Looks Like Tarzan, Plays Like Jane

“Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane.” I first heard this line from Dan John a few years ago.  It’s the ultimate turn of a phrase that lauds performance over appearance based trainingI should point out that the line is pretty sexist. Its intent is not to minimize the contributions of women but to highlight the inherent physical differences between most men and most women. Specifically, it refers to an athlete who looks great, has a model physique, but can’t perform on the playing field. I saw this first hand during the photo shoot we hosted here at the gym this… Read More »

Member Highlight: Dwight Williams

There are times when I can’t believe how lucky I am to get to earn my living the way I do. And I don’t mean getting to spend my days in the gym, lifting and playing around whenever I feel like it (although that doesn’t hurt either…) No, the greatest part of my work comes from getting to interact and work with and alongside people like you.I apologize if that sounds hokey, but it’s absolutely true.Today’s Member Highlight is no exception. Today I would like to introduce you to one of our newest members, but one who has quickly found… Read More »

This is Not the Greatest Workout in the World…

This is a tribute…To say that the last four weeks have been busy is a bit of an understatement. Mental Meat Heads in NYC, moving the Alabama Waldorf School, and then the Fund Sharing Meeting in Milwaukee, all in three subsequent weekends. I managed to get in my main workouts every week, but I was definitely off my schedule. For at least two of those four weeks I only got in two lifting days and a hike or two. Not the six movement days I’ve been used to. This week was my first week back to original form.I changed a… Read More »

Shared Gifting

I’m back, after another whirlwind of travel and activity, this time from Milwaukee. I went there to attend another Shared Gifting Meeting of Waldorf Schools from the Mid-States region. What’s a Waldorf School? Well, in my estimation, it may well be the single greatest educational opportunity for young children that you’ve never heard of. All three of my daughters are graduates of Alabama Waldorf School. They started as toddlers with their mother in a Morning Garden class, a kind of Mommy & Me introduction to Waldorf methodology, and continued through Nursery, Kindergarten, and then the Grades. Alabama Waldorf School runs… Read More »

The 10,000 Swing Challenge

Last weekend I was in New York for another Mental Meat Heads workshop. I came home inspired to start my own 10,000 Swing Challenge.Enter your text here…I’m somewhat of an evangelical and I care deeply about what I do. I think my industry has a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on the welfare of our entire society. I also think we squander that opportunity.Mental Meat Heads is an attempt to change that. I host an on-line forum on Facebook for the exchange of ideas and bi-annual workshops across the country to showcase in practical ways how we can… Read More »

Crock Pot Goodness

I pulled out the old crock pot a few days ago and I gotta say I’m really glad I did.I feel silly for not having taken advantage of this culinary time machine sooner.Last Thursday I made a leg of lamb, Sunday was a pot roast, and twice now I’ve made a giant batch of oatmeal that has become a hearty breakfast staple for the past week. The crock pot is awesome. It lets me assemble ingredients, set the temperature, and then walk away for eight or more hours. When I come back, my meal is done. What could be more… Read More »

Priming the Well

Living, like I do, in the Bible Belt means that whether you go or not, church is a steady influence in your world. So much so, that , while it happens less often than it used to, it is still not uncommon on meeting someone to be asked,  “Where do you go to church?”Growing up, my own church attendance was spotty at best. We never belonged to any one congregation and when we did go (usually around Easter) we went to what ever church was most convenient. My parents tended to lean toward the Methodist or Presbyterian variety and it was… Read More »

Member Highlight: Robbie Morgan

If you haven’t already, meet Robbie Morgan. Robbie started training with us way back in April of 2013. At present, he and his wife, Jana, are early morning regulars. They can be found in the gym in the 6 am hour Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They’re in Jimmy’s Boxing classes on Monday and Friday and the Progressive Strength Training class on Wednesdays.Robbie has been an ardent supporter of Agoge Fitness Systems for quite a few years. Here’s our interview:Hey Robbie, wanna do the AFS Member Highlight with me this week?I’m always ready to help out the people and place that… Read More »

New Cycle

This week start’s the mark of a new cycle for our Progressive Strength Training classes. While the weather here tends to be a little slow making the change, summer temperatures carry on well into October, the days are getting shorter and we are beginning to shift out of summer mode. Our workouts this cycle will reflect that change.As the weather, eventually, begins to cool off, we’ll naturally begin prepping for winter. Without thinking about it, we’ll start consuming more calories and putting on winter weight. Rather than fight that natural inclination, we’re going to work with it and channel those… Read More »

Sharpening Your Ax

There is something that most people miss when talking about success or living the life of their dreams. They think that if they work hard, and do all the “right” things that a big reward will roll their way and then they can stop doing whatever it was that reaped that grand reward and begin enjoying their lives. They miss the point: the work is the point.Not in some I’m-only-here-to-slave-my-life-away-and-to-live-as-a-drudge-for-the-benefit-of-others kinda way, but more of a work-is-why-we’re-here kinda way. The reward, the good life we all seek, is so we can continue doing work that matters.Work that matters. That’s intentionally… Read More »

Manning Up

Last week I posted an article to our private Facebook group for Agoge Fitness members. It carried the click-baity title: “Men Are Getting Weaker – Because We Are Not Raising Men” and went on to bemoan our current cultural inclination away from all things traditionally masculine (except beards; beards are cool), especially physical strength. I posted it to the group because I wanted to get a feel for our group’s cultural feeling toward things masculine as I have much to say on this subject. But first, a little background. I was born a middle class, white boy in suburban Alabama… Read More »

Embrace the Suck

This is one of those hyperbolic statements the fitness industry loves to “inspire” you with.Suck it up buttercup! This will only make you better!It’s not so much the sentiment that’s the problem. Frankly, sometimes we do have to embrace discomfort in order to improve. Growth is uncomfortable. Achievement requires effort​ and effort ain’t easy.The problem is how we apply this sentiment. We mistake embracing the suck of the effort to achieve our goals with embracing the suck period. A good life is balanced. We gear up, we do battle with our challenges, we do our best, and then we celebrate… Read More »