Hobbies – Rock Climbing

So far since being married, I have gotten into a number of hobbies to help break up the monotony. This past couple years, I have gotten into rock climbing. The sport is fun. Where I live, there are several places where climbers have put up bolted routes or accessible anchors to climb up.

To get into it, I spent maybe $500 for the rope, shoes, harnesses, and other equipment that we needed. In addition, I got a couple books, learned from my brother, and watched a number of Youtube videos on how to tie myself off safely.

It has been a real joy to do with my family. There is this favorite cliff we can hike to, where I hike around the back side, hook into the anchors at the top of the cliff, then repel myself off to the base. From there, we will spend an entire afternoon taking turns climbing up the cliff. My wife will make a picnic with potato salad and sandwiches, and we will hang out.

Surprisingly, the best climber in my family is not me, nor my oldest son. It is my 11 year old daughter. She has a flexibility and a core strength that we can’t match. Maybe, it is because she is still less than 100 pounds.

The little kids who are not climbing will spend the afternoon playing in the dirt, or climbing trees. Either way, it is a fun way to spend a fall afternoon.

Benefits of Playing Outdoors

This weekend, I went with a good friend of mine (I’ll call him Luke) on a two night backpacking trip. I took my five oldest kids (ages 13, 11, 9, 8, and 5) and Luke took his three oldest (ages 11, 10 and 8, all boys). Because they never went on an overnight pack packing trip before, I decided to do a Continue reading “Benefits of Playing Outdoors”

Planning a Cheap Summer Picnic

As more and more kids just spend their days with their face glued to a screen, I try to come up with fun things for my kids to do outside.  Sunday’s are a “device free” day where we all unplug and enjoy each other’s company.  I try to find things to do that don’t cost too much, but are also rewarding.  You’d be surprised how little it takes for the kids to have a great time they’ll remember forever

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Favorite Lifts: DB Close Grip Bench and Bent Bar Cable Tricep Pushdowns

Happy Monday! Guys we have a month until July 4th, the official Suns Out Guns Out holiday.  Are you beater ready?  I’m working out 7 days a week this month so I can really push the next 4 weeks.  I’ll continue to work on lagging bodyparts with an update to my favorite lifts series.  I want to build my triceps up a bit so today I’ll be reviewing Dumbbell Close Grip Bench Presses and Bent Bar Tricep PushdownsContinue reading “Favorite Lifts: DB Close Grip Bench and Bent Bar Cable Tricep Pushdowns”

Get Out of my House!!

For most of us, summer is basically here already.  While the “unoffical” start is Memorial Day, the nice weather makes me want to get outside and do things.  I want to be out in the sun, with the family, enjoying the day and each others company.  Yet, as simple as this may seem, I’m seeing a disturbing trend these days with families, and especially children.  There seems to be a lack in the desire to spend time together outside.  Today I’ll go over why this is a problem, and what you can do to maximize your summer.

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Way of the Warlord: Final Phase

This week we complete our 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.

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How To: Build A Plumbing Pipe Lamp

WARNING: The article below involves using electrical parts and wiring them up yourself.  We assume no responsibility for injury or damage to personal property.

I love a building project. Whether its building a whole new deck on the back of your house, or making a simple lamp, the pride you can take from watching something come to form makes you happy.  I have made 2 of these style lamps now and figured I’d share a fun, inexpensive project you can use as a functional yet stylish conversation piece, or even give as a one gift.

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Why the First 6 Weeks of a Goal Matter

I was speaking yesterday with WB Fitness about how my initial fat loss has slowed and my first taste of 2018 gains are starting to show, but I can feel the sting of routine, aka my body getting used to the workouts, rearing its ugly head.  Ultimately WB told me that our goal is to get ready for summer and that its only mid-winter and we’ve only been on a program for 6 weeks.  I started thinking about how when you start something, its ultimately around the 6 week mark that things change and how this translates into other aspects of life. Today I’ll explain my findings and how to apply yourself depending on the situation.

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Making Time for Yourself

Last Sunday I decided to break up the usual homebody routine and decided to hit one of my good buddies up.  We met up, shot the shit, and really just chilled.  I was having a good time and a breather from being Dad and husband all the time felt great, but you see guys who never leave the side of their wives and kids, or worst case, they are “forbidden” to have time for themselves.  These guys always have a defeated, dead  look on their faces. Today go over why you should schedule solitary time and time with your guy friends away from the family.

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Way of the Warlord: Phase 4 Update

Last week we continued 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.

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