Product Review: The Best Smart Ash Shovel

If you’re new around here you might not know I have a wood burning stove. If you’re not new, you know ALL about it and quite frankly I’m surprised you’re still here. I do tend to go on about my wood stove, cutting and chopping wood and all that goes with it. If you are still here odds are you get it. You get my passion for the wood stove, splitting axes, chainsaws, boots, gloves, sweat and effort. My good friend John Paul gets it. He’s been heating his home with a single, wood burning, soapstone stove for well over … Read More »

Emerson’s Acre Revisited

So, now that 2013 is finally in the bag I can let out a sigh of relief and exclaim, “Finally!” Only, I still have reservations. Like any good 21st Century psuedo-intellectual I like to pick and choose my cultural traditions and develop a well rounded sense of how the world really works based on the various explanations that appeal most to — well, me. That said, one of those cultural traditions/explanations of the world I like is the Chinese zodiac and for no other reason than it makes sense to me and helps me wrap my tender brain around the … Read More »

Of Plans and Purpose

I love it when a plan comes together. That’s the catch phrase of one of my childhood heroes, John “Hannibal” Smith of the A-Team. Actually, my real hero was Mr. T., who played heavy muscle and mechanical genius B. A. Barracus of the aforementioned team, but “I pity the fool” doesn’t really play into today’s blog post. And truth be told I’m stretching Hannibal’s catch phrase because in all honesty I’m not much of a planner. I just sort of head off on a particular path and then revel afterwards about how everything seems to fall into place of it’s … Read More »

The Icarus Deception

As a kid, I read a lot of mythology. Greek, Egyptian, Norse, it didn’t matter. The heroism found in these fantastic stories of gods, men and monsters, resonated with me. They showed through analogy and metaphor the best me that could be. So, I was familiar with the story of Icarus, which if you’re not involved Icarus, his father Daedalus and the king of Minos. Icarus and his father were prisoners of the king on the island of Crete. To escape, Daedalus, a famous inventor, fashioned two pair of wings made from feathers affixed to a light wooden frame with … Read More »

Krista Scott-Dixon

Krista Scott-Dixon has a mission.  She’s in the business of changing lives.  Through fitness and nutrition, providing both example and support, her mission is to help people, both the lay public and professional members of the industry, take control of their own personal power to make positive change in their lives. Practically, Krista does this through her work with Prograde Nutrition and her website, Stumptuous.com.  So, sit back grab a tasty beverage and listen in on our conversation.  You’ll be better for it, I’m sure. To listen go HERE.  To download, Right Click and ‘Save As.’ To our perfect imperfection, … Read More »

Mental Meat Heads

I’ve got that after Christmas feeling. Not the one where you’re all bloated from too much turkey and sweets and disappointed that you didn’t get that pony again this year, but the one that’s the natural denouement that comes from getting all ramped up for something awesome, and it was awesome, but now it’s over and you’ve got to start thinking about going back to school, maybe even finish that book report you were putting off. This past weekend was nothing short of amazing – the culmination of several months effort and planning, but also the high point of my … Read More »

Why?

I’m listening to a book right now entitled Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. It’s written by Simon Sinek The premise of the book is that all great leaders, both leaders of people and industry, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Apple, Inc, start with their own fundamental “Why.” This is the big “Why.” The one that explains everything they do and guides the “How” and “What” they do. Take me, for instance. The “What” of what I do is that I run a gym and offer personal training services. My “How” is the way … Read More »

Making Gains

A long time client of the personal training side of the gym approached me late in the afternoon one day earlier this week. Our gym is on his walking route and he always stops by for water. I was pacing the open space of my gym on the phone with my wife (to his credit I was using headphones and the speaker option so it wasn’t readily apparent that I was on the phone.) He looked at me and pointedly asked, “Are you putting on weight?” “Yep,” I said. “On purpose?” “Yep.” With a look of absolute incredulity he asked, … Read More »

Diana Salinas

It’s Wednesday, my friends, and I, for one, am happy to be back into the swing of things after the holidays.  This week’s interview is Diana Salinas, the mastermind of Bootcamp Divas, which is run out of CrossFit Seguin in Seguin, Texas. Diana is an Underground Strength Coach, a powerful advocate for women’s strength and fitness and the personal development these help ensure.  Diana is a role model not only for her physical prowess, but for her business acumen as well.  At present, Bootcamp Divas has a very low turn over rate, if you’re in the area and interested in … Read More »

Charles Abouzied

Happy Holidays, ya’ll. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.  Today I’m bringing you an interview with Charles Abouzied.  Charles runs Crossfit House of Pain up in New Jersey.  I met him last summer at the Underground Conference 2012. In a room full of fitness pros Charles certainly stands out.  As you can see from his picture, Charles is a big man and at first glance not what you would expect in a fitness professional.  But don’t be too quick to judge, because Charles will quickly show you his abilities far out strip what his appearance might imply. … Read More »

Elliott Hulse

Happy Wendesday, ya’ll. Today’s interview is with Elliott ‘The Incredible’ Hulse.  If you’re not familiar with Elliott by now, you clearly haven’t been paying attention.  Not only does he frequently get a nod of acknowledgement here, he is one of the most prolific authorities on YouTube. Husband, father, pro-Strongman, gym owner, Mental Meat Head, Non-Jobs guru and purveyor of knowledge both profane and profound, Elliott has been a huge influence in both my business and my life. In today’s interview we wander off the beaten path, digging deep into the philosophical side of fitness and becoming truly the strongest version … Read More »