Recall my previous blog post on exercise selection where I mentioned the Kalashnikov analogy. The bottom line up front was a quote from Pavel Tsatsouline, “The fewer parts something has, the less likely it is to break down. The success of the famous – or infamous – Russian Kalashnikov assault rifle is a case in point.”
The near mythical training facility Gym Jones (website) produces superhumans.
Maybe you’ve seen the viral videos of the actors for the movie 300? It was a depiction of regular guys transforming into mega jacked, ultra fit, Spartan Warriors.
The allure of Gym Jones is unmistakable. The website, the access to the their content, their single location somewhere in Salt Lake City, it all seemed like the stuff borne of legends.
Hailing from this proving ground is Bobby Maximus (or Robert MacDonald if you want to be boring), a giant man of muscle that is capable of producing elite level cardiovascular output on pain-inducing contraptions like the airbike, C2 rower, and SkiErg.
However, his primary weapon is his mind, which makes him seem like a literal philosopher’s stone. [Read more…]
Dan John (website) is the quintessential academic strongman. He exemplifies the idea of being strong and smart, with the unique ability to write about his endeavors in a meaningful way.
His books are easy to read, yet packed full of quality information. Despite his academic background as a FullBright Scholar and university professor, he writes like a best friends letter. When you read his advice, you almost feel like he is speaking directly to you. He doesn’t cite research studies but often talks about how he discovered these ideas in the early 1970s, giving him over 30 years of empirical evidence. He also competes as an Olympic Weightlifter, Highland Games athlete, and discus thrower, giving him the insights of a performer and not just an observer.
Fitness writers are rarely able to provide such unique perspectives. [Read more…]
There is no better example of a champion’s mindset than that of the legendary bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger. His first published book, Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder is one of the most motivating books I have ever read, and I have read it many times over.
My last experience was on a cruise ship sailing through the Caribbean islands. I purposely took the book with me because I wanted to read something that would keep me motivated and hungry, staying keen to my physical development and physique goals.
The thing about cruise ships is that they are fertile grounds for the mediocre and are essentially full of those lost souls that have all but ceded to a life of absolute emptiness. Many are old, at the twilight of their lives, but many are young, hellbent on endless hedonistic pursuits. Many of them are girls, and foreign, which is why I even allow myself to be caught up in such an environment.
Carrying Arnold’s book helped to keep me focused because Arnold was perhaps the most focused person that anyone could ever read about. Even at a young age, he maintained a steadfast vision for greatness.
“I knew I was going to be a bodybuilder. It wasn’t simply that either. I would be the best bodybuilder in the world, the greatest, the best-built man.” [Read more…]
2017 of Everything.
This is the year to make it all happen.
I’m going for everything and I’m not holding anything back. Last year I started off on fire but it started to dwindle towards the end.
My thoughts started to hold me back. My emotions controlled my actions. Normal experiences for an average person.
I was not okay with that.
2017 is different. 2017 is the year to have it all. [Read more…]