Saturday, June 30, 2012

TRAINING Week 19, ME Upper

SAT, 30 June 2021

* BIOFORCE Measurement
* Accupuncture Pressure Massage
* Powerbreath Apparatus


Strength Training (7:00pm)
Push-Up Work
1:  Floor Press.
205 + 90c. x 5 x 2
2:  Upperbody Sled Work.
180 x 160 reps


Magnesium and Sleep

Taken from Ancient Minerals

Symptoms of poor magnesium intake can include muscle cramps, facial tics, poor sleep, and chronic pain. It pays to ensure that you get adequate magnesium before signs of deficiency occur.
But how can you know whether you’re getting enough?
According to population studies of average magnesium intake, there’s a good chance that you’re not.
Less than 30% of U.S. adults consume the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of magnesium. And nearly 20% get only half of the magnesium they need daily to remain healthy.1 2 3

magnesium rda intake
Estimated U.S. Intake of Magnesium Recommended Daily Allowance

Do I get enough magnesium?

One method of assessing your magnesium status is to simply contact your health care provider and request detailed magnesium testing. Yet magnesium assessment is typically done using blood serum testing, and these tests can be misleading. Only 1% of magnesium in the body is actually found in blood, and only .3% is found in blood serum, so clinical blood serum testing may not successfully identify magnesium deficiency.
What to do?
Fortunately, it’s possible to get a sense of where your intake may lie simply by asking yourself a few questions about your lifestyle, and watching for certain signs and signals of low magnesium levels.
Learn how to read your signs below, and find out what you can do to ensure magnesium balance and good health. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may be at risk for low magnesium intake.

1. Do you drink carbonated beverages on a regular basis?

Most dark colored sodas contain phosphates. These substances actually bind with magnesium inside the digestive tract, rendering it unavailable to the body. So even if you are eating a balanced diet, by drinking soda with your meals you are flushing magnesium out of your system.4 5 6
The average consumption of carbonated beverages today is more than ten times what it was in 1940.7 This skyrocketing increase is responsible for both reduced magnesium and calcium availability in the body.8 9

2. Do you regularly eat pastries, cakes, desserts, candies or other sweet foods?

sugar and magnesium depletion
Refined sugar is not only a zero magnesium product but it also causes the body to excrete magnesium through the kidneys. The process of producing refined sugar from sugar cane removes molasses, stripping the magnesium content entirely.
And sugar does not simply serve to reduce magnesium levels. Sweet foods are known by nutritionists as “anti-nutrients”. Anti-nutrients like sweets are foods that replace whole nutritious foods in the diet, yet actually consume nutrients when digested, resulting in a net loss. Because all foods require vitamins and minerals to be consumed in order to power the process of digestion, it’s important to choose foods that “put back” vital nutrients, and then some.
The more sweet foods and processed baked goods you have in your diet, the more likely you are deficient in magnesium and other vital nutrients.

3. Do you experience a lot of stress in your life, or have you recently had a major medical procedure such as surgery?

Both physical and emotional stress can be a cause of magnesium deficiency.
Stress can be a cause of magnesium deficiency, and a lack of magnesium tends to magnify the stress reaction, worsening the problem. In studies, adrenaline and cortisol, byproducts of the “fight or flight” reaction associated with stress and anxiety, were associated with decreased magnesium.4
Because stressful conditions require more magnesium use by the body, all such conditions may lead to deficiency, including both psychological and physical forms of stress such as surgery, burns, and chronic disease.

4. Do you drink coffee, tea, or other caffeinated drinks daily?

Magnesium levels are controlled in the body in large part by the kidneys, which filter and excrete excess magnesium and other minerals. But caffeine causes the kidneys to release extra magnesium regardless of body status.
If you drink caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and soda regularly, your risk for magnesium deficiency is increased.

5. Do you take a diuretic, heart medication, asthma medication, birth control pills or estrogen replacement therapy?

The effects of certain drugs have been shown to reduce magnesium levels in the body by increasing magnesium loss through excretion by the kidneys.

6. Do you drink more than seven alcoholic beverages per week?

alcohol and magnesium depletion
The effect of alcohol on magnesium levels is similar to the effect of diuretics: it lowers magnesium available to the cells by increasing the excretion of magnesium by the kidneys. In studies, clinical magnesium deficiency was found in 30% of alcoholics.10
Increased alcohol intake also contributes to decreased efficiency of the digestive system, as well as Vitamin D deficiency, both of which can contribute to low magnesium levels.11

7. Do you take calcium supplements without magnesium or calcium supplements with magnesium in less than a 1:1 ratio?

Studies have shown that when magnesium intake is low, calcium supplementation may reduce magnesium absorption and retention.12 13 14 And, whereas calcium supplementation can have negative effects on magnesium levels, magnesium supplementation actually improves the body’s use of calcium.7
calcium and magnesium absorption
Though many reports suggest taking calcium to magnesium in a 2:1 ratio, this figure is largely arbitrary. The ideal ratio for any individual will vary depending on current conditions as well as risk factors for deficiency.
However, several researchers now support a 1:1 calcium to magnesium ratio for improved bone support and reduced risk of disease. This is due not only to the increased evidence pointing to widespread magnesium deficiency, but also concerns over the risk of arterial calcification when low magnesium stores are coupled with high calcium intake.
According to noted magnesium researcher Mildred Seelig:
The body tends to retain calcium when in a magnesium-deficient state. Extra calcium intake at such a time could cause an abnormal rise of calcium levels inside the cells, including the cells of the heart and blood vessels… Given the delicate balance necessary between calcium and magnesium in the cells, it is best to be sure magnesium is adequate if you are taking calcium supplements.”8

8. Do you experience any of the following:

  • Anxiety?
  • Times of hyperactivity?
  • Difficulty getting to sleep?
  • Difficulty staying asleep?
The above symptoms may be neurological signs of magnesium deficiency. Adequate magnesium is necessary for nerve conduction and is also associated with electrolyte imbalances that affect the nervous system. Low magnesium is also associated with personality changes and sometimes depression.

9. Do you experience any of the following:

  • Painful muscle spasms?
  • Muscle cramping?
  • Fibromyalgia?
  • Facial tics?
  • Eye twitches, or involuntary eye movements?
Neuromuscular symptoms such as these are among the classic signs of a potential magnesium deficit.
Without magnesium, our muscles would be in a constant state of contraction.
Magnesium is a required element of muscle relaxation, and without it our muscles would be in a constant state of contraction. Calcium, on the other hand, signals muscles to contract. As noted in the book The Magnesium Factor, the two minerals are “two sides of a physiological coin; they have actions that oppose one another, yet they function as a team.”8
Chvostek’s Sign and Trousseau’s Sign are both clinical tests for involuntary muscle movements, and both may indicate either calcium or magnesium deficiency, or both. In fact, magnesium deficiency may actually appear as calcium deficiency in testing, and one of the first recommendations upon receiving low calcium test results is magnesium supplementation.

10. Did you answer yes to any of the above questions and are also age 55 or older?

Older adults are particularly vulnerable to low magnesium status. It has been shown that aging, stress and disease all contribute to increasing magnesium needs, yet most older adults actually take in less magnesium from food sources than when they were younger.
In addition, magnesium metabolism may be less efficient as we grow older, as changes the GI tract and kidneys contribute to older adults absorbing less and retaining less magnesium.15
If you are above 55 and also showing lifestyle signs or symptoms related to low magnesium, it’s particularly important that you work to improve your magnesium intake. When body stores of magnesium run low, risks of overt hypomagnesaemia (magnesium deficiency) increase significantly.

How can you know for certain if you have a deficiency?

Magnesium’s impact is so crucial and far reaching that symptoms of its absence reverberate throughout the body’s systems. This makes signs of its absence hard to pin down with absolute precision, even for cutting edge researchers. Doctors Pilar Aranda and Elena Planells noted this difficulty in their report at the International Magnesium Symposium of 2007:
The clinical manifestations of magnesium deficiency are difficult to define because depletion of this cation is associated with considerable abnormalities in the metabolism of many elements and enzymes. If prolonged, insufficient magnesium intake may be responsible for symptoms attributed to other causes, or whose causes are unknown.”
Among researchers, magnesium deficiency is known as the silent epidemic of our times, and it is widely acknowledged that definitive testing for deficiency remains elusive. Judy Driskell, Professor, Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska, refers to this “invisible deficiency” as chronic latent magnesium deficiency, and explains:
Normal serum and plasma magnesium concentrations have been found in individuals with low magnesium in [red blood cells] and tissues. Yet efforts to find an indicator of subclinical magnesium status have not yielded a cost-effective one that has been well validated.”16
Yet while the identification of magnesium deficiency may be unclear, its importance is undeniable.
Magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, translating to thousands of biochemical reactions happening on a constant basis daily. Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation.
Considering these varied and all-encompassing effects, not to mention the cascading effect magnesium levels have on other important minerals such as calcium and potassium, one thing is clear – long term low magnesium intake is something to be avoided.

What can you do to increase magnesium intake?

the magnesium miracle carolyn dean
The Magnesium Miracle, by Carolyn Dean, M.D. N.D.

The longer your intake remains low, the more likelihood your bodily stores will be diminished, leaving you exposed to some of the more troubling side effects of long term deficiency. According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., and expert on magnesium therapy, adequate magnesium can improve heart health, prevent stroke and obesity, and improve mood and memory.
If you answered no to all of the above questions, you may be able to rely on high food sources of magnesium, like those described in our article on Magnesium in the Diet.
Yet for many people, especially those with diseases and symptoms associated with low magnesium, active magnesium supplementation may be a crucial element of returning to good health.
In her book, The Magnesium Miracle, Dr. Dean notes that achieving adequate magnesium through foods is notoriously difficult, stating:
I’m convinced that to get enough magnesium today, you need to take supplements.”4
topical or transdermal magnesium
Transdermal magnesium does not have the side effects of oral supplements.
One of the most effective ways to improve your magnesium levels is to combine a healthy diet with transdermal magnesium.
Many of the factors which contribute to low magnesium stores are caused by inefficiencies of the GI tract. By delivering magnesium through the skin directly to the cells, topical magnesium products bypass many of the problems associated with low magnesium absorption.
In older adults, reduced gastric acid levels in the digestive system may be a factor in reduced mineral availability. Hydrochloric acid supplements may be combined with magnesium to combat this dilemma; however a simpler and less expensive option is the use of magnesium chloride supplements. Magnesium chloride has been proven to have a high bioavailability, while simultaneously providing the chloride necessary for healthy digestion and vitamin and mineral absorption.
Magnesium researcher Mildred Seelig has called magnesium “the silent guardian of our hearts and arteries” and “necessary for life”. And Dr. Carolyn Dean calls it “the missing link to total health”.
If you haven’t heard much about magnesium and its importance to good health, now is the time to learn. And if it’s something you’ve always meant to look into, now is the time to take action!

What’s Next?

Magnesium through the skin? Yes! Learn about topical magnesium products.
Why can’t you get enough magnesium through foods? Get the good news and the bad news.
Watch health experts’ video interviews — powerful commentary on the why and how of magnesium.

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  6. Brink E. J., Beynen A. C., Dekker P. R., Beresteijn E.C.H., Meer R. Interaction of calcium and phosphate decreases ileal magnesium solubility and apparent magnesium absorption. The Journal of Nutrition. 1992; 122:580-586 []
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  10. Irwin R, Rippe J. Irwin and Rippe’s Intensive Care Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2008. []
  11. Shane SR, Flink EB. Magnesium deficiency in alcohol addiction and withdrawal. Magnesium and trace elements. 1991-1992;10(2-4):263-8. []
  12. Wester PO. Magnesium. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1987; 45:1305-12. []
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  14. Seelig MS. The requirement of magnesium by the normal adult: Summary and analysis of published data. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1964;14:342-90. []
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What does Magnesium do?!?!

Taken from Natural Vitality

Magnesium and calcium are fundamental nutrients that need to be in balance with each other in order for you to fully experience good health. Their importance on a cellular level is critical. Calcium and magnesium are like opposite sides of a coin. Calcium excites nerves, while magnesium calms them down. Calcium makes muscles contract. Magnesium is necessary for muscles to relax. Calcium is needed for blood clotting, but magnesium keeps the blood flowing freely.
Calcium & Magnesium:
A Matter of Balance

You experience the tensing (calcium) and relaxing (magnesium) interaction of these two elements each time your heart beats, when you feel your pulse, and every time you breathe.
When we are under stress, our cells—which in their resting state contain magnesium—go through a change. Calcium, normally outside the cells, enters the cells and the calcium level becomes high. This is the action state in which a muscle cell, for example, will contract and tense the muscle. The magnesium then pushes the calcium out of the cell and the cell is again in its resting, relaxed state. Think of it as an on-off switch. The “off” is magnesium and the “on” is calcium.
But what happens to a cell that is not in balance—where the magnesium level in the body is deficient?
In simple terms, the “off” switch doesn’t fully turn off. That means calcium can continuously leak into the cells and stimulate cell activity (the “on” switch). The result is stress accompanied by one or more of the magnesium deficiency symptoms.
Magnesium helps your muscles and nerves function properly; it keeps your heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and also assists in keeping your bones strong. This essential mineral helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is required for producing and storing energy. It’s easy to see why many researchers say that no single dietary factor is as critical as magnesium.
Calcium—Too Much of a Good Thing?
Calcium deficiency can be a serious issue. It is an important nutrient your body needs every day, but too much calcium can also be a problem.
The recommended adequate intake of calcium according to the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, is 1,000 mg for adults aged 19–50 and 1,200 mg for 51 plus. There are many adults who are taking 1,200–1,500 mg of supplemental calcium in addition to their dietary intake of calcium (an 8 oz cup of low-fat fruit yogurt contains 345 mg of calcium and one cup of nonfat milk contains 306 mg). Unassimilated calcium can end up in the soft tissues of the body where it deposits and hardens (calcifies) or in the urine where it may result in kidney stones.
Unless calcium and magnesium are properly balanced, magnesium becomes depleted (too much calcium can itself deplete magnesium levels). This can result in an inability to quickly recover from stress and can itself be a source of stress.
Do You Have a Healthy Magnesium Level?
Most people don’t get enough magnesium, including many who already take magnesium. There are two reasons for this: the amount of magnesium required by the body is greater than people think and many magnesium capsules and tablets are not completely absorbed by the body.
Magnesium deficiency can be caused by a number of stresses on the body, including—but not limited to—lack of adequate dietary magnesium, emotional stress, some drugs (diuretics, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, insulin, cortisone), heavy exercise, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and too much calcium in the diet.

Friday, June 29, 2012

STRONG Gym News Feature!

STRONG Gym News Feature from late 2010.

Some Thoughts on Self Promotion and Why Arrogant People Think it’s Wrong

FROM Donald Miller's blog:

As a somewhat cynical twenty-something, I looked down on people who promoted their work. To me, they were walking infomercials, always selling something. On a deeper level, I may have thought of these people as lacking humility or not trusting in God to provide.
Times have changed, though, and now I’m that guy. About once a week I’m criticized for promoting my books (haven’t done that in about two years though) or our movie, or the Storyline conference. About every fifth blog is an invitation to take part in something I’m doing. But I don’t feel arrogant about it at all.
Here are a few reasons I promote my work:
1. My work isn’t about me. It’s about others. As I’ve gotten older I’ve lost interest in making myself look good and become more interested in creating great experiences for people or changing culture. To me, this is more interesting. It’s still my name on the cover of the book or in the titles of the film, but I spend less money on clothes and haircuts because I’m distracted. Ever notice how people who don’t promote themselves have an image of being cool and aloof that they spent months creating and practicing? You’re not fooling us, hipsters, we know you’re self centered all the same!
2. I believe in my work. I’ve seen the suff I’ve done change lives, provide mentors for kids, make people feel less lonely, save marriages and all that stuff. It took years, but I actually started to understand that in the way a doctor could help somebody with a medical problem, I could help them through an emotional problem. I promote my work because my work helps people.
3. I work with teams. I remember years ago being late turning in a book and about that same time my publisher let a bunch of people go. I was partly responsible for that. I cost people their jobs and it was a terrible feeling. I’ve decided to be a writer and to write with a publisher and that means I work with people. To not get out there and tell people about my work is arrogant and selfish. People are depending on me.
Conversely, here’s the reality about all that cynicism about self promotion. Here are some reasons people don’t promote their work:
1. Those who do not promote their work usually live off the backs of other people. I hear from a lot of ministers we should only promote Jesus. But if you’re a minister, business people who promote their real-estate agencies, insurance agencies or their skills as a plumber are feeding your children. If you think you should only promote Jesus, you should stop taking money from anybody who advertises or works for companies that do. Lets be consistent, here.
God Himself created farming and created our bodies in such a way we have to eat. That means we have to work and the fact anybody can sit around reading books all day sharing their ideas (don’t forget, that’s exactly what I do) is a complete and total luxury. Not only this, but if we work for a large corporation, we’d better hope they advertise and promote the products we are making, otherwise we’d be out of a job. Not having to promote, in other words, is a luxury and should be seen as such.
2. People who don’t promote their work may not be humble at all, in fact, they may be too proud to be seen as a salesman. I used to think I was humble, but then I realized I didn’t want to be one of those info-mercial guys and so my motivation was anything but humility. I was the opposite, I was proud. Too proud and too cool to sell anything. I was also poor and offering nothing to the world except my latest variation of a stupid mustache (No offense, stupid mustache wearers. God know’s we need you at our coffee shops to create that artist vibe. We appreciate you.)
3. People who don’t promote their work may not yet believe in their work. If you’re a new singer/songwriter, you may just be figuring out whether you’re any good. You may have doubts and so are sheepish. But people who know they are good have no problem standing in front of a crowd telling them they can buy their CD in the back. After all, if it’s a good CD, who cares. They’re actually offering a service.
4. People who don’t promote their work aren’t lost in their work. For me to get up in the morning and build the next piece of Storyline or work on the next chapter of a book is a thrill. I lose myself in the work. Working on a creative project is the best and most healthy way to escape, especially if you’re working with a team. Far from being self centered, doing creative work for a living is a wonderful way to break free from constant narcissism.
5. People who don’t promote their work don’t have employees and associates. If you’re a small businessperson, you likely have employees who count on you to get your name out there or the name of your products. Working with teams is a blast and we come to love those we work with. They’ve given their lives and their skills to you as a creative person or businessperson and you owe it to them to take confidence in your work and get it out into the marketplace.
6. Self promotion is not unholy. Occasionally I’ll encounter some well-meaning religious person who thinks self promotion works against the fame of God. I whole-heartedly disagree. In his day, Billy Graham spent millions promoting himself and his crusades, all so people could come HEAR HIM TALK ABOUT GOD. Those who know Mr. Graham would never see him as arrogant. He was over himself. But that didn’t mean God didn’t give him a personality and a mouth and later a microphone. Flowers bloom and mountains tower not to take attention from God, but to display His glory. So if you’re a dancer, dance, a singer, sing and if you write books, write them well. Lose yourself in the work and play with God in the creative process. And please, cut the false humility and religious crap about how you only promote Jesus. It’s annoying. Get in touch with your own depravity and realize you’re a scumbag like the rest of us and stop talking about how humble you are all the time. Learn to dance or something.
Of course, there are those who really are in it for themselves. I know, I know, they can be annoying. But don’t roll your eyes at every artist who tells you about their new album or book or business. People have to feed themselves and their families and other people’s families. And for heaven’s sake, if you believe in your work, share it with the world.
What project do you want to share with my readership? Leave links in the comment sections. Let’s see what you’ve been up to. It’s time to believe in yourself. God made that mind of yours, show us how you’ve taken responsibility for that amazing fact and let us see what you’ve done with it.

The Truth About Ourselves and The Fight For The Absolute of Love

“But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37-39).

Have we not gone mad? Are we not destroying our habitat, our wildlife, our farmland, the very food we eat? Do we not see the entropic state we live in? Have we not allowed all of our governments to atrophy in meaning where politicians without understanding are guiding our planet into a new world order of self-proclaimed enlightment sans God? Is our economy still really based on capitalism or is it only its appearance?

Do we treat sports heroes, pop culture stars, and music idols as gods? Does music portray manhood and building loving characters, or does it degrade us into loose moral function by overt sexualization of women and keeping what should be men into a state of childhood?
Do we not follow a variety of self proclaimed gurus in their self oriented disciplines which are structured to breakdown all existing order into chaotic confusion; while all the while proclaiming we are an enlightened society?
Is materialism not a god? Has it not taken away from our value and principle? Has money not replaced virtue and wisdom?
Is there not a vast sentiment of being content with remaining apathetical and complacent in attitude towards ventures of an eternal nature?

Our lives are based on entertainment; what have we let enter into and maintain our very own minds, petty irrelevant issues? Media has made us ignorant of the entire system; if we pay attention to the left hand, will we know what the right hand is doing? Our minds have been corrupted by the subtleties of the serpent and turned away from the simplicity which is in Jesus Christ.[i] Have we not slowly given away our basic freedoms and rights in this subtle manner?

Are we blind and cannot see this faint ridding of: God being taken out of schools, elimination of the traditional Christian family concept, promotion of a trans-gendered agenda, and sexual freedom? Has the church not accepted many of these principles? Have we accepted the absolutes stated in the Bible or have we become lukewarm in our affairs?[ii]
Everything is pushing towards: relativity of our morals, ignorance via degradation of education and debasing art in all of its forms (i.e. music), and the self-pleasing lust of this world. These are the undertones to silence Christianity. Most people unknowingly give homage to satanic theology by living their lives by the rule, “Do What Thou Wilt.” This coincides with satanism in that it is the worship of one’s self; the heart of selfishness, the lust of the things of this world.
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.”[iii]

Do you know what your cause is? What do you live for?

The whole of man is to fear God and keep his commandments. We are told in Matthew 22:36-40, “Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”[iv] Our foundation for each other is to thrive in an environment in which love is perpetuated.

We are all unique individuals and its amazing how glorious God, our Father is in that he made us all with our unique character and free will. For we should do as Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Our human nature is one based on selfishness and the lust for our own wills instead of the love for God’s will. For if it is not of God, it is of vanity. “For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”[v]

As the world once asked before, what is truth?[vi] For even the world knows that there is no err in truth. Our own lives depend on our ability to perceive things deeper then what we have been taught to accept. Never be satisfied with lukewarm Christianity. Christianity is the only truth based on love, not philosophy, not man, not structured in a way that we place man’s teachers on top of the pyramid to keep the sheep, ourselves, at the bottom. Jesus Christ alone is our foundation, who lifts us all up to greater heights. Realize that there is movement towards allowing the truth of Christianity to co-exist and globalize with all other worldly religions under the false notions of peace. This is the great deception.

Have we no backbone? Are we really that content with our own lives that no one stands up for anything anymore? To quote from the movie Braveheart, William Wallace sees a whole army of men who are content not knowing and not caring about the greater task at hand. “Ay, fight and you may die, run and you’ll live. At least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance…” For it was Jesus who said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”[vii] But how do we fight? We fight with the book of love. “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”[viii]

Wake up to this sinister spiritual wickedness! Let us open our eyes to see that everything is either getting pushed more towards the absolute of love or the absolute of selfishness in subtle ways.

For selfishness knows not love and is the antithesis of love; that is truth. Someday the curse upon God’s creation which began in Genesis will be overruled. Revelation tells of the great reversals which will take place and make creation anew. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”[ix] And by definition, there can only be one truth, for the truth is the truth. "Thy word [is] true [from] the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments [endureth] for ever.”[x]

God’s love is true from the beginning and will carry through for us till the end. This is how we should understand love. It is love for God that gives meaning to all. A meaning given to us at creation; a love for us carried through with our redemption.


[i] 2 Corinthians 11:3

[ii] Revelation 3:14-17

[iii] 2 Peter 3:3-4

[v][v] 1 John 2:16-17

[vi] John 18:38

[vii] Matthew 10:34

[viii] Hebrews 4:12

[ix] Revelation 21:4-5

[x] Psalm 119:160


WED, 27 June 2012

Cardiac Development.
HR 120 x 90 minutes.

THURS, 28 June 2012

* BIOFORCE Measurement
* Accupuncture Massage and Mobility Work


Strength Training (7:00am)
Foam Roll + LAX
Thoracic Work
Postural Reinforcement
Activation + EQI
Speed - 3 x 10 yd. Starts (var.).
Jump - High Bar Jumps. 100" x 10 Total
1: Power Snatch.
Form Work w/ 135 x lots.
2: SSB Foam Box Squats.
295 + 90c. x 6 x 2
2:  Stiff-Legged Deadlifts [1.5" Defecit].
345 x 3 x 3
3:  Reverse Hyper Donkey Kicks.
10# AW x 2 x 15
4:  One-Arm DB Side Bends.
80 x 3 x 12

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ecclesiastes: The Inspired Book of Error by Ray Stedman

I love trying to understand why people do the things they do.  Everyone has a foundation to their own personal understanding, philosophy.  Some people's philosophies are built on sand, others have theirs build on rock.

A philosophy built on truth.  By the definition of truth, we get the understanding that there can only be one truth.  For the truth is the truth.  It is an absolute.  I'm absolutely sure :)

Here is one of the best articles I have ever read about philosophy from a great author.  Its all based on the book of Ecclesiastes.  

From Ray C. Stedman:

The book of Ecclesiastes, or "the Preacher," is unique in scripture. There is no other book like it, because it is the only book in the Bible that reflects a human, rather than a divine, point of view. This book is filled with error. And yet it is wholly inspired. This may confuse some people, because many feel that inspiration is a guarantee of truth. This is not necessarily so. Inspiration merely guarantees accuracy from a particular point of view; if it is God's point of view it is true; if it is man's point of view it may be true, and it may not. If it is the Devil's point of view it may or may not be true, as well, but the Devil's ultimate end, of course, is evil. Inspiration guarantees an accurate reflection of these various points of view.
Therefore the Bible does have much error in it. Whenever false views of men are quoted or set forth, the Bible is speaking error. Whenever Satan speaks, most of his statements are in error, and even the truth that he uses is twisted and distorted, and therefore is erroneous.
So it is quite possible to "prove" all kinds of utterly false things by quoting the Bible. because in that sense the Bible is filled with error. But the Bible always points out the error which it presents and makes it clear that it is error, as in the case with this book. Because of its remarkable character Ecclesiastes is the most misused book of the Bible. This is the favorite book of atheists and agnostics. And many cults love to quote this book's erroneous viewpoints and give the impression that these are scriptural, divine words of God concerning life.
But right away in its introduction this book is very careful to point out that what it records is not divine truth. It presents only the human view of life. You'll find that over and over, throughout the whole course of Ecclesiastes, one phrase is repeated again and again: "under the sun," "under the sun." Everything is evaluated according to appearances alone-- this is man's point of view of reality and is utterly exclusive of divine revelation. As such, Ecclesiastes very accurately summarizes what man thinks.
Ecclesiastes is not atheistic; to be atheistic is to be unrealistic, and the Bible is never unrealistic. An atheist is one who has convinced himself by long argument that there is no God, even though every inward testimony of his conscience and the structure of the universe around him are constant witnesses to the fact that there is a God. For the most part, only the educated man is an atheist. Or, the man who does not desire to face life's realities, because he wants to convince himself that there is no God to whom he must answer. But this book is not atheistic, even though it is written from a humanistic point of view.
Ecclesiastes views God as men in general view God -- as a not very vital concern of life. sort of a high-calorie dessert which you can take or leave. There is no understanding of God as a vital, living Lord, an authority in life with whom one can have a personal relationship.
The book opens with this introduction:
The words of the Preacher... (Ecclesiastes 1:1a RSV)
I think that it is to Martin Luther that we owe this translation of the Hebrew word, but in context it is not the best choice. The word can mean "preacher," but I think it is much better translated as "debater" or "arguer," and as you read this book you will see that it is a series of arguments set forth as man views the world around him. The debater was none other than Solomon, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. the wisest man who ever lived, according to Biblical record.
Solomon was in an unusual position to undertake the experiments and investigations reflected in this book, because during the forty years of his reign there was utter peace in the kingdom of Judah and Israel. There were no tribes around stirring up warfare or strife. Since he did not have to bother himself with military life, he had all the time he needed to pursue his investigations into the meaning of life. Furthermore, he had all the wealth he needed, and he had a keen, logical, discerning mind which had gained for him the reputation as the wisest man in the world. He had all that he needed, and he set himself to discover what life is all about. Therefore, the value of Ecclesiastes is that it sets forth life from the standpoint of the natural man, apart from divine revelation.
As you read through the book you'll notice that it all centers on this text (verse 2):
Vanity of vanities, says the Debater, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:2 RSV)
Unfortunately, that word "vanity" doesn't mean today what it used to. At least, we seldom use it in quite the same sense. To us, "vanity" is conceit over personal looks. We think that a woman who spends a half hour primping before a mirror every time she goes through her bedroom is a victim of vanity -- or a man, if he does the same thing. And of course that is true. I think of the woman who said to her pastor one day, "I must confess to you, pastor, that I am suffering from a terrible sin. I suffer from the sin of vanity. Every morning before I leave, I admire myself in the mirror for half an hour." He said, "My dear lady, it is not the sin of vanity you are suffering from, it is the sin of imagination." But "vanity" here in Ecclesiastes means emptiness, futility, meaninglessness. The debater has completed his survey of life, and he gives this conclusion at the beginning of the book. He says everything is futile, empty, meaningless -- there is no sense to anything.
He supports this conclusion with a series of arguments that he has gleaned after sifting through the philosophies of life. And perhaps the most interesting thing about this book is that all the philosophies by which men have attempted to live are gathered together here. There is nothing new under the sun, the book says -- and how true that is. Here we are, almost thirty centuries removed from the time of the writing of this book, and yet nothing more has been produced in the world or in the ideas of men than what is reflected right here. First there is what we might call the mechanistic view, or the scientific outlook if you prefer. This outlook sees the universe as nothing but a great, grinding machine, and the Debater in his investigation of it is lost in the monotonous repetition of nature's processes. And yet, in many ways, this is a most remarkable passage. Some revelations here are of scientific import and were written long before men of science ever discovered these things. Notice, for instance, the circuit of the wind:
The wind blows to the south,
and goes round to the north;
round and round goes the wind,
and on its circuits the wind returns. (Ecclesiastes 1:6 RSV)
Men didn't discover the circuit of the wind until centuries after this was written. And then there is the evaporation cycle of circulating waters:
All streams run to the sea,
but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
there they flow again. (Ecclesiastes 1:7 RSV)
That is, the rivers run down to the sea, evaporate, come back up to the mountains again as rainfall, and run down to the sea again. The writer has discovered this in his observation of nature, and he says all this is vanity, empty. He feels the utter weariness of this endless circuit. So what is his outlook? Life goes on and we are lost in the meaninglessness of the universe. Nothing is to be heard but the clanking of gears. You may recognize this philosophy to be very common today. and the end of it is emptiness. What is man in the midst of a universe like that? Just a tiny speck with no meaning or significance at all.
In chapter 2 the writer examines the philosophy of hedonism -- the pursuit of pleasure as the chief end of life. What gives life meaning? Well, millions today say, "Just enjoy yourself! Have a good time, live it up, do as you like, seek pleasure. That's the purpose of living. That's why we are here!" But the Debater says:
I said to myself, "Come now, I will make a test of pleasure; enjoy yourself." But behold, this also was vanity. (Ecclesiastes 2:1 RSV)
Then he proceeds to itemize pleasure. He says that first he tried pleasure in the form of laughter, or mirth. Maybe this is what is needed to make life thoroughly enjoyable. So he sought out opportunities to give himself to genial, gracious, laughing, happy company. But he says that after a time, even this yielded a weariness of spirit.
Then he says he tried the acquisition of possessions; perhaps meaning comes from wealth:
So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem; also my wisdom remained with me. And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them; (Ecclesiastes 2:9-10a RSV)
And he gave himself to the accumulation of wealth and possessions. (How many are living on that level today!) He says it too was emptiness of spirit and didn't satisfy his longing.
And then he says:
I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly[That is, he considered opposites in the realm of ideas]; for what can the man do who comes after the king? (Ecclesiastes 2:12a RSV)
Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness. (Ecclesiastes 2:13a RSV)
He says, "This is better, at least. Here is something that is interesting: pursuing all these various ideas about life. Ah, but," he says. "I found that it comes out at the same place." The fool and the wise man alike die. And as far as their lives are concerned, one is as utterly insignificant as the other. It doesn't make any difference.
Then, he comes to this terrible conclusion:
So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a striving after wind. (Ecclesiastes 2:17 RSV)
Here is a man who has given himself to pleasure, to possessions, and to the pursuit of wisdom in the realm of ideas, and he says, "I hated life. I hated all my toil. I turned about and gave my heart up to despair." That is what he came to, isn't it? Just as it is what anyone will come to: only despair.
Then in chapter 3 he views life from what we might call the existential viewpoint. That is a popular term today. It is fashionable to believe in existentialism and it is, of course, thought to be something new on the stage of world ideas. But it is nothing new at all. It is as old as the thinking of man. Actually, we might call this viewpoint fatalism, because there is always a fatalistic element in existentialism.
We in America can hardly realize why existential thinking has so powerfully gripped the minds of people in our world. The popularity of existentialism was born at the end of World War II, when Europe was left in shambles. The great cities of Europe were in ruins, and all that men had previously pinned their hopes on -- in government and religion, as they knew it -- had been powerless to arrest the catastrophe and terrible chaos of World War II. At the end of it, men were left with utterly shattered hopes concerning what they had believed in. They asked one another, "What can we trust? We can't trust religion. It did nothing to stem the awful tide of tyranny under Hitler. And we can't trust government, because it is the very tool of such power. So what can we trust?" And somebody suggested that the only thing that we can trust is our own reactions to life as we live through things. We experience feelings and reactions to events, and even though no two of us may have the same reaction, at least each person's reaction is real to him. So they said, "All we can really trust is our own reaction to events, to existence." And that is existentialism.
Now this writer says, "I tried that. I discovered that I reacted to events, that I had certain inescapable experiences in life." We read that there is:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep ...[and so on.] (Ecclesiastes 3:2-4a RSV)
The writer sees that all these events come upon us. And he sees also that man has a desire for something deeper, for finding significance, for finding meaning in life:
He has made everything beautiful in its time; also he has put eternity into man's mind, (Ecclesiastes 3:11a RSV)
In other words, man can never rest with simply external explanations of things. He has to look deeper. Eternity is in his heart. And this writer says he saw all this. He saw that events of life are inescapable and are experienced by all men -- but he saw that all men go to one place when it is all over. All turn to dust.
And there is nothing better for man than to enjoy his work,
...for that is his lot; who can bring him to see what will be after him? (Ecclesiastes 3:22b RSV)
He sees futility. hopelessness. What's the use?
In chapter 4 he turns to capitalism, of all things. Here he sets forth the competitive enterprise of life. When we Americans hear the word "capitalism" perhaps we think it is a wonderful word. We think it describes the vigorous young insurance executive out to join the million-dollars-a-month club, or some high-powered executive in business who is building his own empire. We admire this. We say. "Capital is the answer."
Remember that the word of God always ultimately looks at life as it really is. And capitalism is not a final answer to things. It may be a better answer than communism, and I'm convinced that it is, but this writer says he tried this competitive-enterprise approach and saw that it resulted in injustices and oppression. And he discovered that selfish motivation lies behind it, resulting in inequities. So, he says it all comes to the same thing:
Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who will no longer take advice, (Ecclesiastes 4:13 RSV)
What good does it do to get to the top of the heap when a young man at the bottom with nothing but a few smart ideas can surge ahead of you? What's the difference? What is the good of it all?
Then in chapter 5 he tries religion -- religion which recognizes that God exists -- and he tries to do good and to be good. And yet he points out that there is no practical value to it. Religious people can do very unethical things and oppress the poor. Furthermore, there is no power in deadly, religious formalism to arrest wrongs or change inequities. He says, then, that religion of that sort doesn't work either. It comes to the same thing -- emptiness and vanity.
Chapter 6 sets forth his experiments along the line of materialism -- the philosophy of "the good life." His conclusion is that even though a man has everything,
If a man begets a hundred children[children are wealth to the Hebrew], and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but he does not enjoy life's good things, and also has no burial, I say that an untimely birth is better off than he. (Ecclesiastes 6:3 RSV)
If you have everything, but in trying to satisfy yourself you discover that there is still a craving that these things can't meet, then you are no better off than if you had never been born. It all comes out to the same thing.
In chapter 7 Solomon approaches life from the standpoint of stoicism -- a cultivated indifference to events -- and his conclusion is that in order to view life this way, aim for a happy medium. Be moderate in all things:
In my vain life I have seen everything; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness[righteousness doesn't always pay], and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evil-doing[wickedness sometimes does pay, judging by evidence "under the sun"]. (Ecclesiastes 7:15 RSV)
Therefore he says:
Be not righteous overmuch, and do not make yourself over wise; why should you destroy yourself? Be not wicked overmuch, neither be a fool; why should you die before your time? (Ecclesiastes 7:16-17 RSV)
That is, aim for a happy medium. How many times have you heard these verses quoted as exactly reflecting what the Bible teaches? But, rather, these are the words of a man looking at life who says the best policy is "Moderation in all things" -- avoid extremes as much as possible, don't volunteer for anything, try just to get through. That is his viewpoint.
Chapters 8 through 10 and the first eight verses of chapter 11 are a connected discourse examining what might be referred to as the wisdom of the world, or the common-sense view of life. In chapter 8 anyone approaching life from this point of view is exhorted to master the power structures of the world in which he lives. He says, "Try to understand who is an authority and who isn't, and do your best to be on the right side at the right time." That is his philosophy. You recognize that, don't you? Here is his conclusion:
...then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out; even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out. (Ecclesiastes 8:17 RSV)
Now he says, "I don't offer you much hope along this line, but if you get on the right side and get in good with the powers that be, you will at least get along pretty well, but you won't find any answers to life. It's all futility, don't you see?"
Then in chapter 9 he examines the world's value judgments and points out again that they all come to the same thing:
Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all. (Ecclesiastes 9:11 RSV)
Here he says, "You see these men who say, like Benjamin Franklin, 'Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise' and 'A penny saved is a penny earned'. All these things," he says, "have an aura of wisdom about them -- but they don't really work. I have seen times when the race was not to the swift and the battle didn't go to the strong nor bread to the wise nor riches to the intelligent. It doesn't always work. I have seen some very stupid rich people." So these worldly values and judgments are not accurate, and they too all end in death:
For man does not know his time. life fish which are taken in an evil net, and like birds which are caught in a snare[suddenly, unexpectedly, with a heart attack] so the sons of men are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them. (Ecclesiastes 9:12 RSV)
What difference, then, do worldly values make?
In chapter 10 he exhorts us to maintain discretion in life -- be temperate, diligent, cautious, accommodating -- try to get by as best you can. But this is only an enlightened expression of selfishness, which is the motive underlying it all. We read in chapter 11 that success is simply a matter of diligence -- in order to get something out of life, you need to work and apply yourself:
In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good. (Ecclesiastes 11:6 RSV)
But then he concludes:
For if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 11:8 RSV)
You see? He has proved his case hasn't he? All the way through it is the same thing. Life lived apart from God all comes out to the same thing.
At this point comes the change in viewpoint, the recognition that life is meaningful and significant when the person of God is enthroned in it. This is Solomon's true conclusion to all of his findings, and it begins this way:
Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. (Ecclesiastes 11:9 RSV)
That doesn't mean punishment. It means examination: God will bring you into an examination of your life. But "Rejoice!" (That is Solomon's very word!) The Debater's final conclusion is thus directly opposite his previous conclusion. Six times in this account you find him playing one string on his violin, over and over again. The only thing he has to say to the man who approaches life without a genuine commitment to God, is this: "Eat. drink and be merry. for tomorrow you must die."
There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and find enjoyment in his toil. (Ecclesiastes 2:24 RSV)
So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should enjoy his work, for that is his lot; who can bring him to see what will be after him. (Ecclesiastes 3:22 RSV)
And again:
What I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life which God has given him, for this is his lot. (Ecclesiastes 5:18 RSV)
And I commend enjoyment, for man has no good thing under the sun but to eat, and drink, and enjoy himself, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of life which God gives him under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 8:15 RSV))
Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has already approved what you do. (Ecclesiastes 9:7 RSV)
And yet again:
Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answer everything. (Ecclesiastes 10:19 RSV)
Practical isn't it? And devilish. Do you see? When you hear people talking this way today, when you see worldly man thinking and acting on the basis of "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die," don't blame him. What else can he say? This is the inevitable conclusion of any approach to life that erases God from the picture. And there is nothing more descriptive of utterly blind pessimism than those words. Think of it. Eat, drink and be merry. In other words, live like an animal. This denies the glory of manliness and manhood. It reduces man to the level of the animal. It is the most hopeless statement one can ever make. "What is life? Nothing at all. Utterly insignificant. Without any meaning. Utterly futile. All that we can do, therefore, is to make the best of it. Eat, drink and be merry. Life goes out like a candle flame in the end." Utter pessimism rules in a life that is lived without God.
Now contrast that with what the writer says in the last chapter:
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, (Ecclesiastes 12:1a RSV)
And he goes on to describe in a beautiful, poetic passage what death is:
Before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, (Ecclesiastes 12:6a RSV)
And he teaches this final conclusion:
The end of the matter; all has been heard. (Ecclesiastes 12:13a RSV)
What is his final advice?
Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13)
"Wait!" you protest. "You left out a word! It says,'this is the whole duty of man.'"
No, I didn't leave it out. The translators put it in. That word doesn't belong there. The Hebrew says, "this is the whole of man" or "this is what makes man whole," if you like. "Fear God." Now that doesn't mean that you are to be afraid of him, but to have a loving respect that obeys him.
Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole of man.
This is what makes man whole. And the secret is to enthrone God in the days of your youth. If you want to find the secret of living so that the heart is satisfied and the spirit is enriched and fulfilled according to God's intention for you, then "Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come." Enthrone God in the center of your life and you will discover all that God has intended your life to be. And you will be able to rejoice all the days of your life. I can remember well when as a teenager I would wonder from time to time whether these Christian ideas that I knew were right, and would feel allured and enticed by other ways of thinking. And I felt the awful uncertainty, of not knowing which was right. What is the answer to life's questions? Looking back upon that time I have great sympathy for young people; I see their deep inner desire, just as I felt it then, not to waste their lives but to live significantly. Every young person feels that. But now, from the perspective of more than thirty years, I can say that God in grace led me to commit myself, as it says in Proverbs:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5- 6 RSV)
I sing with the hymn, "Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come," but I can also say, "Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home." I can testify to the fact that the Debater's conclusion is apt. Life is fulfilled only when God is enthroned in the center of an individual's life and that individual acts in obedience to his ruler. But the philosophy that begins and exists and ends in the dust, and then says that the dust is everything -- that this is all life is intended to be, that vanity is everything -- is utter folly. The Debater's conclusion is that everything is indeed vanity unless you put God in the center of life.


Thank you, Father for these words of wisdom, and for having recorded it for us in this ancient book so that in our hunger for fulfillment we need not go down all these paths ourselves. We can believe this word to be genuine and accurate, and build our lives upon it. We pray that our young people will have the courage to believe this word and to act upon it -- to enthrone you as the Lord of life, and thereby live their lives in grace and strength and beauty. We pray in Christ's name. Amen.

TRAINING Week 19, SE Upper

TUES, 26 June 2021

* BIOFORCE Measurement
* Accupuncture Pressure Massage
* Powerbreath Apparatus


Strength Training (7:00am)
Foam Roll + LAX
Thoracic Work
Postural Reinforcement
Explosive Med Ball Work
1:  Incline Bench Press.
185 x 3
195 x 3
205 x 5 x 3
2A:  Paused One-Arm DB Row.
140 x 3 x 7
2B:  3-Board Bench Press.
275 x 3
300 x 3
280 x 3


Infared Sauna x 20 minutes (9:00pm)

TRAINING LOG, Week 19, Sunday and Monday

I've managed my time so that I'll write on this blog only on Wednesday and the weekends.

As of last Wednesday, I found out I have a meet coming up on November 3 in Wichita Falls, TX.
Its my first meet in about 2 years.  Squat, Press, Deadlift....

I now have 18 weeks, 4 days...


SUN, 24 June 2012

No training


MON, 25 June 2012

* BIOFORCE Measurement
* Accupuncture Massage and Mobility Work


Strength Training (7:00am)
Foam Roll + LAX
Thoracic Work
Postural Reinforcement
Activation + EQI
Speed - 4 x 10 yd. Starts (var.).
Jump - High Bar Jumps.  100" x 10 Total
1:  Power Snatch.
Form Work w/ 135 x lots.
2:  SSB Foam Box Squats.
[Belt + Briefs]
385 + gB x 1
405 + gB x 1
385 + gB x 2 x 1
385 + gB x 2
2:  Barbell Hip Thrust.
345 x 3 x 5
3:  Lying Single Leg Band Curls.
pB x 20
pB x 15
4:  ABS

First Post

I'll start my first post off with something I wrote a very long time ago (4 years or so).  It from STRONG Gym's old website.
It will be good for me to reflect back., I just need some content on this blog :{

[Discussion about my health and training]
Hey guys, thanks for thinking about me. I really appreciate it. No one has ever really commented on my training style before and it’s nice to get reminded about all the people who watch out for me. My body has been working at half efficiency due to my illness and blood loss for quite sometime now and it hurts that I can not train as hard as I want. I will and am changing many aspects of my program but make note that for me, training is my way that I deal with certain things. I know you guys are only talking about my training but I feel this needs to be said...

Honestly, its been tough...
These past 2 1/2 years have really impacted my life. After being medically discharged from the Naval Academy, I returned home and had no idea with what I was going to do with my life. All I was told by them was that I had something wrong with my gut and that I was all of a sudden not suited to be an officer. I felt at a major low and life was not fun. I was angry at myself and could not find any reason as to why God would do this. My goal was to be a US Marine, Force Recon, the type of person who kicks ass and takes names that you would never hear about. And now that was gone. I was back at home.
I remember just sitting in my room and watching every episode of Walker Texas Ranger season after season. I would laugh about this with friends but I felt empty inside. I hated that feeling.
My personality had always been more of a happy, quiet manner but I never have liked to show weak emotion or anger in front of anyone. I kept all my weak emotions on the inside. This wasn't healthy as the only times I would let out anything out were with those I loved most over something that was either very little or stupid. But then I found something that would eventually lead me to great passion that also let me deal with my anger.

I had always had an interest in lifting weights (since my embarrassing story) but it was never really directed with a major goal or anything. Being back home it was a nice transition to have good friends like Billy and Tyler, who worked at Chesterfield and introduced me to a whole new world about all things regarding lifting weights. I learned about Westside Barbell and big strong badasses and I was hooked. I even got a job at Chesterfield just so I could be close to the iron and train constantly. The more I trained, the more I forgot about the anger of not knowing what I was going to do with my life. I now felt like I had a purpose again and that was to get STRONG.
Getting strong physically helped get me back on the right track. My life was becoming very organized again and slowly I felt something was guiding me to something greater. My steps felt ordained...every step I made forward I got stronger and learned more about myself.
Soon getting stronger was far from a hobby or interest, it became a passion, and it was my life. I was moving forward to better and greater things.
That next summer I met up with Derek, Matt, and Jonny and it just gets better from here. It was great; I had found even more people (brothers) who also had a great passion about strength. Together we all trained in our garage gyms and had an atmosphere like no other. Everyone pushed each other for the better and we all got stronger. I was also introduced to competition and found great desire to be the best.
Competition led me to powerlifting, a sport like no other, suited to my very liking. It was a sport about competing against yourself. It was also a sport about showing others that you have what it takes to get stronger. I loved competing. After my first competition I couldn’t wait till the next one.
Shortly after this though, life once again became a little more complicated.
My Crohn’s disease started to come at me very strongly and left me drained. I became very ill and was in pain all of the time. But like I said, I hate showing weakness in front of others and I kept pushing myself to be stronger. Eventually my body couldn’t take it anymore and I became lifeless. I was rushed to Fayetteville and given a blood transfusion. The doctors and nurses were amazed that I had been at that low of a blood level and had still been keeping up with it all.
The blood transfusions were nice but more of a band-aid then anything. My energy was up again but I still had lots of pain. I got back to training as soon as I got back from the hospital.
This time around though, I trained to forget about the pain...
I continued training, harder then ever. Now though, not only was I getting stronger physically, my mind was now open to getting stronger in all areas of life. My passion for physical strength helped laid the foundation for my mental and spiritual strengths.
I knew that if I could show others that I have what it takes to get stronger physically, even if I had a disease that is leaving my body to work at half efficiency, I could be a great witness for God.
Training for strength was always on my mind, I made sure nothing could get in the way of this. Not only was I training hard physically, I was reading all I could about every topic that would get me stronger. Creationism, nutrition, the bible, eastern bloc and Russian strength text, you name it. I was seeing how it was all related and that got me stronger. My eyes were opened to many new and exciting things with creationism being something I found very enlightening.
The next summer had come and now I was guided to another something that was great. Matt and I talked and prayed about it and we decided to open up a gym like nothing from around here. STRONG Gym was born and there was now a place where strength was the goal of all who entered. A new atmosphere became as now we had more people who would join my family in strength. STRONG Gym is like no other.
After a couple of short months at STRONG, my health was still on a slow steady decline where I needed another blood transfusion.
This time around, I was better at managing the situation with the many principles I learned from all that had got me strong (nutrition and the bible, your body’s intelligent design, etc.). For the first time in years, I was feeling awesome and was stronger then ever. My life, in all of its chaos, was slowly starting to come together to the point where my attitude and well being were truly making me feel happy once again. I was also seeing for the first time how glorious our good God is. I could truly see that he is our creator, he owns us and we should fear him. Looking back, I could see that everything had happened for a reason. Sometimes when you pray for strength, God sends you great trials, but if you can overcome them, you will receive the strength that you prayed for.
I know life will always have its new challenges and there will always be a new one right around the corner.
It could even be something you thought could never happen.
There will always be challenges that you will have to face. Many will try to make you weaker…try.
It is up to you to find what it takes to make yourself stronger.
If you live a life with purpose…not focusing on your moment here on earth but on something even greater then your mind can conjure…if you continually search to get stronger in your passions, you can overcome all weakness and pain and be something great. For myself, I want to be a great witness for God and show all of his amazing glory.
I want others to look at me and ask why I push myself so hard in all areas of life. I want others to have no excuse as to why they can not get stronger.
I can always be stronger. I will be a witness for God.
That is my passion.
A passion forged on a foundation of strength. It is something that I will always search to get stronger in every aspect, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
A life with passion and purpose has a flavor that the weak will never know…