The Hay is in the Barn

Do the work, put in the hours and the suffering, leave nothing to chance and when the moment of truth presents itself you can feel confident that “the hay is in the barn” and there is nothing left to do but get out of the way and let greatness happen. If you do this, the feeling in the pit of your stomach isn’t nervous energy…it is adrenalin...

By |2013-06-23T20:14:54-05:00June 23rd, 2013|Mental, Talk to Me Johnnie|25 Comments

Vision & Culture

How do you foster and encourage a competitive spirit in a place where most dudes would rather stand around in the mirror admiring how awesome they are? I would love to have some awesome competitions with lots of folks really pushing to be the best. I would also love to see more dudes in our place practicing more fundamental, functional training, but you can't have everything. Our squat racks only get used by about 8% of our membership...

By |2013-03-06T18:25:42-05:00December 26th, 2012|Mental, Talk to Me Johnnie, WTF?|23 Comments

Dazed and Confused

The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers...

By |2013-02-02T01:47:52-05:00December 1st, 2011|Mental, Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|35 Comments

Diet & Neurodegeneration

“The more processed food you eat as an athlete the more likely you will suffer long-term damage from your concussion.” – Dr. Jack Kruse. Leave it to a smart friend to send me an article on diet and neurodegeneration called, "Where CTE, Diet and Neurodegeneration Meet" by Dr. Jack Kruse…thanks Robb.

By |2013-02-03T04:57:37-05:00September 20th, 2011|Diet, Mental, Talk to Me Johnnie|19 Comments

Self-improvement is masturbation

I pulled myself out of bed on the 26th with thoughts of improvement and New Year's promises. I had been crushing my training & eating as of late, and yesterday, I decided to abandon it. I ate way too much and drank beyond my means and was feeling it. I fired up my espresso machine and reflected. A prominent fictional figure was quoted as saying, “Self-improvement is masturbation. Now self-destruction… “ Is this accurate? [...]

By |2013-02-04T18:22:46-05:00December 26th, 2010|FAQ, Lifting Weights, Mental, Talk to Me Johnnie|20 Comments

Be water, my friend

"Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee [...]

By |2013-06-03T23:05:55-05:00July 3rd, 2010|Adventure, Lifting Weights, Mental, Talk to Me Johnnie|4 Comments