Name: Red Sullivan
Hometown: Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Business/Gym: The Redgimen (www.theredgimen.com)
Social Media Handles: @strictlyred on IG
XPT: Tell us about yourself
Red Sullivan: I am a former collegiate athlete who refuses to give up being athletic. As a working Dad of two, my current focus is on managing a heavy work-schedule, & family life, while pursuing some aspirational fitness related goals.
XPT: You’ve been to a few XPT events in the past. How did you get turned on to XPT?
RS: I first heard of it because I had heard a lot about this surfer, Laird Hamilton, doing incredibly things on water despite getting older. Naturally, that peaked my interest and wanted to see what he was doing in the way of training/recovery, to be able to perform at such a high level at an older age, especially given the stakes of his sport.
XPT: What made you want to become an XPT Certified Coach?
RS: I first became interested in XPT because of an attitude I saw in it’s founders. I have never been into surfing or volleyball, but the way that Gabby and Laird approached problem solving was something I aspired to. They always appeared to be curious, perpetual learners, that were not afraid to experiment, even if there was a possibility of being “wrong”. When I got more familiar with the philosophy and framework of XPT, I was happy to find the aforementioned attitude/problem solving approach was a consistent thread running through the fabric of everything being taught.
XPT: How has XPT immediately impacted you and/or your clients?
RS: XPT immediately helped me address the major elements affecting the common athlete/person. Breathing, Posture, Movement, Recovery. These are the elements of human performance that pretty much everyone can instantly improve with just a little attention and very minimal cost.
XPT: What’s your favorite XPT related tip, discipline, activity, etc. to teach your clients and why?
RS: Mind your Breathing. Simply paying attention to ones breathing habits can have a significant impact on a persons health/well-being. The best part is it’s free. My goal as a trainer/programmer/Coach is to make my Coachees autonomous. Breathing is the first step in the journey to becoming just that. Reminding someone that throughout their day-to-day life they should only be using their mouth to talk and eat, NOT to breathe, is often an “ah-ha” moment for a lot of people. Bringing awareness to the things we do most throughout our day, like breathing, is a great skill to develop for overall health/wellness related problem solving. If we step back and look at the whole forest, we can instantly see that the things impacting our ability to perform physically, mentally, emotionally, are the things that we do most often – breathing, moving vs. sedentary, sitting vs. standing, postural positioning.
XPT: What advice would you give to someone considering becoming certified, attending an experience or workshop or anyone considering XPT in general?
RS: I would tell anyone that’s even slightly interested in XPT to throw caution to the wind and dive in. All too often, when it comes to new or innovative fitness related certifications, people let fear govern their decision making, when the truth is learning is a naturally scary undertaking because it is the exploration of the unknown. Embrace the beautiful experience of not knowing, being a beginner, and overcoming failure.
XPT: Can you share with us a quick success story or “WOW” moment with either yourself or a client as it pertains to XPT?
RS: In the past, I had struggled with my conditioning whenever I am doing a bodyweight related task, like playing basketball etc. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the reason I struggled wasn’t actually my aerobic capacity, but the inefficient way I was breathing while playing. For whatever reason, when I was playing basketball, I was holding my breath a great deal of the time, and then gasp for air via mouth-breathing once I reached a rest/lull in the games action. By practicing mindful breathing and understanding how to shift gears up and down from nose/nose breathing to nose/mouth, mouth/mouth, I became much more effective on the court.
XPT: Anything else you want to tell XPT? A quote I remember from the Certification? A cool client story? A personal story as it pertains to XPT in my life? Etc.
RS: My favorite thing about the XPT learning experience is that it teaches principles, not protocols. It provides the Coach with a framework that they can use to problem solve in their own unique and creative way.