5 WAYS TO OVERCOME SELF-DOUBT

5 WAYS TO OVERCOME SELF-DOUBT

Self-doubt grips us all.

My job is to provide advice. I spend my time figuring out the best way to get shit done, to become more disciplined, to get in shape, to boost testosterone levels, and so forth.

Of course, there are thoughts running through my mind telling me that no one will listen to what I have to say or that I’m not worthy of giving advice in the first place.

We all have self-doubt.

Here are 5 things you need to understand if you’re going to overcome it, put yourself out there, and take action on the things you need to take action on to live a good, flourishing life.

1. Understand that it’s a lie

Self-Doubt isn’t true. It’s not a voice of reality, but a voice of weakness and deceit. That voice telling you that you’re not good enough or that you’re unworthy isn’t true, and you need to recognize it.

When the voice starts up, as it begins to rationalize and tear you down, call it out. It’s a liar, and it’s the last voice you should be listening to.

2. Write down a logical conclusion – not your fear

Alright, so you’re about to attempt something, to put yourself out there in a big way, and that little voice is telling you that you’re not going to succeed because you’re not good enough.

You know that you are good enough, but you’re still not convinced.

So, write down the worst thing that can happen, and then think about whether or not it’s really that bad.

Let’s say you’re going to throw a live event. You book the room. You put the invite out. The worst thing that can happen is that no one shows up. Not a single human.

Do you really care?

It’ll suck, yes, but you’ll live to fight another day. It’s not the end of the world. It’s never the end of the world.

Now, is that really likely? Probably not. Your worst fear rarely is. And when you write it down, it’s not even that scary.

3. Write down the worst case scenario

Now, use your imagination.

What’s this deepest, darkest fear you’re worrying about?

Forget logic. Write down this illogical conclusion that’s preventing you from taking action.

Writing it down will show you how stupid it is.

4. Solve the source of the doubt – man up and get better

The best way to overcome self-doubt is to simply get better. Practice. Improve. Win.

Self-doubt is a lie. Yet, the only way to truly overcome it is to prove it wrong.

Work harder. Create a practice routine. Make more money. Win more battles. Do whatever you need to do to show yourself that you’re worthy. The more you win, the less self doubt you’ll have.

5. Understand that people don’t care, they’re not watching you, their opinions don’t matter.

Sometimes self-doubt is rooted not in our fear that we’re inadequate, but in our fear of what others will think, say, or do.

Fuck em.

They’re so insignificant to who you want to become and what you’re trying to do that they really don’t deserve your time, energy, or thoughts.

On top of that, people don’t really care. They have their own shit to deal with, their own insecurities to overcome and conquer. Help them out. Lead the way by taking action, by being the man, by winning daily and winning consistently.

Action step:

Define the one thing you have the most self-doubt about.

Maybe it’s public speaking or you’re not confident that you can start your own business. Whatever it is, write it down, and take one action step TODAY toward the thing you’ve been putting off for far too long…

… Or don’t.

Don’t write it down. Don’t take an action step.

Stay as you are right now, small and insignificant in your own eyes, when you have the potential to be so much more.

Rise, from Average to Alpha.

Get after it.

About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.

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10 ALPHA MALE TRAITS AND HOW TO BECOME ONE

10 ALPHA MALE TRAITS AND HOW TO BECOME ONE

The alpha is the dominant male…

In nature it’s easy to see and define. He’s the male lion in charge of the pride, the silver back gorilla, the dominant chimp.

Human dominance and leadership, however, is more nuanced.

In certain situations, physical domination is necessary – or at least its threat. In other situations, leadership is what’s required.

To lead is to inspire, to guide, to carry and aide.

That’s the alpha we’re after. (Read This: What Is An Alpha?)

He’s the leader, the warrior not the worrier, the guy who’s calm while everyone else loses their heads. He can dominate physically, but also mentally.

He’s led by virtues not by desires.

The true alpha male in human circles cannot be confined to the laws that alphas live by in nature. He needs to be much more than dominant and domineering, he must be inspiring, he must lead, he must win, while helping others win.

1. He knows where he’s going.

First and foremost, if you’re going to lead you have to know where you’re leading people. You cannot just exist. You have to have a clear destination if you’re to choose the path wisely.

2. He inspires others.

People cannot be told what to do, they have to make the decision on their own, but that’s a decision you lead them to make. You give them the power to decide, but you inspire them to make the decision you want them to make.

Decide through actions and words. People are looking for someone to follow. Don’t bark orders; instead inspire.

3. He’s decisive.

Knowing where you want to go is great, but not nearly as powerful as going where you want to go, choosing a path, and trudging forward.

Make a decision and stick to it.

Practice making faster decisions. Trust your gut. Trust who you are and what you want and that, regardless of the path you choose, you’re going to make it work.

Practice being more decisive in every area of your life. Choose what you want to eat, the movie you want to watch, the book you want to read, the lady you want to talk to. Then get after it.

4. He is his beliefs and virtues, regardless of the masses, of the fads, of the situation.

You cannot be an alpha and be a fraud.

That is, you cannot tell people to do one thing while you do another, or believe one thing while your actions convey something very different.

Know what you believe in, know your values and virtues, and then live by them, become them.

5. He’s dangerous.

Part of being an ‘alpha male’ is being a man. And being good at being a man entails you can do what men are bred to do, which is to protect. You have to have the capacity for danger in that you have to know how to fight, and win.

When you’re at least good at fighting, your confidence in social situations becomes more concrete, more real, more calm.

6. He’s calm, even quiet, while all around him is in chaos.

A lot of these self-help fellas will say that an alpha male is loud. He isn’t.

This is where we can look at nature.

The alpha lion in a pride is calm and quiet, indifferent to everything around him until there’s a viable threat. It’s only when that threat’s viable that he becomes loud and aggressive.

The loudest one in the room is typically the weakest. He’s after attention. He’s not a leader, he’s a jester, a child.

Be so calm that you don’t have to show your strength or toughness or intelligence at every opportunity. It’s there and you know it and you could care less if everyone else does as well.

7. He’s humble enough to know that talent on its own is useless.

As an alpha you have to accomplish. You cannot go through life without accomplishment, and your goals are likely going to be greater than the rest of the crowd, so you’re going to have to understand that you are not talented enough to win without discipline, hard work, and persistence…

… No one is.

Be humble enough to know that everyone can teach you something, and that you’ll get nothing without working harder and smarter than your competition.

8. He’s willing to do what others aren’t in order to get what he wants.

This doesn’t mean he’s devious. In fact, a good leader isn’t. A good leader is willing to delegate when a bad one wants complete control.

A good leader is willing to give praise to a subordinate when it’s earned, he doesn’t need the glory, he’s confident enough to pass it to another.

An alpha isn’t scared of a challenge, nor of the talents that another possesses. Instead, he uses them, rewards them, and builds them up.

9. An alpha male is able to use others for the greater good.

Snake’s have their purpose. It’s better than you use them to accomplish your goal than to let them get under your skin or to do evil.

Don’t get bent out of shape because someone’s a snake. Don’t let them get in your head if their actions are devious and cunning. Become more cunning. Use them to help you reach your goal rather than letting them do their devious deeds without benefit to others.

Most will let a snakey person push them off their game. The alpha doesn’t. He’s the leader of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

10. An alpha male is able to detach his emotions from every situation if needed.

Most people live their lives as a victim to their emotions and desires.

More than just detaching emotionally, you have to be able to detach from the situation itself if you’re to see what’s really happening.

To win and to lead you cannot be in the bubble of emotion to make a clear and good decision. Step back, assess, make a decisive decision, and take action.

About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.

You can contact him at –
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7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TELL YOUR SON TO MAN UP!

7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TELL YOUR SON TO MAN UP!

A couple months ago I went on a hike with my buddy and his son, my godson.

The kid’s a great kid, but the hike was pretty damn long for a 4 year old. We’d rotate between carrying him and allowing him to trek on his own. When he’d get tired, close to quitting or whining, we’d provide motivation in the form of a call-to-action that men have given younger men for thousands of years.

We told him to man up.

This term has become controversial, as a few aim to get the majority to stop saying it.

This desire to rid our society of this call-to-action comes from a good place. It’s rooted in the notion that men need to talk about our emotions and feelings more. All that the other side wants is to help people live better, longer lives.

Good intensions, but a horrible solution. It’s wrong and destructive to rid such a powerful tool from our vernacular. In this article I’ll cover 7 reasons why calling on our boys to ‘man up’ isn’t just okay, but good and powerful and increasingly necessary.

There seems to be differing ideas of what ‘man up’ means, which is a big part of the problem. As with most things in life, two sides have the same goal, but differing worldviews help them create differing solutions.

As well with most things in life, there is a right answer and a wrong answer. If you want to raise victims, don’t use the term. If you want to raise leaders, use it, but use it wisely.

When my pal told his son to man up, I saw a change in his posture. He stood taller. He forgot his desires to quit and to rest, he put them aside, he rose to the challenge, and he got after it.

We live in a society that places far too much importance on desires and emotions.

What you feel like you are, you are. What you feel like doing, you should do. If you feel sad, you are sad. If you feel broken, you are broken. If you feel lost, you are lost.

Each of those, of course, are a lie if you choose to make them one.

What’s gone is the power given to the individual to own their reactions to events and the responsibility of how they respond to situations. What’s lost is the power given to the individual to shape their reality, their mood, their desires, based on how they act, not how they feel in a given moment. (Read This: The Event Doesn’t Matter. Your Reaction to It Does.)

By removing the call to man up from our vernacular, we’re removing a powerful call-to-action that propels boys to want to become men.

It makes sense that we want to deter our boys from becoming men when we live in a society that degrades men, that sees the masculine virtues that won freedom and wealth and prosperity as archaic and falsely oppressive. It’s a cowards way of thinking, of creating victims where there are none and oppressors where there were only men who made the lives of others better, easier, filled with far more opportunity.

We’re trying to make life easier, when easier isn’t necessarily better. We’re aiming to explain our emotions when our actions are all that matter.

The Great Depression bore our Greatest Generation. Times of plenty bore our weakest.

We do not need to coddle our young men, to tell them to explain their feelings and follow their desires.

We do need to tell them to man up.

To man up isn’t to shut up. To shut up is to shut up, it has nothing to do with rising to the occasion unless shutting up means to stop listening to the weak voice within us that we all have.

If you don’t understand the call-to-action, you were likely never called to said action by a worthy source.

My old man was and is a worthy source. As is my mom. If either of them tell me to man up, it means I’m not being a man. Which means I’m not being dependable, strong, courageous, hard-working, and just. It means I’m being a pussy. I’m not doing what must be done and I’m not doing a good enough job.

I’m listening to the inner voice that wants to give reasons for my failure, that wants to provide excuses for how I’m acting, not the side that calls me to a higher standard.

To man up is to ask a man to do what must be done regardless of his desires, emotions, or feelings.

We tell a young man to man up if he gets his lady pregnant and is thinking of leaving her on her own to fend for her new family.

We tell a young man to man up when he’s complaining about where he is instead of accepting it as his reality, and doing his best to make it better.

We tell a young man to man up when he’s whining about how he feels, calling him to act like who he can be rather than acting like the coward he’s become.

We need this term in our culture.

This term was used heavily in past generations, the generations that fended off the Nazis, gave women the right to vote, ended slavery, and built nations of the west into superpowers.

Winning is a very good thing. We need to win once again, and turning our backs on the virtues that create victory (hard work, dedication, persistence, honor, justice, intelligence) because we’ve become so soft and sensitive that we’re even scared to claim ourselves victorious, we need to once again reclaim them.

Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men. ~ Norman Mailer

1. People need more asked of them, not less.

It doesn’t matter the age of the individual, people need to be challenged. By coddling and thinking less of their abilities and toughness, we teach our youth to think less of themselves.

By telling a boy to man up, you’re not telling him that he’s less, but that he can be more – which is always true. We can always do more, be more, learn more, work more, and so forth. We’ve simply slid into an existence as a culture where the ideal is doing nothing, being lazy, and being envious of those who aren’t.

Work is life. Accomplishment is necessary for an individual to feel as though he’s lived a purposeful life. Happiness is overrated. Meaning and purpose and underrated.

People need to be challenged. They need more asked of them, not less. They don’t need a pat on the back, but a kick in the ass, then a high five when they rise to the occasion.

2. Young men need to be connected to something, a lineage that gives them a source of strength and community.

Every person needs to be connected to something, a history, a bloodline, a lineage. That’s what makes being an orphan especially difficult, it’s that you feel like you’re starting from nothing, with no history, no proof that you’re a part of something.

The truth is we’re all connected. Somehow, some way, you are connected to Cato or Napoleon or Theodore Roosevelt. As a man, you can bring that connection close by acting like those men you respect, by adopting common virtues and values and hard work is common throughout.

When you tell a boy to man up, you’re not pushing him down, you’re connecting him to that lineage, those men of history who didn’t let their feelings or desires diminish what they could accomplish.

That’s the key…

This call-to-action isn’t shutting down, it’s rising above. It’s not about closing up, but pushing through.

3. We don’t need to follow our desires, we need our actions to change them.

Every fella I know who’s written a book (not an easy thing to do) has done so on a schedule.

His words weren’t on paper because of feelings or emotion, but because of routine. Regardless of how they felt, they sat at the computer and wrote.

If you’ve ever felt down, you’ll know that a tough workout can change your mood. If you’ve ever felt sorry for yourself you’ll know that charity work can turn that around.

The keyword is ‘work’.

Actions have weight to them. Emotions are fickle and often lies. By telling your body to man up you’re telling him to take control of his emotions rather than letting them control him.

4. Challenging a young man to be more manly is beneficial, not harmful.

Being a man, not a male or a boy, but a real man, is something to be proud of.

Those who call on us to stop telling other guys to man up ignore the masculine virtues that bore free nations and defeated evil ones.

They see masculinity as brutish and oppressive, but my goodness, they’re the same lot that want participation trophies (which we know are destructive). They’re the same lot that want men to work in careers that are typically pursued by women…

… They ignore fact and reality.

Men and women are different, and being a real lady and being a real man are good. They’re the ideal for each sex and should be something we all aspire to be.

Everyone knows a ‘man’s man’, and few would have anything bad to say about him.

Being a man, a manly man, a real man, means being a leader, it means doing what must be done regardless of feelings. It’s acting with honor and courage. How in God’s great name could this be seen as a bad thing?

5. Telling a boy to man up teaches him that he’s not a victim of his surroundings, emotions, desires, or how he feels. He’s in control. He’s in power.

We place a great deal of importance on feelings and emotions.

People can spend their entire lives falling victim to both, never acting because they never felt like it.

The truth is that actions are far more powerful. We can do great things if we’d just act. We can persist day in and day out if we just act.

We can actually become better, stronger, more successful people if we’d just act like it.

To man up is to act regardless of feelings and emotions, and if you want to raise a successful son, that’s a valuable lesson to teach.

6. Telling your boy to man up won’t make him commit suicide.

One of the facts that the ‘stop manning up’ crowd cite is that men are more likely to commit suicide. This is true. Yet, as with most things, it’s true if you stop there, and if you want to prove that we shouldn’t tell our boys to man up, you will stop there.

The deeper, more nuanced reality of suicide and mental health is that men are simply more efficient at suicide. Why? Because we’re more violent and we care less about our appearance.

Women attempt suicide at higher rates. They’re just less likely to do it by doing something physical, like shooting or hanging themselves, or jumping off something tall. They’re more likely to attempt suicide using less violent means, like taking pills or something along those lines.

One study found that 7% of women and 4% of men attempt suicide, but that more men were successful.

Note: I realize that the words I’m using here and the way I’m using them can come across as incredibly insensitive, especially with such a devastating topic. That’s not my intension. I’ve had loved ones commit suicide. Dealing with this issue, however, I find it drives a point home if I don’t fill it with the despair and sadness that comes from those who’ve lost someone close to them. So, my apologies if this is just too coldly worded.

Suicide also isn’t merely a matter of talking about one’s feelings, but more about feeling as though we serve a purpose. When we lose touch with why we’re here, we devalue our lives and our reason for being here.

We can also see that diet and exercise are as effective as anti-depressants.

We’re also calling our young men to man up, less. We’re rewarding participation and not actual victory, devaluing hard work, persistence, and winning in the process. We’re making life easier for them and then the real world smacks them in the face.

As the quality of life increases, suicide rates increase along with it.

Ease is not what we need.

We’re born to overcome, to be challenged, to get pushed around and fight back, not to lie down and give up and sob about our plight.

Train your body to be a fighter, a warrior, a guy who rises to challenges, and he will. That’s love. Excusing him from life isn’t, it’s pity.

7. It will force you to become better.

You cannot tell your son to man up if you’re acting like a coward.

You can’t tell your boy to man up if you’re not treating your wife right.

You can’t tell your son to man up if you’re not being a great example. If you do, it will have the opposite effect.

You have to show him what a real man is, so he doesn’t get confused about what this call to action is.

If you’re abusive, cowardly, weak, he’ll have the wrong reaction to the challenge.

Fatherhood should make us better.

If you’re reading this, it likely has and is, or will.

Be the man your son, your daughter, wife, and family need you to be. If you are, simply watching you, how you act, who you are, will be a challenge that your son or sons will try to live up to.

Get after it.

About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.

You can contact him at –
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WHY YOU NEED TO RETHINK YOUR DESTINY

WHY YOU NEED TO RETHINK YOUR DESTINY

I remember reading about Alexander the Great when I was in my early twenties.

At that age I had a profound belief that I was destined for something great. I played basketball in college because of that fact. I boxed because I saw the opportunity for greatness in that great and pure sport.

So when I read Alexander’s connection to his belief in his destiny, I ate it up, and then I ‘grew up’.

I started a business and that idea of destiny stayed with me. Tough times came. I spent all of my money on a belief, a dream, and then ran through every bit of debt I could get access to until I had nothing left.

And then I remained with nothing, hustling for every dollar, eating bread and oatmeal and paying rent late for 8 months straight, but still paying rent.

I stuck it out. I got some help, received some favors, but still hustled and refused to quit on this ideal because I knew that I wasn’t destined for poverty, and now that I had it, I’d never return.

My belief in my destiny, that I’m not here simply to exist but to make an impact kept me going. To the outsider, even to my closest friends and family, it seemed incredibly ignorant.

After-all, I’d proven consistently that what I was doing wasn’t working, but I kept plugging away, trying and failing and trying and failing, again.

And then I had a victory. And then another victory.

I built a 6-figure business and I lost track of my belief in my destiny and slid into what for me was comfort. Sure, I travelled to new places, hunted in Africa, worked my ass off daily, but even as I write this I’m out of touch with this grand idea I had for my life.

Or at least I was out of touch.

Destiny doesn’t make you take drastic steps if they’re not required, it keeps you on the right course, always, because every thing you do is in line with what you’re trying to accomplish in life, your purpose, and no man ties himself to a small purpose on purpose.

We all, at one point, had the idea that we’re here for a grand reason.

That’s why we read books about Alexander or Theodore Roosevelt or Andrew Carnegie. We dream about being a conqueror like Napoleon or a warrior and leader like Patton.

Patton.

There’s a man with a sense of destiny. A man who lived not so long ago who believed he was connected to the great generals of history. A man who wanted glory, who thrived in chaos.

That’s who men are.

Society tells us that we’re to be a piece of a puzzle, a part of a machine that is a community or society or system. But we’re too wild for that. It doesn’t fit who we were born as, but it has become who we are.

As I read about Patton that idea of destiny is rekindled.

I’m not writing this to proclaim that I am destined for greatness, but I am at the same time, and so are you.

You’re not number 3 in the office. You’re not a guy who lives on autopilot. You’re not a number in a system or an employee in a company.

You’re a fucking man.

A warrior. A leader. You have a shared bloodline, a connection with the Caesars, Attila, and Genghis.

All of this stuff we talk about, about being an alpha, being a man, being a leader, about working out, improving yourself daily, doing the small things that lead to the big things, they’re all because deep down you know you’re here for something grand, something important.

I have no idea what that is. But there’s something for you here on this earth to work your ass off toward, something big, something that will be your purpose, the reason why you live so daringly, work so ferociously, and love so passionately, that come time to kick the bucket, people will admit that the world had a gift by you being here.

Destiny.

That shit’s not for the feint of heart. It’s not for those unwilling to do what others won’t.

If you’ve read this far, you know you had this idea that life was something great to behold, some grand opportunity, but life, monotony, bills and pressures suppressed that idea.

The gift and grace of life is that it’s never too late.

You haven’t changed your brain’s capacity for great things.

You’ve grown comfortable even if you’re stressed up the arse and you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, it’s not enough.

I’m getting back with my destiny, my idea that I’m not here to ‘plug away’ or do as others do.

Spend a day. Read about Patton. Read about Alexander. Read about Carnegie and Roosevelt.

The workouts, the reading, the working, it will all be amplified when you reconnect with this idea that you’re the man, that you’re here for a massive reason.

Get after it.

The richest heritage a young man can have is being born into poverty. ~ Andrew Carnegie

About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.

You can contact him at –
http://www.ChadHowseFitness.com/
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8 WAYS COLD SHOWERS MAKE YOU A BETTER MAN

8 WAYS COLD SHOWERS MAKE YOU A BETTER MAN

Steve Rogers was a sub-average man.

Too puny. Too sickly to be accepted in the army.

Couldn’t score a date with a lady.

And got zero respect from other men.

Steve sound familiar?

Because he soon became one of the greatest superheroes of all-time (in my opinion)

Captain America.

In Captain America The First Avenger (2011), Steve was strapped to a table… needles shoved in his arms…

And in minutes the guy transforms from weak and frail, to a testosterone pumping, muscle bound, powerhouse…

A defender born in the hour of need – destined to be a living symbol of the glory of America(quote from the comics)

I used to collect them as a kid…

Yea, I think about comics in the shower sometimes…

Especially Steve. (don’t tell my wife)

Because when I step in a cold shower, I feel like an everyday, average Joe.

Yet each minute I spend freezing my marbles off, I actually feel like I’m powering-up as a man.

By the time my 5-minute shower is finished I can take on the world like Captain America, himself. Yet I wasn’t always a “cold shower guy…

In fact, a few months ago you couldn’t pay me to take one. I was too weak minded.

And didn’t have the nuts to sack up (literally) and be a man about it.

Because when you breakdown the benefits of cold showers for guys… it’s pretty much a no-brainer.

Your body needs it. That is, if you want to be an optimal man. And if you’re on the fence still, this list will change your mind.

8 Ways Cold Showers Make You a Better Man

Cold Shower Benefit #1: More Testosterone

Many guys think this cold water and testosterone connection is a myth.

What they don’t realize is warm showers, a dip in the hot-tub, or ten minutes spent in the sauna is worse for your testosterone levels.

In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Reproductive Systems shows the best temperature for your balls is 31-36 °C (87-96 °F).

Yet our average shower temps range between 108 – 112°F.

Meaning, you’re overheating your two buddies down below.

Another interesting study shows men have higher sperm quality, volume, and motility in the colder months of the year compared to the warmer…

Which is a big indicator of testicular health…

And the healthier your testicles, the more promising your testosterone production.

Yet if you’re still a bit skeptical, one last study published by the Thrombosis Research Institute cited cold showers in fact, boost testosterone levels in men.

Which is great for muscle growth, skyrocketing libido levels, and having better energy levels throughout the day…

Which, speaking of…

Cold Shower Benefit #2: Abundant Energy

Every time I finish my cold shower, I feel invigorated and energized.

My heart’s been pumping hard for the past five-minutes. I’m breathing heavy. I’ve done a fair amount of shivering to this point (which becomes less and less the more you do it)…

And I can feel your blood circulation amping up. It feels darn good.

It’s like taking a shot of caffeine straight to your veins.

Truthfully, I feel energized for another four to five hours after… like, wide awake, alert, and focused.  It’s the perfect “wake up call” for your body. And you can use it strategically for your benefit…

Sometimes I take showers in the middle of the day to avoid the mid-afternoon crash.

Or if I’m working late, I’ll take a cold shower after dinner so my body feels pumped with energy. I put all the night owls to shame.

Regardless the time, utilize cold showers to optimize your day.

Warm showers may feel comfortable and soothing… yet to be honest, they’ll probably keep dragging through the morning until you have a few cups of coffee… A cold shower will give you a kick in the naked-rear from the start.

Cold Shower Benefit #3: Improved Circulation

Good circulation doesn’t sound sexy. Yet it’s kind of a big deal.

Because circulation is crucial for building muscle and having sex – two things most men live and die by.

Good blood circulation helps deliver more oxygen to your muscles when exercising…

This delays the process of lactic acid buildup and allows you to perform one or two more reps you wouldn’t be able to perform with poor circulation…

Allowing for greater opportunity for muscle growth… and can even help you lift more weight.

As for sex, we all know what we need down there… blood. And this goes for women too.

In order for men and women to get sexually aroused, we must have sufficient blood flow to our anatomy to “do the job” it needs for sex.

What do you think Nitric Oxide… the #1 chemical in Viagra accomplishes?

You guessed it… increases blood circulation to your manhood.

Quick tip… making love in a cold shower… horrible idea.

Cold Shower Benefit #4: More NRWs

It’s a blessing and a curse those “no-reason woody’s”. (Read This: Why I Wake Up Every Morning With A Boner)

Or NRWs…that’s what my friends and I called them in high school.

You know, where your “manhood” suddenly springs into action and you’ve got your soldier standing at full-salute for no reason whatsoever.

And it always happens at the worst times… like when you’re standing around in your P.E. shorts. Or sitting on the school bus…

It was annoying back then… yet most men would kill to get them back.

I’ve noticed with cold showers, that’s exactly what happens.

I’m not sure if it’s the improved blood circulation, the boost in testosterone, or a combination of the two… Just be prepared to feel like a testosterone-raging high-schooler again.

Cold Shower Benefit #5: Stress Adaptation

According to this study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, cold showers act as a small form of oxidative stress on your nervous system…

Which is one of the reasons your heart begins to race and you start shivering.

Yet overtime, your body adapts to this stress. And eventually, you can stand in a cold shower without wincing.

I promise you, the first time, your mind will go haywire. You’ll be at a constant back and forth battle between the tough side and weak side of your brain. One arm will reach to turn the shower knob to warm… the other will pull your arm down.

However, the more you do it… the tougher you become. (Here’s a Challenge: 10 Days to Toughness)

This simple 5-minute shower instantly makes you a man of resilience.

It’s like a source of morning pride too. You’re doing something most men wouldn’t dare.

Cold Shower Benefit #6: Fertility Boost

It’s built into every man… the need to spread his seed and procreate. It’s evolutionary.

And cold showers each morning will help you do just that… making this a potentially good option for men struggling with fertility.

Which, if you take hot baths, just stop, man.

This study published University of California San Francisco shows men who stopped taking regular hot baths increased sperm counts a whopping 491%.

In fact, experiments from the 1950’s show hot baths were an effective contraceptive. One study shows men who take a 30 minute warm bath every other day for three weeks were infertile for the next six months!

Clearly warm water isn’t helping your swimmers out one bit.

Now, will switching from warm showers to cold showers make a massive difference in fertility?

Maybe not. However, there’s no doubt the hotter the balls… the weaker the sperm.

So if you’ve had fertility troubles until this point, chilling your marbles in the shower may be worth a shot.

Cold Shower Benefit #7: Accelerated Recovery

There’s a reason elite athletes take a cold ice bath after a long day of practice.

This study shows an ice bath after intense training helps your muscles recover faster.

And because you probably don’t have an ice bath laying around… a cold shower is the next best option.

Cold showers will help boost circulation and remove the lactic acid that’s locks up your legs and keeps you from bringing your toothbrush up to your mouth after an arduous arm day.

The greater your muscle recovery, the better workout you’ll have the next day. And the next…

Cold Shower Benefit #8: Fights Depression

A study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine shows cold water can help treat depression.

Cold water showers, as unpleasant as they can be in the beginning, release dopamine in your brain. Also known as one of the feel good hormones.

Which is similar to working out when you think about it… because workouts can be painful when done correctly… however, there is an endorphin rush that makes you feel amazing after.

So if you’re feeling down lately, cold showers are the perfect pick-me-up.

How To “Cold Shower” Like a Boss

Here’s some tips if you’re a cold shower newbie…

Start with warm water. Follow your typical cleansing routine. Once done, slowly begin turning the dial to “cold” and hang in there…

Well, your nuts won’t be hanging anymore… but you get what I mean.

If you have to, start with a two minute cold shower and eventually progress to five-minutes.

Before you know it you’ll be “washing up” with ice cold water like it’s no big deal.

There you have it. 8 ways taking cold showers each morning will make you a more vital, testosterone pumping man.

This one morning trick will take you from average to Alpha in the first few minutes of your day.

About the Author

Once a victim of low-testosterone, Joe LoGalbo has found strange, yet simple ways to hack his testosterone and the hormones of thousands of men over 40, naturally so they can enjoy more muscle, intimacy, and energy in life’s “second-half”. His mission – to transform the health and lives of 5 million men using powerful wellness tactics for life-long results. Read more of Joe’s stuff at www.liveanabolic.com – you can also follow him on YouTube here: Live Anabolic YouTube Channel