I now have t-shirts for sale! And there are other things afoot, but firstly, the t-shirts: if you go to my page at Red Bubble, you’ll find six designs currently on offer. Red Bubble make to order, so if you pick one, they print it on whatever colour-garment combination you choose, and they’ll ship it to you. I’ll make a small commission, but it’s not about the money. What I’m interested in, ultimately, is helping to grow a culture of physicality that exists free from the demands of the beauty standard and prejudice about body-image.
To this end, I’m also working on another website. It’s called Silverback Physical Culture, and although nothing is really up there yet, there will be training programs for sale, but they won’t be too prescriptive. You will be required to bring your own awareness and sensitivity to the information presented, and you’ll be in charge of structuring your own training. I will provide appropriate techniques and methods for athletic progression, and in this way, for those of you who are interested, I endeavour to help you develop your athletic capacity as well as your physical confidence and mind-body awareness, on your terms. You’ll be reminded that you’re in charge of exactly how little or how much, how gently or how hard you train. And in this process, we learn about ourselves. It’s about awareness and curiosity and progression, not obedience.
Why the Silverback? Because they’re big and hairy and functional and strong, and they don’t give a damn about body fat. At least, not as far as I can tell. Also, it’s about the natural, free movement of primates, and gorillas swing from things, and I’m really into chin-ups. There’s a number of reasons. It’s still early stages, but I hope it all works out well. The first programs on offer will most likely be about mobility, chin-ups, and bodyweight-based training methods in general.
Back to the t-shirt designs: there are currently six. Two are Silverback-themed, one simply says Move and be Free, two others are of a kung-fu-Chinese-calligraphy theme, and the last features a picture of Yang Chengfu, one of the old masters of Tai Chi.
And while I have your attention, and for the record, I appreciate your continued reading of my things very much. This whole blogging thing has been a very valuable process. Thank you for being a part of it.