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    Default Beoming more than a man.

    "He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man."-Dr. Johnson

    This is the opening quote to Hunter S.Thompson's book Fear and loathing in las vegas. I believe it sums up training and exercise very, very well. Don't get me wrong, I can't stand the whole "beast mode," stuff just as much as he next real trainee, but this has nothing to do with that.
    Throughout my short time training and learning about exercise and calisthenics ,I have realized that along with attaining a faster, stronger, more beautiful body, something else happens. You acquire a certain type of confidence and air that few other regular joe's have. You stand taller, look more intently at situations and people. Simply put, you become more than a regular man. You become a beast. Your wisdom deepens, your eyes grow sharp, and your body no longer gets in the way of living... You attain the state that God intended, and that He created nature to sharpen. We were meant to move and grow. We were intended to use and enjoy our bodies. We were meant for a more natural state and training gives that state and resoluteness back to us. Training gives life, and it is no one else's responsibility to train yourself , but your own. Attain life. Breathe deep. Pray. Meditate and train. This is how to live fully. This is how to die fulfilled.
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    Not familiar with H.S Thompson, but sounds interesting. It occurs to me that what you describe is being free and not a slave, FREEDOM as Sir William Wallace the Brave Heart declared. As God intended us all to be. Not arrogant or loud and obnoxious, but calm in ones own confidence and self assured in one own capabilities. Respectful and kind to those who are weaker, and inspired by those who are stronger...Dennis

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    Well put brother.

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    You might find a thread on Cold Siberia.org interesting: The extraordinary physical abilities of the Mongols. Gets into that a bit & I found it to be true. There is a certain pleasure to motion when your body is decently conditioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfeye View Post
    There is a certain pleasure to motion when your body is decently conditioned.
    I find that to be very true

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    I just had a wonderful workout! I have been blessed by being able to live on over 20 acres of land and am finally beginning to utilize it for working out.
    We have built a tree house near the edge of our land and it Is perfect for bodyweight training. I warmed up by simply walking around a 1/4 mile track we cut, then after every lap, I went to the tree house and did some strength training, then it was off for another lap. I did that a few times then called it a night. Training outside is wonderful. I highly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity.
    There is something peaceful and primitive and just...right, about training outside. God's creation is the perfect gymnasium and the body he made for you is the perfect piece of equipment.
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    I have to say, quotes like this one do absolutely nothing to me. Actually, they do, I'm repulsed by them. I'm not training to become "more of a man" or "more than a man". I just want to get what I want out of life. For someone else, getting what they want may mean something completely different, not even remotely related to any deep physical effort. Whenever I see a trainer I want professional advice to help me achieve my goals not motivational peoptalk.
    I don't believe I'm better than others just because I work out, eat heatlhy, drink a lot of water and don't smoke weed.
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    I envy you. If I had 20 acres of land and lots and lots of money I would be considering building an obstacle course on it. I would have tractor tires for tire flipping. Maybe even a pistol range or Bow/arrow range. Shot put range. Hammer throws. Large blocks of cement of various weight for carrying (Atlas Stones). The imagination has no end to it! The fun goes on and on..hehe!!..But outside is definitely the best for training. I train in the back yard on most days. I am able to achieve a far better mental focus and am not distracted in the least. I don't think I could come close to getting same training satisfaction or training effect in most gyms. I know that there are some good gyms out there, but overall I would prefer the wide open spaces...Dennis

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    Outside = vitamin D and fresh air (especially on a 20 acre plot). Not surprised you feel good. Comparatively last year I didn't train outside much during winter, certainly not like when getting ready for an Ironman, and felt far worse mentally than I had the year before.

    I'm with Dennis - if I had that much space I'd have an obstacle course to rival the one at BUDS.
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    AndrewR, Yes the BUDS o' course is awesome. My battalion, 3rd bn, 5th Mar went to Coronado back in 74 for Amphibious Training. Rubber boat drills on the strand, ( in Febuary when the water was cold at 5:00 am) water/weather proofing out Communications gear, and of course the BUDS obstacle course. I am sure they have improved on the course since then. Good memories and good times - blast from the past. hehe!!...Dennis
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