Living Great

Posts dedicated to the living a great lifestyle.

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The One Rule of FitnessSo, I’ve pretty much taken a couple of years off from Internet writing.  A lot has happened in that time, and I have to say that it was mostly good.  Primarily, I’ve used the time to build my brick and mortar training business (Relentless Strength Training).  Sprinkle in a little relationship upheaval (resulting in some true learning) and combine it with some great and not so great times with my family and friends and a couple of years goes by way too fast.  You know, it’s been a real life.

Mostly, there’s been a couple of years of introspection, success, mistakes, mistakes repeated until learning improved, clients trained, some excellent steaks and beers consumed, cities traveled to, heartbreak, weights lifted, body parts injured, life-altering conversations had, people helped, miles rucked, smack talked, slices of humble pie delivered and consumed, and time spent with the greatest human beings I know.

While there’s lots of great lessons I’m dying to teach you that I’ve picked up along the way, ranging from how to get more “pop” in your Olympic lifts to The Secret of Life (ok, still working on that one), there is one that has become the basis of my training and nutrition principles, business paths, and really my life in general:
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Long Tree LookI’ve had a couple of frustrating conversations with prospects lately who didn’t turn out to be good fits for Relentless, which is why we interview.  The direction of the conversation that turned me off is, unfortunately one that is way too common in today’s culture, and especially fitness culture.

There’s this sense of everything being a “quick fix”, or 30-60-90 Day Challenge.  I don’t think those things are totally worthless as they get people started or break some staleness, which is why we have successfully run several at Relentless.  However, I do feel that for many this has become the expectation for fitness results.
Read more on Taking the Long View…

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Today’s Make It Happen Monday is simple. It’s a mission. For you.

You’ve got two things to do today.

1. Train. Seriously. Do something physical. Get stronger, faster, and leaner. Become better.

2. Prove to the world that you’re not a dick. No, I don’t mean just “don’t be a dick”. I mean go prove it. Do something that proves it.

It’s Make It Happen Monday. You have your mission. Go accomplish it.

Post up what you did, both training and proving, below! If you feel like there’s anyone else that needs this mission, share it with them!

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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.
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So I’ve been pretty quiet on this site for a while. As I’ve mentioned, I opened up my own training facility and needless to say, that’s kept me pretty busy! Overall, I’m excited for the new opportunity and things are going really, really well. That’s in no small part due to the support I’ve received from a lot of you readers, people I’ve met through the business, and my amazing clients, friends, and family. I’m pretty blessed to have such awesome people in my life.

Ok, now that the nicey-nice stuff is out of the way, I can go back to being my usual acerbic self.

So yeah, I finally did it. After much prodding from my friends, clients, and mentors I saw an opportunity, and realized I’d been not following my own advice by trying to straddle two worlds. I reached down, grabbed my testosterone parts with both hands, and put my shingle out there. Relentless Strength Training officially has a home now. And to the three people I can think of who told me for years that I should “just be a writer because you’ll never own your own facility”: Suck it.

So everything is rosy, right?

Read more on Make It Happen Monday – The Plunge…

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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:
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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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Today is Memorial Day here in the United States. Every year we observe this holiday to remember and thank our military service members, particularly the fallen, who have allowed us to have the greatest country in the world. It’s through their service and sacrifice that we enjoy the freedoms that most of us take for granted, let alone the ones that we recognize.

Memorial Day has also come to encompass remembering all of our loved ones who’ve passed, regardless of military service. In my mind, this is also important. I’m not one to live in the past anymore, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve turned my back on those who’re no longer with me. I love and miss all of you.
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One of the great and at the same time frustrating things about starting a site like this from scratch is that unless you’re already very well-known then you spend a fair amount of time writing to very little traffic (thanks for reading, Mom!). Eventually, assuming that you’re good and/or entertaining, your work will pick up steam and you’ll develop a solid readership base. That’s always gratifying and it’s why you started publishing in the first place, right? I mean, if I were writing all of this stuff just to get it off my chest or merely as a therapeutic expression of my inner self (I’m not nearly so pretentious) then I’d never publish.

However, that’s not the case. This is both my voice and a business for me, and so I put it out there. I’m pretty stoked that anyone reads it at all, honestly. The frustrating thing about blogging is that there’s a while where you’re writing what needs to be good content (to attract people) but nobody’s reading because you’re unknown. And since most people don’t have time to dig through tons and tons of blog posts (I sure don’t) your new readers tend to pick up where they land. This is all well and good, but it means that they’ve missed out on a lot of good stuff.

So in light of that, and because there’s been a lot of new readers ’round these parts lately combined with the fact that I just passed my 100th post, I’ve decided that it might be a good time to catch up on some classic articles that you guys might have missed.

So I cranked up the Way Back Machine (kudos to you if you get that reference) and pulled out a handful of articles that I thought deserved a second read. Cheers.
Read more on Buried Treasure – 5 Articles You Shouldn’t Have Missed…

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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…