11 thoughts on getting leaner

11 Thoughts on Getting Leaner You may have noticed that it’s rare for us to talk about body composition at Bang. Ultimately, there is so much judgement about bodies that it becomes very difficult to talk about them without a sense of moralism or judgement.  The history of this goes way back and, like many things in our culture, tends to have its roots in white supremacy. If you’re curious, you can read about some… Continue reading 11 thoughts on getting leaner

Zoom In

We tend to think big when it comes to mastery. We increase scale and power. But we can go smaller too. One of the most useful tools I know for deepening your practice and experience is to zoom in. To start, we take something that—on its surface—appears to be binary. Yes or no. One or zero. And then we look for places where more subtle choices exist. We may even conjure some of them up.… Continue reading Zoom In

It’s not about the math

Around seven years ago, I was sitting in a lecture theatre in Virginia. The audience was filled with hyper-educated collegiate strength coaches. In the spaces between their bald heads and meaty necks—I could see Natalia Verkhoshanksky. An accomplished sport scientist in her own right, she was also the daughter of the legendary Yuri Verkhoshanksky—who is credited as the father of plyometrics. A thick arm was raised and a question followed about precise percentages to be… Continue reading It’s not about the math

Frameworks to Grow Your Skills

There are some different frameworks for skill development. Pick the right one(s) and you will skip inefficient work and get right to the goodies. And by goodies, I mean rapid progress. Learning fast is fun! Here are some thoughts: The Big 3Maybe it’s the gym rat in me (or, as the ancient Greeks would have said, the palaestra addict) but I tend to think about things in exercise terms. So, let’s begin with frequency, duration,… Continue reading Frameworks to Grow Your Skills

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… Continue reading What Happens After Discipline