Posted: June 17th, 2013 |
Author: Chad Howse |
Filed under: Alpha Male, Build Lean Muscle, Manliness
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I’ve walked in to job interviews
standing strong, confident, and purposeful. And I’ve walked into job interviews timid. I’ve gone on dates where I was more nervous than a hooker at church. And I’ve gone on dates comfortable, confident, and as unapologetically me as I could possibly be. I’ve had periods in my life where illness hung over me like a dark, storm-filled cloud. I’ve also had periods in my life where no matter what I did or how hard I lived, my health was always a positive constant. I’ve been small, insecure, and unconfident in my actions. And I’ve been purposeful, strong, and passionate about what I’m doing and how I’m living as well. I can split my life into two acts: Act I: No muscle. Still ambitious and holding on to big dreams, but without the confidence to truly pursue those dreams or be the strong, gritty, courageous guy I knew that I was deep down. Act II: Muscle. Hormonally healthier, which helps with assertiveness, to overall health, and greater quality of life. I am the strong, warrior from within, and from without. Having muscle means so much more than an improved self-image. Sure, when I was skinny I wasn’t enthusiastic about how I looked, which led to diminished confidence and a tendency to act out my diminished confidence with unsure actions, timidly made decisions, and reasonable goal-setting. When I gained muscle I did start to walk a little taller, hold my head a little higher, and try things that I would have been afraid to attempt when I was scrawny. I was a wiry, active, do anything I wanted to type kid, but when I gained muscle, my strong attributes became stronger. It didn’t happen right away, mind you. It took a few years, a few life lessons, and a realization just how powerful muscle and hormones can be, and can mean in a life lived in a Legendary fashion. Experiences in life can make you stronger, or weaker. For the most part, it depends on how you see them, and how you react to them. The gym, training, and working out is no different. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 6th, 2013 |
Author: Chad Howse |
Filed under: Alpha Male, Manliness
Tags: Alpha Male, be an alpha male, become an alpha male, becoming an alpha male, how can I become an alpha male, how do I become an alpha male?, how to be a real man, how to be an alpha male |
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Where have all the real men gone? It’s a question not asked by one sex alone, but by both. Men want permission; we want someone to say, Yes! It’s okay to be wild, to be strong, to be assertive! It’s okay to be a man! Women want that man. They want strength, kindness and a quiet confidence. Though the man we want to be, and women want to be with, may be becoming more elusive in today’s society, there is still hope; a growing number of men are rising to this challenge. Are you among the few?
With the emasculation of today’s society – the bastardization of what is expected of a man, and the pushing down of our masculinity – there are more weak, cowardly men, and there are also more of those who may be strong on the exterior, but only because they’re compensating for an internal weakness. Real, masculine confidence is quiet, it isn’t loud. It isn’t boisterous, deafening, or in your face. It’s real strength. Warrior strength. Strength of the mind, body, and spirit.
A true alpha male has a quiet confidence that allows him to make bold decisions, and take even bolder action in his life. A true alpha male leads by actions and through his words – though they may be few. He has power in his stance, his gate, in his voice, and even in his humility. The real alpha male, the one we must become, is a leader of strong men, he doesn’t need to merely lead the weak. He is a warrior, a fighter, a man. He’s needed not only so we can live our own great lives, but so we can help others do the same. First, though, we must examine the fall before we begin to create the rise. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 1st, 2012 |
Author: Chad Howse |
Filed under: Alpha Male, Manliness
Tags: Alpha Male, be an alpha male, characteristics of an alpha male, guide to being a man's man, how to be a man's man, how to be an alpha male, how to become an alpha male, man's man, real guy, real man, the alpha male |
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Characteristics of a Real Man
The Alpha Male, the real man, a man’s man, a warrior, a stand-up guy. It doesn’t matter what you call him, he’s a leader, the guy others look to for motivation, inspiration, and often with a hint of jealousy. He’s the man women want, without inention the center of attention.
He’s the guy, the man.
Here’s 25 characteristics that make a man the alpha. Leave your additions (or subtractions) in the comments section.
1. The alpha male is persistent. There’s no quit in this man. He’s the tortose not the hare. He’s the last man standing.
2. The alpha male can defend himself and his family. He can handle himself with his fists, to put it another way.
3. The alpha male is in peak physical shape. He’s strong and athletic as well as aesthetically pleasing to the opposite sex.
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4. The alpha male is courageous. He doesn’t lack fear, rather, he accepts that it exists and faces it at every opportunity.
5. The alpha male can entertain. He has a sense of humor and can have a group of people hanging on his every word – he’s a good story teller.
6. The alpha male has stories to tell. He’s lived – and is living – a unique life. He’s made mistakes, but he’s able to find humor in them. He’s had adventures that everyone wants to hear about.
7. The alpha male can laugh at himself. This is an over-looked characteristic of an alpha male, but a ne
cessary one. You can’t make fun of the alpha male because he’ll join in, no one can make fun of him better than he can.
8. The alpha male is humble. Some of this comes from his ability to laugh at himself. No matter what he accomplishes, his head will never balloon, and if it does, he has the ware-with-all to come back down to earth before it gets out of hand.
9. The alpha male is learned, educated. A degree isn’t a prerequisite, but a thirst for knowledge is. He wants to learn, and he does. This helps him relate to people from every social and economic standing. He can converse intelligently with the business man and the preacher. The history buff and the sports nut.
10. The alpha male is a man’s man. He’s a hard guy not to like or want to have a beer with. He’s tough, often quiet, composed, but can joke and shoot the shit with anyone. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 25th, 2012 |
Author: Chad Howse |
Filed under: Alpha Male, Build Lean Muscle, Manliness, Nutrition
Tags: be an alpha male, estrogen in men, how to be an alpha male, low estrogen in men, Lower Estrogen, lower estrogen levels in men, reduce estrogen, reduce estrogen levels in men |
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It’s hard to find a better example of a true alpha male in the animal kingdom than the lead male in a pride of lions. A singular male leads a community, is responsible for mating and protection, all the while getting first dibs on food. Sounds like a great life, but it comes with an expiry date. As that alpha male ages, he’s challenged by younger, stronger males in battles that leave the loser wounded and alone – almost like a form of social castration.
The alpha male of a pride of lions is always the strongest, biggest lion in the territory. The alpha male in human circles is dramatically different.
For male humans, brute strength is rarely the only prerequisite – nor is it nearly the most important attribute we can posses. Even if the human alpha male was determined by hand to hand combat, size and strength is of little importance; skill in a martial art would take precidence. Size, strength, and skill in a martial art, rather than serving as a direct attribute of an alpha male, heighten a male’s confidence – with confidence being a much more important factor in being an alpha male amongst humans.
Social stature plays a hefty roll in determining the alpha male of a group, but it isn’t the determining factor. A boss, for example, may be of higher stature economically, yet still get pushed around – physically, verbally, or on an emotional level – by his employees. Rather than stature – physical, social, or economic – assertiveness, strength, passion, ambition, and purpose are much more relevant characteristics that a guy has to have as an alpha male.
The alpha male in human circles, looks others in the eye, he’s unafraid to voice his opinion – often because he’s well-versed in many topics, but also because he’s firmly aware and committed to his values. Wealth doesn’t make you an alpha male, although it can help. Position doesn’t give you the birthrite of being an alpha male, though it may give you a head start. Being the alpha male isn’t merely about possessing one trait, like it is in the animal kingdom; rather, it requires of us balance, both in characte and personality.
I was going to write one all-ecompassing article about how to be an alpha male, but after writing the introduction I see it’s going to need more devotion (i.e. a series). Today we’re going to cover testosterone – but from a different angle. We’re going to look at how men can lower estrogen and cortisol levels, factors that correlate to higher T levels. Then, in a couple days we’ll cover how to naturally raise T levels, continuing with training, attitude, and the rest of the series in following articles.
Testosterone: the Elixer of the Alpha Male
Testosterone is a necessary but declining hormone in the human male. Studies are showing a consistent decline in T levels, not just due to age, but changes in diet, physical activity, and environment. As a society, our men are becoming less and less manly. We have less testosterone – on the whole – than did our fathers, grandfathers, and especially our great-grandfathers. I find it a logical correlation that the assertive, confident male of yesteryear is being replaced by the sobbing weakling or the over-compensating douchebag of today – yes, I speak of extremes.
The low T levels that many of us are experiencing result in low sex drive, a diminished ability to recover and repair tissue (such as muscle), it raises the risk of cancers, and diminishes assertiveness. The correlation between testosterone and agression in males is being disproven. Rather, higher testosterone levels correlate to diminished chances of being depressed. High natural T levels in men has also been shown to improve mood and positivity.
Just like our food – our beef, produce, and poultry – aren’t what they used to be, neither are we. Our food is pumped full of chemicals that directly effect us on a hormonal level. That fact asside, we – men – aren’t the men we used to be. On a hormonal level – forget about social issues, standards, or mood – we’re moving further and further away from the men we are meant to be. It’s an unnatural move, and one we need to stop, immediately.
First Step: Lower Cortisol + Estrogen
The first way we’re going to bring back the alpha male, is to correct this hormonal transformation. The first step of this transformation is to eliminate, or at least diminish, two of testosterone’s greatest enemies: estrogen and cortisol.
They are to testosterone what kryptonite is to Superman, baldness are to Samson, or what daylight is to a vampire. They oppose eachother. The problem is that chemical estrogens are everywhere around us, and cortisol levels are so easily raised – all we have to do is “feel” a certain way. Today, I’ll give you the weapons you need to fight back. Read the rest of this entry »