I recently received an excellent question from longtime Man Factory reader Phil. Click here to read his multilayered question, and my full, detailed answer about improving health and fitness when you're over 60.
I’ve noticed that when they describe players, coaches will often say things like “he’s a great competitor” or “he rises to the occasion.” But what is a “great competitor?” This is a question I’ve asked myself many times throughout my college career as a shot putter on the University of Tennessee’s track and field team, and I think I finally have a good answer.
Every dedicated lifter finds themselves without access to a gym at some point usually when travelling. When this happens, you can respond in one of two ways: Stop training until you regain gym access, or find a way to train anyway. In this video I show you how you can choose option two, and using nothing more than a children's playground and your bodyweight, get a great workout in.
One consistent shortcoming I’ve noticed among many baby boomers and pre baby boomers is passive, defeated acceptance of the aging process. Nearly every time I hang out with grey-haired folks, the topic of aging comes up, most often in the form of a lament. “You just wait,” they often tell me. “When you get to be my age, you’ll wish you still looked as good as you do now."
As you can most likely already tell from the title of this article, I’ll be departing somewhat from my usual subject matter here. I don’t claim to be a relationship expert. Far from it. I’ve only been married 4 years, and still have a great deal to learn. That said, I’ve picked up some things about the way men and women work in that time, and feel I know enough to offer some advice.
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.
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.
Part of the purpose of this website is to help men improve themselves. Much of this improvement centers around physicality, but improvement of character is just as vital. Just about everywhere I look, I see weak, underachieving men. When did it become OK for a large percentage of males to be indecisive, physically flaccid, and non-leaders in their own homes?
When it comes to aging, I’m often surprised just how widely the process can vary. For some, 80 years old might as well be a death sentence. Others this age still look and move like someone decades younger. Why the difference? Obviously, genetics play a large role, but is this all there is to it? I don’t think so.