A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence. – James Watkins


So that’s me with bestselling author, and the man voted as *the* number one influential person in the world, John Maxwell.

This is the third opportunity I’ve had hearing John speak, all of which have come by way of my association with ID Life.  You see, this company is not just about being the finest supplement company in the world, but is also about enriching the lives of its associates. The opportunity to mastermind with some of the best and brightest have made me better at every business I’m involved with, even those completely outside of ID Life.

And what I’ve learned from John have also made me a better coach… and trainee.  That’s right — there is *so much* that I gained this weekend in theory that I can put into in-the-gym practice.

My Five Ts approach is the antidote to everyday life squishing *the* life out of your fitness goals.  It is *the* blueprint for lifelong success in the fitness game.

But what I really like about John’s “Rule of 5” is that it gives us a roadmap for daily action.  In fact, I think it’s a perfect companion to my 30-thousand-foot-view, Five Ts.

According to John, all great works (think macro and micro goals; lifelong and in-the-moment) are accomplished by way of:
  • intentionality – or, as Dan John says, “the goal is to keep the goal, the goal“.
  • use of the right tools, at the right time (bodyweight?  Barbell?  ARXFit?  They all work, but for different reasons.  Choose wisely)
  • with steely focus (there’s a reason why TVs are ubiquitous in globo gyms, and absent at Efficient Exercise studios)
  • dedicated action (program hopping, anyone? #swolekill)
  • with consistency (rise and grind; every day!  Wash, rinse, repeat…)

Approach the bar, every day, with John’s Rule of 5 in mind, and you can’t go wrong.

Remember, an inferior program attacked with intensity and purpose will outperform even the best, most sophisticated program approached in a half-assed manner.  It’s YOU who makes the program, not the other way around.

In health, fitness and ancestral wellness –




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