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Board Problems

Posted on October 15, 2017 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (3)

    I just wanted to let some of the guys know if they don't know already. This board is having alot of problems. Technology is not my forte so I can't even begin to know what's going on.  For some reason You can get on everything else except the forum. Greg is doing what he feels is right. I'm not sure many people read the blog but if You do let me know and I'll write some stuff here. That way we can discuss what You want.  So if You read the blog, respond to it.

The Deceptive Selling of Aging

Posted on September 9, 2017 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (8)

I quit helping and supporting John Peterson for quite a few reasons. The split that finally divided the chasm had to do the concept of never growing old. There has been a prevalent myth among physical culturalists from McFadden on down, that if you ate right and exercised right, you'd live forever.

No, it doesn't work that way. You can give life to your years and years to your life by watching diet, and moderating stress levels and exercise, but aging and death are a fact of life. When I went through EMT training a couple of years ago, I found the anatomy and physiology part of the training fascinating. As an organism, our body processes begin to shut down slowly and over time. It can be slowed, but not reversed. Basically the effects of gravity and daily wear begin to take their toil.

What inspired this Blg was the title of a recent post by John on his Transformetrics site entitled "A body like a twenty year old," or some nonsense like that. I'd been asked by someone on my YouTube channel about where to get the Bronze Bow Isometric Power Belt and I was copying the link to post for them when I saw this. I didn't click on it, but I am sure John was trying to promote a concept for a new book with a pronouncement like that. I am being sarcastic here, but I, and a few others, could probably write the post word for word without seeing it based on our experiences with John.

John is not the only one who has sold this deceptive idea of eternal youth. Remeber the older doctor from a a few years back, with the steroid and HGH bloated body who was promoting "Hormone Therapy" to retard the effects of aging? Where is this guy now? I watched some of his videos on YouTube back when he was peddling his message. He had the steroid look, but a seventy something year old face was still a seventy something year old face. As well, studying his movement patterns in the gym, he lacked flexibility and mobilty.

The bottom line is that Bernarr McFadden aged, Charles Atlas aged, Noel Johnson aged, Frank Rudolph Young aged, Steve Reeves aged, and yes, John Peterson, just like the rest of us is aging. 

Noel Johnson in his eighties

I'll leave you with this story about my Dad who passed away recently. Dad was a healthy seventy-eight. He walked, gardened, was taking college classes to keep his mind alert, and was active in his church. He watched his diet and ate moderately. Dad was a handsome guy with a head full of wavy blond/brown hair. In the hospital I had asked my stepmom if he dyed it. Her reply was "Lord, no". I have to laugh. Mine being gray and a hard won gray at that, no wonder Dad would introduce me to people as his older brother. 

Trust the Process

Posted on September 4, 2017 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (2)

Because my youngest son is a fan of basketball and the 76ers this title came to mind. When we're shooting for a goal we tend to focus on success. You may reach your goal and achieve success. But you realize the feeling of  success wasn't enough.  So You shoot for another goal thinking as soon as you get your goal things will be different. Sure You're happy when You get there but it doesn't normally last long. Then You're on to the next big thing.

We seem to focus on the outcome instead of the process.By focusing on the process doesn't mean you won't reach a goal or should never shoot for one.  If You focus on the process You should have no problem reaching Your goals. Success is just a byproduct. Don't worry about it and have fun with it. Just remember You have to have a proccess or journey to get somewhere.

 You have to compromise to reach a specific goal. If You specialize on a specific goal you have to be willing to give up other things. You can be the jack of all trades but You can't be the best at everything. Your own process has to be unique to You. No one can tell You what it is. The process and journey is the fun part. Goals and success shouldn't be the end. 

My Dad's Passing and Forgiveness

Posted on August 31, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (4)

It has been a ride since last Tuesday morning when I got word one of my Dad's brothers died after a lengthy bout with cancer. Late Wednesday night I got word that Dad was in ICU with an aneurysm that had begun bleeding. He went into a coma right after surgery early Thursday morning. The neuro-surgeon didn't want to risk an operation because of his age, but another uncle who is a cardiologist in Virginia called asked him to go ahead and try.

The following Monday we met with the doctors and looked at his Living Will. Dad was clear that he did not want to be on life support. It was a tough decision, but we felt we should do as he wished. They unplugged yesterday and he passed two hours later.

Dad was a smart guy, but he was also a simple kind of guy. He had retired from the postal service where he was a postmaster. He and my Stepmom, who is a retired teacher, enjoyed gardening, walking, travelling and spending time in church and with family. A few years back he had a massive heart attack and surgery. He never met a stranger and he would tell people about his surgery and the Lord's mercy on his life.

He wasn't a perfect man. Like all of us he made his share of mistakes. There was a lot of bitterness among my siblings and I towards my Dad for a lot of years from some things that happened during our childhood. Mom and Dad got divorced back then, and whereas I had a fine man as a Stepfather, and my Stepmother was a fine woman who was the better judgement for my Dad, it still hurts a lot when you are a kid and your family is split apart.

But, you learn to forgive. Forgiveness is not so much for the person you forgive, but for your own peace of mind.  I made my peace with Dad years ago, and my wife and I have enjoyed his company a lot over the past few years and he had a special place in his heart for Lori. My youngest daughter loved her Papa Joel very much. I also know that for the believer in Christ, death has no sting, and while I will miss my Dad, I will see him again, and being more of the serious, driven type, the one thing I want to take away from his passing is to have the same love for life and people that he had. 

One of the greatest honors in my life was that I could spend time with him, reading to him during this time he was comatose. I read to him from the Bible of course, because should I ever be in that state, I'd want someone to do that for me. Before I left I thanked him for the good things, the bad things as well, but most of all the good things that he had impacted my life with. I could say rest in peace, but I know he is at perfect peace with his savior.

Erasing History

Posted on August 19, 2017 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (2)

I try to stay out of political commentary, but I liked this commentary by a Youtuber by the name of Mr. Holster. He makes some good points in this brief clip.

Sgt. Bruce Cann

Posted on August 13, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (2)

In my life I've been fortunate to be able to do and see a few things as opportunities have arisen over the years. Some people resent that, because a poor country boy from upstate S.C. isn't supposed to know or do anything out of the ordinary. But, being an anally compacted blowhard is their problem, not mine.

This blog isn't really about me though. What I am going to start doing occasionally is writing about people I've known, both good and bad, but who had character. I want to start today with SC Highway Patrolman, Sgt. Bruce Cann.

During the seventies and eighties, Bruce Cann was a legend to anyone who had attended the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. He was a Highway Patrolman assigned to the Academy to teach defensive tactics. Average height, average build, sawed off and mushed mouth, he hit like a ton of bricks. Sgt. Cann was a TaeKwonDo and Jujitsu black black belt. He also stayed on us constantly about what we ate and getting too much "Coe...les..ter..rralll" in our diet. He also liked to talk about "" You get someone in a "" compliance hold.

 The stories about Sgt. Cann as a highway patrolman in the seventies were legendary. Working the Beaufort area he stopped a Marine Corp Captain for DUI who decided he wasn't going to be taken in by some punk ass state trooper. After Bruce got through breaking ribs the Captain was begging him to take him to jail.

Another time he dealt with a stupid snowflake who decided to try him in a D.T. class. The jerk bucked the Sgt. when he was demonstrating a technique, trying to be a know-it-all show off and Sgt. Cann broke his arm. The one thing I can say about Sgt. Cann, he knew how to apply a hold. I was young, strong and in very good shape, but he could tie me into pretzels. I usually volunteered to be the one demonstrated on, knowing that being on the receiving end was a good way to learn.

Cann was a good guy who was simple, straight forward and didn't have a problem telling the truth. He hated the Highway Patrol major who made the purchasing decisions on equipment. After the HP went to a clamshell style "security" holster Cann made no bones about what a sissy the major was, that he didn't know what he was doing and that he could whip the major with one hand tied behind his back. Cann of course, being old school, prefered the old style, low ride Jordan holster with the security strap.

In our politically correct world of today, where progressive agenda rules, and are actions are judged by namby pamby standards, a guy like Brice Cann would be a dinosaur heading for extinction. But truth be known, we need more no nonsense men like Bruce. Those are the kind of men who gets things done when the times are tough.

To Push-up or Not?

Posted on August 8, 2017 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (7)

Ah - the venerable push-up. They are a good exercise, but they definitely can be overdone. Over the last ten years I fell into the push-ups everyday line of thinking. The perfect exercise and all that. For awhile I was even doing 500-700 a day, but 300 was considered the minimum. On the positive side you get great endurance that carries over to running and endurance tasks. On the negative side, your strength plateaus and there is a point where more doesn't translate to strength for other movements.

Another detriment is appearance. But before I go into that, let me add a qualifier. You see your individual genetics has a lot to do with how your body responds to an exercise. What affects me in a certain way, might not affect you the same. Now push-ups can be done anytime and anyplace. They can be done in a myriad of ways. They work the body as a whole, albeit the emphasis is on chest, triceps, and shoulders. So they have a lot of good going for them. 

For me, one of the things I didn't like about push-ups is how it affected my appearance. The ribcage got way too big for the rest of my proportions. I was also starting to get round shouldered. The chest muscles were too big. It was far from a balanced look. So for the past year I have de-emphasized push-ups and worked more on exercises that create strength and mobility in the shoulders and upper back. It can be more than just pull-ups. There are a lot of self-resistance exercises that can be utilized for this. My proportions are changing and I am getting away from that barrel chested, round look. 

Now I still do push-ups. I do them twice a week in a lot of different varieties. They coordinate the body's strength and give a certain look to the triceps, chest and shoulders. However they are not the engine anymore. They help make up a comprehensive train. 

Enhancers to a Workout

Posted on August 4, 2017 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (1)

I've seen a lot of fads come and go in physical culture. What goes out in the forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties comes back in the Millenium. The process repeats itself over and over again. One thing though I learned a few years ago from watching Mike Chang workout videos was the use of "enhancers" or finishers to jack your heart rate up during a workout.

Now I never bought into the six pack short cuts program. Mike and the other trainers were obviously on PED's. But, I did learn things from watching Mike's videos. His workouts were mostly circuit style weights and bodyweight, and then you did a calisthenic like burpees to jack the heart rate up. In theory what this does is boost the metabolism to burn fat while at the same time you are strength and muscle building.

Does that work? Like anything else it does to an extent. I like training that way because you can get a good bit of work done in a short period of time and it boosts your endurance and stamina for other activities. Burpees are a little hard on my lower back. Fortunately there are exercises I can do. Squat thrusts from a pushup position are one. Jumping jacks are another. Once again you find what is friendly to your body. 

So how does this work? Set your routine up into circuits of two to four exercises. Once you are through with the circuit, do X number of burpees, squat thrusts, jump ropes, jumping jacks etc. This morning for example, I did two different circuits for the hips and thighs, and after each did 100 jumping jacks for 600 total. I was able to get a lot of work compressed into a very short time limit. If I were going to do burpees I'd go sets of 10-20. If For squat thrusts sets of 20-30. For jump ropes, sets of 100 skips. Of course that is me. You can do more, and you can do less. You work it to your level of fitness.

In fact, a good way to train with calisthenic style exercise is to drop set the numbers. Let's look at jumping jacks. You have six circuits. You could go 100, 80, 60, 40 and 20 by the time you are through. You don't exhaust yourself and as the numbers go down the intensity of the effort on your circuits goes up. It is a good way to train with high numbers. One of the classic mistakes I've made over the years with pushups, knee bends etc. was to always go all out on every set. Do your first couple of sets hard and then taper off.  

So give it a try. Find a joint friendly calisthenic to do between circuits or sets of exercise. Try it for a few weeks and see what difference it makes.

Good Morning Holy Spirit

Posted on August 1, 2017 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (1)

This morning as I started my day, with 30 minutes of exercise of course, I couldn't help but think about God's Blessings and being thankful. Thankful for another beautiful day of life, thankful for a home, thankful for a job, thankful for my family, thankful for being able to move without pain and able to do things and be productive...

Does that mean I don't ever have problems? Hardly. I deal with traumatic and stressful events and disapointments every day of my life. But you take the good with the bad, and keep on trucking. You see, no matter how bad things go, we can hold onto what is good. The Bible says "...whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

In other words, in the midst of a trial or storm, or even when things are good. See the best, think the best, and praise God for the things that go well. What this does for those of us who believe is to stir the Holy Spirit of God into our lives. So when we wake up in the morning and thank God for his blessings we are literally saying Good Morning to his Holy Spirit.

Even if you don't believe - try living on the optimist side of life for a change. Choose to dwell on what is good and see the best in people and adverse situations. It makes a difference.

Getting More Out of Your Exercise

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The longer I do the exercise kind of thing the more I realize that is not about training to performance - the numbers of reps, the faster you do work, or the amount of weight but it is about focus, concentration, and not exhausting yourself.

Stefan Molyneux is a Canadian philosopher and cultural commentator I like to follow. He has a saying - Resistance creates strength. What he describes is in context of mental development and success in life in general. In other words The stress of conflict creates character and the ability to adapt to different circumstances. He drew this analogy from physical culture. And he is right - resistance does build strength - but it has to be a conscious effort at resistance.

We exercise to build and strengthen our bodies, yet often we neglect the factors that enable us to succeed. We overtrain, we focus on the numbers, and we waste energy. If I can do 25 repetitions of pushups, can control my body through a range of motion, and feel the muscles being worked, will it do me better to do 50 repetitions where I take a faster pace, use momentum and don't control the muscles being contracted?

I read something Bodybuilder Chris Dickerson wrote many years ago - and that was that he wished every poundage on every barbell and dumbbell would be filed off. It wasn't the weight that was important, but how the weight was used. I didn't understand it at the time, but over the years I have experienced the negative effects of only pushing weight and numbers. The body only builds one dimensionally against gravity, and you beat your joints up by the extra slights, heaves and cheats you use to get those last reps up with a weight. What are you really building when you do that?

Slow it down, concentrate on the muscles you are working, and don't grind your body down. Performance is for the athletic field. Training gets you there. But if the training is always to the max, how will you build recovery? Better to use forcus and deep concentration in your training and save energy for recovery. Most of us are not competition level athletes, and we work out to enhance our day to day lives. If our exercise beats us down, beats our joints up and soaks up our energy output - what does it matter if we do hundreds of reps of an exercise and can push X amount of weight?


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