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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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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HANDLE IT: Break Down and Prioritize Your Goals

Handle it. When it gets hard, but you handle it. When you’re tired, but you handle it. When you want to give up, stop trying and leave it to someone else, but you handle it. We are capable of so much more than we realize, but sometimes when we work on setting personal goals, we …

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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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