DAILY MOTIVATION: Baroness and the Art of John Dyer Baizley
For this Beast Friday, I’m going to introduce you to a new band. Well at least one that I haven’t posted before, maybe you’ve heard of them…doubt it though. They are called Baroness and offer up a unique brand of metal that I’ve never really heard anything quite like. This song is called “The Sweetest Curse” and is definitely one of their heavier tracks, but give it a listen, it is Beast Friday after all!
In addition to being the front man to the band John Dyer Baizley is an amazing, mind-blowing artist! He has done the cover art for all of the Baroness albums as well as some for the bands Black Tusk, Skeletonwitch, Kylesa, Kvleretak, Darkest Hour, and more. The pieces shown here are a few more examples of his work. I absolutely love it! To see some more of his work check out his art blog A Perfect Monster!
DAILY FEATURE: Hunter Gatherers Trump Agriculturalists (At Least in Strength…)
This is a fantastic article published in Outside magazine about how far the human race has declined from a physical standpoint. The further and further we get from our ancestral roots the more and more frail and weak our bodies will become. Much of this change has been brought about by the technological innovations throughout time. Its a plain and simple fact that technology makes our lives easier. This is a double-edged sword that we need to be careful with. There is no doubt that modern life and its conveniences is something that 99.9% of the population would prefer to living the existence of the first humans thousands of years ago. I enjoy modern life and the advances in technology to a large degree. Also, there is the fact that these innovations have advanced us mentally and our intelligence and capacity for thought have increased and will continue to do so. On the other side of this coin though is the fact that all of these advances are going to continue to make us weaker and weaker physically. The more rely on technology to do things for us and to make our lives easier (aka less physically straining) the more our strength will diminish overall.
So what can be done about this? Is the damage done to our physical stature and capabilities beyond repair? I don’t know and certainly do not have the educational background and experience to even make a conjecture. A more important question than can something be done is should something be done? Will we benefit more by regaining some of our ancestral strength or by continuing with the expansion of our mental capabilities? Again, this is a question that is far out of my realm and it may be outside of anyone’s. It’s possible that there is no hard and fast truth here and we have entered the world of opinion. So as far as this goes ladies and gentlemen, decide for yourself! With that being said I’d love to hear your thoughts because as you know the Paleo/ancestral lifestyle is something I have a lot of interest in. Please leave a comment and share your thoughts!
Warm-up: Stretching with PVC, 25 jumping jacks x 3, 5 KB OH press @25lbs x 3, 5 KB swings @25lbs x 3, 10 A/S x 3.
Strength: ME bent over barbell row
- 65lbs x 10, 85lbs x 8, 105lbs x 6, 125lbs x 4, 135lbs x 3, 145lbs x 3, 165lbs x 2.
Conditioning WOD: 20:00 AMRAP of 20 wall balls @20lbs and 20 ring rows.
- Completed 6 rounds (240 reps). Finished on the last ring row on the last second to get in 6 full rounds. This was one of the most difficult WODs I’ve ever done in my life!