Meditation. Yes, Meditation.

I’ve never been someone who meditates. At least, not in the traditional sense. I’ve done some gratitude journaling. I write lyrics and poems sometimes, never to be shared with the world but just to think on life and such. I’ve even done some breathing practices, mostly box breathing. My most often used form of “meditation”, and for the majority of my life, involved headphones and a dark room. Often a glass whiskey. I will literally lay on my basement gym floor and disappear into someone else’s head. It eventually leads to getting into mine, but it starts with someone else’s … Continue reading Meditation. Yes, Meditation.

Kaizen: Oct. 12-18, 2020

Well. I did a thing last week. After training at home on my own almost exclusively for nearly two years now, and a year or so with some consistency, I signed back up at Main Street Gym. I trained at Main Street for a few years, back from 2006-20010(ish). Back when I was competing in powerlifting regularly and had training partners. Before I built the home gym in 2010 and before Crossfit. My gym at home has pretty much everything I need to train. I’ve got a power rack, horse stall mats, two benches, two barbells, a full dumbbell rack … Continue reading Kaizen: Oct. 12-18, 2020

The Strongest Man in Recorded History: A Documentary on the Life of Paul Anderson

After watching a biography on the father of strongman showmanship last week in Louis Cyr, I had a more modern meat mastodon in Paul Anderson up next. Powerlifting USA put this documentary on the Georgia native. It was most definitely low-budget and about as 90s as you can get, but some of the footage they have of Anderson was just amazing. While Cyr’s story was all that, stories, Anderson came along in the sweet spot of still being old school in nature but during an era with film, rising to fame in the 1950s. Anderson was an Olympic Gold medalist, … Continue reading The Strongest Man in Recorded History: A Documentary on the Life of Paul Anderson

The Father of Strength: Louis Cyr

While I was reading Anthony Ditilllo’s 70s strength manual, he referenced several of the old school strongmen. One I was not very familiar with was Canadian Louis Cyr. So, I thought his name into my to-do list and this weekend finally circled back around to looking him up. There is a movie based on him, but I couldn’t find it on any current streaming services. Instead, I wound up watching a Canadian TV biography show on Cyr, billed as the strongest man in the world at the turn of the 19th/20th century. There were some incredible claims by Cyr and … Continue reading The Father of Strength: Louis Cyr

Kaizen: Training Log, Aug. 17-30, 2020

Catching up with two weeks at once here. We are getting back into a routine post Covid and quarantine. And by routine, I mean I repeated the same workout five times, slowly increasing either intensity or volume as we went. The first couple of workouts wiped me, showing the effects of Covid, as they were about half was I was doing prior. Still, it was good to get back into it. I’m still working my way through some old school power routines, walking daily (a 5K a day keeps the diabetes away!), and doing some airdyne work on days I … Continue reading Kaizen: Training Log, Aug. 17-30, 2020