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- 💪Books & Biceps - Issue 255
💪Books & Biceps - Issue 255
My ESPN post with 9.6 Million Views, Babe Didrikson's Legend, The Professor in the Cage and...
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My favorite thing about our Books & Biceps community is that it’s just that…a community.
Yes, I share book recommendations each week with thousands of you, BUT, many of you write in and share books right back. And I buy and recommend a bunch of them.
Case in point, today’s book was recommended a few weeks ago by longtime reader, Mark C.
I’d never heard of The Professor in the Cage, but the title intrigued me so I bought it right away. I planned on adding it to my growing ‘unread book’ pile and figured I’d eventually get around to it… But then I began flipping through the beginning and just… kept reading.
The author, Jonathan Gottschall, is a professor in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College. One day, an MMA gym opened up across the street from his office and it piques his interest.
At the time he was almost 40 years old and admittedly out of shape… He’s also kinda bored with his life. He’s longing for…something. A challenge, perhaps? Something to test him both physically and mentally. Something he can do to prove to himself he has the fortitude of his ancestors…
And so he sets out on this painful, occasionally humiliating journey from academia to ass kicking… from a cubicle to a cage fight. And he chronicles the whole thing while giving a great history of combat sports, the philosophy of physical combat and so much more.
The book is funny, honest and truthfully, if you’ve hit a bit of a wall or plateaued in your day-to-day life, this might be the kick in pants you need to try something - anything - new to reignite that fire inside.
Great recommendation, Mark. You all can check it out here.
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It was a glorious Bench O’Clock Monday Morning in the Flex Factory this week (my garage gym for our new friends)…
And after I posted this photo early Monday AM on Twitter a friend wrote me the following:
“When are we gonna see three wheels on that bar again, Finkel?”
Three wheels being 3 - 45 pound plates on each side, meaning a 315 pound bench.
Now, I haven’t put up 315 in about 15 years. I’m in my mid-40s now. I put up 305 two summers ago and have since stayed away from maxing out…
BUT… something about that DM stuck with me… Hell, why not go for 315?
I mean, putting up the same weight in my mid-40s as I did in my late 20s would be an ultimate meathead moment.
So I think I’m gonna go for it. I’m gonna max out next week, see where I’m at and put a program together. I’ll share it with you here.
If anyone wants in, let me know. You don’t have to go for 315… Just whatever your max was back in the day… And if you’re still in your prime, hell yes… let’s see what you got.
Last Friday ESPN laid off a ton of people. Many of them huge names. It made me feel nostalgic for the old ESPN.
You know, the apex of the network: Mid-90s SportsCenter.
So I wrote a short column and posted it on Twitter. By Saturday morning it had reached 2 million views. By Saturday afternoon, Rich Eisen himself shared it. By Monday morning it reached nearly 10M impression. If you missed it, check it out here:
Awestruck by the sentiment of and the viral reaction to this tweet.
Honored to have been part of this and represent something so warm, happy and nostalgic for so many people.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen)
Jul 1, 2023
And not to be outdone, I wrote a piece about the awesome accomplishments of Babe Didrikson that has 1.4M views as of writing this. If you don’t know much about her, read this:
Imagine if prior to dominating golf, Tiger Woods was a high school hoops champion, won 3 Olympic track medals and was a legendary baseball player as a kid...
That's Babe Zaharias, who 98% of modern sports fans have never heard of.
So let me tell you about one of the most… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— Jon Finkel (@Jon_Finkel)
Jul 5, 2023
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Have a great weekend! - Jon