Tyler working through Fair Fight 21.2… look at that lockout position 🤤 If you haven’t done the workout, you have until Thursday to do it!! Find a friend to count your reps and get ‘er done!

Happy Sunday everyone! Winter is now here since I’m watching snow fall outside my window.


Let me be clear: I don’t like winter. Winter denies me a lot of the things I enjoy most in life (golf, nature, water, general happiness), but I’m working on my mindset and how I approach and respond to things in life. It would be easy to be negative “ughhh, I can’t golf with my Dad, ughhhh I have to shovel, ughhhhh I have to wear pants at all times…” but… what’s the value of that? I can’t change it. No amount of whining and ughhhh will impact the fact that it’s going to be cold, it’s going to snow, it’s going to be a nuisance. So there’s NO benefit at all. But there IS a negative. Not only is it futile emotional output, it’s poisonous to the mind. If we allow things we cannot control to control us, it makes for less happy day to day lives, which makes for less happy interpersonal interactions, which makes for unhealthy relationships between husbands, fathers, wives, mothers, family, and friends. What if we simply put the things we can’t control up on a shelf? We acknowledge them, then put them on the shelf as something that cannot be undone or changed and forget all about it. That frees us up to think about things that we CAN control: being a good father, being a friend, looking for a new job, dreaming about a new adventure, writing a blog that might help change someone’s perspective about how to approach the disappointments we experience in life.

I’m not perfect at this. Politics bother me, culture bothers me, unprofessionalism inside fitness bothers me; but only for mere moments. I think it’s very healthy to acknowledge those times and to think through those topics and why they bother us, but there must be a boundary. There must be a shelving. An acknowledgement of it and a direct denial of control over our emotions or our lives.

The gym is a microcosm of that concept in life: “ughhhh I hate dubs! Why do I suck so bad?!” Those thoughts are not helpful and they don’t relieve you from the experience anyway. You STILL have to work through the reps until you eventually come to the end. You then shelve that and move on to the next movement. Let’s practice shelving all of the things we can’t control in our lives and focus intently on the things we can. If we spend all of our emotional energy on things we CAN impact, the impact is SURELY greater than on things immoveable and unstoppable. That is how we progress as humans, that’s how we achieve, that’s how we leave a lasting impact.

Every month, Level Method takes us through new focuses so our training is well-balanced throughout the year and we get better at a lot of different things… but also so that we have fun and new challenges to overcome. I’ll post posting these in here for those of you who are interested in why we’re suddenly doing so much barbell weightlifting and dumbbell movements.
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