94 – Laval St. Germain on How to Set Yourself Up for Success and What It Takes To Go Beyond Your Limits

Laval St. Germain
Laval St. Germain

Whether it’s rowing across the North Atlantic Ocean by himself or summitting Mount Everest without an oxygen tank, Laval St. Germain is one of the very few people in the world who has constantly pushed himself beyond limits, succeeded beyond expectations, and lived to tell the tale. In the process, he has also managed to set quite a number of impressive records: the only Canadian to have climbed Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen; the only person to have climbed and skied Iraq’s highest peak; and the fastest ever to cross the North Atlantic Ocean by solo ocean row boat from mainland North America to mainland Europe.

Laval has scaled the highest peaks of 6 of the 7 continents here on earth, along with summitting the highest mountains of countries all over the world. In addition to being a highly successful outdoor athlete, an intrepid adventurer, and having spent well over a decade flying for Canadian North, Laval is also a keynote and motivational speaker, inspiring students, professionals, and people from all walks of life to push themselves further and to pursue and find success in life.

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In this episode, we cover:

  • Laval’s daring, record-breaking journeys and adventures
  • How he prepares himself for each challenge and how he sets himself up for success
  • How to go beyond your limits and do you want to do (and come back alive)
  • … and much more!

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Resistance Exercise Conference logoDuring the course of our conversation, Laval and I talked about his experience rowing solo across the North Atlantic and what it was like to deal with the physical exertion, the elements, and the stresses stacked and placed upon him over 53 days. Here are a few images of what it was like for Laval in the cockpit of his Rannoch-built ocean row boat:

Laval St. Germain solo-rowing across the North Atlantic
Laval St. Germain solo-rowing across the North Atlantic
Laval St. Germain solo-rowing across the North Atlantic
Laval St. Germain solo-rowing across the North Atlantic during colder days
Laval St. Germain solo-rowing across the North Atlantic
Laval St. Germain solo-rowing across the North Atlantic in nothing but a loincloth


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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: Have you ever tried to push yourself beyond your limits by doing something you’ve not tried before? What was your experience like? Please let me know in the comments at the bottom of this post.

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  • Honestly I think this is the best podcast you’ve done, had me in tears at one point. Truly inspirational story. Keep up the great work :-).

    • Thank you Steven. I really appreciate it. Similarly, it had me on the edge. Laval is as authentic as they come. You a HIT advocate? How did you come across my show? Apologies if we’ve had previous discourse on this.

      • Hi Lawrence, yes I am a HIT advocate, also doing bodyweight like yourself, though I’ve only got into the whole fitness thing in the last couple of years – I’m 46 now – so bit disappointed I’ve missed my best gainz (ha). I think I found your stuff looking for Doug, I’m also a big Tim Ferriss fan and I see you are too.
        Like where you’re taking the podcast.

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