Health and Fitness

Kosher Bodybuilding—For Strength, Health, and Longevity

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I’ve been on a long journey to find the optimum diet, particularly for someone who values strength, health AND longevity. I may have finally found it, and it has been right in front of me all along. My company name—Old School—is not just a name to me, as I have said. It is an all-encompassing idea, that references the timeless,… Read the rest

Sincerity is the Wrong Question

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I was talking with a friend this week about Kanye West, and if his Jesus is King! album and open embrace of Christianity is “real.” My take is that, from what I can see, Kanye is sincere. I’ve seen a number of his interviews, and I really like the innocence I see in him, and the free nature of his… Read the rest

My Podcasts Are Now Available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music!

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As you’re likely aware, podcasts are hugely popular these days. I believe there are at least three key reasons for this: #1: Commercial radio has gotten too ridiculous with all of their ads! Enough already! And the customer rebelled. In this day and age, with so many choices for information and entertainment, it’s a huge mistake for any business to… Read the rest

I’m a Bodybuilder. Chances are, So Are You

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It’s taken me forty-five years to admit that I am a bodybuilder. I know why, too. It seems so narcissistic. And there’s an element that is—but really, there’s so much more. Back in the day, bodybuilding was quite popular, particularly among men. In the 1940s and 50s, before steroids ruined the sport, men like John Grimek and Steve Reeves showed… Read the rest

Is a “Program” Necessary to Get Fit?

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Note: I first wrote this piece 8/12/17, and included it in my e-book: GREEK PHYSIQUE: The Simple Satisfying Way to Sculpt Your Body–Even If You’re Old, Weak, Or Broken Down. I’m working on an update to the book, and will let you know when it’s out. This article is as relevant now as the day I wrote it. Maybe more… Read the rest

We Don’t Need to “Put God First”

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A friend of mine sent me to a video in which Denzel Washington was giving a commencement speech at Dillard University (2017). The key part to the speech was when he told the gathered students, faculty, and parents how important it is that we “Put God first.” It’s a very good speech, and you should see it. I’m not linking… Read the rest

God’s Power is Transmitted Through a Single Finger

Why is a discussion of God’s power on a health and fitness site? That’s a pretty simple answer: Because God is the originator of life, and therefore health. I have been interested in spiritual health my whole life. I remember being quite young and “praying” to God while lying in my bed, by simply closing my eyes and noticing light… Read the rest

Which Fitness Path Should I Choose?

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less travelled byAnd that has made all the difference.Robert Frost The Road Not Taken There are many ways to get fit. Many of these ways are not attractive—at least not to me. Long, boring cardio, burpees till you puke… You get the idea. There are new, trendy, fitness routines… Read the rest

What Old School™ Is All About… And Patrick Takes the Plunge!

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I’m Patrick Rooney, and I’m the Founder of Old School™. We help people who have lost their ability to fully enjoy an active life due to nagging injuries and disuse, to regain that ability, through simple, affordable, traditional movement and practices. I’m nearly 60 now, and am in better mental, spiritual, and physical condition than I was in 20 years… Read the rest

What I Learned Passing a Kidney Stone—Old School Style!

Passing a kidney stone is a learning experience? EVERYTHING is a learning experience! This is the third time for me—label me a slow learner. The first one I attribute to using a Vitamin C product in excess many years ago. The second one, frankly, I don’t remember the cause. And now this one. You’d think with the amount of pain… Read the rest