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Anyone who has trained for an extended length of time knows how important the “mental game” is in training.

To do any type of training you must have your mindset right to make progress.

Here are three things that are evidence that your mindset is wrong for training:

  • ego
  • greed
  • impatience

Most people know how much of a problem that an out of control ego can be. Often times it is driven by fear and is just a shallow cover up. Sometimes people actually think they are much more capable than they are, Either way, it’s a trap.

People often think greed only is about money or some type of material thing, but it applies to many other things in life also.

You see someone  loading way more weight on the bar than they can safely handle because they don’t want to go up slowly and safely, you know they about to get in trouble. They want more and they want it now!

That ties right into impatience somethings just cannot be rushed. In training, the body is going through changes at every level: bones, connective tissue, etc.

It takes time for the body to get strong all over.

I remember talking with a very experienced Special Forces NCO up at Fort Bragg  and were discussing new guys wanting to be Green Berets. He said, “A lot of them want to wear the beret, but they don’t want to do the work.”

Patiently working through all the difficult parts of the journey is essential in all of life.

Whether you want to be in Special Forces or to set a monster PR on a deadlift, you can’t skip the parts you don’t like.

You aren’t entitled to any good thing that you are not willing to work for, fight for, and wait for!


General warm up (10 minutes)

Americanas x 50 reps

1 hand halos x 15/15 reps

Adex club  mills x 20  rep

Sanddune plyo push ups x 10 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

push press test

rest as needed

specific warm up (5 minutes)

Adex mace test

**Note:  no conditioning/accessory work during tests**

General warm up (10 minutes)

Sanddune  power steps x 50 reps

Adex club inside mills x 15/15 reps

Adex club outside mills x 15/15 reps

dislocates x 10 reps

Sanddune split squats x 10/10 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

back squat test

rest as needed

specific warm up (5 minutes)

dips test

**Note:  no conditioning/accessory work during tests**

make-up tests

General warm up (10 minutes)

resistance band pull a parts x 100 reps

Sanddune power steps x 100 reps

Adex club barbarian pull overs x 25 reps

Sanddune push ups x 15 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

bench press test

rest as needed

specific warm up (5 minutes)

deadlift tests

**Note:  no conditioning/accessory work during tests**


We are kicking off next month with our infamous quarterly strength & work capacity tests–

  • five barbell tests
  • two bodyweight tests
  • two tests

Next we will have our monthly men’s strength club, “Iron Brotherhood”–

  • lift big
  • eat big
  • hang out with your brothers

Plus, our first instructor certification will be held–

  • for coaches/trainers who want to lead the pack, not follow the herd
  • be well-positioned for the next wave of fitness training macefita1



Never confuse “working out” with training. Working out or exercising is often to just experience the moment.

Training is focused on progressively working towards specific goals by adjusting certain variables.

If you just want to just  breathe hard, sweat a lot, and flop on the floor when it’s over then this is not for you.


However, if you want to get stronger over weeks, months, and years read on.

You must have good program design and keep a training journal or log book.

Sets, reps, frequency, intensity, volume, etc. all need to be planned out and tracked


There must also be a way to test your progress periodically and compare results.  CIMG0573 00000

This can be achieved through regular competitions or testing at your home gym.

Either way, the results must be measured in some way. This will require a lot more discipline, but that’s how people get strong. It is worth it!


Buffalo Bill carrying a 300lb Hussafel stone



Many things can break your focus if we let them. Staying true to your goals is especially important when things go wrong. Chaos does not have to be your default way of life.

Much of it we bring on ourselves through  TV, news, and social media. Add busy work schedules, parenting, school, etc. and things can get really hectic. Add the election on top of it and people are feeling overwhelmed.

Training can get pushed aside during times like these, and that is not good. This when you need it the most!

Tough times and unexpected calamities require more discipline to keep your training schedule intact. Getting a big dose of endorphins is almost worth it by itself; but getting stronger and healthier is never a bad thing.

Stay focused on your training goals and life goals, you will not regret it!