Archive for the ‘attitude’ Category

If you have ever been injured badly  or seriously ill and survived you are very blessed.

If you are able to train again you are doubly blessed!

Here’s a good example

general warm up (10 minutes)

elevated push ups x 15 reps

resistance pull a parts x 100 reps

seated pause  resistance band rows x 10 reps

sandbag shouldering x 10/10 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

concrete slab carry set up and practice

strength (20 minutes)

concrete slab carry x 50 feet x 1-1-1-1

conditioning/accessory work (3 rounds)

standing tire twists x 10 reps

dumbbell pull overs x 10 reps

general warm up (10 minutes)

push ups x 30 reps

Battling Ropes side winders x 50 reps

Power Wheel roll outs x 10 reps

double club flys x 15 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

bench press set up and light practice

strength (20 minutes)

bench press x 8-8-8-8 reps

conditioning/accessory work (2 rounds)

tri-set tricep complex x 3

thick rope grappler rows x 10 reps

Neuro-Grip push ups x 10 reps

Fill in the blanks–

  1. live a long and meaningful life
  2. die anyway

Cynics, skeptics, and negative people like to dwell on answer 2. They love to tell people that all their efforts to be healthy  and their self-discipline are pointless wastes of time.

The stories still circle around and around about the person who “they say” smoked like a chimney, drank a lot of booze and lived to 100 years old.

My choice is answer 1, to live a long and meaningful life. Answer 2 is inevitable for every person (unless the LORD returns first and gets us off this planet).

I recently said, “Life is short, why make it miserable too?”

So stick to your discipline and healthy habits. It is worth the effort in order to have a wonderful life full of rich and treasured memories.

“This is the day the LORD has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”


Huge thanks to SNN for the great story they did on Iron Brotherhood!

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I learned over the years that you shouldn’t spend more than you make. When I moved from my old location to what is now the Cave, I kept that financial approach in place.


Just about everything we bought was used. The rest we made ourselves or had skilled friends  make it for us.  On rare occasions we bought new stuff, but only as needed.

In contrast, all around there was  a major fitness organization hitting hyper growth and bigger fancier gyms were springing up around us quickly.

I stuck to my original plan and heard through the grapevine that I was being mocked as “the old guy with the dumpy gym”, and  who in their right mind would want to train in a place like that? They  didn’t have anything fancy or shiny there, no mirrors, no sound system, no amenities of any kind.

I have to laugh now, looking back, a number of those people are gone now.

My training philosophy is still very basic as is my gym.

I am now older and the Cave is going strong!

Nothing fancy, just results!


I say “Why not?”, then commence to prove them wrong.

At 6’5″, Kareem doesn’t buy the lie!

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In fact, neither does  Bud Jeffries. He  has been proving the naysayers wrong about what “big guys can’t do” for many years . As you can see here

If you are a big guy, or you train big guys don’t be limited by foolish nonsense.

Take off the limits and prove the negative people wrong!