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I recently received a great question from one of my most involved and inspirational clients. What started out as a relatively simple question on programming got me thinking a bit and really provided me with a light smack in the face regarding why we do things at Relentless, or why I do anything, for that matter.

With her encouragement I’ll post the exchange here:
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This is probably the best thing I’ve read in a very long time.

So, today’s Make It Happen Monday is pretty simple: I don’t care whether we’re talking fitness, nutrition, politics, money, life, family, science, or what you want for lunch… If you don’t already, start collecting some questions. While you’re at it, see if your answers are still valid for your questions. The “answer” might surprise you.

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I admit that I’m a bit biased, but it seems that almost every event, goal, and challenge I come across in life has a direct correlation in the weight room, training, and quest for favorable body composition.

As I’ve recently been dealt some raw hands coming back from surgery, and realized that they’re mostly of my own doing, I’ve been slapped with a reminder of this observation… right between my Icarian wings.

When it comes to nutrition/dieting and conditioning there are two great “truths”.

(Yes, there are always some exceptions, but don’t be the douchebag tries to pick fly shit out of pepper. Just don’t.)
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Just a quick thought for today… Why do you think that?

What’s “that”?

Well, most anything.

Everyone has a system of beliefs that govern how and why they do things the way they do and think the way they think.

You think a certain way about yourself and the world around you.
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I love learning.

I love new facts, insights, and revelations.

I love learning so much that more than anything else I love learning about learning. Yes, I am such a nerd that I study studying.
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As I’ve said before and all of my clients are very aware of: I’m a big fan of kettlebells. Not in the crazy, religious way that some kettlebell fanatics seem to be (there’s not a kettlebell exercise I can think of off the top of my head that you can’t do with a dumbbell), but in general I think they’re a useful, fun tool.

There are a couple of basic kettlebell exercises that, if you can get them down, will basically set the foundation for all of the other kettlebell movements: The Clean and the Snatch.

Kettlebell training is all about efficiency of motion. When I see people mess up the main kettlebell lifts it usually boils down to either inefficient technique or not controlling the ‘bell and results in bruised wrists and bitching.
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All of my clients know that one of my favorite training tools is the simple sandbag. It’s dynamic load is murder on the stabilizers, grip, and upper back while building athleticism, conditioning, and comfort in uncomfortable positions. It’s a fantastic way to teach the body to take the pure strength built with the barbells and transfer it to more “real world” athletics.

We use the CRAP out of them at Relentless.

And since they’re easy and cheap to make I think that everyone should have a couple in their home gym.

To get you started, here’s a couple of vids I shot a while back that detail two basic sandbag exercises: The Clean and basic Shouldering.
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As you cruise around the internet you’ll come across a variety of training systems that all claim to be The One. A handful of the ones you’ll probably run across are DC Training, Westside, Crossfit, 5/3/1, p90X, Linear Periodization (ha!), and “High Intensity Training”, or HIT. I’m thinking about doing a series addressing all of these training programs (let me know if that sounds interesting), but since I recently ran across some “HIT Jedi’s”, as they’re known in the internet-training sphere for their at times fanatically faith-based training programs, I’ll start there.
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This past Saturday I had kind of a “Dump Day”. Basically that’s a term (shamelessly stolen from Paul Reddick) I use when referring to scheduling a day to run around and get all errands done so that your other days can be put to productive use. Actually, I should probably write a post on the art of the Dump Day (*tucks that one away for the future*), but today is not that day.

So I slept in all the way until about 6:30 on Saturday and then started cranking. I got some laundry going, wrote a little bit, read some articles, and just basically decompressed from the week. Once it got close to business hours I started the Dump Day activities: Haircut, oil change in the truck, Dick’s, and grocery shopping. Basically, I was one domestic sonofabitch.
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Those who know me can attest that I spend a lot of time pinching my nose between pages, and as such I’m asked reasonably often about the books that I read. While I love books (I had an ex that thought that the funniest answer I’d ever given to a survey question regarding my favorite childhood toy was “books”) and would recommend that you read any you can get your hands on, there are a few that I consider “essential”.

Steven Pressfield is a generally a historical fiction author but more than that he’s a student of the process of writing and creation. His fiction is quite good, but it’s his advice for the aspiring creator (author, artist, singer, whatever) that is truly special.
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