Local Nevadan, Travis Horn a.k.a The Balance Guru joined the Marine Corps at the age of 18, and it was then that his journey to create a new generation of fitness began. After years of intense focus, while developing extraordinary skills utilizing various balancing techniques, he decided to introduce his methods to the world. I […]
Local Nevadan, Travis Horn a.k.a The Balance Guru joined the Marine Corps at the age of 18, and it was then that his journey to create a new generation of fitness began. After years of intense focus, while developing extraordinary skills utilizing various balancing techniques, he decided to introduce his methods to the world. I recently spoke with him about growing up in Las Vegas, his cannabis advocacy and his journey as The Balance Guru.
STEPHANIE SHEHAN: Tell me a little about yourself, growing up in Vegas and entering the military at such a young age.
TRAVIS HORN: I was born and raised in the city of entertainment and home of the Original Balance Guru, I went to Clark high school and I worked my first and only job at In-N-Out Burger while I was a senior. Once I graduated in 2007, I got married. I was divorced in 2014, but my son is a blessing from that. I joined the Marines in 2007 and was absolutely full blast from the jump! I got out of the Marines in 2011, and my cannabis and wellness journey began. It was then that the Balance Guru was created!
SS: You are known as The Balance Guru – how did that name come about? Tell me about the fitness/methods you teach.
TH: It came out of nowhere. The social media craze had just begun and as an artist, I was searching for a way to show off what I had inside. My original name on social media was vegas_balanceguru. I changed it to be more of a worldwide name. The Guru Method became a household name several years later and appealed to everyone from those doing the pistol squat in the CrossFit Games to the average person just using items to be fit. I teach proprioception, fulcrum, kinetic chain, and atmospheric pressure which applies to all humans and all matter on earth. The Sleep Manual is my humanitarian baby, and it has solved scoliosis, sciatica and many more chronic patterns due to improper postures under atmospheric pressure.
SS: You are also a cannabis advocate. When did you begin consuming cannabis? What are your thoughts about the plant as it relates to the fitness methods you practice?
TH: I started consuming after the Marine Corps. I alway tell people you have two options: really hurt yourself or hurt others; cannabis helped me find my balance in helping others. I absolutely believe in cannabis being the top natural medicine as it allows me to focus without losing my body control. Everything on earth is moving at all times so being as precise as possible with the knowledge is balance. Professional athletes are coming out daily with their usage and we are finally helping our Veterans naturally.
SS: Any cannabis companies or brands that you prefer? Also, what is your preferred method of consumption and why?
TH: I have gone over a decade in Las Vegas consuming and have yet to find a grower who cares about Veterans or a facility that is beyond the typical sales pitch. The things I have done for and with cannabis is unparalleled and for sure worthy of my own strain. I am an artist so before I workout, during workout, and while editing I smoke for the cause and not to be necessarily high. Yes, I get high, but my mind and body stay sharp!
SS: I am sorry that you feel that way about our local cultivators. I personally do know some that are Veterans themselves and that are conscious of medical cannabis and the good it does. You have a multitude of accolades and achievements as The Balance Guru, which are you most proud of?
TH: I have consumed cannabis during all my world records, all my national TV shows, while training every professional athlete and while writing all seven of my books. My most powerful cannabis story goes like this: I’m traveling to Rome to set and break the Guinness Book of World Records for “highest handstand on a self-built tower.” Little did I know, a gentleman at The Coliseum would give me my very first hash joint hours before the show (see picture) so I was also the highest and farthest from home for this record! The full video can be seen on my YouTube.
SS: What advice would you give to readers looking to begin a healthier lifestyle as we go into the new year?
TH: Everything in moderation, even cannabis. Anything other than nothing is something that should keep you on track. Everything matters and you are good enough. Understand that we are all our biggest critics, so be nice to yourself. Educate yourself on the proper strains and how they can tailor to your needs. And, always check the source of your cannabis.
SS: Great advice. You also offer courses on your website, tell me about those.
TH: Yes, absolutely, my courses are free. As a holistic healer and a deep humanitarian I would not be able to sleep at night if I did not give this information to the public. I am a firm believer in making no excuses and eliminating the reason not to. Please share, and if you need to book with me, I’m ready!
SS: How can readers follow you on social media/the web?
TH: Readers can connect with me via my website thebalanceguru.com, on Instagram @thebalanceguru, or on YouTube at thebalanceguru.