Have a Little Pride

Have you noticed that more and more American men are completely ok with their wife being much more fit than they are? Soccer moms are filling CrossFit gyms, spin classes, and Spartan Races, and that’s a great thing! In no way am I saying that women should stop working out. I’m saying that men should step up their game accordingly. Instead, there appears among many men to be a total resignation of physical strength. They’re throwing in the towel.

This is the opposite of manly. 

Being a man means being able to protect, provide, and romance. If you can’t carry your wife out of a burning house or run for help in an emergency without going into cardiac arrest, then you are not being a protector.

We should encourage our wives and daughters in their pursuit of fitness, and we should raise the standard for ourselves too. 

Take pride in your family and yourself, and lead by example in all areas. Be the leader, the protector, the provider, and the romancer. If you’ve married a woman who is incredibly fit – then be glad, and join her in that CrossFit class and Spartan Race!

Just Like Brushing Your Teeth

What do dumbbells and a toothbrush have in common?

When I was learning judo, my instructor was correcting my form and showing me the right way to do a technique. I said something like, “That just doesn’t feel right.” He exploded yelling, “Well it is right, so who gives a flip how you feel!” Point taken.

The right path in life doesn’t always feel right either. Some things we should just do because they are right, whether we feel it or not. Like working out…or brushing our teeth, we should do them whether we feel it or not. 

You wouldn’t skip brushing your teeth just because you weren’t really feeling motivated. As men, we need to view exercise as equally important. I’m not saying we all need to be CrossFit warriors, but we absolutely better be able to do a few pull-ups and run a mile without having a heart attack.

Maybe if we viewed exercising as just another element of our basic hygiene we’d be in a lot better shape, and have a lot less health problems down the road. 

Change the way you view working out, and exercise whether you feel it or not.

About Your Bum Knee...

Ever see a guy drop a touchdown pass and suddenly come up with a limp? Like they’re trying to tell you they missed it due to an injury. Everyone knows that’s not why they dropped the ball. It’s just their excuse. It’s a “loser’s limp.”

Maybe you’ve got a bad knee that you use for an excuse, too. You tell people you can’t join them for a workout because you’ve got a bad knee or back. But let’s be honest, that knee injury doesn’t keep us from doing crunches, pull-ups, pushups, or 100 other exercises we could be doing. And that torn rotator cuff doesn’t prevent us from doing squat jumps, hill sprints, or flutter kicks either.

We’ve all got something that hurts. Find an exercise that you can do – and crush it! Go all in on it. Maybe all you can do is swimming. Great! Get after it!

Don’t use one injured body part as an excuse not to do anything at all. There are guys without legs doing triathlons; so focus on what you can still do, not what you can’t.