Whether addressing actual addiction or a simple caffeine dependency, a dopamine reset (or "fast") is a useful discipline to visit periodically that can help with motivation, testosterone, and much more. Read more in the original article on Art of Manliness here.
Timothy Group Blog
Find the Low Hanging Fruit
Not sure what career you should choose or what you should study? Sometimes just finding the next bit of work and doing it is all that's needed for today. Find the low hanging fruit: get a job, learn a skill, work actively in your church. As you build your skills and experience, more options will open to you, but find useful work and do it.
Increase your pushups
Trying to get your numbers up? I happened upon Dan's channel a while back and found it to be a useful training resource. Recruits and staff are tested against a specific fitness standard at CHALLENGE. This also plays a role in personal discipline and mental readiness in or out of CHALLENGE events.
The Timothy Group Needs Your Help
We need your help! Between big tech shenanigans and the nature of our message, it's difficult sometimes to get the word out. Our biggest need is for our friends, alumni, and parents to invite young men to CHALLENGE, but you can also help by like/share/subscribing on our Facebook & Instagram, and perhaps more importantly signing up for our email list. We're cranking out helpful info every week and that's the best way to see what going on at the Timothy Group and help us rebuild this ministry.
If you've trained with us before, email or DM us and let us know so we can rebuild our records - and you can get an alumni discount!
Basics of Macronutrients
Everybody has something to say about nutrition or "diet". There tends to be a cough cough grain of truth to most of the popular "fad" diets. Eventually everything boils down to macro (protein, carbs, fat) and micro nutrition (vitamins, minerals, etc.). Most foods are some combination of the 3 macros so everything comes down to 3 things based on your goals: getting a decent ratio across the 3 macros for whatever change or maintenance you're targeting, getting the right quantity & frequency to absorb what you need, and getting enough whole foods and micronutrients to sustain organ function so you can use those gains in the first place.
Trying to put on muscle? Might need to increase your protein. Trying to lose weight? Might need to limit carbs. Are you a young skinny guy wanting to get stronger? Just eat. Eat a lot. Much of what's easily available to us in America has an excess of carbs (particularly sugar or pseudo-sugar) and fats. Learn the basic mechanics of your anatomy (as well as what your stomach can tolerate) and take ownership of your nutrition.
Sights and Triggers
Sights and triggers: the smallest definition of marksmanship. Rightly applied, these two things are all that's needed to put accurate fire on a target. That's not at all to say that's all that's needed... As soon as more than one round is required, principles of grip and stance become the most important thing to presenting and controlling that firearm. Each of these can fill whole books with nuance, variations, and context, and should be addressed to that level. In a similar way, theology can be summed up in carefully concise ways. Salvation (saving faith in Jesus Christ) could be described as 1: man's inadequacy (sin), and 2: the Savior, Christ Jesus. Sinner and savior: the sights and triggers of salvation. Man as a fallen creature incapable of saving himself from the just punishment for sin, and God's calling of salvation and redemption in his Son.
Similarly to our first example, while these two things are the fundamentals of the faith and a good summary... that's only part of the story. I pray that after you read this you would think on your eternal state. If you have professed faith in Christ, then good... but now the war begins: Seek out a faithful church and brothers and sisters to fight alongside you. Seek out the training you need to serve God's kingdom, and discipline yourself as a warrior for Christ.
FAQ: "Do You Have Payment Plans or Scholarships?"
We do! As far as payment goes, only a small amount is required up front to reserve your spot. The remainder is due when you arrive at CHALLENGE. Hopefully you've signed up early and have a few months between sign up and the event, during which time you can pull the remainder together. If the total amount is a concern, we encourage you to reach out to us. Our general process is to address the candidate on a case-by-case basis and see what they are able to pay or work off. If they come up short, we have sponsors who contribute in order to ensure young men are able to receive this critical training regardless of their financial situation.
FAQ: "My Son is 11. Is He Too Young for CHALLENGE?"
Short answer - no! Although CHALLENGE: Basic was designed for young men ages 13-18, we have had much interest from young men outside those ages, as well. For eleven and twelve year olds, there is an "Intro" track where they can participate in the training and instruction, but their routine is slightly more relaxed. They receive a lot of benefit from learning spiritual lessons and teamwork from a young age, and they become more prepared to keep up with the rigors of CHALLENGE (and life) as full recruits when they get older.
AoM: Manhood is Struggle
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.