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As someone who has spent a considerable amount of time in the fitness industry, I have noticed a common thread among the individuals who participate in it – they all seem to possess a certain level of mental stability. Whether they are martial artists or casual runners, the benefits of physical activity on mental health are clear and positive.

For me, mental stability is the main focus of my training. Each day, I head to the gym for my strength-based workout. Knowing that I will be testing my physical limits brings my mind into a state of focus. As I approach the gym, I feel a sense of calm wash over me, putting me in a Zen-like state. I am confident that I will succeed as I push open the door to the gym.
Without wasting any time, I start to gather my weight(s). Today is squat day, and my only goal is to beat my personal best of 405 pounds. But that is a story for another day. Today, the gym is empty, and I have my headphones on, playing a familiar tune from my childhood. I grip the bar, and my mind recedes into my body as I feel the weight on my shoulders, spine, hips, knees, and ankles. I inhale sharply and begin my descent into a squat. This is where I meditate. I work in sets of five repetitions for each set. With each completed set, a sense of euphoria rolls through my body and mind. My confidence increases with each repetition. I feel my heart pounding, and the blood flowing through my body. And just like that, it’s over. I take off my headphones and start to put away my weights.
I am calm, and relaxed, and have a new perspective on the world. For some people, physical fitness may not be as simple or complex. However, at the core of it all is mental health. Over the years, physical fitness has been an incredible tool for treating diagnoses such as ADHD, depression, and PTSD. It has also been shown to promote the growth of new neurons in the brain, as well as reduce anxiety. Most importantly, it has a positive impact on sleep and overall quality of life. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself.

Sean Shewey

Sr. Coach | Warrior Strength Martial Arts

Sean’s unique background and passion for high-impact sports have influenced his approach to coaching. With instructor titles in Filipino Martial Arts, and Muay Thai, with a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu, Sean’s expertise in physical fitness and martial arts is evident in his coaching style.

He has since dedicated his life to physical fitness and martial arts, earning instructor titles in Filipino Martial Arts, Muay Thai, and a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu. Sean’s dedication to his craft has allowed him to effectively operate in the human environment at a high level, and his passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals is evident in his coaching style.


Since 2010, Warrior Strength Martial Arts has been the leading provider of specialized training in Filipino Martial Arts, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Seattle and Bellevue. Our premier martial arts programs are designed to help you achieve your fitness goals and develop self-defense skills. Join us today and experience the best martial arts training in Western Washington.



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