“I have good ideas but trouble executing” My first reaction is: how do you know they’re good ideas?
If you think you look good in a shirt but never wear it in public does it matter that you think you look good in it? If you just want to look in the mirror and see someone with good ideas you can do that, but what it really means is you’re not confident they’re truly good and would stand up to scrutiny.
Man, barbecue lighters are fucking neat.
And this is how I discovered that hombre’s channel:
This is why I watch Todd. In a video for a song I’d never heard he gives a shocking history lesson about how we almost didn’t have to put up with Justin Bieber.
Just a neat video about Japan
I have been desperate to try a salmon ladder since I first saw one
Z Press. I love finding simple ways to make lighter weights more effective since I’m working out at home.
And we’ll end with some good old Earth Is Dying.
Thou Shall RUN.
Running is the most important part of Spartan and often the most neglected.
Lots people hate running just because they’re bad at it but you know what? You’re probably pretty bad at sex too and it’s not stoppin’ ya. Or at least stopping you from trying.
I’m writing this on the fourth day of Fall which means that winter is upon us in Canada, and I’m headed indoors to my beloved treadmill.
This wraps up another 2 week segment of Spartan Training Videos. I like to leave big gaps between the segments so I’m not putting an overwhelming amount of ideas out there. Like, if someone says here’s 10 suggestions 5 might stick, if someone says here’s 50 none will stick.
So if and when I get another handful of ideas I’ll do this again in a while. Til then, Stay Strong Spartan and Leave No Doubt.
Thou Shall Plank.
Good news, guys, I found something more to say about planks! And a reason to take my shirt off!
Thou Shall Pull…
All the other motions that aren’t up.
If I had any foresight when I started this serious I wouldn’t have ended up with 10 things. I did everything excitedly off-the-top-of-my-head and then just had to live with it, like everything I do.
Pull ups and Pulling All The Other Directions are not that different, but in Spartan they will serve different purposes, like the difference between monkey bars and sled drags.
Plus it’s a good opportunity to move explosively and train the fast twitch muscle fibers.
Thou Shall Grip.
And rather than just train the strongest part of your grip to be stronger, train the weaker parts of your grip SO THERE ARE NO WEAKER PARTS!!
Also, seriously, people have an unaware habit of hooking things in their fingers and letting gravity do the work – that’s poor grip strength and leads to forearm problems down the road.
Make sure to grip things by rolling them deep into your palm. Then play around with which fingers you can lift and for how long.
It’s so weird and fascinating to me that a likeable Newfoundlander who films himself playing video games is so personally and culturally influential. Maybe if technology weren’t isolating us we wouldn’t be here but… it’s still neat that we are here.
The term “Emotional Labour” has been loosed from interesting academia to misinterpretation and over use by pseudo-intellectual twats and because of that I’ve seen a lot of people labeling basic friendship and partnership and co-workership as “Emotional Labour”
Which is what this video is playing on.
People strawman Marxism? Say it ain’t so!
This channel is just so fucking good.
He did the trolley experiment! IRL!
Excuses become barriers.
And the subtle, secret intelligence of Dom Mazzetti
Thou Shall Pull Up.
Or in this case, Thou Shall Climb Rope.
Or in this case, At Least Try, Embarrassing Yourself & Shredding Your Hands.
My search for a good rope-climbing rope continues.
Thou Shall Squat.
But I’m out of ideas for the squat right now so Thou Shall Swing The Kettlebell.
It’s also a matter of having a cool idea to share and then deciding where it sort of fits in. I learned these side stepping KB swings in Exercise Theory and it fit in with this idea I’ve been having of designing a work out for a too-light kettlebell.
With a dumbell movement you can always add more reps when you’ve gotten stronger and it feels light. With KB swings though, once it feels light you’re not actually deriving any benefits. So I was thinking about what a person could do now that they’ve outgrown their first one, when this move came up in class.
If you want to make a too-easy movement challenging again then adding instability is the easiest way. As a beginner the search for stability is your primary goal, always find the strongest safest way to move. As an intermediate though you can play with that.
It’s like any skill or discipline – first they tell you what you never, never, never do and a few years down the road they quietly tell you when to do it.
Thou Shall Take Your Vitamins.
Which in this case means drinking things that taste like yard clippings.
The deeper spirit of Take Your Vitamins though is that most people get hung up on what they like and what you like is nowhere near the fucking point.
For one you can change what you like – people train themselves to like cigarettes and alcohol for years, they train so hard they seek professional help to untrain those cravings.
And second people never question if they really like something or if they merely want the absence of a craving. Let’s use soda as an example because it’s one I’m guilty of – I feel like having pop all the time. When the wanting comes up go ahead and get a soda. Then turn off everything. No video or TV, no music, no scrolling your phone, no nothing. And drink the soda.
Do you feel better? Do you feel the happiness that marketing and your dopamine system promised you? Probably not. You probably feel really underwhelmed and bored and kind of gross and you crave more distraction, because that’s all the soda really was.
You are actually suffering through the things you think you like and numbing it out with distraction.
…And if you’re willing to that for destructive things then go ahead and do it for constructive things. Like fiber shakes. Made from hemp.
This is a re-watch. I didn’t (I don’t think) post this video the first time I watched it because I thought the conversation in the beginning was annoying but I still think about this video, and even quote it, all the time.
Another re-watch because I saw it in my side bar. You should have seen this by now too, it’s over 10 years old, but it’s the video that introduced me to Sam Harris and changed my thinking forever.
This video is proof that some of the best life advice is dating advice. People think dating advice is pick up lines and fashion but look at all the points of this video, there’s nothing superficial or cheesy about it. To be attractive – romantically or otherwise to draw people toward you – you have to have direction, purpose, ambition, standards, etc. Nothing cheesy about it.
Vsauce is great and all the first season of Mind Field is free now.
Hunter McIntyre is a dick. But he’s a dick I like, I guess. I saw one interview with him after the Crossfit Games and thought fuck this guy completely and clearly he does have some shitty attitudes and qualities. But some people are an acquired taste. And this interview is hysterical.
Really long, which I guess is the theme this week, but an all-purpose chat with Jeff is fucking dope. Drink in the knowledge.
This one is short. And extremely important. In Tim Ferris’ book Tools Of Titan there’s a work out for the glute medius that I constantly meant to look up and always forgot when I was planning a work out. Then thanks to Twitter I saw someone made a video of it. Suck it, books. But seriously do this work out everyday – your gluteus medius is probably shit.
And finally a new channel I discovered that’s awesome. I love The Grey and I think about it all the time so I watched this and a bunch more the channel and hombre is shining.