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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How Shaping Habits Helps Fitness Goals

90 Percent.

That’s the number of people who lose weight, only to put it all back on. I’ve been part of that number before, and it sucks. But there’s always a lot of discussion as to why that is.

Some argue it’s purely a matter of biology:

Unfortunately, these insights into how our bodies work have not led to reliable interventions to control them. Two lessons are clear. First, people do not regain weight because they lack willpower. Instead, powerful biological responses counter their best efforts at every turn.

But is that right?

I don’t think so, and here’s why.

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Fun With Sledgehammers And Training As Spiritualism

I’ve spent a good bit talking about feelings, lately, which is weird because I don’t like to talk about my feelings all that much. I do it, but I don’t like it. Yet I’ve never had a problem talking about enjoying something, nor about why I enjoy it.

Yesterday, in between sets with my kettlebell, I picked up my sledgehammer and had a little fun, and I don’t mind talking about why at all.

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Untraditional Training And The Barbarian Aesthetic

Why some who embrace the Barbarian idea also don’t hang out at the gym

Something I’ve seen is that when someone embraced the idea of being a Barbarian in our modern world, their mindsets often change as well. Not always, but often.

They begin to not just embrace the attitude of the Barbarian, but their sense of aesthetics starts to change. They come to value things we often associate with barbarians like Conan.

And when it comes to unconventional training, it really seems that kind of training is perfect for those wanting to embrace the aesthetic.

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The Weight Loss Mindset

Why so many people put weight back on after losing it.

I’ve lost a pile of weight. I’m creeping up on 57 lbs lost so far, and I have every intention of maintaining a healthy weight.

However, most people don’t really lose weight and keep it off. A study found that something like only three percent of those who lose significant weight actually keeps it off. Statistically, that means I’m going to get fat again.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. I know it.

So I thought I’d dig into the science behind weight loss–and not just nutrition–to see what I could find out about how to actually keep it off.

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Focus On Your Weaknesses

No one is perfect. We all know that. You’re not perfect, I’m not perfect, no one walking this planet is perfect. If there is, then the second coming has arrived and the end is nigh and all that jazz.

Frankly, I don’t think that’s the case, so I opt for no one being perfect.

Since we’re not perfect, that means there’s still room to improve. That means we have to work on our weaknesses.

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