Thursday Thoughts: The Flexibility of Strength

What follows is my attempt to create some order out of the chaos that is this site. Things are kind of haphazard as to what gets posted when, and so I came up with the idea of a few specific days covering certain kinds of posts. “Thursday Thoughts” will most likely center on the more cerebral side of this approach I’m urging people to follow.

When people think of strong people, they don’t think of flexibility.

I’m not talking about the kind of flexibility that would make a world-class powerlifter moonlight as a contortionist, though that’s probably would people would imagine in the above sentence. Though, admittedly, now that I bring up that image, I’m pretty sure no one would think that about strong people either.

What I’m talking about is “flexibility” as meaning an ability to adapt to different situations. Continue reading “Thursday Thoughts: The Flexibility of Strength”

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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”

8-Week ‘Starting Strength’ Program Review

One of the recurring themes here at By Spear And Axe has always been the subject of strength. Yes, I’m kind of obsessed with the idea of it. Part of the reason for that is that for so much of my life, I didn’t have any. I was the proverbial 98-pound weakling growing up (though I weighed less than 98 lbs for much of that time).

As a result, I dealt with some variations of what I can only describe as hell because of it. I lacked the strength to do anything about it and, frankly, my requests for help in learning how to fight were rebuffed by my parents. I was kind of hosed.

However, as soon as I could get into a weight room, I did. The allure of iron was strong, and I spent a lot of time in the gym.

I didn’t have a damn clue what I was doing, but I spent a lot of time in the gym. I only wish someone back then had given me a copy of Mark Rippetoe’s book, “Starting Strength.” Continue reading “8-Week ‘Starting Strength’ Program Review”

Bringing In The Kettlebell

I’ve had kind of a crappy week this week. Yes, it’s because of what happened in Las Vegas. Yes, I will talk about it here at a future date, but not right now.

For what it’s worth, as a gun writer in my daily life, I’ve been writing a lot about what happened, and it’s impossible to cover a topic like that and an event like that and it not take a bit of a toll on you. Nothing like what those who were there experienced, mind you, but a toll none the less.

And the thing I noticed is that the one thing that really got me stoked was thinking about my kettlebells. Continue reading “Bringing In The Kettlebell”

Strength Versus Size

I spend a lot of time on YouTube watching videos and listening to podcasts. Yes, I’m a dork. Sue me.

Anyway, earlier today I started brushing up on kettlebells. You see, I’ve loved kettlebells for years now because they’re an incredibly cost-effective piece of fitness equipment.

As I watched the videos on kettlebells, I returned to a question I’ve asked myself a hundred times at least. “Can you gain mass with a kettlebell?”

Since I was already at YouTube, I decided to take a look, and that’s when I did something I know better than.

I looked at the comments.

Continue reading “Strength Versus Size”

The Glory of Strength

I spent a good bit of my childhood being weak. I was smaller than the other kids, and not necessarily due to height. That came later.

But what I was happened to be skinny as hell. I inherited this from my father, who was a notoriously thin man despite his profession in law enforcement. However, I didn’t really care where I got it from, I wanted to know how to get rid of it.

One day, one of my parents–I can’t remember which–handed me a couple of five lbs dumbbells. I was still in elementary school, and they were kind of heavy at the time, but I lifted them and lifted them until they weren’t.

Then…nothing. Continue reading “The Glory of Strength”

Seeing Manhood In Action Is A Thing of Beauty

First, I’d like to apologize for this being a little late.  Yesterday afternoon, my town was slammed by yet another nasty storm.  This one had a particularly deadly tornado attached to it.  Then, this morning, we lost power, possibly related to the storm, and we just got it back not all that long ago.

Julio Jones during training camp in 2013.  Photo courtesy of Thomson20192
Julio Jones during training camp in 2013. Photo courtesy of Thomson20192

Now, while the storm was bad, it didn’t take power or cable out for a good bit yesterday, and I got to at least experience a bit of joy after the bad.

I am, of course, referring to the NFC Championship game where my beloved Atlanta Falcons stomped the Green Bay Packers.

For us, it was a banner day, but I was particularly struck by the sheer manhood displayed by Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.

Manhood, you ask?  Sure.  Allow me to explain. Continue reading “Seeing Manhood In Action Is A Thing of Beauty”