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Hi Rich, thanks for the comments (and the AMAZING PODCASTS!!!)
Yes, it is a slightly sore subject and I only hope Isaac finds everything he is looking for and happiness.
It is hard to hear some of the things he is saying about the Wolfpack, but then again, we are trying to change the world and turn Ninja into an amazing REAL sport, and he may feel left behind a little.
Can’t wait to hear your next episode and curious what others think about this topic?
Believe it or not, push ups and sit ups WILL HELP a ton! Start out by doing 5-10 a day for a week and every week go up by 5 until you reach 100 of each a day. By then, you will be able to add pull ups and you should buy a pull up bar for over your doorway.
Best of luck and let us know how it goes, Wolf!
Yeah… Wow… I just personally feel bad that my old friend Isaac said that he was “depressed” after winning American Ninja Warrior for the last few years.
For sure Wolfpack Ninjas is trying to great things to make kids healthier, and I think Isaac leaving the Wolfpack was a natural evolution since he was more focused on personal goals and brand development.
We never knew that Isaac felt that Wolfpack was “taken too seriously”, and he always seemed to be super psyched by the concept and the team approach and we all did hangout train together much more than he downplayed on the podcast. He lived at my house and Brian’s house for months that year training before the show and it was definitely a team effort that helped propel him up that tower.
The deal we all had was discussed many times by my recollection, and since I fell in qualifiers that year, I was not involved in the “split” as per what we all discussed as a team. I know and love Brian, Isaac and Ian and Meagan like kin, and when Isaac decided not to pay Ian and Brian, I was surprised and a bit disappointed since although not involved, I felt there was a “deal” of sorts there. I still love Isaac like family. As a physician, money doesn’t interest me much, tbh. I am more interested in friendship, loyalty and creating true value in the world to make changes that spread health and happiness. This is my new obstacle now that I have retired from American Ninja Warrior.
Isaac went through a lot when he won, and when he spoke to Matt and Akbar on the podcast, he made it sound like he was the same but everyone else had changed.
I don’t think that’s true and as he said, “winning made [him] depressed”. If that isn’t a big change in a personality, I don’t know what is.
Turning the Wolfpack brand into a business that can support Ninjas as professionals (financially, unlike the show) and accomplish our mission to “make the world healthier one kid at a time, takes a LOT of hard work.
Isaac didn’t see the personal value in being a part of that story or mission and wanted to focus on his own brand and fame. I think that is totally ok and miss talking with him and hanging out with him since he is truly one of the coolest guys I know.
There is so much more to the story, but I think that winning American Ninja Warrior was probably one of the worst things that ever happened to Isaac Caldiero.
Just my 2 cents,
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