Bruce was always concerned with efficiency and effectiveness in the martial arts, strength training and movement, in general. Aside from being well-read into his books regarding philosophy, martial arts and nutrition, Bruce read tons into Kinesiology/Physical Education and Physiology.
Here’s a small slice of Bruce’s training that would be a great template for all Strength Seekers involved in the martial arts, Strength Sports and Bodybuilding and general fitness.
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
Movember is just around the corner, and if you’ve spotted me at the head of your class, or in a one-on-one setting, just the same, then you’ve caught my face-fur harvesting in progress. This lack of contact with my razor, is all a means of setting the groundwork for Movember, when I’ll be raising funds towards Prostate Cancer Research, as well as doing everything in my power to create an awareness towards men’s health. My moustache, during this time will literally and symbolically, change the face of Men’s Health, while creating awareness and solidarity surrounding the matter.
One of the initiatives in this year’s Movember 2013, is “MOVE“.
MOVE is pretty much a call to arms for all Mo’Bros and Mo’Sistahs supporting the Movember Movements. It demands that each and every one of us, literally “Move” – in all forms.
In other words, it’s physical activity; it’s MOVEMENT; something that will make all of our lives that much better in quality and hopefully, longer.
I, therefore challenge all of you, men and women Strength Seekers out there to get off your asses at some point for duration of Movember and Move.
Watch the video below for details + Stay Twuned to all of JD Training’s Social Media for tips and propaganda surrounding this very important Movement next month…
Evolve or Die.
1. IT STARTS THE SUNDAY NIGHT
2. BE WISE, EARLY RISE
3. WALK OR HIKE
4. MIX UP A COLD, ENERGIZING SMOOTHIE
5. WRITE DOWN AND MAP OUT YOUR WAR STRATEGY
Have A Strong Monday.
The problem with our thinking is that we see too much of the hurdles and effort required to achieve all of the above.
In saving money, we believe that we have to save 100s or 1000s of dollars at a time. We feel we have to pay just the same amount of cash, effort and attention towards our debts and loans.
The same can be said for health and fitness-oriented goals in life.
If we’re overfat, seemingly “unfit” or lacking in core strength and range of motion, we view the climb in all of its entirety.
Before even getting started, we mistakingly forecast and waste our time looking at the pitfalls of weekend junk food binge eating, birthdays and cake, late nights spent during overtime at work and lack of time to prepare food, that are ahead. We think of the cost of “healthy groceries” and where that money might better spent towards. We look at the early hours we’ll have to set our alarm clocks to, just in order to get up and reach the gym to actually exercise and train. We then wonder, “what’s the point?…why even bother?…”
Fact of the matter is, this is what I call “Getting Ready (To Get Ready) Symdrome”.
We’re taking too long expecting perfect conditions, circumstances and alignment of the stars to start doing what we ought to be doing immediately.
Friends and Strength-Seekers, whether it’s landing your dream career or vacation or having that perfect healthy, fit and capable body, just get started on the path NOW. I mean physially, actively and aggressively — start ACTION now.
It sounds cliche, but Nike had it right with their marketing campaign, commanding you to “Just Do It.”
A dollar a day counts and goes way further than waiting for that perfect time to suddenly find $10,000 in your bank account.
Cutting back just 1/2 of your grains at lunch and dinner, replacing them with whole, natural foods, like fruits and veggies or even quality protein, will have tons more of an effect than trying to buy the most perfect organic, free-range, hormone-free, sustainable groceries, supplements, cooking utensils, books and classes en route to eating “clean” (whatever that Hell that means, nowadays).
Getting your ass up, actually, better yet – Jumping your ass out of bed, into your car and starting your Joint Mobility Work at the gym before your training session will kick start your day. Get FIRED UP.
Refer to this post, constantly.
The Mind and Body work together; synergistically and symbiotically.
Every horse starts wild, before they’re trained to pull a carriage.
It’s what I promote during your low and high points of training,
Stop getting ready to get ready. Stop being paralyzed while wasting time to analyze.
Start Action Now.
Small pieces of the puzzle everyday add up and create the bigger picture, friends.
Evolve or Die.
The latest craze in fitness tends to be pushing high volumes, training to barf and training to seek and find soreness.
Although the tools to obtain these goals are indeed often, “functional” per se, how is being out of commission and promoting dysfunction in movement, body and mind really functional?
Recently, I caught a small preview clip of two of my most well-respected instructors/rehab specialists/Movement Purveyors – MovNat’s Erwan LeCorre and Physical Therapist, Gray Cook, sharing dialogue together in a preview clip of a DVD previously released.
From that small snippet, I realized that even the giants whose shoulders I stand on, share the same perspective with me – More is not Better, Better is Better.
Treat Strength as your Journey, not your quick-fixed instant gratification.
This is what training should be; progressive, skill-based and smart.
After all, any fool can use brute force to move a weight, but not everyone can do it intelligently, effectively or efficiently.
Here are the two conversations that struck chords with me:
Instead of giving you answers or my interpretations on the matter, I’m leaving them open-ended for you to lessons away from.
Here are some shots of what went down recently…
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It’s Movember. What’s Movember, you ask?
“Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November,” according to the campaign’s web site. “Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.” (Continue Reading…)
How does a moustache change the face of Men’s Health???
That said, Please Support my Facefur harvesting efforts through:
- your dialogue with Men and their health
- growing your very own Mo’ and creating awareness
- your donations/Pledge of support to my Movember Team, The Fu Man Chus
***Stay Tuned to JD Training, Facebook and Twitter for more events, training seminars and more in the name of Men’s Health and Movember…
On behalf of all men for your support, old or young, Thank You.
This Movember thing isn’t a gimmick to me; it’s not a reason to simply harvest face fur; It’s something that I believe in.
Please Pledge + Donate to my Movember Team in person when you see me or here:
Any and All donation amounts are greatly appreciated.
Dan John, my favourite Strength Coach in our Solar System recently penned, or rather typed (but I really envision Dan as the type to pen, to be honest) a powerful article on Training and Nutrition as it relates to Intensity, Ego, Badassness, Progress, Longevity, Focus and Movement.
It’s on T-Nation and is entitled, “Tough or Reasonable?”
Reasonable Workouts, Reasonable Diet
Tough Workouts, Reasonable Diet
Tough Workouts, Tough Diet
Today’s world is a time where Hardcore, Fast-paced WODs (workout of the days) and extreme far-distanced runs and ultra-marathons for any and all fund-raising causes under the sun are at opposing ends of the fitness spectrum of “What’s In”.
Likewise, Caveman, Vegetarian and High Carb diets/Meal Plans/Lifestyles (whatever the hell you want to call them) are pretty much the way you and I ought to eat if we want to be a so-called Fit, Well-Fueled Movement Machines.
But are we getting a bit over heads with all of this Dogma?
Pushing heavy weights slow or fast is great. If you get a kick out of running for hours because it gives you a high, that’s great, too. But don’t, for one second, think that either will enable your body to last a life time if you don’t take a few weeks out of your training year to back off and recover; to back off and attend a different school of Movement, to back off and enjoy a variety of foods every now and then – whole or processed, phosphorylating or not.
We need focus.
Have A Strong Day.
We have to get up for the sake of getting up.
When it comes to “lifting weights”, ever wonder why do we treat exercise as a means to an end, rather than as the end and goal itself?
The majority of fitness enthusiasts in today’s gym uses their training as a stepping stone to achieve a certain rippled muscle effect; to fit into a certain article of clothing or to look fit for a special vacation or afternoon. These are all fine and I’m guilty of doing this during certain times of the year myself. Some of us even train for a competition or race. These goals are great too, but what happens to our training schedule, programming and goals once they’ve been achieved and once the date has passed us by?
We’re supposed to be treating exercise as a life-long pursuit in order to live long and healthy lives, yet our goals are so short term.
2 of my favourite schools of movement within the Physical Culture are Martial Arts and Yoga.
Weight Training, the act of lifting weights – whether dumbbell, barbell, kettlebell, bodyweight or whatever, leaves little to no room for making exercise something we can get passionate about – something we can actually improve on. Think about it, when was the last time you wanted to improve Military Pressing a barbell directly overhead, strictly or squatting ass to grass – full range and full of Mobility?
Think about your fitness program. You’ve probably been doing the same set of exercises for the last 5-15 years, pending on your training age.
My point is, we need to start taking a page or two out of the Yoga and Martial Arts books…
Once we approach fitness and (weight/resistance/strength) training this way, then it becomes our art – something we can express ourself through, build on in skill and pursue for the next 100 years and beyond.
Exercise is passive; Movement is assertive and sometimes, aggressive.
Here’s a little video of the warriors from Kombat Arts, taken during our Modern Savage Class and a workshop or two on the Turkish Get Up.
Was it foreign to them?
Find something you suck at. Find something you’ve never attempted before.
Lift a way you’ve never lifted before, visit a foreign land, learn a new language, talk to strangers (unless you’re not an adult, it’s ok).
In life as in training, we do too much of what we’re good at, as it feeds our egos. Once in a while, I challenge all of you to try something you literally feel you suck at or are scared of, because if there’s no danger, there’s no fun.
Have A Strong Day, All.