It’s a common life trajectory for men: graduate college, get married, get a 9 to 5 job, have some kids, settle down in the suburbs. And somewhere along that way, they start to get a little soft and stagnant. They let themselves go, becoming less active, and more sedentary. They have more material possessions but fewer hobbies and interests. They lose their edge.
My guest has spent his life battling against this loss. In his more than five decades on earth, he’s served in the French navy, trained soldiers in close quarter combat, skydiving, long-range weapon shooting, first aid, and explosives, set a deep water scuba diving record, and studied multiple martial arts, and he currently owns a gym, teaches as a MovNat Master Instructor, and coaches men over forty in how to live better, stronger, and more vibrant lives. His name is Vic Verdier and today on the show he shares his advice on how a man can stay fit and engaged with life as he gets older. We first discuss Vic’s background before getting into why it’s important for men to seek physical achievement and become physical polymaths, and the role strength training, cardio, and working on your balance plays in that pursuit. Vic then shares his advice on keeping the pounds down and your testosterone up as you age, and why he thinks training in combatives is important on both a practical and psychological level. We talk about the importance of maintaining a connection to nature and keeping your possessions minimal, before ending our conversation with why it’s important to stay comfortable with being uncomfortable, and how men can continue to seek adventure and exploration, even when they live in the suburbs.
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- How being paralyzed for a time helped Vic turn his life around
- Why does Vic focus his work on men over 40?
- The value of being a physical fitness polymath
- The strength training methodology Vic recommends
- Why cardio is overrated
- Eating well as you age
- Why men should know how to fight
- The benefits of maintaining your connection with nature
- Why a minimalist approach to life improves your health
- Why you need to be comfortable being uncomfortable
- What should a man do if he’s feeling stagnant in life?
Resources/Articles/People Mentioned in Podcast
- How I Learned to Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
- Weird and Wonderful Ways to Get Uncomfortable
- Physical Benchmarks Every Man Should Meet, At Every Age
- The Workout the World Forgot
- The 10 Physical Skills Every Man Should Master
- Break Out of Your Cage and Stop Being a Human Zoo Animal
- The History of Physical Fitness
- How to Escape Human Captivity and Reclaim Your Primal Health
- Get Fit Like a Wild Man: A Primer on MovNat
- Video of Vic doing cool MovNat stuff
- Keep Moving
- How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage
- Take the Simple Test That Can Predict Your Mortality
- Don’t Just Lift Heavy, Carry Heavy
- Kettlebells and the Psychology of Training
- How to Master the Kettlebell Swing
- Get Rucking
- 12 Balance Exercises You Can Do On a 2×4
- How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Will Make You a Better Man
- Sisu, The Finnish Art of Strength
- The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Parkour
- Gulliver’s Travels
- On Becoming Antifragile
Connect With Vic
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