The Art of Manliness
The Art of Manliness
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#484: A Man's Search for Meaning Inside the Ring
If you've never been in afightbefore, have you ever wondered how you’d respond to getting punched in the face? My guest today found the experience pretty delightful. Which is all the more surprising given that he'd lived more than three decades of his life as a self-described pacifist, who abhorredviolence, thoughtfightingwas barbaric, and feared he was a coward.His name is Josh Rosenblatt, and he’s the author ofWhy WeFight: One Man’s Search For Meaning Inside the Ring,which describeshis decision to enter an actual MMAfightat the age of 40. Today on the show, Josh talks about why after a lifetime of being a hedonistic, non-physically oriented, intellectual type of guy who thought mixed martial artfightingwas dumb, he decided to climb into the cage as a MMA fighter himself. Josh describes how he first got interested in MMAfightingin his early 30s, started studying Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and boxing, and discovered the joys of getting in touch with his long submerged aggression. We then discuss what it was like to train for an actual MMAfightas an older guy, howfightinghas influenced his writing, and what getting into the cage taught him aboutsacrifice, asceticism, transcendence, and the potential for human transformation. Get the show notes at aom.is/whywefight.
#483: What Really Works for Exercise Recovery?
In the past few years, sportsrecoveryhas become a big business. Elite athletes and weekend warriors alike are spending lots of time and money on things like cryotherapy, float tanks, foam rolling, and supplements in order to feel better, push themselves harder, and gain an edge over the competition. But does any of this stuff actually do anything? My guest today spent a year investigating the science of exerciserecovery. Her name is Christie Aschwanden and she’s the author ofGood to Go: What theAthlete in All of Us Can Learn From the Strange Science ofRecovery.We begin our show discussing what exactly athletic “recovery” is and why therecoverybusiness has been booming recently. Christie and I then dig into several different recoverymodalities from drinking Gatorade, to taking ice baths, to foam rolling, and the science, or the lack thereof, behind their effectiveness. We end our conversation discussing what actually works best for exerciserecovery(hint: you do it every night and ...
#482: The Power of Penmanship
In the 21st century, most of our written communication is done through typing on a computer or tapping digital buttons on a smartphone screen. But my guest today argues that we can increase our sense of humanity and our connection to the physicalworldand to other people by rediscovering the lost art of putting a real pen to real paper. His name is Michael Sull. He’s a master penman, penmanship instructor, and the author of several penmanship books. Today on the podcast, I talk to Michael about what it takes to become a master penman and what exactly a master penman does for a living. Michael then takes us on a tour of the history of cursive handwriting, including insights into how culture has influenced handwriting styles throughout the ages and why penmanship has declined in the modern day. Michael then makes a case for why people should start writing in cursive again, how to get started with improving your handwriting, and why there’s nothing like getting a handwritten note in the mail. Get the show notes at aom.is/penmanship.
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