Entries by Barbell Poet

Just Hold On – Gaining Strength When It Hurts

I love to work with kettlebells.  I love the simplicity of the swing and how this simple tool can break you down when you press them overhead.  They show you weakness at times, others they exploit that weakness. At times, the biggest challenge is just to hold on. You swing, and your arms are not […]

When You Have Nothing Left…

I committed to writing something every day until the end of the month. But I have nothing… I have no great wisdom or no great story to share.  But I love writing and the feel of pen on paper.  I love the sound of the keys as emotion and life, leaves the head and heart and hits […]

Stop Writing Letters to the Younger You

I am feeling a bit snarky today…so consider that your pre-warning… If you have ever been anywhere near a self-help book or had to do any exercise in learning about yourself, you have probably at least been asked to write a letter to your younger self.  What would you tell yourself?  What advice would you […]

Faith Workout – What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

There has been a lot going on recently in the United States that has left me pondering and pontificating on the very question proposed: What does it mean to be a Christian? I find myself scouring the passages of Scripture, praying in my alone moments and wondering what should a Christian look like to their […]

Body, Mind and Soul

How’s your training going this week?  How is your effort going?  Are you still able to give 100% each and every workout, or is it faltering? Did you take a rest day to truly recover?  Did you do anything out of the ordinary for a fun recovery day?  I went longboarding with my wife on […]

004 – Faith Workout – Sacrifices Define You

There are three questions that I find myself looking at from time to time.  They are questions that rank up there with “what’s your why” and “who do you say I am”.  They are questions that help me reflect on living a life of integrity.  They force me to answer if I am truly being […]


Once of the biggest challenges that I see people plagued with in any endeavour is a lack of confidence. I can’t lift that I will fail if I change jobs My writing is not good enough I have to be in shape before I do that Anything you do that ends in the phrase…maybe next […]

Train Like (or For) A Spartan…Mix it Up!

One of the things that I deal with from time to time and the debate between whether or not I should train on any given day.  I do not train myself for competitions, so the pressure to stick to a highly regimented program is not there.  I train to push my personal limits and grow […]