GMB Fitness Skills Show [Episode #3] – Why the Warrior Mindset is Dumb

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Finally, I have edited our most recent podcast.

This time around, we’ll share some of our thoughts on nutrition, online etiquette, attitude and mindset for training, and some preliminary info on Parallettes Two.

Get your ears on!

  • Introducing a new member of the GMB team
  • Yet another great reason to buy a GMB T-shirt (or three)
  • How not to be a dick online
  • The lack of merit behind “warrior mindset” in fitness training
  • What GMB means when we talk about “play”
  • P2

Links we discussed:


  1. This was great! I think it’s funny though, because I blog under the title ‘Warrior Spirit’ but I’ve specifically stated that fitness is not about beating ourselves up, that fitness and health is about caring for our selves and growing, not ‘fighting our weakness’. I left my previous gyms because they rewarded self-destructive ‘intensity’.

    Regarding terms though, I like the definition of warrior given by Tibetan Buddhist Chogyam Trungpa, “one who is brave” or the native American term (based on an unattributed quote from Chief Black Hawk…so maybe not real): defenders of the tribe and the people, not necessarily those who make war.

    A real warrior recognizes that there is a difference between training and self-cultivation and the real battles where some self-sacrifice is necessary. Treating every daily workout like that epic battle belittles the true struggles in the world, and also doesn’t leave you in any shape to deal with them.

    Just my two cents, since the word Warrior has a lot of significance to me.

    Thanks for the podcast. I know they are a lot of work to put out.

  2. I always appreciate your thoughtful comments, Khaled.

    You’re right about different ways to define the word. I definitely think you can define it in a way that carries a positive meaning (my major in university was semiotics, so I could probably say a lot about definitions in general, but I’ll spare you my geekdom…).

    But yeah, to a lot of people, it’s just a way to glorify the practice of self-abuse, which ain’t cool.

    I like your way better.

  3. Love the website. Working (slowly) on the rings and enjoying it.

    As far as the podcast and specifically your discussion on the “Warrior Mindset”: I am a Soldier and I’ve been in combat. I don’t say that to try to establish my authority on the subject, I only mention it so that you can understand my perspective on the use of “Warrior” in today’s fitness vernacular. I think people use the word “Warrior” today to talk specifically about a state of mind—an approach to life. Often it’s associated with something good. It encompasses all the good things about the martial aspects of life. I understand that and I understand how it can motivate people to push harder in their workouts (or other endeavors) than they normally would.


    There is a vast gulf between a fitness oriented Warrior mindset and the actual mindset of a combat Soldier. A combat Soldier fights and kills. Combat is awful. It’s also addicting. There is nothing noble or good about the actual business of killing your nation’s enemies. It’s just necessary. One bit of irony I find amusing is that in ancient times the word Warrior was applied to a Soldier or fighter that was good at the actual business of killing. It had nothing to do with being a good person or living a good life. Simply being good at butchering people.

    As a Soldier I try to push myself to extremes in my workouts because I believe it’s essential to prepare me for combat. This is my warrior mindset for fitness. I’m not a paragon of good health or fitness, but I do push myself hard.

    Thanks for the website. I’ll keep tuning in.

  4. I like what Andy and Ryan said in the podcast about the overuse of the word “warrior”. The comments about “play” were good to. Good to keep things in perspective.

  5. I like how Andy and Ryan debunk the whole ”each day is a battle” or ” en la lucha” as they say in Veraguas, a town of Panama, and put workouts and improvement as fun as watching an awesome animation.

  6. Thanks for the mention, guys– was motivated to do the whole “six pack abs in six weeks” thing specifically to see if it was possible and worth it. It’s possible, but definitely not worth it. They’re long gone by now & I’m totally cool with it. Also I didn’t use cooking oil, but instead spread baby powder gel all over my body. Another thing that’s possible, but definitely not worth it. :)

    • I personally prefer, butter-flavored oils…

      Thanks for dropping by, Derek. You definitely did this classy-like, so I wanted to be sure and share it.

  7. Love the podcast and the discussion on this post!

    I would like to add that I am a major lover of fantasy/ sci-fi novels and movies. When I think of warrior mindset, it is more akin to something like Warriors of Virtue, and seeing badass kangaroos training martial arts in the Tao. I grew up obsessed with Dragonball Z, and watching the show as an adult it is pretty crazy the amount of gnarly violence in that show. My favorite part of the show that I so much loved was Goku, and the training episodes. Watching someone be so exuberantly happy to train, eat, sleep, and constantly improve, that he to this day is one of my biggest role models. In conclusion, I agree with you all that finding a mindset/imagination-visualization that is healthy, growth full, and exciting for your individual self is what is most important. I love to train like Goku!

    • “Watching someone be so exuberantly happy to train, eat, sleep, and constantly improve, that he to this day is one of my biggest role models.”

      That’s awesome.

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