Way of the Warlord: Phase 1 Update

Last week we started our new Way of the Warlord program here at A Kings Castle.  This is designed to be an interactive physical, mental, and martial arts program where the authors of the site give out a two week challenge to the readers to better ourselves and become better men.  Today’s post is the mid point update where we will share our questions, triumphs, difficulties, and advice.

Week One Update

Last week’s challenge was:

Physical: Break a PR

Mental: Give up a vice

Martial Arts: Easy Basic Techniques



My goal was to up my bench press and over head press 1RM by 10 lbs.  I actually have reached that on overhead press but not in a way you’d expect.  I was stuck on 135×6 and simply couldn’t crank out another rep. 135×6 equals about a 155 lb 1RM. I decided to put my ego aside and lower it to 125 and banged out 14 reps. This upped my 1rm to 167.   While I was lifting less weight, the increased volume helped me cross the hurdle. I will update my bench numbers in next week’s follow up post.  Interestingly an update I have is that I gained 1 lb from last week but my waist measurement stayed the same.


My goal was to give up a vice, which I decided would be booze.  I did pretty good, but I did have 2 beers on Wednesday night.  Now, this is much better than my typical few beers a week, but I want to really dial in my discipline next week and cut it out completely.  Part of this is making sure I have the focus on my physical aspect the next day, as drinking the night before lifting the next day really messes with my performance.

Martial Arts:

Jak proposed the simple guide last week to bring noobs into a quick martial arts warmup.  I did them a few times this week before my workout to get the blood pumping.  Going to try to do them every day.


Where are you guys in the challenge?  This post is just an update so its kind of short but I’d love to hear your guys input.  The whole goal of this is to get us interacting and helping each other reach our goals.

Stay determined and check in when you’re having an issue or a hard time staying on track.  Drop a comment on your progress!


J. Nyx



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.