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23 Ways to Kick Ass in Life and in the Gym

Guys, this post fires me up.  It’s a quick hitting list that will help you make immediate positive changes in your life, and will lead to unreal gains in the gym.  These are not hard to follow, so you have no excuses not to.  Besides, who doesn’t want to kick ass?

Take these and use at least half of them.  If you want to be a real ass kicker, live by them all.

#1 Wake Up Early — The earlier you wake up, the more you get done in the day.  The more you get done, the more successful you are.  Plain and simple.  From my experience, not many good things happen at night anyway.

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#2 Lift Heavy — Whether you just want to look good naked, or you want to compete in strongman competitions, you gotta lift heavy.  Building foundational strength is the key to gaining mass, burning fat, and shattering your previous limitations in the gym.

#3 Be Confident — Look around you and pick out the most successful people in your life.  I bet you 100% of them are confident.  Confidence will make you not only feel good about yourself, but it will shine to anyone who is watching you.  When you go out to a social setting, who attracts the most attention?  The confident “successful” people do, not the wallflowers.  Confidence breeds success.

#4 Embrace Failure — Failure is not a bad thing.  It is an opportunity.  Everyone fails.  If you haven’t failed at something, you aren’t challenging yourself enough.  Push your limits.  If you fail, learn from it.  You will come back stronger and ready to kick ass, and eventually you will succeed.

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#5 Take Risks
— Success doesn’t come to the timid.  Ask some of the most successful people in the world how they got there, I guarantee they took a few risks along the way.

#6 Turn Weaknesses Into Strengths — Weaknesses are limitations and you never want to limit yourself.  Identify where you are weak and attack it; don’t be afraid of it.  If you want to get better at something, you must improve your deficiencies.  I know where I’m weak and you better believe that is where I’m concentrating a lot of my time.

#7 Read Daily — Ever heard the phrase “train smarter, not harder”?  Hardcore meatheads might scoff at this remark, but there is merit in it.  If you train or live like an idiot, chances are you won’t be going very far.  Read.  Educate yourself.  The smarter you are, the better prepared you will be for future challenges you may face.

#8 Lay Off the Junkfood — It’s called junkfood for a reason; it’s junk.  Don’t eat it.  Period.

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#9 Do Deadlifts — Deadlifts are the undisputed #1 strength training exercise you can do.  It works your entire body and will build mass on your posterior chain faster than anything else.  If you want to get big and strong, you must do these.  Get in there, grip it and rip it.

#10 Drop the Baggage — Negative people suck.  I don’t care who it is, friends, family, colleagues; you can’t be exposed to negative influences.  You can do your due diligence and try to make it work, but don’t be afraid to cut the cord.  I’ve done it with people really close to me so I know it can be done.

#11 Set Goals — You must have daily goals and long term goals.  By planning what you do each and every day, you can ensure that you are taking the right steps towards that long term goal.  Success doesn’t happen by luck; have a clear vision and attack it.  This goes for your gym time too; have a plan before you even set foot in the door and get it done!  No more walking around aimlessly.

#12 Be Consistent — Consistency is key.  Nobody ever got good at anything by half-assing it every once in a while.  Habits are formed by being consistent, and the more good habits you adopt, the more likely you are to succeed.  You must grind it out EVERY SINGLE DAY.

#13 Train Like A Kid — Remember back in the day when we were kids?  Running, jumping, throwing stuff.  We were all athletes in some capacity.  It is easy to lose that over time, but that’s exactly how we should train.  Move around in space, sprint, throw heavy balls.  “Kid like” workouts can be fun; it breaks up the monotony and gets us back to our Primal roots.

#14 Get Outside Daily — Goes hand in hand with training like a kid.  Being outside is good for the soul.  So many of us are stuck inside for insane amounts of time these days.  Our bodies were not made for that.  Spend some time outdoors, train outside if you can, and soak up some of that vitamin D.

strength training#15 Try New Things — Doing the same thing over and over again won’t get you anywhere in life or the gym.  If you want to grow as a person, you gotta expose yourself to new experiences.  Live a little!  In the gym, your body adapts to the stimulus you apply to it.  Once it adapts, no new growth or strength will be achieved, so you have to switch up your routines.

#16 Help Others — Doing good deeds for other people makes the world a better place.  I started Primal Strength Camp to help people get stronger.  It helps them and I get a kick out of it too.  Helping each other out is a win/win situation.

#17 Daydream — Take a few minutes a day and just dream.  Think about what you want, strategize how to get there, and visualize your final achievement.  Some of my best revelations and “ah-ha” moments came from daydreaming.

#18 Stretch — “Long muscles are strong muscles”.  One day when you are old and can’t bend over to tie your shoes, you will regret not maintaining adequate levels of flexibility.

#19 Get At Least 8 Hours of Sleep a Day — You grow while you sleep.  8-10 hours is the ideal, but most Americans these days only get about 6.  Its unhealthy!  Turn off the t.v., get off the computer, and get in bed.  Sleep deprivation leads to under-performance, depression and stress.  8 hours, no excuses.

#20 Find a Training Partner — Training partners bring a sense of accountability, motivation, competition, and a visual eye to your gym sessions.  Finding a good one can be hard, but if you can find one, it can make a huge difference.

#21 Crank Up the Intensity — Being intense is crucial.  Focus and channel all of your energy into your workouts.  I have failed at  personal record setting lifts, only to crush them a few minutes later just by cranking up the intensity.  Gym time = Beast mode.

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#22 Do What You Want to Do — Life is too short to be stuck doing a bunch of sh*t you don’t want to do.  Sound selfish?  So what!  Being unhappy all the time isn’t fair to you, and chances are you will be one miserable person to be around, so it really isn’t fair to those around you either.  Do at least one thing per day that makes you happy.

#23 Never, Ever Give Up — Fail, fail, and fail again.  Eventually you will succeed.  Quitting sucks; don’t do it!  You will regret it, guaranteed.  No matter what you are doing, no matter how beat down you feel, no matter how far down the road success seems, never, ever give up.

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Evolve!!

— Tank

How Bad Do You Want It?

Ask any given person this question about something that they view important in their life and they will all probably tell you the same thing.  “I want it really bad!”

Truth is they are lying to themselves.  

They might really believe they want it.  Maybe it truly is their dream.  But what are they doing to make it happen?

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When it comes to proving how bad you want something, actions speak louder than words.

Be the person that takes action.  We all have it in us.  You have it in you to be 100% successful in anything you do.  Just use the key ingredients and get started.

My journey started a long time ago.  I started out wanting to be an elite distance runner.  I remember being in college out running in 100+ degree Texas heat every day, while my friends were at the pool partying, looking at all the hot women in bikinis.  After I fell in love with the iron game, I remember being at Gold’s Gym on Friday nights at 10pm while most people were out on the town having a good time.  I was a loner with one thing on my mind, to get bigger and stronger.  As I speak, I’ve been on “vacation” for the past two days, yet I still worked in 500 pushups yesterday and I’m writing this post for you now.

Sacrifice.  Dedication.  Passion.

You want it bad?  Prove it!  Put in the work.  Make the sacrifices.

Everyone is capable.  You owe it to yourself to be successful, to fulfill your dreams.  Don’t make excuses.  Don’t half ass it.  Don’t cheat yourself!

If you don’t live up to your potential, you will regret it, I can promise you that.  Regret can be a painful thing to live with, especially when you could be living a life with success instead.  Now think about that and ask yourself…

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Each Day Is A Gift

Guys, this post is an important one.  This one means a lot to me on a very personal level and I hope it resonates with you as well.

I had a rough day today and spent some time reflecting on my situation; maybe even feeling a little sorry for myself.  Then I snapped myself out of it and realized I have a damn good life.  I needed to live by my own rules and stay positive.

Each day is a gift.  Sounds cliché doesn’t it?  But really take a moment to think about it.

How many of us go about our days unhappy, blaming someone else for our problems, sitting around wasting time, coming up with excuses of why we aren’t where we want to be?  Or maybe we are just coasting, telling ourselves that thing we’ve been putting off can wait until tomorrow, missing opportunities to make ourselves better.  Maybe we take people too seriously and hold grudges.  Maybe we had a “bad” day.

That way of life sucks.  You gotta stop living like that.  You can make the conscious decision to live a more fulfilling life just by changing your outlook and setting a few goals for yourself.  Think about everything you have and give thanks.  There are no “bad” days.  You may enjoy some more than others, but every day you are alive and breathing is a good one.

Do not hesitate to do this!  You never know when you will run out of opportunities.  There may be no tomorrow.  Back in the summer of 2008, I was outside of Fallujah, Iraq when my vehicle narrowly missed being blown to bits by an IED.  Up until that point, I had a lot of grand plans for myself that I had yet to accomplish, and that incident scared the sh*t out of me.  It got my butt in gear.  I keep this photo framed in my room; it was taken about 30 minutes before that IED scare, and it would have been the last picture of me alive.  It’s a friendly reminder that I cannot and will not allow myself to coast through life.  No more excuses, no more feeling sorry for myself, no more “bad” days.

Start treating each day as a gift right now!  Set goals for yourself each and every day, accomplish them, and keep working towards that thing you’ve always said you wanted to do.  Take charge of your life; do not let others bring you down.  Do not wait for tomorrow because tomorrow may never come.

Evolve!!

— Tank

Primal Strength Meets Strongmen

What’s up Primal Camp???

I’ve been pumped up all day and had to write this post tonight.  I spent the day at the River City Strongman Competition in Richmond, Virginia.  Let me tell you, I saw some strong ass dudes in there today, and a few girls that would give a lot of guys a run for their money too.

The events were the axle press, farmers carry, deadlift, yoke/tire flip medley, and atlas stones.  These guys were impressive.  I saw a couple dudes farmers carry 260lbs in each hand for over 100 feet including a hair pin turn in the course, dudes were clean and pressing 250lbs for reps.  One guy who weighed 175lbs deadlifted 600.  A girl was flipping a 450lb tire like it was a paper plate.  Crazy right?!?

Their mental toughness was off the charts too.  The agony in their faces throughout these events was indescribable, yet they pushed through the pain and got sh*t done.

Watching these guys reminded of my I wanted to start Primal Strength Camp so bad.  Hell, I cranked out a workout as soon as I got home because I was so inspired.  No fads, no gimmicks, no tricks, no bullsh*t.  Just pure brute strength picking up, pressing, and carrying heavy sh*t.  Nothing more Primal than that.

Primal man was made to carry heavy stuff.  He woke up early, hunted, gathered, and carried whatever he took in back to his family.  I can only imagine he hunted some pretty big sh*t and had to carry it all the way back home.  And considering our DNA has only barely changed since those times, it’s up to us to unlock those Primal instincts.

Pick up something heavy today.  It’s what you were made to do.  Don’t waste good genetics.

Evolve!!

–Tank

Oh, by the way, I did an interview with a cool dude at the strongman competition about Primal Strength Camp and our training style, nutrition, cardio, and a variety of other topics.  I’ll post it here as well as on our YouTube channel whenever it becomes available.

Anyhow, he has some great handcrafted strength tools that you should check out.  Homemade yokes, axle bars, farmers carry handles, and a couple of very innovative tools I’ve never seen before that would be great for anyone’s arsenal to get stronger.  He’s passionate about what he does and cares about helping people out.

Check out Jack Niles and his tools at www.JackNilesStrongman.com.  Great guy, good products.

Who Do You Want To Be?

Alright guys.  Listen up.

I am HUGE on motivation and harnessing the power of the mind.  Those with a strong mindset and driven personality will go further in this life than those lacking unbreakable mental toughness.  No way around it.

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Take the time to watch this video clip.  If this doesn’t get you pumped up, man, I don’t know what to tell ya.  Really listen and think about his message.  Apply it to your own life.  If you’ve lost that hunger, now is the time to get it back.  Time to make a stronger you!

Evolve!!

— Tank

Time To Start The Evolution

What’s up everyone!  Primal Strength Camp has been a long time in the making and I am psyched that this dream has come true!

Strength training is my passion, plain and simple.  I live for this stuff.  I’m thinking about it constantly, and I live to share my experiences and advice with you.  Primal Strength Camp is the result of years of training, lots of hard work, overcoming failure, celebrating victories, and the endless pursuit of becoming a better and STRONGER man.

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I encourage everyone to check this site frequently as I will make it a dynamic place to be and a great resource for you.  Learn to live the Primal way and get stronger as a person, not only on the outside but inside as well.  Strength is not an overnight gift, its a lifelong evolution.  I encourage you to start yours today.  Be sure to sign up for the newsletter and receive your free gift!  We will never share your information, and I will not spam you with useless crap.  Any and all communication from me will be geared towards making you STRONGER and I will not waste your time, guaranteed!

Evolve!!
— Tank