Changes, They Are A Coming


“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.

When I first started this blog it was a tightly-niched blog aimed at men from the ages of 25-45. The end goal was to provide some instruction, have a lot of interaction, and to produce a product line for that target audience based on their needs.

While I think I still hit that group pretty well (after all, they’re me), I have realized over time that this little website has become “my voice”. I use it to communicate with people of all ages (although you really should be an adult if you’re going to be here), genders (that’s right, ladies… I’m here to service your needs), and beliefs (although if your belief is that it’s ok for you have a stick up your ass ’round these parts, then chances are you should jet).

Pretty sweet, right?

I feel “at home” here, and hopefully you can see that by the way I communicate with you.

So when it came time to pick a new name, I wanted something that would sum up my real goals for this blog: To express my views, take some of the lessons that life has (and continues to) given me, and to connect with people who might find my ramblings interesting.

I had a brainstorming session and realized that given my field and personality I filter a lot of what I do and learn in life through my experiences in the gym. I personally view training, both as a vocation and as an activity, to be one of the greatest opportunities for learning that you could ever be provided with. I also realized that a lot of people come here strictly for the training information and posts, although I’d love it if they stuck around for the rest, too. In light of these thoughts, it was clear that I need to “gym” up my home a little.

To me there’s no greater symbol for getting strong and changing your life in the gym than the simple barbell. I know that everyone is in love with the kettlebell nowadays, just check on Facebook to see all of the pictures of trainers cradling and smiling at their KB like a newborn for proof. However, nothing can tear you up in simple, short, and brutal fashion like a barbell, and that’s how I view life: Simple, brutal, highly variable, and effective… and all about tearing things up.

So, without further yammering, I present the new lair for my wise sayings and twisted thoughts:

There’ll be some more changes (logo, etc) coming soon, but until then, keep on reading and getting better!

What do you think? Comment below!

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February 1, 2012

Barb Prentiss @ 11:27 am #

I’m liking the change Isaac…..although I think you fit the “polymather” idea with your intellect and wit, I too had to search my memory for the meaning. “Beyond the barbell” gets to the point for the rest of us! The barbell changes your body..yes, but I’m finding it changes your attitude and mind too. I rather respect it now instead of thinking its just a man’s tool for Olympic Weight Lifting….Thanks to you and Crossfit!

Barb Prentiss

Isaac @ 5:52 pm #

Hey Barb!

Yeah, I like the “Polymath” name, too. It’ll come up again. I do still own the domain. 😉

There’s a lot to learn from time spent with a barbell, and it’s been great to watch you grow and progress! Date Tate has a great book on lessons in life learned in the gym titled Under the Bar. “Under the Bar” is a phrase used in the S&C community to describe real learning over book learning, meaning someone has spent time “under the bar”.

Everyone should check it out!


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