A little Snatch + Clean & Jerk work. I set PR’s on both lifts so I decided to play around with the iMovie app a little bit.
As a collegiate strength coach we have a lot more responsibility then what people realize. We see the athletes more than any sports coach or teacher on campus, so we play a vital role in the athletes life. But yet we still have trouble adding staff, keeping jobs, getting sports coaches to buy in, getting the salary that we deserve, the list goes on and on. Hell, the NCAA has actually put a limit on how many strength coaches can work with a football team. Injury rates are going up, but yet we are taking away opportunities to prevent those injuries? We have the easiest job in the world right? Think again.
Quality vs. Quantity, Intensity, Volume: Quality always wins
The Strength Coach needs to be the primary care model for the athlete, no questions asked. But are we really helping bring out their full genetic potential and getting our athletes better year to year? I think it’s great to win and bring home the hardware but I also think we need to worry about being the best and not being the first. You can try to follow the best training program in the world but if your athletes are still standing on a type I error (i.e. bad running mechanics, lack of mobility in the hips and ankles, and poor posture) that training program don’t mean anything. We need to start caring about the athlete who can’t squat 220lbs below parallel rather than gathering around screaming at the kid who squats the house on test day. As humans we can physiologically adapt to just about anything, but eventually something has to give. But our athletes physiology should never be debatable only our programming (i.e. does the athlete have full capacity, should they be squatting, how much pulling during the week should a rowing athlete perform?) These are questions we should be debating. Coaches should never let their athletes quality of work be sacrificed because of their egos or lack of knowledge. If this is the case you don’t need to be coaching.
The Battles We Face
Kelly Starrett spoke at the CVASPS this past weekend and broke down why our job is by far one of the hardest. He stated, “One day a strength coach will be making one million dollars, and I will be there to shake his hand”. Here is the list he put together of the problems we face, and I could not agree more.
Poorly Prepared Athletes – Kids come into our programs with some of the worst mechanics ever seen, this is not the easiest thing to fix when we have 150 others athletes to coach as well. This leads to the next point
Access – Time is always an issue, but it’s about how you use your time. We may be lucky to get 8 hours with our athletes and sometimes only 2 hours in-season. But we are expected to get them to jump higher, run faster, and get stronger without injury. This is where wanting quick results can really hurt the athlete and team. QUALITY NEEDS TO BE OVER EVERYTHING, because I can guarantee the athlete who squats 400 ass deep with proper technique is a better athlete than the one who squats 600 piss poor.
The Actual Sport – We have to compete with the sports coaches, practices, and the competition period. This is where we need to be smart about recovery and knowledge of having a proper in-season program. They signed a scholarship to play the sport, so they need to stay on the field. We basically are trying to hit a moving target.
Sport Diversity – With lack of staff sometimes comes more teams to be trained. Sometimes strength coaches can get stuck with training 4 to 5 teams which could add up to 100+ athletes. The coach might have to work with a 7ft basketball player, who has major knee issues, a 5ft gymnast who lacks full range of motion in the shoulder, a rower that has postural issues, and a female soccer player who has had 2 ACL’s. Not to mention dealing with the male and female athlete differ in many ways. Safety- Not every school has a 25,000sq ft weight room, there are many coaches that still have to train a football team in a storage closet. Safety becomes a major issue when it comes to how a coach organizes his training session.
As you can see the life of a strength coach isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. But the impact we can make on athletes can carry them through life, not just to the winners circle. It takes passion, knowledge, adversity, character, professionalism, and the drive to get better at perfecting your craft as a strength coach on a daily basis. Our hats are always changing and if you can’t keep up, you might want to think about changing your profession.
Saturday Night Training Session
Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and Back Squat - Heavy Single Build-Ups
It’s so much more than just being a coach. It’s about changing lives and leaving your mark.
If you were to go around and ask your everyday college/professional strength coach what they think about CrossFit, they’d probably turn the other cheek and shake their head at you. Trust me, I know because I was one of those coaches and refused to look outside the box on why CrossFit has and still is helping our profession and the weightlifting industry. Well, that has changed. I never would have thought I would be talking to my friends from high school about how much they can Clean & Jerk. It’s AWESOME! [pullquote align=”right”]I never would have thought I would be talking to my friends from high school about how much they can Clean & Jerk. It’s AWESOME! [/pullquote] CrossFit has brought the weightlifting world to the surface and may be just what we need in this country. It has helped bring in more coaches, athletes, gyms, bumpers, bars, weightlifting apparel, and everything else that helps improve this profession. For example, when I was coaching at Louisiana State University, we had athletes using the Nike Romaleos (weightlifting shoes) which were hard to come by and couldn’t be found anywhere, but now you seem them all over the place for sale. I personally believe this is why Nike and the United States of America Weightlifting Association teamed up; the USAW isn’t stupid and saw what is happening. A lot of other renowned coaches out there are starting to see the bigger picture as well.
CrossFit+Olympic Weightlifting = A Symbiotic Relationship
If you aren’t convinced that these two sports are building a strong connection, I have collected a few examples and perspectives from other well-known coaches below. Gayle Hatch 2004 USA Olympic Weightlifting Coach is now offering classes and Olympic Weightlifting Seminars to a lot of CrossFit gyms to help better educate coaches and athletes on technique. The phrase “TEAM” Together Everyone Achieves More is playing a big part with what Coach Hatch is doing.
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Glenn Pendlay, renowned Olympic Weightlifting coach, recently wrote this in a forum post:
As weightlifters, or those that use weightlifting movements in training, squat deep, and worry more about lifting more weight than about how defined our arms are (I would guess this describes most on this board)… what did we used to complain about? 1. No place to train with bumpers and chalk. 2. Getting hassled about dropping weight. 3. “Trainers” at the local globo gym telling us squatting deep was gonna ruin our knees. 4. Girlfriends not wanting to squat because she is afraid she will get “bulky.” 5. For the competitive weightlifters among us, getting asked “how much ya bench?” after telling someone you are a weightlifter. 6. Trying to explain what a snatch is to someone, usually ending with a pantomime then the words “you know, like they do in the Olympics.” 7. If you ever tell someone, hey you should try it it’s fun, being told “oh no, I could never do that.” 8. Being surrounded in any gym by folks that think eating red meat or fat is the enemy of good health or a good looking body. 9. Curls in the squat rack. 10. Pink dumbbells. So with CrossFit you get… 1. 2000 + more gyms around the country with bumpers and chalk. 2. Most Crossfitters would think you were weird if you DIDN’T drop weights. 3. They may debate where to put the bar on their backs, but they all squat deep. 4. CrossFit girls squat heavy and are proud of getting a rounder butt from it. 5. Most CrossFitters don’t bench press; they might ask you how much you squat instead. 6. Most CrossFitter’s snatch; those that dont certainly know what it is. 7. CrossFit is filled with people people who not only want to try new things, but are willing to work hard to learn and won’t be put off by falling on their butt a few times. 8. CrossFitters, as a whole, seem to be proud that they not only eat meat, but are able to eat GOOD (meaning eat a LOT) and still look good because they train so hard. A couple cookouts at CrossFit boxes remain the only two times I have seen women bragging about how many ribs they ate. And not fatties. Young, in shape women. 9. CrossFitters are the ones who will make fun of YOU, if YOU do curls in the squat rack. 10. CrossFitters only use pink kettlebells.
Coach Donnell Boucher – Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at The Citadel, also made some great points during a Facebook debate on this subject. He states (slightly edited):
“I always hear: Every CrossFit box I’ve been to I see all this god awful stuff” —— Well I must just be lucky, because every one I’ve been to (less than 10, in 2 different states) has been pretty solid. A matter of fact, the programs look more like what we do in College than most other facilities. On another note, I can’t seem to wrap my head around how people get tripped on CrossFit as a “method” and want to vilify it because “IT” has no place in real sports…Yet, we’ve got Strength Coaches who employ an “Olympic” program, or a “West Side” program. I can’t help but laugh because, NO you DON’T run an Olympic program, because if you did, your football players would C&J, Snatch, Back Squat, Front Squat 6 days/week, sometimes 2-3 times/day. And NO You DONT run “West Side” program because if you did, you’d Bench/Squat and you’d hit it so hard & heavy that your guys would get hurt within 10 minutes of agilities.”
As you can see, there are QUALITY strength coaches out there who are realizing the positive effects that CrossFit brings to the table. In case you need further support for this argument, however, even the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research) published a recent article on how CrossFit-based high- intensity power training improves maximal aerobic fitness and body composition. Link below:
How the “Bad” Leads to the Good
CrossFit obviously introduces weightlifting to thousands of non-athletes who have never played a sport before, or even athletes who have never had a strength and conditioning coach. People around the world are starting to see what coaching as a whole is all about and what it feels like to be trained properly. It’s no longer just about athletes or programming around a problem; rather, it’s about addressing and fixing the problem we see right in front of us. Sometimes at the collegiate and professional levels this can be hidden because of the freakish athleticism or lack of knowledge from the coach’s perspective, but eventually something has to give. With the average Joe wanting to do CrossFit, the movement dysfunctions come to the surface. It really lets the world see how bad we are underdeveloped as well as how much potential is out there for us. [pullquote align=”left”]The seeking of quality coaching is slowly but surely on the rise, and CrossFit is helping bring more of this to the profession.[/pullquote]The “GET BIG!” meathead mentality is great for some, but that doesn’t amount to shit if your athlete is broken. Relentless cueing and visual stimulus can only help to a certain degree. Every person is wired differently, moves differently, and is built differently, so this means our coaching style needs to be adjusted to the athletes’ specific needs. So what I am saying is that all the BAD we are seeing in CrossFit is turning out to be GOOD for coaches, athletes and the general population involved. The seeking of quality coaching is slowly but surely on the rise, and CrossFit is helping bring more of this to the profession.
CrossFit vs. Obesity
Everyone knows that obesity is a BIG problem in the United States; a recent study showed that 35.7% of America is obese. Since CrossFit has started, there have been thousands of gyms that have opened to help people of all ages with the problem we face in our daily lives. I’ve seen videos and pictures of kids learning proper movement mechanics, Olympic technique with a stick or PVC pipe, and just staying active. Just look at these awesome photos, which all are from CrossFit gyms around the world.
Being a strength coach is all about doing the research and trying new things. We need to keep the stuff that works, trash the stuff that doesn’t, and always adapt to the athletes’ specific needs. Every profession has its flaws and boneheads that work in it, and most of the time these are the people who talk more than listen or don’t know enough to contribute to the matter. CrossFit has brought a fan base to the weightlifting world and I’m not complaining because this helps open up many other opportunities for the sport. Would we have ever thought we would see thousands of people watching two athletes compete literally face-to-face like this 5 years ago? (picture below) I don’t think so. Keep doing what you are doing, CrossFit World!
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The myth’s about female weight training never seems to die out, but I’m hoping this article will help with some of the most popular issues that females THINK is true about weight training. As a strength coach if I had a dollar for every time a female athlete said, “I don’t want to get big and bulky”, or “I don’t want to look like a man” I’d be a rolling in cash right now.
Below are the most common MYTHS about females and weight training. Let’s see if this opens up your eyes a little bit!
Females Should Only Lift Lighter Weights and Do More “Cardio”
This is the number one thing that frustrates me the most when females email or call me about designing them a workout plan. They often say, “I want to get toned”, assuming they are going to lift lighter weights for more reps. My response to them usually is, “There is no such thing as toning and firming, just stronger and weaker”. Of course I mean this in a joking matter but let me explain my point. First of all, if you only did cardio then muscle and fat would be burned for fuel. One needs to lift weights in order to get the muscle building machine going and thus prevent any loss of muscle tissue. Women that only concentrate on cardio will have a very hard time achieving the look that they want. As far as the lifting of very lightweights, this is just more nonsense. Muscle responds to resistance and if the resistance is too light, then there will be no reason for the body to change. PERIOD!
WHICH BODY DO YOU WANT?
Weight Training Will Make You Look Masculine and Bulky
Due to the fact that women do not, and cannot, naturally produce as much testosterone (one of the main hormones responsible for increasing muscle size) as males do, it is impossible for a woman to gain huge amounts of muscle mass by merely touching some weights. Unfortunately, the image that may come to your mind is that of professional female bodybuilders. Most of these women, unfortunately, use anabolic steroids (synthetic testosterone) along with other drugs in order to achieve that high degree of muscularity. In addition, most also have good genetics coupled with an unbelievable work ethic that enable them to gain muscle quickly when they spend hours in the gym lifting very heavy weights. Believe me when I say that they do not look like that by accident. Women who conduct weight training without the use of steroids get the firm and fit cellulite-free looking body that you see in most fitness/figure shows these days.
If You Stop Weight Training Your Muscles Will Turn Into Fat
This is like saying that gold can turn into silver. Muscle and fat are two totally different types of tissue. What happens many times is that when people decide to go off their weight training programs they start losing muscle due to inactivity (use it or lose it) and they also usually drop the diet as well. Therefore bad eating habits combined with the fact that their metabolism is lower due to inactivity, and lower degrees of muscle mass, give the impression that the subject’s muscle is being turned into fat while in reality what is happening is that muscle is being lost and fat is being accumulated.
Weight Training Turns Fat Into Muscle
This is the opposite of the statement above its like saying that you can turn any metal into gold; don’t we wish! The way a body transformation occurs is by gaining muscle through weight training and losing fat through the right program and diet simultaneously. Again, muscle and fat are very different types of tissue. We cannot turn one into the other.
You Can Eat Anything You Want If You Exercise
If this where true we would see more people working out and less sitting on the couch. Our individual metabolism determines how many calories we burn at rest and while we exercise. If we eat more calories than we burn on a consistent basis, our bodies will accumulate these extra calories as fat regardless of the amount of exercise that we do. This myth may have been created by people with such high metabolic rates that no matter how much they eat or what they eat, they rarely meet or exceed the amount of calories that they burn in one day unless they put their mind to doing so. Therefore, their weight either remains stable or goes down.
I have trained and watched females lift just as hard as some males do, and they look nothing but feminine. If you find yourself complaining all the time about why you cant lose the fat in certain areas. Pick up some WEIGHT and start lifting!!!!!!
As strength coaches we have to deal with many types of different injuries. This is just the reality of the profession. Where we often run into problems is trying to get the athlete, coach, or even the athletic trainer to buy into the fact that YOU NEED TO KEEP TRAINING! The trust, motivation, and knowledge all must be in place before this can happen. So it’s very important to have a good working relationship with everyone involved.
WHY KEEP TRAINING THROUGH AN ACUTE INJURY?
Because you can
Just because you are injured, it doesn’t mean you have to go sit in timeout. It doesn’t preclude you from maintaining strength and speeding up the recovery process.
The Crossover Effect (Nueroendocrine Response)
Your body is smarter than you think, so why not let it take over. There is an amazing phenomenon that happens within the body where if you train the Non-Injured side or “unaffected limb” the “affected limb” will get stronger as well. This is caused by the nueroendocrine response, which helps increase growth hormone, testosterone, and insulin growth factor. This is basically like being on natural steroids which helps promote healing
It helps to keep the body intact
Ignoring the rest of your body during an injury will cause loss in mobility, posture, and of course overall strength. Now instead of just having some rehab to go through, now you have to fix the other problems that was caused because you were feeling sorry for yourself.
Do not isolate yourself from your team, workout partner, or your normal everyday surroundings. Strength Coaches play a key factor in this because we see the athletes the most. By not isolating yourself it will help to get your mind of the injury. It will also make you work harder and compete with yourself. There is always some element of depression with an injury, so its important to only give yourself a couple days rest after surgery, before you get your ass back in the gym. DO NOT LET AN INJURY STOP YOU! TRAIN THROUGH AND AROUND AN INJURY!
Decreases Compensatory Patterning
This is important because usually an injury affects the way we walk, stand, sit, and basically our everyday lives. What usually happens is that we start to feel nagging pain elsewhere within the body because of we are overcompensating for that injury. So it’s very important to maintain strength so that our body can handle the extra stress put on it. Again, DO NOT LET AN INJURY STOP YOU! TRAIN THROUGH AND AROUND AN INJURY!
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I found this post a couple days ago and I had to share it with all my followers. It makes a lot of sense but is also a humorous read. Enjoy
In early January I was working on a year in review, it got scraped it as it seemed much of the same content regurgitated in humorous ways. So, I decided to offer a different format. These are the 42 things I have learned leading up to 2013.
1. Know what you are training for.
We often sat at the seminars and my gym, “What are you training?” This translate into, you need a goal, a destination for your journey. Without you are left to wander, and this site is not called Kung Fu and you are not Caine. Pick a goal, chart a course, keep your head down and don’t come up for air until you meet it.
2. The squat is the foundation of any good program.
A program that does not involve the squat is incomplete. Any coach that tells you, you shouldn’t squat as it is bad for your back and knees, but if it is done you should not squat below parallel needs to be punched. Email me and I will send someone out who specializes in punching people who need a punch. And when I say squat, I mean the one where you put a heavy bar on your back. If I were talking about the front squat or overhead squat, I would have said front squat or overhead squat.
3. Be a performance whore.
Your only mark for progress should be performance and success. Don’t get caught up in dogma, realize all that matters is performance. Don’t get married to one philosophy or stuck in one circle. Look to expand your training arsenal and realize your only master is getting better.
4. “Know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em.”
When you start hitting the weights, certain days you feel like the weights are made of foam and you could lift the gym. Other days, the weights seem to be made of adamantium. Realize on the days when the weights are light, go for broke and set a new personal record regardless of what the program says. On the days when the opposite is true, all you need to do is survive and realize the weights will be there tomorrow.
5. Don’t fall prey to the Secret Squirrel Program.
This is what happens when late at night while scanning the internet you decided to hybrid CrossFit Football’s strength WOD with CFE’s running 2 days a week with CrossFit’s hero WODs and Outlaw’s Olympic programming just for good measure. All the while doing 23 hours a day of ketogenic interment fasting. If you think this secret squirrel program will help you become the fittest man on the planet you are delusional. All that will happen is you become a massive ball of injury, end up doing nothing but Mobility WOD for 2 years with the testosterone levels of a 14-year-old eunuch.
6. You need to warm up.
Warming up is key to raising core temperature and getting the muscles, tendons and fascia warm. You are warming up because you are preparing to train. Take the old boxing proverb to heart. “If you go into the ring cold, you come out cold.”
7. Use Lacrosse balls
If rolling out with a soft foam roller is painful, you have led a life of luxury and share the energy expenditure with a veal. Real athletes roll out with two lacrosse balls and Kelly Starrett sitting on your body part adjacent to it.
8. Static Stretching is great way to cool down. Period.
9. The first movement at the beginning of your training week needs to involve a heavy bar on your back.
10. All the machines and praying in the world will not build a physique like the one crafted from lifting free weights over 85% of your 1 RM.
11. Weighted Pull Ups can cure world hunger.
12. Isometric holds build stability and strength.
13. It is better to live like a farmer than a bartender.
Farmers go to bed when the sun goes down and wake when the roosters crow. Bartenders hang out with drunks, don’t go to bed till 3 or 4 in the morning and sleep all day. Be a farmer.
14. Heavy prowler pushes cleanse the soul.
15. Sleeping 8 hours or more a day makes you bullet proof.
Yes, if you sleep more than 8 hours a day, bullets will not harm you and you will be able to control the minds of those around you.
16. Shower in ice-cold water in the morning. Hot shower before bed.
17. Vitamin D is the most important vitamin of all, so go outside and get a tan. As George Robert’s dad once said, “Georgie, even fat looks good tan.”
18. The only proteins that count are the ones with faces, souls and a mother. I do not care how you process hemp and peas…it is not real protein.
19. Earn your carbs.
Don’t get lulled into thinking a primal or Paleo diet is low carb diet. If you are a hard charging athlete that lifts heavy weights, sprints and moves, eat some carbs. Low carb diets are for fat people and sedentary people with metabolic disorders. If you are training for the CrossFit Games, playing football or trying to run a hundred miles you have earned your carbs.
20. I don’t care how far or often you run, running slow will never help you get fast. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and marathon runners. I am not impressed that you finished a marathon in 5 hours. I am more impressed that it took you 7 hours to sprint 421 100-meter repeats.
21. Percentages are a waste of time for beginners.
Why you ask, because to efficiently lift a true 1 RM you need an extremely well training central nervous system. And efficiency in the CNS comes from prolonged training. Hence, how could a beginner have enough control over their body or their CNS to put forth the ability to lift a true 1 RM? They can’t. So don’t do it.
22. Every man should own a slow cooker and a grill that uses lump wood charcoal.
23. Meat from grass-fed cows should make up the bulk of your daily food consumption.
24. Drink water.
Anyone who tells you they don’t like to drink water needs to grow the fuck up. How much…at least 1 ounce per 2 lbs of body weight.
25. Dont let fear be your limiting factor.
Louie Simmons told me, “To master kung fu, the training must be severe.” What Louie means is, don’t take the easy way out. Winners and champions are forged in the crucible of competition and hard work. Don’t let fear of not meeting your goals be your limiting factor when it comes to training or success.
26. Full Fat Greek Yogurt is an excellent source of protein and probiotics. Anyone that tells you dairy from pasture raised animals is bad, should be pushed in the mud.
27. Have the talent to rest.
If you think taking a rest day is weakness, you have never really trained hard. And you definitely have low testosterone levels.
28. The Second Amendment was put in place to guarantee the First Amendment. Problems arise when we allow our leaders to suspend the First Amendment and many other rights given to us in the Bill of Rights because of fear. When terrible things happen in society, we are so quick to give away our rights so the government can protect us and make it so it never happens again. It is impossible to stop bad people from doing bad things, but you can train and prepare for the day when good men are called upon to stop evil men. That is Edmund Burke.
29. Guns are inanimate objects that can be used to do harm. Much like cars, airplanes and knives, all these things can be turned into weapons if someone so chooses. Banning the sale, use or ownership of inanimate objects will no better cure the world of evil, and then eating low-fat food will cure a fat ass.
30. Lift heavy and awkward implements.
The power from picking up and lifting awkward and heavy objects creates a strength not found in a weight room. Anyone that grew up on a farm or wrestled or played football with farm kids knows what I am talking about. We also call this Field Strong.
31. Having kids puts everything into perspective.
My wife and I had twin girls in late 2011; I just came up for air in late 2012. Kids put things in perspective. The things that mattered so much, seem small and unimportant. What is important is raising your kids, providing a positive role model and keeping your wife happy and loved so she doesn’t drive the whole train off the tracks.
32. Learn to cook.
Even if it just involves adding meat, water, salt and root vegetables to a slow cooker or burning meat on a grill. Learn to cook. Nothing is as unimpressive as someone who cannot or will not learn.
33. Stop posting on message boards. If you have more than 100 posts on any message board, kick your own ass.
34. Twitter rocks.
If you can’t say it in a 140 characters, it doesn’t need to be said.
35. Training Vs. Testing.
Learn certain days are training days other days are testing days. Have a plan each day and realize professional athletes don’t compete everyday. They save that for when the money is on the line and the crowd is in the stands.
36. Read. Real. Books.
In this Internet age, digital books, periodicals, websites and blogs consume us. I feel something is missing, hard copy books.
I started eating bacon in the 70’s. I am not sure when many of you found bacon, but if it was last two years, I am sorry. Up until recently for many, bacon has been a mystery. But upon finding it, it is all they talk about. I am proud of you for finding bacon. I am sorry your dad didn’t make bacon on Saturdays when you were growing up. I believe it makes you feel primal and talking about bacon on social media is your way of thumbing your nose at society, but enough. Welcome to the party and guess what? We are serving bacon.
38. I don’t care that you are 100% Paleo; if a friend offers you a beer, drink it. Nothing says “FU” like not accepting a drink from a friend because of a diet. Grow the fuck up.
39. Work the tissue.
Active Release Therapy. Graston. Deep Tissue Massage. Mashing. Do something to mobilize tissue and speed recovery.
40. Move the bar as fast as possible.
When lifting weights, you should move the bar as fast as you can at all times. Think compensatory acceleration. If you have never head the term “compensatory acceleration”, go google it now. I will wait. Slow reps are akin to the splinters in your ass from sitting on the bench watching the explosive guys play. The only thing moving slow did, was make me slow. Fuck slow.
41. Don’t be a cartoon character.
In today’s age of social media and virtual existence, people are not held to the same standards they were so long ago. Individuals are more cartoon characters than real people. Be a real person that can be depended on and does not take every opportunity to take advantage of those around you. Being a man involves more than growing a beard and drinking whiskey…even those things do help.
42. High testosterone levels = nice guys.
I read a study a while back that related mental wellness and all around nice guys having higher testosterone levels than their male dick head counterparts. Next time you meet a douche bag, instead of cursing the day he was born, realize he is a lesser male and just has low testosterone levels. Pity him, because there is nothing worse for a man than having low testosterone levels. If you are reading this and think you might have low test levels, go see a doctor.