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.

Many years ago, the late Joe Weider, who published many magazines, sold exercise equipment and food supplements, decided to name training methods after himself. Hence, “The Weider Principles”. So if Dave Draper or Frank Zane or Arnold did something noteworthy in their training, it was adopted as a, “Weider Principle”

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 and stuntmen. Most everyone who was anyone in the rugged world of 60’s and 70’s TV and movies, trained there. Vince Gironda, the legendary owner, did not mince words. If he hated you, it was apparent from the first few moments you met. …

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 decide. Similarly, with the growth of the internet, we went from exercise books to fitness magazines to streaming and zoom workouts. Endless choices and yet little improvement in fitness. …

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“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 death of friends and family. However you manage to endure and move forward. You don’t beat Father Time, you fight him. And in any fight, the idea is to hit the other guy and not take punishment yourself. You need to be case hardened. You need to be smart. …

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 course the answer to this is always the same. “You can change X, Y, Z,…but it won’t be DURABLE then.”

However with the questions I was motivated to do two things, be clearer and make things more streamlined. …

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 you to overcome adversity and achieve success. When unhealthy, it can be a fast and enduring track to unhappiness.

What makes extreme perfectionism so toxic is that while those in its grip desire success, they are most focused on avoiding failure, resulting in a negative orientation. They don’t believe in…

by Tom Furman

“There are two types of pain.

The pain that hurts.

The pain that alters.”

Robert McCall, The Equalizer

The mantra of, “No pain, no gain.” is widely misunderstood. It probably originated from the bowels of a west coast bodybuilding gym in the 70’s, but was quickly adopted by the aerobics bunnies of the 80’s. As if beating your head against the wall did something. It’s more about the type or the difference. The question the is often asked is, “Are you hurt or are you injured?” There is a difference.

In training and life, there is hardship. When mistakes or accidents happens, there is injury. Physical, mental, metaphorical. We, perhaps, understand the first and try…

by Tom Furman

It usually happens one morning. You wake up, sneeze, turn your head and something seizes up. You feel injured, immobile and well, really impotent. Your ability to hunt, kill and defend your tribe has been stripped by Father Time. Just yesterday you could wake up early, earn an income and then play rugby on the weekend with little training other than your ego. Now you have to be careful wiggling your leg to get it in your shoe or sciatica pain runs down your thigh.

The fix or cure, if you will, is addressing the issues, following…

by Tom Furman

The idea of doing something regularly to achieve success is often frowned upon. Most advertising taps into our need for quick pleasure. It’s like offering magic, yet the information inundated consumer is willing to purchase smoke and mirrors before reality. The reality is that short cuts do not exist. However short term actions lead to long term success or what appears to be magic.

“I’m not doing the time. The time is doing me.” — Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth) in the movie, Blackhat

While many say that, “Time is Money”, few view it as currency. Like money…

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Lou Degni, aka Mark Forest, was about looks, not WODS

Let’s get this straight, this article is about looking better naked.

While you should drop fat, increase strength and improve health markers, it is about appearance.

The first Mr. Olympia, long before Arnold, was Larry Scott. When Larry moved from the farm country to LA, he had primarily 3 bodybuilding mentors. Vince Gironda, Rheo Blair and Lou Degni. Vince provided the training technology, Rheo made the best protein and Lou, was, inspirational. His physique, for it’s time, was ahead of it’s time. He had a theory on how people viewed the human body.

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.

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