This article is to give you a helpful list of the things you can do to become more manly. Maybe this isn't your goal, and that's fine. But if you're one of the thousands of men out there who feel you could be doing better in the manliness department, these words are for you.
Several weeks ago my dad, Steve decided he wanted to start getting strong and fit. He asked me to design him a simple program and coach him in the basic barbell exercises. Since then he's improved rapidly in the bench press, squat, deadlift and overhead press. Check out my video of one of his bench sessions, with me coaching.
Every so often you hear about someone who defies all the usual stereotypes. Simeon is the perfect example. He's 82, trains for strength regularly, and is in better shape than many guys half his age. I've always planned to keep training as long as I can, and Simeon's lifestyle gives me something to strive for as I get older. If you're less than 82 and using age as an excuse for not training, it's time to reevaluate. Check out this Q&A session with Simeon, and get inspired by him like I did.
A few weeks ago I got an email from a woman deeply offended by The Man Factory concept. She said my venture is “pompous, sexist, and misogynistic”. If I insist on launching such a website, she said, I should give it a more inclusive name, like the “Man/Woman/Person Factory”. In this post I'll address the question “why The Man Factory?”
As everyone interested in strength training knows, a big part of getting stronger is seeking out people further along the journey to learn and take inspiration from. For me, Malcolm Noland is one of those guys. Recently I had the chance to interview Malcolm about his life and training.
When it comes to training legs, heavy squats should be the foundation of your program. Everything else is assistance exercise, intended to improve your squat and hit the areas of the leg neglecting by squatting. For my own leg training I favour a simple approach. Squats, followed by three assistance movements. This arrangement has helped me gain lots of strength, and I've recommended it to many clients with great results. Watch this video to see my typical leg training day.
My wife and I recently made a trip to the big city to visit my extended family. This left me with two choices for my workouts: skip them for a few days, or find a commercial gym. Everyone who knows me well knows I hate skipping training, and will do almost anything to avoid it. That's how I found myself walking into a GoodLife Fitness for the first time in my life. Watch my video to see how it went.