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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.
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Facing Mr. Resistance…

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It’s the start of a new year, and with that comes a new 90-Day Challenge at Relentless Strength Training!

The last 90-Day Challenge was a SMASHING success! Goals fell left and right, everything from Kathryn killing FOUR big barbell PR’s, to Sasha hitting ten chin-ups in a set, on to ‘Mo and April hammering their weight loss goals. That’s just four of the many who ended the year better than they started.

Well, here’s your chance to join in and kick 2013 off like you know you should.
Read more on New Year – New 90 Day Challenge!…

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I’m shamelessly stealing this idea from my fellow strength coach Matt Lawrence of Ironman Fitness (Check him out):

As of this Tuesday, October 2nd there will be 90 days left in this calendar year.

90 days is plenty of time to make some real, honest changes in your life. By taking it one day at a time you use small steps to add up to big results.

Here are some ideas:
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Announcing the Relentless 90-Day Challenge!…

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Long time no post!

There’s been a lot going on in my life… like opening my own training facility! That’s right, Relentless Strength Training has its own home now and the freaks are coming out!

So with that in mind, you’ll be seeing a lot more posts about stuff I’ve got going on (big one next Monday). I’m pretty excited.

Today, though, I want to talk about one of the biggest issues I see with my clients and I KNOW you’re suffering from: Meal planning.
Read more on Cooking for Men – A Easy-Planning Resource…

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This weekend I took part in the Tough Mountain Challenge at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, ME. That’s right, I ran UP a ski mountain in July! Seriously, this is one of those obstacle course races that have become pretty popular lately, and for good reason: It was awesome!

Let me tell you what, though:
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Alone We Fall…

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This weekend I had the good fortune to get together with some buddies and have a brewing party for this coming year’s Oktoberfest beer. I don’t know if you’ve ever actually brewed beer before but it’s a fair little undertaking, especially for the home brewer trying to do about 30 gallons at a time. Given that we also tend towards “seat of our pants” operations, it goes without saying that the whole beer brewing adventure was a string of minor emergencies from start to finish. And, like all good disaster situations, there were some things to be learned if you kept your eyes open.

One of the first steps in the process is grinding about 50 pounds of grain so that it can be used in the as the base. With an old school hand grinder, this turned out to be a much more substantial undertaking than we’d envisioned. There were some sad faces as realization started to set in that it was looking like it could be a very long morning of delay and sore elbows for everyone until my client Lee channeled his inner Marine: Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Improvise, Adapt, Overcome…

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We’re experiencing a mini-heat wave here in Maine this weekend into today. My handy Weather.com app says that in Bangor it’s 56 degrees, bright, and sunny, which for the early middle of March up in this neck of the woods is pretty sweet. Given that it’s t-shirt and bikini weather (for Maine) we’ve got the doors open to the gym, the music is cranked, people are running sprints, and sleds are being pulled. It’s awesome.

The energy of the gym has been great, but it’s definitely on another level today. After a long winter people are taking the day to get outside, do some things they haven’t done in a while, and just get the Vitamin D factories going. There’s something special about being outdoors on a great day to train that just makes it better.
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Change Your Scenery…

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So yesterday I was procrastinating by cruising around Facebook and up popped an announcement from Chris Beardsley and Bret Contreras that they’d teamed up to create a monthly research review on strength and conditioning. This immediately piqued my interest as I’d literally just been lamenting to one of my trainer buddies that there wasn’t a good “clearing house” of research in the S&C field. I’m a research nut but always struggle to find time to search out and pour through studies over a wide variety of journals. Given the limits on my time, no matter what I do I’m always a little behind. I know both Chris and Bret are very meticulous in their own study of the research, so I definitely was interested in what they would be putting out.

Given my excitement, I shared the announcement I’d seen on FB and it sparked a little discussion regarding the product, its perceived quality, and whatnot. From that thread Chris shot me a note offering me a month of the service if I’d review it. Needless to say, I jumped on that opportunity, and here’s what I think:
Read more on Strength and Conditioning Research – Service Review…

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The strength and fitness game is full of all kinds of arguments and controversy. Olympic lifting versus Powerlifting. Running versus Strength Training. High-carbs versus Atkins. Vegans versus Everyone Else.

So much controversy.

There is, however, one thing that pretty much everyone can agree on:

If you want to reach your physique goals, you’d better be eating like it’s your job.

Since I love to cook (that’s right, ladies… all of my amazing qualities and I cook) and try out new meals I was on the prowl for something that would be manly and yet would satisfy my weekend hunger.

The problem?
Read more on Cooking for Men – The Meatza!…

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“There’s a battle outside ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.”

-Bob Dylan, Times They Are A Changing

Some of you have noticed that I’ve made some changes around here… most notably the name of the blog. That’s right, this isn’t “The New Polymath” anymore. While I still really like that name and think it says a lot, I’ve realized that if I have to explain what a Polymath is to almost everyone that I talk to about my spot… then maybe it’s not the world’s best name.
Read more on Changes, They Are A Coming…