Language Man On Working Out

Ah, the “workout”. Mostly known as an encapsulized period of time in which we engage in physical challenges that are supposed to be the antidote to aging and all other ravages of modern civilization. Yet, reality is usually much different.

Never forget this: the only reason you have to work out at all is to (hopefully) create a substitute for the original version: survival in a natural environment. When survival in a natural environment was a very real and daily task, ...

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What Is Exercise?

Among the many things that modern life has corrupted is the concept of exercise. That’s why I have dedicated an entire fixed page of this site to the task of defining it. Yet, still, that lengthy attempt to make the concept clear was still lacking a practical example. So I’m choosing to use this post to fix that.
It helps to be able to hear a very specific example of how someone might take some historical cues regarding the most constructive ...
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You Are An Athlete

Athleticism is a concept that is commonly associated with a person who is competitive in sports. If you are – or intend to be – a competitor in an organized sport this association won’t interfere much with your potential for development. If, however, you have no intentions of competing in organized sports – and for that reason you reject the notion of athleticism for yourself – you will miss out on a concept that can produce exceptional levels of highly ...
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A Model Of Fitness

I’ve never been one to put too much stock in dreams. Most dreams are just plain bizarre, and I’ve never been good at sorting out symbolism. But I had one recently that was a fairly clear message; a message I want to share with you.

portuguese-water-dog(dream begins) I was visiting a small mountain town – somewhere between Aspen-posh and ghost-town shabby  –  with my girlfriend. ...

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Excercise: Trying Out Fitness

Just about every current health club will invite you to come and “try out” their facility. Implicit in the concept of “trying out” a health club is that, if you don’t like it, there is always another alternative. That only works because the fitness industry has convinced you that there are many ways to achieve this thing called “fitness”. There isn’t. There is only one. Unless you don’t know what fitness is. When you don’t know what fitness is, you ...

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The Endurance Connundrum

Below is an excerpt from an email I received recently from a male about 30 yrs old that raises a great point of health. You will probably need at least a cursory understanding of the Paleo diet (similar to B3 Eating, but there are many variants that make the word less exact than it should be). This excerpt was his setup for a question about keeping his weight up and food costs down:

“I’m a full Paleo athlete. My exercise is ...

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Health vs. Your Comfort Zone

Among all of the ways that we can know elite levels of human health accidentally – a.k.a., without knowing why it works or ever wondering if it could ever be better – here is one of the simplest:

Promoting deeper and more useful levels of human health always demands some level of occasional physical discomfort. That is by design. If your choices for diet and physical activity always favor comfort over performance, you cannot consider yourself healthy by any authentic or ...

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Authentic Fitness

A simple but crucial tenet of BA is that fitness and health are the same thing, with identical definitions (found elsewhere on this site). So there is no talk about health that does not involve physical capacity. With that in mind, let’s focus on an intelligent path to exceptional levels of physical capacity.

An intelligent look at this process begins with the realization that exercise – for almost anyone who lives in modern life – must begin with what can only be ...

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