An Ironman and Triathlon champion—and U.S. National Rowing Team Medalist—shares tips on how to stay motivated
From Organic Spa Magazine June 2016 Issue
By Rona Berg
Rowing classes are on fire at exercise studios around the country. A full-body workout, rowing burns up to 800 calories per hour, it’s low-impact and it’s fun. We asked Jack Nunn, an international rowing, triathlon and Ironman champion, and founder of Roworx (roworx.com) to share workout tips and ways to stay motivated.
Rowing is getting popular in gyms across the country, unfortunately out of all of the indoor rowing classes I have taught over the past 10 years a lot of people are making this one mistake.
From Rolling Hills Magazine February Issue 2016
Athletes Of The Month
For John Nunn, rowing has been more than a sport; it’s a life-long legacy he’s been able to share with his son. John was introduced to the sport of rowing 55 years ago at Cornell University. There he was fortunate enough to be coached by Harrsion “Stork” Stanford, who was a teammate of Al Ulbrickson at the University Of Washington. The two both became rowing coaches: Al at the University of Washington, and Stork at Cornell.
This past summer Izak Epstein, Luke Khoury, and Allen Reitz represented both Long Beach Junior Crew and the United States of America at the 2014 Junior World Rowing Championships in Hamburg, Germany. Just one week after winning a National Championship in the Men’s 8 the trio set off to make the USA Junior National Team: Allen for his third time, Luke for his second, and Izak for his first. While Luke and Allen set off with LBJC head coach Tom Graves to prepare to trial the 2- (a dream for the duo), Izak headed east to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania attending a selection camp of 30 athletes competing for 14 spots. Allen and Luke went on to win trials and trained at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Vermont in anticipation for Worlds. Izak made top 14 and went on to train at Princeton where he ended up stroking the 4-. What had been a thrilling season filled with hard work and dedication continued as the three teammates met up in Germany ready to compete. Luke and Allen finished 17th in the 2- and Izak finished 10th in the 4- after a truly extraordinary year. “These are the experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life.” said Izak as he remains grateful to all the people that helped him to achieve success: his coaches Nick D’Antoni and Tom Graves, his family, and especially his teammates who he says “push each other to [their] limits.” Allen Reitz is currently a Freshman at Stanford University, Luke Khoury is a Freshman at the University of Washington, and Izak is a senior at Long Beach Poly deciding between Stanford University and Yale University. Jack Nunn, from the Roworx Fitness Center In Long Beach, has had the privilege to oversee and offer advice to all the Long Beach Junior Rowers throughout the years and has recently given some advice to Izak Epstein on rowing in college. Jack rowed under coach Craig Amerkhanian as a freshman at Cal Berkeley in the first ever undefeated 1998 rowing season. Craig was hired to coach the men’s crew team at Stanford due to his tremendous success from coaching numerous national championships at UC Berkeley. Jack also rowed under Steve Gladstone for the Varsity Rowing program at Cal Berkeley and won 3 Pac-10 Championships along with 2 US National Championship Victories. Steve Gladstone has recently been hired to coach the Varsity program at Yale. Since Izak is deciding between Stanford and Yale, Jack has given him his insight on both schools and rowing programs with their coaches. Either way Izak Epstein decides he is in for a unique opportunity to row under some of the best U.S. collegiate rowing coaches of all time.
Update: Izak Epstein has decided to travel to Yale in order to row under Steve Gladstone. Gladstone is one of the premier rowing coaches in the United States. Gladstone helped produce 11 National Championship Wins between his stints at Brown and UC Berkeley before his arrival to the Yale rowing program.
For More Information On How To Get Your Children Involved In Junior Rowing Either On Or Off The Water Please Contact The Long Beach Junior Crew Organization At http://longbeachjuniorcrew.org/ Or Contact Keith Johnson At firstname.lastname@example.org
Location For The Long Beach Junior Crew And Roworx Indoor Rowing Are At: Pete Archer Rowing Center, 5750 Boathouse Lane, Long Beach, CA 90803
From the official site of LMU Athletics Sept. 29th 2015
Jack Nunn, an accomplished rower who has won numerous medals in various events on the international rowing stage, was recently hired as the head men’s varsity coach within the LMU rowing program and will begin his first year with the Lions in 2015-16.
Jack started rowing in 1996 for Long Beach Juniors and made the 1997 Junior National Team Selection Camp. He went on to star for four years at UC Berkeley, winning four Pac-10 championships and three IRA National Championships under Steve Gladstone and Craig Amerkhanian. Jack was a member of the first ever undefeated Pac-10 and IRA National Champion Freshman 8 in 1998 and repeated the feat by going unbeaten in 1999. Jack helped his varsity 8 place second at the Henley Royal Regatta in 1999 in the Ladies Plate Challenge Cup in London, England.
As a member of the US Rowing National Team from 2001-2004 he placed second at the 2003 Pan American Trials in double sculls and had an outstanding 2002 that saw him claim a gold medal in Senior 8 and a silver medal in the Elite Double at the US Nationals. He was also a silver medalist in 2001 in the Nations Cup (now the U23 World Championships) 8 in Ottenshiem, Austria. In 2006, he took silver at the Masters Nationals Open Single Event. He was a gold medalist in 2007 at the first ever Concept 2 Team Indoor Rowing challenge, held in Essen, Germany.
Jack Nunn also owns his own fitness center in Long Beach, California called Roworx and will continue to teach classes all year long. Roworx is also a major priority in his life and will continue his passion of teaching the masses in proper technique with rowing in all of his indoor rowing classes at the Roworx Fitness Center. At the Roworx Fitness center they offer indoor rowing classes, taught by US National Team rowers on the Concept2 rowing maching. This is the new sport of choice in Long Beach—and the only place you can try it. The Roworx Indoor Rowing and Bootcamp programs offer a group exercise that’s low-impact, high efficiency, and great for building strength and endurance.
Jack is currently working on base training and erg volume while trying to log more miles this fall season. He is building strength in the weight room as well within the squad in order to be competitive this spring. In order to hold everyone accountable on team Jack frequently does 6k tests in the fall as well as long steady state workouts on the Concept 2 erg. LMU has a new and improved weight training program with new fitness trainers devoted to help the team make us stronger and faster on the water. LMU is one of the most beautiful and renowned universities in the world. Jack is a southern California local growing up in LA/Palos Verdes. Jack can truly say that he is envious of the students that are currently attending LMU. Jack has rowed in many places around the United States and internationally and has come the conclusion that the LMU boathouse in Marina Del Ray is the perfect place to row. With nothing but sunshine and calm water there is no better place to row and attend school. The overall college experience is exciting while located in Southern California as you will never be bored.
‘My ultimate goal moving forward is to win as many races as possible this year while having fun doing it. I will apply all of the technical knowledge I know in order to make the team as fit and fast as possible. I really like to work in smaller boats in order to increase boat awareness, balance, and speed. During the year I like to go head to head with our own squad and create a ‘race environment’ in order to make the team faster with incentive.’ says Jack Nunn
Another added benefit is that Jack’s father, John Nunn, will be coming down to help coach and offer advice to everyone on the men’s team on proper rowing technique. John Nunn was a Olympic bronze medalist in the double sculls in the Mexico City games in 1968 and also coached the Olympic men’s quad in Montreal during the 1976 games. He will be a tremendous asset to the team and he is a rigging expert as well.
In 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, and 2015 Jack competed in 6 International Full Ironman competitions in Nice, France; Florianopolis, Brazil; Cozumel, Mexico; Cairns, Australia; Mallorca, Spain; And Los Cabos, Mexico. Jack also has earned the recognition of a Silver medal status as the top 5% of all Full 140.6 Ironman Athletes in the All-World Ironman Athlete Program and a Gold medal for the overall 70.3 Ironman AWA program in 2015-2016 competition year.
Published In The January 2015 Issue Of The Long Beach School News Roll Call
Written By Jack Nunn, Owner Of Roworx Indoor Rowing Classes, Boot Camp, And Yoga At The Long Beach Rowing Association.
Ever since Dana and Will Boudreau were young, they knew they could never leave the water. Dana started sailing sabots in Alamitos Bay when he was eight, and raced them and other boats for the next seven years. In high school, a need for PE credits brought Dana to LBJC after his twin brother Will, who rows in the V8, suggested coxing as a good fit for him. Dana tried coxing for the first time in November of 2014 and immediately got a knack for it. He jumped from novice to varsity in his first year, and got the opportunity to cox the Men’s Lightweight 8+ at Nationals which finished 7th, all in just a couple of months. When the 2015 season started, he knew he wanted to be with the lightweight boys again. Dana Boudreau has been through thick and thin with some of them, and plans on continuing the journey as a coxswain. Over the several pieces, practices, and races in the lightweight 8+, Dana has gained trust with his teammates that he does not have with any other group of people. A perfect example was last weekend at the 2015 San Diego Crew Classic. Dana coxed the lightweight 8+ with a perfectly executed win in the heat. They sat in lane 1 for the final, a first for any of the guys at crew classic, sitting next to seven other very strong crews. Their start was not the best, or even close to it but everyone kept composer. Dana told the boys to get the rate up in a way where they knew he meant it. They brought the starting sprint up and snapped into rhythm at about the 250 in. At the 1,000 they were and had been sitting four seats behind Marin from S.F. in lane 2. With any other guys in my boat Dana would have panicked, but he knew they had it. At the 1100, Dana called their planned move with five extra strokes, coming up on the outside lane. Now with 500 to go, they were down two seats and gaining. At this point he could feel all eight rowers waiting for him to call the sprint, and when he does, its all out. They broke through Marin and the outside lane boats at the 200 and won by four seats. They executed one of their best races of the year and Dana was a huge part of winning that particular race. Winning the San Diego Crew Classic is huge, but it only made LBJC wanting to win a National Championship ever more.
For Will Boudreau, his hopes and goals for the future are winning a high school national championship and rowing in college. Will witnessed the LBJC V8+ last year win nationals as an alternate, and he hopes to achieve that glory with his teammates. After his high school career, he hopes to implement what rowing has taught him while attending college. Hopefully, rowing can even assist his acceptance into a strong school. Rowing has changed his life, giving him confidence in his physical capabilities and teaching him to be a gentleman on and off the water. The highlight of Will Boudreau’s rowing experience was winning his second race in the men’s novice quad during his novice year at the Fault Line Face-Off in Oakland. Will’s boat had a sense of brotherhood and trust in each other that he believed was the key to their success. Will’s good friends Jack Freiburghouse, Glenn Necessary, and Nate Cooper rowed with him, while his brother Dana coxed. Will Boudreau won their second race by nearly 20 seconds, crossing the finish line in high spirits. Will Boudreau came to the dock with all smiles, just like our coach Erich Hanxleden, who has been instrumental to his rowing development. That day has been, by far, the highlight of Will’s rowing experience. To row in the same boat that his brother coxes is quite a pleasure for Will. Whenever they race together, he has nothing but the utmost confidence in his capabilities. The two of them rarely ever argue (with regard to rowing that is), but rather congratulate each other on jobs well done. During a race, Will knows that his determination and will-to-win is exactly the same as Dana’s. Will feels very fortunate to be able to call his coxswain his brother as well.
Dana and Will Boudreau’s parents, Russ And Gretchen Boudreau also participate and row with Jack Nunn at the Roworx Fitness Center in Long Beach nearly everyday. The Roworx Indoor Rowing and Bootcamp program offer a group exercise that’s low-impact, high efficiency, and great for building strength and endurance.
Roworx Fitness helps create programs to help athletes achieve their personal bests for ergometer testing. We realize that college programs look at a variety of stats on the ergometer, and thus we can help students prepare for any and all testing distances and types that a college coach may ask for, whether they’re 500m, 2k, 6k,10k, 1-minute power test, or max-wattage power test. Through assessment, goal setting and the proper implementation of training, Roworx Fitness, along with Long Beach Junior Crew, worked with Emily in order to improve her performance to the level necessary to be considered for the recruiting process for any College or University.
For More Information On How To Get Your Children Involved In Junior Rowing Either On Or Off The Water Please Contact The Long Beach Junior Crew Organization At http://longbeachjuniorcrew.org/ Or Contact Keith Johnson At email@example.com
If You Would Like Indoor Class Lessons On The Concept 2 Rowing Machine Or For Those Interested In Rowing Class Workouts Please Visit www.roworx.com Or Contact Jack Nunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Location For The Long Beach Junior Crew And Roworx Indoor Rowing Are At: Pete Archer Rowing Center, 5750 Boathouse Lane, Long Beach, CA 90803
2014 was a BIG year for Jack Nunn. It had him compete in over 35 races and events over the calendar year. Jack was featured in the 2015 Health Issue Of South Bay Magazine along with his father and Olympian, John Nunn. Jack also picked up his first major triathlon sponsor called Invigorade and it will carry him throughout his events and races for the 2015 racing season. Invigorade combines maltodextrin, amino acid ß-alanine which helps keep muscle pH in the optimal range for performance, pure cane sugar, and dextrose in specific proprietary ratios resulting in more available energy, better stomach comfort and improved performance.
Jack Nunn is also the creator and owner of Roworx in Long Beach, CA. Roworx offers indoor rowing classes, taught by US National Team rowers on the Concept2 rowing machine. The Roworx Indoor Rowing and Bootcamp programs offer a group exercise that’s low-impact, high efficiency, and great for building strength and endurance. Roworx also utilizes the Concept2 Ski Erg, TRX Suspension Training System, light dumbbell weights, Pilate’s core Arc’s, and much more! Our clients span all experience levels, ages and abilities. Anyone can row or cycle – you control your own pace and resistance. The ability to control your own resistance allows you to maintain rhythm with the group, while selecting your own difficulty level.
Jack Nunn is the ‘unconventional’ triathlete – standing 6’3″ tall and weighing in at 220 pounds. In 2013, Jack was named US Rowing’s Athlete Of The Year and he began training and racing in other sports such as: sprint triathlons, duathlons, cycling races, and marathons winning his age group in almost every event. Since 2008, he has competed in four International Full Ironman competitions in Nice, France, Florianopolis, Brazil, Cozumel, Mexico, and Cairns, Australia.
Jack Nunn developed a specialized triathlon training program called Triworx. It is a team that will be beginning this year in order to promote and inspire training and racing throughout the year. There are no long-term contracts with Triworx and you can join in at any time! Whether you want to jumpstart your triathlon training with an expert consultation or hone your fitness with ongoing coaching, the best commitment you can make is to yourself. Cross-training on the rowing machine with Roworx fitness during the year will also be a huge benefit of fitness throughout the season as it helps swimmers, cyclists, and runners stay injury free and mentally fresh. Those are the key benefits of rowing for triathletes while also trying to swim, bike, and run extreme long distances during an Ironman. The following list of races are open to anyone who wants to get started in racing this year. Jack will help you get inspired through the support of Roworx, Triworx, and Invigorade in order to help fuel your training throughout any event!
Jack has already competed in 7 races this year and is on track to complete nearly 50 for the 2015 racing season. So come on, don’t miss out, and join in on the fun this year in 2015!
Contact Jack Nunn HERE today for any additional information about Roworx, Triworx Triathlon Training, and Invigorade support.
Here are the list of races open in training with Jack in 2015:
Jan 18th The Carlsbad Half Marathon
Feb. 1st The Huntington Beach Surf City Half Marathon
Feb. 8th The Laguna Niguel Reverse Triathlon (Placed 2nd Overall)
Feb. 15th 10/20 Del Mar Run
Feb. 22nd JCC Duathlon Scottsdale, AZ (Placed 1st Overall)
Feb. 28th Race On The Base Reverse Triathlon Los Alamitos, CA (Placed 3rd Overall)
March 8th LA Triathlon Championship Series I
March 14th and 15th St. Patty’s Day Challenge 10k And Half Marathon San Diego, CA
March 21st Seal Beach 10K Seal Beach, CA
March 22nd Hot Chocolate 15K San Diego, CA
March 28th IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside San Diego, CA
March 29th San Diego Crew Classic Rowing Race San Diego, CA
April 19th LA Triathlon Championship Series 2
April 26th La Jolla Half Marathon San Diego, CA
May 3rd Orange County Half Marathon Orange County, CA
May 9th LA Triathlon Championship Series 3
May 23rd Fountain Valley Triathlon Fountain Valley, CA
May 30th IRONMAN 70.3 Hawaii Kohala Coast, Hawaii
June 7th Orange County Duathlon Orange County, CA
June 14th USA CLYDESDALE TRIATHLON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Gran Rapids, Michigan
July 9th Castaic Lake Sprint Triathlon I Santa Clarita, CA
July 26th San Francisco Half Marathon San Francisco, CA
Aug. 1st Semper Fi Duathlon San Diego, CA
Aug. 11th Castaic Lake Sprint Triathlon II Santa Clarita, CA
Aug. 16th Americas Finest City Half Marathon San Diego, CA
Sept. 13th Pacific Coast Triathlon Laguna Beach, CA
Sept. 16th Disneyland Half Marathon Anaheim, CA
Sept. 26th IRONMAN 140.6 Mallorca Alcudia, Mallorca, Spain
Oct. 11th Long Beach Half Marathon Long Beach, CA
Oct. 17th Head Of The Charles Rowing Race Boston, MA
Oct. 25th IRONMAN 140.6 Los Cabos, Mexico
Nov. 8th CALIFORNIA DUATHLON STATE CHAMPIONSHIP San Diego, CA
Nov. 15th Las Vegas Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon Las Vegas , NV
Dec. 9th Natasha Watley 10K Van Nuys, CA
Dec. 13th Tinsel Reverse Triathlon Hemet, CA
TBA Sunset Rotary Tinman Reverse Triathlon Los Angeles, CA
Stress is everywhere and we here about it constantly in our day to day lives. People seem to always be complaining about something and we really need and want to hear and enjoy the happier things that life has to offer. We need to sit down and take a deep breath to really take a step back from this crazy world we live in. The world today is a very fast paced and high tech environment in which can cause some ease in our lives overall but if we are not careful can also cause an extremely high stressed life. “I have no time for myself,” “My life is a mess,” “I hate my job,” “I spend all my time running around in traffic,” “My life is measured by what tests I pass and don’t pass,” “My boss is horrible, I’m so stressed out and over it.” Sound familiar? Of course it does, because we all think these inaccurate thoughts and get so caught up in this fast paced world we live in. We all deal with stress in different ways but one particular way I deal with stress is to try and take one step, one day, one task at a time. Think about it like an Ironman Competition. Most people look at the whole competition and can’t fathom finishing a distance that is so far and long. But as athletes competing in a competition as long as an Ironman all mostly look at it in segments and pick apart each discipline in mini goals throughout the race. Focusing on the swim first and getting yourself in rhythm and not being distracted and or overwhelmed by what is ahead of you. Try to take one step at a time in life and achieve one goal at a time in order to complete tasks more efficiently with the least amount of stress.
In the face of stress-creating thoughts, our brain-body connection typically first curtails our appetites, but as short-term stress turns into daily chronic stress, our neuroendocrine system doesn’t do us any favors. Adrenaline, corticotrophin releasing hormone (CRH) and a disrupted cortisol rhythm go to work and, over time, increase our appetites, causing us to have more active and passive eating as we sit and stew. All of this stress-inducing thinking and cortisol raises our blood sugar, creates cravings, reduces our ability to actually burn fat, increases the rate at which we store fat, causes hormonal imbalances, leaves our cells less sensitive to insulin, increases abdominal fat (the most risky for our health) and raises our levels of fat and triglycerides. This is the perfect mix for a diabetic and that is a perfect example of emotional eating. After analyzing urine samples, researchers found that the women who had consumed the least food had the highest levels of cortisol. Not surprisingly, these same women also reported more stress during what researchers called “daily food-related experiences.” In short, the more they restricted food intake, the greater their levels of stress hormones, and, ultimately, the more they wanted to eat.
Here are some types of emotional stress-related eating has several key indicators:
1. It comes on suddenly and is urgent (“I must eat right now”).
2. It’s often for a specific food rather than for different foods (“I have to have ice cream and nothing else will do”).
3. It’s based in your thoughts about a certain food instead of on rumblings in your stomach (“I can’t stop thinking of that cheesecake”).
4. It’s based on an emotion such as stress, instead of a physical need (“I’m so stressed I have to eat to calm chocolate down”).
5. Feeling full doesn’t stop the eating (“I’m still upset so I’ll still eat more”).
6. The eating is often mindless or automatic (“I didn’t even realize I ate that large pizza”).
7. Often ends with guilt-feelings (“I can’t believe I ate that whole birthday cake”).
The best thing we can do is to try and prevent stress from building up and immediately assess the feeling of stress at the source. Feel stressed? Immediately ask yourself, “What am I thinking that’s making me feel stressed?” There are so many time where you cannot do anything about a situation that is stressing you out. You have to take the positive route and start taking those steps back to living a healthier and happier life. I always take a step back and think about what really makes me happy and try not to take anything for granted. Complacency is probably one of the worst aspects in American society. We have everything and anything at our finger tips and technology is making it easier and even more convenient to get things done. When things don’t go our way we tend to throw our hands up and complain about it instead of working hard and having the patience to get things done. Fitness and nutrition is a way of life and is a constant battle but if you look at it as a lifestyle and not a luxury then you have won the battle.
Here are 5 steps that will help you understand how to make fitness and nutrition a part of a fun, fit, and healthy lifestyle and some ways to curtail your stress and start taking back your life in order to live in a more positive way.
1. Exercise in a group class like Roworx Fitness in Long Beach. Exercise is one of the best things you can do in order to annihilate stress and Group Fitness Is The Best Fitness! Who has the time to workout, train, and be disciplined on fitness on their own? Studies show that we are motivated to work harder, show up more often, and push further past our perceived limits when training in a group. The results of one study suggest that endorphin release is significantly greater in group training than in individual training; this seems to be the case even when the individual’s power output, or physical exertion, is the same. It not only burns calories, when you move your body, even with a simple activity such as walking, you begin to produce a cascade of biochemicals, at least some of which counter the negative effects of stress hormones as well as control insulin and sugar levels.
2. Eat a balanced diet and never skip a meal. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but you need to also and try to consume six small rather than three huge meals a day, with foods from all the food groups. By eating smaller meals you actually naturally increase your metabolism and your body works more efficiently to break down foods. Eating smaller meals also helps keep blood sugar levels steady, which in turn put a damper on insulin production and eventually reduce cortisol levels which all help in order to control appetite and weight. Make sure to incorporate these high fiber snacks and bars in your diet in order to control those hunger pains and neutralize any high sugar.
3. Sleep at least 7-9 hours a night. Everything in your body starts shutting down quickly when we don’t get enough rest. Our body does not work efficiently and you start to see weight gain sooner.
4. Cut out cigarettes and alcohol from your daily or weekly routine. Cigarettes and Alcohol can cause cortisol levels to rise, stress to increase, blood sugar to drop and hunger to prevail. Drinking too much alcohol can affect blood sugar and insulin levels as well as eat away at muscle tissue and lead to enormous amounts of caloric intake.
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Published In The May 2013 Issue Of The Long Beach School News Roll Call And Written By Jack Nunn, Owner Of Roworx Indoor Rowing Classes, Boot Camp, And Yoga At The Long Beach Rowing Association.
‘Gently down the Stream’—not! Emily Harris comes from Rossmoor, where she attends Los Alamitos High School. She began rowing in the fall of 2009 and currently competes for Head Coach Alfredo Montenegro and the Long Beach Junior Crew Club. Emily’s most memorable race to date was paling 26th out of 85 boats in the Junior 8+ at the 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta. She participated in most sports and activities like soccer, swimming, Junior Lifeguards, softball and dance. Her best sport by far was softball, and she made All-Star every year she played. She had good speed for her size and hit with power and pitched, but she just didn’t enjoy it. Her father, Mike Harris, suggested she try rowing because of her size and love of the ocean, and it worked out. She has been to the very prestigious Head of the Charles in Boston twice and has rowed for four years with the very successful Long Beach Junior Crew Team. She has always done well in school and is always on the honor roll. Emily has been recruited by Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and will be rowing for them next year.
Throughout my life I have watched many inspirational films ranging in all categories from sports to lifestyle to survival. These are 10 movies that stick out in my mind that are some of the most inspirational movies in my lifetime. These are not in order as they all are equally inspiring in their own way…
Be inspired and ENJOY the journey!
Touching The Void
Touching the Void is a 1988 book by Joe Simpson, recounting his and Simon Yates’ successful but disastrous and nearly fatal climb of the 6,344-metre (20,813 foot) Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. The book won the 1989 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature and the 1989 NCR Book Award. In 2003, fifteen years after it was first published, the book was turned into a documentary film of the same name, directed by Kevin MacDonald. The film won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the 2003 BAFTA Awards and was featured at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Simpson slipped down an ice cliff and landed awkwardly, crushing his tibia into his knee joint, thus breaking his right leg. The pair, whose trip had already taken longer than they intended due to bad weather on the ascent, had run out of fuel for their stove and could not melt ice or snow for drinking water. With bad weather closing in and daylight fading, they needed to descend quickly to the glacier, about 3,000 feet below.
This film is absolutely incredible and inspiring in every way. It digs down deep within the human soul and tells a fantastic true story about the fight and will to survive against all odds.
The Flying Scotsman
The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him and his mental health problems which he has suffered since.
When I was rowing in college at UC Berkeley I had a teammate who was a former pro cyclist from Canada, Jake Wetzel. Most of us were inspired by his cycling training and all bought our first road bikes in order to get best cross-training for rowing. This film touched me in many ways about the hard word this cyclist put in to his training and his ‘never give up’ attitude. It will truly inspire you to work hard in life in everything that you do.
Rudy Ruettiger harbored a dream to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, despite being undersized at merely 5’6″ and 165 pounds. Head coach Ara Parseghian encouraged walk-on players from the student body. For example, Notre Dame’s 1969 starting center, Mike Oriard, was a walk-on who was eventually nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship and an NFL contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
If you have not seen ‘Rudy’ then you must see this first beyond any other movie. This movie has it all and is the quintessential definition of never give up never give in attitude. It really is one of the most inspiring movies of all time!
The “Miracle on Ice” is the name in American popular culture for a medal-round men’s ice hockey game during the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, on Friday, February 22. The United States national team, made up of amateur and collegiate players and led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the Soviet Union national team, which had won the gold medal in six of the seven previous Olympic games.
Growing up with a father who played ice hockey in Canada and the east coast I naturally had a hand in hockey growing up and had dreams of playing in college for a scholarship. Unfortunately, Los Angeles did not have enough ice rinks in order for me to play ice hockey at a competitive level past high school. However, that didn’t stop me from attending numerous ice hockey camps over the summertime. CanAm ice hockey camps was one of the most infamous and prestigious of all hockey camps as I got to play and practice on the famous rinks of Lake Placid where Team USA hockey won the gold over the USSR in 1980. Every single day we were told by our hockey instructors and coaches to respect and think about the ‘Miracle’ that happened on the ice we were playing on. Watching the movie brings all those memories and stories back to life.
The King’s Speech
The King’s Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an Australian speech and language therapist played by Geoffrey Rush. The men become friends as they work together, and after his brother abdicates the throne, the new King relies on Logue to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939.
Without Limits is a 1998 biographical sports film. It is written and directed by Robert Towne and follows the relationship between record-breaking distance runner Steve Prefontaine and his coach Bill Bowerman, who later co-founded Nike, Inc. Billy Crudup plays Prefontaine and Donald Sutherland plays Bowerman.
At UC Berkeley I lived with most of the track and field guys as I thought it was a good balance between living with athletes and getting some distance from my own rowing teammates. When this movie came out the guys in the house were inspired like never before and Prefontaine was considered to be their running god! A deep appreciation goes out to track and field and runners alike when watching ‘PRE’ run for gold.
Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The screenplay by Tony Kushner was based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s biography Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and covers the final four months of Lincoln’s life, focusing on the President’s efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.
Abraham Lincoln…. Enough said! We all know his story of the ultimate sacrifice in order to preserving all human rights. Not only setting an example in the U.S. but also around the World.
We Are Marshall
We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 plane crash that killed 37 football players on the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team, along with five coaches, two athletic trainers, the athletic director, 25 boosters, and a crew of five.
This movie will be sure to make you cry and cause your emotions to take you for a rollercoaster ride. It starts off very sad but in the end develops into a sensational movie about overcoming all odd and standing up against all adversity, including the death of an entire sports team. It will be sure to inspire you every step of the way.
Stand And Deliver
Stand and Deliver is a 1988 American drama film based on the true story of high school math teacher Jaime Escalante. Edward James Olmos portrayed Escalante in the film and received a nomination for Best Actor at the 61st Academy Awards. The film was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2011.
My mother, Maureen Nunn, was a Spanish teacher for over 20 years and 3 of my sisters all have their teachers credentials so naturally this movie hits home for me being involved with a family of teachers. This film introduces so many creative learning techniques and encourages students and individual’s to learn in many different ways. It makes you want to go out and search for more knowledge and praises good education for a long term successful future.
Unbroken is a 2014 American biographical war drama film, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The film revolves around the life of USA Olympian and athlete Louis “Louie” Zamperini, portrayed by Jack O’Connell. Zamperini, who survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber was downed in World War II, and was sent to a series of prisoner of war camps.
My family and I have a special connection with Louis Zamperini after meeting him personally at a motivational speakers series event in 2006 in Anahiem. My father, John Nunn, is an Olympic Men’s rowing coach and 1968 Olympic Bronze medalist. Since 1984 I have been going to Southern California Olympic events around the country and meeting many differnet Olympians and athletes. Meeting Louis was an amazing experience and I have never seen my father more excited to meet someone up close. My mother, Maureen Nunn, was a USC graduate also became good friends with Louis Zamperini and even had him visit our home on several occasions. Read both of his books, ‘Devil At My Heels’ and ‘Unbroken’ if you have not already and go see the movie just out this year ‘Unbroken.’
Here is an interview my mom, Maureen Nunn, did with Louis Zamperini a few years back talking about his life and will to survive…