Ending the Barbell Squat Delusion : Message from a Reader & Powerlifter

The following is an e-mail from a reader and competitive power lifter. I thought it was really good and have decided to post it here with his permission. It’s easily the most well thought out and written e-mail I’ve gotten as a result of my posts concerning the barbell squat.

The title of this post and the image are my own. The e-mail is posted as originally received with the exception of bolded sections, which is of my own doing.

 

Dear Anthony,

I realize I’m late to the party, but I felt compelled to offer a little feedback on the squat controversy stirred up as a result of your anti-squat articles.

I’m a competitive powerlifter in the AAPF. I lift AAPF because it’s drug tested – to validate the integrity of my lifts, and because I can lift raw in that organization. Now comes the bomb; Even though you said that the comments you made applied to people who squat for exercise, and excluded the squats application in competition, I STILL…

The 21 Convention is Hiring

Here’s the short version :

With the return of The 21 Convention live event, and in the context of how much the company has grown since T21C Australia, I can no longer work fast enough and hard enough to keep up with the company. It’s getting a little ridiculous, even with the small team of quality people that T21C consists of.

Lately I’ve been waking up at 4:30-6am and working till 9 or 10 at night. And it’s still not enough. Never mind that those kind of hours have a huge impact on creative thinking and my personal life. So I need to hire more people, but the right kind of people. Otherwise you get the “bozo explosion”. No thanks. This is going out to the full 21 newsletter tomorrow.

Honestly, TDLers are at the front of the line. Long term commenters on this site consistently surprise and impress me. I’m guessing long term readers who don’t comment are much in the same boat.

Here’s the long version :

The 21 Convention is growing.

Our videos have now been…

Face Forward

There are two aspects of man’s existence which are the special province and expression of his sense of life: love and art.

I am referring here to romantic love, in the serious meaning of that term—as distinguished from the superficial infatuations of those whose sense of life is devoid of any consistent values, i.e., of any lasting emotions other than fear. Love is a response to values. It is with a person’s sense of life that one falls in love—with that essential sum, that fundamental stand or way of facing existence, which is the essence of a personality. One falls in love with the embodiment of the values that formed a person’s character, which are reflected in his widest goals or smallest gestures, which create the style of his soul—the individual style of a unique, unrepeatable, irreplaceable consciousness. It is one’s own sense of life that acts as the selector, and responds to what it recognizes as one’s own basic values in the person of…

2 Hour Podcast Interview /w Steve Mayeda

 
This is a ~2 hour podcast interview I did with Steve Mayeda recently. I believe it is the most extensive interview I’ve done to date. Steve is a great host and asked excellent questions.

We discussed personal influences, history of The 21 Convention, as well as the upcoming T21C 2014 of Tampa Florida. Tickets go on pre-sale March 27th here. You can save $400 by registering before March 31st at 11:30 pm est. There is a separate $100 coupon code going out to all alumni as well via newsletter.

There are only 55 tickets available. That is a real limit, not a (common) marketing stunt of some sort. I am working on a short post series that discusses this change; it will be published on The21Convention.com. I *may* also touch on the increased ticket price which has significance as well.

The series *will* also cover the change from three events to one (at least for 2014), and what went into the date/location decision.

Most people tell you their events will…

Disagreeing with Greg Swann | Joy of Chastity

To my knowledge, there isn’t much I disagree with Greg Swann about. Political philosophy, specifically anarchy, is one such issue that I will be taking up on Declarationism.com in the future.

Beyond that single point, I agree with about half of what Greg states in this video, and disagree with the remaining half.

What I do agree with is the entire premise of making the pursuit of your ideal woman about you. Centering it on self first, foremost, and as a primary. This makes perfect sense, your pursuit, your goals, your dreams, are in fact yours. Acting on them in any other way is just ridiculous.

I also agree with Greg’s discussion of commitment. I find that the guy who e-mailed him is all over the place. I have zero first hand understanding of how someone can half-step so many intimate relationships, so consistently. It is personally incomprehensible to me that someone could live and act like this.

What I disagree with Greg on is most everything else in the video, to varying extents.

My experience…