Feeling Full

38. Consistency, Muscle & Military Mindset with Leon Uptegrove

September 09, 2021 Leon Uptegrove Season 1
Feeling Full
38. Consistency, Muscle & Military Mindset with Leon Uptegrove
Show Notes

I met Leon a few weeks ago while enjoying farm life upstate New York. I was searching for a place to work out and immediately resonated with him when I walked into his gym. Leon enjoyed wrestling while in college. Then enrolled in the military to join the Coast Guard. When we met, he shared how he had lost 50+ pounds and how accountability played such a big role in his success to maintain his weight. Leon opened a CrossFit gym 3 years ago and began training others. In our conversation today, we discuss overcoming the mental hurdles and why so many people struggle with reaching their fitness goals, plus much more.


  • If we can get 1% better each day, then we can be 100% better in 100 days
  • Leon started Crossfit in 2011 and it changed his life.
  • Wrestling in high school helped shape his habits for improving every day.
  • Leon loves Crossfit for the sport of it. 
  • One of the things that makes Crossfit strong is that it’s a community.
  • One of Leon’s goals as a coach is to be less of a hard ass and to be compassionate and meet people where they are.
  • If you can’t lead by example, then you shouldn’t be leading.
  • Aim small miss small. Always start with fitness goals that are digestible. Don’t jump straight to a marathon. Start with a 5k. Then move to 10k. 
  • Find something that you enjoy as fitness. Don’t just do something to lose weight.
  • Many people do not understand the power of consistency.
  • Consistency over perfection.
  • There is no money in healthy people.
  • People hesitate to buy healthy versions of food because of cost but it is more cost-effective to eat healthy than it is to watch your health deteriorate.
  • It’s critical to learn what quality food is and how to select it.
  • Managing stress is critical to managing health and weight.
  • Heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the USA. Nutrition, stress, and lack of sleep are key contributors.
  • Only 12% of the population are healthy and exhibit no underlying health issues.
  • Don’t give up on yourself. Pay attention and get rid of the excuses.


Study: 12% of American Adults Metabolically Healthy.

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