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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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!


Sit down and strap up, kids. Today I’m going to teach you how to prepare and eat your very own elephant burger. That’s right. Dumbo Crammed In a Bun.

How’s that for a teaser? I’m eagerly awaiting the hate email from wildlife groups.
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My facility, Relentless Strength Training, isn’t just a “gym”. As such, you’ll rarely hear it referred to in that manner. I usually use the word “facility”.

There’s a reason for that. To me, it’s not just a place where people pick shit up and put it back down, although we do a lot of that.

To me, Relentless is a lab. It’s a testing ground. My facility, with its concrete floors, horse stall mats, black iron pipe contraptions, sandbags, and white boards is a human performance improvement and examination center.
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I had something I’ve been planning to talk about today for a while but I’m afraid it’s going to have to wait. Last night I had a discussion that quite frankly pissed me off a bit but also teaches a pretty good lesson, so that’s what I want to address today.

Ok, so The Woman is looking for a trainer. The first question I’m sure you have is: “Why doesn’t she train with you?“. Fair question. There’s a couple of reasons. First of all, we live far enough apart to make that inconvenient. Second, and most importantly: Training your significant other rarely works out well. (All you veteran trainers out there are nodding your head.) Some things just plain don’t mix, and the romantic and training relationship is usually a combo that provides more friction than success.
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I’m seriously blown away by how technology has changed our lives and given us opportunity. We live in a terrific age of information and sharing ideas the likes of which have never been seen before. Basically, it’s thanks to the Internet, and it’s pretty awesome.

As much as the Internet is the proverbial Tits, it’s not perfect.
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Because I’m one lucky SOB I spent the weekend surrounded by some of the best in the fitness business and some bright new up and comers. As usual, some great information was shared and this time around I pulled a lot of aspects of the proper mindset from it. One presentation in particular really hit me. To be honest, it F’ed me up a little. I’d like to share some of that with you and hopefully you can pull something from it, too.
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Help other people“, they say.

Give of yourself“, they say.

If you help other people be better, you’ll be better“, they say.

There’s lots of that type of advice out there from “they”. I’ve even said some of these things myself.

Pretty much every major religion espouses a similar ideal of being a person who lives in service to others. Charity organizations, whether genuine or tax shelters, abound in our society. We even have a “Golden Rule” which states that we should “do unto others as we’d have do unto us“. It all sounds great and most of it revolves around you subjugating your own needs and desires for those of other people.
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There are a handful of questions that I get as a trainer on a regular basis. Easily among the top two or three is “What supplements should I be taking?”.

In my experience this question comes from one of three places.

Number One: The person who has a goal, be it losing weight, gaining muscle, increasing or reducing body hair, or making their jungle parts the stuff of legend, and wants it NOW and with minimal effort.

Number Two: The person who is already taking some sort of exotic rare bird paste and wants me to back up what the crackpot at the hippie Health Food Store/Supplement Store/Witchdoctor said.
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Since it’s the time of year where lots of people are starting their fitness programs, I thought that I’d do what I do best: Observe the flaws in what most people do, point them out in a vaguely insulting manner, and try to prove that I’m only a little bit of a dick by providing solutions.

As most of my clients will agree, I’m sweet like that.

So here’s the deal. You have joined your local sweat factory and started working out. You want to be strong, fit, healthy, and all that good stuff. We get it. That’s what you tell people.

But what you really mean is:
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