I was walking down the sidewalk in front of my house with a 55-lb kettlebell in one hand and a 45-lb weight plate in the other. I’d just finished three sets of deadlifts and three sets of lunges, and now I was doing farmer’s walks. My grip was smoked and my whole body was tired. “Why the hell am I doing this”, I asked myself. “Just stop after this set. There’s no reason to keep going.” Every person who has ever struggled to do something hard is familiar with this conversation, this internal dialogue that arises when we start moving past our comfort zones. Any time we try to grow we will face growing pains, and that voice inside of us will rise up and ask that familiar question “Why the hell am I doing this?” If we don’t have a sufficient answer, our best intentions will be left unrealized, our potential left untapped, and our goals left unmet.[Read more…] about The Why and How of Building Toughness
In 1962, as the Vietnam War raged on, President John F. Kennedy officially created a new group of military special operators who could perform unconventional war operations in the waters that flowed through Vietnam. This group was to be the naval counterpart to the Army’s Green Berets. They were named the Navy SEALs, a name borne out of their ability to conduct SEa, Air, and Land operations.
Since that time, there are few groups of people in the world more admired, respected, or esteemed than the SEALs. In my estimation, there’s likely no group in the world that deserves it more. At a time when we idolize musicians, athletes, and celebrities well beyond the level of value that they contribute to society, it’s refreshing to know that almost everyone recognizes that SEALs are badasses. While SEALs probably get the lion’s share of attention and recognition, the other special operations teams (Army Rangers, Delta Force, Green Berets, etc.) are equally worthy of our respect. [Read more…] about Lessons from the SEALs: Doing the Impossible
On January 1, 2018, I’m releasing a new eBook, The Man Strong Blueprint: A Beginner’s Guide to the Body You Need, that gives men everything they need to create the body capable of living the man’s life. A body that’s strong, lean, mobile, and muscular. To give you a sense of what you’re getting, here’s a sneak peek at Part One of the book:
Here’s the secret about the fitness world: Most things “work” as long as you match the tool (the training program) with the proper goal. My experience with various training regimens has shown me that there are many different ways to skin a cat and many programs that can be implemented to fit your goals, equipment, and time constraints. So before we get started with what to do, we have to figure out our goals. The thing to remember with all training programs and nutritional regimens is that they are merely tools, and the quality of a tool is judged by its effectiveness at achieving its goal. So before we can pick our tools, we have to pick our goals. [Read more…] about The Man Strong Blueprint: An Excerpt
Men are discontent. They range from restless to depressed to angry to suicidal. If men want a better life experience, it’s time to start living in accordance with their nature as men, to embrace and develop their masculinity.
Why are men often stuck in mediocre lives? In his insightful book, Poke the Box, Seth Godin points out that “there’s never a problem getting a posse together to fix the broken. The challenge is to find the energy and will to improve the mediocre.” While Seth was talking about fixing business problems, the same principle applies throughout our lives. When something is really broken, people often have sufficient incentive to make the changes necessary to fix it. But when something isn’t broken, it’s just “blah”, “meh”, average, or mediocre, many of us aren’t willing to invest the energy to change it. If we’re going to get where we want to go in life, that needs to change.