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In two days, GOD willing, I will be 67 years young. Almost six decades ago I was diagnosed as terminally ill. Obviously, I did not die.

I believe GOD heard and answered my parents prayers.

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I am thankful to still be here and I want to make every day count! It is very important to me to be fit and strong for my entire life; and to help others to do the same.

Our mindset is vitally important in achieving this. As long as you have breath in your body, you are not done. You are still in the game.

I did a lot of manual labor over the years and I am thankful for it. I worked all kinds of hard physical jobs. It made me value strength and tenacity.

I developed a “never quit” attitude over the years. No hard physical job was going to break me!

Many days I came home totally sweated out, dirty, and exhausted, then got right up the next day and headed back for more.

Depending on the job, I might be unloading 100lb bags of Marcite or 94lb bags of Portland cement inside freight cars all day (which feel like 130 degrees inside).

On other jobs I was cutting trees all day or working construction.

The point is this, strength matters every day and you can be strong every day.

In fact, you must be strong every day. There is no off season. You cannot afford to just shut down and quit trying because you turn a certain age, like 40.

I no longer do manual labor for a living; but I do a lot of manual labor at my gym, the Cave. There is not excuse for not being strong no matter what your age is.

Remember, weakness invites aggression. Weakness makes you a target.

Refuse to be weak at any age!

 

 

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(Getting coached on my squat by the legendary Powerlifter, Ed Coan)

No one wants to get “no repped”in a meet or on a test; solid technique will solve that problem.

Isn’t there more to having good technique than that?

Why do coaches constantly stress technique anyhow?

First, let me clarify that, good coaches do and  lousy coaches don’t.

Good technique will definitely help you get stronger and help prevent injuries.

Here’s a few reasons why:

  • improved structural integrity
  • full range of motion is achieved
  • coordination is enhanced
  • speed increases
  • better mind/body connection
  • more effective use of available energy
  • body control/stability gets better

Excellent technique coupled with smart programming will help both the seasoned strength athlete and the novice lifter get better overall.

Life is unpredictable, at best, you never know what you might be facing that day when you get up in the morning. I believe that our training should build a well-rounded readiness for any situation.

If someone were to ask how we train at the Cave, for instance, “Do you do Powerlifting or Olympic Weightlifting?”, the answer is yes. It’s not one or the other.

Whether it’s CrossFit or Strongman or Underground Strength, or PowerX, the answer is yes, once again.

Do we prefer barbells, dumbbells,  kettlebells, sandbags, kegs, stones, logs, bands, chains, sleds, or bodyweight? The answer is still yes.

Bruce Lee said, “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them”.

 

 

 

 

One thing I hate is someone trying to make me think, act, and live how they think I should at a certain age.

They first try to get to you when you turn 50 and they send you an invitation to join a very large “geezer’s” organization (it starts with the letter “A”).

Forget it! Quit calling me a Senior Citizen, I keep that I am only approaching middle-age in my mind! I refuse to think old!

I feel 1/2 my chronological age.

Each year they throw more stuff at you that they automatically “just know” you have to have (this is in addition to all the prescription medications for  high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and sexual dysfunction that they have conned many people into using)

  • free dinners to discuss retirement/investment options
  • discounts on burial plots
  • discounts on cremation services

They can flush all that junk!

All of it is for their profit, not your health and well-being.

I ain’t going for any of it!

  • I will continue to lift heavy stuff and get stronger every week
  • I will stay med-free
  • I will eat clean and get enough rest
  • I will stay mentally tough
  • I will never surrender

Folks, don’t buy their lies!

Think for yourself and take action every day.

Surround yourself with strong, smart, trustworthy people and you will prove all the slick marketers wrong! You DON’T need  their junk!

 

If you are a coach, or are aspiring to be one, pay close attention to this.
You have the power to make a real difference in real peoples lives on a daily basis for the better.
Politicians and judges do what they do far removed from the “real world” of our daily lives.
Coaches, on the other hand, are face to face with their athletes every day they train and some times more often than that.
They know what people are struggling with individually on their strength journey.
They know their weaknesses and their strengths.
The best coaches place the needs of the people they train above their own coaching ambitions. In fact, anyone who is ego-driven or selfish shouldn’t even be a coach.
As a coach, you also work with people who are often racially, culturally, or age-wise very different from each other. It is your job to cultivate a sense of unity and cohesiveness as people strive to achieve their goals.
No one should get “special” treatment! Do not ever show favoritism as a coach.
Does that mean you go easy on some people?
No way!
Everyone should be challenged to achieve excellence, no exceptions.
You must know when to push their limits and when to periodically cut back a little to deload.
Above all, you as the coach, must set the standard high and lead by example!
Politicians and judges will never achieve the positive changes in people, especially in mixed groups, that you will.
Now go crush it, coach!

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.