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Yasha’s Thoughts.

I don’t know Yasha personally but I know I’ve seen him at national meets over the years.  One of his blogs popped up on my FB feed.  Every one I’ve read since has been gold.  This one in particular is about the always under appreciated shoulder press as it is applied to weightlifting.

-Ben

The Alley.

November 24, 2015

The Alley that our gym is located in got some new artwork the other day.

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Personally, I liked what was up there before.  But change is good so they say.

This was a nice little surprise I opened up the garage door to the other day.

In general, I will never post a review of anything negative on this blog.  This is mostly because I usually only post about things I like and this is no exception.  That being said, I’m going to preface this post with:

I like Werksan Equipment.

If anyone reads this and goes around saying “Ben hates Werksan” I’ll reach through the computer screen and slap you across your simple face.

I’ve chosen to build up the rest of my stock of bumper plates with Eleiko “Sport” training plates, but that’s simply because I aesthetically like them better.  I believe them to be equal in performance.  However I do have a great deal of experience with Werksan equipment (including the 3 barbells that we own from them) and I can assure you that their product is top quality.

However there is this.

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You see these plates? It took me well over 3 months to revive these two plates.  But that’s actually not why I’m writing this post.

I can understand if a company is out of stock or backordered on a particular item.  Heck, I’ll even forgive waiting over 3 months to receive an item.  But during the course of those 3 and a half months, I left numerous messages over 3 different routes of communication.  No response.

During those 3 months, I actually ordered more Werksan equipment.  Except this time, I ordered through Rogue (who’s customer service is BOSS).  That order came through, but more importantly, Rogue answered my questions when I wondered if THAT order would come through.

Moral of the story, if you like Werksan equipment, I advise you to go for it. But order through a 3rd party vendor like Rogue.

Take this as a data point and nothing more; a snapshot in time.

Your milage may vary.

-Ben

White Dwarf-ISM Demo.

November 12, 2015

I had a few people ask me about the song I used in my latest video I posted on the Occam Facebook page.  This is White Dwarf.  Their demo is one of my favorite things released this year.  They basically sound the most like SLEEP since SLEEP.  I’d like to hear a full album from these guys for sure.

Here’s a track.  Click on the link and download all 4 songs for $FREE.99!

Courage.

November 4, 2015

I took a temporary retreat yesterday with a group of strangers.  Honestly, it came at a good time even though it’s the middle of the week and I never leave the lair during the week unless it’s work related.  However, for me to sit down and be forced to interact and speak personally with a group of strangers is one of the things I need to work on the most.  Because I hate it.  But I do value how that situation forces you to organize your thoughts into words in real time; organically, not written such as on here.

One subject that came up was courage.

To me, one of the most courageous things one can do is to look introspectively.  Taking a good look at yourself and seeing all of your flaws, seeing all the room for improvement isn’t fun and certainly doesn’t feel rewarding.  However in my opinion, the pay off when applying what you find to whatever it is you do with your time (whether its lifting, or coaching or being in a long term relationship or being a father) is the only true path towards personal development.

I’m inspired to be more courageous every day by seeing people do this themselves.  Go forth and keep being courageous because it inspires the rest of us to do the same.

Trust the process.

-Ben