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)