Posted: December 17th, 2013 |
Author: Chad Howse |
Filed under: Build Lean Muscle
Tags: becoming a man, being a man, Manliness, masculinity, real man |
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I’ve had a great run as of late in that I’ve had a string of wonderful books that I’ve read, studying some of the most impressive men I’ve come across. It started with The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte, a wonderful read about one of the greatest success stories in the history of man kind. To follow that up I read, Robert E. Lee on Leadership, a book that opened my eyes to a man that has never been held in such high regard by other strong men, regardless they’re his friends, or his enemies. A man who’s been called the greatest general the western world has ever produced (yes, even ahead of Mr. Napoleon). A legend that I will study more, and aim to emulate. Most recently I’ve gone back to one of my favorite historical figures and an example of true manliness, Theodore Roosevelt, in the Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.
There’s a longing to bring things back to the way they were. Impossible on the whole, of course, but I understand the sentiment. And I see where it’s necessary, especially after reading about these great, masculine archetypes.
Courtesy of ArtofManliness.com
There is, whether you choose to believe it or not, a battle being fought against masculinity, and masculine values. The weak, who are far greater in numbers, fear masculinity. They fear masculine values because they don’t understand them, and they refuse to look at the big, societal and worldwide picture. Masculinity is what our society needs more than ever. As we lose our strength as a society, as we become more corruptible, self-entitled, less self-reliant, and more dependent on others, we need to bring back real men and real leaders, to bring back real strength.
Strength and masculinity are cousins. Before we were the head of our families, we were the leaders of tribes, defending them from great beasts and evil men. We’re protectors and warriors. Men, to be men, need to be strong, be it in the spirit or physically, but ideally in both. It’s this strength and assertiveness that has, and will always serve us well, whether it’s in the battlefield, in our homes, or in the arena of life.
These men were champions, and unapologetically so. They were badasses that did what they want, and society and culture benefitted from their boldness and definiteness of purpose. They didn’t cower or quiver. They didn’t flee or hide in moments of tribulation. They stood up and fought. It’s these masculine values that need to be brought back into popular culture.
Alas, we’ve come up with the 21 Laws of Manliness. Each designed not to confine you to a single mold, but to free you to become the liberated, strong, courageous, ambitious man you have somewhere deep down.
Keep this in mind, you’re part of a fraternity. You are Napoleon, Lee, and Roosevelt. Somewhere deep down in the depths of your Self exists the courage of Leonidas, the boldness of Caesar, and the bravery of David. Every man has the capacity to do great things, but as we fail to teach these values, and as we refuse to initiate our youth into manhood, we’re producing fewer of these great warriors. Let these laws bring about that warrior, and quell the coward.
Whether you agree with them or not, tell me why in the comments section. If you have one to add, add it there as well.
Posted: October 1st, 2013 |
Author: Chad Howse |
Filed under: Build Lean Muscle, Build the Body Women Want
Tags: Alpha Male, best body, best body for men, build your ideal body, fitness article for men, idea body, ideal alpha male body, Ideal Male Body, Manliness |
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Have you ever thought that maybe a great body just isn’t in your cards? That maybe you’re destined to be fat, out of shape, scrawny, or weak?
I’ve been there. But I had to come to grips with one very simple fact, a fact that we’ll delve into within the following article. This article will be eye-opening. It may even piss you off. But it will give you the power to create your ideal body. If, by number 8, you’re too pissed off to read, skip to number 21. Read that, then go back through the list.
Wondering Why You Don’t Have a Great Body?
1. You don’t think you deserve it.
Of all the reasons that are to come, this is both the most absurd, and understandable. I understand this line of thinking. I’ve had this line of thinking. When you start a business, especially a blog or a platform where you’re stating your opinion as fact, like I am here, there’s a part of you that questions if you’re worthy.
When I first started writing I wondered, Are people really going to listen to me? Will they value my opinion? And who the hell am I tell to older guys what it means to be a man?!
I get it.
You have this image of an ideal body that is so far off what you have right now, that you don’t think you’re worthy of it. You don’t think that, with the body you were born into, you’re deserving of the body you want, but only the body you have.
You are deserving of it, the simple fact is that you haven’t taken the actions that will get you the body you want.
There’s a bit of a catch 22 here. Everyone is deserving of happiness and of a great life. The simple act of being born gives you the right to create happiness, greatness, and an epically sexy body. But you still have to create it.
Understand that you’re deserving of said right to create it before we get into the remainder of the reasons why you don’t have the body you want. They may hurt your feelings. But they may also apply to you – if not all of them, at least some of them will. But some of them apply to me as well, so you’re not alone here. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 29th, 2013 |
Author: Chad Howse |
Filed under: Alpha Male, Manliness
Tags: guide to being a real man, guide to manhood, how to be a man, manhood guide, Manliness, manliness guide, real man, real man guide |
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I’ve just returned from the post office where I picked up my new favorite shirt. ‘Tis navy in color, adorned with the wise words that a Legendary man once spoke in his speech to countrymen: Dare Mighty Things. That man, of course, is Theodore Roosevelt. That speech, incredibly, was made when he was the President of the United States of America.
Caring little about his perception or about politics, and more about the people who made up his fine country. His words were meant to call to action and to inspire. He is a man of his time, and the politicians of today are men of theirs.
Roosevelt, a man of true grit, action, and daring, audacious plans, dreams, and goals. The politicians of today reflect the men of today; timid, swayed by public opinion, lacking genuine motivation in their goals, often living in complete opposition of what they stand for. And things are getting worse.
As a society our men are no longer leaders. We no longer – as a general, broad look at the species – posses the work ethic that our great grandparents did. We’re lazy. We want without merit. We lack values, morals, and the backbone to stand by them. We’re utterly lost and absolutely emasculated.
There are, however, bright spots. Many of them actually. There are men who do dare mighty things. Somehow, even though the masses decay around them, bright spots continue to emerge. Elon Musk is daring great things. As is Ron Paul, Bill Gates, and Steven Pressfield (study each of them). There will always be men who push beyond their current comforts, who dare to question why not? Rather that why me?
We need more of them. We need innovators. We need hard working men who don’t simply take from their government, instead choosing to make their own way. We need men who have the ability and the wherewithal to lead a family and a community by their actions, not merely their boisterous words.
The common complaints about articles like this are that a real man doesn’t need a list of rules to follow. To that I say a real man isn’t born, but forged through struggle, the relentless acquiring of knowledge, self-sacrifice, and persistence. If you look at this list and say there’s no need for it, I beg you to first look in the mirror and see where you can improve, then look to your community, the content in your newspapers, news programs, and again try and claim that men, young and old, need no guidance.
We are weaker than ever before, but in pockets we’re coming back, growing stronger, and developing the grit that a man needs. If you’re a young guy reading this article, take notes. Please, understand what matters in this world isn’t what you get, but what you give.
Posted: June 17th, 2013 |
Author: Chad Howse |
Filed under: Alpha Male, Build Lean Muscle, Manliness
Tags: Alpha Male, be an alpha male, build lean muscle, build muscle, gain testosterone, increase natural testosterone levels, increase testosterone to build more muscle, increase testosterone to build muscle, Manliness, naturally increase testosterone, naturally increase testosterone levels |
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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: April 11th, 2013 |
Author: Chad Howse |
Filed under: Be Legendary, Manliness
Tags: be a real man, become a real man, how to be a real man, How to be Great, how to do great things, how to life a legendary life, Manliness, the easy life, the strenuous life, why the easy life is bad |
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My first fight was as it should be: a battle. Nothing about it was comfortable; everything about it was a struggle. It didn’t take place in the comfort of my hometown, or in the familiarity of my home ring. I had to drive 8 hours just to get to the town where it was held. I was fighting a guy who, on paper was also having his first fight – in this weight class at least, he’d already had 20+ in other weight classes. The fight took place in the winter months in the north of British Columbia – think Logan’s home in Wolverine and you’ll get the idea.
It was a completely new experience. I’d sparred for hundreds of hours, I’m sure, but sparring is sparring and fighting is a fight. The two are completely different – which was something I didn’t yet know going in to the fight. The fight itself took place in an old, cold, worn down hockey rink. The ring, in the middle of the surface where the ice would normally be. The crowd, surrounding the ring in chairs, and in the stands.
Although I now walk around at 190 pounds, back then I was petite. The fight took place in the middleweight devision which, in the amateurs, is 165 pounds, but I could barely manage to maintain 155 pounds, even whilst filling my mouth at every opportunity. My meal before the weigh-in and again before the fight was a stupid one: steak, eggs, and hash-browns. I love steak and eggs, but I didn’t put a lot of thought into the fact that you want to feel light on your feet in the ring, and that a full stomach doesn’t feel great when it’s getting pummeled.
When my trainer heard of my meal choices a few minutes before the fight, he told me that if I shat my pants in the ring, it would be my own damn fault. I didn’t, thankfully.
The fight, at least the first two rounds, was nothing like I thought it would be. I’d spent my entire life watching professional fights. Pro fights last 10-12 rounds (15 rounds in the classic fights I loved to watch as well). The first two rounds were usually a process of the fighters getting acquainted - Hagler vs Hearns aside. As I would soon find out, the three or four two-minute rounds of an amateur fight didn’t have any feeling out process. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 6th, 2013 |
Author: Chad Howse |
Filed under: Alpha Male, Be Legendary, Manliness
Tags: can I be a real man, can I become a real man, chad howse, how can I become a real man, how to be a real man, how to be a warrior, how to be ambitious, Manliness, the domestication of men |
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Physical strength, for me, has been a means to strengthen other areas of my life. It’s lifted up my entrepreneurial spirit, helped me tackle obstacles with a confidence that only comes from knowing you can accomplish something, anything, you set your mind to. Looking like a warrior, physically, has magnified the warrior within me, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
Yet, as I sit writing about those things that I’m truly passionate about: fitness, health, being a man, being a warrior, I sit, with fingers made for war and hands made for battle, feeling tamed. There’s something inside me that wants a battle, a place to test my courage, to see what I’m made of, an opportunity to become great, to be a hero, or to fail.
Like every man, my heart is wild. As a kid I’d dress up as my favorite heroes and play war, as a teen I went to battle in the boxing ring, and felt alive, and as a man I enjoy a life of freedom, one with obstacles I have to conquer, fears I have to face, and a purpose to each and every day. I’m not complaining – that’s the last thing I’m doing, I’m merely asking. I’m growing, working, and learning, but I have no battlefield. Read the rest of this entry »