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Welcome, one and all! I give you a new addition to challenge weeks for the warrior guild, AMA's! Each challenge we'll be spotlighting 2 warriors to find out more about them. As warriors we tend to stay focused on the iron. This is an awesome trait for aspiring warriors but it's also beneficial to look around and learn more about our brothers(and sisters) at arms.

 

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So without further ado, the first 2 selected for this punishment......I mean honor are Guild Leader @Br0din and the somewhat new addition to the fold @Grumble.

 

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Stop by and ask them what is best in life (other than the above) or maybe just attempt to make them squirm a little in their chairs.

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"I like you just the way you are" - Mr. Rogers

 

In Br0din's name we gain.

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May Br0din bless you with mighty gains, and may your shaker bottle always be full.

Wheymen

 

...and, if you die...  Walk it off - Captain America

 

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STR - 50 | DEX - 19 | STA - 19 | CON - 14 | WIS - 28 | CHA - 24

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@Br0din you talk a lot about mental toughness, and while we love to give you a hard time, and in my experience of you, you are very humble, can you tell us about a time where mental toughness really worked for you and/or that you're personally proud of?

 

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17 hours ago, RedStone said:

@Br0din you talk a lot about mental toughness, and while we love to give you a hard time, and in my experience of you, you are very humble, can you tell us about a time where mental toughness really worked for you and/or that you're personally proud of?

 

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Wow, that's a good one.  I can easily lecture on mental toughness way more than I can type it out.  But to me, mental toughness is doing stuff you don't really want to do but pushing through to do it anyways.  And not just suffer through it, but attack it, push through the pain, take ownership of the situation (ownership of your life is a new concept for me,  I'll be exploring it more).  The most recent example was my day 1 of crossfit.  It hurt me in ways I barely describe.  I have good explosive strength, but my ability to continuously lift is very short, which came strikingly apparent very quickly.  Now, lets talk about the easy road.  I could have asked for a modified workout that wasn't as hard.  I could have just quit the WOD and say that it was my first day.  I could have slowed the workout down even more.  And who would judge me?  It would be understandable that I struggled to do a complex conditioning event on the first day,  But I still had to look myself in the mirror later that night.  So I pushed myself to the point of puking.  I scoped out the box for a good place to pull the trigger if I need too.  And trust me, 15 min into the WOD, I thought all those weak minded thoughts, But FUCK THAT,  I'm not quitting, I'm not puking (thinking about it later, puking and then finishing would have been a badge of honor.)  I'm finishing this with honor, then die with honor.  I got lapped (twice.) Then I was the only one doing the WOD by myself, but everyone could see the determination in my face and knew that I would fit in.  People even came up to me and told me that I inspired them to do better as they had only been there only a week too.  

 

Everything starts and ends with your mind.  You can only go so far with physical toughness with out the mental toughness to be the Iron that stabilizes it.  And I take #foreverweak  and #neverstrongenough to my heart.

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Wheymen

 

...and, if you die...  Walk it off - Captain America

 

Level 13: 1/4 Giant Warrior

STR - 50 | DEX - 19 | STA - 19 | CON - 14 | WIS - 28 | CHA - 24

My food logging is here*: MFP: tyrsnbdr

 

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20 minutes ago, Laghail said:

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This is everything.

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20 minutes ago, Laghail said:

Memory serves, both of you spent a hot minute in the armed forces. When / where / what role did you serve? 

 

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I spent 5 years in the Vermont and California Army National guard as an Infantry Officer doing various jobs but mostly a Platoon Leader.  I then went Active Duty as a Signal Officer for a little over 9 years and was stationed:

1 year in South Korea in an Chinook Battalion.

5 years at Fort Drum NY at Division and as the communications officer for a Cavarly  Squadron with 2 deployments to Afghanistan

3 years at Ft Lewis WA as a communications officer with a Special Forces Battalion and a 3rd deployment to Afghanistan and then a staff bitch with 1st Corps as I was getting out.

Add in some schooling at Ft Gordon GA and it adds up. 

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Wheymen

 

...and, if you die...  Walk it off - Captain America

 

Level 13: 1/4 Giant Warrior

STR - 50 | DEX - 19 | STA - 19 | CON - 14 | WIS - 28 | CHA - 24

My food logging is here*: MFP: tyrsnbdr

 

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4 hours ago, Laghail said:

Memory serves, both of you spent a hot minute in the armed forces. When / where / what role did you serve? 

 

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Still in actually!

Just shy of 9 years in the army reserve as a 25B, Information Technology specialist.

My whole career stateside has been in southern california. Two command level units and an unfortunately short stint with Cyber Command (That was awesome. We got to hack the ROK army in a joint exercise!)

I've deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan where I was sys admin for a while then became the IT liaison to our Commanding General (which is a big damn deal as a Specialist)

I'm currently a Squad Leader with the 311th Signal Command in Costa Mesa and am preparing for a mission to both Korea and Japan this year.

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Follow up for both of you.

 

Speaking of mental toughness, sometimes I find it gets me in trouble. The last few weeks I've been getting through my workouts out of sheer force of will, just because it's time to do them. I have a tell that lets me know when I'm getting to the edge of  safely pushing my body, but sometimes it's hard to realize until it's too late.

 

What are your tells, and what do you do with them?

 

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On 5/27/2017 at 9:24 AM, RedStone said:

Follow up for both of you.

 

Speaking of mental toughness, sometimes I find it gets me in trouble. The last few weeks I've been getting through my workouts out of sheer force of will, just because it's time to do them. I have a tell that lets me know when I'm getting to the edge of  safely pushing my body, but sometimes it's hard to realize until it's too late.

 

What are your tells, and what do you do with them?

 

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I thought these were tough questions. 

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I kid. That's actually a solid one. And something I used to ignore far too often. I have two big mental tells, my temper gets super short, and I have trouble focusing.  This translates into not finishing sets or reps in a set. Historically, I'd just come back later in the day and finish or do something else, I was a big fan of 2-3 a days, especially when i was deployed. Temper got short, hit the gym. Trouble focusing at work, hit the gym. It went until I hurt my shoulder, which is something I still deal with today. So it taught me to listen to myself. Even if it involves taking a day or a week off (as much as I might hate it) it's definitely been to the benefit of everyone around me, especially with a toddler who literally looks to me for everything she is going to learn for the next several years.

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"You're going to be amazing." 

Fantasy Football league 2019

The Grumble Battle Log

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Books: 

Shows: 

Games: God of War, Kingdom Hearts 3, Destiny 2

Level 15  Wookie Warrior

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57 minutes ago, Taddea Zhaan said:

@Br0din and @Grumble, what would be in your perfect omelette? 

 

Eggs,  All the meats!!  all the Cheese, diced olives and maybe peppers if I'm feeling spicy.  

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May Br0din bless you with mighty gains, and may your shaker bottle always be full.

Wheymen

 

...and, if you die...  Walk it off - Captain America

 

Level 13: 1/4 Giant Warrior

STR - 50 | DEX - 19 | STA - 19 | CON - 14 | WIS - 28 | CHA - 24

My food logging is here*: MFP: tyrsnbdr

 

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On 5/27/2017 at 9:24 AM, RedStone said:

Follow up for both of you.

 

Speaking of mental toughness, sometimes I find it gets me in trouble. The last few weeks I've been getting through my workouts out of sheer force of will, just because it's time to do them. I have a tell that lets me know when I'm getting to the edge of  safely pushing my body, but sometimes it's hard to realize until it's too late.

 

What are your tells, and what do you do with them?

 

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Are you hurt?  or are you Injured?  That is the question.  

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Being hurt is being tired, sore, flem in the lunges and fatigue as some examples.  But, once the exercises end, the hurt goes away pretty quickly.  Maybe some DOMS, but that's about it. 

 

Injuries can be harder to identify.  But most of my injuries come from spinal issues or bad posture issues.  Spinal issues will show with loss of strength, loss of mobility, random spots of pain, and in some cases numbness and tingling.  Posture can be related or independent to spinal issues.  But pay extra care to the smaller stabilizer muscles (like in the shoulders.)  

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Wheymen

 

...and, if you die...  Walk it off - Captain America

 

Level 13: 1/4 Giant Warrior

STR - 50 | DEX - 19 | STA - 19 | CON - 14 | WIS - 28 | CHA - 24

My food logging is here*: MFP: tyrsnbdr

 

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@Br0din @Grumble

 

Proudest childhood moment?

Terrible childhood moment?

Opinions on cereal???

 

PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW

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15 hours ago, RedStone said:

@Br0din @Grumble

 

Proudest childhood moment?

Terrible childhood moment?

Opinions on cereal???

 

PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW

Being a Boss

Not Being a Boss

Boss

Oh. actual answers, MY BAD.

 

Assuming childhood goes through my teen years, I would say hiking the Trans-Sierra at 14. Kings Canyon to MT. Whitney in 10 days. Felt amazing, Had an 8x8 from In n Out when we got back. Amazing experience.

 

Terrible childhood moment? Hmm, nothing character defining. Dad had some anger issues when I was young that got taken out on me, but they were more object lessons in how I wouldn't act with my kid than anything traumatic. Maybe getting arrested at 17 for trying to steal windows... XP? I think, from Costco. On my sister's birthday.

 

Cereal is great. Cinnamon toast crunch is my kryptonite. Captain crunch is sandpaper in edible form. I'll never be old enough for Raisin Bran. Default is Protein cheerios. I can eat that shit dry.

 

15 hours ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

@Br0din and @Grumble

 

1.) Most embarrassing gym experience?

2.) Second favorite lift?

3.) Cardio - secret love or required pain? 

 

Went too heavy on bench when in high school. Safety Noises everywhere. Didn't live it down with the football team for 6 months. Til I broke the school record. Fuckers.

 

SKWATS! I'm all torso, 32" inseam for jeans. So ass to grass isn't as far down for a 6'4" gorilla as it would be for someone with more standard proportions.

 

Ugh. Secret Love. Damn you for making me admit it.

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Cardio for me is a time to cut the outside busyness of life. I plan well during long runs. And I suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome, Must run for medals.

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"You're going to be amazing." 

Fantasy Football league 2019

The Grumble Battle Log

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Books: 

Shows: 

Games: God of War, Kingdom Hearts 3, Destiny 2

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16 hours ago, RedStone said:

@Br0din @Grumble

 

Proudest childhood moment?

Terrible childhood moment?

Opinions on cereal???

 

PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW

 

1: Probably when I finally qualified for CCS swimming championship in HS for the 500y freestyle.  It took me 2 years of year round training to get to that point and I was super stoked to qualify for it.

2:  Probably the 1989 Loma Preita earthquake.  It destroyed my house, up turned my family life at my most impressionable age of 12.  

3:  I'm a Cap'n Crunch, lucky Charms, and raisin brand...  But I haven't had cereal in 15 years?  may be more.   

 

16 hours ago, Emerald_Dragonfly said:

@Br0din and @Grumble

 

1.) Most embarrassing gym experience?

2.) Second favorite lift?

3.) Cardio - secret love or required pain? 

 

1:  When I was getting out of the Army,  I may have had an angry problem.  The Gym I was going too had a rule that collars had to be on the when benching.  Well, I didn't have a spotter, I couldn't be bothered to get a spotter, and if I failed I was going to dump to 1 side or another, and I couldn't do that if I had collars on.  1 employee was the collar nazi and we would have words every bench day.  Then one time I was mid bench set and he came up to me and started yelling at me...  and I flipped out.  I started yelling at him in a way that the whole gym of problem 100-150 people stopped to watch.  I then had a Colonel and Major jump my shit (as they should have.)  I then got lectured at for hours and it was "suggested" I don't back to that gym again.  Lets just say I could have handled that situation a lot better.  

 

2:  Obviously bench is favorite.  But right now I'm thinking front squats are my second fav.  Maybe as I learn the Oly lifts, I have hopes for clean and jerk.

3:  Cardio to just cardio sucks a whale dick.  But cardio for sportsings is fun.  Being able to compete in soccer, basketball, softball, snowboarding, etc etc is fun and good for you, physically and mentally.  

 

34 minutes ago, Laghail said:

 

Nah, only when that secret love/pain is administered by groups of super jacked men, and completed for time.

 

I.  MUST.  PROVE.  MYSELF. ALWAYS.

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May Br0din bless you with mighty gains, and may your shaker bottle always be full.

Wheymen

 

...and, if you die...  Walk it off - Captain America

 

Level 13: 1/4 Giant Warrior

STR - 50 | DEX - 19 | STA - 19 | CON - 14 | WIS - 28 | CHA - 24

My food logging is here*: MFP: tyrsnbdr

 

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