Blog content (Part 3)

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Asymptote

Attention, if you didn’t read from the beginning, click Part 1 and Part 2.

With this writing and reading cycle, you discover your potential asymptote. When you begin a process of excellence and knowledge because you read all the articles, all the studies about your subject, you build a quality knowledge. You discover within yourself that you are good at something. Because in the world, everyone, without exception, is good at one domain, you just look for it.

Vulnerability

Being vulnerable when we begin to write about a topic. When you go to publish your articles, there will be experts who will read you and ask « But he thinks he’s good ? ». It will always happen here and be vulnerable and willing to be vulnerable, is to accept to have nothing to do with that. Being vulnerable because we’re judged but to continue to be in action. It’s like the Theodore Roosevelt’s speech « Man in the Arena ». Life is like an arena. The majority of people watching gladiators fight and critics but there are very few people in the arena. Create content, this is the same context, it’s a window to the brain and to the heart, it’s stronger.

Not alone

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You’re not the only one wanting to build something, to want to express yourself. In the current economic context, there have never been so many people educated in the world. Today, there are more living mathematicians than in the mankind history, therefore to study and have a degree isn’t enough. We must do things by creating content. Write or make videos on a topic you’re passionate is the smallest step towards action and excellence. The action and excellence a little more every day, a little more every day and so on. This isn’t something that is done in 24 hours.

In this world where there are more mathematicians and other scientists, you must become an expert. Everyone becomes an expert in a field. It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert, not everyone agrees with this principle, but it takes time to become an expert. We must begin as soon as possible to become an expert on a topic and it isn’t because you’re an expert on a subject at a time that it will remain your expertise all your life. But continuing this approach to search, explore, decant, produce, create, you’ll pass expertise, in expertise, in expertise. And what to keep in mind is that we live in a world where it’s hard to be successful in any field and you have to be a great expert to succeed.

Write to the outside

It’s good to write for himself for all the reasons I have explained but we also do it for the world. Because when you’re going to start writing, you will communicate with other people. You will meet people online that you would never meet, whether people like you who don’t have much knowledge but are enthusiasts or experts who are available on Twitter with whom you can talk about your blog. This is gold, so this is great start moving into the content creation and content publication, it’s fundamental.

This also allows you to pretend : « Fake it unitl you make it ! ». The idea is to sell to see if it works and then design and produce the stuff. It’s selling something that doesn’t exist to see if people are willing to buy it like that we have no need to produce it and see that it doesn’t work. You need to train yourself to pretend to save time and to pretend playing excellence. Albert Einstein said : « Genius is 1% talent and 99% hard work … ».

Even if you’re competing with yourself (the hardest competition), imagine that there is a person twice as smart as you. If you work twice as that person, you have twice as much chance to succeed that person who is twice as smart as you. When you’ll start to interest about your topic in extreme and passionate way and you’ll enter in a virtuous circle, you’ll start working hard. You’ll be able to get more things before most people.

Your blog could become a startup

There are many companies that began as a blog. There are articles on internet which list it and we see that it all began with a passion. Groupon, the huge site with limited reduction in time, started with a blog.

Self-defense

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When you gonna write about your passion and get better, you’ll create your headquarters (HQ). In all conversations you’re having, you know that there is a subject where you’re super good. That’s the headquarters, it’s a place where you are well. You can go places where you don’t feel safe but once you’re in your headquarters, it’s you who are in a dominant position. And when we have something like that, that create tremendous confidence in us and it allows us to do many more things.

Luck surface

Post articles outside can increase your « luck surface ». A « luck surface » of 1, for example, is to write a letter in a bottle and throw it into the sea to find a soul mate. This is « luck plan : 1 ». Tinder, « luck surface : 10 000 ». This is the « luck surface », it’s to increase the friction ratio with the world to be able to create the chance. There will haters that say : « Yes, but he was lucky, he had a blog, it’s why he found this job, blah, blah, blah ». But no, it’s not luck, it’s just increase the « luck surface ». Increase the « luck surface » with people who share the same passion.

Asynchronous connection

This also allows to make asynchronous connection with people. When you publish articles in your blog, typically, there is the No. 1 network that will work, people who read the article on the day of its publication. But this article will also be referenced in Google and people will read it, 1 year or 3 years after and they will contact you.

It was the last part of « Content blog », I hope that you’re motivated to put you in action to make your passion your profession.

-Steph

Mistake That Skinny People Make To Be More Athletic

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Before I was a sportsman and skinny and I became skinnier by smoking weed. But I often traveled to the USA and I gained weight. As I’ve already said 50 Cent change my mind. When we go to a gym and we are seeing people more muscular, it’s daunting. We want to have results as soon as possible to be able to look like.

The worry is that in the Matrix, there is full of lies and we quickly make bullshit.

Not eating enough

The way you eat now make you’re skinny, normal. You think that by eating like it and doing intense exercise, you will be able to gain muscle ? You’re smart, you know that isn’t possible. You have to eat right to have an athletic body.

You must eat between 500-1000 calories per day. Oh yeah ! At first you’re going to force yourself to let your body get used but you’ll quickly feel the difference in training. Let things be clea :: Justin Bieber haven’t an athletic body, this is bullshit, it’s the Matrix !

Having unrealizable expectations

When we see people more muscular at the gym, we want to have results as soon as possible. We see training programs for 8-12 weeks with impressive body. Fuck the bullshit, it’s the Matrix and people in the pictures have been training for at least 5 years.

The truth, you gain 0.5-1kg (1-2lbs) of muscle per month. At first, you can gain more, then your body adapts and it’s pure muscle building. An empire isn’t built in a day.

Not having a solid plan

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To build quality muscle and that your strength is useful in the life, you need to have these exercises in your workout program.

  • Squat
  • Deadlift
  • Overhead press
  • Rows
  • Pull-up with weight

Otherwise you’re like Daniel Craig that have muscle just for a 5 minutes scene in a James Bond. He’s still shape ? And Russell Crowe from Gladiator ?

Not doing enough

It’s possible that early in your training, you start with bodyweight exercises. Later, your body will adapt and you’ll feel that exercises make you less suffer than before. It’s time to use weights to increase the resistance on your muscles. To have an athletic body, the bodyweight isn’t enough. You don’t believe me ? Tweet a professional athlete, you’ll see his response.

Go too fast and get hurt

« Quick, quick, quick, I want to have muscles as fast as a click on a website ». If that were true everyone would have an athletic body but the reality is very different. Stop looking athletic bodies all day on Instagram or YouTube, these people train for at least 5 years. The guy you admire has waited at least 5 years to have the body that makes you dream ! But you want to have the same thing in 1 year and at this moment, you stop to follow your training program and to bullshit.

Because of that crap, you’ll hurt and you’re no longer able to train you for 6 months. Worse, I have two friends who are injured during training in the shoulder, now they can’t gain chest, it’s over. How you want to have a symmetrical body when there are muscle groups that you can’t train ? My body is still evolving, they stalled and it’s for medical reasons, it’s over.

Being consistent and patient are the keys to success to have an athletic body. Leave your ego in the locker room !

Don’t follow a sustainable strategy

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It’s like the resolutions for the new year : « January 1st , I stop this, I begin that, blah, blah, blah » and three months later you’ve stopped everything. It’s too radical, if you don’t let your body adapt to your new activities, you’ll do a burn out ! And this is normal. At school you learn gradually, so is the same thing with your training. Begins with two days of training in a week and after a few months if you can add one more day, it’s good otherwise keep that pace throughout the year.

After a year look at your results and plan your training for the next year. You make a sport that requires a lot of patience because these sport develops all the muscles of your body. This is the reference for all athletes.

Don’t make it a priority

The truth when I started, bodybuilding wasn’t a priority. I was all the time on internet, video games, go out to drink alcohol, smoke weed or pick up girls. Go to train after drinking alcohol or smoking weed, I also did. The problem, do theses things prevented me to achieve my results, it’s like taking a step forward and three steps back.

I had the trigger to change my lifestyle when I saw a documentary about Ronnie Coleman « The Cost Of Redemption ». I thought that athletes who were taking steroids had a quieter lifestyle. When you see Ronnie in training, this is war and the discipline in his lifestyle is impressive. Go see the documentary right now, you’ll understand !

Don’t train all muscles

You want to have a symmetrical body or not ? I don’t have a lot to say on this subject. Look at the people in your gym with big shoulders but not chest, a upper body athletic and thin legs, big chest but no muscular back. Look and you will quickly understand that it’s important to work all your muscles, otherwise it’s bullshit !

Don’t rest enough

« Sleep is useless » is another Matrix’s trap. Stay up to 1-2 hours (1-2AM)in the morning to watch your TV show will make you an athlete ! The problem is that :

The muscle makes 24-48 hours to rebuild.

Sleeping less than six hours per night aren’t going to help you have an athletic body. Sleep is a priority because it’s at this moment that your muscle can repair and gain power. It isn’t during the day. This is why I advise you to sleep as much as possible, trying to sleep 7-8 hours.

Oh, you’re gonna tell me that Zyzz was skinny and he became muscular and he make parties all the time. I stop you right now : Zyzz is dead !

You still struggles to avoid being skinny ? Ask me a question if you want help

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-Steph

Strength And Honor

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Young or old, big or small, be strong is the best attribute that you can give to yourself. Maximus Decimus Meridius just like he to his army in the movie, Gladiator, there is a real sense of honor that comes with strength.

When I was in school, I often was not in the first to be selected soccer or basketball team because I was clumsy but also because I was weak. This is why I started seriously doing sports, Maximus taught me that there is honor in strength and I wanted it.

That’s how that started my love affair with strength training. Now I love even be stronger than ever.

Whether you’ve never made push up or deadlift. You prepare to run a marathon or simply be a better person, be strong is the best gift you can give to yourself.

This is a part in your life and I’ll tell you why.

We are made to be strong ! There are many good things that came with technological advances but now that our survival isn’t related to our strength, it’s not something « necessary ».

However, we are genetically designed to move. To be active. To be strong. It’s in our DNA and it needs to be activated if you want to be healthier, happier, be a stronger version of yourself.

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Besides, strength training improves memory, reduces anxiety and improves learning knowledge.

Don’t worry if you start with just a few push up and squat in your bedroom. Earlier you begin strength training, earlier you’ll reap the profits and regain control over your future.

I train my strength because I want to see what I can do. I want to know how I can become strong. I want to prove to myself that with enough time and focus, anything is possible.

I train my strength because I believe it’s my responsibility to become a better version of myself. I didn’t want to look at my past and say « what if … ».

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I plan to live a long time and I know the best way to have a healthy and happy life is to be strong and I motivate myself to become stronger.

When is my next workout ? When is it ?

Your turn ? Why you train your strength ?

-Steph

Fitness History – Roman civilization (200 BC. – 476 AD.) Part 4

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The Roman Empire was the antithesis of civilization of ancient Greek with a high physical condition of all its civilization during his time of conquest and expansion. During this period, all Roman citizens between the ages of 17 and 60 were available for miliary projects. So it was imperative for all Roman citizens to maintain a good physical condition and be ready for service. The miliary training consisted in activities such as running, walking, jumping, and discus and javelin throwing. The result of this lifestyle is strong, people in excellent physical condition who conquered almost all of the western world. However, the general fitness level of the Roman population declined when individuals have been seduced by wealth and entertainment as gladiator fights. The acquisition and the excess of material things had become a higher priority than fitness. The luxurious lifestyle and the deteriorating physical condition caused the loss of the Roman civilization against the Barbarian tribes from Northern Europe that had a higher fitness.

The Dark Ages (476-1000) and the Middle Ages (900-1400)

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The collapse of the Roman Empire was conquered by the Barbarians from Northern Europe was symbolized by the start of a millennium intellectual inactivity. However, these events were beneficial for fitness. The luxury life of Romans has resulted in a complete deterioration of the society ‘s fitness level. The Barbarians tribesfrom Northern Europe had the same characteristics as the primitive people. Their lifestyle consisted of hunting, gathering and farming. Physical activity and fitness are prerequisites for survival. So, despite the cultural setback that occurred with the fall of the Roman Empire, fitness experienced a revival during the Dark Ages and the Middle Ages.

That’s all for today. Soon the rest of fitness history.

-Steph