50 Mile GoRuck Star course: After Action Report (AAR) - Advice on how to train, complete and get after it

50 Mile GoRuck Star course: After Action Report (AAR) - Advice on how to train, complete and get after it

For those of you who are not familiar with what a Star course is, it is by definition the culminating rucking exercise of Special Forces Selection. You show up with your ruck and you get a list of waypoints. You plot your route, then you start rucking: point to point, mile after mile.

For a lot of miles.

Most Special forces candidates don’t make selection. Not because they aren’t tough or didn’t quit, but because it is just a highly challenging, rigorous endeavor. Anyone who even attempts Selction is a badass in my mind. They are following their dreams and at least take a shot at them. 99% of the population wouldn’t even try.

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How to improve grip strength: 5 exercises that you can do to have a GI Joe Kung-Fu Grip

How to improve grip strength: 5 exercises that you can do to have a GI Joe Kung-Fu Grip

Watching this I can't help it that my hands start to perspire, my stomach gets a little tense, and I start to have a sense of impending doom. 

I recently watched another movie called "nerve", and this kid has to hang from a crane by one hand as he stares down at the city below.

I don't know that I have the grip strength or the guts to do something like that, but what I do know is how to increase grip strength, thus increasing my chances of survival should I ever be caught in either of these situations.

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How to Live Like a Martian: Lessons from Mark Watney the Botanist

How to Live Like a Martian: Lessons from Mark Watney the Botanist

First. I love movies, good ones anyway.

Second. This one is full of practical applicable wisdom for everyday life.

The movie is about a team of astronauts that have gone to Mars for research. They get caught in a windstorm or dust-storm (Which by the way scientists say could never happen.)

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GORUCK Tough Challenge: Learn how to train, how to pack, and what you can expect to experience during the event

GORUCK Tough Challenge: Learn how to train, how to pack, and what you can expect to experience during the event

In other words, you can't do it alone, there are no accolades, and you get to suffer.

Who wouldn't want to sign up?

The reality is that the GORUCK Challenge is one of the funnest and most fulfilling things that I have done. It reminded me a lot of those first few days at boot-camp. Everyone is disoriented the Cadre are shouting out commands, some guys have the deer in the headlights look, it's chaos.

When they don't  get the response they desire, then they punish the whole team.The whole event is designed to do one thing. Take a huge group of people from all walks of life and have them go from not knowing each other, to functioning as one unit.

It doesn't happen automatically, it takes a couple hours before everyone starts to see the big picture, and the cadre do a great job of channeling everyone in that direction.

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Testosterone 101: 5 things that decrease it, 10 ways that you can increase it, and why you need to do it.

Testosterone 101: 5 things that decrease it, 10 ways that you can increase it, and why you need to do it.

I didn’t really even understand what testosterone was until recently.

Yes, maybe it’s sad to admit, but honestly, I didn’t think that it was really something that I needed to think about.

I was wrong. There are some startling facts about men and testosterone that I believe every man needs to know, and tune into.

Something happened to me about 6 years ago, right after I had graduated college. I was depressed, lethargic, and slow. There was no way I could do anything, even if I wanted to. Physically, I wasn’t as strong, I was gaining weight.

All telltale signs of Low testosterone.

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Living a legacy: 5 Things Every Man Should Seek to Accomplish in his Life

Living a legacy: 5 Things Every Man Should Seek to Accomplish in his Life

Every man wants to be great.

He wants to leave a legacy, be remembered for something.

Unfortunately most of the time, that's as far as it goes, it's only a thought. Rarely do dreams become realities through thinking alone.

A man has to strive to take action on his dreams, and his goals. When he doesn’t he becomes lethargic, depressed, envious and restless. Things that lead to an early death.

Not necessarily a physical death, but a death within, a death of the spirit within him.

The light burns out.

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How to build your own workout program: A comprehensive guide to kicking your own butt

How to build your own workout program: A comprehensive guide to kicking your own butt

I get asked this question all the time; “I don’t really know where to begin. How should I workout, where do I start?”

I love this question for two reasons.

  1. The person is interested in improving their lifestyle and health. They see that they are not meeting their goals, and want to do something proactive about it.
  2. It means that the sky is the limit. They don’t have something built in their head as the precise way to do something, they are willing to listen to advice.

If you find yourself asking this question, then I am so glad because I have a guide on how to help you answer this depending on what you’re fitness goals are.

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Discipline for the morning: How to build strength, conquer your goals, and stay positive throughout the day

Discipline for the morning: How to build strength, conquer your goals, and stay positive throughout the day

Those days are over right?

WRONG.

I’m on a mission to debunk that. I believe men are warriors, and they have it in them to be great in all aspects of their life.

It starts with a Mindset Change, a belief that you are capable of being more than you think…being the man that you are made to be.

Men have bought into a lot of lies that have crippled them.

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