We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Wells and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
When I was younger I gave everything I had into learning about health and fitness. If there was knowledge to be taught I was there. I always took advantage of the opportunities placed in front of me. I took pride in learning from pioneers. Coaches who came 40,30,20 years before me. These guys not only had knowledge but they also had humility. Some had won the lifetime achievement award in their respective fields. I was lucky to understand at a young age that you don’t win that type of award at the ripe old age of 20. Now, almost 20 years later I understand that even though I know quite a bit, I still have “a lot of bit” to learn. You know what they say about humility. People with humility don’t think less of themselves, they think of themselves less. That’s why LSRF if so successful. It’s because I don’t want LSRF anymore. I want everyone else to have it. I want others to experience the benefits it has given me since I originated it many years ago. I’m in the best shape of my life at 42 and I owe it all to the Balance/Recovery of the LSRF program. Over time the word “Balance” has simply become my way of life. I would say I look at LSRF the way a Martial Artist looks at their martial art. It’s not about the art itself, but more of the type of person you become from practicing that art. Being “balanced” doesn’t necessarily mean training top, bottom, upper, lower, and things of that nature. I want people to be a better Father, Mother, Son, Daughter, friend, etc. The way LSRF does that is by making you feel better about your health. We have a saying. When you feel better about health, you feel better about self. So to articulate what LSRF is about might seem very foreign, but once you experience the difference you will be the best version of yourself and never look back. That’s balance!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My goal has always been to change the world though health and fitness. When I was younger I was foolish enough to think I could do that all on my own. Believe me when I tell you that I tried. Long hours, hard training sessions, and going all over the world to secure and soak up all the knowledge I could get left me excited to meet the challenge. I was part of Crossfit in their early days and I would joke about how Greg Glassman “founder of Crossfit” beat me to it. He had built this grass roots movement/culture that absolutely took off and I was so happy to be part of it. Now almost 20 years later I know Greg did not beat me to it. He needed me to teach what he was teaching. Just like I need others now to teach what I’m teaching. It’s only now that I understand my goal of changing the world though health and fitness is not a one man job. It takes many more fitness professionals, and to be honest we are losing the battle now more than ever. As you are reading this America is the sickest and fattest we have ever been. Yet there are more “Healthy Options”, fitness gyms, and doctors and hospitals everywhere. Why is that? It’s an uphill battle but it’s one I wake up and face everyday. My own personal opinion is that there are too many gym owners and not enough life changers. Any Jack or Jill with some money and time can read a book and open a gym. Anyone can get certified, but are you qualified? Can you make a difference? That’s the question I think we should be asking. As far as what sets me apart? I’m not different than anyone else. I wake up and put my clothes on the same way you do. I have the same 24 hours, the same access to knowledge, and breathe the same air. I believe everyone has the potential to be great. The recipe to success is not hard. Do you have discipline or not?
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well I only work 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening 3 days a week so we would have a lot of time to train, travel, and eat out. We would definitely train a couple times a day. First session would be a run, ride, or something adventurous in the A.M. Our second training session would be the LSRF program later on that day. As far as eating we would for sure be going to Chinatown. Houston has one of the top five Chinatowns in the country. Banana Leaf is a Malaysian restaurant that is a must. Their beef rendang, Hainanese chicken, and Chow Kueh Teow are a must have. If it’s Sunday then Fung’s Kitchen for Hong Kong style Dim Sum is the place to be. Get there early because it’s packed. I would also recommend any of their seafood selections or their award winning Peking duck. To top it all off we would have to end with dessert at Meet Fresh. They have the best authentic Taiwanese desserts around. Word of advice. if you’re planning on getting the shaved ice bring at least three friends to help you finish. They will thank you. Since we can’t really travel much we could get some day trips in to Galveston for the beach or maybe out to Austin for some outdoor activities. So basically Training. Travellng. Trying New Things, and a lot of eating. Besides that I’m a pretty boring person.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
God, my family, my mentors, and everyone that has been part of LSRF present and past.
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