Living Great

Posts dedicated to the living a great lifestyle.

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While every guy seems to care only about building a big chest and arms when he hits the gym there’s very few achievements more visually impressive than a big back. Have a wide, thick back will add depth to your physique, widen you out, and give you more of a presence when you walk into the room. Not only does having a well-developed back look bad-ass as hell, but it also increases your stability on all of your lifts, improves your posture (which makes you look taller and more dominant), and keeps your shoulders healthy. All of these add up to mean that you need to be putting some serious effort into building up your back!

All of my clients develop a bad-ass back very early in their training with me because I feel that it is one of the biggest keys to success in lifting. If they’ve got a big, strong back then they can learn and develop all of the other stuff much faster because they’re starting from a secure launch pad.
Read more on Build a Barn-door Back: My Number One Go-to Exercise…

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The other night I found myself sitting at the back table of a surprisingly-good-for-a-small-city Irish pub sharing a couple of Murphy’s and some good conversation with one of my old friends from grad school.

As a bit of background, “Big N” and I met while working a summer job where we both played the black sheep and bonded over the obvious fact that we were the two guys who were known for taking action and getting things done rather than simply “playing the game”. We see eye to eye on a lot of life philosophies and he’s one my favorite people to bounce ideas off of as, while he can be somewhat unorthodox in his approach, he has an uncanny ability to see through problems and reach a solution.
Read more on Strike Out on Your Own and Prove Yourself…

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This weekend I sat down and went through one of my simultaneously favorite and most hated exercises: I asked myself the tough questions.

Before I get into the questions themselves, I want to talk a little bit about complacency.
Read more on Ask Yourself the Tough Questions – Make It Happen Monday…

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Ok, there’s something that you’ve been wrestling with for a while now. You’ve done your research. You’ve weighed your options. You’ve made your list of pros and cons.
Read more on Man Up and Make a Decision – Make It Happen Monday…

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There’s a lot that goes into being a man in today’s society and being good at it. If you’re really trying to maximize your potential in life (and if you’re not, then why are you here?) then you should be consistently growing in all areas of your life. You should be learning and improving your mind regularly. You should be examining your life and your ideals and further defining yourself. And you should be developing the strongest, fittest body that you can.

I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but if strength training isn’t a fixture in your life then here are some things to think about:
Read more on The Importance of Strength and Muscle Building to Being a Man…

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I don’t know how many of you have seen the new Onion News Network stuff, but it’s a freaking riot. They’re doing a great job with it.

This little gem came across my path yesterday and I have to share it because it’s totally true. Comedy has long been a great vehicle for talking about serious topics and I can think of no more serious topic than how you lead your life and what you do with your opportunities.
Read more on Success for Men – It’s Better to Laugh than Cry…

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Today I want to talk about the biggest reason why most men aren’t successful. It has nothing to do with their brain power. What station they were born into in life doesn’t even compare. The money in their pocket isn’t even a factor compared to this. Neither is their looks, their way with words, or their friendships.

Nope. While all of those things can have a big or small effect on your success, they aren’t the number one factor.
Read more on Overcoming Fear and Barriers to Success – Make It Happen Monday…

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Red is actually the man, but his image will work for this post.

After our workout last night I had a great conversation with my rock star client (seriously, she really is a rock star, with a grad degree in Chemistry… talk about awesome) about life, growing up, doing things, and moving on. It really brought some stuff to the forefront of my mind that I’ve been chewing on for a while and so here we go:
Read more on Success for Men – Being an Adult Is for Pussies…

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Picking up chicks with your nutrition plan?

I’m a little pissed off, so let’s talk nutrition and all this bullshit that comes along with it.

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been dieting lately to lean down. I talked a little bit about how I’ve been doing it in my interview with Chris Beardsley. Anyway, this weekend in Jersey I officially (and intentionally) went off the wagon. I used my weekend as a mental break from all things dieting and what was going on back home. I didn’t train, I ate a bunch of crap, and I just focused on learning, building my business, and having fun.
Read more on Nutrition for Men: Stop Eating Like Crap…

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Sea Girt, NJ, smack-dab in the middle of the Jersey Shore to take part in a closed-door, intensive business mastermind with some of the best upcoming fitness professionals. This was a mastermind built out of the HTKA Seminar I attended last October.

In addition to learning more from my mentors and networking with other fitness pros, the true draw of a mastermind is the hour we each had in the “hot seat”. The hot seat time is where the entire group was focused on a single member’s business. We focused on the successes that were working, what wasn’t working, where the business was headed, and developing an action plan for that person.

Since this was a closed-door event, I’m not going to get into the specifics of the individuals’ cases, but let’s just say that it was no-holds-barred, honest (brutally at times), and focused on advancing each individual’s success. It was definitely NOT focused on keeping their feelings warm and fuzzy.
Read more on Lessons From The Jersey Shore Part II – Successful Men and Taking the Gloves Off…