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The Sweat Comic

I recently learned of the term “Sweat Comic” for the first time. For those of you like me (until recently) who have no idea what a ‘sweat comic’ is, it refers to a comedian who, while onstage, is hell bent on showing you how hard they are working. Kevin Hart. Chris Rock. Jim Carrey. These are sweat comics. Guys who prowl the stage, contort their...

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I’ll Have What She’s Having

For my money, When Harry Met Sally is the greatest romantic comedy of all time. You have Billy Crystal at the height of his powers. You have Meg Ryan establishing herself as the queen of rom-coms for the next 10 years. You have Rob Reiner in his run directing the most touching movies of decade (Don’t believe me? Watch Princess Bride, Stand By Me...

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No Love Lost

I wish more people knew about Tanya Tucker. Unless you are a country music fan and old enough to remember her, the name probably doesn’t ring much of a bell. Tanya was essentially a child prodigy, having had a string of hits right as her teen years began. Give a listen to “Delta Dawn” and you will be blown away by the emotion and vocal maturity...

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Do You Want To Be A Great Lifter Or Not?

I was recently listening to a podcast featuring Coach Glenn Pendlay. Of all the coaches I’ve never actually had the pleasure to meet, Pendlay holds the distinction of being the one who has influenced me more than any other. His resume is too extensive to recap completely but Glenn, who was a remarkably strong lifter himself (he’s snatched...

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A Star Is Born

I was not prepared for “A Star Is Born”. Sure, I’d seen the previous version from the 1970s starring Kris Kristofferson and Barbara Streisand so I probably should have known what to expect. But that was a long time ago and, somehow, I had blocked out some of the very important details. See, I thought it was going to go like this: Jackson Maine,...

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Is Group Fitness Ruining Training?

Sarah couldn’t get off the bench. Her rest period was over. The clock on her rower had started but the handle remained motionless in it’s holder. It’s not as if she was only afforded a thirty second break. The goal of the previous interval was to complete two thousand meters about 40 seconds slower than her best 2k. Meaning that, if going all...

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Vision Quest

Vision Quest is the best wrestling movie of all time. You’ve got Matthew Modine with his stunning weight loss and uncontrollable nosebleeds. You’ve got Linda Fiorentino at the height of her career as the older love interest. You’ve got Madonna in what became her signature look of fishnet crop top, tights and a million rubber bracelets tenderly...

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Dead Man Lifting

I first saw the news on @phillysab’s Instagram account. “Sending good wishes to my friend and competitor @attitudenation on a speed recovery.” Accompanying the caption was a picture of Jon North laying seemingly lifeless in a hospital bed. The picture was a repost from the account of North’s wife, Jessica. As I scrolled my feed, every third or...

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What An Asshole

“Hello” “Hey, how’s it going?” asked the voice on the other end of the line. “Good, “ I said skeptically. “What’s wrong? It sounds like something is wrong…” And with that, I hung up the phone. I was 16 years old and knew a prank call when I heard one. Hell, I was 16 years old, so I knew everything. *Phone rings* “Hello” “Why did you hang up on...

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What Doug’s Drowning Taught Me About Living

I worked with Doug for a year before he showed me what I now simply refer to as “the video”.   Until then we had become friends by discussing the merits of certain training ideologies, the importance of professional wrestling during the 1980’s and the legitimacy of Phil Collins as a pop/rock artist (while I argued that any artist with tracks...

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