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What Are You Training For?

Guys, I’m fired up today!  I was talking to a buddy of mine last night from New Jersey, and we talked about what training really meant in life.  He said I should write a post on it, and I thought it was a hell of an idea.  Thank you to Tim Webster for the inspiration!

This post couldn’t wait, and I want everyone to really think about this one.  


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked by people at the gym, “What are you training for?

My answer?

I’m training for life!!

That might seem a little dramatic to some; certainly not your standard answer like “getting bigger” or “getting shredded” or “summer is coming up and I want to impress hot chicks”.

But I’m damn serious when I use that as my answer.

Now I didn’t always think this way.  I started out like most people and started working out because I wanted to look good.

I wanted muscles, I wanted low body fat, and I wanted to be strong.

What I never saw coming were the intangible benefits of the strength game and how they would become the real focus of why I train.

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As I get a little older and a little wiser, I’ve realized that the muscles come and go.

What will always remain are the lessons I’ve learned, the mental toughness I’ve developed, and the confidence I’ve gained through the ass kicking work I’ve put in the gym through the years.

Developing brute strength takes discipline, sacrifice, planning, patience, and resolve.  You’d be crazy not to see how these are “life values” and reach much farther and deeper than any hour long gym session.

The pain I’ve felt pushing my body past its limits shows me how hard I can work outside of the gym and the stress I can withstand.  As the great Rocky Balboa said “Ain’t nothin’ gonna hit harder than life.”

My gym strength has led to unwavering confidence in myself; in my interactions with people and in business; in problem solving; and an unbreakable desire to succeed and excel.  If you train hard in the gym, I’ll be the first to tell you that you are far more likely to carry over that effort and discipline into your everyday life.

I’ve learned that true strength is being strong for my family, and setting an example for others; to show people that a little hard work can change your life in countless positive ways.

Strength, in the gym and in life, is a lifelong pursuit.  I’ve worked for months on end just to improve my bench press by a few pounds, enduring failure after failure until I hit a new personal record.  I know that life is no different.  I must endure.  I will persevere.

I learn from the failures, ride the highs, but I don’t ever give up.  I train to get stronger so I’m prepared to handle whatever life throws at me.

Getting stronger isn’t about the gym when you go beneath the surface; its about kicking ass in life and helping others do the same.

That’s what Primal Strength Camp is all about my friends.  It’s not about the weights

Now let me ask you…what are you training for??


— Tank

Make the Time

What is the #1 answer people give when asked why they do not regularly exercise?

“I don’t have enough time.”

Not to be too harsh, but that is total bullsh*t.

That is an excuse, not a reason.

Everyone has time to lift some weights at some point in the day, I don’t care who you are.

Some of you may have legitimate “reasons” as to why you can’t make time for the gym.  Listen, I get it.  You have kids and baseball practice and homework and laundry and groceries and cooking and happy hours and television shows and all kinds of other responsibilities.  The list goes on and on.

But the bottom line is, despite it all, you have to make the time.  If you truly want it, you will make the time.  If you don’t, you will find another excuse and you won’t ever change.

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Getting in at least 30 – 60 minutes a day in the gym 4 times a week isn’t a lot to budget for.

What does that break down to?  1-2% of your week.  That should be eye opening!

So are you still telling me that you can’t invest 2% of your week for a lifetime of healthy living, new found confidence, and an overall better well being for both you and your family?

Sure as hell sounds like a no brainer to me!

Wake up earlier, go to bed later, find a babysitter (a lot of gyms have on-site care), spend less time watching tv.  Sacrifice something for a healthier, stronger you!

Don’t know where to start?  Check out this list of awesome muscle building exercises here.  Pick a few of these and get started.  Follow my blog posts.  This is all free coaching for you to take advantage of.

No more excuses.  Make the time.  


— Tank

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.


— Tank