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💪Books & Biceps - Issue 277
5 Larry Bird Quotes, Eliot Ness Post-Untouchables, Charlie Ward and...
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If you’re reading this there is a very good chance that you’ve seen the classic movie The Untouchables starring Sean Connery, Robert DeNiro as Al Capone and Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness, the leader of the Untouchables squad who took down the notorious bootlegger and gangster Capone.
For me, and for probably 99% of you, that was the last we heard of or thought about Eliot Ness. But did you know he was only 28-years-old when his team helped arrest Capone?
And did you know that after Ness left the Prohibition Bureau he became the Director of Public Safety in Cleveland, Ohio (then the United States’ 7th largest city)… And that while he was in that job, he found himself investigating an infamous serial killer known as the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, AKA, America’s Jack the Ripper.
I knew none of this: neither about Ness’s post-Capone career or his battle of wits with the Mad Butcher (named after the fact that he often severed his victims in half or in quarters and placed their body parts scattered throughout the city).
This book reads like you’re living in Cleveland in the 30s and on the hunt with Ness. It’s fast and informative and gives you details into Ness’s mindset as well as the killer’s. It’s like an R-rated CSI episode set in the 1930s… but gorier and more gruesome. And since the events take place almost a hundred years ago, the low-tech tactics and old media used are interesting and a nice reminder of how things used to be.
Here’s my favorite example: right now, hardly anybody you know subscribes to the local newspaper and reads it every morning. When this case was headline news, papers often printed morning and evening editions and most people read both. Every day. Some even had shorter afternoon editions.
Old school journalists even filed two, three or four stories a day to fill the editions. And yeah, many people read 3 editions of the same newspaper every day. For 2 cents a copy. Crazy…
There are shades of Silence of the Lambs and other fiction books on the hunt for serial killers to be sure…but the difference is this all happened. And the fact that Eliot Ness is the main character makes it all the more intriguing.
This book came out in late September and it’s my first read from Daniel Stashower. Good stuff. Check it out here.
This week kicked off with a very special session Monday morning in the Flex Factory, which included an epic circuit called Clubber Lang’s 4 Rounds of Pain.
Here was the layout:
And here was the the workout:
If you can’t read my horrendous handwriting, here’s the printed version:
20 x Slam Ball
1 minute jump rope
15 x Hex Bar Deadlift
15 x Dumbbell Bench
10 x Pull-ups with Chains
15 x Landmines each arm
15 x Band Biceps Curls
15 x Crunches
100 yard jog
REPEAT 4 TIMES
Yeah, this one was brutal…
But it was for something very cool that I can’t share with you just yet… All you need to know right now is that the Flex Factory was filled with dudes listening to 90s rap and throwing weights around. Good times had by all! Can’t wait to fill you in on this… All our fellow sophisticated meatheads will love it.
It was Larry Bird’s birthday on Thursday and to celebrate, I compiled my five favorite cocky and confident quotes by the Hick from French Lick:
After Florida State got screwed in the college football playoff this week, it got me thinking about how uniquely incredible Charlie Ward was and what he’d be worth in today’s NIL market.
Had about 60k views on this over the weekend:
If Florida State's Charlie Ward played today he'd be 5x any athlete going in fame... and forget the NIL stuff.
He'd be worth $2-4M/year...
Don't believe me?
I wrote a biography on Charlie a few years back. If you're on the younger side, here's what he accomplished by his… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— Jon Finkel (@Jon_Finkel)
Dec 2, 2023
And if you didn’t know, I wrote the definitive biography on Charlie, which you can check out here:
About five years ago, after posting an early morning photo of the Flex Factory, I received a DM from an Instagram account called Garage Gym Experiment. The account, as you can guess, features garage gyms and highlights the best set-ups, equipment, etc…
Jake, who runs it, wanted to feature the Flex Factory on the account, and of course, I said 'hell yes’!
I’ve been a fan of GGE ever since and recently we crossed paths again because of their newsletter, Knurled News. First, I love the name. Second, they feature weekly deals on garage gym equipment, the latest home gym tech, cool videos, other people’s garage set-ups and more.
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