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  • November18th

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    Note: I dont remember when I wrote this but apparently I did. My wife and I dream about running a camp that includes literature, art and hard, basic physical training. A little bit of hard work and some squats, Prowler and doing some hours at a Children’s Hospital would cure a lot of attitude problems. Basically all the things schools no longer feel are necessary to the growth of our children. This is from TNation – click here to read the original article.

    Enablers are people that allow you to continue your losing ways. They baby you and bail you out.

    Fitness enablers allow you to continue making the same mistakes and never have the guts to tell you where you really stand, never having the balls to let you know that you’re screwing up or that you just might need to sweat if you want to lose a few pounds.

    In the fitness world, enablers are most apparent in the mainstream. These are companies that promise a physique change with a five-minute workout gadget. Most of us recognize this. We all roll our eyes at the infomercials. We know it’s not about a plastic ab machine, and there’s a sense of pride in this because we aren’t getting duped.

    Unfortunately, the enabler exists in the hardcore training world too. In exists within training groups: guys too scared to tell the “top dog” that he isn’t parallel when he squats.

    This happens all the time in powerlifting. A strong lifter “runs” a lifting group with young pups that follow his program and make sure his bench shirts are pulled down just right. This is the guy that rarely hits depth at a meet because his training partners are too busy being cheerleaders and “yes men” instead of real training partners.

    The enabler exists in athletics. The coach, agent, friends and hanger-ons tell the athlete he is “going to the league.” They keep his head full of dreams, in the clouds, and not in the books and the work at hand. Bad grades? No worries, you’re getting drafted, son.

    Enablers exist as parents who never let the kids get hurt or fail. Welcome to the Participation Generation, now all grown-up and crying about how hard the world is. Sad. Go get a rake and a shovel and learn to do some yard work.

    If you find yourself failing in any of the above, remember that great lessons can be learned from:

    • Squats

    • Prowler pushes

    • Yard work

    • Volunteering at children’s hospital

    A couple of steady years of this would cure most of yeast growing amongst the swinging richards.



  • July23rd

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    Read more books: Less Gossip

    Like most people my age, Rollins is synonymous with Black Flag. Black Flag and those (IIII) bars are synonymous with anger, intensity and some serious angular/disjointed riffing. For others, Lollapalooza (I don’t know if I’m spelling that correctly – I’m not Googling that. I have my standards) was their introduction to Rollins Band or maybe even his appearance (via Low Self Opinion or Liar music video) on Beavis and Butthead. Others may know him from his TV work.  But however you know Rollins, one thing is always evident: passion and intensity.

    Rollins has been able to take his passion and drive and put it to many uses: this is rare. Every so often I re-read a Hubert Selby book and thank Rollins for bringing the author and his books to my attention.  Or maybe you’ve been impressed and moved during his spoken word performances. Was it one of his PSA’s on YouTube that struck a chord with you? Or was it him screaming “MY WAR!”?

    Most lifters have read his popular Details article about his love of weights/iron.  It is a terrific essay – if you’ve been stuck in a rut the size of Metalcore’s failure, do yourself a favor and check it out. If you recognize Metalcore’s failure, check out Henry’s sizable musical output.  His work with Sim Cain/Chris Haskett/Andrew Weiss (and later Melvin Gibbs) is amazing.  Henry is NOT a gifted musician, he will admit that. But he does sing with passion and surrounds himself with amazing musicians. All this leads up to a short interview with Henry about training. Click HERE to read it.

    Learn: Don’t Copy/Idolize

    If you are not familiar with Rollins or Black Flag, here is an introduction to his most accessible work (this is off the Rollins Band, “Weight”.  If you dig this song, get that album and his later work (much more accessible to the average person).  Once you get that, you can start with his work in Black Flag. “Damaged” is probably the best place to start. The classic “My War” is one of my favorites but it is super slow (compared to other works) and is often referred to as THE album to help launch bands like Eyehategod.

    While I don’t agree with some of his political views, I can certainly look past that. What I see is a man who continually pushes himself in all his passions.  As a side note, Henry trained with Dr. Ken Leistner and Dr. Ken relayed some great stories to me about Henry’s character.  He is, most importantly, a good man.  To quote Dr. Ken, “One of the few people I would leave my kids alone with.”