Mea Culpa

My last two posts were all about building your “Temple of Iron.” The name just spoke to me when I was trying to come up with something clever and badass.

Unfortunately, I found out why it spoke to me a few minutes ago. You see, a guy I talk to on Twitter uses that name for his blog. I even commented on how badass that name is.

Well, it’s taken.

I’m not intending to edit the posts at this point because I think my mistakes need to stand, but there will be pingbacks leading one back here from both this post and this one.

I will change the titles in the near future due to a new project I have in the works, but I’m not going to hide my mistakes. A man doesn’t do that. He admits to them and tries to learn from them. Period.

So, I’ll acknowledge that it’s my bad and learn from it.

Build Your Temple Of Iron Part 2: A Lesson About Plates

When I wrote Part 1 of this, I wasn’t really planning on it being a part 1. I was trying to write an overview, some stuff to think about if you wanted to set up your own home gym. However, it missed a few points that I figure would be wise to cover at this time.

So you’ve decided to build your own Temple of Iron at home. Sweet.

You’re finding yourself scouring Amazon or eBay looking for sets to buy, but you’re not really sure. Yeah, you have my recommendations from earlier, but you figure it’s wise to look for yourself so you have complete information.

No, I don’t take it personally.

But now you’re finding all these different types of sets, and you don’t really have enough information on what’s what. Luckily, I’m going to try and clarify this for you. Continue reading “Build Your Temple Of Iron Part 2: A Lesson About Plates”

Building Your Temple Of Iron

I’ve talked a fair bit about strength, for a good reason. Humanity evolved with men having a much higher upper level of strength than women and the average man is generally stronger than the average woman.

I’m not about to get into all that again because, well, I’ve already said it.

So let’s say that you’ve decided you need to workout, but you have no clue where to start.

It’s easy to say, “join a gym and start doing X program,” and that’s not exactly awful advice. However, it doesn’t take a few things into account, namely your personal situation.

First, gym memberships can be expensive depending on where you live. Even if it’s not, it still costs money, and even $20 a month can get to be a problem after a while. This doesn’t account for time away from the family that can occur.

Some people look at all that and decide to workout at home. Frankly, that’s what I do in what I call The Temple of Iron (more on that another day). Continue reading “Building Your Temple Of Iron”

No, Masculinity Isn’t To Blame For Manchester

The other night, we learned of a deadly attack in Manchester, England at an Ariana Grande concert. As more information became available, we learned that the attacker was a suicide bomber and he was apparently a Muslim.

More information came in and we learned he’d recently traveled to Libya, ostensibly to learn how to construct a bomb.

Sounds pretty clear, right?

Well, not for everyone.  This photograph is just one of these same arguments I’ve seen on Twitter over and over again.

Ho. Lee. Crap. Continue reading “No, Masculinity Isn’t To Blame For Manchester”

For Those Searching For Stupid

First, let me start out by apologizing for not having this up by Monday as I’d promised.  Sunday night, all cable went out at my house, and they couldn’t get here to fix it until late yesterday afternoon.  However, since they were supposed to call us if something opened up sooner, I stuck around the house, hoping and praying.  Unfortunately, nada.

Photo by Jaroslaw Popczyk

However, it’s also given me time to think about this comment I got a short time ago.  It wasn’t published as a comment, and I’ll explain why in a moment.  The important thing here is to remember that some people are so bothered by the idea of men acting like men, they’ll lash out at anyone who won’t toe the line like a good little FIM.

This comment was made on my post, Provider, Protector, and Professor. The Role of Men Part 1: The Protector, which is important as you’ll see in a moment. Continue reading “For Those Searching For Stupid”