The best collaboration sometimes begins with a rocky start. In my case, it was a flip phone.
“What’s that noise?”
I frantically looked around, hoping no one would notice.
But it was too late.
My flip phone was making a beeping sound and I didn’t know how to turn it off. It was the early 2000’s. I was in David Newton’s (@DavidNewtonWellness) spinning class at Mayfair Racquet and Fitness Club (@MayfairClubs) and I was so embarrassed.
I quickly turned off my phone. The lights went out and the music began to blare. I quickly immersed myself into David’s instruction and allowed my body to stimulate my muscles, release any tension, and most importantly, have fun.
Little did I know that 20 years later, I would be immersing myself again with David, but in a whole different way. We would be writing a book together called Get Up and his expertise in exercise would play a huge role.
Could I have written Get Up on my own? Not a chance. I needed to work with someone who was not only an expert in the field of exercise but someone who was patient, caring, empathetic, and open to the power of yet.
I got to work with David for two years and experience the best collaboration. How lucky was I?
It’s time to get to know this great human who perfectly paired each of my stories with the ideal exercise. My questions are in bold. David’s answers are in the paragraphs. Edited in the most lovingly and thoughtful way possible.
Who is David Newton?
I really don’t know (yet) but I’m working on figuring this out. What I do know is that I am a person whose curiosities and passions have gotten the better of me for most of my life. Human science, psychology, movement and fitness, poetry and writing, equine studies, travel, architecture, yoga, and meditation. I would say that I am a melting pot of all of these and more. If I dig a little deeper I can say that I am a believer. An eternal optimist, and an Unconventional Idealist. Filled with hope and love for all that I am surrounded with.
What was it like to write Get Up?
It was so interesting for me because I’ve never written to this demographic before! I gained insight into the intricacies of being a youth/teenager again through reading your stories and spending time with teens through the pandemic. I chose to pair my ramblings and exercises to complement and support the stories. The process offered me literary and personal growth and understanding. A “check-in” of sorts to the extent of the evolution and struggles that today’s youth face.
It was the best collaboration. I thoroughly enjoyed all of our meetings. Virtually or socially distanced. We worked through all seasons together, always positive and always moving forward. Your enthusiasm and Lisa’s organization really supported my work and brought the best out in me.
What is the point of having the ritual section before the exercises?
I define a “ritual” as an enriching activity that we consciously choose to do for ourselves. To nourish our body, mind, and soul. The ritual section placed after your story and before the practice of the exercises bridges the story, to its relationship to movement. We delivered something very small and simple in each chapter that has the potential of being a really big deal in supporting youth.
What is the purpose of having exercise in Get Up?
Physical exercise and mental well-being are non-negotiable room-mates. It’s the best collaboration. Endorphins, or “feel good” molecules are released by the brain when we are active and can help you literally “Get Up”. Exercise can boost self-esteem. It helps you concentrate and support better sleep patterns. Reduce tension, stress, anger, and frustration, elevate mood, offer natural energy boosts, provide a sense of purpose and achievement. Being active doesn’t have to mean taking out a gym membership or running a marathon. It can be about doing one of the activities in our book or getting outdoors and doing something you enjoy.
How did you come up with the exercises?
I read and embraced the themes and messages in each of your 30 short stories, which lead to the exercises to almost chose themselves. Simple, yet impactful exercises that people of all ages could understand and practice through the written word. Through my work with The Akira Concept, we have developed many signature movement patterns, and I chose to use some of those as they are perfect training for “getting up” in everyday life.
Any Lessons Learned?
The process of getting a book from concept to published is not linear. Like everything in life, it’s about honouring the curves and roadblocks.
Social media has made socialization infinitely more accessible, yet I believe that In-person socialization and human interaction, especially within our youth, need to take priority over the virtual connection.
Today’s youth have so much more to deal with than when I was a teenager!
Editor’s note: Me too!
What do you hope to accomplish after co-writing Get Up?
You said it best: “If our book can influence and help even one person to “Get Up” then our work is successful.”
It is my intention to use all that I’ve learned from you, Lisa, and our mentors, combined with my movement experience to work more with youth. We begin to age the moment we are born, so incorporating a proper exercise routine is crucial.
I’ve always been about prehab over rehab, and I look forward to helping kids and young adults to know and practice what I wish I had known when I was their age. I hope that Lisa and I can welcome this demographic into our private community and programs!
Writing Get Up with David was the best collaboration. These past two years were filled with lessons, growth, laughter, and even a few tears. Writing a book isn’t easy, but working with Lisa and David made it so worthwhile. I can’t wait to see how Get Up impacts our youth and what can cultivate from a few stories and exercises.
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