After a successful era that took my YouTube channel from less than 100K subscribers in 2012 to almost 840K, making it one of the biggest and fastest growing strength / bodybuilding channels on YouTube, I announced last week that I’d no longer be creating new Yo Elliott videos for my Strength Camp YouTube channel.
What kind of person would someone pull the plug on a successful project at the hight of its growth? — The same kind of person who puts his life on the line, and risks everything he has to hearken the call of his heart; a call that set him on the very path of his current success.
To get where I am today, I consistently chose to honor the feelings in my body; I allow my heart and my gut to guide and inform me during every step of this journey. My choice to end this series and move on comes from the same place.
As a result of choosing to end the series, I decided to hold a contest for the best “remix” video featuring videos from my two main channels.
There were over 130 entries, all of which were amazing in their own ways.
Many of the videos were centered around my strength training advice, but the overwhelming majority of them featured clips from videos where I simply spoke about how to LIVE. Videos centered around courage, freedom, commitment, discipline, hard work, success and failure seem to have had the biggest impact on you (as you will see from the selection of videos and the playlist below).
Before announcing the winners…. I must admit, the videos you guys made for me were just as potent and inspiring to me, as the ones I created for you. At this time in my journey, when I am once again forced to choose between logic of my head and the dangerous dictates of my heart, your videos have strengthened my resolve and the commitment to my heart. Thank you
Now… on to the contest.
First, EVERYONE who entered the contest is a winner, and I’m not just saying that. If you entered this contest, even if you are not the grand prize winner or runner-ups below, I have a gift for you. In fact, its the most valuable gift that I can give – that is, my time.
I will be holding an “Open Gym BBQ” at Strength Camp in the coming months, that only YOU and a few others are invited to. We will train during the day, and I’ll have a BBQ dinner for you that night. All of the details will be sent to your YouTube Inbox, so please keep an eye out for that
Next, below you will see a link to watch all of the amazing entries.
You will also see the Grand Prize Winning Video by Nolan White. I will be contacting you via YouTube Nolan to get your address to mail your new iPad Air.
Finally, I have chosen three other videos that were close runner ups. Each of them represents a different angle and immense creativity. Both Colleen and I spend hours choosing these specific videos, and we are glad to have such a great gift from you. You are also invited to the “Open Gym BBQ” and I will be sending a package with a few of my favorite books and other cool things to you. Please keep an eye on your YouTube inbox for details.
With MUCH LOVE,
See all of the Yo Elliott video contest entries here.
#1 Grand Prize Winner
Runner Ups (in no particular order)
What’s going on?
As a way to bid the “Yo Elliott!” Q&A videos that I have been creating for the last few years good-bye… I am holding a contest for you to participate in.
How Do I participate?
Create a 3-4 minute “mash-up” video using any, and as many, of my videos from any of my 2 main YouTube channels. (you can find them here and here.). Then upload your unique video to YouTube for public viewership. Give the video your own title, but add [Best Of Yo Elliott] as a subtitle. Example – “Grow Stronger Now! [Best Of Yo Elliott]“
I will search [best of yo elliott] in YouTube, that is how I will find your video, so make sure you add this. I will then add your video to a playlist on my channel where we can all watch them. (also, feel free to post your video on my Facebook wall if you’d like… but this is not necessary for participation)
My team (friends and family) and I will watch all the videos and our personal favorites will be the winners — so be as creative as you possibly can, use music and all of your best editing skills if you have em’.
***ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE NO LATER THAN MARCH 12th*** videos uploaded after March 12th will not be counted. Winners will be announced on the following Monday.
What do I win?
GRAND PRIZE WINNER gets a brand new iPad Air. I will have it mailed to you directly from Apple. I also like to throw in a few surprise gifts, so you’ll be getting a ton of cool things that I personally choose
We will also choose a few runner-ups who will receive gifts too. And everyone who participates will be recognized.
By participating in this contest, you are also giving me permission to upload your video to my Strength Camp YouTube channel with a link back to your channel. This is a great way to build the subscribers and viewership of your own channel, an added benefit to participating!
Finally, I am eternally grateful to have you guys in my life. I love serving you with these videos, and I am excited to see how you might take my words and create a fun, interesting and educational video re-mix that we can share with hundred of thousands of people to support them in Growing Stronger!
Good luck, and thank you!
Last week one of our Strength Camp Challenge sponsors stopped by the gym bearing gifts of bodybuilding supplements, shaker bottles, t-shirts, etc.
Since right now the only supplement I am using is Living Fuel, I decided to create a fun contest to give away the valuable box of protein shakes to someone who might be able to use it… rather than letting the box collect dust in a closet at my gym.
Originally I was just going to give away this box to the Grand Prize winner, but after the amazing outpouring of love in the over 700 images you’ve created, I decided that a single box of supplements was just not enough.
So, I have decided to not only send the box of supplements to the grand prize winner… I am also sending a gift package including a canister of Living Fuel to all of the “runner ups” that myself, Colleen and my best friends personally chose.
Again, a HUGE thank you everyone who contributed to this contest and to everyone on the Journey of Becoming The Strongest Version Of Yourself. We are a small community with BIG intentions… and as each of us grow stronger we support others in finding and developing their own personal strength.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
I chose this one from @witnessmyfirstmarathon as the Grand Prize winner. It’s a great quote, and the design is clean. One of the main reason for the contest was to gather some quotes and images that could inspire ANYONE, whether they’ve heard of Elliott Hulse, or not. I call this universal sharability - This one has that quality.
Runner Ups (in no particular order)
Besides the fact that it strokes my ego, I love this one by @murtmakeithurt because the “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover” theme has been strong in my recent personal development and I have been speaking a lot about the idea of Masculine Archetype in some of my videos.
This one makes the list for the same reason as the grand prize winner. It is a good quote and image. Very creative work done by @farz93 – who by they way, makes some pretty dope memes. This is only one of several awesome ones he made.
I chose this by @kammarad because of how simple and strong the message is. If you are familiar with my story you can see how this image captures the essence of my personal evolution, service to the word and grand message about FOLLOWING YOUR HEART. If it weren’t for the criteria of “universal sharability” this one is my personal favorite.
I love this one from @dovydasmolina also due to the simplicity of the message and great picture. The only reason why this one did not get Grand Prize was because it looks almost like I’m saying “get” as in “understand” with my fingers pointing to my head, as opposed to “get” as in receive something. So, in a way… I even confused myself with this quote. But again, if you are familiar with me and my message, it should be clear what I am talking about
Finally, this image created by @thouzndthword joins our list due to thoughtfulness and creativity. The creator is obviously familiar with my love for the writers and poets of the Transcendentalist movement of America in the mid-late 1800′s. The movement was created and spread by men like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman and of course Henry David Thoreau (my face is superimposed on his head below) who constantly preached SIMPLICITY in all things, and coined the term Civil Disobedience which inspired many of our greatest freedom fighters such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
Once again, THANK YOU for participating. I will attempt to contact you each individually to get your mailing address and send you the prizes. If you don’t hear from my by the middle of next week just hit me up through the contact link on this blog.
To invite over 700 images with my face and sayings on it for the purpose of inspiring others might seem a little narcissistic or self-righteous, but I can assure you that nothing but humility coursed through my veins as I scrolled though all of these amazing images.
We are all in this together… and I am just grateful that my words though the videos I create, might serve as nourishment for you while on your personal journey of Growing Stronger.