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 »

Death by Food Pyramid

In the late 1970’s, the USDA tasked a group of nutritionists with composing the nation’s newest guide on what to eat. Previously the emphasis had been on getting “enough.” The old guide, The Four Food Groups, was all about balanced nutrition. It basically said, “Make sure you’re getting enough of each of these categories of food.” But by the seventies, we had transitioned from a nutritional state of need to one of over abundance. Food was cheap and plentiful and this was showing up in our waist lines and our health as a nation.The USDA’s new crack team was headed up by… Read More »

Do The Thing…

Do the thing, and you shall have the power. – Ralph Waldo EmersonYou may have seen this quote posted on the white board over my desk. It hovers over me as I do the desk work that comes with running the gym and it reminds me that everything I want is within my grasp.But first, I have to do the thing.What thing?Any thing. Whatever it is I want. But to get it, I must first do it. This may seem daunting at first. Much of what we want we don’t actually believe we can achieve. We just wait, hoping like… Read More »

The Hierarchy of Health, part 4

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of my Hierarchy of Health series. The hierarchy as I’ve laid it out is as follows:1. Sleep2. Hydration3. Nutrition4. ExerciseYour can access any of the previous installments by clicking on the links above. I know many of you who have followed this series must have at one point thought, “Dave, what’s the deal? Why would you put the one element you’re most involved with last?”It’s true, exercise is my bag. I’ve made my career out of promoting its practice and trying to get as many people as I can involved with it. I… Read More »

The Hierarchy of Health, part 3

Today’s post is the third installment in a series I’ve humbly entitled The Hierarchy of Health. This hierarchy is, in my opinion, as follows:1. Sleep2. Hydration3. Nutrition4. ExerciseYou can click on the hyperlinks above to get to posts 1 and 2 in this series. It should be stated, that this hierarchy is based almost exclusively on my own personal experience of having a body these past 44 years, my experience working with this body, both as a fitness professional and as a human being, and a thorough reading of Google searches to back up my opinions and give them at least… Read More »

The Hierarchy of Health, part 2

Last week I introduced my Hierarchy of Health. This lists, in order of importance, what I consider to be the four elements of good physical health. They are:1. Sleep2. Hydration3. Nutrition4. ExerciseAnd yes, I’m well aware that this order is the reverse of what most people consider.​ If you missed last week’s post you can read it HERE. I received a lot of good feedback on that post and some interesting questions, which brought to mind an essential caveat – Your personal mileage may vary. For you see, each one of us is a unique variation on a common theme.… Read More »