Take Hold of the Battle Axe; Machine Speaks

Long before everybody on the Internet was BEASTMODE, grinding or killing weights, Machine was the face of Animal, the hardcore brand of Universal Nutrition.  Erudite and reclusive, he tends to stay out of the spotlight today, sharing his years of bodybuilding knowledge only with those fortunate enough to know him personally or the members of […]

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A Sword And A Small Bag Of Coins

I’m not generally a fearful person, but I freely admit being apprehensive as my 17-year-old son and I drove through the rain slick Atlanta streets towards the airport this past Monday morning.  He was on his way to experience a rite of passage of sorts; flying unaccompanied to visit relatives up North. At least I wasn’t […]

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Learning From My Failure

Last Saturday I deadlifted.  I’ve always heard that it’s a bad idea to jerk the weight up because inevitably, you’ll pull yourself out of position and/or hurt yourself.  This is advice I thought was a good idea; I just tended to ignore whenever the weight got heavy enough. Watch my video of last Saturday’s training. […]

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Build Strength, Use Strength, Help Others

Be strong! We must prove ourselves strong for our people and for the cities of our God. May the LORD’s will be done.” 2 Samuel 10:12 KJV Endurance athletes have long been known for their charitable efforts on behalf of others. Less well-known, are the many strength events organized to benefit our brothers and sisters […]

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Train Up A Child

“Train up the child according to the tenor of his way, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”Proverbs 22:6 –Darby Translation (DARBY) What Building A Legacy Is Not One of the things that drives me nuts is when I’m at my son’s youth wrestling tournaments and I see the parents, usually […]

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This Hill Is Dangerous!

From time to time, well-meaning people try to protect you from experiencing failures the way they may have, by trying to scare you away from following your own dreams. They try to talk you out of climbing into the ring or quitting your job to follow your passion. They want you to trade in your chance […]

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Deadlifts

First deadlift session of meet prep and last training session for this week.  I had some issues with counting reps so I didn’t do all of the planned reps for the work sets.  Getting senile I guess. Also, I lost tightness on the last rep of the last work set and I felt it in my […]

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I’m A Daddy Again!

Sunday afternoon of June 28th, my wife of eleven years gave birth to our fifth and final child. I’ve spent the five days since then meditating on what it means to be a father again.  As the youngest of our six children, Little Norah Hope will always be the baby. She’ll always standout as one […]

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Yesterday’s Bench Session

[wpvideo dzwpyu1a] My first week of meet prep for August and my second session programmed by the legendary Steve Goggins.  I’m still battling left shoulder pain, so I had to stretch and lacrosse ball the area between sets. I also caught a cramp in my right mid back on the last work set.  This isn’t […]

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I Met A Girl

Fifteen years ago I met a girl.  Truthfully, I’d been looking for her my entire life.  It was hard at first. I had only the vaguest notion of what she looked like; no more than a silhouette at first. As time passed and I made too many false guesses, her image became clearer until the […]

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