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Chef Andre Rush puts the same passion and dedication in serving a homeless person as serving the President of the United States. "They don't waver on duty," Rush, who has cooked for four US presidents, told Muscle & Fitness. "I don't care who it is. I tell the students all the time when the president comes in and you give everything, but then the guy with the wide pants comes in and you want to give 10 percent, I'm done with you. Dot empty. "
It is a lesson he learned when his mother invited people from the street to a warm meal in her house. "I remember the first time she pulled me and my sister aside and said," You are helping as many people as possible because they are human. Some people are not as lucky as we are. "
Rush, a 24-year-old Army veteran, applies the same mentality to the motivational speeches he makes across the country. You won't see him drive less in front of a group of elementary school students than in front of the New York City Police Department or in front of newly hired army cadets.
Rush it doesn't matter who you are. If you need help and he can provide it for you, he will. "I have hundreds of people who DM me," he says. And sometimes these requests can be life or death situations. Rush has received messages from people considering suicide or who may have difficulty finding a reason to live.
"Some of my friends will say," Why are you on the phone all the time? "And I'm getting angry, I'm actually getting angry," he says. "Because people don't understand what other people are going through."
An average person can be emotionally drained from this demand, but Rush is always smiling and motivated to keep going. Why?
One of the many lessons he learned from the military is that you have to prove yourself again and again, even if you think you have reached the highest level.
"I tell people not to be complacent. Don't make yourself comfortable; Don't just think because you are there that your service is excellent. You always have to work every day, ”he says. “My key to success is that every day is a reset button. It's like my first day. "He went on:" I just received a message saying, "Remember, you will never be anyone, brother." And I replied, "You are right, but I will be the nobody that everyone addresses remind. "
One thing Rush will always remember is his 24-inch bicep, which recently went viral. He built them not only through hard work in the gym, but also through his 2,222 pushups a day. All over the world, many people will do 22 pushups in honor of the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day due to post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental illnesses caused by combat situations. Rush, who was never satisfied with the average, explained his reasons for increasing the stake.
"I tell people all the time: be different," he says. "When I tell people that I do 22 pushups a day, they say" Oh "and that's the end of it. But when I tell them I'm doing 2,222, people say," I don't know who you are, but I want to know who you are. "It invites them to learn more."
The chef's interest in muscles extends well beyond his breathtaking biceps. He is also a personal friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger and is a regular at many of the world's largest bodybuilding and fitness events, including the prestigious Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend, which is considered the Super Bowl of the fitness industry.
Dan Solomon, Chief Olympia Officer, told Muscle & Fitness: “The chef does an excellent job as a lawyer for the fitness community. He inspires millions of people around the world through his mental health work and uses his platform to motivate his followers to build both mental and physical strength. We are always happy to welcome Chef Rush to the Olympics Weekend in Vegas every year. "
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