Tribal Outreach

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Today’s workout:

Max Overhead Press.

Incline KB press with bands.

Burpee-pullups/L-dip (with a pike bonus, if ya wanna). The combo of the beast: 6 burpee pullups, 6 L-dips, 6 rounds for time. Looks like this:


(reposted from last year just to reinforce the foundation of our Movement movement)

What is a Tribe?

There’s something intimate about the concept of a tribe, and I’ve been working hard on defining it. Then I found my struggle has been to define what personal empowerment means within a tribe. How does this blatantly selfish act of physical improvement make the planet a better place? In other words, how do we save the world through deadlifts and tire flips?

Of course this means defining ‘tribe’ beyond our camp at Burning Man or learning how to hunt a lion with spears.

According to Wikipedia, the source of all information that kinda sorta might be true, “the term is often loosely used to refer to any non-Western or indigenous society. Many anthropologists use the term to refer to societies organized largely on the basis of kinship, especially corporate descent groups.

“In common modern understanding the word tribe means a social division within a traditional society consisting of a group of interlinked families or communities sharing a common culture and dialect.”

Unfortunately, a high school clique meets the criteria presented in this modern definition, as would separatist groups, cults and political parties (am I being redundant?), while the spear-hunting pagan archetype fits the more traditional view.


My romanticized version of the modern Tribe is an idealized community or society that recognizes and perpetuates 3 major tenets: communication, equality and sustainability.

Sadly these three goals are almost non-existent under our current leadership. Communication, despite the overwhelming technology at out fingertips, seems to be dominated by the folks with the poorest forum and dialog abilities dominating what we read and hear. In other words, the dumbest are the loudest. Stupid now has volume and means. Dialectic has turned into text messaging and internet name calling. We seem to all talk more than ever, thanks to marvelous innovations in ubiquity, yet any sort of quality filter seems to have de-evolved from our personal software.

This rant seems ironic after just proposing a tenet of equality, but, let’s face it, people aren’t equal. This is actually proven by racism and sexism, not through actual differences in the races or genders, but because such insipid beliefs exist. It takes an idiot to believe race or gender should, by right, create a hierarchy, proving that, simply, perpetuators of this myth are morons. In a just and intellectually equal society, such tendencies to hate a fellow person for such shallow reasons would be much harder to embrace, since any rational human being with two brain cells to rub together could logically see that neither gender nor race, in themselves, have anything to do with the quality of a human being. But in our current condition, where, even awash in supposed ‘communication,’ it is still too easy to live in a bubble of dumb, being only influenced by like-minded chowder heads (often starting with family). It may take some serious education (REAL communication), maybe in the form of strict unconditional, judgment-free love, to eradicate deep-seated hatred based in ignorance.

So thus began my thoughts on the modern Tribe…

Since then we’ve begun the process of implementing our small-but-growing Community Outreach Program. Starting in June we’ve got the Midtown Shape Up Program, trying to drag some of our neighbors who might not have the funds, fire under the butt or simply any idea of where to start into the concept of ‘this movement stuff might actually benefit us.’

Our newest program is called Challenges for Charities. Inspired by the Overcoming Obstacles event held by our friends Angel, Camilo and Tara over at Midtown Strength and Conditioning, this program will give us a training goal while also benefiting the community.

Here’s a thought …

If a couple of little gyms without any expendable ducats beyond rent and food can attempt to even slightly increase the coffers of local non-profit community services, WHERE THE FUCK ARE THE BIG CORPORATE GYMS?! Consider this the throwing of the gauntlet, you over-bloated corporate pieces of shit. How about tossing a few dollars of that sponsorship money that you use to support sporting events to some of our local charities? How about matching us per capita? My gym has about 100 members and clients, MSC probably similar. You’ve got hundreds of thousands. For every dollar per member we raise, match us, even with a penny for every one of your members. I dare you.

24-Hour Fitness… are you listening? California Family Fitness? Curves? Spare Time Athletic Clubs? Step up.



Here’s an intro to the clean…

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  • Chris

    I got so tired of the greed from big gym owners that I canceled my membership, and went to a independent gym. Not only do they not contribute to the community very much, but they pay the revenue generating employees very little. With little or no benefits. In fact service to the membership is weak because the turnover rate of trainers, etc is very high. I’m really glad I moved to the independent gym. I have been so much happier.
    Tanks to body tribe for being a small gym, and stepping up to the plate to help benefit your community. Something our society is in real need of right now. I hope many benefit from the body tribe outreach programs !

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