The Dojo

When man comes to a conscious vital realization of those great spiritual forces within himself and begins to use those forces in science, in business, and in life, his progress in the future will be unparalleled. — Bruce Lee.

The 4th quarter, the 9th inning, the last round, the last shot, the final 100 meters, the final set, the last rep; it is heart, determination, drive, will power, and mental strength that separates the champions from the rest of the pack.

DOJO LESSONS

the_last_samurai_7_newOUR RONIN PHILOSOPHY: DITCH THE DOGMA. FIND YOUR WAY

I’ve always tried to follow my gut, and that has led me down many different roads in this life based on my interests at the time (although the one consistency has always been my love of the gym).  It’s probably not the greatest approach to achieve what most would equate with traditional success, but at least I have a few good stories to tell… Full Lesson

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LEGENDS INTRO

I am passionate about the Iron Game.  I’m also passionate about the Way of the Warrior, and warrior cultures in general.  I want to share with you some of the philosophies I’ve learned from these cultures, and how they can be translated and applied to various aspects of the Iron Game.  I believe certain warrior principles are powerful psychological tools that can help us succeed during our Iron Journey…  Full Lesson

hagakureWARRIOR GUIDEPOSTS

This will be accomplished if only courage is fixed in one’s heart.  If one’s sword is broken, he will strike with his hands.  If his hands are cut off, he will press the enemy down with his shoulders.  If his shoulders are cut away, he will bite through ten or fifteen enemy necks with his teeth.  Courage is such a thing.

Hagakure…Full Lesson

victoryWHAT IS FITNESS PSYCHOLOGY?

Fitness psychology borrows principles from sports psychology and behavioral psychology to help individuals reach their physique goals. This is a huge aspect of fitness that is often overlooked by trainers, nutritionists, and medical professionals. You can give someone the best advice in the world, but if they don’t follow it than the advice is meaningless. The more I become involved in this industry, the more I believe that psychology is the most important piece of the puzzle…Full Lesson

kaizenKAIZEN IN FITNESS & ATHLETICS

The summary of the kaizen, then, is to never be satisfied with your current level of skill or development. Always try to improve, in every aspect of your life. There is always someone out there who is stronger, fitter, or more skilled than you are. If you are starting at the bottom of the mountain, that’s the only way to climb to the top. And even if you happen to be at the top of the mountain now, remember kings and queens fall, and heroes rise to take their place… Full Lesson

goalsSET GOALS

First, you must choose a goal before you can achieve it, and second, the more difficult and dangerous your goals is, the more effort you must put into achieving it. All achievement starts with goals, and Musashi emphasized that you should be ambitious in setting them. — Samurai Strategies…Full Lesson

SamuraiKNOW YOUR ENEMY

Know their strengths and their weaknesses precisely. Learn from them, adapt your approach to take advantage of their weaknesses, and then defeat them before they realize that you have changed your tactics. — Samurai Strategies.  Identify your kryptonite — the situation(s) that always seem to pull you off track. Be honest with yourself. Maybe it’s time to avoid those situations for a little while so you can stay focused on the task at hand…Full Lesson

conan_originalTHE RIDDLE OF IRON

As Conan slashes his way to revenge, we learn two universal truths via his character arc/journey.  (1) A man is in complete control of the weapons he commands.  (2) A man’s spirit is far more powerful than any weapons he stands against.  With that realization, he fearlessly jumps into battle and conquers his enemies with a warrior’s fury, despite the seemingly insurmountable odds.  This lesson can be applied to all things….Full Lesson

dumbbellsRESPECT THE IRON WAY

The Iron Way has provided me with a solid foundation in this chaos called life and my journey in particular, which has been full of ups and downs, successes and failures, achievements and disappointments. I’ve always been able to find comfort, peace, escape, value, and a sense of purpose in the gym, even when I was in my darkest stages and hopelessly lost in the real world…Full Lesson

Screen Shot 2013-01-13 at 10.22.49 AMLESSONS FROM A LEGEND

Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work.  You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job.  You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill.  That’s the secret of success and is the key to being regarded honorably…Even at my age (85), in my work, I haven’t reached perfection…I’ll continue to climb, trying to reach the top.  But no one knows where the top is! — Jiro Ono…Full Lesson

No Fear FEAR FACTORS

Fear is the one human motion that can hold us back from more than anything else in our lives. Fear paralyzes us, and prevents us from taking meaningful action. It shatters our self-confidence and spirit of adventure. It can prevent us from doing the things we really want to do, trying everything we want to try, and from becoming who we really want to become….Full Lesson

PriorityTHE PRIORITY SCALE

Where does your own diet and fitness rank among these priorities? How much time are you willing to invest in building and maintaining a strong and healthy body that will ultimately support you in your life’s other endeavors?…Full Lesson

Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 11.21.48 AMCOGNITIVE CHOICES

This cognitive understanding of my motivation to eat is hugely important. By understanding the difference between what is a want, a need, or neither, I am able to stay in better control and find the strength to pass on foods that I know will taste good, but will keep me from my health and physique goals….Full Lesson

Frank-Frazeta-Jaguar-GodIRON LESSONS

What you learn after dealing with it long enough is that you have to be strong within.  You exert your will against it time after time.  The Iron Game isn’t about winning or losing.  It can’t be, because you’ll always lose.  The Iron will always have one more pound…one more plate…one more rep.  The Iron Game is about learning, striving, persisting. — Josh Leeger

Guest Post by Josh Leeger…Full Lesson

Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 11.40.18 AMA CATALYST FOR CHANGE

I believe it was in the summer of 2010 when my friend Nate suggested that I give bodybuilding a try. He thought it would provide the discipline and regimen I needed in my life during a time of personal struggle. He also thought that the bodybuilding lifestyle would infiltrate the rest of my life and have a positive affect on everything from my business to my personal relationships. I said lets do it; I have nothing to lose.  After 35 years, I finally found my sport.  I’ll be living the bodybuilding lifestyle for the rest of my life! — Coach Shawn Toussaint…Full Lesson

  1. Juicy. I will take time and savor this. Thank you, Nate.

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