The sap is running. The snow is melting. The sun is shining. The trees are budding. Spring has sprung. Just as the outside environment is in the midst of a revival, you’re probably feeling a sense of inner renewal as well. You feel ready to slough off the gray doldrums of winter. Ready to get out. Ready to do things. Ready to step into a new day.
Harness that momentum by joining The Strenuous Life. Spring enrollment is now open!
What Members Are Saying About The Strenuous Life
The Strenuous Life is an online/offline program designed to help men turn their intentions into actions, do hard things, and become stronger in body, mind, and spirit. We’ve had over 8,000 people of all ages and from all walks of life sign up and the feedback has been incredible.
Here are just a few testimonials from members of the latest cohort of TSL Classes; you can read 400 more testimonials here.
“After the chaos of the Year the World Stood Still, I felt very clearly the drive to be the man I always wanted to be. I was tired of living in my own head, of watching the world go up in flames, of being a virtual participant in the human race. Even in the first week of boot camp I started to feel the change in myself — both how I looked at myself, and how I felt about the world around me. The initial Agons stretched me in many ways, whether with new experiences or pushing myself harder to ones I was familiar with. The badges gave me an entry point to the essentials of tasks and skills I’d always wanted. The community of fellow travelers was also incredible; whether the fellows in my own class, who shared their own struggles and triumphs, or the network of like-minded folks in my own neighborhood that I might never have otherwise known. TSL struck the perfect balance between self-directed learning and objective tasks, and I highly recommend it for anyone else weary of living a life of ‘if only.’”
—Wyatt L., Class 059
“As a man in my mid-40s with a wonderful family, three dogs, and a successful career, I had grown a little bit too comfortable for my own good. The Strenuous Life boot camp has made me push myself in ways I did not think possible. As of today, I can look back on an 80-some-day uninterrupted streak of doing one good deed a day, and on a similar streak of exercising at least an hour a day. I had often started weightlifting programs in the past, but I had never managed to sustain them for very long. This time around, I have been lifting for almost three months, and because of that, I have started seeing the benefits of lifting, and I intend on continuing to lift as long as my body will allow it. I have also been walking in my neighborhood 40 minutes every day; at the beginning I just walked, but I now almost always turn my walk into a ruck. TSL has improved my health, both physical and mental, and improved my self-esteem. For these first 84 days alone, a TSL membership is worth much more than what it cost me. I cannot wait to learn additional skills as I tackle more badge work and complete more Agons in the next months and years.”
—Marc B., Class 059
“TSL helped me grow in my confidence and my ability to go beyond my comfort zone. Growing up, I had always been a shy person who would avoid new people and be reluctant to go do things that were not within my normal routine. Forcing myself to do the Agons and take on some of the badges (such as Social Dynamo) has helped me live each day a little fuller and make new friends with those around me. I’m going out and doing new activities every week that I have never done before, and planning solo trips across the country. I am glad to have found TSL and to be participating in it!”
—Hayden D., Class 059
“When I signed up for The Strenuous Life, I had been searching for something concrete to tackle alongside my 2021 resolutions. I had gone back and forth on the decision for several enrollment periods, but I finally took the plunge this past winter. Being a longtime Art of Manliness reader and listener, I had my expectations but what I received was much more than I had really imagined. The weekly Agons took me outside my comfort zone, gave me something to strive towards each week, and left me with a sense of accomplishment — even during the weeks that nothing else seemed to go quite right. The opportunity to develop new and useful skills as well as know myself in a much more intimate way was a surprisingly welcomed result from challenging my mind and body daily. Most of all, it was the camaraderie and friendship offered by my classmates and fireteam (whom I kept in constant contact with) that brought about that sense of fulfillment and rich community that so many people, especially men, seek in today’s often mind-numbing world. With seriousness and willingness to apply oneself, The Strenuous Life can be a proverbial jumpstart to the battery of dead and seemingly empty life. With those prerequisites — it will, I believe, leave you mentally, morally, physically, and spiritually stronger.”
—Tanner T., Class 059
“I initially started the Strenuous Life because I wanted to give structure to my life, and give myself goals to work towards in developing new skills and staying fit. Throughout the 12 week initiation, I found TSL had a lot more to offer than just those things. Through the good deeds, Agons, and fitness requirements I’ve made dozens of new friends, helped my community in tangible ways, developed myself both personally and professionally, and most of all have been able to go to bed each night with a sense of pride and satisfaction I didn’t have before. My routines have been built up and strengthened, I’ve experienced deep personal and spiritual growth, and I’ve become a lot stronger (physically and mentally!). I can’t think of a better platform for men to develop themselves.”
—Frank A., Class 059
“The Strenuous Life has done exactly what it said it would do, help me stretch my boundaries and reach out of my comfort zone. It’s been a real boon during this long and difficult winter, giving me motivation to keep working on myself, to support others and try new things, rather than what I was doing, stagnating during lockdown. It’s introduced me to new habits, hobbies, and has made me realize I’m much stronger and more adaptive than I believed I was. I’m truly thankful for the experience, and plan to keep it up going ahead.”
—Luke P., Class 060
Take the Strenuous Life Challenge
New members of TSL are enrolled into the 12-week Strenuous Life Challenge, which is designed to induct initiates into a life of strenuosity and help them form new, health-boosting, mindset-enhancing, life-improving habits. You’ll be asked to hit certain benchmarks in terms of daily physical activity and good deeds, earn at least one badge, and complete a diverse range of weekly “Agons” or challenges.
The Strenuous Life Challenge is designed to push you outside your comfort zone, get you having new experiences, and help you become more than you are now in body, mind, and spirit. Those who complete the Challenge earn an exclusive TSL challenge coin, as well as a new outlook on life.
Finally Put Your Long-Standing Intentions Into Action
The Strenuous Life is like a scouting program for grown men, and its structure — which offers a set of 50+ badges and clear requirements to earn them — facilitates learning new skills, having new experiences, and forming new habits. It’s designed to help you put your long-standing intentions — all those times you’ve said, “I’d really like to start doing _____” — into action.
TSL can be just the kick in the pants you need to finally make good on your goals. Here’s a small sample of some of the stuff members have done as part of The Strenuous Life in just the last few months:
If you’re finally ready to move from point A to point B with your goals, TSL will provide the map and guide you on your journey.
Meet-Like Minded Individuals (In-Person!)
Are you looking for a way to meet up with like-minded men and form more real-world friendships? The Strenuous Life can help you make those connections.
One of the features of TSL are local chapters that members can use to organize real world, in-person meet-ups. The third Saturday of every month is designated as “Strenuous Saturday” and members get together to work on badges, ruck, or do community service. Members can meet up to work on the weekly challenges as well.
The Strenuous Life is meant to be shared — come and join a tribe of men who want more out of life!
Enrollment Is Open Until Thursday, April 1st, or Until We Register 4 New Classes
After a season of dormancy, are you ready to push out of the ground and unfold life’s possibilities? The Strenuous Life is the perfect accompaniment to springtime’s feeling of rebirth, and can help catalyze your growth.
Enrollment will only be open until Thursday, April 1, 2021 or until we register 600 new members. Whichever comes first.
For those enrolled, the 12-week Challenge officially begins on April 3, 2021.
The next enrollment of TSL will not occur until the summer of 2021.
I hope to see you on The Strenuous Life.
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