Following the events of September 11th, 2001, Michael McCastle was driven to join the Military. During his 11 years of service as an Air Traffic Controller, he was deployed around the world. His passion for fitness and peak human performance eventually led him to serve alongside U.S. Navy SEALs as a safety observer, assistant fitness leader and mental conditioning coach for Naval Special Warfare candidates and top level athletes.
Currently, Michael holds 4 World Records in Strength & Endurance as a Frog Performance Athlete. He is based out of Vancouver, WA, and works as a Certified Mental Strength Coach, Sport Performance Specialist and Public Speaker. He is also the Founder of 'Twelve Labors Project', an initiative through which he adopts incredible feats of human performance in an effort to heighten awareness of various causes. With over a decade of experience, he continues to help business executives, corporate teams and athletes of all levels achieve a state of exponential growth and peak performance.
Like the mythological '12 labors of Hercules', his increasingly difficult challenges test his physical and mental limits with the ultimate goal of inspiring others to live with purpose, stand for a cause greater than themselves and be relentless in the pursuit of their goals.
Michael’s Charitable Labors have included:
- A 50k run for Cancer Research (wearing a 40lb vest).
- A 13-mile, 250-pound tire flip for wounded veterans; he flipped the tire 137 spans along a 500-foot paved street over the course of 10 grueling hours. (WR)
- A Rope Climb that equaled the height of Mount Everest, a full 29,029 feet in just under 27 hours for Parkinson's Disease Research--a cause that hits close to home following the death of his father who suffered from the disease. (WR)
- On September 27th, 2015, Michael shattered the Guinness World Record for 'Most Pull-ups in 24 hours' after completing 5,804 pull-ups--while wearing a 30 pound pack to represent the burden of the wounded warrior. The event benefitted Operation Enduring Warrior, a veteran run organization that hosts adaptive athletic events for wounded veterans. (WR)
- On May 22nd, Michael pulled a 2016 Ford F-150 pickup truck for 22 miles in 19 hours across Death Valley to raise awareness for Veteran Suicide. (WR)
- On April 11th, 2017, Michael began running 20 miles per day for 100 consecutive days to, again, heighten awareness of the Veteran Suicide epidemic. He completed this Labor on July 11, 2017.
WR = World Record