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Signal and Response

Last night, a friend asked me how I was—and I told him: better than I have ever been. Kind of a big statement, right? So, instead of detailing how it’s all downhill from here, we dug into the whys and hows. Everything began with breathing. About 10 years ago, it was early 2020. I was dealing with the same uncertainty as you were. We didn’t know what COVID was, how it was being transmitted, or

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What Happens After Discipline

I recently read a true, harrowing tale of adventure. The author is anonymous, so I’m going to just call them Walden. Walden quit their dead-end job, dumped their dead-end partner, and moved to an off-the-grid cabin in Montana. It was time to live the dream and write the great North American novel! All obstacles and distractions were removed. It was time to shine. And then? Nada. Not a single word was written. The whole thing

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Make Hard Things Easier

I am forever asking how to make hard things easier. This starts with asking what it really takes to get where you want to go—or for you to become who you want to become. And then? Like a sculptor, you chip away all extraneous material. You go until you are left with the true form within the marble. You can start by shedding the easy stuff of course. Easy here means more comfort in the

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Train for the Long Haul

I used to train Brazilian jiu-jitsu alongside a nutritionist—someone who prided himself on his own fitness. Our instructor was a tough man—but one famously uninterested in conventional exercise. One day, the nutritionist challenged him. “Let’s do a decathlon to prove who’s fittest. We’ll do a bunch of events. We can bike, run, swim, and climb…” And then, in a fit of hubris, he added, “We can do a jiu-jitsu event too!” The instructor paused for

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The Most Controllable Exercise

One of my favourite things about strength training is the control you have. Over gravity, I suppose. But what I really mean is the control you have over the process. There’s nothing quite like it. You can stop, start, slow down, speed up, load, lighten, or change depending on what you need in a given moment. Competition is a different story. As an example, imagine that you’re rehabbing an injury. Here’s the hierarchy I use

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The Workout Manifesto: Part One

Methods are many, principles are fewWhen it comes to exercising, only a handful of things matter. Life is too short to mess around with the rest. So, I have decided to put together a workout manifesto of sorts. This limited series will cover the essential concepts behind exercise—one quick read at a time. Principle #1: Good Enough for Right Now > Better LaterIt’s easy to wait for conditions to be better. More time. The perfect

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