Why You Appear Differently As You Age

by Tom Furman

“There is a natural order. The way things are meant to be. An order that says that the good guys always win. That you die when it’s your time, or you have it coming. That the ending is always happy…

by Tom Furman

“There is no right or wrong in our system, only Desirable and Less Desirable.” — Tony Blauer

An optimal training environment is individual. Some prefer a garage and heavy metal. Others like an urban boxing gym. Still others want every modern piece of equipment and either CNN or reality shows on endless high definition monitors. There is a piece of history, however, that can’t…

By Tom Furman

The optimal female form is not chosen through Madison Avenue or Vogue Magazine, but through Anthropology. The waist to hip ratio signals, on a deep hormonal level, that the female is healthy and capable of breeding. This is not about sociology, but propagation of the species. Oddly…

By Tom Furman

The physique of GS Champion Denis Vasilev. @Denisvasilevkbsport

“Concrete shoes, cyanide, TNT
Done dirt cheap
Neckties, contracts, high voltage
Done dirt cheap.” ~ AC/DC, Dirty Deeds.

Some years ago while reading about the training methods of lifter Anton Anasenko, I came upon the term, “Dirty Work” or “Black Work”. Anton would extend his sets longer…

by Tom Furman

Stagger“arrange (events, payments, hours, exercises, etc.) so that they do not occur at the same time; spread over a period of time.”

Staggering, other than that which occurs after a night out getting tanked, is defined above. Spreading something out over a period of time.

by Tom Furman

Back in the day, there were far fewer gyms and fitness facilities. One of the most popular ones in the greater Los Angeles area was Vince’s Gym in Studio City. Due to it’s proximity to the film studios, it was populated by not only bodybuilders, but actors…

By Tom Furman

In a world of too many choices, we can’t decide. Decide, means, “to cut”.

Growing up in the 60’s meant 3 TV stations and, oh yes, educational TV. Decisions were easy with one television. Now with 200 channels, there is nothing on TV, or it’s hard to…

by Tom Furman

“The only thing you can guess about a broken down old man is that he is a survivor.” — Joe Sarno, Way of the Gun

Days become weeks. Weeks become months. Months become years. Years, well,. they become decades. They may contain some injuries, illnesses and the…

by Tom Furman

Creasy explaining durability to his adversary.

“There is no such thing as tough. There is trained and untrained. Now which are you?” ~ Denzel Washington as the character, “Creasy” in the 2004 movie, “Man On Fire”

Last year I wrote, “Becoming Durable: Most ain’t,” on this website. Before you read this article, you NEED to be familiar with this method, so go HERE

There were a number of questions. Some of which are of the most common type. “Can I change X,Y,Z?” Of…

By Tom Furman

“Perfect is the enemy of good.” — Voltaire, quoting an Italian proverb.

Perfectionism is like a transcendental equation, which according to Mr. Spock, has no resolution. Since nothing is perfect, there is no satisfactory end point.

Perfectionism is a trait that makes life an endless report card on accomplishments or looks. When healthy, it can be self-motivating and drive…

Tom Furman

Tom Furman has been involved in martial arts and fitness most of his life. He’s currently a fitness coach and been blogging since 2005. www.tomfurman.com

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