Replace Your Work Ethic with a “Play Ethic”


This morning I was looking at one of my training books, as I am want to do before my workout. Just looking for ideas, and thought stimulation. The book is Garage Gym Athlete by Jerrod Moon, and it’s a great one, by the way. I highly recommend it. You can pick it up for just $2.99 at Amazon (and I’m not getting any affiliate cut on this one).

If you’re the kind of person who loves programs and are into a CrossFit-type of training (particularly with barbells) , then Jerrod is your guy. He’s ex-miliary, lives and breathes programs, and is a living testament to their efficacy.

But I had kind of an epiphany this morning once I started my workout and intended to put some of Jerrod’s ideas to work: I AM NOT A PROGRAM GUY! Continue reading “Replace Your Work Ethic with a “Play Ethic””

When Did Fun Become Fanatical in Fitness?

When we were kids, we played. We moved, we laughed, we had fun.

And we were in pretty good shape, if you measure fitness as having the ability to freely move and enjoy our activities.

The average child has a far higher degree of fitness–and enjoys his or her activities much more–than the average adult. Why is that?

The answer is not simply that they are younger.

Most adults I have come in contact with don’t enjoy the ACT of working out–only the results they achieve.

Kids do.

So as we “progress” in the fitness world–and don’t get me wrong, there are some amazing things going on here–let’s not consider “progress” to be just the latest gadget or “do complicated movements till you drop”. I would argue that true progress is coming back to the joy we had as children by simply “playing.”

This world needs more play, and less “do complicated movements till you drop.”

I hope you agree.

To Your Health and Fitness!


Patrick Rooney is the Owner of GREEK PHYSIQUE™, LLC, a Personal Training company located in Middle Tennessee, which specializes in body sculpting for men and women. Patrick is certified through the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). Patrick is available for Personal Training, Small Group Training, and Nutritional Consulting, both in person and via phone and Skype. He can be reached at