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Brace For Impact

NOTE: The following article describes dangerous stunts and dangerous training practices.  It should not be misconstrued as either encouraging these practices or as instruction on how to perform them. 

People train for all kinds of reasons. Health, functionality or vanity are usually at the top of the list. My own training goals are a bit different. I perform strength stunts. I use this term as an umbrella under which such things as steel-bending, brick and board breaking and a myriad of other feats which can involve electricity, fire, broken glass or other variables. My training is the primary vehicle through which I prepare my body to be able to consistently do the things I ask of it. And I ask a lot. [click to continue…]

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The Pursuit of Strength

Pursuing strength is akin to pursuing excellence. It has a universal value that transcends age, gender or one’s station in life. Strength is bigger and more important than what you can do physically. Rather, it is a particular type of prism through which you can view the world.

But so much of being strong is lost in misinformed beliefs. The most egregious of which is that strength is something that is only important for males. Most of the other wrong-headed attitudes about strength have to do with the true nature of strength. Especially for men. [click to continue…]

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Happy February 1st

It’s been one month since New Year’s day. Plenty of time for the prospect of a fresh start and all of the associated enthusiasm to depart. And plenty of time for statistics to overtake that holiday season enthusiasm. Statistics which state that by February 1st, 36% of New Year’s resolution-makers have already abandoned their pledges.

The problem with resolutions is understanding what it really means to be resolute. Changing your life means changing your habits. And this is harder than most people expect. Our habits come from habituated thoughts that habitually inhabit our minds. See what I mean? These are thoughts that have been around a long time and they won’t go away easily. [click to continue…]

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Motivation or Just More of the Same?

Take a look at the quote engraved on the metal ingot in this photograph. As “motivational quotes” go, it’s a famous one. You can find it emblazoned on posters and framed photographs decorating the walls of thousands of office buildings across the country.

It’s a quote attributed to Robert Schuller and the message is intended to be an empowering one. A statement which seemingly advocates a bold approach to life. And I love that idea as ideas go. Bold is great. I love bold. But I don’t love this quote. I don’t even like it.

Because, in my mind, the answer to this question is “Nothing of consequence”. [click to continue…]

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What if?

Deep down, I think most people understand that they could actually ‘have’ or ‘be’ or ‘get’ what it is they really want. So why don’t more people seem to get what they really want? Why aren’t more people reaching their goals?

As someone who has gone hard after my own goals, I believe I’ve experienced what may be the answer…

Pursuing things that mean something to you makes you vulnerable. [click to continue…]

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