Are You A Barbarian?

 

Are you a Barbarian?

It’s easy for me to outline what the Modern Barbarian really is, but the question remains, are you one of us? Are you one of the Brothers or Sisters of Iron and Stone?

At the end of the day, the decision has to rest on you. That is, of course, unless you’re one of ours who has no decision to make at all.

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Training Scars

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Yesterday, I looked down at my palms and looked at the start of my training scars.

At least, that’s how I opted to look at the blister trying to form on the top of my palm. Calling them “training scars” makes me feel a bit better about what they actually are. Continue reading “Training Scars”

Train Like An Athlete? Or A Warrior?

 

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In troubled times like this, people who decide to train tend to make one mistake; they training like athletes and not warriors.

To be fair, it’s difficult to know the difference. Look around the internet. There’s a ton of information out there on how to train for any number of sports. Believe me, I know. I’ve looked.

So when someone decides it’s time to start lifting, they go to the internet and plug in a search. What they get, though, is solid advice on how to train for general strength or for sports in general, which is fine.

But Barbarians? We demand more.

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Having The Will To Fight Is Better Than Waiting To Die

 

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There’s something to be said about”the will to fight.” That inner warrior spirit that tells you that there’s no option, that you have to take the fight to your enemy.

In this day and age, a lot of people will tell us that such a desire is somehow wrong. Some argue that working toward having the ability to fight back somehow is unethical.

Meanwhile, a story out of Christchurch, New Zealand tells us something very different.

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The Mind Of The Entitled

There are people out there, people in this world, who are extraordinarily entitled.  They want the world to revolve around them. Everything has to meet their approval.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with wanting things to go your way. It’s human nature.

Where it becomes a problem is when they expect reality to warp itself to fit their worldview. Things don’t work that way, but they try it none the less.

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Be Terrifying

 

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Years ago, my wife and I associated with a group of people based on a common interest. It doesn’t matter what it was. What matters, though, is that despite sharing this one interest, we also socialized in general.

Well, until one day when my wife and I got an email asking us to meet up with a couple of the crowd at a local park.

I was deemed a threat. They were scared of me. Why? I liked guns and to shoot. I competed in matches. No one ever expressed a desire to do anything dangerous or anything, but the only real explanation was because I was too scary.

This morning, I woke up with a reminder of just why I want to be scary.

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The Long, Hard Road: Mastering Skills Isn’t Meant To Be Easy

 

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Mastering skills is something I’ve never felt I was good at. It doesn’t matter what the skill was, I just wasn’t one to get it. You see, it took me way longer than I care to admit for me to learn that anything really worth doing wasn’t going to be easy.

Back in the day, I wanted to do great things, but I rarely put forth the effort to accomplish them, mostly because I got sick of it pretty quickly. Why? Because I wasn’t an instant grandmaster.

In truth, though, I haven’t much gotten past that despite intellectually knowing better.

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Should You Train, But Not Work Out?

 

(Photo from Unsplash)Pavel Tsatsouline is a big fan of never using the term “work out” when you train. It seems that in the Russian language, the term doesn’t even exist. You train. Alternatively, you practice.

Tsatouline seemed to think the term “working out” evoked the wrong ideas, the wrong imagery.

Personally, I thought the idea was kind of dumb. I never had a problem with the imagery of working out. I couldn’t imagine it would make a difference to anyone who would actually give a damn.

After spending a lot of time doing kettlebell snatches, though? Now, I’m not so sure.

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Fat Acceptance And The Future Of Humanity

Are we doomed to be the humans in Wall-E, or is there a choice?

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I get where the fat acceptance movement gets it’s motivation from. It annoys me, particularly as a former fat guy, but I get it. There are people who want to treat those who are overweight as subhuman filth. They’re mean, cruel people.

But the problem is that fat acceptance isn’t really the answer to this issue. Instead, it’s going to take us places that we, as a society, shouldn’t want to go.

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Mindset: Where The Head Goes, The Rest Follows

And where those explorations are taking me, personally.

I’ve spent way too much time lately talking about kettlebells and losing weight lately. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with those things, but I can’t neglect the mind and how we think about things.

You see, there’s something to be said for the phrase, “Where the head goes, the ass follows.” If you get your head wrapped around things correctly, you’re far more likely to actually do those things.

Your mindset determines everything.

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