Josh Serrano

  Meet Josh Serrano. Josh is one of those young guys I love to interview. At 21 he has a clear sense of purpose and direction. At 21, I could have barely told you what I wanted to do today let alone with my life. Part of Josh’s sense of direction comes from having nearly lost it all at a young age. At 10 Josh suffered a stroke. It left him paralyzed on one side of his body. At 12 he was gifted with a set of weights by his grandfather and he’s been training ever since. Listen in as… Read More »

Man Seeks Advice for His Stoner Brother

A few days ago, this was in my in-box. Yo! Dave, What’s up man..hope all is well. I have question I was hoping you could help me with. My little brother (18 yrs) is a freshmen in college. He is very talented baseball player, and used to work hard and wanted to be the best. He has been smoking pot almost everyday for almost a year and is now losing motivation to be his best. He has almost got busted a few times, but sees nothing wrong with w/smoking cuz it’s “natural.” What helped you? Any thoughts/advice would be greatly… Read More »

Boys vs Girls

Yesterday, I told you everything we do we do because we think it will make us happy. I’m sure you already knew that, but maybe hadn’t considered it quite this way before. The other afternoon I was reminded how strong our desire for immediate happiness can be, so much so that it subverts our long term character and integrity, eventually making us miserable in the long term. On Wednesday afternoons I trek over to the Alabama Waldorf School to teach the After School Agoge. Generally, I have a group of 15 or so kids that I take through warm ups… Read More »

The Pursuit of Happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence This sentence holds a mythic quality in our society. We’ve heard, read it, said it countless times in our academic careers. It is a meme that has attained “Duh” status, it’s a foregone conclusion. So much so that we don’t give it a second thought. As far as history is concerned there were some radical components to this statement. The… Read More »

Zach Even-Esh

Today I’m bringing you another episode of War Stories: Tales from the Front. I especially excited about this interview for two reasons. The first is that this time my interview is with Zach Even-Esh. Zach has been a huge influence in my life as a trainer, a businessman and a man. Zach is all heart and his passion for training and his athletes is palpable. In addition he is dedicated to helping those who are willing to help themselves. Without always knowing it, Zach has provided much of the encouragement and inspiration that has kept me plugging away at this… Read More »

The Four Sides of You

Yesterday I mentioned that “sharpening your saw,” i.e. restorative practices, is an essential component of maintaining a strong and healthy lifestyle. Today I want to expound on that. When looking at your life as a whole there are four main components to consider; the physical, the mental, the emotional and the spiritual. All four areas come together to create a complete, balanced human being. It’s not uncommon for many of us to have areas we like best, but too much imbalance, favoring one to the neglect of others, can be problematic and impair our ability to enjoy the best life… Read More »

First, Seek to Understand…

“First. seek to understand, then to be understood.” Oh, this is a good one. I spent Saturday and Sunday in Tennessee with family. My cousin-in-law, Gary, had suffered a brain hemorrhage from an aneurysm several weeks ago. On Saturday friends and family got together to host a spaghetti supper to raise money for my cousin and help mitigate some of the financial costs of this hardship. As you can imagine, I had my issues with the whole idea of a spaghetti supper. The concept of a carb laden sugar fest whose primary purpose was to alleviate health care costs struck… Read More »

Of Camels, Devils, and Swagger

I found this quote in my inbox this morning. It was from a “Quote of the Day” email I get from Philip Cardwell and it seemed very much in keeping with my message of your perfect imperfection. “Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.” G. K. Chesterton It reminded me of one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite musicians, Tom Waits. “If I exorcise my devils Well my angels may leave too When they leave they’re so hard to find” Tom Waits, Please Call… Read More »

Steven Ashton

  Yesterday, I announced the launch of a new project, War Stories: Tales from the Front. This is an attempt to share the stories of people who have influenced me or made me sit up and take notice. My intention is draw from all walks of life and showcase a wide variety of people. The common theme is that these are people who have faced life head-on – and are still around to talk about it. I want to showcase the struggles that are found in all our lives; and the beauty and strength found in those who’ve made the… Read More »

War Stories: Tales from the front

Today I am super excited. This is the day I announce the launch of a new program here at Agoge Fitness Systems. It’s a bit of a departure from what you might expect from a gym. However, if you’ve followed me for a while it’s really no surprise. Today I launch War Stories: Tales from the Front. This is a collection of interviews with people I admire and respect. I took the name Agoge for my business because of the history of the word. In ancient Greece, the agoge was the school all Spartan youth attended to learn their respective… Read More »

Destiny’s Manifesto

Over the past few days I’ve been writing the biographical part of what will become my manifesto. It’s a useful exercise in that it achieves two goals. It shows you where you’ve been and it shows you what matters most. What matters most defines your core values. Your core values are the compass by which you navigate life. Being clear about those values is helpful, especially when wading through the murky and unclear waters that often comprise our lives “right now.” Hindsight is good but only after the fact and in the midst of a struggle a sense of bearing… Read More »

Warrior Dash, 2012

Hey there , This past Saturday I drove north of Birmingham to the outskirts of Warrior, Alabama with my family and two intrepid tribe members to participate in this year’s Warrior Dash. The Warrior Dash is a 5k obstacle course/mud run, this year’s emphasis was clearly on the mud. For Ned, Paula and I this race was a good two years in the making. We had originally intended to run in 2011 in Tennessee but our plans fell through. Actually, I dropped the ball. I had gone so far as to set up a training session on Saturdays several months… Read More »