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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Responsibility Is Another Word for Power: Get Stronger By Owning Everything You Do

"Place me at your center like an inexhaustible spring, as the root of your future soaring flight. Anguish will no longer forbid you from realizing yourself; impotence and laziness will no longer have any grip on your activity. Fear of poverty will no longer oppose your true work; you will be capable of building your …

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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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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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Losing to Win: Learning to Take Responsibility for My Story

If you don't know me very well, you might not know that Strongman, my sport, my hobby, my athletic pursuit, one of my greatest passions, is a lot more to me than just something I do to stay in shape or entertain myself.  For me, Strongman has been a refuge, a place of rediscovery and …

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It Doesn’t Get Easier, You Get Better

It's gonna be Not Fun. You're going to think things like, "Wow, I'm an uncoordinated potato person who clearly has existed thus far based on luck alone," or, "I am a shame to my ancestors," and "Can I die now please?" It's okay, really.  Beginning a new physical skill and fitness regimen, ESPECIALLY when you …

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Spring Update: Strongwoman Competition, Blogs, and What’s Next

My spring has already been pretty packed; I'm sure many of you can relate. I competed three times in April. It was bananas. I hit a bunch of personal bests, and got my qualification for Strongman Corporation Nationals this upcoming fall in Las Vegas, so that's pretty cool. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTjN9jzAvzK/?taken-by=captainstarbuck Since the shut down of my old …

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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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