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.
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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.
CHALLENGE Thanksgiving Sale
Get $100 off CHALLENGE Basic or Extreme from November 25th to December 2nd when you pay in full. Offer only available for ONE WEEK.
Finished Basic and looking for more? CHALLENGE: Extreme leaves some of the bootcamp/drill sergeant feeling behind in favor of more advanced leadership development. More advanced training, more frequent deployments (ala C-course), and a sharper gospel message.
This year's Basic class demonstrated a level of competency worthy of an Extreme class in several areas. One in particular being land navigation and the ability to plot their own points and routes on a map. We hope to run an Extreme in the near future. If you've graduated Basic, let us know via facebook/instagram or the website if you'd be interested in attending next year!
Look for Work
One of the themes we discussed at CHALLENGE this year was "progressive overload." Our bodies need an ever-increasing stress of some kind to provoke growth. Similarly, Scripture calls us as believers to sanctify ourselves and be always growing towards Christ through the work of the Spirit. (read II Peter 1)
Getting to Know the Staff
One of the highlights of Basic is the graduation feast after completing the C-course. The joy and the fellowship is very powerful coming off of the stress and strain of the 24-hour CHALLENGE course. This also is the first opportunity for the recruits to really get to know the staff that make this training happen and hear their stories and real-world experiences.
Throughout the week the staff are also assessing the recruits and noting possible staff candidates. Candidates must have graduated Basic and have an endorsement from a qualified staffer. If you've graduated CHALLENGE and are interested in trying out for staff, get in touch with us so we can build our roster for the 3-day selection course in early 2023.
Whether you end up staffing or not, it is always a learning experience. We often have people choose to retake (after passing) just to continue their own leadership development.
Managing the Noise
Managing the Noise
Scene: GA woods in the dark. Patients screaming on the ground, some unconscious.
Sentry: "Guys, I think they're coming."
Patient: "My leg!"
team keeps doing medical
Sentry: "Guys, they're here."
team keeps doing medical
Sentry: "Guys, I'm dead."
team dies to ambush
A common leadership trap is becoming task focused and losing the big picture. With input coming from a dozen sources and a list of tasks needing attention (many critical), it's easy to "default" into what seems like the immediate emergency or a task that we feel we can accomplish easily. Practice recognizing your own "default" behavior periodically and check its strategic value. Working on a project and don't feel like eating, but you're underweight? Feeling like having 2nds (or 4ths) at dinner, but trying to cut weight? Practice discipline in the easy things so the harder things will come easier.
The story above took place in training during CHALLENGE: Extreme 2010. Multiple leaders allowed themselves to get sucked in to solving a medical issue while losing the tactical awareness they needed in order to effectively lead their teams. The lesson? You decide.