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The Modern Gypsies’ Compassionate Adventure
Written by the Modern Gypsies – John Post, Eric Bach and Taylor Filasky

Eric, Taylor and I started training together for ABC’s newest adventure show Expedition Impossible.  We had no idea what we were up against but were promised to take part in one of the most epic adventures ever filmed for television.  Awesome.

Having witnessed some of the gnarlyness that producer Mark Burnett and his team created for Survivor and Eco Challenge we knew we had better be ready for anything.

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We built our training on three fundamental ideas.  Prepare physically, prepare mentally, and gain as much experience in as many modalities as possible.   Sound familiar?

Our goal was to win Expedition Impossible but along our journey we realized there were more important underlying benefits.  We learned that when we pushed ourselves mentally and physically we grew as individuals.  Sharing this experience with our community inspired positive change in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

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As CrossFitters we place a high value on community.  We understand what it means to push ourselves to the edge of physical human capacity.  We are each other’s competitors, teammates, coaches and supporters.  Always pushing each other to do better, be better, and achieve more.  But, we need to remember that training in the gym is training.  It’s important to consummate our training with real world experience.  For us this consummation takes the form of Compassionate Adventure.

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We dreamt of embarking on one epic adventure with one great act of compassion.  A way to get out of our comfort zones, to push ourselves mentally and physically, and to bring positive change to the local community while inspiring our own community at home.

The Modern Gypsies – Compassionate Adventure – Ecuador from The Modern Gypsies on Vimeo.

We ask you to get out of your comfort zone, push yourself physically, test yourself mentally, share your experiences with your community and do your best to inspire positive change on the world around you.

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February 14, 2013 8:54 am


Jim Martin
Jim Martin
February 14, 2013 6:43 am

John, Eric and Taylor –

What a great post! Thanks for the reminder that “training in the gym is training.” Too many times I think that completing the workout is the goal and not just preparation for the journey.

John Leo Post
John Leo Post
February 14, 2013 8:50 am
Reply to  Jim Martin

Thanks Jim!

We hope to see more people taking their experience in the gym to the field.

Keep us posted