One of the good things about training at home is that I can train pretty much whenever I want to. I’m not beholden to anyone or anything. If I wake up at three in the morning and want to lift, I can do that. There’s literally nothing to stop me from doing so. It’s pretty damn awesome.
Unfortunately, the downside is that it becomes easy to procrastinate because you can always do it later.
Because of that, it’s really easy to lose motivation, and that’s something I haven’t had for a couple of weeks now.
Continue reading “Lack Of Motivation”
Over the weekend, I was watching as Joe Rogan interviewed Dr. Layne Norton and Dr. Dom D’Agostino. Both Norton and D’Agostino have their Ph.D. in nutrition, though they advocate for very different lifestyles.
D’Agostino is a ketogenic diet proponent while Norton is, like me, a fan of flexible dieting.
As Norton was discussing diets, one thing he kept harping on was that a diet had to be sustainable over the long term.
Rogan, who is known primarily as a comedian but actually has a background in martial arts first and foremost, began asking if the need for a “sustainable” diet was really just an issue of discipline. I get why Rogan asks that, too. As a lifelong fighter, Rogan is nothing, if not disciplined. He trained and competed for years before ever pursuing comedy. He’s disciplined, so he doesn’t get how someone can have difficulty with someone if they’re disciplined.
However, that got me to thinking about how I would address this argument. You see because I happen to agree that the sustainability of a diet or exercise program is the most important variable.
Continue reading “Optimal Versus Sustainable: Why Different Approaches Should Be Considered”
Yesterday, I mentioned the term “warrior archetype” and said I’d get into it later. Well, it’s later.
First, let’s get into what a warrior archetype is, then we can talk about how you use it to reach your goals, be they fitness or other. Continue reading “Embracing The Warrior Archetype To Help You Achieve Your Goals”
Not every day is going to be filled with motivation. You’re not always going to feel like lifting heavy weights and getting all sweaty.
I know. I had one of those days today. I was feeling down for no really good reason and just didn’t want to do much of anything. I just felt like I wanted to crawl back in bed and take a good, long nap.
So what do you do when you just don’t feel it?
Continue reading “Those Days When You Just Don’t Feel Like Training”
I was talking with someone the other day, a friend who weight trains pretty regularly, and he made the comment that he didn’t understand the allure of Crossfit. “I just don’t get it,” he quipped.
Well, I’m not a crossfitter, and I’ve never played one on TV, but I think I do.
Allow me to give you my thinking from a layman’s perspective. I’m going to start by saying I have never done CrossFit, but I’ve seen plenty of WODs being conducted in the box attached to my commercial gym–seriously, there’s a big old window between the two. It’s hard to miss it–and I’ve researched it a fair bit.
Some of what I say about Crossfit may be wrong, and I welcome correction on those points, but let’s also keep in mind that the word “allure” means what draws people, so what actually happens may be irrelevant. It’s what people think will happen.
So, with all that out of the way, why do some people find themselves drawn to something like Crossfit?
Well, there are a number of reasons that I can see. Continue reading “The Allure Of Crossfit”
What follows is my attempt to create some order out of the chaos that is this site. Things are kind of haphazard as to what gets posted when, and so I came up with the idea of a few specific days covering certain kinds of posts. “Thursday Thoughts” will most likely center on the more cerebral side of this approach I’m urging people to follow.
When people think of strong people, they don’t think of flexibility.
I’m not talking about the kind of flexibility that would make a world-class powerlifter moonlight as a contortionist, though that’s probably would people would imagine in the above sentence. Though, admittedly, now that I bring up that image, I’m pretty sure no one would think that about strong people either.
What I’m talking about is “flexibility” as meaning an ability to adapt to different situations. Continue reading “Thursday Thoughts: The Flexibility of Strength”
Why do people train for strength?
Well, the simple answer is, “To get strong.”
But why? I get why powerlifters or strongman competitors train for strength, but what about the rest of us? (Says the man who wrote a book that says, in part, that men need to be strong.)
The best answer I can give is that people train to get strong so they can do more stuff. Sounds reasonable, right?
If that’s the case, then maybe something more of us need to do is look at how strength is displayed in the real world and how that impacts our training choices.
So how is strength displayed? Continue reading “Displaying Strength”
In my life, I’ve tried a lot of training modalities for various reasons. I’ve done Tae Bo, I’ve done fitness videos where you sit on a stupid ball and do various lifts with lightweight dumbbells, I’ve done types of yoga, kettlebells, bodybuilding lifts, odd objects, and plenty of others.
However, it’s only in lifting weights that I have found a certain zen-like quality that exists nowhere else in the world for me. Continue reading “The Zen Of Training”
Yesterday, I saw something that was pretty damn upsetting. It was an assault that took place at a Canadian gym.
Now, normally, I don’t pay that much attention to what happens up in Canada. I don’t like it when non-Americans interject their opinions on American topics, so I try to return the favor.
That said, Canada and the United States are pretty close to one another in a cultural sense, so this video shows an adult assaulting a teen lifter doing deadlifts, then being kicked out by the attacker who doesn’t appear to be a staff member of the gym. (Langauge warning)
Continue reading “Gym Assault Illustrates How The Twisted Prey On Society’s Rules”
It’s never a good thing when you start hurting halfway through your workout. Especially when we’re not talking about that burning sensation as your muscles push with as much force as they can muster. No, I’m talking about actual pain.
Now, let me back up a bit and explain what was going on. Continue reading “No Excuses”