Every so often, you encounter someone who’s so intensely passionate, it’s as if they don’t need discipline. No matter how lofty their goals, difficult their circumstances, or disadvantaged their starting points, these folks somehow manage to tear through all obstacles like they’re tissue paper. Muss Peter is like that.
Every year I pick raspberries from our family garden, which my wife and I use to make delicious jam that lasts us all year. In this video I take you on a tour of a process, and share my philosophy on boring jobs and why they're good to do every now and then.
When it comes to building strength in the gym, most guys tend to think about the main 4 powerlifting movements: squats, bench press, deadlift, and overhead press. Being able to move lots of weight safely and efficiently in these movements means you're strong, but that doesn't mean other exercises aren't vital for strength gains, too. These other exercises are called "assistance lifts" or "accessory exercises". Click and watch the video below for my thoughts and demonstration of a few of these.
Human beings are naturally lazy. Your individual level of success in life is largely determined by your ability to resist this fact. The best way I’ve found to do so involves purposely seeking out tasks you’d rather not perform, and force yourself to do them anyway. Here are three such activities that I’ve found go a long way in this endeavor.
In 2001, I was 11 and took swimming lessons under the instruction of Jonas Olson-Ewart. Fast forward 16 years, and Jonas and I have reconnected. We have a few more things in common now then back in my swimming lesson days. We're both fathers, and share a passion for strength training. Recently I had the chance to interview my former instructor, and really liked what he had to say about training and life. I think you will, too.
Every year here on Manitoulin Island, my dad and I get together to split and stack the firewood we'll need to keep both our houses warm all winter. This year we had my brother around to help us out. Watch the video for a glimpse of our firewood production process.
"What exactly is training to failure? For example, if I can successfully get out that last rep, even if my face is purple, have I trained to failure or not? I could try a subsequent rep which would NOT be completed, which would be absolute failure I suppose."
A reader asks "I’m 56 and in pretty good shape for my age. I don’t do barbell training, but I jog three times a week and eat healthy. Why should I bother with pumping iron since I’m doing fine without it?"
I’m sometimes accused of placing too much emphasis on physical strength and training, and not enough on other pursuits. It’s worth noting that the majority of these accusations come from non-lifters who are arguing hypothetically, having never experienced physical strength themselves. Still, they bring up a valid question. Should all other feats in life pale in comparison to feats of strength?
With any pursuit in life, managing details is important. This is just as true of muscle and strength building as anything else. As everyone serious about getting strong knows, there are many products on the market that promise to improve your results. The vast majority of these claims are hogwash, but there are a few products that really do help. I use three such products which come in the form of powders. Click and watch the video to learn what these products are and how