You Have No Problems

It’s Tradition Now to Complain About Our Problems. About how terrible Mondays are. How terrible kids are. How boring work is. How hard exercise is. How you got dumped. How sick you feel. How bad the economy is. The list goes on. I hear people complain about almost everything. It’s a game, a competition, an ice breaker! People are more than willing to discuss their problems, talk about how unfair life is, and too look for something to complain about then they are too actually try and fix the problem or find something positive to talk about. And friendly gossip doesn’t count. Well guess what. That’s exactly why they are in that mess. They focus on the problem. They complain. Since when has that honestly solved anything? Life isn’t about filling out a complaint form and waiting for someone else to fix the issue while you sit back and whine about it. At least… it isn’t for someone who has no problems. Someone without any problems takes action to solve them, he doesn’t waste energy complaining about it. I am about to share with you how to solve all your problems. And I’m even sharing it for free. I use this “secret” myself, and it causes people to become uncomfortable with how positive of an outlook I have. It takes practice and discipline to keep it up, but it is possible. And very rewarding. Here it is. All you must do is ask yourself one question: Can I fix the … Continue reading

End of Year Resolution

Every year millions of people make New Year’s Resolutions. Every year millions of people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions. It’s become tradition now to make and then break your resolution. After all, everyone does it. I have a new proposition; an End of the Year Resolution. Look at yourself now. Look at what shape you’re in, your position in life, your relationships, your intelligence, whatever you choose. Look at how you are now, and decide how you want to be. Then decide to spend the rest of the year achieving that goal. Since no one else you meet will likely have an End of Year Resolution, you won’t have people failing them all around you. You can set a new standard, for yourself and others. For myself, I want to weigh in at 200lbs with 12% bodyfat, and have my entreprenuel pursuits at least equal my current paycheck. As it is now I weigh approximately 180lbs while at most 14% bodyfat (haven’t measured either in awhile) and am recieving no money from my entreprenuel pursuits (including this blog). Will you join me in making an End of Year Resolution? Let’s see what we can change by December 31st.

Inspiration Series Part 6: Firewall

Learning to be yourself is a subject I touch on quite often. It’s a challenge, because it is so easy to do what is expected and normal. But doing so leads to a dull life. However, discussing why we aren’t ourselves and why we should be isn’t the point of this post. I have discovered a song that describes the idea and act of being unique itself. It is from a song called Firewall, by Les Friction.   In particular, it is the second verse that inspires me, here are the lyrics: This force is in love with you It wants you safe It wants you well This force knows what you can do And what you can make With your tattered shell Faith in your device So quiet and precise Just when, not how You can feel it now Deep beneath the light A spark will now ignite And you will see me now This is our world now Although I don’t care to analyze the entire song and it’s original meaning, I will analyze this section. First of, the words “this force” and “it”, I interpret as meaning the real you. Deep within the shell we all think is us. It is your potential. Who you could be… and yet who you really are. So when the song says “this force is in love with you/it wants you safe/it wants you well”, I hear it meaning that You (capitalized You will stand for the inner you, normal you stands for… … Continue reading

Music: The Anabolic, The Catabolic and the Bio-Energetic

More than a year ago I posted a brief article about a new concept I had stumbled upon, about music and it’s possible anabolic and catabolic effects. Looking back it was highly inadequate, especially now that I’ve heavily refined the idea. Here’s the original, if you wish to look back. I’m going into more detail today, so let me define a few terms I will be using: Anabolic: Building up of energy or using energy to make complex objects out of simple ones (building up) Catabolic: Unleashing/usage of energy or breaking complex objects down into simple ones (tearing down) Bio-energetic: A balance between anabolic and catabolic. Potential energy: The… potential energy… something has to use. It’s so simple I don’t know how to explain it. Think of a bomb that hasn’t exploded. It has lots of potential energy. There you go. I expect you to act smart with me today, so hold on. Music has very powerful effects on the mind and body. We all have some music we love, and others we hate. Personally, I think whatever I like is the best and what I don’t like is the worst, and if you don’t agree with me your opinion is wrong. Now moving on. For years I was perplexed trying to understand why certain people react certain ways to certain music. That question was pushed even harder on me when at 15 and 16 my dad asked me why I blasted stuff like Linkin Park and Breaking Benjamin while … Continue reading

My First Strength Routine

I have been lifting weights for several years now, with various levels of equipment, dedication and success.Because I didn’t always have ideal equipment, I couldn’t always follow the routines I read as they were written, so for a long time I improvised based off what I had. I tried many routines that increased my strength, but none of them “clicked” as a strength training routine to me. Not one of them I felt drawn to return to. Things changed when I realized my college allowed students free access to their gym. I could take my strength training to the next level. I spent semester after semester exercising both at the college (with all the free weights) and in my backyard (with a more limited selection). I read many books, experimented with many exercises, modified many routines, and eventually I hit one of my favorite routines of all time. My very first “serious” strength routine. Ready for it? Here it is: Front Squat 3×5 (3 sets of 5 reps) Deadlift 3×5 Weighted Pullups 3×5 Weighted Dips 3×5 And that’s it! I followed this routine from October 30th to December 6th of 2012. My first entry looked like this: Front Squat 145lb 3×5 Deadlift 175lb 3×5 Pullups 20lb 3×5 (that means bodyweight plus 20lbs) Dips 45lb 3×5 (bodyweight plus 45lbs) I started at weights I knew I could lift fairly easily, to build momentum with my gains. Initially I could jump up weight quick, but after a couple weeks it was really … Continue reading

Oldschool Training: Like a Sir

Normally I decide days or even weeks ahead of time that I want to write a particular post or write about a particular topic. But an hour before writing this post, the idea of it didn’t even exist. Writing something this spontaneous isn’t normal for me. However, while checking my facebook newsfeed, I saw this picture: It was humorous on the surface, but as I kept on scrolling down my feed, I kept thinking about it. I realized that there is some “truth” to that statement. Oldschool trainers, strongmen, and bodybuilders (early 1900’s and before) achieved very impressive physiques and did many impressive feats of strength that we still strive for. What has changed in the time since is they way we do so. It is now in vogue to focus on isolation exercises, low fat diets, protein shakes, supplements, and more weird stuff I can’t even recall. The irony of this situation is that many people are trying to repeat results done by someone else, by using different methods, and expecting the same results. While certain oldschool trainers (that’s the general term I use) would eat lots of meat, drink every night, lift using heavy compound movements, and live a healthy lifestyle, people try to do just the exact opposite and expect to gain similar results. That is where the humor in the above photo comes from. Where a modern trainer would worry about getting his protein drink in, an oldschool trainer would simply poor himself a drink knowing … Continue reading

Inspiration Series Part 5: Lindsey Stirling

I’ve already shown how I draw inspiration from fierce predators, courageous characters in stories, and real life strong lifters. I’ve also talked shown, in detail, why I am inspired by certain music. But for Part 5 of my Inspiration series, I shall talk about a different person entirely. This person doesn’t lift weights (that I know of). This person doesn’t go around shooting bad guys in an expensive piece of super armor. This person isn’t even a guy! But, she does make music. I introduce you to Lindsey Stirling:   She inspires me two ways, with her story and her music. And I will talk about them in that order as well. Lindsey Stirling has had several challenges. She once battled anorexia and when she did have her first big public appearance, she was told that her music sounded like “a bunch of rats being strangled”. Over the past several years, she has had an amazing turn around. She now has toured both the US and Europe, with sold out concerts. She has more views on Youtube than many Pop artists, and still retains the freedom of being unsigned. There is much more to her story, but I gave you a brief summary. The part about Lindsey’s story that inspires me the most is her determination in doing what she enjoys, and learning to act the way she believes she really wants to. Too many people these days are discouraged by being told to do something other than what they … Continue reading

Battling Anxiety

We’ve all heard of the “fight or flight response”. It’s what happens when we encounter a stressful situation and our body/mind either decides to face the problem or retreat from it. This is how we also are able to respond to anxiety, either by facing what’s causing the anxiety or ignoring the problem. My Biology professor actually made a nice little image which sums up this process, so I promptly stole a picture of it: We naturally try to find equilibrium, or our “comfort cycle” as it’s called in the illustration. When something tries to take us out of this (good or bad), anxiety can build up. Once we reach a threshold (which we all have), we try to decrease anxiety to bring us back to our comfort cycle. I’ll use an example that happened to me right before writing this. I needed to go to the bank and deposit a check, but I didn’t want to disrupt my daily norm, my comfort cycle, in order to do so. This went on for a couple weeks, with me always finding something else to do. Eventually anxiety began to build up over this situation, especially since I needed to pay for my Aweber service soon and my account didn’t have the money. My response had been “flight” for so long, that I had just one day left to get the money in. Knowing this, anxiety built up more (over such a little thing!) I did finally decide to step out of … Continue reading

How To Have a Great New Year

I have a big problem with doing what most people do, and most people reference the fact that it’s a new year and we should do something with this new period in our lives… yeah, whatever. Me being me, I saw January 1st 2013 just the same as any other day, such as December 31st 2012 before it. However, I did finally cave. I am writing a post about the New Year. Just like everybody else… I didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution. Everybody does that. Most of them fail, too. My goal for the year 2013 is the same as it was for 2012. The same goal today as it was yesterday, and will be tomorrow. To become a better person, to improve myself and the world. My plan is to reach 2014 and see how much of a better person I am, my plan is also to reach February and see how much of a better person I am. The ways I can do this are simple. Bring in money, strengthen friendships, start a Bible study, train harder, gather clients for training, become a better servant, better time management, more dedicated self education, etc. These are all based off my goals for myself, some reaching decades into the future. In order for me to have a great New Year, I will take things step by step, day by day, and try to always improve a little bit over last time. The same way I do with the barbell. … Continue reading

Century Specialization

Century: a hundred; anything consisting of a hundred parts That is the Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary definition for century, and the one I will be using. Century Specialization is using the number 100 to specialize in training a physical weakness. It can be used to bring up a lagging body part, or for training a weak movement. The goal is to reach 100 reps in one way or another, depending on movement and goal. I will visit two ways I personally have used century specialization, as I call it, to further my goals. First is for bodybuilding, muscle isolation specialization: For this you pick an isolation exercise that you can do for one large set of 100. I chose calf raises, since I wanted larger calves (one of few body parts not being worked by the heavy lifting I was doing). I performed a single set of a hundred 5-6 days a week for about four weeks, and noticed significant size increase in my calves. You can pick any exercise for this, just make sure you can do 100 straight reps. If you can’t do 100 reps, decrease either weight or range of motion. For calf raises, it is best to do them flat on the floor, or else you may not finish the set. Curls could also be used, by picking a light stick that can be curled 100 times. Or maybe a pressing movement by using a book. Any movement that hits a muscle lagging behind in size, … Continue reading