Way of the Warlord: Phase 2

This is the second phase of our Way of the Warlord project.  Way of the Warlord is an interactive program to strengthen your body, mind, and character.

Phase 1 Complete

Phase 1’s homework was to:

Physical: Hit a PR

Mental: Remove a Vice

Martial: Basic Techniques

Physical

My physical goal was to up my 1rm on bench press and overhead press by 10 lbs.  During last weeks post, I reported an increase in my overhead press getting it up over 140 for 1.  Bench press only increased by 5 lbs in the two weeks, but I think my form was off.

Mental

My mental goal was to stop drinking booze.   I has 2 failures in the past two weeks there, but realized that if I drank the night before lifting, I’d perform like shit the next day.  I’ll focus on that and if I do have a drink, it will only be one.

Post a comment below on how you did on Phase 1’s challenge

Phase 2

Physical: The Deadlift Challenge

This actually comes from Jak’s old blog  but I have done this before. and I can say the deadlift challenge is no joke.  Breaks down like this:

The 30 Minute Deadlift Challenge

To do this challenge, you will need a few items:

  • Bar and plates
  • Stopwatch
  • Towel (to wipe your hands off)
  • Puke bucket (joking….kind of)

The actual process is pretty simple.  Load up the bar with 315 pounds and complete 60 deadlifts within 30 minutes.  Dan John specifies two methods of completing this task:

  1. 2 reps every 60 seconds
  2. 1 rep every 30 seconds

I have no experience with the first option.  The few times I’ve done this routine I’ve always employed the second option of doing one deadlift every 30 seconds.

If you’re not strong enough to deadlift 315 pounds lighten the weight to start with, then try to increase it every time you do it.  The burn will be crazy and you’ll be ready to die soon enough.  Try to do this at least twice a week.

Mental

This weeks mental challenge is to try to keep calm.  In a situation where you feel yourself stressing out, stop and think about whats causing you said stress and how to eliminate it.  I had a situation where I got angry and stressed and it kept me from seeing an obvious answer.  Keeping your cool is a trait I think all guys should have, but there are times when we all lose it.  Lets try to mitigate that.

Log the times you find yourself losing your cool and how you worked to fix them.  Share them in next weeks update thread.

Martial

For this next challenge, we are doing wall kicks.  For the smartasses out there (looking at you, Bem), we are not kicking a wall.  Rather, we are using the wall to help balance so we can really focus on the kicks.  There will be two different kicks we will be doing and for each set, you are going to hold the kick for a decreasing amount of time.

  • Side Kick – Stand next to the wall and place one hand on it.  Next, take the foot on the same side and point it towards the wall and approximately two feet away from the wall.  Pick your other foot up like you are bringing you knee to your chest and then press the foot out in the opposite direction of the wall, like you are pushing something with the flat of your foot.  This should be how the end position looks:
sidekick
In this picture, the man’s right hand would be holding the wall for balance.
  • Front Kick – For this exercise, place your back against the wall.  Your back should be making contact with the wall from the top of your shoulders down to your butt.  Pick one leg up to your chest and extend it out in front of you.  Below is another example picture:

frontkick

What we’re doing isn’t an actual kick.  Rather, we’re going to hold the end position on each kick (isometric exercise).

Don’t worry if you can’t hold your legs up as high as the martial artists are kicking in the pictures.  Try to at least hold the kicks at waist level and make sure to keep your torso as upright as possible.  It will be especially tempting to lean over during the side kicks to make it easier.  Resist that temptation.

You will hold each kick for the following amount of time on both legs:

Set 1: 60 seconds/leg

Set 2: 45 seconds/leg

Set 3: 30 seconds/leg

Set 4: 15 seconds/leg

Like the last Martial Challenge, this will be only as difficult as you make it.  If you hold the kicks down at knee level, you’re not going to get any benefit out of it.  If waist level feels too easy, raise the legs up higher.

Conclusion

As always, leave your notes and goals in the comments.  Cheer your brothers on and hold each other accountable.  We’ll have a halfway check-in next Friday.

Phase 2 Check in next Friday 10/13

Author: Jnyx

J. Nyx is a father of three and co-owner of akingscastle.com. He understands that there is something missing in the community and that you can be a traditional, masculine man in our current age as well as a dedicated leader of your family.

  • Henry VIII

    Lifting weight . However lifting weights(excessively) may not be for everyone -some people cannot do that because of health-related concerns. However, there are other effective exercises that can help you to gain muscles, stay in shape and keep fit.
    As for mental health – keeping a sane mind can be just a big (if not bigger) challenge than keeping physically healthy. People often underestimate the importance of keeping a sane mind.
    If you smoke or used drug, stop immediately. Ditch the alcohol (easier than you may think) and the coffee (difficult but possible), try go get 8 hours interrupted sleep at night. Your overall health will, both physical and mental , will improve.

    • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

      “As for mental health – keeping a sane mind can be just a big (if not bigger) challenge than keeping physically healthy. ”
      This right here.
      I personally find it very hard to tune out. A product of my personality + my job + my lifestyle + my city have made constant motion absolute necessary to me. One of my favorite things to do is to sit in the steam room after a hard workout. But after 5 minutes with no phone, nothing to read, no contact with the world and no background noise other than the sound of the steam I start to get crazy. I am trying to increase my time in the steam by 2 minutes per week and would ideally like to be able to sit there for 20 full minutes just enjoying the heat.

      • Henry VIII

        Try Mindfulness Meditation.
        Read “Jon Kabat-Zinn: Full Catastrophe Living.”

        • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

          Read it actually. I’ve read a lot of stuff like that. I am just a go go kind of person. In many ways it serves me very well. I have been hearing from the psychiatric community all my life that this way is dangerous, and read this book if you have this inclination or bla bla bla fucking bla. In the end, I am me. I have my traits both mental and physical. Some of them are positive, some of them are negative and some can be seen both ways — like my inability to tune out can get annoying but it also helps me do stuff like get laid and make money and keep a clean home. I am totally over people, whether shrinks or priests or monks, etc, telling us that our natural inclinations need to be overcome? Fuck that.

          • Consolation_of_Philosophy

            “When you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha.”

            • bem

              Is that from “Jaws”?

              • Consolation_of_Philosophy

                Encino Man. Or was it Wayne’s World 2?

      • Lou Skunt

        “A product of my personality + my job + my lifestyle + my city have made constant motion absolute necessary to me.” – Same here, and for too long. Over the last few years, I’ve made it a point to chip away more time for myself. I feel much healthier as a result.

        • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

          That is kind of how I see gym time. My active can take lots of forms…even reading. It is sitting quietly doing nothing with zero stimulus that drives me nuts.

      • Consolation_of_Philosophy

        Count your breath. Slow and deep, from 1-10. If you lose count, simply start over. When the need to move jumps into your mind, simply acknowledge it like passing a familiar face on the street– but let it pass by. And continue to count your breaths. Any thoughts other than the counting, treat the same way. Don’t ignore them or suppress them. Don’t fight them. Acknowledge them, watch them as they pass by, let them go, and count…

        If you can get to 5min doing this, you will be stunned how it loosens up your brain for duty.

        • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

          That (the counting) is exactly what I do in the steam room. It is similar to what I do in meetings when I am trying not to dirty the cuff of my jacket with the blood and brain matter of someone I am talking to. I will try not to ignore or suppress thoughts, haven’t tried. I am already at about 5-7 minutes depending on the day. So I think I can push forward. Just takes patience.

          • Consolation_of_Philosophy

            For me, not trying to “keep my mind blank” was the master key to making meditation work. I always tried to crush thoughts down and focus on blank-ness, and I always failed to go anywhere doing that. But, I spent some time with a teacher who gave me the insight to just let the thoughts rise up out of you and continue past you.

            By the time I could handle 10 minutes, I could return to work for several hours without feeling the gears grinding in my head. By the time I was able to get to 20 minutes, the thoughts that started rising up became so unique and unlike the normal contents of my brain, that it became scary. And exhilarating.

            • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

              I am going to try this today after my lifting session. I am going to go for a full 10 minutes in the steam.

      • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

        Daaaang. But I can see that, it’s not an unusual personality trait with big city people from the east coast, from my own personal experience with them (and you). A guy I know from New Jersey who transplanted to central Ohio was an absolute basket case for a couple of years (and had a very inappropriate mouth during meetings, which while likely acceptable in NJ/NY was totally out of line in the midwest and he got disciplined a couple of times for it).

        Me, I’m fine being active and enjoy doing things, but also have no issue sitting on a creek bank for 4-8 hours staring at the water and waiting for some random fish to tug on the line.

        • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

          It is true. I am physically and mentally conditioned for 24 hour fast moving pace. It is one reason I could never live in the Midwest and why so many Midwesterners fail hard when they try to move here. The guy who disciplined someone for his mouth during meetings near you would either learn fast the way the world works or go home with tail between his legs here. Just a different mindset which is useful in different places. I have no doubt that I would be as useless as the 5th leg on a chair in suburban ohio just as most of the people there, unless naturally predisposed to it, would be useless here. Basically like Michael Jordan’s baseball career, good to stick to the stuff you are good at.

          • John Galt

            My brother worked 5 years in NJ, about an hour out of NYC by train, and hated every minute of it. At work he had people on the phone tell him they know he is not from the east coast– he was way too nice. LOL.

            • bem

              Suburban NJ is 10x worse than actually being IN any city!

              • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                Suburban NJ: Otherwise known as 10 minutes from the bridge. They should put that on their ugly fucking yellow license plants. New Jersey The 10 Minutes From The Bridge State.

                • bem

                  “where you from?”
                  answer: either Exit “X” or “ten minutes from the bridge*”

                  *=doesn’t count 40 minutes it takes to CROSS the bridge…

                • Murdoc34
                • Iattacku

                  Damn bro what you have agains new jewsey

                  • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                    nothing that the rest of the universe doesn’t also have against them. To be honest they make an excellent place to store garbage.

                  • Henry VIII

                    Bro, with all due respect…
                    No matter how close is it to New York…New Jersey is a pretty shit place. Would you live in Newark or Trenton? Thought not.
                    “Garden State”, don’t make me laugh…

                    • jammyjaybird

                      south Jersey is beautiful, I’ve spent a lot of time there

                    • Murdoc34

                      Oh, so that was YOU!

                    • bem

                      parts, yes. North-west is like another planet; in a good way.

                • UWOTM8

                  “Jerz isn’t dirty, you are!”
                  -my filthy NJ cousins

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            It’s not so much where you’re from. It’s just trait some have. I’ve known quite a few fellows that can’t sit still and are continually on the go. Always have to be doing something.
            A long passed friend of mine was a farmer and was that way. Rarely slept enough to amount to anything, wide open 7 days a week.
            I was at his shop one day in the age before cellphones talking to one of his employees ( he wasn’t there). A salesman drove up looking for him and asked the employee where he might go look for him. Employee said
            ” go down to the four way stop and just wait he’ll be along directly from one direction or another and if you’re fast enough maybe you can catch him “.

        • bem

          ” (and had a very inappropriate mouth during meetings, which while likely
          acceptable in NJ/NY was totally out of line in the midwest and he got
          disciplined a couple of times for it).”

          fuks wrong wit dis guy?

        • Murdoc34

          yeah, I fucking catch shit all the time for my goddamned language.

          • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

            fuck ’em. They want their assholes fingered or the job done? Tell em to sit down, shut the fuck up and behave themselves while men do the work

        • LessGross(Wo)Men

          Fly fishing preferred

    • Joseph Curwen

      A few of Krav Maga’s techniques work in a one-on-one scenario against a non-trained opponent. They work not because they are the famed Krav Maga but because they are based on common sense and logic: hit the balls, hit the throat, hit the eyes, hit the spine.

      KM against a trained opponent? you are fucked. KM against a pack of non trained opponents? you are fucked. KM against a pack of trained opponents? you are dead.

      • Henry VIII

        Krav Maga is a bit more than what you just described…

        • Joseph Curwen

          I know KM, and there is nothing of value there besides the teaching that you must hit vital points and fight as dirty as you can.

      • Not defending Krav Maga per se, but to be fair, there really is no guaranteed fighting style to surviving any fight including those scenarios. And a lot is also highly dependent on the people involved (both the attacked and the attacker(s)).

        • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

          I find Gun Fu works pretty effectively in almost all situational violence scenarios.

          • I would agree, unless of course the opponent knows Tank-Pow, or Mortar-Chi. Then…
            🙂

            • Or their opponent is a ninja and has spent his early childhood mastering the art of sneaking up on people.

              • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                The world supply of Ninjas is pretty darned low so I’m willing to accept that risk. Besides, that would apply to all martial arts trained people to, generally you can’t do much about an ambush if you can’t detect it beforehand.

                • I’m a pretty darn good ninja but I’m no where near the best. Do you know who the best ninja in the world is and what he did that made him so legendary?
                  I don’t know and I don’t know….
                  ….and THAT’S why he’s so great.

                  • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                    Nothing I like more than jokes that are older than I am.

                • bem

                  I see dozens of ninjas throughout the week. They really dont ninja very good.

                  • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                    they keep their throwing stars in the baby carriage

                    • bem

                      you KNOW you had at least one too….

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      oh yeah, spent a whole summer bouncing them off trees, never got one to stick

                    • bem

                      the homemade ones were the worst….its amazing we have 10 fingers…

              • We all know ninja are helpless to the might of Cyborg Monkey Pirates.

            • B1k3_Ch41N

              What if you’re against someone with a black suicide belt in mortal arts?

              • You stand there and mock them until they kill themselves?

                • B1k3_Ch41N

                  Not if I’m within the blast radius.

              • Art

                Head shots, no clench reflex, so you’re good unless an accomplice has a remote control somewhere watching the action and pushes the button.

          • bem

            (yoink!)

            • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

              Are you yoinking my chain?

        • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

          I think Curwen has it right above. KM. Hit him in the throat and poke out his eyes. Yeah. So what. I don’t need 10 years of some Israeli martial art for that. I knew that shit by the time I was 7 from the three stooges and if you have zero fight training, are in a bar and a little tipsy when I do it it is going to hurt and hurt quite a lot. However, if I try that shit on someone who knows how to block and counter strike I am going to be in for a very, very long night.

          • Yep. And my only point was that it doesn’t really matter if it’s Krav Maga or not for that to happen. Sure, some forms are better suited for certain situations and you’re better training than not, but that wasn’t where I was going with it.

          • Art

            So that was you all those years ago.

        • Joseph Curwen

          In life there is no guarantee of anything except death, but you can play with possibilities. It is a fact that some fightingstyles/martialarts work better than others in certain scenarios, so if you are trained in those systems and you are exposed to the scenarios where those systems work best your possibilities of survival are higher.

          Check my response to jak.

      • I personally don’t think any one martial art is going to perfectly train you for self defense. Each has their own unique specialties and insights into how the body operates.

        For example, you’ll be hard pressed to find a martial art with kicks and footwork better than taekwondo. Likewise, boxing provides a solid striking game, aikido/hapkido/judo can help you in close, standing combat, and wrestling or BJJ for the ground. Each style has their own philosophies that, when merged together can create some truly interesting outcomes.

        • Consolation_of_Philosophy

          Pick the martial art for more reasons than the fight system– odds are you won’t needn’t it, anyway! Choose it for the culture. The quality of the teacher. The health and mental benefits. The sense of pride at new accomplishments. The comraderie of the students. The opportunity to learn new ideas.

        • Joseph Curwen

          It is a fact that some martial arts work better than others in a self defense scenario. In my personal experience with both martial arts and real life scenarios I can say:

          1. Western Boxing is the base. Some eastern boxing is OK, like JKD and its father Wing Chun, only if you do real sparring as complement of the training. Also, you should train to focus on one shot kills.

          2. A little bit of Judo/BJJ focusing only, and I repeat ONLY, on throws.

          3. Forget “self defense martial arts” like American Kenpo, Hapkido, Krav Maga, etc.

          4. Forget ground game. It doesn’t matter if you are the blackest belt in BJJ, if you go the ground in a real fight you are dead.

          5. Kicking/kneeling are a mixed bag. You can finalize a fight with a well placed liverkick/low kick/kneetothebody, but if you lose your balance (can happen, doesn’t matter if you are the most badass Thai fighter) and fell you are dead. If you insist in kicking try Kyokushin or real Muay Thai.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            Wing Chun,

            I think I’m going to do this tonight. Because I want to have fun tonight.

            • bem

              Bra-fukkin -VO!

              • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                I felt inspired.

                • Art

                  “Inspired, not. That was my nutsack you felt”. – Ghandi

            • Joseph Curwen

              If you are also hungry, try Chow Mein…

          • Agree with 1 completely.
            2. Judo certain, wouldn’t waste time on the Brazilian version of Jiu Jitsu,
            3. I agree on the Westernized/Americanized variants, the traditional versions (Korean Hapkido, much Chinese Kung-fu like Hung Gar or Baji Quan, and even Akido) have value.
            4. agree to a point, see LINE as grounding may not be up to you, and so fast and final.
            5. agree completely, if you kick try to keep it lower than the waist. Though kicking should not be completely discounted as it may be the only option open at a crucial time, so definitely agree on something like Muay Thai which also keeps your legs strong.
            Nice points all around.

            • Joseph Curwen

              Even when I hate Brazil and all that comes from there, BJJ has a point over Judo and that’s the no-gi aspect. I have trained both, and in Judo you tend to rely in the gi in order to do certain throws, and in real life you simply can’t do that, so training no-gi has its advantages.

              I literally have no training in Hapkido (only a couple of months, didn’t like it), but what I saw was impractical. Maybe the real deal in Korea is different….

          • Very few people, especially BJJ students grasp the implications of point 4. I can’t count how many BJJ students I’ve heard brag about is if they ever got into a fight, they’d take the guy to the ground. Dumb dumb dumb. That being said, I train just enough ground Grappling so that if I get taken down, I can get away and back up from whatever they’re trying to do.

      • B1k3_Ch41N

        KM against a pack of wolves?

        • bem

          sounds like a pay per view special to me!

          • B1k3_Ch41N

            Throw in a frozen baguette for self defence and you have a competitor to UFC.

        • Art

          How much Kratom we talking about here?

          • B1k3_Ch41N

            50KW of Kratom power!

            • Art

              50KW Kratom power… Three Mile Island skull-meltdown. Hawt!

      • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

        100%
        Almost any collegiate and absolutely every golden glove boxer will put someone doing KM in the hospital without breaking a sweat forget what some really well trained martial artists can do.

        • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

          Boxers in general will put down any other martial artist in real life (assuming competence here). Boxing is one hell of a practical martial art.

          • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

            absolutely, but I am not even talking pro level. College club sport level would probably be enough to handle this shit. A guy like GGG? Holy Guacamole.It wouldn’t even be a fair fight if he was wearing his gloves.

        • Joseph Curwen

          In some sense, Western Boxing is the most complete martial art; it can be used in almost all kind of scenarios.

          Another thing to thank the ancient Greeks for….

          • bem

            that, and GYROS

            • Joseph Curwen

              I was thinking about Philosophy, Geometry, Political Theories, Poetry and basically Civilization but hey, Gyros are good as well.

              • bem

                hm. I guess……………

              • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                Organized athleticism, poetry, theater, history, they invented the idea of fucking history — Shit, just look at my man Thales of Miletus. The man predicted a solar eclipse. They thought he was a fucking wizard. He was the first person to suggest science be used instead of myths to explain the cosmos. He invented science. His idea of the arche permeating everything gets him the rank as card holder number one in philosophy. First known person to ever use deductive reasoning. FIrst farmers almanac. The first person to figure out a right triangles relationship to the inside of a circle. The first person to reason that nothing can exist in human perception without being located in space. This is 300 years before fucking Euclid. He was born in 625. He predates fucking Socrates by 200 years. Think about that. This guys was inventing fucking geometry, predicting solar eclipses, inventing philosophy and science 200 years before Socrates was out of diapers. If just for this one guy Greece would still be fucking amazing…at least Greece as it was, not the shit hole it is now.

                Really though, Thales makes Franklin and Edison look like a bunch of lazy faggots

                • Art

                  Franklin probably copied his “ideas” from a French scholar (who surely read Thales). He got sued, and lost, for plagarising the French dude’s work regarding electricity (the whole kite thing).

                  Edison was just a mean asshole who lied to smart guys, and made sure he had the patents in his name before he got rid of them.

            • And who can forget olive oyl?

              • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                Popeye sure can’t.

                • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                  fightin over THAT? the thirst is real

                • bem

                  what a day you’re having!

                  Q: “what happened when Napolean went to Mount Olive?”
                  A:” Popeye got PISSED.”

                  • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                    It’s Friday and I have been blessed by the Gods of Setup Lines to encounter many opportunities to ply my trade in The Humorous Arts.

                  • Art

                    And Napolean’s boner fell apart because of the VD he got from Oyl’s waterloose…

                • Yay! What I was hoping to see.
                  There, edited to fit, and for the record I would have been only slightly less pleased with a Rachel Ray reference, what with all the extra virgin potential.

                  • Art

                    Popeye lost that eye from Oyl’s greasy clam dripping gonhorrea into it before pennicillin.

            • cheeseburgercheeseburger

              nothin beats nyc street meat

              • That’s gay

              • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                Dude! Drunk’n street meat with white sauce and hot sauce. End of stick skewering a heel of bread. Many a night man, many a night.

                • bem

                  kahlav-kahlash?

                  • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                    mountain dew or crab juice?

                    • bem

                      eewwwwwwwwwww!!!!
                      I’ll take the crab juice!

            • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

              Despite having a working knowledge of classical greek and a crappy understanding of modern greek I refuse to pronounce that word correctly. It is pronounced like any other gyro rotor. I am not great fan of the English, but I will say their suborn refusal to cowtow to French pronunciation is a breath of fresh air? Fil-Ayyyy fuck you frog….there is a T at the end of the word and we are going to pronounce it.

          • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

            Agreed 100%

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            The Ancient Greeks gave us the Pythagorean Theorem, but I gave it back after I graduated high school.

      • John Galt

        I knew a martial arts karate instructor (8th degree black belt IIRC) who told me, “I tell my pupils the truth. Forget Bruce Lee. You are going to get hit. If there is a knife pulled. You are going to get cut. You will not walk away unscathed.”

        He started young because he was a small guy who got tired of getting beaten up in the hood.

      • Just shoot ’em

        • Joseph Curwen

          I love firearms as much as the next guy (sadly here is almost impossible to buy one legally), but if you can fight barehanded you are just a pussy with a gun.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            A live pussy with a gun beats a dead martial artists in 10 out of 10 surveys.

            That said, I’m a good hand to hand fighter in the general sense, although my desire to go mano a mano with another human being faded twenty plus years ago. I’ve broken up a couple of fights in the last few years, but only because they were friends (both parties) and were being drunk and stupid. Generally I’ll just watch when others fight now and stay out of it.

            • Joseph Curwen

              I understand your point, and the position of “just shoot the motherfucker in the head” is good, clean and efficient but we, as men, must have the ability to fight barehanded. Basically, that’s part of our nature.

              That’s one of the criticism I have with a lot of gun enthusiast there, they are badass warriors if they have their AR of their Sig in their hands, but if they are disarmed they are just overweight pussies.

              • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                Oh, I can fight bare handed and God help the man that ventures into range of my arms. I just don’t want to any longer. I used to be something of a viper when I was younger, would fight you as soon as talk to you, it was my way of saying “Hello!” (I blame this on my Scottish genetics). But lately? Fuck it. Y’all want to fight, have at it, just don’t bump into me and make me spill my drink.

                My defense technique now is to stand stock still with my back to the wall and let the opponent get all cocky and yelling and beating his chest, and just wait for him to get in my range. Once I have his wrist in my hand, he’s basically as good as dead. There are advantages to being really big and strong AND knowing how to fight. Fortunately I’ve not found any situation where a fight has been justifiably warranted in decades now, and I don’t intend to look for any.

          • I hear you. I’ll fight toe to toe (or toe to groin/gut/throat) but I prefer not to. The one thing that gives me the heebie jeebies is knife fighting. Makes my butthole draw up tighter than a billie goat’s in a sandstorm

    • Consolation_of_Philosophy

      It is difficult to imagine getting 8hrs of sleep more than 1 night per week.

    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

      What’s wrong with coffee? It has a lot of health benefits and no drawback (I mean black coffee, not the caffein milkshakes that chicks drink).

      • Henry VIII

        have you tried and stopped drinking coffee completely for a few days? Feeling sleepy, tired, miserable and out of order?
        You get my point?
        Caffeine -albeit it has some qualities- can be addictive substance.

        • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

          Sure, but that’s not really a health drawback, it’s simply a function of removing coffee. I don’t really think it has any health issues at all, and I enjoy drinking it so I’m more inclined to keep it than to ditch it.

          • The only health concern I’ve been able to find on drinking coffee is possible adrenal fatigue and that’s usually in combination with other factors in addition to drinking a lot of coffee.

            • bem

              the inevitable ‘crash’

            • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

              Yeah for a coffee junkie, I get that. I only do 2-3 cups a day max now so I’m not too worried about over-stressing the system or ticker much.

          • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

            The worst problem with caffeine is that you grow a tolerance to it. One cup becomes two and the next thing you know you are mainlining espresso by the gallon like Jak.

            • bem
            • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

              I did that for a while in the mid 1990’s (you know, 10 years ago) but it really became too much, so I cut back to 2-3 cups a day and it has worked out fine ever since.

              • bem

                Thats about where I am. Mostly because its free at work (a wonderful institution). I simply enjoy it.

                • B1k3_Ch41N

                  What sort of workplace doesn’t provide free coffee?

                  • bem

                    a workplace in HELL.

                  • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                    I’ve not had one charge for coffee, but I did work for a place where you were *forbidden* to drink coffee at your desk, which was utter bullshit.

                    • Murdoc34

                      What the honest fuck did that rule accomplish? Other than creating misery, I mean..

                    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                      Zero. It did absolutely nothing but piss people off. People who had worked there 10+ complained about it daily. It was a Japanese run company and those kinds of organizations make rules simply to have rules and nothing else. It was a bizarre place to work. We had product meetings every week, and they’d zero in on 1 defect out of 500k parts we shipped out, and almost yell at us about our “inferior work, you need to improve!” Now call me strange, but if you only have 2 parts out of a million with a defect, you’re not really a slacker who is being lazy, right? But to them, it was “unacceptable!” Total idiots. Glad I don’t work there any longer.

                    • Murdoc34

                      Huh. So, just coffee? Would Postum be okay?

                    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                      Nothing. No food or drink. Or pictures of your kids or wife on the desk. No art (at all, not even company approved pictures on the walls). Sterile, void and cold was how I’d describe it. And little Japanese guys that would come in at 6am (official start time of 8 am) and sit there all day and go home at 1pm. Not working after hours, mind you, just playing solitaire and sending out an email every now and then to their managers showing they were “hard at work even at midnight!” Bunch of fucking frauds. I learned a lot about Japanese realities and they are *not* the people most think they are.

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      no pictures allowed? dude, Im no shrink, but family pics on the desk could keep people from going postal…”why am I putting up with this shit?” then you take a glance at the family photo on your desk…

                    • bem

                      I keep pictures of other people’s kids on my desk.
                      Let ’em wonder….

                    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                      I have a frame from genovese or woolworth’s from 1994 on my desk; stock photos are still in there…my wife has hair like meredith baxter birney from family ties…actually, i think it is a pic of her

                    • Beartastico

                      Its funny you mention that. I once bought a whole bunch of family pictures in frames from salvation army and redecorated my coworkers desk. He was from India and had no family here. I bet they are there to this day.

                    • bem

                      My mother in law has 5 kids and one is obviously her favorite. A goof I have yet to deploy is to replace every single framed item in her house with the same picture of him.

                    • Beartastico

                      Ah the Japanese. Where the strict regimen of blandness and conformity are enforced with the passive aggressive hammer. Where even the inoculous office provided snacks tend to be something you would never imagine to taste like fish but it does. Cannot imagine how miserable a Japanese prison must be.

                    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                      They are, in a word, Douchenozzles.

                    • B1k3_Ch41N

                      …………..words fail me………What did they do for tea?

                    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                      No food, no drink, at all. For office workers who were well separated and not on top of each other. Also no personal effects on your desk were permitted. They were utter cunts.

                    • bem
                    • B1k3_Ch41N

                      Sounds like fookin school detention. Lol

                    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

                      Felt like it most of the time too.

                    • bem

                      Now if by ‘desk’ they mean thoracic surgery or maybe clean-room level tech, then MAYBE I can buy that but just PC shit like most of us, that is straight bullshit indeed.

              • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                Yeah. I think because of the preworkout stuff I become caffeine tolerant so I stop. 2-3 cups of coffee a day isn’t anything. But when you are doing a triple prework out with 1200 mg of freaking caffeine and still yawning it’s time to take a few days off….lol

        • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

          I stop with all caffeine for a few days every month. I think you are right on this.

          • bem

            I’m of a mind to try that, just because. I’m fairly certain its been over a year since I went without for a day.

            • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

              can’t hurt to try. If you don’t like it all you have to do is drink a cup of coffee

              • bem

                I am expecting a little ‘withdrawal syndrome’. As it stands, if I don’t have any by 9:30, 10:00am I start getting a headache.

      • UnreconstructedConfederate

        I’m not much of a coffee drinker but if it tasted like it smells I would never put it down.

    • LessGross(Wo)Men

      8 hrs of sleep, great advice. I no longer use an alarm, yes I’m still a biatch who works for the man. Nevertheless I made the mental decision to retire each evening at an hour that would allow me to sleep 8+ hours each night without the horrible interruption of any alarm. It’s change my life, my health, everything.

  • Honey Badger

    Does it count if I broke a PR on the track?

    Also, Im putting this weeks mental challenge in effect at this very moment. Currently training an experienced new hire who knows less than what he should know with the amount of experience he has.

  • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

    315 for 30 minutes? I am in. I will go with the 2 lifts every minute as speedy doubles are somewhat of a specialty of mine.

  • Lou Skunt

    Mental: Losing your cool not only blurs your focus, but negatively affects those around you. Keeping your cool is imperative. – “Never let them see you sweat.”

  • Murdoc34

    Puke bucket (joking….kind of)

    If this is going to be the end result, I’d rather just keep drinking the booze.

  • UnreconstructedConfederate

    “My mental goal was to stop drinking booze. I has 2 failures in the past two weeks there”.
    That must have been the day you wrote this? Lol I has failures too, when I’ve had a few too many.

    • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

      Dead!

    • LOL

      Write drunk, edit sober. – Ghandi

      Didnt edit sober……

      • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

        when yer pwned yer pwned. Good for you taking the lumps.

      • UnreconstructedConfederate

        Fock it man, they knew what you was focking saying- Vinny Pringo

        • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

          “AIn’t no G in the word fuck’n”
          –Vinny Pringo

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            Gandhi said there is.

          • jammyjaybird

            “Don’t listen to Vinny, he got himself held back in third grade cuz our teacher had nice tits”
            — Tony Pringo, Vinny’s brother

            • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

              If mama pringo gets involved everyone is gonna get hit with the spoon — ask Lou Scunt

          • bem

            And of course the ‘c’ is still under review….

          • Art

            It just occured to me that Hipponax looked like Al Jolson singing, “Mammy”.

  • AutomaticSlim

    ” For the smartasses out there (looking at you, Bem)…”

    Hahaha!
    Jeez, calling out BEM…
    Not so sure how prudent that it is…

    • Art

      Maybe he’ll get banned for that.

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