Train your brain

Just like I think you should train your body, I’m also a firm believer in training the mind. Besides educating myself formally (go to school foo’!) I meditate and I read books.

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Meditation:

Just like you train your muscles, meditation will train your brain to focus. By spending as little as 5-20 minutes a day, recent research suggests that you can actually change the way your brain works. Training your focus on a daily basis will also have massive carry-over into your other exploits. Who doesn’t want to be better at concentrating? Added benefits are that you’ll be able to handle emotional as well as physical stress better.

Meditation probably seems a bit flower-powerish for some of you, but it doesn’t have to be. Simply centering yourself and turning your attention to you for a short period of time is just a way of training the mind, plain and simple.

Added focus and concentration is a great counter to the increasing confusion and lack of focus created by having to pay attention to smartphones, email, multiple Google calendars and everything else the modern world has “blessed” us with.

Meditation should be a daily practice and just as any other practice, it’ll become easier with time. It’ll probably be pretty challenging in the beginning, but stick with it – it’ll pay off.

Reading:
I read a lot of books. Since I do all my reading in English, the cheapest and most convenient way of shopping books is through Amazon. I’m currently at 90+ orders total, some of which are for multiple books. I’ve never had any problems shopping there and the prices are great. I believe in reading both fictional and factual books from all corners of the world. I use books to open my eyes and to educate myself culturally.

I’m currently reading Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior which is an amazingly profound book, that’s really easy to read and will change the way you look at strength and life in general.

Another great book, that really changed the way I perceive normality was The Dice Man. I’ve mentioned this book before, but it bears repeating. It’s about a psychiatrist who surrenders his free will to a dice and pretty much takes it to the end station. Very very good book.

Finally, I’m gonna mention Nineteen Eighty-Four, which is a classic written by George Orwell. There are so many things to be learned from this book, but one of the things I found extremely interesting was the way they use language to shape thinking. Considering my background it’s probably not a huge surprise to anyone I found this interesting.

Go out and get a good brain-workout in. 🙂

Check this out!

Some years ago I ran into a series of great videos on the squat on YouTube. The series was called Squatrx and you can find the videos here. He’s up to 23 videos now, and they’re all very good.

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Boris that did the videos also runs a very cool blog, primarily dedicated to the life and thought around lifting. Topics most of us can relate to. Here’s his own description of the blog:

After seeing, literally, hundreds of people struggling (sometimes unknowingly) with squat form, I decided to create the Squat Rx instructional videos on squat form and training. This blog is meant to be a platform for those videos, and a place of discussion about strength and conditioning issues for coaches, trainers, teachers, athletes, students, and enthusiasts. Posts and articles are meant to provoke thought, inspiration, and reflection.

My athletic background is in gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, competitive swimming, powerlifting, and kettlebells. I have coached swimming at the age-group, high school, D3, and masters levels, served as a S&C coach at the high school level, and conducted kettlebell workshops and classes for CrossFit, high school students, and personal trainers.

You can find the blog here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Lost secrets of strength and development!

That’s the header on the website. The website looks like it was coded during the Cold War. He’s not a designer, he’s a lifter and his passion shows.From the wacky videos on Youtube, to the blog posts he puts out, he lives and breathes old school lifting.

He’s been a huge inspiration for myself and many more for decades. Not years, decades. He’s one of the last members of a dying species, the dino.

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Yea you guessed it, I’m talking about Brooks Kubik.

If you don’t know who he is, I suggest you head on over to his blog and read this post about 10 More Things That Work. You know what, even if you do know him, head on over and read it anyways. He’s 50+ now and he outlifts most people half his age.

Check out this epic squat video:

That’s what willpower is all about.

Keep it simple, do what works.