For years I never had a hero. There were many people who I respected and admired…but I never had someone who really inspired me…someone that would take my passion for life and what I do to another level…that is until I met Pavel Tsatsouline.
Over the years my husband would ask me who my heroes were. I would always tell him that I didn’t have one. He just couldn’t comprehend that. As a kid his heroes had been Roger Staubach from the Dallas Cowboys and Steve Garvey from the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was just amazed that I didn’t have a hero.
I’ll never forget the day I told my husband who my hero was. It was a late Saturday afternoon and we were just leaving a six hour seminar at The Olympic Mountaineering Club in Seattle, WA. We had just finished spending the morning and afternoon with the most amazing man/person/athlete I had ever seen…his name was Pavel Tsatsouline. Pavel could do things with his body that I thought were close to impossible. He had tips and tricks for stretching and strengthening that I had never heard of before. He knew the physiology and anatomy of the body inside and out. More importantly he cared about everyone he was working with. As we got into our car I told my husband, “I finally have a hero!”.
I am honored to say that ten years after meeting Pavel that he is still my hero…more importantly he is a very wonderful and dear friend. If it wasn’t for Pavel, his caring, help, and his knowledge I’m not sure where I would be at today. When I met Pavel it was at one of the crucial moments in your life when you find yourself at a crossroads and you’re burdened with making a decision that will forever change your life. At this point in my life my back injury was so bad that I thought I was going to have to quit chiropractic and find a new career where I could just sit behind a desk everyday and do as little as possible. That was one road that I could take…Pavel offered me another road. He offered me the road of kettlebells. I took the road less traveled and for me it has made all of the difference in the world.
I can’t imagine where my life would be today if I hadn’t met Pavel Tsatsouline. I am so thankful to him for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I am grateful to him for giving me my life back. Pavel is a great man and an even better friend.
I encourage you to find your hero. That person is out there…you just have to be willing to notice them when they appear.
Yours In Health!