The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence: Weekend Reading List Jan. 3, 2014



Almost every Friday I e mail The Underground Strength Insider a Weekend Reading & Learning List. These weekend "action lists" are centered around helping you develop greater strength from the inside out.

A weak mind makes a weak man.

So, before we move on, enter your e mail and subscribe to The Underground Strength Insider.

The Weekend Learning List is NOT meant to be read all in one sitting. It's meant to be done throughout your weekend. Perhaps you wake up 1 hr early each day before the house gets busy and other things pop up.

The right type of learning will make you a stronger, more successful person.

Time to learn.....

1) I've been neck deep every night reading 'The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader' - This book still doesn't rival NO Easy Day or Lone Survivor but something about it keeps me turning page after page. as I've never read a book about a SEAL who was almost ousted by his brothers.

This book teaches you a LOT about team, ego, work ethic, family and rebounding from setbacks. A solid read for all Underground Strength Fans although I recommend you read Lone Survivor first and the NO Easy Day.

2) Don't Forget Where You Came From..... Or..... Don't Get Caught Up In The Hype....

John Welbourn has a way with words. Why not, the guy has been lifting since he was a young kid and eating bacon since the 70s.

He's banged heads in the NFL and is founder of Power Athlete HQ. He knows what it takes to get results from humble beginning to the top of the mountain. Guys like John have a way with words because when they say something it truly MEANS something.

Here are a few of my favorites that really hit home with me from John's Blog.



3) It ALL Counts -

If you've read my blog, watched my videos and kept up with me you recall how I have mentioned going through some tough times a year ago in life and business.

I came back stronger by rebuilding everything, mind, body and spirit.

It ALL counts and it's ALL intertwined: Training, Environment, Lifestyle, Sleep, Nutrition, Supplements and more.

I strayed away from supplements, sleeping 8 hrs each night, surrounding & associating myself with the right people who have a good heart.

It fucked me up pretty good and last December & January I was sick for 2 - 3 weeks at a time and lost about 15 lbs.

At age 38, I am stronger than I've been in a solid 10 years. I paid attention to ALL the details. NOT just one, but ALL of them. It is certainly not perfect by any means but you must view and treat entire body like a unit of special ops military.

To be deadly, get everyone working together. When I say "everyone", I am referring to the list above with nutrition, lifestyle, the people you are around, your environment, your training plan, supplements, etc.

4) Lift & Learn is # 1. Watch & Learn is a Close 2nd.....

The best way to learn what it takes to kick ass & take names in the gym and in life is to get OUT there and DO it. Be about it. LIVE it. Period.

But, how do you get better? All alone? Certainly not. There are many ways to learn and the past year has been one of the biggest learning years I've ever had yet I am busier than ever with 2 gyms and a family.

I have hosted and have more upcoming seminars at The Underground Strength Gym to get my learning ON.

But, I also watch video footage and pick up tips. Here are 3 awesome videos you can and should learn from.

But, before I share these videos, do NOT waste time idolizing these men, commenting on their videos, facebook, etc.

Take a few notes and then hit the gym like a madman or mad woman possessed and kill shyt.

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5) Too Much Passion - Is This A Problem?

Sometimes I catch myself questioning if I am TOO passionate.

Is there such a thing?

Can it work against you?

I learned that you will question your passion IF you are in a poor environment. Maybe the people you're around are too lazy, unmotivated, have too much ego, too much fear, etc.

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Hope you enjoyed this Weekend Learning List.

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3 Responses

  1. Benjamin Holloway says:

    I’m hoping to subscribe so I can receive your emails .

  2. Great stuff! That takes a lot of courage to toss that much weight with straps on. One false move or loss of concentration and you are stuck! Very impressive! Mark Bell?! He is always full of great en sight in business, training and life! I would be lying if I said I knew of the last guy but his message was something that rang clear with me. Much of it mirrored mine.
    Next week I start training at the college. I will work with athletes and students. Since they do not have a strength coach YET I am taking this as my interview. So them what I got! March I will start the community program and keep working my place. I had my first olympic lifter start last week. All my athletes perform the lifts and if they wanted to have qualifying totals for youth nationals but this girl is strictly olympic lifting. I am stoked!
    Have a good one! Stay safe with all the storms Underground Nation!

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