Thomas Hobbes: Patron Saint Of Late Bloomers (Old People Unite!)


We live in increasingly stupid times. I use this word “stupid” in its most base and pejorative meaning: Willful ignorance. Couple that tendency with a habit of making snap judgments and the glorification of “assholes” and “bitches” (role models for our internet age!), and you have accurately described the state of our collective mind. A […]

Real Coaches Don’t Make You Shit On Yourself, OR, Safety Is For Pussies?


“I don’t care if you have to shit on yourself, do not let that other motherfucker out-curl your ass.” — CT Fletcher I love watching CT Fletcher’s videos. They are funny and quite often inspiring. But, god damn, please don’t coach like that! I saw a recent video of CT Fletcher working with a new […]

Why Coaches Fight, OR, Why You Shouldn’t Care


From Bulgaria To Cuba & Back Again “80% of your success comes from 20% of your effort.” — Vilfredo Pareto 1 “70% of life is showing up.” — Woody Allen “Make the lift, good technique. Miss the lift, bad technique. The rest is noise.” — Jim Moser Tamara was getting frustrated. She was on her […]

Were You Born A Loser? Lessons From D&D


Can you really compete with guys on steroids? What if you weren’t born with the “right” genetics? If you didn’t start when you were 8-years-old, should you quit now and just get it over with? Let’s face it, the best of the best are (with rare exception): genetic freaks who started young and have been […]

How To Open Jars Like Bruce Lee: And Other Athlete Tricks


I saw this interesting discussion on the Dilbert blog (yes, that Dilbert!) about a sneaky trick used to open a jar lid. Let me quote the important section for you: The setup happens when someone in your life asks you to open a stubborn jar. Ideally, that person has already tried several furious approaches to […]

The Declining State Of The American Mind: Foo vs Bar

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu performs ring-entering ritual in Tokyo

Sumo wrestling champions are rarely Japanese anymore. They hail from poorer places like Mongolia, Samoa, even Bulgaria where kids have a deeper incentive to train hard. Understandably, the Japanese don’t like what this says about the declining athleticism, drive, and motivation of their own youth. After all: what does it say about your national sport, […]

How To Become A Katana: Advice To An Athlete


“The true Way of swordsmanship is to fight with your opponent and win. This should not be changed in the slightest.” – Miyamoto Musashi, The Book Of 5 Rings The Katana is one of history’s greatest works of craftsmanship. Among sword collectors, a traditionally-made Katana is prized the way a Picasso is prized in the […]

What Would Jesus Do? CrossFit

CrossFit Jesus

“We all have our own crosses to bear. It’s just that when I bear mine, I engage my obliques.” Tamara woke me up this morning to the sound of this video playing. Thought you might find it funny. SIDE NOTE — If humans were able to laugh more easily about those things they find important, […]

Magic, Science, Fun: The Mystery Of Nemesis

Asheville Strength & Chains

“There is nothing new under the sun.” — God The Nemesis style of physical training can freak a lot of people out when they see it for the first time. Nemesis seems to break all of the rules your personal trainer told you, that your health teacher told you, and that the internet “Guru’s” keep […]