Where Our Work Ethic Comes From
We all probably realize that work ethic is one of the most essential qualities a weightlifter can have. When you’re really pushing the limits of your ability in this sport, the physical challenges are beyond almost any other type of activity you’ll... Continue reading
Weightlifting and Relationships....Yeesh
I once broke up with a girlfriend because I had a bad squat workout.
Seriously, I did. I was around twenty at the time, dating this saucy little redhead. We were having a lot of fun for a few months, baking brownies and playing Uno, all the cool stuff you d... Continue reading
Maybe They're Not THAT Bad: Personalities in the Gym
I’m just going to ask you a blunt question, okay? Here it goes.
How often do you have to spend time in the gym with people you don’t like?
Think ... Continue reading
A Thank You and a Warning
You don’t do sloppy work at your job, do you?
If you’re an airplane mechanic, you don’t just spray some WD40 on a malfunctioning engine and then say, “That’s all I can do. I hope this sucker holds together.”
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They'll Never Take Us Alive
Does anybody here ever feel like they suffer from paranoia? I guess before you all start answering yes or no, let’s get an actual definition of what paranoia is. Paranoid thinking is when a person is heavily influenced by the fear that there is some... Continue reading
A Few Words with Henry Rollins
I've been a big fan of Henry Rollins for many years, from Black Flag to Rollins Band to his books and spoken word shows/CDs/DVDs. He was a very early inspiration to me as a model of self-reliance, motivation and work ethic—a guy who just wanted to put hi... Continue reading
Love The One You're With: Appreciating What You Have
I'm writing this blog entry on September 11th, 2011. As the whole world is aware of, this is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Ten... Continue reading
Mensticular Fortitude: Dedication and Focus for Athletes
Weightlifting is a very mental sport and success can be dependent on focus and attitude to remarkable degrees. Mental and testicular (or ovarian, if you prefer) fortitude is impera... Continue reading
Start of Days: Cortisol & Stress
There are movies, books, songs, political advertisements, religious texts and environmental organizations that use the phrase “end of days.” As a studied poet, I’m trained to flip clichés like rocks to see what is underneath. As an MMA... Continue reading
Starting a Weightlifting Team
[1-29-2020 - I've updated this article for all the changes and new procedures for USAW]
This month, I decided to provide a simple guide to starting a weightlifting team. More and more interest is developing in weightlifting competition, and the process ca... Continue reading