GregKolodziejzykGreg Kolodziejzyk greg@human-power.com

  • Oct 2010 – 4th place overall San Fransisco One Day 24 hour ultramarathon: 100.8 miles in 24 hours
  • Feb 2010 – Vancouver Island inside Passage: fastest human powered inside passage 3 days
  • Sept 2008 – World record for the most distance traveled by human power on water 154 miles
  • July 2006 – World record for the most distance traveled by human power on land 647 miles
  • Oct 2006 – Ironman World Championships
  • Greg has completed 12 Ironman triathlons, two dozen marathons, qualified for Boston marathon, and 5 ultramarathons.

Greg believes that human power is the most awe-inspiring yet underutilized source of power on the planet. His goal is to inspire you to explore your own human powered potential.

Greg’s wants to show us what is possible when we step away from our comfort zones, and boldly strike-out to realize the greatness that we are capable of when we tap into our bold HUMAN POWER. And he’s not just talking about our physical power – as in running a marathon or bench pressing 300 lbs. As Greg has shown, the human being is far more powerful than we can possibly imagine.

Greg believes that success comes with having faith in your potential – understanding the incredible potential of your human power, and then setting bold, ambitious goals and GOING FOR IT! In the words of Goethe

“What you can do or dream you can do, BEGIN IT. For Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”.

3 Million Years

3 million years of evolution has produced an animal whose natural environment probably consisted of walking the distance of a full marathon each and every single day*. Now take that animal (also known as a “human being”), and stick him in a small cage, rob him of natural sunlight, make him sit in a chair all day and feed him a steady supply of chemicals and refined foods.

Is it any wonder that 60% of North Americans are over weight? Described by the World Health Organization as an “escalating epidemic”, obesity is “one of the greatest neglected public health problems of our time with an impact on health which may well prove to be as great as smoking.” Being overweight leads to many serious medical problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and many other health related issues.

An unnatural sedentary lifestyle causes chemical imbalances in our bodies which can lead to a host of psychological problems. Population studies have shown an inverse relationship between physical activity and depression, and there is evidence that active people who become inactive are more at risk of depression that those who remain active. According to a study from Duke University, aerobic exercise was MORE effective than antidepressant drugs in treating depressive symptoms in three study groups.

The cause of the obesity epidemic and skyrocketing rates of depression is obvious in my opinion. We need to become reacquainted with our “natural environment”. Break out of your cage. Get outside and get ACTIVE! Ride your bike, run, walk, swim, climb – whatever it takes.

Greg Kolodziejzyk

* this refers to a Columbia University study published in early 2005 that suggested “you would have to walk 5.7 hours a day over fields and hills to approximate the energy expenditure of early humans”. The Article is titled “Low physical activity levels of modern Homo sapiens among free-ranging mammals” by M. Hayes, et.al. published online 9 November 2004 in the International Journal of Obesity.

The Abstract is here:
http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v29/n1/abs/0802842a.html

The complete 6 page paper is also available, here:
http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v29/n1/pdf/0802842a.pdf