5 Things Advanced Lifters Know

Okay, first off I apologize for the click bait title. That was manipulative and I feel a little dirty having done it, but I think this is important information and so, I’m not above a little psychological trickery if it gets you to pay attention.Truth is there are many things advanced lifters know that the rest of us would do well to pay heed. And these five are by no means the most important, but they are important so listen up.1. It’s not about what you do today it’s what you do this week, this month this year. No matter… Read More »

James Smith

This week’s interview is James Smith. James, formerly of Virginia, lives and works in Hawaii, with his wife and two boys. A work from home dad, James homeschools both the boys and maintains an active schedule of training and online activism about training. He maintains his own group on Facebook, Animal Ability, and is active in many other groups including Mental Meat Heads. James’ takes a very natural, holisitc approach to training combining, gymnastics, Olympic lifting, flow movements and martial arts. Listen in as we discuss his training, fitness past 50, Paleo eating, martial arts and raising a family in the natural paradise… Read More »

Cognitive Dissonance

It’s a mere 88 degrees outside right now but with this Southern humidity it feels closer to 95. I’m taking a break from cutting the grass at my house using this opportunity to talk to you and rehydrate with copious amounts of watermelon. And yes, I am that guy that thump tests his watermelon before he buys them and hence i currently am eating a wondrously sweet and tasty one. I am not, however, writing to tell you about my yummy watermelon. I’m writing because while mowing I was reminded of a conversation I had with a fellow lifter at… 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 »

Carb Hangover

I recently went to a dinner party hosted by some friends from my daughters’ school. As someone who leads what could arguably be called an “alternative” lifestyle I wondered what exceptions I might need to make to my diet for the evening. Neville is an excellent chef. I’ve eaten his food many times before and greatly enjoyed it. However, for the last year I have been following a very low carb diet. In fact my sole source of carbohydrates for the last four months have been vegetables. While my diet is not strictly Paleo it is sympathetic with this new/old… Read More »

Emerson’s Acre

Ralph Waldo Emerson promoted a philosophy of self reliance. He felt the highest life a man could attain was by living according to his own works and his own merit. I couldn’t agree more. This blog will be a chronicle of my own efforts to attain a higher life right here right now. I won’t define my intentions anymore than that simply because I don’t want to write myself into a box. Here’s what I will tell you. I’m thirty nine years old, married and have three daughters. My mother in law lives with us. We have three cats, two… Read More »