Author Archives: Matthew Stropoli

My Girlfriend’s First Lift!

About a month or two ago I made a visit to Barbell Brigade and came home energized as always, talking a mile a minute about how I wish I lived closer so I could be a member. It must have been the straw that broke the camels back because eventually when I finally shut up about […]

Act With Intent

You have started, you have taken action but nothing is happening. What gives?  There is usually a really big reason for this.  You are taking action that lacks direction. In other words, you are just taking action to say that you took action.  This is a major issue for a lot of people including myself.  You […]

You suck! So What?

You suck and you are weak! So what?  Not everyone will be Arnold Schwarzenegger or Ed Coan.  But what you CAN do is be the best version of yourself possible.  There will always be someone bigger, someone stronger or someone better.  But none of this matters if you are focused on development of self.  Yes you […]

Fat Loss SUCKS!

Ok now that I have your attention, let me explain.  Fat loss is not easy, it is not fun, and it is definitely not something I am excited to be pursuing.  BUT, I need it.  After my surgery I became very sedentary and started falling off of my eating habits.  At my most active and […]

Lost In The Sauce

I just got back from an awesome lift at Barbell Brigade and had time on the drive up and back to think about some things.  On the way their in the cluster fuck that is LA traffic, oh and it was raining so everyone naturally forgot how to operate a vehicle, I got to thinking about […]

Iron Wars-11/20-12/30

It has been quite awhile since I have updated the Iron Wars series. Now that we have moved from the story to just a personal update series I have decided to take some time between updating these so they don’t get out of hand. Over the past month and 10 days I have made a […]

When Life Speeds Up…

Life has a tendency to speed up on us every now and then. Whether it is work responsibilities, family responsibilities, or you just have a ton going on in all aspects of life.  When this happens most people tend to spiral a little bit and look up months later only to realize things haven’t been […]

Iron Wars-11/14-11/20

If you haven’t read Iron Wars IV- The Lifter Strikes Back yet, the Iron Wars series will now consist of a log of my week and how I feel as I slowly work back towards full blown lifting. My surgery and post surgery process has been so slow and frustrating  but I am happy with the improvements […]

Iron Wars IV- The Lifter Strikes Back

A few days ago, in a physical therapy office not far away.  The day is November 14th, 2016 and I graduated from physical therapy and got thrust back into the war of iron all on my own.  Now what did I do to get to this point and what did my post surgery journey look […]

Routine Stagnation

It’s Monday. What day is that at the gym? I’ll give you a few seconds to think….ok time’s up! What day is Monday in most gyms around the world? It is international chest/tris day. Then Tuesday is back and bi’s,  Thursday is shoulders and Friday is Legs. It is a typical bro split, but it happens […]