem to speed up.  Life can feel like one giant beep test sometimes where each year gets faster and faster until we hit our “limit.”

Do kids even do the beep the test anymore or has the school system become so diluted that it’s no longer socially acceptable to be competitive and push yourself physically or mentally?

How to Become a Powerhouse in the Gym and in Everyday Life!

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If you don’t know me or have never read any of my articles before then you should know that I’m about  2 things – getting fit and living a fulfilling life on your own terms.

One of the secrets to success in any aspect of your life is to simply condense the nonsense.  In the book Essentialism, Greg McKeown repeatedly makes reference to how we need to develop the ability to “decipher the trivial many from the essential few.”

The Busy Person’s Guide to Healthy Eating…


I’m not sure if we’re actually busier or just more distracted, but it seems like people are finding it more and more difficult to find time to eat sensibly nowadays.

I mean, between working long hours, spending time with loved ones, raising a family, social media and reality television, who has time to prepare a healthy meal?

Well, fortunately for you, your dietary habits don’t have to go completely down the drain just because you have a busy schedule.  You can still maintain a lean, healthy physique simply by adopting a few tried and true habits that will keep you on the right path.

13 Common Fitness Questions Answered


For those of you who don’t me, what I stand for is quite simple.

Train hard, eat clean, be consistent, take responsibility for where you are in life, and don’t be afraid to fail.

It’s definitely a process that requires work on a daily basis.  Even I have to take it one step at a time or else I get overwhelmed and feel like everything is impossible.

Training can be hard work with all the squats, deadlifts, burpees, pull-ups, and sprints.  Combine that with trying to eat clean, get enough sleep, minimize stress, and you got yourself a full time job!

5 Common Mistakes that are Ruining Your Power Cleans


Now, before we get started, I just want to say that you’re already leaps and bounds ahead of 90% of gym-goers due to the simple fact that you even want to dabble with the Olympic lifts.  As you already know, Olympic lifts aren’t for the average Joe, they’re for the strong, athletic type that’s after serious gains.

How to Improve Your Pull-up Game!


I’ve had the luxury to help hundreds of people over the course of my career.  For those that were committed and took my advice seriously, they made tremendous gains.  That’s right, not everyone that crossed my path transformed their bodies into the perfect picture of health.  That’s OK though, not everyone is willing to do what’s necessary to get the results they want.