This Website Has Moved!!!

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After much planning and procrastination, I’ve finally developed a new website to improve and replace Real World Strength Training. It is called Physical Living and is located at the new web address

You can read all the details about the new site including why I felt it needed an update here:


To your health and success,

Fitness Professional

Happy Thanksgiving From John

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It’s been awhile since I last posted an update – sorry. That is due to a combination of life being fairly busy lately, but also because I’ve been working on a secret project for my readers that I’m almost ready to announce. Look for the official announcement next week!

Have a happy Thanksgiving – and please do reflect on what you’re thankful for this year. It’s not all about food and football ๐Ÿ™‚

To your health and success,

Fitness Professional

What Does “Get In Shape” Mean To You?

A fellow fitness blogger, Dave Soucy, of published an article posing the question “What Does Get In Shape Mean to You? Not only do I think it is of paramount importance to know exactly WHAT you want to do, and have laser-focused goals to identify that desire. I also think everyone needs a “Powerful Reason Why” they do the things they do and seek the things they want (PRW is something I got from Adam Waters RTP Transformation course).

So, now I’m asking you the same question: What does “get in shape” mean to you? If you were “in shape” would you look good or be good at something specific? Would you have a different attitude? And more importantly, why is that important to you?

If you haven’t got those two things figured out, then I would bet you’ve been struggling to reach your subconsious goals for awhile.

Here is what I came upย  with for Dave’s post:

I make my health and fitness a high priority for a lot of reasons. The main ones are the benefits of being healthier, and as a result happier and enjoying more freedom. Everyone wants to look good and feel good.

Although, there are some deeper reasons why being “in shape” is important to me. I like to be an inspiration to others, to show them that anyone can enjoy not just average health, but abundant health and vibrant physical living (and that you don’t have to be a “fitness freak” to do so).

I also feel responsible for those around me, my family and friends, and I would want to be capable of handling potential future situations that arise – not be limited by a de-conditioned body. Don’t worry, it’s more of a preparedness mindset, not paranoia ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, I think that living a physically-focused lifestyle is a dying tradition, a rare practice, and I’m doing everything I can to prevent that from continuing! I meet people all the time who will avoid situations because there is more physical activity involved than they are comfortable with – even if it’s just walking! I see this as a major cultural problem, and it’s going to take a revolution to get it turned around.

In my experience as a fitness coach, what could be labeled “surface motivations” like the vague “I want to look better” generally don’t carry someone to their goal. It’s not enough to just want something – you need to be compelled to achieve it. There needs to be purpose behind it. If you have an inner drive that is fueled by purpose, you can achieve almost anything.

To your health and success,


Fitness Professional

Weekend Inspiration

I’m leaving tonight to climb Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park, ME with my brother and some friends from Adventure in Progress. Mt. Katahdin is at the very north end of Maine, and it will prove a worthy challenge tomorrow. I thought I’d leave you with something truly inspirational for the weekend, so you can go and climb your own mountain.

Jason McElway

To your health and success,

Fitness Professional

P.S. More info about our Mt. Katahdin trip next week!

My Beef With Primal Fitness

computer cavemanI’m sure you’ve heard of primal fitness lately. Fitness guru’s all over the blog-o-sphere have been talking about it, and it’s picking up quite a bit of attention. All over the web, you’ll find pictures and videos of people training in nature, climbing trees, doing interval sprints, and lifting stones and logs. But is primal fitness all that it’s cracked up to be? Is this just an emerging trend that will die away in a few years, or is it the start of a revolution that will forever change the fitness industry? Are there any flaws in the philosophy or actual practice of primal fitness? What are the primal fitness guru’s NOT telling you?

I’ve never completely subscribed to the primal fitness philosophy, and I think I’ve got a few good reasons why. Continued

Be careful who you talk to about CROSSFIT…

Not too long ago, I received a comment that was held for moderation on my blogpost about CrossFit. Here is the comment word-for-word:

Quit hating on Crossfit!!!!…you are not objective and you’re followers are mis-informed. Honestly, I don’t want to take the time to educate you….


Let me paraphrase that for you…

Quit hating on CrossFit!!!! You’re an idiot and so is everyone that listens to you. I am enlightened, but won’t share my secrets with you because I don’t want you to beat me on today’s WOD, Fran!

All joking aside, and in my defense, I think I offered a well-balanced perspective on CrossFit. I mentioned the pros and cons of the system from a non-biased perspective, and even concluded with a suggestion to attend a CrossFit seminar (with some precautions in mind). I definitely wasn’t hating on the system at all.

I am a strong critic and an eternal skeptic, and some significant aspects of CrossFit concern me greatly. For instance, the founder Greg Glassman admits that “[CrossFit] can kill you” (NY Times article here) Things like that tend to raise a warning flag in my book, among many others.

Needless to say, I didn’t publish the comment because it offered nothing of value to the discussion, but it got me thinking…

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