A lot of that it was pretty organic. Within the first couple of months, Jim McD did all of the YouTube footage at the time, he pulled me outside and they interviewed me for a YouTube video.
at, probably within six months, Jim came to me and said, “Hey man, I have an idea for a podcast with Mark. Do you want to be a co-host?” I was like “Man, I have no idea what a podcast is but it sounds fun. I’m down.”
I went to an art school my whole life. I’ve been in theater, choir, I played tons of musical instruments. It kind of, if you want to call this performing arts, felt natural enough. I was, “Yeah, let’s do it.” That’s probably what gave the lift to a lot of things.
From there I started…I didn’t want to coach High School basketball. I did want to coach High School basketball, but I wasn’t making any money. Sling Shot had been around for nine months or maybe a year. I simply texted Mark, “Yo man, I know you got this company, do you need a job, or do you have a job? I need to work.”
I started working there. As the podcast started going I convinced him to get an Instagram. We started putting more content on his YouTube channel, and Jim’s YouTube channel plus the podcast. From there it was kind of a snowball effect.
I don’t want to miss-quote Mark, but I think Mark has a story of some training session where we’re going at it. Obviously he’s using 600 pounds more than I’m using, or more, but I just wouldn’t stop.
If he says what [indecipherable 7:47] method we’re doing, eight triples on a box squat. I’m not going to stop until everybody else stops. I’m a competitive person. I don’t care that you’re lifting more weight than me. I don’t care that you’re whatever.
I’m going to at least work just as hard if not harder than anybody there. That’s the story he told to say then Mike’s in, at least he’s on the team. He saw that. I did an insane amount of work and research on my own, trying to learn about strength conditioning.
A lot of the other guys went into super training or powerlifting as athletes. They tried to just get stronger themselves. Where I took it from, this is what I love, and anything that I love, I’m going all-in on. I’m going to try to do as optimal as I can, and be as smart as I can, and hit it from all angles.
Rather than meathead, “I lift weight. I get jacked.” I wanted to learn everything so I’m researching 24/7 on my own. Maybe that had another portion of I could coach a little bit already, where some of the other guys weren’t.
Obviously, when you create content, if you’re not doing a full day of eating like everybody else on YouTube, you have to have some knowledge behind you — no shots at all my full day of eating friends, love you guys.