There is a massive difference between watching and participating in sports. Participating in sports is a masculine pursuit. Certain sporting activities have, through the ages, been ways to keep your senses high and competitive spirit sharp in times of peace. Sports were ways that men practiced for combat. Masculine sports are ways to feed virility, become robust and foster male friendships. In order to achieve these goals there is one important rule: women cannot participate. There is a time and a place for the women in your life. Neither the field of battle nor the field of sport is that place. The reason is really very simple, there is no honour in competition with women and part of your purpose in sport is to increase your masculine edge and make male friendships. Particularly in combat sports, women always bring down the level of intensity and competition.

Now, not all sports are manly. Here is a solid list to start:
Rugby: This is a man’s sport through and through. Have you ever met a beta male rugby player? No, I didn’t think so. Rugby is a traditional masculine sport of the Anglo-Saxon sphere that has spread throughout the world. Playing rugby promotes good health, vitality and robustness as well as fostering solid, masculine friendships.
Fencing: The art of the sword. Fencing promotes robustness and virility as well. In addition, it provides you with excellent physical challenges, aggressiveness, mental acuity and self defense. If you can handle a foil you can handle a stick.
Martial Arts: There are two kinds of martial arts; sport and combative. You should always go with the combative such as Krav Maga, traditional forms of Karate such as Kyokushin, Goju, or western style boxing. I will write more in depth on this topic at another time. The main things to look for are aggressive, real world training and sparring. I don’t recommend sport martial arts such as BJJ, MMA or Tae Kwon Do as they are based around fighting an opponent with rules. If someone attacks you or your family, there are no rules. Martial arts training will provide discipline, a warrior’s outlook on life, physical fitness and real world self defense skills. As with the iron, getting into the ring with another man will always kick you the real deal. Either you are good enough or you aren’t. Martial arts aren’t an option for a man. This is something that you should be doing already.
Horseback riding/Polo: These may sound strange to Americans but both of these sports stem from a time when officers needed to be excellent horsemen. Obviously, both involve the control of not only yourself but an animal as well. If you can’t get involved in Polo then check out regular horseback riding. Western saddle is more accessible, but English saddle requires more skill. Either is incredibly manly.
American Football and Ice Hockey: I’ve lumped these two together because they are both beneficial but only when they are full contact. I played both sports in my younger days but when I tried to join an adult hockey league I found out that all of the local leagues did not permit physical contact or slap shots. I hung up my skates. Playing football or hockey without contact completely defeats the point. If you can play with contact then these are highly competitive, testosterone driven masculine sports par excellance.

Competitive shooting: This is a close second to martial arts. Just like the martial arts, this is something that you should be doing already. There are several organizations that offer competitive shooting courses as well as competitions. Not only will this keep your self-defense skills sharp but it also provides the opportunity for camaraderie and friendly competition. Shooting skeet/trap is also an excellent and traditional way for men to bond.

Stay away from watching sports as much as possible. Its OK to get together with the guys every now and then to watch a fight, but in general mainstream sports in the west have become extremely pussified. In addition, the major networks as well as sports league have it out to emasculate American men with their leftist SJW agenda. Stay away from this poison. The other pitfall with sports is the ease with which you can vicariously live through your favorite athlete and wind up living your own life less and less. You can hear this when guys speak about their team using the words “us”, “we” and other possessives as if they are actually on that team. How often have you heard, “Our defense was solid, but what we need to do to win next week is…” ad nauseam. The other pitfall is the cult of the athlete that is so prevalent with the American beta male. Some guys know more about their favorite athlete than they do about members of their own family, much less any sort of heroic figure of ages past who would really be worthy of emulating.

Now, there is one final word of advice in regards to sports: never put another man’s name on your back. How many guys do you see walking around wearing a jersey with another man’s name on the back of it? I see a lot of them. Don’t be this guy. Your name is your signature. Your name is your brand. Do you, not someone else. In addition, as a grown man you shouldn’t be walking around town wearing a jersey anyway. But that is a story for another day.

Until next time.

Most Workout Advice Will Turn You Into a Pansy

If you do an internet search for something like, “best mass building workout program” you will receive pages upon pages of information. There is no shortage of opinion out there. I have been lifting weights for close to 20 years. I have had success with a few programs, less than hoped for results with most. I followed the advice of many a bodybuilding article, after following some advice I made some gains, after following others I put inches on my waist. I ate like they told me to, I took the latest and greatest supplements. I found after time that only two supplements really worked for me . What I did not know was that I was following a dead end road over and over and over.

Within the past several years I have learned some valuable lessons. I share those lessons with you so that you won’t have to make the same mistakes that I made. I will also share with you what I have found that works.

The first lesson that I learned was that typical body building routines are for juicers. The routines that you find on bodybuilding sites are written on the assumption that you are already juicing.

The second lesson was that while I wanted to lift to increase my muscle mass, make me a better martial artist and toughen up my body, I found that the conventional wisdom really seemed to turn us into a bunch of pansies. Think about it; “be careful! Don’t over train!”, “Don’t work the same body part more than so many times per week!”, “Don’t let yourself get hungry! If you are hungry you are already burning precious muscle mass!” When I really thought about it I came to realize that this type of thinking is a reactive, fear based approach. No matter what I did eating 6 meals per day consistently put fat on my adbomen, even though I was supposedly turning my metabolism into a “fat torching machine”.

The third lesson that I learned is to stick with a program that works. You will often read that you should change up your program every 12 weeks as your body gets used to what you are doing and therefore you will no longer make any gains, but what if you are lifting more weight than you used to? For instance, if I bench press 195 lbs in week 8, and progressively am adding at least some weight, say by week 12 I am benching 210 lbs, does that mean that I should just quit because my body is now “used to it”. Does this mean that I will not put on any muscle or gain strength? I have found that sticking with the same basic program for the long haul works best. I keep the basics the same and tweak some of the less important exercises like curls. If I am adding weight over time, I will see gains, period.

Based on these lessons here is what I have used to work for me:

Eating: I no longer eat 6 small meals per day. I usually eat 2 meals. I practice intermittent fasting. I get up at about 4:45 am and will not eat until at least 11 am. My next “meal” will be a small shake of 1 scoop protein powder, about 2 cups of coffee, creatine and heavy whipping cream. The next real meal that I will eat will be after my workout. That’s it. I would never have fathomed being able to do this previously. I thought my muscle gains would melt away in front of my eyes if I didn’t eat every two to three hours. I was wrong. I thought that my workouts would be terrible if I didn’t have the right amount of carbs/protein several hours before working out. I was wrong. Some of my best workouts have come on a completely fasted stomach! In addition, I feel much better eating less. I have more energy, feel more awake, I sleep better and my mental acuity has certainly improved and I have gained muscle mass. I don’t know about the science, but from everything that I have seen all roads seem to lead to very positive health benefits to fasting. Mentally, fasting makes you tougher. I realized that constantly being concerned about what to eat and when wasn’t good for me. Nobody likes to fast, but that is exactly the beauty of it. When we force ourselves to do things that we don’t like it makes us stronger mentally. Intermittent fasting is like anything else; find what works for you. Some men can fast several days per week, some only one. It must work for you in order to work for you. What I mean by this is; don’t push it to the point that it becomes detrimental to your health. Experiment and you will find your ideal zone.

Training: Training really depends on one’s goals. I personally believe that a strength program is the best. First, if you work on getting stronger you will add muscle. This will be functional muscle though, not just for looks. When I was in the service it never failed that the overly buffed dudes could not physically keep up with the rest of us. It is not functional muscle. Have you ever seen a real life Navy SEAL jacked like a bodybuilder? I rest my case. My main concern is to increase strength, stamina and work capacity. I like the old school heavy lifting programs. After reading the “Body of a Spartan” by Victor Pride I realized that I could work the same body part even daily. Think about it. Old school farmers were buffed. They did the same thing day in and day out. According to conventional wisdom their muscles should never have grown due to “overtraining”. Once again, complete and utter b.s. Reading “Body of a Spartan” was really eye opening for me. I love being able to bench every single day. Some weeks I squat every single day. I work my back every single day. My muscles have not withered away to nothing. I have gotten stronger. I trained with weights for over twenty years and this program has by far been the best for my body. I have learned that my body reacts very well to a low rep/high weight program. I have tried high rep/lower weight programs and have only put on fat. The other thing with a strength based program is that it just feels good to deadlift a ton of weight. It feels great to squat a ton of weight. It feels great to bench a ton of weight. Lifting heavy will also increase your testosterone output. Its just a manly thing to do and it will make you strong.

Here is the program that I now use, check it out, it is well worth the investment: Body of a Spartan