The Strangest Secret

The third of Agoge Fitness Systems’ Core Values is “Never stop learning.” I try and embody that principle everyday. Given the nature of my work and the length of my days, I’m not the reader I once was. Samantha can tell you that once my head hits the pillow I’m not long for this world. I’m usually asleep in a matter of minutes. When I do try and read, especially at the end of a day, I rarely get two or more pages in before the print starts to swim and I get drowsy. My solution has been audio books. … Read More »

Of Big Rocks, Little Rocks and Exercise

I’m sure you’ve heard this story before, but in case you haven’t I’ll sum it up quickly. A professor walks into his senior level philosophy class the last day of school spring semester. He carries with him a giant, empty pickle jar and puts it on his desk. From under the desk he produces a box of large rocks and begins putting them into the jar. He manages three or four of them before he gets to the top of the jar, then he turns to the class. “Is this jar full?” Most of the class replies in the affirmative. … Read More »

On Being a Grown Up

Hey there, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Yeah, I know. We’re six days into it, but this is the first time we’ve talked since the holiday and the new year is, in my opinion, something worth noting. It marks a starting point and has all the freshness of a new beginning. It’s the point many of us approach with a sense of, “This year I’m going to [insert resolution here].” Regardless of what we aim for our resolutions boil down to, “This year I’m going to do something different.” Sometimes we do. Often, we don’t. Why is that? Simply put. Change is … Read More »

Happy Birthday (to me)!

Hey there, And a Happy Birthday to you as well, if today happens to be your birthday. I already know I share a birthday with a few cool people: Beau Bridges, Kirk Douglas, Dame Judy Dench, John Malkovich, Donnie Osmond (did you see the video for Weird Al’s White and Nerdy? That alone makes him cool.), Redd Foxx and, I just learned, Simon Helberg (he plays Howard Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory.) I’d be equally proud to count yours as a fellow December 9 birthday. Don’t worry though, I’m not scheming for gifts or accolades. Really this is just … Read More »

​How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Kono Lecture

​I’m sitting here somewhere around 30,000 feet over the Midwestern United States trying to make myself as small as possible and resisting the urge to play harmless, yet embarrassing, pranks on my sleeping seat mates. (I’m pretty sure I could stack at least three or four cups on the tattooed dude next to me before he fidgets again and sends them flying.) I’m on the last leg of my journey home, Las Vegas to Birmingham, and about an hour into the flight. Oh good, drink service, time for another club soda. Not too much, though. It’s a total pain in … Read More »

Rafe Kelley

Meet Rafe Kelley. Rafe is already a known entity in the parkour community. If you haven’t seen them already check out his videos on his channel Rafe Kelley. Also search “TreeRunner” it’s one of the most beautiful things you’ll see all day. In this interview we talk play, parkour, dogs, parenting and anything else that happened to pop into our heads. Enjoy. To learn more about Rafe and his work check out his website: http://evolvemoveplay.com/ To listen to the interview GO HERE. To watch, click below. [leadplayer_vid id=”53691078CF421″]To our perfect imperfection, Dave

Charles Levine

Meet Mental Meat Head Charles Levine. Charlie lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio. Professionally he’s a group fitness instructor specializing in boot camp style fitness. Additionally he’s an aikido-ka with over 14 years of experience under his belt. Listen in as we discuss training, martial arts and how the two crossover and support each other. For audio, CLICK HERE. To watch the video, click below. [leadplayer_vid id=”5332E51E1B395″] Mental Meat Heads Interviews are talks with the cutting edge thinkers and doers of the health and fitness industry. For more about Charlie check him out at 513fit.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/513fit/157…037559?ref=br_tf. To our perfect … Read More »

Zao Jun’s Kitchen

Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the laps of our cooks. — Lin Yutang In Chinese mythology, Zao Jun is the kitchen god.The importance of the kitchen in Chinese culture is evident in Zao Jun’s yearly duty to report to the Jade Emperor, Yu Huang, on the goings on of each household. The Jade Emperor rewards good deeds with good fortune and misdeeds with ill in the coming year. As the kitchen was seen as the center of every home, Zao Jun was well informed, indeed. Now I’m not Chinese and the idea of … Read More »

Cameron Conaway: Part 2

We’re back! Cameron and I sit down for Part 2 of our interview and boy, do we get at it. No subject is taboo. We discuss human trafficking, father issues, writing, and solving the world’s problems. To listen CLICK HERE! To download, right click and “Save As.” To watch on YouTube, click below. [leadplayer_vid id=”53187540AC84E”] For more on Cameron check out the Good Men Project http://goodmenproject.com. To our perfect imperfection, Dave

Cameron Conaway: Part 1

  Meet Cameron Conaway. Cameron is the Executive Editor for the Good Men Project. He’s a former pro MMA fighter, a poet, a world traveler and a writer. Listen in as we discuss martial arts, the Good Men Project, and the purpose of existence, you know “Why Are We Here?” type stuff. Hey, we’re big boys, we don’t play around. Unfortunately, our conversation was cut short due to technical difficulties. But fear not dear viewer as we pick up the conversation in Part 2. To listen in click HERE. To download, right click and “Save As.” To watch the video, click … Read More »

Neil Hill

  Meet Neil Hill. Neil is the other half of Earth Strength which he runs in Tarifa, Spain with Rannoch Donald. Earth Strength is a movement based program designed to help modern, metropolitan humans (Read: Most of us) rediscover nature and the inherent joy that comes with being actively involved in the world around us. Neil teaches bushcraft, or the original skills passed down from our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Think primitive fire making technigues, animal tracking and foraging. He offers classes for both children and adults throughout the year. For more information and schedule of events, check out the Earth Strength page. … Read More »

I am my Own Worst Enemy

I am my own worst enemy, especially in the gym. It’s Monday, snatch day. Another chance to immerse myself in my love/hate relationship with a movement that is at the same time both humbling and empowering. The movement itself is so fast that it leaves no time for thought. When it’s done, there’s assessment. That one felt good. Something was off on that last one. Once the bar hits the floor. I pace a minute or two, let my breathing settle, calm myself for my next attempt — and then it starts. “That’s not very much weight, Dave.” Bastard. This … Read More »