Archive for June, 2016

Let me be very blunt, if you cannot get up out of a chair or off the toilet by yourself, you are no longer physically independent. Talk to anyone who works in health care, especially with the elderly and you will see what I mean.

The best way to avoid that as you get older is to squat on a regular basis.

In many cultures, squatting is a normal every day thing. If they are not standing up doing something, they are probably squatting doing some kind of work, eating a meal, or just talking with friends.

How many people in Western cultures could do that? Not too many I am sure.

In these countries there are way too many conveniences and it makes the people weak  and lazy.

So, it is squats to the rescue!

Any person who does Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, Strongman, CrossFit, or Underground Strength Training knows the value of the squat.

Any reasonably person healthy person can squat.

There are many variations of the squat, so regardless of age you can do some type of the squat.

Some people will pay attention to this and take action, and others will just blow it off.

You can squat and  keep your physical independence or you can skip it and just set yourself up for life in a nursing home.

The choice is yours alone, so choose wisely!

 

 

The longer I live and lift, the more important the mental aide of training becomes.

Of course, the mental side of training is vitally important in other types of training, also.

I was first introduced to mental aspect of training during my early years of martial arts practice. It has stayed with me ever since I started training as a teenager.

Though I do not practice martial arts as I did back then, the mindset is now applied to lifting.

If you train with or watch serious lifters in action, they have their own styles of how they attack their training.

Some are loud and openly aggressive while others move in silently for the kill.

Either way, they are 100% focused and determined to get that lift. The ones before are history and the next one doesn’t matter yet.

I remember the first time I heard Dru Patrick talk about his training, at Bud Jeffries & Logan Christopher’s Super Human Training Workshop.

He said when he goes to the gym, he goes to kill.

More recently, at Ed Coan’s Powerlifting Seminar, he stressed going their with the intent to destroy.

No matter what your lifting ritual is, make each individual  rep count. It is the only one that matters!

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I have read a  number of articles about the “Dad bod” and I was disappointed  to see yet another step downward for men in our nation.

Men used to be strong because they had to be just to get through a grueling days of manual labor.

Strength is still required today for those fighting the bad guys.

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What about guys who are not doing manual labor or fighting wars?

Don’t you need to be strong still?

The answer is yes!

No man is entitled to a strong body, you have to earn it.

Don’t fall for the easy way out with all the “Dad bod” garbage.

Guys, if you have a family, you  NEVER should let yourself be weak.

You are your family’s final line of defense against the bad guys!

In your home, on your block, in your city it falls on you to be the one to defend your family to your last breath.

 

 

 

 

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Life in the midst of the human race can be challenging, even on a good day.

A lot of that has to do with how we see other people. How we treat others in the gym and in life  often depends on the filter we are viewing them through.

It is very common for people to rant and rage against this group or that group, especially on the Internet. If we see people only as a member of a certain group, it kind of anesthetizes us from the insults and hurt we might heap on them.

Think about it, do you see people only through a filters like these?

  • religion
  • race
  • politics
  • sexuality
  • appearance
  • age

There are certainly more filters used by people that affect how they treat others.

One of the best ways to get rid of the filters is to get to know real people in real life.

Yes, that means actually talking with them face to face in person.

What a concept!

Notice I said talking with them not at them. This includes actively listening to them, which is generally taken as a sign of respect.

At my gym, I have trained a wide variety of people; many of which have very different world views than my own. It is important to show respect and treat people like you want to be treated (kind of a Jesus idea isn’t it?)

Normally I won’t turn someone away except for them being lazy or too arrogant to learn.

Those are their own bad choices. I will not be an enabler to them by allowing them to bring those attitudes into my gym.

Over training can occur, of course, however many people do not train intensely enough or often enough to warrant undue fear of it.

You can hear all kinds of differing opinions on it, like anything else on the Internet, just keep in mind it is a possibility.

I am more inclined to think that people are not getting enough recovery time and quality sleep. The strongest people I know all stress the importance of those two things and they validate that by what they are actually  able to do.

Yes, proper nutrition is a vital part of the equation, but I want to emphasize the other aspects here.

In this chaotic world we live in, stress is at an all time high. It definitely can detract from

both the quality and quantity of your recovery and sleep.

Social media addiction, watching  TV (especially the news), playing video games late into the night all hinder your recovery & sleep. There are more things that could be added to this list, but you get the picture.

Serious athletes/lifters know how to dial in their recovery/sleep to maximize their gains.

If you want to take your training to the next level, take a good honest look at your recovery and sleep habits. Change whatever you need to in order to be the best you can be!

I love to lift barbells and other heavy things. That kind of training gets results!

However, my other training passion is bodyweight training.

Bodyweight exercises are deceptively hard to do. Most don’t look that difficult, but wait until you try them!

Here’s an excellent training resource on bodyweight training, which I have studied already.

I recommend what works, period! I partnered with this company to get the word out on this book. Click on the book cover to read more about it. C-Mass: Calisthenics Mass by Paul Wade Calisthenics Mass: How To Maximize Muscle Growth Using Bodyweight-Only Training By Paul “Coach” WadeKeep in mind that not everyone will get the same results since everyone is different physically and in their levels of dedication.