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The Learning Process

Understanding the feedback and course correction loop of the learning process enables you to learn more quickly. Consciously structuring training in a way that facilitates mistakes you can intentionally learn from will create progress at a faster rate than staying in your comfort zone, or training without purpose.

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Desire Motivation and Fulfillment

One day I was listening to Arnold Schwarzeneggar speaking about discipline on the Tim Ferriss podcast. What he had to say stuck with me as a powerful perspective on one of the most mysterious and sought after personality characteristics found in self-help books and seminars sold the world over. He said that he never had to be disciplined. He loved working out so much that he looked forward to it. He adjusted his schedule, even in the military, so that he could hide dumbbells in the tanks and get extra training in before work. This means that when you are truly committed to something, common buzzwords like “desire,” “motivation,” “discipline,” and “fortitude” go out the window. When you are truly...

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The Difference Between Active and Passive Mobility

I’m all about being able to do more. When I was first introduced to CrossFit, there was so much ‘more’ that I wanted to learn and do, but mobility was a huge hurdle for me - I could barely bend over and grab a barbell without bending my knees. Being a competitive person and wanting to keep up with and beat others at my gym, I did some research and learned that improving mobility is a great way to increase movement efficiency and go faster without technically getting stronger or more conditioned. Since I was working hard and getting stronger and more conditioned anyway, then adding a bunch of stretching would benefit me, right? Well, random minor injury, tweak, and...

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5 Reasons You Should Be Training With Handstands

  The handstand is a really cool exercise that I’ve been doing at some level since I was a young child. As a youngster, I was exposed to many different skills in gymnastics, but I never progressed to the competitive level. Instead of pursuing gymnastics in full, I played baseball and dropped the former when I was 8 or 9 and it would have been appropriate to join the competitive team. Because of my exposure to gymnastics at a young age, I have always been able to walk on my hands and turn a few flips. Looking back, this is a real blessing, because most people don’t have the opportunity to use their bodies in such creative ways growing up...

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Is CBD a Placebo?

Growing up as a competitive baseball player and later becoming competitive in CrossFit, I was always excited to try supplements to see if they would help a skinny kid - me - become stronger and more athletic. Over the years I’ve taken various multi-vitamins, fish oil, protein, and a host of products claiming to increase muscle gain or endurance, all to minimal effect. After testing out so many products and brands, there are a couple that have managed to stay in the mix, and I feel these are effective for the vast majority of people. Protein, carbohydrates, creatine, and CBD - I choose NeuAxiom. None of these are powerful enough to overcome a poor work ethic or a lack of...

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