The Secret to Motivation is ____________

A few weeks ago I sent a question out to my email list (HINT – if you haven’t signed up yet, subscribe on the right!) asking what topics they had questions about and wanted to see more blog posts on.  Several great questions and suggestions came back.  One that was repeated often was the question of motivation – “How do I motivate myself to train more?  How do you motivate yourself?”

Here’s my answer to both questions.


What are your thoughts?  Drop me some comments below!

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Imperfect Training for Injury Prevention

“All-round sports training must include the capability of coping with unexpected and sub-optimal conditions”

- Mel Siff, PHD author of Supertraining


In a recent post, Are You Practicing Wrong, I covered why I think the idea of “perfect practice” is utter nonsense when it comes to training yourself how to get really improve at pretty much any skill.  In this post, I’d like to take it a step further and talk about how crucial Imperfect Training is to your overall development as a warrior. [Read more...]

Can You Ever Be Strong Enough?

Whenever I meet with a potential new client at the gym, I always ask them 3 basic questions: Why are you here?  What are your goals?  What is it about yourself that you want to change/improve?  Invariably, they all say some semblance of the same thing…

“I want to lose x number of pounds”,

“I want to be healthier.”,

“My doctor wants me to lose weight.”,

“I need to get in shape”,

“I just want to tone.” (whatever that means!) [Read more...]

9 Steps to Creating Harmony in Your Life

1.  You Cannot Control What Happens

This first one is an essential principle.  If you can wrap your head around this one, the rest is easy (well, easier, anyway).  The basic premise is simple: you cannot control what happens to you.  The only thing you can ever control is YOUR reaction to it.  See my post on Where Do You Locate Your Control for more on this topic. [Read more...]

7 Ways to Jump Start Your Fitness Routine

You need to get back to the gym.  You know it.  I know it.  The question is, why aren’t you doing it?

You know you should workout.  You know you should upgrade your nutrition.  You know you should do more to support an active healthy lifestyle.  You know you should hire a trainer.  You know you should sign up for that yoga class.  But you don’t.  Why not?

You are, as Tony Robbins would say, should-ing all over yourself.  

Here’s a list of 7 strategies to help you get it together and turn that should into a must! [Read more...]

Paleo Oatmeal Recipe

My daughter, Caitlin originally turned me on to the idea of Paleo Oatmeal.  She made it for me one day last week and I was hooked!  It’s high in protein, good fats, slightly sweet, and tastes amazing.  As you will see, it’s not really oatmeal since Paleo doesn’t do grains, but the consistency has the look and feel of oatmeal.

Since last week we have been playing around with and tweaking the original recipe to our liking.  Here’s what we came up with: [Read more...]

Weakest Direction Theory is BS – Part 2

Make sure you read the highly controversial Part 1,Weakest Direction Theory is BS, before moving on to part 2 below… 


I love martial arts.  I love everything about it.  I love training martial arts, practicing martial arts, teaching martial arts.  I love reading martial arts history, philosophy, even martial arts fiction.  I love talking about martial arts.  I love writing about martial arts.  Are you getting the picture yet?  Have I pre-framed this well enough for you?   [Read more...]

Weakest Direction Theory is BS

Warning: The following post is going to conflict with the most basic, fundamental principle you “know” to be true in martial arts.  Chances are you learned this principle on your first day of martial arts class.  Since that day you have repeated it almost every class.  You have taught it as truth to every new person you’ve ever trained with.  It’s so ingrained into your psyche that it’s practically dogma.  Most likely you will read this a instantly brand me a Budo Heretic.  Yup.  It’s that controversial…

[Read more...]

My Morning Routine

For the past several weeks there has been a running theme interwoven throughout my blog posts.  That theme has been practice, Daily Personal Practice (DPP), to be precise.

I’ve gotten several questions about the details of my own DPP since I refer to it several times in my writing.  So I figured I would pull back the curtains and give you a more detailed glimpse into my Morning Routine of DPP in this post. [Read more...]

Best Way to Program Your Training

One of the most oft asked questions I get from people, from both the online and offline worlds, is about their weekly workout schedule:

“How should I program my workouts?”

“How many days per week should I train?”

“Is it wrong or bad to train 2 days in a row?”

“How much rest should I have between workouts?”

“Is there one best way to program my training?” [Read more...]