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Stripped Down

The ship’s carpenter on Shackleton’s lifeboat James Caird took only three simple hand tools with him on the passage from Antarctica to South Georgia Island, knowing that, if he needed to, he could build another boat with only those tools. I believe the way toward mastery of any endeavor is to work toward simplicity; replace […]

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Exercise is honest. Are you?

You can, or you can’t. You will, or you won’t. There is a point in every hard workout where I contemplate stopping early. Eight hills are plenty for today. You don’t feel great. You didn’t sleep well. It’s OK to back off a bit. Twenty minutes in the gym is good enough. Fifteen pushups? Not […]

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Approach to Fitness + Philosophy of Movement

THE TRAINING SESSION: “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him […]

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Accountability and the Role of the Coach

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.– Abraham Lincoln Trust. Honesty. Commitment. Follow-through. Presence. Note: coaching is extremely rewarding. I’ve had the pleasure of being coached by some of the best. Being witness to a stellar example makes implementing those techniques in my practice that much easier. Below are thoughts that […]

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Define, Decide, Do

Your life gives you a finite amount of time, energy, and focus. Define what gives you the most value and spend your time on that. Do it. The rest is simply details. —+— Balance. Keeping it all in check. Working enough to be proficient, but not an excessive amount to be a specialist. I’ve always […]

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Improving Bodyweight Exercise

Make movements harder. Learn to engage and flex muscles in unity. Utilize intense exhalation to contract the diaphragm during peak contraction. Peak contraction facilitates progress. Grease the groove. Move well throughout the day. Slow down. Stop pre-failure. Engage daily.

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Performance / Success / Discipline

“A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges. – Don Juan, Carlos Castaneda Application of the concept of right practice, the pursuit of excellence, or the process of formative lifestyle change/improvement applies to all areas of your life. Making […]

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Stay the Course…

We grow when challenged. Now, more than ever, it is easy to avoid uncomfortable situations. Social, physical, mental, environmental… they can all become non-existent in our lives. Days turn into weeks turn into months turn into years, they hurry by you. Recognizing a challenge and engaging whole-heartedly without fear of failure, or expectation of success is […]

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Find Your Limiter

Your Limiter Simple movements will expose you. Therefore, they should be, and are, all you need to evolve in your body-knowledge. Developing an understanding of what skilled movement patterns require takes patience and commitment. I thoroughly enjoy this process! Lowering repetitions, yet keeping time under tension high has forced me to engage more, mentally. In […]

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Musings on the Mind

It is said that there are two centers of action. The head, or medical statistics, and the heart, or independent counsel. Think on this: in a climate of negativity, the ability to heal is greatly reduced – depressed people not only lower their immune response but even weaken their DNA’s ability to repair itself. – […]