Elliott Hulse is an American Strongman, Strength Coach, & CEO of Strength Camp. He is a self-made entrepreneur, who overcame learning disabilities and disadvantages, to become one of the most prolific visionary-leaders to a generation of men. He runs the Strength Camp Gym in Florida, and travels the world holding Grounding Camps that use tribal dancing, breathing and active meditation, to help men, break free from self-limiting beliefs.
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Mike: I'm stoked to have Elliott Holmes on the show today. I have been following you for a long time. I’ve been checking out your Instagram, you strike me as a strong, solid man who has done the work to get to know himself and a, you speak with a lot of courage because some of the things that you say we are unpopular. And, that is one thing that I've noticed over the years is people love To that they love to stay popular.
They don't want to say something that's challenging people and they might get attacked for and especially someone like yourself, where I imagined that your business runs basically off of how popular you are. For someone who who's business runs off face and there, and how they are known to come out and say stuff that's controversial. I really respect that and we're going through some a really trying times right now.
And Your somebody who I look up to as a really positive male role model. A lot of men in our culture right now need Strongman to look up too, and I appreciate your presence. And even it's very obvious when I witnessed you and check out Instagram and stuff like that, that you say and do things where I'm like, I don't I really don't think its like that, but I, you know what, but I still respect it.
It's a little bit differing opinion and I think part of it is two is I think you practice more public courage than I do in some respects. And, and that can be a little challenging for me at times. I'm excited about this show too, because I believe it's going to actually push my own edges.
Elliott: You gotta rub salt in the wounds if you are going to no, the wound is there in what we were walking away or wounded thinking that we're healthy. And every once in a while, I just dumped some salt in there. Rub it. Let me wake you up in a moment. Let me trigger that for you. I enjoy doing that.
The Lack Of Father Energy
Mike: Right before we hopped on, one of the things I want to point out is, with everything going on right now, I'm actually hesitant to make posts. I'm sitting back. I've been out in the mountains for three months now. I'm not interacting with society heavily. I feel like I have this bird's eye view and I'm watching the world burn. And some people are being critical that I'm not participating in whatever way they, they think they should be participating. And it's I don't know what's true in this situation.
Like I know, I mean, what is true is in my perspective is just very few facts. There's very few facts and this whole thing. And then there's these battling of narratives, that I'm witnessing and people or getting upset in. I'm watching people to get sucked into a narrative. And I go, okay, I don't, I don't know if I can tell you exactly what you should be doing or thinking, but it's not that. what are you seeing? Like what is your experience of this right now? And well, before we get it, I wanna know your experience have this right now, but can you tell people like where you're coming from? Because some of The things I said at the beginning, it's obvious that you've done a level of work and self-reflection and that you are really solid in Your in your King archetype. what have you done to get to that place in your life?
Elliott: Oh, aI would have to the point to my childhood a number of things I had going from me. I got to say that I'm blessed. Number one is I have a father. We live in a world where are, there is a lack of father energy. There's a lack of fathers. There's a lot of lack of respect for authoritative alpha males. The world hates a Strong father these days with feminism being the law of the land, basically. And I was fortunate up to grow up with, Strong father. My father's was not, you brought up in the same blue pill, beta fight in school system that most of our fault all of us, me, you and probably, or your father and grandfather grew up in my dad grew up in the jungle.
My dad grew up in the jungle to believe they ran around like a lot of the flies, barefoot, the climbing trees and beliefs, third world country. My dad only wore shoes one day a week. And it was on Sunday to go to church and he spend the rest of his time running wild. And interestingly, he didn't even have his father to any great degree. Cause his father was busy working that he had 12 children and his dad was a trucker. And he spends a lot of time on the road.
Dad learn a lot of his, he is attributes characteristics and his wisdom, literally in the jungle. they say like a law of the jungle. My dad grew up in the jungle and it's literally the law of that jungle. a lot of like you see me on social media, promoting certain ideas, that is foreign to a lot of people, but came naturally to my dad.
And among many things I can spell out many blessings I've had in my life, but has to have a father is to have an alpha male strong father, a father who was in authority in the home, who was a leader or in the home, my father, wasn't a slapstick. He disciplined us. He instilled values in us and and he had strong. He had expectations for us. And it wasn't for us to be friends. That was not my father's expectation. The other is just the expectation was to raise us to be strong man in society, good, the successful men in the world.
And he dedicated himself to that. I got two older brothers and a sister. And, and that is one of the greatest blessings of my life that has allowed me to now it's been stages because I grew up in feminized world. Like we all do. And I resented my father because of the Strength because my father was the antithesis to everything that we're told we're supposed to be as boys in school. Of course, my mother, a she's a woman. women want to control men and they wanna control. The a little boy is also, the host site is set up, has a matriarch to control the boys.
My father was not about any of that shit. He didn't care what the neighbors were doing. He didn't care what they said in school. He didn't care what the after school TV program or a commercial said about fathers. And so, because of that, I resented it. I thought my dad was wrong. to most of the teenage years I fought against my father and I wanted to be everything that he wasn't. Right. I wanted to be a nice guy. One of my father's is saying, is, like nice guys finish last.
And I used to even argue with him about that will be like that. Where do you mean nice guys finish last you're just mean, and I would say your, just a mean guy like the way people treat Donald Trump today. He's a mean guy. No, he's a strong man.
It took me most of my twenties really until I had my own children and my children started going a little bit to really appreciate my father. I could not, I could not appreciate my father until I had my own children. And then I began to realize, Oh, I can't be a nice guy. I can't be a pushover. I can't be a slap Dick. I can't be weak. Otherwise my children going, gonna run all over me and they're going to end up degenerate like the rest of the culture. it was a process for me to come home to my father, which is one of the ways that then to come in with your father.
Mike: Are there any practices that you have that, like meditation practices, I have friends that have gone through your Grounding Camp and you said that your stuff is the next level like some of the stuff that you're teaching it came from somewhere, like, where did you learn this stuff?
Men Must Be Strong
Elliott: Well, I'd say the number one most important, critical key, a ritual practice is the term to use for me. And my belief is for all men is to lift. Men must be physically Strong. And so, of course for you, and for me, that's like a dog, like, of course, but there are those who argue like, well, there's no reason for men to be strong and more because we've got computers and, and whatnot. What they're forgetting is that lifting is making use of the mechanism by which we experience life in making your body Strong makes everything Strong making, you're making your muscular system Strong you gotta eat better.
You're making your organ small, stronger, in order to dedicate yourself to the discipline of consistent lifting, you have to have strong character. You see? it's not just lifting. that kind of big bicep is lifting because it is, it's the gateway drug to all personal development. It is particularly for men because men that's the role that women have to live. I do believe that as well, but it is incumbent upon us based on the gift that we're given to have strong bodies, because that's a big part of what separates us from women use it or lose it.
A lot of them are losing it. My experience with that has been just from the nervous system perspective to pick up something once a month, I want to pick up something that's the max load, push, push my capacity. it wakes me up. It, it, like you're saying we are experiencing the world through, through this vessel or not. If you're not pushing it, you're not expanding the capacity. it's a very, if you don't push it, you're contracting.