I Train Hard Because I Enjoy It!

 

 

I train hard because I enjoy it. It makes me happy. I would say that a good majority of the people I know think I’m completely out of my mind. This is not a loose guesstimate. People tell me this on a regular basis. They don’t understand the connection I have with heavy iron. This doesn’t even touch the rest of [Read more…]

Are You Gonna Quit Or Dig Yourself Out Of The Rubble?

Sometimes life gets rough with you. What are you going to do about it? How will you react and respond when you get that metaphorical kick in the teeth? Are you going to lay down and cry about it or are you going to kick back harder? I made a conscious decision a short time back to write and publish a new article or video every two weeks. [Read more…]

Inappropriate Politically Correctness

Tiny dogs can be very dangerous

Tiny dogs can be very dangerous

This politically correct world makes me crazy!

Does all this political correctness make you crazy? It most definitely makes me crazy. Okay, I admit, I allow it to make me crazy. It is a button for me. I try and ignore it, but it really is a button. I don’t know where political correct originated and I don’t care. For the sake of this article I am going to broaden the phrase to socially correct. This is an absolutely absurd topic. Here’s my angle. It’s just one more way that modern day pop culture controls the thoughts and actions of people who can’t, or more to the point, won’t think for [Read more…]

The Ins And Outs Of 19th Century Alpha Strength Training

cageToday I am going to define for you what strength training is at 19th Century Alpha. I will cover and discuss what I do as well as what I don’t do and why, without going all science on you. I am going to share with you how, when, and why I got started strength training. I will also give you the nutshell version of the journey that has spun me and several close friends, full circle many times, on the road to understanding the truth.

As far back as my memories will take me, I have always been interested in strength and building muscle. Who remembers Dr. Bruce [Read more…]

Overcoming Adversity

Gravely AcidentOvercoming adversity is the only real option you have!

     I want to talk a little bit about pushing through adversity. Accidents happen. Life gets tough. You can use whatever example works for you. The only thing that really matters is how you choose to deal with it. Sadly, there are probably more people in this world modern day that would rather wine about it on Facebook than push through it or work around whatever it is that knocked them down. Hey, if you’re a talker then let it out. I’m not telling you to keep your [Read more…]

Strength Training Intro

 

Today marks the day we officially move forward with the instructional video tutorial series. I have been thinking and planning this project for a long time. I will cover all the compound movements I can think of that build true functional strength. I will explain what muscle groups are involved in each exercise. I will also demonstrate each exercise completely listing key points of each. If you have a specific exercise in mind that I haven’t covered, feel free to ask for a video. I will do my best to cover in full each exercise discussed. If you are still unclear, please ask for help. The point of this entire series is to help everyone looking for a clear and complete instruction from a beginning level up to an advanced lifter.

Drug Free Raw Bench Press Reality

Napf regional world championshipsToday I am going to walk you down reality road. We are going to talk about the drug free bench press. If you want to get me all fired up in the fitness industry, it’s pretty easy to do. All you have to do is feed the world a bunch of unattainable nonsense that will never work and I get all twisted up. I admit it. Maybe it’s a character flaw. Maybe I’m a little crazy. Call it what you want. I don’t mind. There is so much non truth out there. I have said it many times before and I will say it again and again. I will NEVER sell, promote, pimp for, advertise, associate with, or anything else, people or products that are not drug free or non [Read more…]

More frequency and voume in your training

cheesypoofsMy thoughts on the recent trend of upping your training frequency and or volume for increased performance are, as usual, the opposite of the masses. Let’s talk about the squat where frequency and volume are concerned. I read and hear a lot about how squatting multiple times a week or even as much as every day can and probably will increase your strength. I also read and hear that in order to maintain your ability to hold tight form or “grease the groove” as they say, you must squat at least multiple times a week. Well I disagree. That’s all just a bunch of nonsense. [Read more…]

Can YOU Out Exercise A Bad Diet?

Big ol' pile of potatoes with grass fed butter and sour cream. Yummy!

Taters!

Can you out exercise a bad diet? Well I say YES YOU CAN! By the way, who says you can’t out exercise a bad diet? Seriously, who said it? What did they know? Where do they prove this? Where did they get there information or even the idea of this “theory”? Life has proven to me that people will believe almost anything. Apparently this is an easy one for most people to bite in to because almost no one seems to challenge it. Well I am gonna tear it apart [Read more…]

Your Handshake Can Say A Lot If You Make It

Shaking judge Rob Grisham's hand after 2012 Napf Championships

Gold Medal Handshake

Your handshake says more to people than you may realize. Your handshake carries a lot of weight in business ventures. It also lets people know if you are serious, awake and alert, and have a genuine interest in whatever is on the table. Let’s not leave out that your handshake can be a valid reassurance of your thanks and appreciation. In a nutshell, your handshake is a direct reflection of you.

     It can be your make or break moment of a first impression. Think about it. You walk in to a meeting with one or more new contacts, potential business partners or whatever fits the bill in your line of business. You pick. Maybe there is a go between that takes care of the introductions and all you have to do is give a nod, a “nice to meet you” and, throw out your handshake. I personally feel I am held back in those moments. Hopefully you get the opportunity to introduce yourself. Given the opportunity, I prefer to take the initiative, advance my opponent or future cohort, and make my own introduction closing the deal with a strong handshake. [Read more…]