2nd Pillar: Living in Balance

Living in Balance

How we treat and care for our bodies has a huge effect on our quality of life and that is especially true for young men struggling with failure to launch syndrome. The way we eat, sleep and move, all play a vital part in our success or failure each and every day. Fast food, energy drinks, no exercise, a lack of sleep or even too much sleep can create havoc on anyone’s body. Combine that with little to no confidence or social skills and you have a recipe for making boomerang kids. When a young man’s life is not in balance, his ability to achieve independence, grow into maturity and progress toward manhood is severely stunted.


A Time & Place for All Things

Balance is vitally important in everything we do. Nature, physics, recreation, etc… To best illustrate this, think of a cookie recipe. It is only through proper proportions of each ingredient, that makes the final outcome so rewarding. If we were to place too much emphasis on one ingredient, salt for example, it would overpower the other ingredients and create a very distasteful snack. When balance is introduced into our lives, our lives become more calm, manageable, productive, rewarding and meaningful.


Physical Fitness

At Forte Strong we believe that being physically strong is just as important as being mentally strong. This is why an important piece of our curriculum involves not only strengthening our minds but our bodies as well. That’s why we have gone to great lengths to ensure every student at Forte Strong gets the knowledge and individualized attention they deserve through a personal trainer. Forte Strong students get the chance to use a state of the art gym with the expertise and guidance of a personal trainer. Forte Strong also provides each student with the opportunity to work out as they see fit. Not every student is alike and Forte Strong knows this, which is why we advocate an individualized approach to fitness as well. There are many different ways Forte Strong students stay in shape, whether it is lifting weights at the gym, running the trails, rock climbing, bouldering, canyoneering, crossfit, MMA training, triathlons. Compete in the world famous Saint George Marathon or just run one of the many 5k runs that go on every month. With an extremely active community St George boosts almost one race every week. The choice is yours.


Hygiene & Cleanliness

Hygiene and cleaning is only one of the many changes you will notice about yourself while at Forte Strong. Why do so many young men have a reputation for being slobs, messy, unkempt, and stinky? We teach how to be clean-This means our body and our living spaces. The reason why this is the case is directly associated with a low self-esteem. We have found that one’s sense of worth and self-esteem can be directly associated  and linked to how much they like themselves. This is why at Forte Strong, this issue usually takes care of itself when the student is directly involved in activities and opportunities that naturally boost and promote a high sense of self-worth and appreciation. Sleep is another area that cannot be overlooked. It has been proven time and time again in a myriad of different studies that quality sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. This is why at Forte Strong we make sure we provide an environment that fosters natural sleep patterns and once again nurture a feeling of health, vibrancy, and aliveness that is unmatched.


The Pareto Principle

The Pareto principle is better known as the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule which states that 20% of what we do will give us 80% of the results. On the other side of the token if we focus our attention on the 80% that only gives us 20% of the results.  Forte Strong has a proven method of teaching and implementing this strategy so that it works when applied. Balance is a crucial part of living a healthy and happy life. Out of all the 6 pillars, Living in Balance can be the most difficult and elusive. Some things need to be put on hold while giving ourselves to things that really matter. A large part of having balance in our lives is not just managing what is happening on the outside but managing what’s happening on the inside.


Healthy Education

We don’t cook for our students; we show them how to cook for themselves. “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.” Forte Strong students learn how to cook affordable healthy meals for themselves. Many programs are set up so the student is only successful while attending their program and yet as soon as they leave… they fall. Anyone can say that your son will be successful while at their program but who can say that your son will be successful after? Only one… Forte Strong.



At Forte Strong we also believe in frugality and living within our means. This means that we are environmentally aware of how our actions affect our local community and the rest of the world. We teach principles that sustain our local ecology and help promote a mindset that thinks of others and the collective whole, which creates a habit of thinking about how our actions affect the common good.


5 Basic Needs

We also believe in living in a way that promotes tranquility and awareness of what we need on an emotional and social level. We all have needs. Maslow characterized these needs as the 5 hierarchy needs of humanity. All these needs must be in balance to achieve the full measure for fulfillment and contentment. At Forte Strong we guarantee the first need of physical safety, food, shelter, and protection. Survival, Freedom, Love, Power, and Fun. All of these areas in our life need to be in balance. We help our students learn to understand and meet basic needs so that focus on skill development can take place.