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    Pedestals are "Incredible." - HuffPost

    Our 2.5's (pictured above) are in stock and they are ready to ship. Huffington Post acknowledged us as a "Fashion Brand To Look Out For In 2017" and we didn't disappoint.

    Here is what they had to say: "Introducing Pedestal Footwear, the number one choice for fitness buffs and gym-mers everywhere. Built with Pedtex technology to support your toes and heels, it minimizes impact on these otherwise high-impact areas during workouts. Durable grips and silver lining finish these socks off to be the best around. It’s time to kick those dirty white gym socks to the curb and get a pair of these. Get away with 3-5 usages per wash. Incredible." - HuffPost Link

    Give the gift of well-being this holiday season with our "Incredible" Pedestals.

    Much love,

    The Pedestal Guys

    Giving Thanks

    Thank you to everyone who has supported us. We are incredibly grateful for all of the love, particularly during this past weekend.

    Because you guys are amazing, we will be extending our Limited Edition Pedestal T-Shirt Giveaway on orders of 3 pair or more until 11/30. 

    We also want to give thanks for the men and women who work hard to create our Pedestals. Our new manufacturer has gone above and beyond to integrate the Kevlar thread and wicking technology into each new pair and we can't thank them enough. 

    The 2.5's are officially in stock as of this morning and orders are on their way. We can't wait to hear what you all think. Be sure to tag us on Instagram and Facebook when you are crushing in your new 2.5's.

    Pedestals are an awesome gift for your clients/members/team, so always feel free to reach out about wholesale pricing.

    Thanks again for supporting our mission. None of this would be possible without you all.

    Much love,

    The Pedestal Guys

    "You're fat"

    I’ll never forget those two words my mother told me as I was standing at the kitchen counter. “You’re fat”. It was the spring of 2004 and I was in 8th grade at the time and about to head off to high school (boarding school) in the fall. My whole life I played sports and was always considered one of the best athletes in my grade. Don't get it twisted, with the extra weight I could crush baseballs, run through people on the football field, and toe kick a soccer ball like no other. That being said, I had never looked at myself as “fat”. Not to mention this wasn't some punk in my grade telling me this, it was my own mother.

    At the time, my father was smoking at least a pack of Kool cigarettes a day, and it began to aggravate me.  My family has a long history with gambling and betting so I decided at 14 years old to make a bet with my old man. My bet was that if I lost 20 pounds he would have to quit smoking. We shook on it and off we went.

    Two days later, I registered for “fat camp” at Camp Pocono Trails in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. Yes, I have seen the movie heavyweights and there are some striking resemblances. Our calisthenics instructors name was actually Tony (Ben Stiller as "Tony Perkis" in the movie). "Attention campers. Lunch has been cancelled due to a lack of hustle".

    In previous summers, I had attended sleep away camp for 4-8 weeks at a time so the living away from home thing was never an issue. My father drove me the 5 ½ or so hours to camp in late June and off I went.

    As I stepped on the scale in late June of 2004 I was 5’7" and weighed 198 pounds. Here is a picture of me at Fantasy Day at Fenway Park in early June before leaving for camp. Felt bad for those baseballs that day...they didn't have a chance.  

    To me, Camp Pocono Trails was like any other sports camp I attended except for the calisthenics part. All my life I had played team sports, but at camp that summer I found this desire to compete with myself. Each day I would try to hammer out more pushups, run a little harder, and jump a little higher.

    For the first time in my life I was forced to eat well, which complemented my daily activity. No knock on my parents, but we had no idea about what was good and what was bad to put in our bodies. My biggest takeaway from camp to this day is eliminating soft drinks/soda from my diet.

    Four weeks into camp, I stepped on the scale for our weekly weigh in and the counselor keeping the records told me I weighed 176 pounds. Having never been the greatest at math, it took me a little bit to calculate the difference and then I realized that I had already won the bet with 4 weeks left in camp.

    Campers could communicate with their parents by either writing cards or using a phone card they provided. That day, I rushed to the phones before dinner and made the call home. My dad got a bit emotional on the phone and since that day he has never smoked a single cigarette OR had a lick of booze. Talk about paying up, he paid that S**T off with interest!

    Camp ended 4 weeks later and my father picked me up. He was shocked at how I looked as I was now down to 168 pounds. An astonishing 30 pounds in 8 weeks! Not to mention, that drive home was the first time in my life that there was no trace of cigarettes in the car. 

    Although camp was over, my weight loss mission was not. With football season almost completed in the fall, I stepped on the scale and weighed 133 pounds! I had lost 65 pounds in just about 5 months’ time. 

    Below is a photo of me in the football team photo in the fall of 2004 (bottom row all the way to the left). We actually had one of the best football teams in the country that year and went on to win the Class A championship. 

    Having lost all that weight, I felt light on my feet but weak at the same time. Like many high schools, we just followed a standard sheet of paper and didn’t really have a strength coach to monitor and properly program for us. During the off season the following year, I was doing jump squats and the next morning I couldn’t walk. After some X-Rays the doctor said that my L5 vertebrae had shot out ¼ inch and I would have to miss my football, and basketball seasons. Still convinced I would have another inch or two of height if this didn't happen. 

    My mother and father were living in Florida at the time because of my mother’s diagnosis with MSA. New England winters made it tough for her to stay. While they were down there, they connected with Dr. Aaron Mattes. My father did not allow me to have back surgery at 15 years old, so during the Winter break he mentioned that I go see Dr. Mattes. During my sessions, we never wore shoes as he had me stretching and strengthening my whole body from the ground up. This method is what he coins “Active Isolated Stretching”. This was my first introduction to removing my shoes while working out. In fact, wearing shoes in general would always throw my back out of line and cause some sort of irritation. I'm sure many of us feel the same way after wearing dress shoes or heals for an extended period of time. 

    My brother at the time was into competitive strongman and he got me in the gym with him. He too did not wear shoes as he would deadlift, lunge, squat. Fast forward to my senior year, my mother passed in September and the gym became a place for me to relieve stress and get it all out. So not only did she get me into working out, but has kept me motivated to this day.

    Ten years have passed since and I’m still addicted to working out. Not sure where I would be today and what path I would have gone down if it had not been for those harsh and brutally honest two words from my mother. 

    Here is a picture of me in November of 2016 (6'2" - 220 pounds) after I deadlifted 315lbs 32 times (10,080 pounds) in honor of hitting our $10,000 dollar goal in just two days on our Kickstarter campaign. Thank you for all of your support! 

     

    My biggest learning in all of this is that sometimes the truth hurts, but you have to use that harsh reality as motivation to make a positive change in your life. At the end of the day, it’s you versus you.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for your support of the Pedestal journey. 

    Much Love,

    Mike

    How I crushed a 50 mile hike, a 100 mile bike ride, and lost 40lbs in the process

    2017 has been a killer year.

    There have been a lot of changes for me personally, which I am grateful for. More specifically, I'm down about 40lbs as a result of a new diet and endurance training regimen. 

    As we get older, nutrition becomes that much more critical. I believe it was someone from the Westside Barbell coaching staff who said it best, "you can't out train a shitty diet." So about six months ago I committed to intermittent fasting via the 16/8 method as explained below:

    • The 16/8 Method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example from 1 pm to 9 pm. Then you "fast" for 16 hours in between.

    Let me preface this by saying I am not a nutritionist, but I've found this to be incredibly effective with no negative side effects on my work or training performance. In fact, I have more energy, recover quicker from high intensity workouts, and my weight remains stable. 

    Looking plump with Dr. Spencer Nadolsky (weight is about 265lbs):

    In terms of my training, I joined the Michael J Fox Foundation as a member of Team Fox Boston and embarked on endurance events to improve my mental and physical conditioning while also raising money for a great cause.

    The first event was a 50 mile run/hike called Rock the Ridge through the Mohonk Preserve in NY. It took me about 16 hours to complete in rainy, muddy, and near freezing conditions. It was one of the worst things I have ever experienced in my life, but I'm stronger for it. I tapped into something that I knew was there and this event helped me access that place.

    Post race with the founder of Rock the Ridge. Proud to report that he said I was the first person he heard of doing this off the couch:

    These are my feet about about 25 miles in. I was hurting:

    The second was The New England Parkinson's Ride which is 100 mile bike ride just south of Portland, ME. This was much more enjoyable and it only took about 7.5 hours. The conditions were ideal other than some slight winds which seemed to always beat down on me during the uphills. 

    My buddy Taylor and I post race. We celebrated with some fresh cold ones:

    50 miles in and feeling good:

    In terms of prep, I really didn't do much outside of what I do normally. I signed up 10 days before Rock the Ridge so I didn't really have time to train for it. Most days leading up to the events began with total body mobility work, 3-4 evenings per week were dedicated to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with 2-3 strength and conditioning workouts using kettlebells and programming from BJ Gaddour, all of which started and ended with commuter bike riding (about 12-20 miles total on any given day).

    My Kimura Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Family (weight is about 225lbs):

    I truly feel that my dedication to barefoot training has built a much stronger and more durable base in my lower half. Most of the people I spoke to had been training specifically for either the hike or ride for 6 to 12+ months. I was lucky to get in a quick run, or log 25 miles on a Sunday morning bike cruise leading up to each race day.

    The cumulative time spent prepping my feet, ankles, knees, and hips, paid dividends during these endurance events. My body was more resilient and could withstand the high volume of activity. Don't get me wrong, my body was pretty crushed after Rock the Ridge, but I was able to recover in time for a team lift at Boyle's 3 days later. 

    As much as I may have improved in 2017, there is still much to accomplish and I look forward to crushing more goals in my Pedestals in the coming year.

    I think of the work I put into my feet, in the same way Abe Lincoln thought about chopping down his trees, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I'll spend the first four sharpening the axe." 

    Give me a few months to prep for an endurance event, and at least 60% of my time will be spent working on making sure my feet, ankles, knees, and hips are functioning optimally.

    Put the work in now so that you're always ready.

    Much love, 

    Brendan

    #DitchYourShoes #BuildYourBase #AmericanMade #GoRaw

    Ground Flow Drills w/ Tony G to Move & Feel Better!

    Mitigate back pain in 5 minutes per day with our Ground Flow!

    600lb Deadlift Club Member and all around awesome human Tony Gentilcore, was kind enough to put these drills together to help you move and feel better. The beauty of this flow is that it can be done anywhere anytime in less than 5 minutes.

    Each movement is listed with the demonstration video below:

    A1) Glute Bridge

    A2) Plank

    B) Shin Box Progression

    C1) Pigeon

    C2) Spiderman

    D) Dead Bug & Bird Dog 

    Ditch Your Shoes & Build Your Base

    Much Love,

    The Pedestal Guys