Sitting is the New Smoking

Sitting is the new smoking. You’ve likely heard that saying before and maybe even scoffed at the absurdity of it. After all, it’s 2018 – everyone knows smoking is a hazard to your health of the first degree. But as smoking rates have declined in the U.S., we have become increasingly sedentary and that lack of movement is seriously impacting our health. Where throughout most of human history we moved constantly, our modern lifestyles demand no such consistent, low-intensity activity. We sit to eat, sit in our cars, sit at our desks, sit in front of the TV. 

Check out this article from the Mayo Clinic.The moral of the story is get up and move! Even the most basic, seemingly insignificant additions of movement to your day add up and help combat the scourge of our sedentary culture. I'm typing this right now at my standing desk.  


Gym Equipment Round-Up

I love gear. I mean, I really love gear. I don’t like superfluous stuff, but I obsesses over procuring the exact right gear to fulfill specific purposes – I don’t want *extra* stuff, I want *perfect* stuff.

In my lifetime, my gear obsessions have evolved with my evolving interests – the perfect trail running shoe, the perfect hiking backpack, the perfect multisport adventure GPS watch, etc. But since about 2013, I’ve been building out the perfect gym. I’ve had some missteps along the way, but what I have now I’m exceedingly happy with.

It’s not too much; it’s just enough. And I can assure you that every single item gets used. One of these days, I will post a video blog (vlog?) tour of the gym, but for now here’s a roundup of our equipment:

Concept 2 Rowers (2)
Concept 2 Ski Erg  
Assault Bike
Assault Air Runner Treadmill
PaceMaster Platinum Pro Treadmill
Kettlebells (70#, 53#, 35# x 4, 25# x 2, 15# x 2)
Dumbbells (Sets 50#, 40#, 35#, 25#)
Center Mass Bells (70#, 50#)
D-Balls (150#, 100#, 60#, 30#, 20#)
Wall Balls (25#, 20# x 3, 16#, 14#, 10#)
Indian Clubs (25#, 5# x 2)
Crossover Symmetry Bands
Assorted Sandbags (130#, 120#, 80#, 40#, 30#)
Atlas Stones (145#, 115#, 95#, 70#)
AbMats (2)
Weight Vests (40# x 2, 20#, 10#)
50’ Rope
Battle Rope
Westside Reverse Hyper Machine
Rogue GHD Machine
Rogue Yolk
Rogue Westside Butcher Prowler
Rogue E-Sled + Straps and Harness
Full Set Rogue Jerk Blocks
Rogue Flat Bench
Adjustable Bench
Rogue 20”-24”-30” Soft Boxes (2)
Rogue 20”-24”-30” Plyo Box
12” Plyo Boxes (2) 
Gymnastics Mat
Gymnastics Rings (2 Sets)
Pure Strength Outdoor Rig
15’ Climbing Rope
Wall Ball Targets (9’, 10’)
Pull-up Bars (5)
Rogue Matador Squat Station
Rogue Monster Rack
Spud Pulley Cable System
Rogue Monster Landmine
Chains (120#)
Many Assorted Bands
7’ Deadlift Bar (45#)
Ivanko Power Bar (20KG)
Rogue 2.0 Multipurpose Bar (20KG)
Rogue Rich Froning Bar (20KG)
Lynx Hybrid Bar (15KG)
Rogue Cerakote Bella Bar (15KG)
Rogue Bella 2.0 Bar (15KG)
Shorty Bar (15KG)
Stainless Technique Bar (15#)
Buffalo Bar
Rogue Squat Safety Bar
Giant Cambered Bar
Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar
Earthquake Bar
Compact Farmer’s Carry Handles
Regular Farmer’s Carry Handles
Zercher Squat Harness
Lifting Platforms (3)
Bumper, Competition, and Iron Plates (1,735# Total)
COMING SOON: Edge Fitness Standard Belt Squat Machine

Discipline > Motivation

All the way back to 1993 when I just started running track as a freshman in high school, I have kept a training journal. Back then the journals were all hand-written of course (I still have a few – they’re amusing). My recordkeeping eventually evolved from those paper journals into Excel spreadsheets and then finally into a smartphone app that I downloaded in November 2014.   

As of today – nearly four years since I began logging workouts in this app – I have entered 1,413 workouts. That averages out to about a workout every single day. Of course I didn’t train every day for four years – I value rest days and I’ve even been injured a few times – but I have done quite a few two-a-day workouts and most importantly, I’m very consistent. 

Consistency takes discipline and discipline is more effective than motivation. I wasn’t motivated to work out every day for the last four years; I probably wasn’t even motivated the majority of those days. But when something is important to you – like health and wellness is to me – you will do it even when you don’t have sources of motivation to tap. That’s discipline. 

Motivation is fleeting, unreliable, and sometimes just isn’t there. So instead be disciplined. As Jocko Willink says, “Discipline Equals Freedom.”