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They'll never take us alive, Matt Foreman
They'll never take us alive
Matt Foreman  |  November 30 2011  |  General Training
Does anybody here ever feel like they suffer from paranoia? I guess before you all start answering yes or no, let’s get an actual definition of what paranoia is. Paranoid thinking is when a person is heavily influenced by the fear that there is some kind of threat against them, and this fear can become so intense that the person becomes delusional. Basically, being paranoid means that you think everybody (or everything) is out to get you. You walk around freaked out because ......
Some nice soothing music to piss us all off, Matt Foreman
Some nice soothing music to piss us all off
Matt Foreman  |  November 15 2011  |  General Training
You all like music, right?   I’m going to assume the answer to that question is yes, and I’ll also wager that you probably like to have music playing when you train. Many of you have probably shopped around on I-Tunes and set up some playlists that are specifically for the gym. You picked music that makes you feel good, the type of stuff that gets your motor running and builds up some energy for your workouts.   I don’t think there’s any question that music ......
A Few Words with Henry Rollins, Greg Everett
A Few Words with Henry Rollins
Greg Everett  |  November 14 2011  |  General Training
I've been a big fan of Henry Rollins for many years, from Black Flag to Rollins Band to his books and spoken word shows/CDs/DVDs. He was a very early inspiration to me as a model of self-reliance, motivation and work ethic—a guy who just wanted to put his head down and get things done without ostentation or applause, and who did nothing less than exactly what he was inspired to do. Rollins has just release his newest in a long string of books, Occupants. Check it out along with his old......
The Push-Up: Why is This So Hard?, Greg Everett
The Push-Up: Why is This So Hard?
Greg Everett  |  November 7 2011  |  General Training
One of the things in my life that continually mystifies me is how something as simple and pure as the push-up has become so confusing and impossible for so many people. This is like the exercise equivalent of every adult in the world suddenly forgetting how to walk (yet still wanting to do the triple jump). This very issue is what caused me to add planks into every day of our introductory class series. I was embarrassed by the inability of people in the gym to do excellent push-ups and decid......
Peer Pressure Is a Good Thing, Matt Foreman
Peer Pressure Is a Good Thing
Matt Foreman  |  November 2 2011  |  General Training
Remember when you learned about peer pressure for the first time? You were probably in high school, or maybe junior high. A teacher showed you a video where a juvenile delinquent kid with a motorcycle offers drugs to a little straight-laced kid that looks like a church missionary. As the missionary kid tries the drugs for the first time, Inna Gadda Da Vida starts playing in the background and some kind of kaleidoscope effect starts happening on the screen. Three minutes later......
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel, Matt Foreman
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel
Matt Foreman  |  October 25 2011  |  General Training
MULTI-TASKING!! Everybody knows what this is, right? I’m sure you do, because our society is obsessed with it. We’re all expected to be able to juggle several jobs at the same time, making every one perfect and not showing any fatigue or frazzle. That’s the way of the world nowadays. No wonder you can’t watch TV for more than ten minutes anymore without seeing a commercial for anti-anxiety medication. I think I’m going to officially nam......
Midnight Shakes for Weight Gain, Greg Everett
Midnight Shakes for Weight Gain
Greg Everett  |  October 7 2011  |  General Training
Anyone who has ever tried to gain a significant amount of weight has tried or at least heard of taking down a protein shake in the middle of the night. Most importantly, this is an opportunity to bump up caloric intake in a 24-hour period without adding more food to what is probably already an inconveniently and uncomfortably large amount. Some will also argue that it helps supply more raw material for tissue repair and growth during the time when most of this recovery is taking place: sleep. ......
Positive thinking, and other crap like that, Matt Foreman
Positive thinking, and other crap like that
Matt Foreman  |  September 26 2011  |  General Training
Ever have one of those moments that just makes your whole mood sour and pissy? I had one at the 2000 Olympic Trials in New Orleans. I was standing in the warm-up room, watching the best lifters in the country getting ready for battle. It was pretty hardcore being back there, let me tell you. Years earlier, a coach had told me that the intensity in the warm-up room at the Olympic Trials was so thick you could cut it with a knife. He wasn’t kidding, jack. So I should have been feelin......
High school kids aren't all idiots, Matt Foreman
High school kids aren't all idiots
Matt Foreman  |  September 18 2011  |  General Training
Man...it never ceases to amaze me how I seem to hear some of the smartest, deepest ideas from some of the most unlikely people.  I'm a high school English teacher.  Last week, my students turned in a personal narrative essay I assigned them.  One of the essays I read was from a student who will never, ever be confused with Ernest Hemingway.  Initially, I had this kid pegged as one of those types who will probably spend a lot of time with his han......
Love the one you're with, Matt Foreman
Love the one you're with
Matt Foreman  |  September 11 2011  |  General Training
I'm writing this blog entry on September 11th, 2011.  As the whole world is aware of, this is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.  Ten years ago, we all found out that you can lose everything you have in an instant. Two years ago, my wife and I took a trip to New York City.  The first place we went when we got to the city was Ground Zero (site where the WTC used to be).  It was pretty intense to walk around the area and think about what ha......
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