June 11, 2003
today’s fitness -- life on the gym floor is simple and our
daily bread is no big puzzle, and getting through a workout without
tripping over our feet takes one mighty step at a time. What’s
the big deal? The ordinary guy and gal do it everyday… poorly.
know. I hear what I’m saying. I see what I’m writing
and Laree sez I’m a cynic. Cynicism is the bone I love to
chew on, but it’s not the meat of my diet. It keeps me busy
and it keeps my teeth sharp. There’s marrow in those bones
and calcium, and the chewing engenders the production of healthy
enzymes. I’m really a wild and optimistic musclehead whose
irritating rants are compassionate pleas in disguise.
promise I’ll give you a secret tip that’ll build lean
sinew, but first a word from the Bomb Squad:
discipline: Regarded by many as a tyrant and by a blessed few as
a magnificent force that causes, effects and directs, there is no
doubt of its incredible power. It is an absolute in achievement
and shapes the world by shaping the people. Sadly, the world’s
condition is also influenced by those dismal characters who reject
the great power, cannot sustain its efforts or idly contain crevices
as discipline passes them by. Should we embrace the steely energy
and apply it to good, what a wonderful world this would be.
may the bombers, cultivating discipline’s benefits and disposed
to its favors, continue their contribution to a finer world.
Each of us has considerable built-in discipline (instinctive or
survival discipline) to control many of our assets and faculties.
We arise each morning, wash our face, brush our teeth, comb the
hairs on our head and go about preparing breakfast before it’s
off to work. Discipline in action; it’s cool, it works and
we have it. We have these personal controls in sufficient supply
to effect changes, improvements and advances in our precious life.
We simply need to add oxygen and motion and a little daily practice.
Like watering a flower taking root in a crack of soil in the tarmac
of life’s vast, encroaching parking lot… don’t
let it die. We need all the flowers we can get.
just find it hard to agree with new age thinkers who declare that
a person can achieve anything he wants to -- play a piano solo in
the New York Philharmonic, scale Mount Everest in his wheel chair,
gain financial independence and personal happiness in the global
real estate market -- if he simply tries hard enough. “You
can do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it, if you
believe and don’t doubt,” say the leaders of popular
win-win seminars and commercials selling sneakers and infomercials
hustling Internet business software. Walk on fire? I don’t
think so. This “success” stuff turns nice people into
scrappy wolves or disappointed lambs.
is not owned by repeating mantras, reading a book, watching a video
or following a formula. Discipline is founded in need and desire
and developed in deed. Discipline is yours. You want something,
if you can’t buy it or steal it, you must work for. The more
you want and need it, the harder you try to get it. The wanting
and needing, the working, trying and getting combine and eventually
present discipline. Great or small, the stoic quality is a benefactor
assuring you become a better person, more complete and capable and
aware, as you pursue your healthy and humble goal giving it your
very best shot? The heart and soul and mind grow strong in the body
while on the gym floor knocking out the sets after a day’s
hard work and plentiful supply of protein… and sufficient
it deserves nobler applications than egocentric gain. Not everyone
can bench 450, have 19-inch arms or wear a bathing suit like a model.
This has absolutely nothing to do with limiting your achievement
of the jewels discipline affords. Keep your head on your shoulders
and the deltoids will grow.
laziness: A hideous trait that leads to dullness and poverty and
is inherited by the simple and practiced by the ignorant; there
is no doubt of its corruptible weakness. Left to its inertia, little
is accomplished and not much is enjoyed. Fulfillment has no chance
in the lax and sluggish individual. He gets by.
The lazy guy or gal has enough discipline to accommodate the chores
and hygiene and bare responsibilities of the day, but applies the
barest energy to things of achievement and acclaim. The architects
of the TV and remote, fast food and frozen dinners and microwave,
the baggy pants and the muumuus planted today’s crop of corn.
Like fields of droopy stalks rattling in the breeze, the harvest
is plentiful, but the produce dry and hollow.
lazy add nothing to the community or neighborhood. They provide
no support. They are an encumbrance, a nuisance. They sit on the
leg extension and read People Magazine.
motivation: The key that starts the engine which impels us forward
-- unlocks the door and opens it wider -- releases the integral
energy which builds on itself like the atom. Without it accomplishments
are accidental and success a chance occurrence. The reason we do
things is often disguised in the tasteless task of daily living.
With barely enough flavor to get us through the day, we urgently
need seasonings to greet another morning’s sun.
is accompanied by at least a teaspoon of heated passion and regular
portions of savory fulfillment; they are treats and on-going nourishment.
Life with sweet motivation, inspiration and enthusiasm is a feast.
Without them we live on bread and water. Might I interest you in
a thick slice of roast prime rib of beef, a juicy Thanksgiving turkey
leg or a fresh Crab Louie salad? Help yourself. Get ripped.
patience: The art of waiting, the skill of working dauntless and
hard while nothing appears to get done, the comfort found in hopefulness
day after day -- I suggest practice, practice and more practice
till the cows come home. You can’t stare at a pot and expect
the water to boil without scorching your forehead on the steam.
There’s water in the pot and fire under it, right? Good. Hang
back, stay cool and attend the sights and sounds of life around
you. Just don’t let the fire go out and the water evaporate.
Get out the tea and cups and biscuits. We’ll have a party.
and time are juggled by the same clown. Time is not the problem;
it’s our concept of it. Life is a continuum interrupted by
manmade units separating the past from the future. The clock has
its benefits, but mostly serves to capture our minds in seconds,
minutes and days, weeks, months and years, always counting, always
watching… tic, tic, tic. Is that the way to build big muscles
and a lean figure, lose bodyfat and set a personal record -- from
inside false compartments struggling to get out?
stress of impatience squeezes the life out of time. It makes the
moment unknowable and the present unbearable. We fret, we hurry,
we become discouraged and we almost quit. Patience comes hard, it
comes slow and it comes at a heavy price. Patience is tough and
revives just as frustration prepares to wrestle us to the cold,
dirty ground. We’re back on our feet crouched and ready, a
new level of fortitude in our command. Thank God for perseverance
-- the perseverance of Bombers.
are enduring, as the continuum stretches on. Impatience plus practice
plus time equals fortitude, the first cousin of patience…
once a stranger, now a friend. And we need all the friends we can
About perseverance: The long-lasting forever necessary to achieve,
that familiar attribute set deep in the mind of the committed, motivated,
patient and disciplined, the quality of the lithe racehorses never
giving up, whether it wins or shows up last at the finish line.
With perseverance you cannot lose. You stick to it or roll over,
your breath no longer leaving a cloud on the mirror. Perseverance
can be hard pushing and mean or a gentle effort, kind in its application,
but always it is unceasing, positive in action and never falls short
of finishing its work. About perseverance, it is undying.
time you work out, consider the five bombs we tossed around today.
What role do they play in your training and how on the scale of
one to ten do you score? Ten is perfect.
figure we all know how to train -- a curl is a curl, a squat is
a squat, a shrug and so on… sets and reps, eat some tuna,
drink some water. It’s the DLMPP* that gives us a run for
the money. You get those right and everything else falls into place.
you have my secret tip to building a lean sinewy body, Bombers.
Now let’s practice individual and team formations -- imaginative
routines with renewed commitment and energy. Where craft value is
lacking (perhaps an older model in need of reconditioning) we can
proceed with resourcefulness, common sense and old-fashioned pain.
These will be the subjects of subsequent meetings and text.
High the Bombers fly… DD
Laziness, Motivation, Patience, Perseverance
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