A Note to my Former Self

I saw “A Note to my Former Self” as the title to a post on someone else’s blog this morning as I was logging on to WordPress.  I was somewhat neurotically checking my stats on the dashboard, “Is anyone paying attention to me today?”–it’s not really as bad as I make it sound but it pays to be aware of your motivations and I’ll admit that many of mine are selfish, or at least self oriented. Anyway, I began to consider that maybe it’s time to write that post–the note to the me that was.  The fact that the whole… Read More »

Father’s Day

So, I was a little more stiff getting out of bed this morning than usual.  My legs are a tad more sore than I expected, which was not sore at all, because, after all, I can be arrogant at times and forget that I’m forty, or human. I had a pretty good weekend these past two days.  I hope you did, too.  If you’re a father, like me, then I hope you enjoyed your Father’s Day and were feted appropriately.  I certainly feel like I was, made me feel like I was doing something right. Saturday was a very short… Read More »

The Same Church

Glenny Brock is my writing coach.  If you write, I highly recommend you get one, not a Glenny per se but a coach (athough, Glenny is quite good, and if you ask nicely and seem a decent sort I’d be happy to make the introduction). In fact, whatever your speciality I suggest you find someone better at it than you are and align yourself with them.  It will only make you better at whatever it is you want to do. Glenny and I meet Friday afternoons at a local coffee shop.  We discuss my writing, either this newsletter or another… Read More »

Elliott Hulse

All I can feel is sound, the roar of a thousand lions, caged, furious, mad with rage.  Bulls bellowing with all of their strength straining to break their bonds, every fiber taut, fuelled by an anger so deep it’s origin is nameless. In a moment of clear consciousness I realize–it’s coming from me.  I’m on my knees beating the floor with both fists, bawling for all I’m worth.  My neck strains, my mouth stretches and all I can do is let it out. Around me fifty some odd guys and a few women are in the throes of their own… Read More »

The Ultimate Warrior

When I got back from New Jersey, a little over a week ago (really? it’s only been a week?) one of the first things I told people was, “I met the Ultimate Warrior.” “Good for you.  What’s his name?” “No, you don’t understand, not an ultimate warrior, THE Ultimate Warrior.  You know the wrestler?  WWF?”  And this is where I’d lose them.  Which is a shame, really. Birmingham has it’s own snobbery.  Seeing as it’s the biggest city in an otherwise rural state and that it lives in the shadow of both Atlanta and Nashville, professional wrestling is, well, beneath… Read More »

Paul Reddick

Over the past few years of following Zach’s emails and blogs I would occasionally hear or see the name Paul Reddick.  I had no real idea who he was.  (That sound you just heard was the collective gasp of the greater north-east.  Any gym owner or trainer in the New England area with a blog or a keyboard knows Paul in some capacity it seems.)  I did know Zach respected him and considered him a good friend but I had never pursued Paul myself and was therefore ignorant to just how influential he is. Turns out Paul’s a pretty cool… Read More »

Rick Daman

Rick Daman has the piercing stare of a hawk. I’d been watching him for a while, trying to figure out who he was and where he fit in the conference (attendee?  presenter?) and then it was his turn to speak.  (Ah, presenter.) Zach introduced him as an early attendee at one of his Underground Strength Coach certifications and a member of Paul Reddick’s mastermind group.  On his return from the Underground Strength Coach cert Rick felt the distinct and undeniable pull of opening his own gym.  If you’ve ever had it, that tug, that says, “You can do this,” that… Read More »

Quatro Duece

Quatro Duece, probably the coolest name I have ever heard–well, Dax Moy is a pretty solid contender, but more about Dax later.  This one is about Quatro. Quatro was the next speaker to come up after Brendan Gilliam at the Underground Strength Conference.  Zach’s intro was ebullient and the level of respect he expressed for Quatro was immeasurable. “Quatro is a bad mofo.” Quatro really is a bad mofo.  He’s a Navy SEAL who works part time.  They can do that?  If you’re Quatro you can, and you can negotiate a higher salary than when you worked full time.  That… Read More »

Brendan Gilliam

Greetings Friends and Neighbors, I want to continue my series on the Underground Strength Conference and the lessons I’ve taken home.  More than just bragging about all the cool people I met, (and I met some very cool people) I want to share their messages.  Maybe there’s something here that you’ve been waiting to hear; it’s my honor to be able to share. The next speaker to come up was Brendan Gilliam.  I’d heard some buzz from some of the other attendees, references to Crossfit, Greg Glassman, and Brendan having been one of the original trainers at first Crossfit in… Read More »

Jason C. Brown

Greetings friends and neighbors, Today I want, with great enthusiasm, to announce that Agoge Fitness Systems will be hosting Chip Conrad, of the Bodytribe in Sacramento, California, for a two day workshop, July 28 and 29th, at the gym here in Birmingham, Alabama.  You may remember me referencing Chip from an earlier blog post on play.  As a result of that post Chip and I got connected and the idea of having him come to Birmingham came to be. I’m very excited about this opportunity as Bodytribe embodies everything I want AFS to be when it “grows up.”  You can… Read More »

Zach Even-Esh

Wow, I’m really excited about the response I’ve gotten from yesterday’s email/post.  It’s really driven home the importance of one of the big lessons from the conference.  In one way or another each one of the presenters taught us that you can’t let fear get in the way of expressing your true self.  Your success demands that you be nothing more than yourself. It was a big risk for me to stop taking advantage of having your email and just sending you stuff and to ask you to choose me.  You could have said, “No.”  You could have decided that… Read More »

Good Morning

It’s raining here in Birmingham.  One of those deep, cleansing rains that washes everything away and leaves the world new, exposed and fresh–kinda like I’m feeling this morning. My good buddy, Zach Marcy, emailed yesterday after my last two emails and asked me a very important question. Here is a question, what are you implementing, if just one thing from each person, into your life from what you learned from each person? Zach is one of my teachers, and I have many–if you’re on this list that means you’re one of them.  His question brings up exactly what I wanted… Read More »