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Navajo War Leader
Haske is the Navajo Indian word for a war leader or a warrior.

Before the time of reservations and government care, the Navajo Indians were a very self-reliant, courageous, strong and healthy people. They took pride in taking care of their bodies as it reflected an inner strength that they carried with them. They could look any man in the eye with self respect and confidence. They carried this warrior spirit with them and it was by having this spirit that they were able to survive the harsh conditions and circumstances they faced each and every day. They raised their children this way. Waking them up before the sun would rise to run, or rolling them in the snow during the winter, and squatting while they ate so they would be ready to run if enemies came and attacked. They knew this was the only way they could protect their children from sickness, disease, and different enemies. They had to be strong, they had to be warriors.

But somewhere between nineteenth century history and American influence, the Haske spirit has died. Diabetes, obesity, and heart disease are now a rampant part of Navajo culture. Not only has the warrior culture been all but lost among the Navajo people, it has also become lost among most of the ancient and great warrior societies of the world.

The goal of Haske is to bring back this warrior spirit to all peoples and cultures of the world by promoting an attitude and lifestyle that reflects the inner strength and courage of the human body, mind and spirit.

Navajo Land

    Oliver Whaley

Was born in Monument Valley, UT and raised on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Graduated in 2004 from Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, AZ. Earned his BS in Exercise and Wellness from BYU in 2011. Previously competed on the BYU track and field team as a hammer thrower with a lifetime best of 65.16 meters (213’). Started Haske as a way to promote health and fitness through living a warrior lifestyle. Currently working towards pursuing a master’s degree and earning his CSCS credentials. Hopes to continue throwing the hammer and compete in strongman and earn a Pro Card.

 Ollie Whaley, CSCS

Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) since 1987. Holds a master's degree in exercise science from Northern Arizona University with a 4.0 GPA. Richard Borden, past national president of the NSCA, was his thesis chair. Served as Arizona State Director of the NSCA for 3 years working with the strength and conditioning coaches from all levels in the state, NAU, ASU, U of A, Phoenix Suns, Cardinals, High Schools, etc. Was named NSCA National State Director of the year twice. Has published over 20 articles in professional and popular journals and has presented at three national conferences and numerous state and regional level clinics. Certified as a level 3 weightlifting coach by USA Weightlifting. Has competed at the state, regional, and national level in weightlifting, winning the master's nationals in 1994. Has coached over a dozen national medalists in that sport. Currently resides in Kayenta, AZ where he coaches Track and Field and teaches weight training at Monument Valley High School.


Leif Arrhenius

Coached by and trained with some of the best throwing coaches in the world. Was the 2011 NCAA Indoor Shotput Champion. Has lifetime bests of 19.92 meters (65’) in the Shotput, 64.46m (211’) in the discus, and 62.77 meters (205’) in the hammer. Speaks mandarin Chinese fluently and Swedish semi-fluently. Graduated from BYU with a BS in Exercise and Wellness in 2011. Is a 2012 Olympic hopeful in the discus.

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