Thoughts on… XI: May 2017

Thoughts on… XI: May 2017

Coffee and yearning. What else?


Time for another one of these. The first ten or so are training related and then we get more into “life stuff”, whatever that means.  These are notes from my Google Notes file that is just filed under Daily Learnings.


– An idea to pass the 90 degree sticking point in chin ups: press heavy kettlebells to the sticking point and hold, press overhead and “pull” them down like they are the heaviest things you’ve ever held. – Karen McDowell Smith

– Above the bar hold for 45 seconds =  you should be able to do a full chin up.

– Do scap retractions in hollow position as a stepping stone for a chin up. This will teach you to maintain the tension.

– Attach a pull-up bar to bathroom door and do one every time you walk by it. More expose equals more awesomeness.

– Match the client’s genetic makeup to their training program. 

“Pain never precedes dysfunction” – Stanley Paris.

“If we treat the pain without treating the dysfunction, what have we really done?” – Mike Boyle

– The pain will return and we will need a stronger pain reliever.

– A simple home program: push, pull, legs, core, mix in 1-3 mobility exercises.

– If you want to get good at certain lifts: same program three times a week: easy, medium, hard. As with any simple and efficient program, the hardest thing about this is for people to stick with it.

– Practicing top position of swing in isometric: bridge and resist shoulder extension.

– Lift weights three days a week. On other days work on mobility and do activities outside of the gym.

– Don’t be afraid to make training too easy for complete beginners and unfit. Safe and slow still works.

To get to our health and fitness goals requires you to learn skills. You can’t just wish you would get to your goal. If you are willing to put in the reps you will get stronger, feel better and move better. If you want constant novelty you have to sacrifice some of the results.

– Don’t paint the healthy living and training as a deprivation and punishment but as the ultimate luxury.

Dharma Law: the only way to be fully liberated from suffering is to be fully liberated from craving; and the only way to be liberated from craving is to train the mind to experience reality as it is. Meditation is a start. 

“These practices train the mind to focus all its attention on the question ‘What am I experiencing now?’, rather than on ‘What would I rather be experiencing?’”Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

– A lesson from improv that applies to real life: What did they offer? What’s your offer to them.

– What is the one thing I would do, even if I wouldn’t get paid to do it? How can I align my schedule so I can do more of it? Think as if you are a pro already, getting paid to do what you want to do. Align your schedule accordingly.

– When you are in a pinch reach for the lowest hanging fruit. Provided it still aligns with your values.

– Often an idea from a book is something that you had in you already. The book was just a vehicle to get it out.

– In business and in life, ask “why?” 3 – 5 times. If you can’t answer them something has to change.

– When the motivation fades do the bare minimum to get by. Focus on other things that make you happy. You’ll come back around.

“You have to decide whether you are cut to win or to lose.”…..”Don’t be a victim. Or God’s just gonna throw more shit at you.” – Ice T
How often do you notice that some people just attract drama? This has nothing to do with anything supernatural but purely the fact that when you are victim you’ll find the negative aspect on everything. Harsh? Maybe. But we all know one.

– Human mind has an overactive impulse to read purpose into otherwise random events. “Oh

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell

“I have had a recurring dream for years that everyone finds out I’m a fraud, like the Wizard of Oz when Toto pulls back the curtain.” – Mike Boyle
If Boyle’s got it I guess it’s pretty universal for normal people.

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

“Write about ‘why always me’”. – Cheryl Strayed
A foolproof topic when struggling with writer’s block. Everyone likes to see themselves as a victim.

“Always something is better than all or nothing.” – John Berardi

– You need to say no to most things.

– What are your priorities in life? Let’s build around that. Works when designing a training program and an approach to health and fitness. 

“If you are only trying to experience the pleasant things in life you are not living in reality but only running away from your difficulties.” – Yuval Noah Harari (paraphrased)

– Have a job that has purpose. Find passion in hobbies.

– Skill deficit. If you are not doing this then what are you doing?

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.” – Lao Tzu

“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” – Confucius

“Nothing will bring you peace, you must bring yourself to it.” – Gant Laborde

“I learn something. I write it down in a mind map. I talk to my wife or clients about the concept. I write an article about it. I do an audio. And so it goes. A simple concept is never just learned. It needs to be discussed, talked, written, felt etc.” – Sean D’Souza

– There’s a ton of shit fitness information, do your best to combat that.

“Don’t envy what people have, emulate what they did to have it.” – Tim Fargo

“Anger is what pain looks like when it shows up in public.” -Krista Tippett

– Being a shitty writer with a great website is pointless. Focus on what matters.

“An essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” – Edwin H. Land

– When doing something you find stressful, challenging and out of your comfort zone, BUT it has no physical risk, think, “I can’t lose.” Even if you fail, you will learn and be better for it. If you ace the shit out of it, then what are you worried about in the first place.

– Don’t care about attracting new readers. Don’t spend time and effort trying to convince the non-converted. Care about those who are already here appreciating what you do.

– Playing guitar combined with beer drinking is one of the greatest pleasures in life.

“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.” – Aristotle

– Teachers become mentors as one-size-fits-all education is becoming the past.

– If you find it funny someone else will too.

“You are a scientist of your life. Not an experiment. When we see people displaying what looks like incredible courage, they’re usually just in the lab being a scientist.”Tim Urban, WaitButWhy.com (paraphrased)

– When you think you really want something let that thought simmer for a longer than necessary to see if you still want it. Works with big, non-urgent purchases.

“Does this purchase remove a negative in my life?” Peter Adeney aka Mr Money Mustache

“When you grow up, you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact. And that is: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.” – Steve Jobs

– Instead of copying and making the best keyboard possible, Apple asked “what should a mobile device be?”

“Really, what’s the worst that could go wrong? You’re not gonna starve to death, you’re not gonna die of exposure—what’s the worst that could go wrong?” – Elon Musk

“Some things I think are very conservative, or very liberal. I think when someone falls into one category for everything, I’m very suspicious. It doesn’t make sense to me that you’d have the same solution to every issue”. – Louis C.K.
I’ve written about this before.

– How to bust through the canopy and disrupt the industry?

– I learn better when I pair the knowledge with something I need a fix for right now.

– It’s better for the environment to get 50% of the population to eat mostly plant based, than few percentage who eat 100% vegan. Hardest part is that people want to be categorized. It’s either vegan or not. Instead of “mostly vegan who wears a leather jacket and sometimes eats meats.” It’s a mindfuck for most.

– Care less what people think of you.

– Lists are a shortcut that poor writers take.

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