When Phys Ed Class Meant Something

You often notice in older films but it’s clearly on display here just how thin everybody was back then. And this was not in an era of poverty with insufficient caloric availability. A lot of the boys are pretty ripped so are obviously getting plenty of protein.

As you can see, this is an intense program. It’s also very oriented around calisthenics and functional movements. As a teacher says in the video, “We want our students to experience the pleasures of being in a great shape. And we want them to know how to stay that way.”

The program incorporated a number of features no one would every put in a school program today. Students were stratified by ability, not age. Because ability groups wore color coded shorts similar to martial arts belt colors, your rank in the hierarchy was clearly visible. And, as the film notes, “Advancement depends exclusively on performance, not on subjective judgment by a teacher.”

This sort of intense physical education approach fell out of style in the 1970s. By the time I took PE in high school, it was for only one year and was kind of a joke. I think it partially existed just to give the basketball coach something to teach, since in Indiana coaches were required to be teachers. 

Someone made a documentary about this program called The Motivation Factor. I haven’t watched it but you can see the trailer here.


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Building Relationships – The Masculinist

This is an excerpt from The Masculinist #16

Living in this world, especially in a big city, you constantly hear about how lonely people are.  I am by nature an introverted person. I’m not shy. But I am someone whose batteries recharge when I’m alone and get drained by engaging with people in many settings.  I’ve always had acquaintances and friends, but never really had much skill at creating and building relationships. I wouldn’t say I was lonely, but I was pretty much always one of the most peripherally attached members of any social group I was part of.

I first started learning how to intentionally create relationships when I briefly lived in Rhode Island. This was a pretty bleak time of my life personally for me. I was also pretty detached from the people around me because I was a newcomer to the state. I joined a church and even went to a community group, but I was not particularly engaged or connected. A guy named Josh observed this and took it upon himself to make a commitment to come to hang out with me once per week. That conscious decision to come see me on a regular schedule rather quickly created a relationship.

Now Josh was much more interpersonally talented than me, but this one simple idea was like a light bulb that went off in my head. Josh showed me how you actually go about intentionally creating a relationship with someone who may be tough to reach.

I later put this to good use. There was a guy who came to church who had severe epilepsy. It was a church of mostly very young people, but he was in his 50s. It was a mostly conservative church, but he was militantly and intolerantly liberal. Possibly…

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Queso Fundido with Chorizo Recipe

This Keto Queso Fundido with Chorizo is a stellar low-carb appetizer that will be a party favorite! Serve with chips or veggies.

Queso Fundido with Chorizo in a cast iron skillet

This Queso Fundido with Chorizo recipe is sponsored by our friends at Kiolbassa Smoked Meats. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Cast Iron Keto and our 1% back initiative possible.

Guys, if there was ever a recipe you need to make ASAP, it’s this Queso Fundido with Chorizo skillet It’s the PERFECT blend of ooey gooey melty cheese, smoky + spicy Mexican chorizo, and some peppers and onions for extra flavor.

We adore Kiolbassa and we think that’s pretty clear at this point. They have really shown up for their community this year through their Links of Love program where they have committed to feeding those in need by donating 10,000 pounds of sausage per month to fight food insecurity and to respond to disasters. We share this commitment to food justice, if you didn’t know here at Cast Iron Keto, we donate 1% of our profits to organizations fighting for food equality.

We LOVE their products, they’re simply delicious, made in small batches, and gluten-free.

queso fundido with chorizo being scooped up with a tortilla chip

Queso Fundido with Chorizo in a cast iron skillet

Ingredients in Queso Fundido with Chorizo

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 6 ounces cooked Kiolbassa chorizo, casing removed
  • 1 small white onion, finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely diced (or poblano pepper )
  • 1-2 jalapeño, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 lbs Monterrey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • Cilantro, for topping


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The Masculinist #53: Understanding the Dissident Right

I’m very excited to tell you about a new initiative I’m helping to launch called American Reformer. American Reformer is a new non-profit focused on confidently bringing the best of Protestant thinking to the problems of today. It is directly intended to address the gaps and failures of the current evangelical leadership class.

The first part of this will be a new publication called the American Reformer Journal, edited by former RTS Dallas professor Ben Dunson. ARJ will feature serious analysis of key issues of our day such as politics, culture, the family, race, and sex and gender. It will publish both scholars and practitioners, including theologians, pastors, and historians, and will include perspectives often excluded from contemporary evangelical publications.

Please read the Founder’s Note from American Reformer chairman Nate Fischer.

Most importantly, visit our web site at americanreformer.org and sign up for the American Reformer Journal in advance of our launch on or around July 12th.

I will also be hosting a special live discussion with Nate and Ben about American Reformer on June TK at 2pm ET. You can watch live or on replay at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8dofoerU70

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The Online Men’s Sphere

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How Men Can Become More Confident and Successful in Asking Out Women

This is an excerpt from The Masculinist Newsletter #4.

My first set of practical improvement tips help with building the social confidence necessary to meet women.  This is valuable on multiple levels.  On the one hand, women are attracted to confident men. On the other, you actually have to have enough confidence to approach a woman and start talking to her before you can even think about asking her out on a date.

Let’s be honest, this can be intimidating. Virtually all dudes have some level of anxiety and fear of rejection when approaching women. This is one of the riskiest things you can do from a self-worth perspective. Getting the door slammed in your face is hard enough when doing cold call sales. But at least then you can console yourself that it’s not personal. But with women, it’s very difficult to not see it as personal. After all, the product in question is you. Our brains are very good at spinning out disaster scenarios of being humiliated by rejection – especially if it’s someone in our social circle, such as a church, where we assume everyone will find out we got shot down in flames. No surprise, men too often exhibit the passivity and apathy that pastors are frustrated with. They aren’t confident enough to overcome their fear of rejection.

I can’t solve all your problems with this today, but I can share two techniques I personally used that helped me gain confidence with women.

The first will help you improve your eye contact. Good, strong eye contact is critical not just in meeting girls but in every relationship, so this one can really pay dividends.

I’m a very introverted guy who traditionally scored pretty high on the geek scale. I used to be a computer…

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To Hire or Not to Hire

Someone sent me a link to an interesting blog called The Practical Conservative: Civic-Minded Natalism.* The blog is designed to push back on any number of conservative conventional wisdom talking points. For example, she argues that families with young children should be hiring people to help out, that it actually does take a village for a mom to handle the stresses of childrearing.

She discusses this in her most recent post, saying:

Fundamentally righties are against spending money at all, ever, even on a minor, incidental, occasional basis for small tasks to help structure and smooth their lives out. They are all unwittingly echoing the evil and broke Lady Susan from the Whit Stillman take on Jane Austen, Love and Friendship: “As there is an element of friendship involved, the paying of wages would be offensive to us both.”

So the left slices, dices and turns into an antisocial, corporatized transaction every kind of task like that and the result is bad working conditions and pay for the people involved performing the services and tasks, further social atomization and isolation and just that little bit more difficulty in building and maintaining that kind of community glue. Because that sort of incidental labor used to be very common in American society. It was looser, more casual and certainly more occasional in scope, but Americans did used to pay people to do various tasks, at even lower-middle class and poverty-class income ranges. The complicated favor trading systems still present in some poverty-heavy communities are remnants of this broader pattern.

A couple years ago I paid an art student to draw and paint with my kids for about three hours five or six times so I could clean out the garage. Righties tend to be of the view that my…

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Are Technology and Christianity Compatible?

This clip is taken from one of our live interviews which you can find here.

Stephen B. Clark’s 1980 book Man and Woman in Christ is by far the best treatment of gender and Christianity I’ve read. Clark’s approach is completely comprehensive, covering scripture, historic interpretations, modern interpretations, the social conditions of the early church, historic church practice, and findings from social science. He’s also the only person I know who truly grapples with the challenges to family life posed by industrialization and the rise of modern ideologies.

Unfortunately, Man and Woman in Christ has long been out of print. But that’s about to change. Warhorn Media is reissuing it in hardcover. Warhorn editor Joseph Bayly joins us to discuss this landmark book and its continuing significance for today.

Warhorn is doing a crowdfunding campaign at Fundly to raise money to pay for a proper hardcover printing. You can help bring this book back into print and get your own copy at 33% off retail price for a limited time at: https://fundly.com/clark

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The State of Conservatism (with Saurabh Sharma)

This live interview is with Saurabh Sharm.

Saurabh Sharm is a young conservative in DC who founded American Moment as a personnel training, credentialing, and placement organization for young conservative talent unhappy with the GOP status quo. He joined to give the young conservative’s perspective on the state of conservatism and where it needs to go from here.

Note: This is a political, not religious discussion American Moment: https://www.americanmoment.org/

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10, 15, 20, 25, and 30% carbohydrate. Human study!

A Randomised Crossover Trial: Exploring the Dose-Response effect Of Carbohydrate
restriction on glycaemia in people with type 2 diabetes (D-ROC2) (Ozairi et al., 2021)

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n=12, t=6 days on each diet. Controlled for protein and they tried to keep fat composition relatively similar. They tried to maintain body weight but everyone lost a little; maybe water weight because even the highest carb group was pretty low carb, but we can’t say for sure.

Five groups is a little overkill imo, but cool to see. And interesting to compare these data with now three looking at “well-formulated” diets of varying carbohydrate composition.

The good news: low carb is just as good or better than keto! The other news: it’s also just as good as low fat. Lol

My 30000-foot (potentially controversial?) take here: low carb was fine for weight loss. I think people misinterpreted this to mean carbs are intrinsically obesogenic so lower is better (ie, keto) or complete elimination (eg, the “carnivore” diet). Tl;dr: plain old low carb has helped far more and harmed far fewer than the extremes.

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