The Fitness Hacks Podcast

by Redefining Strength | FHP 012: Max Shank of Ultimate Athleticism, 5 Minute Flow and Ambition Athletics discusses his fitness journey including his gym, programs and workshops


Max Shank


Max Shank is the owner of Ambition Athletics, a gym located in San Diego, California. Max has also written 3 books, including Ultimate Athleticism, Simple Shoulder Solution and Master the Kettlebell, and taught over a hundred courses in countries around the globe. He’s helped people across the globe improve their lives through physical fitness.

Max’s mission is to help people get better every day so they have the freedom to pursue any athletic endeavor!


1. You have to take responsibility for your own health and show your body you love it by consistently working to become better.

2. Forced Ranking – Prioritize the most important tasks and do them first!

3. You get out what you put in. Long-term success is based on consistency and consistency is really about avoiding boredom and injury.


In this episode we talk with Max Shank owner of Ambition Athletics and creator of Ultimate Athleticism, 5-Minute Flow, Simple Shoulder Solutions and Master the Kettlebell. Max talks about the importance of doing what you love and setting goals. He reminds us that it isn’t just about doing more, but about matching your goals and finding out what it takes you to be happy and then not wasting time doing more than that.

Max also tells us about his mission to help people have the athletic freedom to pursue any athletic endeavor for the rest of their lives. He reminds us that long-term success is based on consistency and that consistency is really about avoiding boredom and injury. If you want to get better, you just need to do a little bit each and every day to help yourself grow.


Q: What’s your favorite exercise?

Back Flips

Q: What exercise do you hate…but love at the same time?


Q: What is the best book you’ve ever read?

Extreme Ownership

Q: What is your favorite Pump Up Song?

Here I Go Again by Whitesnake

Q: If you could train with one person (alive or dead) who would it be? 

Sun Tzu

Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Cookies and Cream

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