Saturday 13th February 2016,
Travis Holley's

Day 304 of 365: Your Friend, The Iron

I’ve always had a love for the IRON.

It has always provided me with a portion of my identity.  I would not be who I am today without the countless hours spent in the gym.  It has always been my sanctuary and place of clarity.

I know I share this sentiment with countless others, but today I was “introduced” to two new brothers of the Iron, Henry Rollins and Steve Kamb.

I found these two by searching for an essay written by Rollins that came highly recommended.  The title of this essay, “Iron and Soul”,  caught my attention right away and DID NOT disappoint.  Before going any further, you MUST invest the time and read, “Iron and Soul” – by Henry Rollins, brought to us by Steve Kamb’s amazingly valuable website,

OUTSTANDING, right?  It puts shit into perspective, doesn’t it?  It’s funny how easy it is to lose sight of why we punish ourselves with workouts that most people would consider insane.  We get caught up in the PRs, perfect technique, and cosmetic bullshit that is seemingly the soul purpose of working out.  Sometimes it just takes an essay to wake us up from this silly dream.  It provides us with the sight to see the true purpose of our hours spent with the Iron – GROWTH.

I know that I wrote my views on stretching a growing yesterday, but this is a perfect example of what I was getting at.  The Iron breaks us down only to build us back up – stronger than before.  Not just physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.

Rollins was right on the money with his reference of Yukio Mishima:

Mishima said that he could not entertain the idea of romance if he was not strong. Romance is such a strong and overwhelming passion, a weakened body cannot sustain it for long.

The Iron provides us a strong body to support strong emotions.  Without the foundation of a collection of strong bones, muscles, and various other tissues, the mind and spirit collapse.

So, the next time you are feeling like you are wasting your time in the gym with a “shitty workout” that’s not going your way….Take a second to see the lesson that the Iron is showing you.  Chances are it will span well beyond the gym.

Live With Strength.


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About The Author

Travis Holley is a CrossFit Level II Coach, has a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado, and has 3 years of experience coaching a wide variety of individuals ranging from young athletes to grandparents, and everyone in between.