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On Reflection…

You tell me that I make no difference… at least I’m fucking trying… what the fuck have you done? It’s in my eyes… and it doesn’t look that way to me in my eyes. –– Minor Threat I move to connect. Life is engagement with environment. Choice. Do not expect an outcome. No expectation, no […]

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Strength:

Preparation is More Profitable than Reparation Lifting – Calisthenics – Repetition – Resistance – Tension When done right, controlled, quality movements alter our physique. Moving through a full range of motion properly flexes each muscle and strengthens the body. When done incorrectly, mindlessly, injury, imbalance, and poor biomechanics develop. Refrain from chasing fatigue. Elevated HR […]

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The Hobby: Cultivating Space and Time for Personal Growth

Non-conformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals… a hobby is perhaps creation’s first denial of the “peck-order” that burdens the gregarious universe, and of which the majority of mankind is still apart. Aldo Leopold Life is motion. Modern society involves both the chase and desire for leisure. To many, this state of leisure […]

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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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Coaching – Are You Ready?

“You show me a boy or girl, man or woman with a desire to win, and I’ll show you a person who will work hard the thousands of hours it takes to win. Show me those who want to go to the top, and I’ll show you people who’ll take coaching. They will welcome it. […]

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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.