This post, though concise, resonates heavily with our mission. Men were made to work, and struggle, and strive. If you want to hear about one option for a "rite of passage" for young men check out our CHALLENGE program.
After Bodyweight Training
Bodyweight training is great, and you can accomplish a lot with no equipment at all. However, there are more optimal ways to build strength and endurance, especially after puberty when you can recover much more rapidly from training. 3-6 months of a basic barbell program like Starting Strength is a very efficient path to lasting improvement in your physique and, more importantly, your health.
Interested in more training? Check out our upcoming events on the website or send us an email to see what we can do for you.
New Year's resolutions are a waste of time...
If you're not also reviewing your past year and learning the lessons. New year's resolutions are such a cliche that the "resolution-try-fail" cycle is almost a given. Focus instead on where you've learned or grown (intentionally or not) this past year and how you can apply that experience going forward.
"Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." - Prov. 27:1
Going through the motions?
Do you find yourself with a stoic "meh" attitude towards the holidays? It feels a little manly, doesn't it. If you take that attitude, though, it should not be to revel in how much you don't care. Your duty as a man is to be that much more attentive and conscientious of your responsibilities and the needs of those around you. Someone's car having trouble starting? Learn to be the guy who can get them back on the road. Your niece running around the family party needing attention? Take her outside for a swordfight (win of course but make sure she has fun).
When you find yourself tempted to scoff at how romanticized the season is: turn your attention to the needs of those around you. Find your fulfillment in advancing your family, friends, and community. Christmas isn't a celebration of you. It's a celebration of something beyond yourself that we can participate in communally.
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, because he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up the horn of salvation unto us, in the house of his servant David, As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets, which were since the world began..." - Luke 1:68-70
CHALLENGE Session on Christian Disciplines
A sample of some of the spiritual training received by the young men at CHALLENGE this year.
Visit the CHALLENGE page to get information for 2023 and register.