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Inspiration : How Bad Do You Want It? (Success) Strength, Soviet Style — Raptitude Experiment No. 2. Difficulty strengthens the mind, as labor the body. ~Seneca In Experiment No. 1, I set out to condition my mind by introducing it to frequent meditation sessions, and reported the results here on Raptitude. It was a real eye-opener for me, and I was able to break new ground in terms of my understanding my mind.

In other words, I feel markedly stronger, mentally. For Raptitude’s second official experiment, I’m going to get physical. My weapon of choice is actually one Soviet troops used for many years to stay one glorious step ahead of their capitalist foes in the realm of physical prowess. While western drill sergeants were punishing their men with long jogs and pushups by the dozen, Red Army soldiers were out in the pastures hoisting 53-pound iron balls above their heads a thousand times. The weight they used is called a girya, known in the English-speaking world as a kettlebell. Formal training schools and sanctioned competition were not far behind. A typical communist party.