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Winter 2017
“To be Kut-Up, is to maintain a positive mentality Tthat goes beyond living a healthy and fit lifestyle.
here has been a buzz circling the vendor spots at all the NGA shows in Pennsylvania. NGA Promoters, Earl
Snyder and Terri Whitsel received more than what they bargained for, when they
found a great workout clothing vendor for their shows in Penn State. It wasn’t long before they realized the impact
that this man and his company has and will continue to make.
The following is the story that Travis “Featherhawk” Snyder, Owner/
Creator/Designer of Kut-up Fitwear, shares at every show on stage at the
NGA East Coast Natural Champion- ships. The story never gets old and
it is best told by Travis...
THE KUT-UP STORY IS ONE THAT CONTAINS MANY ELEMENTS OF LIFE
THAT WILL ENCOMPASS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN, AND WHAT IT
MEANS TO BE KUT-UP.
TO WITHHOLD EVEN THE SMALLEST OF THESE ELEMENTS,
WOULD ONLY DISTORT THIS STORY AND KEEP THE TRUTH
FROM REACHING THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THOSE WHO ARE
READING.
THE TRUTH IS TO BE KNOWN, AND THE STORY IS
TO BE TOLD.TO UNDERSTAND KUT-UP, YOU MUST FIRST
UNDERSTAND ME.
On December 22nd 2011,
the cell door slammed shut, leaving me with only a
ffffffBY TERRI WHITSEL
NGA COMMUNICATION ExECUTIvE
NGA PROMOTER, PA
NGA PRO FIGURE TERRI.WHITSEL@GMAIL.COM
shadow of myself. There I stood in front of that cold, faint light in clothing carved from canvas; clutching my head and preparing myself for what would be
the hardest, inescapable cage fight of my life. I was arrested and locked in a jail cell during what was “the worst” of my long time addiction to heroin. My body and soul had been taken over by the demons I myself had created. These demons did not hesitate to keep me fearful of the coming pain and withdrawal. They took over my thoughts and filled them with despera- tion, pain, suffering, and hopelessness. Little did I know, that I already had in my clutches one of the most powerful demon fighting weapons available.
As I let go of everything I thought I knew about life, the grip on this weapon started to tighten. Even as my body weakened, the weapon grew stronger. Being stripped of what I thought was everything, allowed for me to have complete trust in this weapon. My weapon is the light of change through trusting the god of my understanding.
And after 16 days of fighting, that light of change which I kept so close to my heart, had allowed me to have a profound spiritual awakening. In that moment, I knew I wanted to live a better life, but what I had yet to realize, was how much purpose my new life would begin to have.
HOW KUT-UP BECAME A BRAND WITH PURPOSE
On the 18th of May 2012, on bail and after 28 days of intensive rehab, I was released into the public to begin a new life. A new attitude of gratitude, the love and support from my family, and a healthy addiction to working out, became “the mortar” in the founda- tion for me to be able to remain clean and sober, and to be able to do it one day at a time.
My mind and body had been stripped of all its demons... so what remained was a very raw, very vulnerable, very open wound. Being uncertain of my future could have easily brought me back to the dark, but I chose life, and in order for that wound to heal into a beautiful scar, I had to learn how to be mindful of every single thought, every single decision, and
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