He’s Still An Animal!

10 05 2013

I wanted to give everyone an update on a gentleman that I wrote about over a year ago. Don is now 74 years old and he is still bench pressed over 315 pounds on his birthday! He is a the “young man” of the weight with his wisdom, encouragement, and energy he brings to those around him.Thanks for your inspiration Don!

Here is the article I wrote awhile back with the words of wisdom from a great man!

Steve Leurquin

Are You Younger Than A 72 Year-Old?

A few years ago I met a great man at the health club where I exercise. I’d like to introduce him to you because I hope he is as big of an inspiration to you as he is to me. What makes him so special is that he is doing what every man hopes to have the will and courage to do, live life to the fullest. I got the idea to write a leadership article on Don because even though he was born March 11th, 1939, (Yes, that makes him 72!) he is able to out lift almost all the guys at the health club (including me). Although surgeries and the inevitable father time have been rough on him he is young at heart, proving age truly is a state of mind.

This is Don bench pressing 335lbs!

When and where were you born?

I was born March 11, 1939 just north of Jefferson, Wisconsin in the house I grew up in.  (I was going to make an old age joke but thought it not good for my health :) )

Tell me about your family.

I have been married for 50 years to Cathy. I have three kids, 7 grandkids, and 3 great grandkids. 

Were you in the armed-forces?

I served for four years in the Navy as a Gunners Mate from 1956-1960. I traveled to many places like Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, China, Japan, and Hawaii. I was never in any combat but came close. As we were sailing down to the Panama Canal they cleared up the conflict before we got there. 

You lift a lot of weight for anybody much less a guy almost 73. Tell me how you do it?

Seven years ago I started lifting again after many years off. I had two shoulder surgeries on each shoulder and figured I better start doing something. So I started with the bar (45lbs) and worked my way up from there.

I set a goal to bench 315lbs on my 7oth birthday, a weight I have never put up in my life. On that day I bench pressed 325 pounds!

How do you stay so fit?

I just stay active. I workout five days a week. I guess I just keep moving then it’s not so hard to get started again. I set goals and then go after them.

Don, you’re pretty sharp and quick-witted with the young whipper snappers around here, what do you do to stay so “mentally fit?”

I read a lot. I like Western Books, National Geographic, and I like reading history.

You’ve been married 50 years! Any advice for us “youngins” on how to have a healthy, happy marriage?

Marriage is a give and take. You have to have patience with each other to work things out. The problem now-a-days is that at the first sign of trouble everyone wants to get a divorce. 

The goal of Team LIFE Leadership is provide people information in the 8F’s for them to keep striving for a better life. Don teaches a valuable leadership lesson. Never stop growing, never stop changing is the message he teaches as he is living that message every day by example. Thanks for the inspiration Don!

Enjoy the journey.  Steve Leurquin





Save Olympic Wrestling

15 03 2013

Recently the Olympic Committee made a decision to drop one of the oldest sports in the olympics. Now, I’m all for rousing game of table tennis or a sitting on the edge of your seat, session of synchronized swimming, but dropping one of the oldest sports known to man doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

Sometimes whats popular isn’t always right, and what is right isn’t always popular. Wrestling may not be the most popular sport in the world but that doesn’t reduce what the sport has done for so many throughout the entire world. The one-on-one competition teaches self-defense, self-confidence, and mental toughness of succes that is second to no other sport out there. In success or defeat, one only has to look inside themselves to evaluate their progress or lack there of. In a world where self-accountability is at an all-time low and passing the buck is at its highest, wrestling stands as a beacon of light as model for people to realize that if we want to make a change toward success, it begins with me.  Maybe that’s why the powers at hand want to get rid of it.  Enjoy the video. Steve Leurquin





How Do You Challenge Your Mental Fitness?

27 04 2012

Walk into any store check-out line and it doesn’t take long to realize we live in a culture that places emphasis on physical fitness. Walk on to any beach in America and doesn’t take long to realize that many more people think about their physical fitness than actually do anything about it.

We all know that physical fitness is key to a long vibrant life and eventually the high majority of people realize it putting a fitness plan in place. The question is, why do so many people neglect their mental fitness? Maybe Henry Ford said it best, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few people engage in it.” Ouch! Hey, I didn’t say it, Henry did. He’s right because how often do we want to get through our day with mind numbing activities?

I know three things for sure. There is a God, I love my wife more today than the day I married her, and people who grow themselves mentally are compensated better than those who do not. For this third reason is exactly why LIFE has created the Mental Fitness Challenge.

Imagine you are a boss of a company and you are going to hire a new employee. All candidates appear the same but one has embarked on a challenge to develop themself mentally in leadership through a step by step process. Who would you hire? Or how about giving a raise? A friend of mine who has been on the preliminary steps of this program was offered a $3 raise when no other employee in the company was offered any kind of raise because of the troubled economy. The reason the boss gave was the gentleman’s positive attitude and leadership he brings to the company.

This coming weekend in Columbus, Ohio there will be a rumbling happening and it won’t be coming from the football stadium. You see, there will be tens of thousands of people celebrating a great victory coming….there own!

What will we see:

*A LIFE changing packet of information (3 best-selling books)

*Audio’s of success principles from people who live them

*Videos of success principles

*Mental Fitness assessment and tracking

*360 feedback on improvement

*And much more….

Companies who understand the importance of leadership pay thousands of dollars for less for their employees to help improve their company’s performance. Jaws are going to drop when they see small investment needed for an already established program through LIFE. Then they will realize there is so much more.

For those looking for a challenge to improve their mental fitness welcome to LIFE.

Steve Leurquin





The Challenge of Mental Fitness

1 03 2012

The concept is simple, to change the way you look, start a program that challenges yourself physically. Whether we do it or not we all have the knowledge or at least an idea of where we should go or how to do a program that will help us get back in shape.  Join a gym, hire a trainer, get some books/magazines, buy some exercise videos, the resources are there.

What about our minds? How do we keep our minds in shape? Better yet how do we stretch our minds to grow long past the age we generally stop thinking to go into autopilot mode? I found this great article by LIFE founder Dan Hawkins giving a great first steps for people to take who are feeling it is a challenge to find a start on improving their mental fitness.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin

Physical Fitness and Mental Fitness: Challenge Yourself

It is amazing today to see all of the ways we will challenge ourselves physically. We will work too many hours, play recreational sports leagues, sign up for a 5K race or start the latest diet and exercise craze, but what about our mental fitness?

All you have to do is log on to the internet and you will read about a 90 day challenge to better health or 90 days to whip you body back into shape! After Jan. 1 of every year health club parking lots are full (at least until Feb.! :) )

Why is it that we find so many ways to take care of our physical fitness but ignore our mental fitness? Don’t get me wrong a leader wants to take care of the body he has been given. It’s hard to serve the people you have been blessed to lead if you are sick all of the time or pass away from bad health before you fulfill you purpose in LIFE.

For the rest of the article click on here: Dan Hawkins Mental Fitness





Are You Younger Than A 72 Year-Old?

17 12 2011

A few years ago I met a great man at the health club where I exercise. I’d like to introduce him to you because I hope he is as big of an inspiration to you as he is to me. What makes him so special is that he is doing what every man hopes to have the will and courage to do, live life to the fullest. I got the idea to write a leadership article on Don because even though he was born March 11th, 1939, (Yes, that makes him 72!) he is able to out lift almost all the guys at the health club (including me). Although surgeries and the inevitable father time have been rough on him he is young at heart, proving age truly is a state of mind.

This is Don bench pressing 335lbs!

When and where were you born?

I was born March 11, 1939 just north of Jefferson, Wisconsin in the house I grew up in.  (I was going to make an old age joke but thought it not good for my health :))

Tell me about your family.

I have been married for 50 years to Cathy. I have three kids, 7 grandkids, and 3 great grandkids. 

Were you in the armed-forces?

I served for four years in the Navy as a Gunners Mate from 1956-1960. I traveled to many places like Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, China, Japan, and Hawaii. I was never in any combat but came close. As we were sailing down to the Panama Canal they cleared up the conflict before we got there. 

You lift a lot of weight for anybody much less a guy almost 73. Tell me how you do it?

Seven years ago I started lifting again after many years off. I had two shoulder surgeries on each shoulder and figured I better start doing something. So I started with the bar (45lbs) and worked my way up from there.

I set a goal to bench 315lbs on my 7oth birthday, a weight I have never put up in my life. On that day I bench pressed 325 pounds!

How do you stay so fit?

I just stay active. I workout five days a week. I guess I just keep moving then it’s not so hard to get started again. I set goals and then go after them.

Don, you’re pretty sharp and quick-witted with the young whipper snappers around here, what do you do to stay so “mentally fit?”

I read a lot. I like Western Books, National Geographic, and I like reading history.

You’ve been married 50 years! Any advice for us “youngins” on how to have a healthy, happy marriage?

Marriage is a give and take. You have to have patience with each other to work things out. The problem now-a-days is that at the first sign of trouble everyone wants to get a divorce. 

The goal of Team LIFE Leadership is provide people information in the 8F’s for them to keep striving for a better life. Don teaches a valuable leadership lesson. Never stop growing, never stop changing is the message he teaches as he is living that message every day by example. Thanks for the inspiration Don!

Enjoy the journey.  Steve Leurquin








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