Five Month Thoughts On Training

They say that if you do anything for 21 days or so, it becomes a habit. I’m not so sure that’s accurate for me, but since I figure the comment is about most people and not each and every person, I’ll let it slide.

But I will say that if it’s remotely true, then training is, indeed, a habit.

Today marks a special day for me. Not super-special, mind you, but special none the less. You see, today is the five-month anniversary of me beginning training once again.

As a result, I’m going to offer some thoughts by way of celebration. Continue reading “Five Month Thoughts On Training”

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New Training Program

As I noted earlier this week, it was time to start looking for a new training plan. I’ve spent the weekend looking and plotting, and since tomorrow is the start of the week, it meant I needed to make a plan by the end of today.

However, truth be told, I already had a plan kind of in mind, and that meant anything new had to compete against that and beat it.

Well, nothing did.

So, without further ado–because I know you’ve all been on pins and needles all weekend on this, right? </sarc>–here’s my plan moving forward: Continue reading “New Training Program”

Displaying Strength

Why do people train for strength?

Well, the simple answer is, “To get strong.”

But why? I get why powerlifters or strongman competitors train for strength, but what about the rest of us? (Says the man who wrote a book that says, in part, that men need to be strong.)

The best answer I can give is that people train to get strong so they can do more stuff. Sounds reasonable, right?

If that’s the case, then maybe something more of us need to do is look at how strength is displayed in the real world and how that impacts our training choices.

So how is strength displayed? Continue reading “Displaying Strength”

Review: Titan Mini Farmer’s Walk Handles

I’m a sucker for farmer’s walks as an exercise. Somewhere along the way, strength coach Dan John suckered me into embracing these things. Coach John refers to them as “game changers.” I’m not sure he’s right at this point in my training, but I do love them.

The reason is something I’ll go into later in more detail, but basically, when you talk about how strong someone is, there are usually a few ways we judge this. One is by carrying heavy things around.

Farmer’s walks are the epitome of that display, and if you want to carry heavy things, you need to carry heavy things.

With that in mind, I really wanted some farmer’s walk handles, but I wasn’t really in a position to purchase a really good set of handles. Or even a so-so set of handles.

But then Titan announced their strongman line of products a short time back and there they were. For $50, I could have something that would let me train farmer’s walks.

These are Titan’s version of the Fringe Sport’s mini farmer’s walk handles but at half the price.

When they arrived, I eagerly tore open the package, and here’s what I found: Continue reading “Review: Titan Mini Farmer’s Walk Handles”

Dealing With Bad Days Training

Our culture is littered with cliches about how bad days happen. “You win some, you lose some,” or the very similar, “you can’t win them all,” or even, “Some days, you eat the bear. Other days, the bear eats you.”

We all know that bad days happen, and anyone who has spent much time on this planet knows that they can happen in bunches.

Well, I’ve been dealing with that this week and no, I don’t know how to deal with it all that well. Continue reading “Dealing With Bad Days Training”

The Zen Of Training

In my life, I’ve tried a lot of training modalities for various reasons. I’ve done Tae Bo, I’ve done fitness videos where you sit on a stupid ball and do various lifts with lightweight dumbbells, I’ve done types of yoga, kettlebells, bodybuilding lifts, odd objects, and plenty of others.

However, it’s only in lifting weights that I have found a certain zen-like quality that exists nowhere else in the world for me. Continue reading “The Zen Of Training”

Do Diets Really Work?

I think I’m pretty open with the fact that I don’t like the “fat acceptance” movement. In my opinion, it’s going to get people killed in the long run, but they don’t care about that.

However, I’m actually OK with people who simply want to be fat. They have a right to live whatever lifestyle they want, whether I personally approve or not, and they also have a right to be treated as a worthwhile human being regardless of whether they’re thin or fat.

What I’m not OK with is when fat acceptance people just make up crap.

Recently, over at Vice, a post dropped of “51 Ways to Make the World Less Hostile to Fat People.” In it, the author makes a lot of comments that need to be slapped down, but debunking BS takes an order of magnitude more work than writing said BS in the first place, so I’m going to start with just one particular tidbit. Continue reading “Do Diets Really Work?”