We at Stolen Outfitters deal in transformation by trade. We take personal philosophy and creativity then use ink to create our products by way of a printing press and some elbow grease. Stolen was always intended to be a multidimensional vehicle. As such, our interest in transformation naturally branched far outside the realm of fashion and extends to all aspects of our lives.
One of our first ventures beyond apparel was the creation of ReGYMental Fitness, a free community health and fitness program in Virginia, focused on what we like to call organic fitness; calisthenics, a primarily vegan/raw diet,
yoga and self-defense. Our aim was to provide the people a means to learn about health and fitness and increase their physical activity without having to pay for a gym membership; all while building unity within the community. By setting up camp at the neighborhood park we increased participation which helped our members stay motivated. We faced setbacks and achieved successes but, most importantly, we positively impacted the people we interacted with and improved in the process.
The pregnancy of my fiancé, and subsequent birth of our son, took me to a new state and phase in my life. As a family man, I found I had less time to dedicate to my training so expanding ReGYMental had to take a backseat; to be rebooted at a later date. In mid-December we were honored to become the parents of beautiful baby boy and as soon as my lady was cleared for physical activity, she made good on her pregnancy promises of working to return to her previous level of fitness and beyond. As an avid boxer, and vegan lifestyle enthusiast, her determination inspired me to recommit to myself. We quickly realized everything we do is an example to our ever-vigilant son, which placed our efforts in a new lens of perspective and level of importance. We became workout partners a few months after she gave birth and, being competitive people, we began pushing our boundaries. After a few months training, we ran our first 5k together. The proverbial “runner’s high” had set in so we made plans for our first triathlon for early fall and first marathon for next year.
And so the grind continues…Being a parent, a business owner, and an athlete, is a grand triathlon in and of itself; a multifaceted race towards self and our collective improvement so to speak. In the late stages of preparing for a triathlon you must work on transitions and cross-training. Transitions are the part of the race between the swim, biking, and running phases. Its primary focus is logistics. Cross-training is the portion of the training when you move away from training for an individual sport and begin training in combinations (swimming then biking or biking then running, etc.) As I get deeper into my cross-training I see the lines between the three separate sports beginning to blur and the commonalities are creeping up on the differences. The same is happening in my “grand triathlon” as the lines between parent, business owner, and athlete are becoming more permeable. Although always short on time, being a father and an example has made me a more dedicated athlete. Being an athlete has made me a more energetic father. So where does Stolen fit in? Stolen fits right in the middle of everything. Stolen is not only a vehicle to express our creativity but a business that can help us in providing for our families. The responsibility of fatherhood keeps us dedicated to its growth. The link between our business and our families is prominently on display in “The Proud Unit” series. The intersection of Stolen and athletics can be seen in ReGYMental and our new “Triathastrong” design.
It is our full intention to progress in each area and reinforce the connective tissue between them. Being a father is a lifelong mission. Stolen, while full of fresh, has plenty of room for growth. My fitness goal is to complete (in 3 years) the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run of the Ironman Triathlon. We’re built Stolen-tough over here…even Tony Stark couldn’t front on that.