Archive for December, 2016

As I said in a Facebook post earlier this week, the New Year means nothing other than a change of date on the calendar.

People have assigned  a somewhat mythical quality to New Years, maybe resulting from just being frustrated, discouraged, or afraid (or even all three).

The fact is, nothing changes if nothing changes in you.

The full responsibility for your life improving rests on you! It’s in your hands.

All the politicians, judges, and special interest groups in the world cannot improve your life or health. That’s your job.

So start thinking “do” not “new” year.

What will you do each day to improve your life and health?

How can you improve 1% each day?

On New Years eve, people all over America will get drunk and do stupid things.

They’ll watch the ball drop in Times Square (for what purpose, I still don’t know).

I’d still rather hear a barbell drop!

They’ll hoot and holler and go back to doing what they have always done with the same lack of progress as last year.

So unless a person just like lying to themselves, they will actually start making better choices each day and taking action on them.

Don’t be delusional, take real action and get real results.



I am sure you have heard this many times too, “Wow! I didn’t think I lost that much strength!”,

when someone has been gone from training for a while then returns.

My question is, why are they surprised?

What happens to your car when you take your foot off the gas pedal while you’re driving?

While I am not opposed to someone taking a little time off periodically, chronically laying out of training

never helps. A person will always be weaker when they do that; and they will probably have gained some fat also.

Their strength has “leaked out”.

Going back to square one over and over again is very frustrating for all involved, in fact, I will not let a person train at the Cave who does that.

Be all in all the time if you want to make progress!

A sleigh (sled) is pulled by strong animals.

At the Cave, do a lot of sled training:

  • pushes
  • pulls
  • forward backward, & laterally

It’s a big part of how we build strong animals (Cave girls & Cave men)!


During the holidays, many people will be like the big guy in the red suit sitting on his butt in the sleigh. Don’t be that guy!


Yes, of course, it is a good thing to give people you care about gifts.

Just remember, pull the sleigh, don’t just sit in it!

20161219_181853_li“Life doesn’t come with convenient handles on it.”

–Drew Wolter


It’s that time of year again, and training time seems to evaporate, The fact is, it really hasn’t, only the uncommitted will think it has.

Don’t get me wrong, I think people should enjoy the holidays, as for myself as a follower of Christ, Christmas has a very special significance for me and my family.

However, that doesn’t mean all training stops, far from it! I train year round.

Here’s some simple advice to keep you fit during this time of year.

  • stick to basic exercises, especially bodyweight
  • keep a couple of training tools handy, like an Adex club or a sandbag, that you can throw in your car and use most anywhere
  • keep your training short & intense aka “quick & dirty”
  • Make the most of the time you have, make it count!

This should be a no-brainer, but it isn’t for many time-frazzled folks.