Featured Member – Luke Baumbach

Give us a little background on your training history, what brought you to the RSC in the first place, and how you’ve changed since you joined. During fall of my senior year of high school my girlfriend at the time poked fun at me for not having a butt in front of a couple other friends. At 5’11” and 155lbs she was probably right. I had never thought much about lifting since I played soccer, tennis, and volleyball. In the past I had messed around with my friends in the weight room but never for more than a week at a time. continue reading.

Top 10 Metallica Songs To Train To

Guest Post by Mark Crook It’s “METAL” time again and it is also time to focus on arguably one of the biggest and most successful bands (metal or otherwise) of all time… METALLICA! I remember hearing them for the first time thinking that no other band was doing what they were doing… playing with the speed and razor sounding thrash that was the signature of their early work. At that time, the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) was in full swing and “ heavy” was Priest, Maiden, Ozzy, etc. Metallica’s intensity was on another level (with amps on… continue reading.

Why Haters Make it so Much Easier For You to Succeed

It’s pretty safe to say that at least 75% of the people on the planet are haters. That’s sad for them but good for you. Why? Because haters will never get anywhere or make anything of their lives. If you’re consumed by hate it’s impossible to do good things. You can’t achieve your dreams or help others when you’re wallowing in hate all day. What that means is YOU only have to compete with 25% of the world’s population for whatever it is you want to accomplish in life. How freaking great is that? You’re not competing with everyone. Most… continue reading.

Are You Making This Depression-Causing Training Mistake?

Let’s assume you’re sitting on the couch on a Sunday in November. You’re watching the Indianapolis Colts but during commercials you flip over to the Oklahoma Thunder game. On one channel you’ve got the 5’9”, 228 pound Trent Richardson. On the other channel you’ve got the 6’9” Kevin Durant. You, we’ll assume, are a genetically average, skinny-fat, 5’9”, 160 pounder. When watching Kevin Durant you’d never in a million years assume that you could grow to his size. But for some reason, whether it’s from being deluded by bodybuilding magazines and supplement companies, or constantly comparing ourselves to others on… continue reading.

What Exercise is Not (Funny Sh*t)

This is a guest post by my buddy, Ryan Nemeth (brother of WWE wrestler, Dolph Ziggler. It’s from his book, How to be a Hardbody. That’s Ryan over there, on the left. EXERCISING IS NOT… Exercising is not war. Working out is not a bloody fight on a battlefield. Exercising is not a live-action wildlife sequence in a jungle with a tiger and a gazelle and sharp teeth and blood and victory and defeat now we have to separate the men from the boys and the predator from the prey and suddenly lightning strikes and there’s fire… continue reading.

67 Tips on Happiness, Fulfillment & Life

“The meaning of life is that it is to be lived.”– Bruce Lee 1) Always have a quest. 2) Don’t feel the need to justify your opinion. 3) Cut your expenses in half. Then cut them again. 4) Don’t die without any scars. Like Tyler Durden advised. 5) Remember that everyone wants to feel important. 6) Don’t fall into “the busy trap.” It’s okay to not always be “on your grind,” 24/7. 7) Learn something from everyone you meet. 8) Take more risks without fear of making mistakes. 9) Sweat every day. 10) Get Facebook and email off your… continue reading.

A 4-Step Cure For Complaining

A Guest Post By Nate Miyaki, Author of The Way of the Cancer Warrior Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others. – Musashi What IS is more important than WHAT SHOULD BE.  Too many people are looking at “what is” from a position of thinking “what should be”…Circumstances? To hell with circumstances.  I create opportunities. – Bruce Lee The Miracle on Ice, The 2007 New York Football Giants, Rudy, Rocky, The Ultimate Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania V.  Everyone loves a good underdog story.  Why? It reminds us that it doesn’t matter what your current… continue reading.

Monday Morning

The cold, harsh reality of Monday morning. Potential unfilled, promises broken, dreams unlived. The lack of control, the lack of discipline, the lack of structure. Wants, hopes, desires. Self doubt slowly becoming self-loathing. Check email, check status updates, check feeds. Comparisons, envy, jealousy. Stay busy, blend in, play it safe. Swimming in mediocrity. In an overcrowded infinity pool. Drones, sheep, Kool Aid drinkers. I lack the skills, I lack the smarts, I lack the money. Settle for less, follow the rules, “act like an adult.” The ruthless honesty of the bathroom mirror. Wear the uniform, join the country club, tow… continue reading.

My Morning Ritual

@JasonFerruggia what are some crucial habits a morning routine should contain in order to get your body & mind ready for the day? — Rob Sanders (@Huskergrappler) January 8, 2014   Rob, Great question. I am a huge proponent of having morning rituals and believe it sets the tone for a productive, happy, successful day. The first thing I do when my eyes open is meditate. In the past I tried doing this at other times throughout the day but this has proven to be the best for me because I’m guaranteed to get it… continue reading.

7 Lessons Learned in 2013

Here are some lessons I learned in 2013. Some were brand new revelations while others were just strongly reinforced over the last twelve months. I hope you find at least a tidbit or two you can take away from the following list that will make your 2014 your best year ever. 1) Always Show Gratitude In 2013 I made it a habit to show gratitude in a multitude of ways on a daily basis. Firstly, I started keeping a gratitude journal (thanks to my good friend, Craig Ballantyne for the inspiration). Each day I write down the… continue reading.

The Power of Less

An RSC Exclusive Report – Sign up HERE to become a member today. The Power of Less – A Jay Note By setting limitations we must choose the essential. So in everything you do, learn to set limitations. Limitless is weak. Learn to focus yourself within limits, and you’ll increase your strength. Never multitask. Use time blocks and turn off all distractions. Whatever you are doing, do just that and focus on it 100%. Focus on one habit at a time for 30 days. Write it down, tell others about it, post it publicly, report on your progress… continue reading.

How the “Busy Trap” is Sucking Your Soul & Ruining Your Life

You’re not “too busy.” Get over that lie. We keep ourselves eternally “busy” by checking email and Facebook, obsessively over-measuring and over-analyzing everything, second-guessing, waiting for perfect, asking too many opinions and essentially “working” round the clock while getting very little done. We all fall victim to it. It crippled me for years. While getting caught in the busy trap is horrible for your productivity at work, it can also ruin your social life. Because you keep yourself constantly “busy” by doing inconsequential nonsense you actually “don’t” have the time to do the things you want to do. For years… continue reading.

10 Renegade Rules for Being a Badass

When most people think of the word “badass” they think of Harley Davidson, the old Oakland Raiders, Iron Mike Tyson in his prime, Rambo, Charles Bronson and Bruce Lee. But there’s more to being a badass than just being the type of mofo people don’t mess with. It’s all about living your life a certain way. Following a certain code of conduct most others don’t adhere to. Here are 10 ways to become a badass: 1) Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable If you never push yourself outside of your comfort zone you’ll never know what you’re capable of in life. And… continue reading.

“My Only Wish is to Wish For Nothing”

We live in a world full of unhappiness. Everyone’s stressed and depressed, jealous and envious, bitter and angry. Everyone wants a better life. We want to be richer, prettier, bigger, leaner, smarter. Nothing is ever good enough. Or is it? Maybe the world we live in has blurred our vision. Information overload, Facebook status updates, a never-ending stream of advertisements and celebrity lifestyle features can make us forget what’s really important. And what’s really important is helping people; motivating, touching and inspiring them. It’s about leaving a legacy. That’s far more important than leaving a status update. We should strive… continue reading.

Dear College Students

* This post was inspired from countless interactions I’ve had over the last few years with college kids who are getting nowhere with their training and missing out on lifetime memories in the process. You’re living in The Age of Distraction and it’s killing your gains. You’re suffering from information overload, which has led to the destruction of your social life. You’ve got to give up the over thinking and start living. You can’t be holed up in your dorm room overanalyzing every aspect of your training and diet all day long. There are girls outside and if you… continue reading.