“If you’re not amazed by how naive you were yesterday,
you’re standing still.
If you’re not terrified of the next step,
your eyes are closed.”
The title is true. I will be no longer putting together posts for Eat The Damn Sandwich. The current content will still exist and new content will still be created, just under a different name and with a little bit of help. How this transition happened is quite interesting, and I’m pretty excited to share it with you all.
If you’ve been reading this blog lately, you know that I’ve been trying to assemble a wider variety of content than my original “weight loss updates”. I’ve met and corresponded with lots of interesting people in my pursuit of new stories to bring you, and that pursuit led me to contact the guys at Massenomics. If you are from our local area, you may have seen some of their social media activity, blog posts, and videos. Much like my project, theirs started as a simple idea: Get some fun, hopefully informative content out to the masses, and have a good time doing it. What caught my eye was the type of training I saw from the Massenomics Gym. I saw people training with a real emphasis on getting strong. Really, really strong. I also noticed a very obvious sense of community. I saw new guys getting help from the seasoned lifters, every new face in their content was learning how to do things the right way from these more experienced guys. Without a formal coach/athlete structure, the emphasis was on the information, the technique, and the work ethic. The vibe looked fun, and it seemed to resonate with something I’ve heard recently:
“Don’t just go to the gym. Be a PART of the gym.”
A few of these guys travel and compete in powerlifting and strongman competitions as well. They also seem to win them….. A lot of them. And I wanted to find out how.
Great day for #Massenomics at the SD state fair strongman competition. First place finish for the 3-Peat. Also great day for Aberdeen, SD with sweeping first, second, and third places! #strongman #deadlift #squat #powerlifting #farmerscarry #ohp #clean #sd #statefair #sdstatefair #trophies #firstplace #aberdeen #tireflip #championship
Initially, I contacted Tanner Baird from Massenomics with a simple request.. I wanted to ask him some questions about the way they train, check out the gym and the vibe, and maybe collaborate on some interesting content for this page. A few emails later I had a pretty good idea of what they were all about over at Massenomics, and it was time for me to stop by the gym. I made my way through the entrance, and found a little bitty sticker on the door letting me know I was on the right track.
As I made my way down into the cold, dark basement, I heard the familiar sounds of aggressive metal music. I was on the right track. I followed my ears until I was standing in front of an enormous steel door. The type of door that they stopped making a hundred years ago. The type of door with levers and chains and counterweights. After pushing, pulling, twisting, and leaning into it, I finally figured out the door lever. The sounds of metal poured out of the open doorway, and I was in…
The gym is small. It’s full of iron. No frills, just weights and work. Tanner said the gym is moving to a much larger location in a few weeks, which made me very glad I came when I did. I couldn’t help but feel like I had witnessed the humble beginnings of something special.
Our Father, whose arms are heavy, vascular be thy veins. Thy gains will come, thy will be done – on leg day as it is on chest. Give us this day our daily macros and forgive us for our cheat meals, as we forgive those who have good genetics. Lead us not into cardio, but deliver us from curling in the squat rack. For these are my gains, not yours, not theirs, or anyone else’s. Wheyman. -Massenomics #massenomics #gymmotivation #easter #prayer #massenomicsgym #dumbbells #gymlife #gymart #stonecold #gains #powerlifting #bodybuilding #crossfit #strongman #macros #legday #eastersunday #strongestgyminaberdeen #gymlife #gymhumor #armday #garagegym #316
Tanner and I got in a training session with some squats, some deadlifts, and I consulted him for a little bit of bench press set-up coaching.
The circus was in town… Literally right across the street. So I grabbed this giant for the Shriners and brought him into the #strongestgyminaberdeen Got to do some squatting and deficit deadlifts with @tylereffinstone We have quite a few people at the gym with good powerlifting knowledge, but Big Tyler knows a lot more than every one of us on the Olympic lifts. The lesson is that the diversity of knowledge and training background will make it easier for us all to get stronger!!! And that's a good thing. It's science, it's Massenomics. #massenomics #circus #powerlifting #crossfit #olympiclifting #deadlift #heavymetal #deficitdeadlift #shriners #circusstrong #eatthedamnsandwich #rogue #prboard #learning #improving #stronger #strongerbytheday #science #strengthisneveraweakness #trainingknowledge #beardstrong #dadswholift #safetyfirst #monstersdoexist
We got our work done, and the conversation turned to what we plan on doing with our online content. We shared the same vision of more comprehensive and consistent multimedia content, and decided that it would be best if we all teamed up. After meeting with Tommy and Austin (the other two official members of Massenomics), we agreed that the best way for us to release quality content consistently is to do it together. Like some sort of beefy, internet-version of Captain Planet, we are pooling our powers together to bring you the biggest and best entertainment and info we can…… And probably save the world..
Either way, we’re very excited. With the gym moving to its new location, we will be simultaneously launching Massenomics.com, which will be your hub for all things strength, including our online store and merchandise. We will also be launching a weekly podcast, from which we will be bringing you information, entertainment, and an overabundance of our own dumbness. We hope to tie in our experiences, the experiences of our guests, and the techniques and philosophies from all aspects of training.
I want to thank everybody that has supported me and this blog. All of your feedback and encouragement is what kept me working on the project, and has facilitated this move to bigger and better things. Without your support, this would have been a one-post blog page and I would have missed out on so many of the great conversations and experiences I’ve had over the last year.
From the beginning, I always hoped my 12 month update post would be a special one. I started this blog as a way to hold myself accountable and it somehow evolved into a vehicle for new and exciting experiences. In the past year I’ve made countless new friends, I feel sooooo much better physically, I’m a happier and more positive person, AND I’m almost 65lbs lighter than I was when I started.
In the past year, I’ve been asked lots of times where I got the name Eat The Damn Sandwich. So before I shut it down, I figured I’d share it with you.
Aside from it being a painfully un-marketable name, it does actually mean something. Truthfully, it started with a friend and myself yelling at my wife while she was complaining about how she didn’t want to finish her sandwich..
Not too philosophical, huh?
But my understanding of the phrase in the context of this page was different. .. I always said it like this, “Life is short… just eat the damn sandwich.”
Go on the vacation.
Buy the boat.
Go see your favorite band in concert.
Drive your car fast as hell with the windows down and music blaring.
Accept the invitation
Constantly expand your comfort zone.
Order the steak and lobster.
Make new friends.
Have new experiences.
Just Eat The Damn Sandwich.
Thanks for your support, and make sure you give the Massenomics Facebook Page a like so you can see when we start rolling out the new material. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates on new videos from Professor Schanz, as well as from us guys up here in the frozen North. Expect the first few podcast episodes to publish in a couple weeks.