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Motivation is hard.

Fitness experts and personal trainers often don’t understand that the average person doesn’t have the fire in their belly to exercise every day and eat like a bikini model. It’s hard to make life about fitness when fitness isn’t your day job.

Which is why I recommend cheating.

Real motivation should come from within you, and if you don’t have it you should find it, grind it, crush it, snort it, and spit fire. Wake up at 4 AM, hand-slaughter a deer for breakfast, and clear-cut a quarter acre of forest for morning cardio. Every day. Rain…


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You’re not a celebrity bro.

You’re not going to be.

If you’re reading this as a follower of the page you probably don’t want to be. This is average dude shit. It’s good man shit. It’s master of self, protector of family, chief operating officer of the homestead (and head laborer), it’s neighborhood do-gooder shit, striving for personal excellence, not fame.

We’ve become obsessed with people, with personalities, with manufactured scandals and fabricated conflict. …


Homework For Men is just that. It’s homework. For men. The purpose is to get men off the couch, outside, and doing good — for their own bodies and minds, for their families, for their communities.

Everywhere you look these days there’s a solution to big issues. Everybody has a hot take on what the U.S. government did wrong here, what the European Union should done there, why your governor’s an idiot and that Ever Given ship captain should have steered straighter.

We’re over-concerned with the global and disconnected from the local, the things we can control — and by…


“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

I saw this quote recently, attributed to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

I wanted it to be true but knew it wasn’t.

The quote comes from David McCullough Jr., an English teacher at Wellesley High School, from a speech to the graduating class of 2012. …


In a rant on his Timcast IRL “Biden Admin To Roll Out Vaccine Passport, GOP Says NO WAY w/Cassandra Fairbanks” Tim Pool delivered an epic rant about the loss of Rugged Individualism that Made America Great.

“My (proper respect) to all the immigrants who are climbing mountains and riding trains and wandering through 90 miles of desert to get here, because those people have more pioneer blood in them than most of these urban progressives and suburban uppity-do liberals who are like, ‘I’d rather just be safe.’ These people are like, ‘I’m going to cross a mountain and rip my…


I don’t really know what this is and I can’t remember where I first heard about it, but I’m doing it anyway because life is about taking risks (of salmonella?) and sometimes you get lucky (or swole).

The book is called Raw Egg Nationalism and it’s just that: eating eggs, inspired (for whatever reason) by a red-pilled cauldron of masculinity, anti-globalism, anti-corporatism, and the via negativa lifestyle that popularized the back-to-the-basics workouts and diets of the Arnold-era of bodybuilding.

Here’s the book blurb from Amazon:

What is raw egg nationalism? And how can the massive consumption of raw eggs save…


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I finally had a chance to listen to the latest episode of @themindofmanpodcast with Wes Watson (@watson_fit). I’ll be honest: it’s blunt, and it’s not for everybody—which might be the exact reason to step out of your comfort zone and take a listen.

I’ve done my internal work & found my peace with the own shit with my father, but the uber-alpha drug dealer types just aren’t my kind of people. And Wes Watson is that to a T.

He was dealing drugs at age 11, spent 10 years in prison, and talks exactly how you would expect such a…


IMPACT GAUGE

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I recently re-watched Lawless with Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Jason Clark as the Bondurant Brothers, with Guy Pearce as the sadistic big-city cop who comes to put the fear of the law into the backwoods bootleggers’ moonshine operation.

The film was released in 2012, but I can’t say for sure that’s when I originally watched it. I can say that my general recollection of the movie was a feeling of annoyance and anxiety more than anything else.

Watching it again, I understand why I felt that way: Shia LaBeouf is in the lead role despite being a gutless wimp…


Life is struggle to navigate contradictory quotations.

via @_thestrive

Take life one step at a time, Keep your eye on the prize, and Focus on the mission, but also If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do since Life is about the journey, not the destination. Early bird gets the worm, but The early worm gets eaten and The second mouse gets the cheese, and while Sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug, what ever happened to just enjoying a peaceful drive. Look before you leap, but He who hesitates is lost. Absence makes the heart grow…


What A Three-Year-Old Can Teach You About Well-Placed Rage

My three-year-old was playing Sonic the Hedgehog on the Apple TV (thanks Cory) and nearly threw the remote as her frustration grew.

It’s a hard game for a three-year-old, especially on an Apple remote, and the frustration finally boiled over into full-blown rage. She welled up with tears and screamed, “THIS IS BEIN’ RIDICUWUS!!!”

The windup didn’t happen in slow motion, like in the movies. Despite her disadvantage of having under-developed fast-twitch muscles fibers, she has super cat speed — and she’ll tell you all about it whether you ask or not, telling complete strangers at the store, “Wanna see…

Nicholas Wilbur

Fitness | Fatherhood | Philosophy | Advocate of Working Hard & Working Out | Strive, Don’t Just Survive

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