Eat To Be Strong, Eat To Be Healthy: Why Not Both?

“Strength sports aren’t about health.” I have heard this a lot, and it’s true in a certain context: EXTREME SPORT is about being competitive and pushing your body beyond certain normal ranges of activity. That will demand other extreme behaviors: prioritizing training over everything, maybe PED use, etc.  But there is some bullshit hidden within …

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Story, Body, Time: Appreciation for The Past Creates The Potential of Now

"I sing the body electric,The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul. Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves?And if those …

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As Above, So Below: Training Is Everything

I’m a zealot. I’m a proselytizer of the pump. A monk for the muscle. I believe that in the modern world, there are few things as purely valuable as physical strength and skill training, because it’s a foundational discipline. It’s a practice that will consistently reflect whatever is going on with you, good or bad. …

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Be Real: Energy Management

This is my first blog in about a month; in March my writing habit took a back seat to production. I broke the chain of my everyday writing that I've kept up since January 1st. I'm okay with that, and like the topic of this post (training); it was a conscious attention-shift out of necessity …

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ORIGIN, PT I: The Experiment Begins (IF, Paleo, & Calisthenics)

For most of my adolescent years and early twenties, I thought people’s bodies; their shapes, leanness or fatness, muscularity or lack thereof, was mostly luck and genes. I thought their abilities - speed, strength, power, agility, and endurance were evolutionary poker and if you weren't dealt a good hand, you were fucked. I really believed …

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Fear: Dictator Or Compass – The Choice is Yours

I must not fear Fear is the mind killer Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration I will face my fear I will permit it to pass over me and through me And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path Where the fear has gone there …

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One Simple Day At A Time

You want to change your life, but can you change one habit? Lofty goals and ambitions are inspiring, but they can be confusing and even demotivating if we don't have the tools to achieve them. It's great to aim high, but if you're not investing in learning and mastering the small steps, you may find …

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The Beginner’s Gauntlet: You Don’t Hate Working Out, You Hate Being Out of Shape

Chest pains. Nausea. Body shakes. You dread working out, because this is what it means to you. Total exhaustion and PAIN.  You avoid working out, because working out means pain. UNBEARABLE pain. But this isn't what working feels like. That's what being out of shape feels like. Don't get me wrong, an effective workout should …

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And Then I Had No Job: Uncertainty and Gratitude

At 6 am on December 21st, I stood outside my job, at David Barton Gym Limelight. There was a padlock on the door, and a note saying that the gym, the entire franchise, was closed. Effective immediately. Permanently. Just like that, I had no job. I won’t try to summarize my whole year - it …

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Gratitude for the Grind

There are hard days. And then there are days where you feel like the universe has conspired for no particular reason to utterly upend your shit. Be grateful for these days. Greet these days begrudgingly but with an affirmative nod. Because sometimes they're the days that have something really important to teach you. And sometimes …

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