Monday, March 3, 2014


Oh man, it is tough to understand people sometimes. And not just in training but in everything. How they act, react. How they lie and fake their way through life. Yeah, they do it with training. Yeah, they do it with diet and they do it with lots of stuff. I am starting to believe that the key, the absolute key to life is knowing thyself. Because once you do, you will be happy.

I know myself. I have so many faults that I can't even list them. Faults according to society, I guess. If I don't want to do something I simply don't do it. I will not attempt it if I can't give it my all. Skiing? Nah, that's alright. High rep cleans? Nah, you can have it. Hip- Hop music? Nah, I'll stick with my Metal. More power to ya. Fixing stuff? Yeah , if you want me to break it.
Weddings and funerals? Banquets? Don't even bother asking me. I don't have a suit, won't wear one unless my Mom asks me to. Visiting people? Never for more than a few hours, and never visit anyone who I don't respect. Make new friends? I'm good. I have enough and half the time, I go weeks without talking to them. I'm old. Not that old, but I'm good. Just fine. Train, coach, family, a few friends. I have a phone because I have kids. No kids, no phone. Talking during training? Just to count reps. I can't do it and I won't do it.Useless meetings with my staff? None. I talk to them all the time, why have a formal meeting? When I was a football coach, we used to have an expression, "Let's meet just to meet." Crap. Have just one slice of pizza? Nope. If I am gonna eat it, it's the whole pie. Diet? All or nothing. Good or bad, you have it laid right out in front of you.

That's one thing I admire about my Dad. No fuss. Comes to my house, sits in the front yard, plays with the Grandkids. Hands me 20 dollars for hoagies and some sodas. Leaves after a few hours and drives the 120 miles back to Maryland. Doesn't even go in the house except to use the bathroom. Never stays the night. He has to play tennis the next day. Why would he miss it? I love it, I admire it. He knows himself.

I love to train, teach and write and train dogs. I guess that is teaching also. I love reading a good book and watching a good movie or TV show. True Detective is so good that it keeps me up at night thinking about it. I thought that I discovered it. I was wrong.

I am rambling here, and I like it.Another thought here: My staff is so cool. Tracy, Cristi and Stephen. I trust them totally. We cover for each other, We take care of each other . I worry all the time that I will lose them. I look forward to seeing them everyday. I love it when Cristi and Stephen fight, and then they end up hanging out at night. I love teaching them stuff that I know and I learn plenty from them also. If any of us were in trouble, we would help each other out in a second. And we are all different. Stephen is a Christian rapper for god's sake. Believen' Stephen. And no, I didn't know it when I hired him. And he is a first class coach. Tracy is so driven that she goes beyond her duties all of the time. She takes care of everything. And Cristi is the free spirit, but loves strength and conditioning above all else. We text each other constantly with articles and videos about our field. Because we love it, we don't think of it as work.

What else? I just finished XXX Shamus. That's a good book. It is an X rated crime novel, and very good. I am gonna see Marty Gallagher and Kirk Karwoski and Chuck Miller this weekend. That's always good.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a's for life. Whether its training or your family or your doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.