The Bigger Three

When talking about backpacking, the bare essentials are usually called “The Big Three.” The Big Three are your choice of backpack, sleep system, and shelter. These items comprise the most important kit you can take with you on a trip. The backpack should be large enough to accommodate all of your gear inside. The sleep system is the combination of sleeping mat and sleeping bag (or quilt) that you will use; which depends on the environment you will be in. While the shelter will be key to keeping dry and storing your gear. But, what are the ‘Bigger’ Three? The…
Finding the Wild

Wild Living: A Lifestyle Blueprint

Wild: Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state. -The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition Wild Living is my updated mission. Think of it as ‘Holistic Living Plus’. After a while ‘Holistic Living’ felt too ‘hippy.’ As much as the word holistic has value, it has been commandeered by many groups who tarnish its name to sell woo products and incomplete lifestyles. In fact, an acquaintance of mine wrote an amazing article about this, and I will refer you to her work: I used to be a holistic nutritionist. Wild Living is about building a lifestyle…

F*ck Burpees

Fuck Burpees: A Critical Look at Exercise Selection When I first got into fitness coaching I made myself a promise. I promised that I would never program Burpees for my clients if I could find a better exercise for their goals. So far, I have kept that promise, and never programmed burpees. The Burpee is the most ubiquitous movement in the fitness world. It is the bread and butter of conditioning, and your just-deserts for that cheat meal you had, or for showing up late, or because you think you deserve them, or your trainer does, or because you didn’t…
Boxing is My Yoga

Mindful Movement: Boxing is My Yoga

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. -Bruce Lee   Depending on whom you ask, meditation can have many definitions. Many will say that movement can’t be meditation, or that there is only one way to meditate. However, if we get down to the essence of it, meditation is any action (or inaction) that leads to a silent mind and total awareness. This is often accomplished through breathing exercises, thought problems (koans), mantras, and movements. This form of self-improvement is often associated with Eastern…
The Man in the Arena

Strip or Retire: The Man in the Arena

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse to never have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt “Strip or Retire” was written above the doors of Roman wrestling schools. Roman wrestlers fought in the nude, and the meaning was simple: Compete or Quit. Put yourself on the line for honour and glory, or leave. Most people can respect this risk. We inherently know that it takes a certain type of person risk their reputation, their health, and their livelihood on the chance of success. Humans have always revered those who risked all for the chance of greatness. Think of…
The Training Grounds

Adaptive Training: A Functional Training Paradigm

What is your training designed to do? Are you performing each movement with a purpose in mind, knowing exactly how each exercise will lead toward your goals? Or, are you just ‘exercising’ in hopes that you will perform better? ‘Functional’ is quite the buzzword these days. Everyone touts ‘functional’ training, but few know what they mean when using this term. Functional is relative, and specific, to your chosen endeavours. Sports specific training is functional. Strength training is functional. Energy-systems based conditioning is functional. Why? They improve your capacity to perform and adapt. From this point, I will refer to truly…
It's all about living

Welcome to the Holistic Living Blog!

About the blog EDIT: You may have noticed the blog name has changed. See why here.   ‘Holistic’ is a term thrown around a lot, and to many people it means different things. In this case, it refers to a way of life, a way in which all the parts of ourselves are interconnected to create a whole. The purpose of this blog is to show how to improve those parts, to highlight anything and everything that adds value to life. ‘Holistic Living’ is a term I have coined that refers to how each part of our life affects the…

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