In the 1970s, a new breed of American man emerged from the weight rooms of Gold's Gym in Venice Beach. Led by Arnold Schwarzenegger, a clique of world-class bodybuilders – muscle-bound, steroid-fueled, bronzed like suntanned gods – pumped iron, chased girls, and changed the world's exercise culture forever.
Vitamins really aren't all that mysterious, but people sure do take a lot of things for granted when it comes to using them.
What if there was a manual to help you navigate talent, skill, and risk? (I'll just leave this lying here for you...)
This could just as easily be a parental guide. It's a lengthy read, but so many valuable take-away points that it's worth your time as a coach and parent.
The 'Book of Five Rings' is a classic in martial arts circles. While everyone else is quoting "be like water, my friend," read the inspiration behind it.
This is strangely melodic. I am sure the person getting thrown to the mats thought so, too.
It is difficult to say which is preferable. Perhaps not knowing what will happen is the gift.
"Before you speak, Persian, know that everyone, even a king's messenger, is held accountable for the words of his voice." - King Leonidas, 300
You can't train in a fish bowl to fight in a shark tank. There's people out there who have never trained in a dojo or gone to a formal lesson, but could seriously hurt an unprepared professional because of poor skill instruction and untested techniques with no logical flow. That's because that person swims with predators every day and has no illusions.
If your agency likes to pick and choose techniques, but lacks a coherent framework that allows for escalation/deescalation responses, the question of defensibility in court is a legitimate concern.
I just can't take any control tactics course seriously that spends time trying to teach advanced kicking techniques designed to be executed barefoot or in minimalist athletic shoes to police officers, security guards, or military personnel wearing 15-30 lbs. of equipment and heavy tread soles.
Throwing a roundhouse kick in combat boots is like trying to have sex through a snowsuit. There's friction, but it's not going to produce the desired result.
There is a popular saying that goes something like this: You are the hero of your own story. It's very inspiring...and also mostly bullshit.
Just being you doesn't make you a hero - heroic efforts define heroes - and if you're just an average Joe (or Jane) living your life, you're hardly a hero for that.
People all over the planet do that without the self-aggrandizing rhetoric that goes with patting yourself on the back for simply surviving another day in paradise. There has to be a little more to it than that, sorry.
Next time you wake up, set out to earn the title of hero. If your story isn't all that heroic, then you can hardly be the hero of it...and that means you're probably just an extra in some other person's tale while living out your days in mediocrity.
Why haven't you competed in anything? How are you ever going to know who you are and if what you're doing matters if you never challenge the former and test the latter? That last part is particularly true in relation to how you approach the gym.
Competing in something will very quickly point out whether you have been "working out" or "training," because there is most definitely a difference between the two.
If all you're doing is working out, time off doesn't matter all that much; there is nothing to keep you on track and focused.
Training, on the other hand, is precious; every moment is spent in pursuit of a greater good and every action is either greater than or less than what your opponent is doing, and you will test that at some point.
Find a reason. Name a challenge. Learn something about yourself.
Before you close your eyes at night, you need to ask yourself if you did everything you could that day to wake up the next morning a better version of yourself.
What "better" means is entirely up to you, but, to my mind, it means more of what brings a person closer to realizing his or her dreams and aspirations, not further away; it is a function of sound decision making on a daily basis, not just sporadically doing "the right thing" when it is convenient or easy.
It means being aware of the long game, not just the here and now. Better means accountability on a scale most people will spend their whole lives in passive avoidance of because of the sacrifice inherent in self-improvement. But everything else is a compromise that will slowly turn into a regret; don't let that happen.
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The Sunday Link Drop: Feathering Your Hair Makes Ninjutsu More Effective and Nobody Did Feathered Hair Like the 80s.
The Sunday Link Drop: The UFC Introduces a Transgender Class; Fighters Will Have the Option of a Stand Up or Sit Down Pee Test.
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The Sunday Link Drop: Michael Jordan's O-Face Probably Isn't Much Different From His Dunk Face. *shudder*
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