A Simple Upside Down Workout

Of all the different types of training I have ever tried, there is nothing quite like handbalancing…. and  you don’t have to be an expert to get in a great workout. Here’s a great example of a simple — but very effective — workout that you can do without needing any equipment: all you need is a stopwatch and a wall (also ideally, a wrestling mat or a semi-soft landing surface, just in case.) Now kick up in a hand stand against however you can and hold for five sets of one minute using the wall for only as much support as you need to keep you up. If this is “too easy” you can, of course, increase the holding time or frequency.

Of all the different types of training I have ever tried, there is nothing quite like handbalancing…. and  you don’t have to be an expert to get in a great workout. Here’s a great example of a simple — but very effective — workout that you can do without needing any equipment: all you need is a stopwatch and a wall (also ideally, a wrestling mat or a semi-soft landing surface, just in case.) Now kick up in a hand stand against however you can and hold for five sets of one minute using the wall for only as much support as you need to keep you up. If this is “too easy” you can, of course, increase the holding time or frequency.

Watch This Now: NOVA – Marathon Challenge

I found this show recently and enjoyed it a lot. I believe running (or other conditioning work) is one of the most important things you can do — regardless of your fitness goals. Many people don’t like conditioning work — and some outright hate it — but “just doing it” will benefit you in innumerable ways. Grab a cold one and watch this documentary — then lace up your shoes and go for a run.

Ever Been to Bean Station, Tennessee?

If you know your gripper history you know where this message is going, otherwise, let me tell you a little bit about my next adventure…

You see, about 12 years ago a man got a crazy idea in his head that he wanted to be the first man in the world to close the Ironmind #4 gripper — something which most people thought was impossible. He tried some things that worked and some things that didn’t and came up with plenty of “unusual” training techniques for building super-human hand strength…

When all was said and done, Joe Kinney of Bean Station, Tennessee did it — the first man to close the #4 and he didn’t just close it, he slammed it shut like it was a Trainer. And a few months later Joe put together a great training video showing exactly how he did it.

…Like I said, that was over a decade ago and since then Joe has been a bit of a mystery man. However, just recently I was able to contact him through a friend of a friend and today, I’ll make my way down south to meet the man himself and shake the hand that closed the #4.

Now, I’m sure you have all kinds of questions, I know I do.

You probably want to see his “Get a Grip with Joe Kinney” video, and know how he trained with his “Secret Weapon” grip machine etc etc — I will say that very soon ALL these types of questions will be answered, so you’ll just have to stay tuned.

Meanwhile, if you want to add your name to the #4 list then you better get training. You’ll need a full set of IM grippers and you can get ’em here: Captains of Crush Hand Grippers

More updates coming later on…

Train hard,
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If you know your gripper history you know where this message is going, otherwise, let me tell you a little bit about my next adventure…

You see, about 12 years ago a man got a crazy idea in his head that he wanted to be the first man in the world to close the Ironmind #4 gripper — something which most people thought was impossible. He tried some things that worked and some things that didn’t and came up with plenty of “unusual” training techniques for building super-human hand strength…

When all was said and done, Joe Kinney of Bean Station, Tennessee did it — the first man to close the #4 and he didn’t just close it, he slammed it shut like it was a Trainer. And a few months later Joe put together a great training video showing exactly how he did it.

…Like I said, that was over a decade ago and since then Joe has been a bit of a mystery man. However, just recently I was able to contact him through a friend of a friend and today, I’ll make my way down south to meet the man himself and shake the hand that closed the #4.

Now, I’m sure you have all kinds of questions, I know I do.

You probably want to see his “Get a Grip with Joe Kinney” video, and know how he trained with his “Secret Weapon” grip machine etc etc — I will say that very soon ALL these types of questions will be answered, so you’ll just have to stay tuned.

Meanwhile, if you want to add your name to the #4 list then you better get training. You’ll need a full set of IM grippers and you can get ’em here: Captains of Crush Hand Grippers

More updates coming later on…

Train hard,
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John Wood

The Eye of The Tiger ~ Bring It Back

One was an executive in his late 50’s, another, a former teammate of mine in his mid-20’s and the last a total stranger standing in line at the bank, I would guess in his early 30’s. All of them were athletes at some point in their lives. These were three different people in three different places but all shared one common trait: I had the same conversation with each of them, and, in their own words, they all said the same things:

‘I used to workout.’

‘I’m so out of shape now.’

‘I wish I could get myself to start training again.’

If you were to ask, I bet 97 out of 100 people would tell you something similar. I can’t tell you what makes people stop training but I will say that its a challenge for everyone to keep going (yes, even highly motivated folks like me.) So what do you do?Let me first mention the fact that human beings seem to have this desire to make things more complex than they are (and certainly need to be.)

Remember what Apollo Creed said to Rocky in Rocky III:

‘Now when we fought… you had the Eye of the Tiger, man, the edge and now you gotta get it back—and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning.’

Going back to the beginning – to simplify your training for one reason and one reason only: to take it to a level that you know and will actually do…so you can get started. Now here’s the Secret – training never needs to get more complex than ‘the beginning’ — basic exercises, done well, are all you’ll ever need.

At this point, I can only hand the ball off to you, dear reader, because you are the one who makes the decision to go out and train or stay on the couch eating potato chips and living a life of regret.

Train hard,
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John Wood

One was an executive in his late 50’s, another, a former teammate of mine in his mid-20’s and the last a total stranger standing in line at the bank, I would guess in his early 30’s. All of them were athletes at some point in their lives. These were three different people in three different places but all shared one common trait: I had the same conversation with each of them, and, in their own words, they all said the same things:

‘I used to workout.’

‘I’m so out of shape now.’

‘I wish I could get myself to start training again.’

If you were to ask, I bet 97 out of 100 people would tell you something similar. I can’t tell you what makes people stop training but I will say that its a challenge for everyone to keep going (yes, even highly motivated folks like me.) So what do you do?Let me first mention the fact that human beings seem to have this desire to make things more complex than they are (and certainly need to be.)

Remember what Apollo Creed said to Rocky in Rocky III:

‘Now when we fought… you had the Eye of the Tiger, man, the edge and now you gotta get it back—and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning.’

Going back to the beginning – to simplify your training for one reason and one reason only: to take it to a level that you know and will actually do…so you can get started. Now here’s the Secret – training never needs to get more complex than ‘the beginning’ — basic exercises, done well, are all you’ll ever need.

At this point, I can only hand the ball off to you, dear reader, because you are the one who makes the decision to go out and train or stay on the couch eating potato chips and living a life of regret.

Train hard,
John Wood signature
John Wood

Winning Football Games with Hand-to-Hand Combat

I caught a little bit of the NFL combine on Television this past weekend. Having been around the game my whole life, I’ve seen the player selection process from a lot of different angles. While its true that there are lots of guys who can do amazing things in the bench press test or who are blazing fast at running the 40 yard dash – Big numbers don’t always add up to big-time players, it’s how they play that counts – or at least that should count the most.

It’s how that strength, speed and stamina is applied within the context of the game which really tells the tale. Sure a ‘big bench’ might look good on paper, but it is not necessarily going to help a player get off a block more efficiently and make plays. The truth is, football players are only as good as their hands, especially in the trenches, on the offensive and defensive lines.

Offensive linemen need to be able to punch and grab, to keep the D-linemen at bay during pass blocking and they have to have the hands in the perfect spot on the chest plate to ‘plant’ their man down field on run blocking.

Conversely, Defensive linemen need to be able to put all their strength into their hands when they come off the ball to strike, separate and make a play. Their hands have to be in the right spot or else their pass-rush moves won’t work. On both sides of the ball, this is Hand-to-hand combat and if a guy can’t use his hands, he’s a dead duck. Amazingly enough, this is something which the draft gurus have only recently started to take a look at. And even more alarming, many ‘top prospects’ are lacking in this area.

So let’s talk about what its going to take to build those kinds of hands.

First and foremost, it should be understood that a large part of having ‘good hands’ is going to be the specific practice in the skills of football which has to be done apart from the physical training itself.Another interesting thing about the hands – I have always found that the stronger my hands got, the more ‘aware’ they were and so if I needed to place one hand on a chestplate and one on an outside arm for doing a pass rush move, I could do that with relative ease. You’ll see lots of guys with ‘lazy hands’ who end up putting them outside the shoulders or who ‘double hitch’ when they come off the ball.
These are a problem, but I think both of these can be avoided by building stronger hands – proper technique demands it. Anyhow, with that understood, the hands can be made stronger, tougher and more efficient through specific exercises.

Here’s a few that I would recommend:

1. Hand grippers – the ‘crushing’ movement trains the fingers through a full range of motion, making them stronger and less likely to get jammed, sprained etc. You’ll also need strong fingers because sometimes that’s all you have to hang on with when making a tackle.

2. Sandbag Training – A tremendous conditioner which also helps build strength and mental toughness in ways no barbell can match.

3. Basic exercises using a Thick Bar are also very effective.

That’s just the ‘grip and forearm’ side of things. Training for football should involve other basic upper and lower body movements designed to strengthen every area. Conditioning work is also important and should never be neglected. Here’s an interesting stat – if you can get 1.5 quarterback sacks per game, you will be voted all state… get a college scholarship… or get drafted in the first round of the NFL.

Stronger hands can help you do this – I wonder if those combine guys realize this?

If you play football or know someone who does, how important is hand strength to you now? Start training your hands right now, you could be ready for one hell of a season next fall.

Train hard,
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John Wood
I caught a little bit of the NFL combine on Television this past weekend. Having been around the game my whole life, I’ve seen the player selection process from a lot of different angles. While its true that there are lots of guys who can do amazing things in the bench press test or who are blazing fast at running the 40 yard dash – Big numbers don’t always add up to big-time players, it’s how they play that counts – or at least that should count the most.

It’s how that strength, speed and stamina is applied within the context of the game which really tells the tale. Sure a ‘big bench’ might look good on paper, but it is not necessarily going to help a player get off a block more efficiently and make plays. The truth is, football players are only as good as their hands, especially in the trenches, on the offensive and defensive lines.

Offensive linemen need to be able to punch and grab, to keep the D-linemen at bay during pass blocking and they have to have the hands in the perfect spot on the chest plate to ‘plant’ their man down field on run blocking.

Conversely, Defensive linemen need to be able to put all their strength into their hands when they come off the ball to strike, separate and make a play. Their hands have to be in the right spot or else their pass-rush moves won’t work. On both sides of the ball, this is Hand-to-hand combat and if a guy can’t use his hands, he’s a dead duck. Amazingly enough, this is something which the draft gurus have only recently started to take a look at. And even more alarming, many ‘top prospects’ are lacking in this area.

So let’s talk about what its going to take to build those kinds of hands.

First and foremost, it should be understood that a large part of having ‘good hands’ is going to be the specific practice in the skills of football which has to be done apart from the physical training itself.Another interesting thing about the hands – I have always found that the stronger my hands got, the more ‘aware’ they were and so if I needed to place one hand on a chestplate and one on an outside arm for doing a pass rush move, I could do that with relative ease. You’ll see lots of guys with ‘lazy hands’ who end up putting them outside the shoulders or who ‘double hitch’ when they come off the ball.
These are a problem, but I think both of these can be avoided by building stronger hands – proper technique demands it. Anyhow, with that understood, the hands can be made stronger, tougher and more efficient through specific exercises.

Here’s a few that I would recommend:

1. Hand grippers – the ‘crushing’ movement trains the fingers through a full range of motion, making them stronger and less likely to get jammed, sprained etc. You’ll also need strong fingers because sometimes that’s all you have to hang on with when making a tackle.

2. Sandbag Training – A tremendous conditioner which also helps build strength and mental toughness in ways no barbell can match.

3. Basic exercises using a Thick Bar are also very effective.

That’s just the ‘grip and forearm’ side of things. Training for football should involve other basic upper and lower body movements designed to strengthen every area. Conditioning work is also important and should never be neglected. Here’s an interesting stat – if you can get 1.5 quarterback sacks per game, you will be voted all state… get a college scholarship… or get drafted in the first round of the NFL.

Stronger hands can help you do this – I wonder if those combine guys realize this?

If you play football or know someone who does, how important is hand strength to you now? Start training your hands right now, you could be ready for one hell of a season next fall.

Train hard,
John Wood signature
John Wood

Why It’s Good to Be Uncomfortable

Yogi Berra, in his infinite wisdom, once said: ‘You can observe a lot just by watching’ and like most Yogi-isms, this one becomes even more profound the more you think about it.

The truth is, the ‘Secret’ to success for a lot of people is to simply pay more attention to things that most people don’t. In doing so, you’ll be rewarded with a greater understanding of how things ‘work’ which is a tremendous advantage indeed. As time goes by, I have learned to do just that, take a step back and pay more attention to things – especially the things that I though I already knew – and a whole new world has opened up for me.

Now, according to the Rational Choice Theory, one would instinctively make choices that lead to the greatest ‘benefit’ with the least amount of hassle. In short, the road if least resistance toward getting the things we want.

This makes perfect sense when you think about it, I mean, we live in relative comfort, with food, heat, and shelter all readily available, something that our ancestors hundreds of years ago had to struggle mightily for.

Modern comfort is certainly nice but the thing of it is, there is such a thing as becoming too comfortable. You see, struggle is necessary to teache us, make us stronger and causes us to grow physically, mentally, and morally.

Think of the processes by which your muscles grow – you subject them to exercise above and beyond what they are comfortable with and used to. They respond by growing stronger. Getting in shape is the same way – physical exercise causes the heart and lungs to get out of their comfort zone and begin to use the available oxygen more efficiently.

But if you do nothing and simply exist as you are – in relative comfort – your body will fall to the level of comfort to which it exists in which ironically, isn’t what most people want. The bottom line here is that its good to be uncomfortable, to be ‘Hungry’ for change because you wont be motivated to do the things which can actually bring about change otherwise.

As far as working out, I’m not talking about having to wrap your barbell in barbed wire or doing squats barefoot on broken glass, that would understandably be taking things too far. What I am talking about is pushing things just a little bit beyond what you feel is even possible. If you know in your heart you can get 10 reps with a certain weight, go for at least 11. If you don’t feel like getting up early to go for a jog, that may be a sign that that is exactly what you should be doing.

You’ll surprise yourself when you begin to look at things this way.

The key here is to challenge yourself – take that next step, even if and especially if you are a little bit scared. Many people reach that threshold, only a few will cross it.

Will you be one of them?

Train hard,
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John Wood
Yogi Berra, in his infinite wisdom, once said: ‘You can observe a lot just by watching’ and like most Yogi-isms, this one becomes even more profound the more you think about it.

The truth is, the ‘Secret’ to success for a lot of people is to simply pay more attention to things that most people don’t. In doing so, you’ll be rewarded with a greater understanding of how things ‘work’ which is a tremendous advantage indeed. As time goes by, I have learned to do just that, take a step back and pay more attention to things – especially the things that I though I already knew – and a whole new world has opened up for me.

Now, according to the Rational Choice Theory, one would instinctively make choices that lead to the greatest ‘benefit’ with the least amount of hassle. In short, the road if least resistance toward getting the things we want.

This makes perfect sense when you think about it, I mean, we live in relative comfort, with food, heat, and shelter all readily available, something that our ancestors hundreds of years ago had to struggle mightily for.

Modern comfort is certainly nice but the thing of it is, there is such a thing as becoming too comfortable. You see, struggle is necessary to teache us, make us stronger and causes us to grow physically, mentally, and morally.

Think of the processes by which your muscles grow – you subject them to exercise above and beyond what they are comfortable with and used to. They respond by growing stronger. Getting in shape is the same way – physical exercise causes the heart and lungs to get out of their comfort zone and begin to use the available oxygen more efficiently.

But if you do nothing and simply exist as you are – in relative comfort – your body will fall to the level of comfort to which it exists in which ironically, isn’t what most people want. The bottom line here is that its good to be uncomfortable, to be ‘Hungry’ for change because you wont be motivated to do the things which can actually bring about change otherwise.

As far as working out, I’m not talking about having to wrap your barbell in barbed wire or doing squats barefoot on broken glass, that would understandably be taking things too far. What I am talking about is pushing things just a little bit beyond what you feel is even possible. If you know in your heart you can get 10 reps with a certain weight, go for at least 11. If you don’t feel like getting up early to go for a jog, that may be a sign that that is exactly what you should be doing.

You’ll surprise yourself when you begin to look at things this way.

The key here is to challenge yourself – take that next step, even if and especially if you are a little bit scared. Many people reach that threshold, only a few will cross it.

Will you be one of them?

Train hard,
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John Wood

Rope Climbing in Australia

We’ve shipped our high-quality manila gym climbing ropes all over the world, (including Iraq) and many people are reporting tremendous results after adding a little bit ‘o rope climbing into their routine. About a year ago we received an order for climbing rope from a group of hand-strength fanatics for Australia. They reported that they really dug our site and regularly get together to climb ropes on the beach cliffs of Australia. Sounded like a perfect setup to us, hard training out in the fresh sea air on the beautiful Australian terrain.

They informed us that their old rope had finally worn out after many good years of service and regular workouts and they were in need of a new one so they could still get their “climb-on” three times per week. They wanted an 18 foot manila climbing rope which they could take down when not in use.

They put the order in and we crunched the numbers and then sent everything along accordingly. That was over a year ago and yesterday they sent us a clip of their exploits on the cliffs of Bondi Beach. If you want to see some footage of some crazy rope climbing skill, here’s your chance:



If you want to follow in their footsteps, Click Here.
We’ve shipped our high-quality manila gym climbing ropes all over the world, (including Iraq) and many people are reporting tremendous results after adding a little bit ‘o rope climbing into their routine. About a year ago we received an order for climbing rope from a group of hand-strength fanatics for Australia. They reported that they really dug our site and regularly get together to climb ropes on the beach cliffs of Australia. Sounded like a perfect setup to us, hard training out in the fresh sea air on the beautiful Australian terrain.

They informed us that their old rope had finally worn out after many good years of service and regular workouts and they were in need of a new one so they could still get their “climb-on” three times per week. They wanted an 18 foot manila climbing rope which they could take down when not in use.

They put the order in and we crunched the numbers and then sent everything along accordingly. That was over a year ago and yesterday they sent us a clip of their exploits on the cliffs of Bondi Beach. If you want to see some footage of some crazy rope climbing skill, here’s your chance:



If you want to follow in their footsteps, Click Here.

My Finest Moment in Michigan Stadium

Nine years ago I came to the University of Michigan to play football as a kid with a head full of big dreams. So many great players and great games followed.

It seems like just yesterday when I was suiting up in the Freshman locker room for the first home game against Syracuse.Yes it was quite a thrill running out and touching the banner in front of 100,000+ people although we got our rear ends handed to us that day by a guy named Donovan McNabb (I wonder what became of him?)

Then there was the first time I actually saw the field which was against Northwestern in the closing moments of a one-sided win or when Michigan somehow came back and beat Washington in a nail biter or that great overtime win against Penn State. Just a few of many experiences in ‘The Big House’ and yes along with the many victories there were heartbreaking losses too. Regardless of the outcome, each experience was certainly incredible in its own right.

You may be interested to know that my finest moment in Michigan Stadium didn’t have anything to do with football – and it happened last night.

For some crazy reason I got the urge to run stadium steps. Not sure why, either, I hadn’t done that for over three years. During summer conditioning, we would go run the steps as a team and few guys could make it through. It was as rough an experience as they come. It had been a while and I didn’t exactly have fond memories of running those steps during under the blazing summer heat.

There are 73 steps from field level to ground level and starting at the bottom, they get progressively higher, doubling in height roughly every 15 steps or so.You start out easy as pie but around step 50, you really start to feel it. Anyhow, fast forward to the present.

Again, I have no idea where this urge came from but with the goal of making it around the stadium with nothing but the moon and the wind accompanying me.

I began.

The first flight was easy ‘This will be no problem, I thought.”

Halfway through flight number 2 it was as if I had run into an invisible wall.

My heart was pounding, the sweat was pouring off of me and with the 10 degree weather, each breath felt like a knife in the chest.

“Uh Oh, maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all.”

At this point I had two choices: I could finish, or I could quit.

I decided to finish, even though I had to walk the last three flights. It took me just over 23 minutes and was a far cry from days gone by when I could do a whole stadium in less than 15. When I was done, I sat there by myself staring at the field for what seemed like an hour through in reality was only a few minutes.

With all the grand history and tradition that has gone on in that stadium, I had made my mark, though no one will ever know.

There wasn’t 100,000 screaming fans cheering me on, no strength coach cracking a whip, making me do it either. Nope, I ran that stadium for no other reason than because it was a personal challenge that I set and when it was ‘do or die’ time — the time when its either fight or quit, I chose to fight.

See, I though I was in shape but there’s being in shape and then there’s being in “stadium shape.” I have no doubt that I’ll get back even better that when I was as a player. All its going to take is time and effort and Ive got plenty of both.

Last night will be the first of many, but last night was special. As you travel through life, you’ll come to that point quite often and you’ll have two choices:

1. You can quit, you can run away, you can shy away from your dreams and live a life of regret for the things you ‘shouldda’ done when you had the opportunity.

Or
2. You can move forward, despite the fatigue, despite the obstacles, even if you don’t feel like it, even if it isnt the easiest thing to do, even if you would rather do something else.

I made my choice, what are you going to do when your time comes?

Train hard,

John Wood

Nine years ago I came to the University of Michigan to play football as a kid with a head full of big dreams. So many great players and great games followed.

It seems like just yesterday when I was suiting up in the Freshman locker room for the first home game against Syracuse.Yes it was quite a thrill running out and touching the banner in front of 100,000+ people although we got our rear ends handed to us that day by a guy named Donovan McNabb (I wonder what became of him?)

Then there was the first time I actually saw the field which was against Northwestern in the closing moments of a one-sided win or when Michigan somehow came back and beat Washington in a nail biter or that great overtime win against Penn State. Just a few of many experiences in ‘The Big House’ and yes along with the many victories there were heartbreaking losses too. Regardless of the outcome, each experience was certainly incredible in its own right.

You may be interested to know that my finest moment in Michigan Stadium didn’t have anything to do with football – and it happened last night.

For some crazy reason I got the urge to run stadium steps. Not sure why, either, I hadn’t done that for over three years. During summer conditioning, we would go run the steps as a team and few guys could make it through. It was as rough an experience as they come. It had been a while and I didn’t exactly have fond memories of running those steps during under the blazing summer heat.

There are 73 steps from field level to ground level and starting at the bottom, they get progressively higher, doubling in height roughly every 15 steps or so.You start out easy as pie but around step 50, you really start to feel it. Anyhow, fast forward to the present.

Again, I have no idea where this urge came from but with the goal of making it around the stadium with nothing but the moon and the wind accompanying me.

I began.

The first flight was easy ‘This will be no problem, I thought.”

Halfway through flight number 2 it was as if I had run into an invisible wall.

My heart was pounding, the sweat was pouring off of me and with the 10 degree weather, each breath felt like a knife in the chest.

“Uh Oh, maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all.”

At this point I had two choices: I could finish, or I could quit.

I decided to finish, even though I had to walk the last three flights. It took me just over 23 minutes and was a far cry from days gone by when I could do a whole stadium in less than 15. When I was done, I sat there by myself staring at the field for what seemed like an hour through in reality was only a few minutes.

With all the grand history and tradition that has gone on in that stadium, I had made my mark, though no one will ever know.

There wasn’t 100,000 screaming fans cheering me on, no strength coach cracking a whip, making me do it either. Nope, I ran that stadium for no other reason than because it was a personal challenge that I set and when it was ‘do or die’ time — the time when its either fight or quit, I chose to fight.

See, I though I was in shape but there’s being in shape and then there’s being in “stadium shape.” I have no doubt that I’ll get back even better that when I was as a player. All its going to take is time and effort and Ive got plenty of both.

Last night will be the first of many, but last night was special. As you travel through life, you’ll come to that point quite often and you’ll have two choices:

1. You can quit, you can run away, you can shy away from your dreams and live a life of regret for the things you ‘shouldda’ done when you had the opportunity.

Or
2. You can move forward, despite the fatigue, despite the obstacles, even if you don’t feel like it, even if it isnt the easiest thing to do, even if you would rather do something else.

I made my choice, what are you going to do when your time comes?

Train hard,

John Wood

Why I Didn’t Train Yesterday

Just a quick one: As I write this, the clock on the wall says 1:41 am. I just woke up from a 5 hour “nap” which I was in dire need of. With all the holiday excitement it has been increasingly difficult to find time and energy to train but I have been very good about doing so.

I finally crashed this evening – my body is telling me that I need the rest more than anything else.

While I certainly could “gut out’ a workout, I know I will be better off waiting until tomorrow and as soon as this email is finished, you can bet that I’m going to go back and hit the hay. Tomorrow is a big day and I need to be on point. In this case, taking the night off is the right thing to do. I know this because I know my body and I also know that the next time I do train, it will be that much better.

I know I always talk about never missing workouts but it should also be understood that there is a time and a place for doing so. You see, there will be times when missing a scheduled work out is the smartest thing you can do. (Although this should not be confused with laziness.) Listen, and pay attention. – When it comes to your physical well-being, your body will tell you all you need to know.

Train hard,
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John Wood
Just a quick one: As I write this, the clock on the wall says 1:41 am. I just woke up from a 5 hour “nap” which I was in dire need of. With all the holiday excitement it has been increasingly difficult to find time and energy to train but I have been very good about doing so.

I finally crashed this evening – my body is telling me that I need the rest more than anything else.

While I certainly could “gut out’ a workout, I know I will be better off waiting until tomorrow and as soon as this email is finished, you can bet that I’m going to go back and hit the hay. Tomorrow is a big day and I need to be on point. In this case, taking the night off is the right thing to do. I know this because I know my body and I also know that the next time I do train, it will be that much better.

I know I always talk about never missing workouts but it should also be understood that there is a time and a place for doing so. You see, there will be times when missing a scheduled work out is the smartest thing you can do. (Although this should not be confused with laziness.) Listen, and pay attention. – When it comes to your physical well-being, your body will tell you all you need to know.

Train hard,
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John Wood

SEX MONEY KISS

I recently picked up a copy of the book “SEX MONEY KISS” by Gene Simmons. You’ve may have caught his new reality show (I haven’t since I don’t own a TV) but if you don’t know who that is, Gene Simmons is the Bass Player/ lead singer for the Rock Band KISS.

Yeah, the guy who spits blood.

You may not like his music or the man himself but one thing is for sure, he began with nothing, seized what few opportunities he was presented with and played his cards right business-wise when he had the chance to.

KISS is one of the most successful bands in history and Gene Simmons, the man, is almost just as successful in his own right.

That’s exactly what the book is about – what has made his life “work” and rule #1 is no losers allowed.

Here’s a good passage from page 75:

On the days when there’s nothing to do a winner will find something to do. On the days when there is no work, a winner will create work. On the day when a winner has won the game, is at the peak of his power and is the actual world record holder, the very next day he will (and should) get up at the crack of dawn and try to break his own world record. Life, when you’re a winner, is about achieving. More. Not Less. A Winner never rests on his laurels. A winner only rests when you stick him six feet under.

Contrary to popular belief, winners are too busy trying to win and turn the other winners into a loser. Winners always try to achieve more, Again, the main word here is MORE.

A winner is, in fact, usually surrounded by losers; a winner is fed by losers. A winner is admired by losers, Losers make excuses as to why they aren’t winners. A winner who hasn’t won will simply try harder next time. But in his mind, he’s always a winner. If he didn’t win that race, he’s only lost one battle. The war is still to be fought. Never wait for the fat lady to sing.

The demon wasn’t talking about strength training…but he may as well have been.

I recently picked up a copy of the book “SEX MONEY KISS” by Gene Simmons. You’ve may have caught his new reality show (I haven’t since I don’t own a TV) but if you don’t know who that is, Gene Simmons is the Bass Player/ lead singer for the Rock Band KISS.

Yeah, the guy who spits blood.

You may not like his music or the man himself but one thing is for sure, he began with nothing, seized what few opportunities he was presented with and played his cards right business-wise when he had the chance to.

KISS is one of the most successful bands in history and Gene Simmons, the man, is almost just as successful in his own right.

That’s exactly what the book is about – what has made his life “work” and rule #1 is no losers allowed.

Here’s a good passage from page 75:

On the days when there’s nothing to do a winner will find something to do. On the days when there is no work, a winner will create work. On the day when a winner has won the game, is at the peak of his power and is the actual world record holder, the very next day he will (and should) get up at the crack of dawn and try to break his own world record. Life, when you’re a winner, is about achieving. More. Not Less. A Winner never rests on his laurels. A winner only rests when you stick him six feet under.

Contrary to popular belief, winners are too busy trying to win and turn the other winners into a loser. Winners always try to achieve more, Again, the main word here is MORE.

A winner is, in fact, usually surrounded by losers; a winner is fed by losers. A winner is admired by losers, Losers make excuses as to why they aren’t winners. A winner who hasn’t won will simply try harder next time. But in his mind, he’s always a winner. If he didn’t win that race, he’s only lost one battle. The war is still to be fought. Never wait for the fat lady to sing.

The demon wasn’t talking about strength training…but he may as well have been.