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Friday, November 18, 2016

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Eric Dempsey
Master Sergeant, US Army Retired
MS, ISSA Master Trainer
Dempseys Resolution Fitness

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hybeam Poplamp and Flashlight Review

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This is a great multipurpose light that would be a great addition to your camping gear, bug out bag, home, vehicle, boat or other kit.

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Eric Dempsey
Master Sergeant,
US Army, Retired

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Morning Coffee Rant: The Pussification of America!

Morning coffee rant!

I was just reading a book review about the pussification of America and American men.

In PUSSIFICATION: The Effeminization Of The American Male,

Giles takes ‘Crispin’ from the unaccomplished, prissy and dank corridors of ‘Pussville’ -

up the steep, treacherous and unforgiving trail that leads to ‘Mantown.’-

that description is funny as hell and it just makes me laugh.

I could hear modern drill sergeants screaming that rhetoric, to the delicate flowers that they have to deal with today, in basic training. I can't even imagine the horror.

In my little world bubble of my fitness business, I can see the changes that have happened over the last ten years, as I trained and coached people in strength & conditioning.

I used to train moms trying to lose baby weight, in rapid fat loss bootcamps,
soldiers getting ready for upcoming training like ranger school, or SFAS,
athletes preparing for upcoming team tryouts, crossfitters for WOD improvement and a host of other "stuff that is really hard".

Now, I train people to "try" to stand up straight and do one push-up. - literally.

And that is actually a far more difficult and demanding job as a coach, than to get a motivated soldier or athlete, ready for an arduous event.

Complacency leads to the death of vigilance, skill and reflexes. It gets people killed.

The men and women who follow the warrior path and live in the physical culture, understand these things.

How can one explain the concept to our weak society, of the need to be strong and fit, so that you will be harder to kill?

There may be a time in the not -so -distant future, where American patriots will once again have to "trample the weak and hurdle the dead", in order to support and defend the constitution against all enemies, while defeating tyranny and oppression.

We as a society, are a nation at war, with its society soft and weak, in both mind and body, led by criminals.

That dark road has no happy endings.

Weakness is a choice, as is strength.

In today's world, it is best that you choose wisely.

I choose strength. Who will walk with me down that lonely path?

I can assure you that once you go the extra mile, it won't be crowded there.

Ok, time for more coffee!

Eric Dempsey
Master Sergeant, US Army Retired
Training for Warriors Level 2 Coach

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Lifetime PR at 48 Years Old!

Lifetime PR at 48 yrs old!

Tonight, first time ever, I hit 505lbs on the trap bar.

That might not be much for some people, but for me it was a lot.

With all of my back, hip and knee injuries, from decades as an infantry soldier and martial arts practitioner, I was alway limited in my lower body strength & power development.

A couple years before I retired from the Army, I could barely walk, after a parachute landing injury followed up with 
insane Ranger 5 mile runs and other useless physical therapy. 

Almost 10 years after I retired, my knees are fine, the rest of me is hanging in there and I just lifted over 500lbs. 

I validated my program once again. 

Hopefully, I will be able to walk tomorrow. 

Hit the weights!

Eric Dempsey
MS, Training for Warriors Level 2 Coach

Friday, September 16, 2016

Plant Based Smoothie Recipe

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Eric Dempsey 
MS, ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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MS, ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Nervous System and its Role in the Cardiac Cycle

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The heart is a magnificent creation that has the ability to mostly govern itself, under normal circumstances. The cardiac conduction system and SA Node are usually the primary, autonomous controllers, of the cardiac cycle. But sometimes the heart needs some input from outside sources. The nervous system plays very important roles in assisting with the management the cardiac cycle. The two primary components of the nervous system involved in the cardiac cycle are the parasympathetic and sympathetic portions of the nervous system (Shier, Butler, & Lewis, 2016).

The parasympathetic nerve fibers transmit signals, with the help of the medulla oblongata and vagus nerves. When these signals reach their destination, acetylcholine is released which ultimately, decreases the heart rate. The parasympathetic actions primarily are involved with decreasing the heart rate but can play a dual role and initiate both heart rate increase and decrease, depending on the situation. The vagus nerves play a role within the parasympathetic system to assist with increasing heart rate. The parasympathetic system initiates actions that are much faster than sympathetic system actions because they operate in a wider range of heart rate variability frequencies. The parasympathetic system can operate in low frequency and high frequency modes, where the sympathetic system is restricted to the low frequency variability band (Stauss, 2003).

Generally opposite of the actions of the parasympathetic system, the sympathetic system’s primary function assists with increasing the heart rate. It does this by increasing the rate of slow diastolic depolarization and by initiating the release of norepinephrine. These actions result in an increased rate and force of heart contractions. Research has shown that the sympathetic system primarily operates in the low frequency and very low frequency variability bands. Further research implicates the sympathetic system as a role player in instances of heart failure and sudden cardiac death. The sympathetic system enhances the autonomous actions of the heart while the parasympathetic system slows things down, or inhibits automatic actions of the heart (Sztajzel, 2004).

The parasympathetic system and sympathetic system need a check and balance system to maintain the proper balance between activities that increase and decrease heart rate. This is done through baroreceptor reflexes and the cardiac control center located within the medulla oblongata in the brain. Blood pressure is controlled this way from baroreceptors that are sensitive to the stretching of major blood vessels such as the aorta and carotid arteries. Signals are sent to either the parasympathetic system or sympathetic system to cause the desired response in heart rate which affects blood pressure. Research has indicated that these systems are slightly different between men and women. Women appear to have a slightly altered sympathetic system with minor differences that try to fight off hypertension. The nervous system plays a critical role in assisting the cardiac conduction system with the cardiac cycle. Any number of variables can alter or interfere with this complex system, resulting in a variety of medical issues, such as congestive heart failure or sudden cardiac death. The complexity of the nervous system and cardiac conduction system and their interactions, are truly amazing, as they join forces to keep the cardiac cycle operating at optimal levels (Hinojosa-Laborde, Chapa, Lange, & Haywood, 1999).


Shier, D., Butler, J., & Lewis, R. (2016). Hole’s human anatomy and physiology (14th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Stauss, H. (2003). Heart Rate Variability. American Journal of Physiology. Retrieved from

Sztajzel, J. (2004). Heart Rate Variability: Noninvasive Electrocardiographic Method to Measure the Autonomic Nervous System. Swiss Medical Weekly. Retrieved from

Hinojosa-Laborde, C., Chapa, I., Lange, D., & Haywood, D. (1999). Gender Differences in Sympathetic Nervous System Regulation. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology. Retrieved from

Photo Credit:

Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Master Trainer

Wildlife Chronicles of Salem, AL: Snapping Turtle

Saw this big snapping turtle, in the road this morning, while enroute to my client's house.

I hope he gets across the road before he gets hit.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Warmups and mobility drills are important!

Warm up & mobility drills are important. 

This simple yet effective drill stretches the anterior chain and allows you to stand up straight in our hunched forward - rounded society. 

This is a modified yoga pose with my goal of simply being able to get straight. It works great for me.

Stretch everyday! You do not realize how important it is until you stop and get tight.

Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Master Trainer

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Leaner, Faster, Stronger: Start Today!

Heading out this morning to conduct an in-home personal training session with my client, at Green Island Hills, in Columbus.

It's funny how life comes full circle. 

10 years ago, this is how I started my fitness business, with in home personal training. 

Now, in addition to in-home training, I offer individual and small group training at my private garage gym, as well as live, interactive, online training for anywhere in the world. 

I have been blessed to be able to follow my passion for fitness and to help people become healthier, with a higher quality of life.

If you need help with lifestyle and behavior modification, as well as fitness and nutrition coaching, I have a solution for you. 

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner, a deconditioned former athlete, bodybuilder, martial artist, combat athlete, crossfitter, power lifter or a mom who is trying to lose baby weight, my program is for all types and fitness levels. 

My unique, hybrid program has evolved over the last 35 years of experience, to encompass 
the most efficient, results based methods, from a variety of training protocols. 

If you want to become leaner, faster and stronger, while feeling better, looking better and performing better, contact me now to identify the right program for you.

Reach down into your cooler and pull out a big, frosty can of CAN DO!

And remember, if you free your mind, your glutes will follow! 😀

Now, let's go hit the weights!

Eric Dempsey,
Master Sergeant, US Army Retired,
ISSA Master Trainer
Dempseys Resolution Fitness 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Difference Between an Endocrine Gland and an Exocrine Gland

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There are numerous differences between an endocrine gland and an exocrine gland. To summarize the main differences between the two types of glands in a general sense, the terms internal and external come to mind. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the body’s internal environment to cause a specific action to occur. Exocrine glands release secretions that follow pathways that lead to external areas (Shier, Butler, & Lewis, 2016).

Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream to travel to distant, internal areas and cause specific actions that affect the body’s metabolism and many other processes. Some examples of major endocrine glands include the thyroid, hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal, testes and ovary. Each endocrine gland secretes specific hormones to effect certain actions within the body. The hormones travel through the bloodstream until they reach their designated target cells to initiate the desired action or effect. An example of a specific action would be the thyroid gland secreting T3 and T4 hormones into the blood stream. These hormones travel through the bloodstream to their target cells. The desired action that results can include enhancing the speed of protein synthesis, lipid breakdown or cellular energy release from carbohydrates (Briers, 2012).

Exocrine glands produce secretions that travel through tubes or ducts to external regions of the body to cause specific effects. Examples of some of the major exocrine glands include sweat, mammary, salivary, tear and mucous. An example of a exocrine gland in action would be the salivary glands which produce saliva in the mouth, to aid in digestion, help prevent bacteria buildup and tooth decay and to enhance the ability to swallow. Another example would be sweat glands secreting sweat droplets on the skin’s surface, to aid in temperature regulation (Crampton, 2016).

While most of the endocrine and exocrine glands have very different, unique roles and functions, there are some glands that pull double duty as a combination of both types of glands. The pancreas produces enzymes which aid in digestion as an exocrine function, while also secreting insulin into the bloodstream, to aid in controlling blood glucose levels, which is an endocrine function. The liver also has a multifaceted capability, in that it produces bile in an exocrine manner, but also secretes plasma proteins into the bloodstream as an endocrine function. These diverse glands have important and amazing roles, in assisting with keeping the human body functioning properly (Davis, 2016).


Shier, D., Butler, J., & Lewis, R. (2016). Hole’s human anatomy and physiology (14th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Briers, D. (2012). The Difference Between Endocrine and Exocrine Glands. DBriers. Retrieved from

Davis, K. (2016). Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency: What You Need to Know. MNT. Retrieved from

Crampton, L. (2016). Interesting Facts about Saliva and Salivary Glands. Owlcation. Retrieved from

Photo Credit:

Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Master Trainer

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Plant Based Protein: The Issue and a Solution

Many people today are looking for a plant based diet that avoids the potential hazards of consuming processed or chemically laden meats. 

Plant based diets are very healthy and when done properly can provide everything that you need for optimal body composition, heath and fitness. 

I tell my clients that while I don't strictly use a plant based diet ( I like my steak), I am not opposed to anyone doing so as long as my main nutrition criteria is met. That criteria for everyone is that you must consume the right amounts, of the right macronutrients, at the right times in order to attain your goals and maintain optimal levels of health and fitness. 

I have trained many, and currently train clients who are vegan or vegetarians. With their nutrition coaching, I have come across a reoccurring issue with all of them. Nobody that I have trained, or currently train, who are following a plant based diet, can get in the necessary amount of protein each day, to meet their goals. 

Why is this such an issue? Many leading plant based gurus will tell you that you can easily meet your nutritional requirements with a plant based diet. Well I call BS on that due to very simple math. 

I am going to outline the issue with an example food. Baby kale and spinach leaves are something that I eat weekly as part of my nutrition plan. This container that I buy weekly has 2 servings in it with a total of 6 SIX grams of protein. Now say that I am going plant based and I am using this to get my protein requirement in. Remember this is just an example. 

How much protein do I need anyhow? Well that depends on who you talk to and what scientific study that you read. To keep things simple we will use the USDA recommended daily allowance for protein. And that is .8g per kg of body weight. ( Multiple studies have shown this to be woefully inadequate for even sedentary people). But we will use it to keep the math easy.

I currently weigh 215lbs ( a fat ass I know). That comes out to about 97.5 kg. So to find out my USDA RDA for protein I multiply body weight 97.5 kg x .8g of protein and I get 78g. So we will say that I need 78g of protein a day. 

Well I like my spinach and kale, so I'm going to use that for my protein (for example purposes). So I divide my protein RDA of 78g / 6 g of protein in my spinach and kale container and I come out with about 13 containers. 

Ok cool, so I only need to eat 13 containers of kale and spinach leaves, each day, to get my protein in. Easy breezy right? Hell No! Are you kidding me? I can barely eat one container over the course of a week. And that is even with smoothies. It ain't gonna happen. 

So the plant eater gurus would say well that is not accurate because you would be eating many other plant based foods and that would crank up your protein intake. Ah yeah a little but nowhere near enough to get 78g in a day. You would literally need to eat truckloads of leaves every day to meet your total nutritional needs. You gotta remember that you need a specific amount of calories/grams from protein, fats and carbs, every day, to reach your goals. 

So for me and my clients, it is a major issue. It can be done but it is hard. So I started looking for solutions. And I found one.

Designer protein has come out with the awesome, Organic Pro 30 protein powder, that is vegan approved, GMO free, gluten free and Kosher approved. It is 100% plant based and has 30g of protein per scoop. 2 scoops is 60g of protein.

Now that 78g of protein that I need isn't so unattainable. I can have a bunch of well balanced, normal meals that are plant based and somewhere during the day, have a smoothie with 2 scoops of Organic Pro 30. And just like that-problem solved! And I don't need to eat a truckload of leaves. 

This is a viable way for vegans, vegetarians or plant based diet people to get in their needed protein while remaining 100% plant based. I think it is a solution that can help everyone. I have started using it myself to get in more protein while rotating sources from plant based to animal based protein. 

I though this was such a great product that I contacted Designer Protein, with praise for the Organic Pro 30 protein powder. They were very happy to hear my enthusiasm and they gave me a special link to offer you a 20% discount on any of their products. 

So if you are struggling with your plant based diet and you are not making the progress that you want with your fat loss and fitness goals, this stuff will help for sure. Give it a try and see the difference that it will make. Plus you get to save 20% off of buying it in the store. 

Every person that I have trained in the last 10 years has said one thing during a week when they made the most progress. I asked them all "what did you do differently this week"? They all answered, I increased my Protein intake. Boom!

Grab the code and get yours today! Progress awaits you!

Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition

Monday, August 22, 2016

Wildlife Chronicles of Salem, AL: Salamander Blue Tail

This guy has been in the house for a few months now. 

He has a bright blue tail with a black and gold body. Amazing colors.

He patrols the rooms on bug search and destroy missions.

He has been named "Fred".

An unofficial pet with security access granted as long as he does his job!


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Greens Smoothie Recipe

Today's smoothie recipe:

2 cups kale and spinach 

2 scoops organic pro 30 protein 

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp raw honey

1 tbsp ground turmeric

1 tbsp ground ginger

Filtered water

Throw it all in the blender and blend until smooth.

Refrigerate until cold (my preference) and enjoy.

Tons of great organic protein, good fats and carbs with a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. 

For more green smoothie recipes, check out my green smoothies lifestyle ebook here:

Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Live, Interactive, Online Personal Training with the MyFit On Demand Fitness App

A lot of people say that I'm too far away. I have a solution.

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Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Master Trainer

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Eric Dempsey
Master Sergeant,
US Army, Retired

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Deadlifts and EMOM equals good stuff

Worked on some modified sumo deadlifts tonight.

I did an every minute on the minute (EMOM) workout for 20 minutes. 

With these types of workouts you want a weight that is challenging but can be done with good form. 

You can do one rep or more if desired. More reps equals lighter weight. 

I just did one rep with 315 every minute so I knew I could do it and kept the back and hip relatively safe.

As you get older you have to address risk management instead of ego. 

It was an awesome workout and my glutes are screaming. 

My back and hip survived so I call that a victory. 

Give the EMOM drill a try for variety. It's a smoker.

Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Master Trainer

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Unique Survival Skills to Help Keep You Alive in Bad Times

Spy Escape & Evasion

Spy Skills From An Ex-CIA Agent

Hey, I hope you are doing well!

I've just added another product to my tactical evade and survive series. 

As you can plainly see, the world is not a happy place right now. There is crazy stuff happening across the globe and even on our own streets. 

Now is not the time to be weak or unprepared. In fact, now is the time to make sure that you have the skills and tools necessary to fight and survive against anything that threatens you and your family.

That is why I have added the Spy Escape and Evasion program to my resource list for you. This program covers a lot of important and very cool tactics, techniques and procedures that will give you the upper hand when it comes to surviving any threat.

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Jason Hanson, the CIA Spy Escape expert on TV's Shark Tank is sharing this normally classified information for a short time, along with...

How to disable any attacker with a "special" ink pen
How to hide anything, even a gun, in plain daylight
How to gather "DIRT" on anybody
How to access the CIA black market for gear
What to do if you're kidnapped
How to escape handcuffs
How to disappear in a crowd in seconds
What you need to know about fake IDs
CIA social engineering secrets
How to become a human lie detector
How to hot-wire a car
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Eric Dempsey
Master Sergeant, US Army Retired

P.S. Can you guess the 2 second move that makes you virtually IMPOSSIBLE to hit in a fist fight... It's stupid simple but amazingly effective, be sure to grab that part.

P.P.S. Just learning how a CIA agent thinks is worth the read. Almost everything is the opposite of what you would think. It's weird. Go now before it's too late.

The Rise of Alternative Pleasure and Participation Sports

The power and performance sports have long dominated American society and culture. And while these sports continue to do well and retain millions of fans, there are many people who are not interested in these types of sports. For the people who do not find interest and value in power and performance sports, there are alternatives that many turn to. These alternatives are the pleasure and participation sports. These sports attract people who wish to be themselves and to do their own thing. These people seek the freedom to participate in activities that they value and enjoy, on their own terms. The pleasure and participation sports are very different from the power and performance sports in their structure, management, decision making, participation guidelines and rules. While a person may not be able to make the cut for the football or basketball team, they can easily join and participate in a variety of pleasure and participation sports. These pleasure and participation sports are growing in popularity for many reasons. Some of the reasons include an increased interest in fitness and health, older people are seeking to be more active, and many people are seeking an alternative sporting activity that they are good at and enjoy. High pressure, high impact, competitive sports, like football, basketball and baseball, are not for everyone. Pleasure and participation sports are a great alternative for the people looking for something different (Coakley, 2015).

While there are various reasons for the growth in popularity of pleasure and participation sports, some reasons include gender and disability. While women have fought a long and hard battle to be recognized in sports, it is still a hard road for women to follow in the realm of power and performance sports. Many women seek to avoid this struggle and participate in activities that are friendlier to their gender. Disabled athletes have also fought a hard battle in their quest for equality in sports. Much progress has been made for both women and the disabled in power and performance sports. But there are still many who just do not want to or cannot, participate in power and performance sports. There are many opportunities for disabled athletes in pleasure and participation sports. Sports such as tennis, fishing, scuba diving, racing, water skiing and mountain climbing have become more popular in recent years, with many female and disabled athletes. The power and performance sports model emphasizes winning, competitiveness and very structured formats and rules which invariably impacts many female and disabled athletes. The pleasure and participation sports offer opportunities for all people to partake in activities without discrimination, pressure or overly rigid structures (Hardin & Hardin, 2005).

Another reason that pleasure and participation sports are growing in popularity in the United States is due to the influence of globalization and immigration. Millions of people from all over the world have been moving to the United States for decades. The sports and physical culture of different countries are very different from the traditional American model. Sports such as soccer are becoming increasingly popular in America, especially in the youth athletics category. The rise of pleasure and participation sports are beginning to challenge power and performance sports in a slow, yet growing manner. One area where the competition between the two sports models is having a bigger impact is with youth athletics. Little league baseball and T-ball have been popular with kids for many years. Now, millions of children can be found in greater numbers on the numerous, youth soccer league fields, across the country. Many other pleasure and participation sports such as cricket and tennis are on the rise, as well, due to a subtle influence by the millions of immigrants, in the United States (Foer, 2011).

Pleasure and participation sports are growing in popularity across the country. Organizations are being formed at a rising rate to promote these alternative sporting events. Associations like the Western Alternative Sports Association (WASA), promote different sports for the true pleasure and participation reason, which they claim is to have fun. That is hard to argue with as having fun with sports seems to be the least bit important with many power and performance sports. Winning and making billions of dollars has replaced the fun in many of these sports. With the pleasure and participation sports, everyone can find something they enjoy. It is becoming more available to those whose location, financial status and other variables would normally prevent them from sports participation. There is even a rise in women’s shooting sports and a gold medal has already been won by a female Olympic athlete. With the rise of pleasure and participation sports, people now have a choice between power and performance sports and the alternative, pleasure and participation sports. This is a great thing as it will allow people from all walks of life to be able to find a sport that suits them. Whether it is football or target shooting, there is now something available for everyone. While the power and performance sports may continue to reign supreme, pleasure and participation sports are growing in popularity, worldwide. And with the nation’s current obesity epidemic, anything that can help get more people active is a good thing (Kirkland, 2015).


Coakley, J. (2015). Sports in society: Issues and controversies (11th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Hardin, M., & Hardin, B. (2005). Performance or Participation: Pluralism or Hegemony? Disability Studies Quarterly. Retrieved from

Foer, F. (2011). Why Is Soccer Becoming Popular in the United States? IIP Digital. Retrieved from

Kirkland, A. (2015). Shooting Sports are Becoming More Popular with Women. KOMU News. Retrieved from

Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Master Trainer

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Impact of Sportsmanship on My Life

Growing up, I wasn’t involved with traditional sports. I became consumed by martial arts and combat sports at the age of eleven. Sportsmanship was a very big deal in my training hall or dojo. The martial arts also teach a code of behavior, ethics, morals and virtues, similar to the western concept of sportsmanship. This is called Bushido or the way of the warrior. Sportsmanship is an inherent part of the American culture and it has a great ethical and moral impact on society. Fair play, following the rules, having respect for the opposing team members and sports officials, having respect for the athlete’s fellow team members and coaches, and generally doing the right thing at all times, are the fundamental concepts that sportsmanship is supposed to develop in athletes. While many argue that with our country’s moral decline, over the last thirty years, sportsmanship is no longer the virtuous set of guidelines that it once was. Others believe that sportsmanship is alive and well in today’s society. It may be just much harder to see (Appenzeller, 2011).

My experiences with sportsmanship were mainly centered around the realm of pugilistic activities, such as boxing, kickboxing, karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, wrestling, judo and jiu jitsu. Simple acts of sportsmanship that I witnessed daily were things like touching gloves at the start of a fight, helping your opponent up after you knocked him down, kneeling when an athlete was injured, showing respect by bowing and handshakes before and after a match and other general courtesies. These small, but meaningful actions were equally valued in western sportsmanship as well as in eastern bushido. These actions had a great impact upon my social development, as I followed these principles outside of the training halls and fighting arenas. This is what some of the early intentions were about, for those who influenced the growth of sports in our country. Instilling teamwork, discipline, self-confidence and a competitive drive are some of the benefits for both traditional sports and martial arts. These traits would help me later in life, as I transitioned from the martial arts training hall, to the training and battle fields with the U.S. Army (Szczepanski, 2015).

I have also observed acts of sportsmanship during my own actual matches in different martial arts or combat sports. One time during a tae kwon do match, I threw a punch so hard at my opponent, that I dislocated my shoulder, when the opponent slipped the punch. The referee didn’t see what happened and the match continued. At first, my opponent was eager to rush in and score the finishing points on me as I clutched my injured shoulder. He then realized that I was really hurt and he had a serious advantage over me. He could have finished the match with a victory. Instead, he told the referee that I was hurt and the match ended in a tied score. I later thanked him for his display of sportsmanship and he said that he knew I would have done the same for him. And I definitely would have. Winning a match due to an unfair advantage violates the concepts of sportsmanship and of bushido (Ohlenkamp, 2016).

Sportsmanship has also impacted my life within society, in many ways. It prepared me for the drill, ceremonies, courtesies and honors, taught by the military. It also made me a better person overall. I was once on a crowded bus in Germany, heading into a big city. There was a pregnant mother standing with her young son, who was wearing a judo uniform. As soon as I saw them, I immediately offered my seat to the lady. She was very thankful for my gesture. It wasn’t a conscious thought or action, but rather instinctive or reflexive in nature, like blocking a punch. It was just the right thing to do at the time. I’ve had many instances where sportsmanship learned through my years of training, had a direct impact on my actions, outside of any competition grounds. And I believe that these traits and virtues are taught and learned through sports. I only hope that as the moral decay of our current society continues, athletes from all sports, will set the example for others to follow (Daily, 2016).


Appenzeller, H. (2011). Ethical behavior in sport. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press.

Szczepanski, K. (2015). The Role of Bushido in Modern Japan. About Education. Retrieved from

Ohlenkamp, N. (2016). Martial Art vs Sport. Judo Info. Retrieved from

Daily, S. (2016). Sportsmanship: A Deeper Understanding and its Importance Beyond Sports. Decatur Sports and Recreation. Retrieved from

Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Master Trainer

Friday, July 29, 2016

Wildlife Chronicles of Salem, AL: Salamander

Found this guy today. 

Looks like a salamander who lost his tail.

Never seen this kind around here before.

Always something new!

Eric Dempsey

Sports Facilities Used in Athletic Recruiting

Arkansas Football Facility

The use of facilities and equipment in the recruitment of athletes is a very common and highly debated practice. When a prospective student athlete comes to a school during a recruiting pitch, coaches often showcase their best facilities and equipment in the hopes of swaying the decision to join. Sometimes unethical practices occur, where the athlete is told untruths and shown facilities that aren’t really available. This can cause quite the shock and upset to the new athlete who was shown and told one thing and then arrives for practice to see something completely different. If the school has high quality facilities and equipment, this is not an issue, and showing the athlete the real facilities can be an enticing technique for recruitment. The real ethical issues revolve around the lies and deceit that sometimes occurs (Appenzeller, 2011).

There is somewhat of an arms race going on in the recruiting world of sports. Competition is high and the stakes are even higher. Getting the right athletes to join the team and keeping the good ones they already have, is a tough job. Research shows that modern athletes want to be engaged. They want to be team players and part of something bigger than themselves. In order to appeal to these newfound variables, universities are spending millions of dollars to upgrade facilities with cutting edge technology, designs, amenities and features. Specialized marketing and advertising companies work with universities to create unique marketing approaches to capitalize on the needs and wants of today’s athletes. A university’s history, traditions and back story are embedded into a modern technology, based package, which is designed to impact the new athletes upon their very first visit. These marketing campaigns are expensive and are going on across the country. This new era of recruiting and marketing is proving to be very profitable for the marketing firms that specialize in this niche (Jessop, 2014).

One of the issues surrounding the facilities for the recruiting arms race is the problem between big money universities and smaller universities. It is hard to compete with universities who are dropping fifty million dollars or more to develop these state of the art facilities and recruiting packages. Smaller universities try to recruit good prospects and then the bigger universities lure the athletes away with facilities and amenities, which the smaller school simply can’t match. Some argue that the best interests of these athletes would sometimes be served better by the smaller universities, who have reputable programs, yet lack the big lights, bells and whistles. The nature of the recruiting game is dog eat dog and those with the fancy facilities usually get what they want. Even the big money universities are competing at extreme levels and some wonder how far can it go. There are on so many upgrades that can reasonably be made to facilities but new heights are continually being pushed. The battle rages on as the amount of money being spent, continues to climb (Hoffman, 2015).

While in the past, coaches may have lied to and deceived prospective recruits, about a school’s facilities and equipment. In today’s world, that situation is diminishing with the advent of mega facilities and social media. Athletes now are looking at facilities across the full spectrum of social media sites. Reviews and videos of athletes conducting recruiting tours are readily available to anyone who searches online. Hiding facilities inadequacies is very difficult to do now. Schools that spend millions of dollars on the newest and best features are not hiding anything. The dilemma that athletes face now is one that has to do with their best interests versus the ever growing list of amenities. Schools have ridiculous facilities now with custom locker rooms, training equipment, technological training aids, and all sorts of other added features. But with all of these high priced gadgets and features, is the athlete going to receive the experience and education that they seek? For many, the education part is irrelevant and is a whole separate topic of debate. Athletes today are bombarded with giant video screens, new cryotherapy chambers and free IPads. And that doesn’t even touch the ongoing debate of whether athletes should be paid in school or not. Some say that the entire recruiting situation is an ethical minefield. Others think that it is just the natural evolution of the growing industry, in today’s society. The facilities arm race continues unabated, and will likely continue to do so, for many years to come (Hobson and Rich, 2015).


Appenzeller, H. (2011). Ethical behavior in sport. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press.

Jessop, A. (2014). FSU Utilizes New Football Facilities to Attract Top Recruits. Forbes. Retrieved from

Hoffman, J. (2015). The Recruiting Process in College Athletics Needs to Change. Know it All Football. Retrieved from

Hobson, W., and Rich, S. (2015). Colleges Spend Fortunes on Lavish Athletic Facilities. The Bulletin. Retrieved from

Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Master Trainer

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sports vs Education: The Dilemma of Sports in School

Sports Education

College and high school sports’, contributing to the educational process is a highly debated topic. There are many aspects of sports in school, that do contribute to the educational process and others argue, that there are many aspects that do not. While there is some validity in both sides of the discussion, it really comes down to how the sports program is run at a particular school. Some schools are more interested in the sports programs doing well rather than the academic achievements of their athletes. Other schools try to maintain a good balance between the sports performance and the athletes’ academic achievement. For the schools that appear to favor winning the sports seasons and championships, emphasis is placed upon keeping the athletes in the game over their grade point averages. While the schools who try to maintain a balance, help to keep the athletes’ academic performance in good standing, often at the cost of the sports team’s winning streak. It is a difficult situation, with many complex variables. The goals and influence of the school’s leadership, ultimately determines the positive or negative impact, of sports on the educational process (Coakley, 2015).

One of the big differences between American schools and other foreign schools abroad is the emphasis on sports, at the high school and college levels. Many foreign students, who move to the United States, immediately notice the importance placed upon sports in school. It is noticed because it is such a big deal in American schools and it isn’t emphasized by most schools, in other countries. In other countries, schools place emphasis on academics and the international test scores reflect this difference. When international research and surveys are published, they frequently show the United States lagging far behind other countries, in topics like math and science. Some argue that the schools in other countries are doing it right and the United States isn’t, with its preference for sport emphasis. Budget issues are also frequently associated with the sports in school argument. Some schools who had to make tough budget decisions, tried to cut their sports programs. When schools cut sports programs, there was great public outcry and debate. One thing that occurred in many schools was that when the sports programs were canceled, academic achievement and grades went up. There was also a decrease in bad behavior and disciplinary actions. Many think that this proves the point that school is for learning and not sports. Numerous schools that cut sports programs eventually caved in to the pressure, and restarted their sports programs with new parameters in place (Ripley, 2013).

While it has been shown statistically, that American emphasis on sports in school has a price that is paid in academic achievement, some feel that it doesn’t have to be that way forever. Leadership and management in the schools can find ways to balance sports and academics so that both receive fair attention. Different programs and guidelines have been implemented in various schools, which set standards for academics and sport participation. If a student in these schools wishes to participate in sports, an academic standard or grade point average must be maintained. If the student’s grade point average drops below the standard, then they cannot participate in sports until the academic requirements have been met. These types of programs have met with varying degrees of success. Many student athletes have demonstrated that it is possible to succeed in sports and academics at the same time. Many universities have adopted these types of programs and there has been involvement by collegiate organizations, such as the NCAA, to help promote these guidelines (Shortell, 2013).

The argument for sports in school has many valid points as well. While the struggle between athletics and academics is true and ongoing, canceling sports programs can adversely affect students in many ways. Sports have always been touted to teach sportsmanship, competitiveness, team work and discipline. Some consider this a unique educational aspect of American schools. It has been shown that students who were athletes in high school and college had a high probability to be more successful in the professional workplace. Many employers look specifically for sports participation at high school and college level, when screening applications of potential employees. Some argue that great scores in math and science may not benefit a student in the future workplace when compared to the drive, discipline, team work and competitiveness of a former athlete. The situation and variables related to the job, matter a lot in these instances. Overall, many feel that the qualities that a student athlete develops, through sports in school, is a unique and important factor that academics alone, cannot replace. While a balance between academics and sports seems to be an optimal answer, the influence of sports in American schools is here to stay, barring any dramatic change in future society and culture (Sato, 2013).


Coakley, J. (2015). Sports in society: Issues and controversies (11th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Ripley, A. (2013). The Case Against High-School Sports. The Atlantic. Retrieved from

Shortell, E. (2013). Sports vs. Education: A False Choice. Harvard Political Review. Retrieved from

Sato, K. (2013). The Case For High School Sports. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from

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Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Master Trainer

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Fat Neutralizing Nutrient

The Fat Neutralizing Nutrient
(And How to Get a Flat Belly Fast)

So, what exactly is the Fat Neutralizing Nutrient? One that helps struggling men and women lose weight at least TWICE as fast… especially when consumed first thing in the morning?

Can you guess?

Read about it here

Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition
Dempseys Resolution Fitness 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sports and the Media: Do they need each other?

Sports and the media have had a long, mutually benefiting, relationship that continues to this day. Long ago, beginning with newspapers, media coverage informed readers of the latest scores and significant events in sports. Then there was the radio coverage, where listeners could follow the games and scores. Television was next in line, with pre-recorded and live coverage of all types of sporting events and related significant, sporting topics. Cable, satellite, digital and high definition television packages brought sports to the fans in a variety of general and paid programs. And with the latest technological advances, there are a variety of online and digital platforms that bring any and all sports, directly to the fans fingertips, on demand. People can now access any sports information, games, and scores on their personal computers, laptops, smart phones, tablets and even watches, at any time. With the surge of social media platforms in the last ten years, the options for a fan to get access to sports are more than plentiful (Coakley, 2015).

Many people argue over who needs who more. It is a very debatable topic and not one that really merits much effort because the two industries will likely always be interlinked. They benefit each other in a variety of ways. If they completely separated, both would survive at a cost. While there are so many types of media platforms available now, it is unlikely that there ever would or could be a complete separation between the two. Some forms of modern media are considered better than others for the sports industry, just as some sports coverage is better than others for the media. Negative media is a reality and that can have an adverse effect on a sports organization or individual. As with any topic, there are many areas of controversy between various media and sports organizations. Overall, as industries, these controversies are considered minor, when one takes their annual profits into account (Cuban, 2011).

The profitable relationship between sports and the media is one that neither industry would want to see go away. Sports are a huge part of society and culture. The sports industry provides entertainment for millions of fans around the globe. The media is a multifaceted platform that provides easy access to sports, games and news. There are a variety of spin off programs that focus on the athletes and the behind the scenes activities that fans enjoy. The media takes sports to a much higher level than just the game and the score. Both industries benefit from each other in many different ways. There are few other industries that have a co-dependence on each other that provides such a mutual benefit (Chiu and Wang, 2008).

The media is an extremely powerful and influential platform for just about any topic. The sports industry is a multi-billion dollar industry with considerable power and influence. These two entities do depend on each other for a variety of reasons, which benefit both parties. The sports industry uses the media for game coverage, and a variety of related coverage on athletes, rivalries, teams, organizations, management, and more. The media uses sports coverage to provide a multitude of programs and games, which is very profitable content and keeps ratings high. Then, there are the commercials, advertising and sponsoring, that generates billions of dollars annually, for both the media and sports industries. As two of the most profitable industries in the world today, their mutual linkage ensures that both industries will continue to grow and prosper into the foreseeable future (Lamendola, 2011).


Coakley, J. (2015). Sports in society: Issues and controversies (11th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Lamendola, A. (2011). Sports and Media: Do they need each other? American Sport in the 21st Century Scrapbook. Retrieved from

Cuban, M. (2011). What’s the role of media for sports teams? Blog Maverick. Retrieved from

Chiu, P., and Wang, C. (2008). Impact of Media Coverage of the 42nd World Archery Championships on Audience Attendance and Purchases. The Sport Journal. Retrieved from
Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Master Trainer

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Optic Fire Starter on Sale

Everyone knows that magnifying glasses can be used to start fires.

This optic fire starter is a thin, lightweight, magnifying glass. 

It is about the size of a credit card and easily fits into your wallet or pocket. 

It can be used for reading in addition to its fire starting role. 

It's a great addition to any EDC kit or bug out bag.

You can get one now, through my link for under 5 bucks. 

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Grab one today while supplies last.

Eric Dempsey
Master Sergeant,
US Army Retired 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Saving lives and empowering people

Rabbi Brian came to me obese, deconditioned and very weak. He also had a bad knee and could barely walk or move. His quality of life suffered greatly from his condition. He was depressed because he couldn't play with his kids or perform simple activities of daily life. He felt like he was a failure to his family and his followers. 

This past week he fit into a shirt that he hasn't fit into in a long time, he carried a heavy basket full of vegetables and fruit, up a hill, to his van -he used to need to have someone carry it for him, and he played with his kids, outside, for 4 hours, which was impossible a few weeks ago. 

He used to struggle to do simple tasks like closing the back hatch on his van. Now he can close it easily, with one hand. He can now walk much better without a limp. 

He is rapidly improving his quality of life and adding years to his life. His morale and confidence are much better and he now has a new sense of hope.

He still has a long road ahead of him. But he is so much better off than he was a month ago.

And that is why I do what I do.

It is so much more than just getting people in shape. 

It's about saving lives and empowering people to achieve a higher quality of life.

Eric Dempsey 
MS, ISSA Master Trainer 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Child Abuse in Youth Sports

In modern sports, the rise of youth athletics, has been steadily climbing over the past twenty years. The days of simple play for children, with the intent of recreation, leisure and fun, appear to be fading fast. Youth athletics has evolved from children simply playing games, to serious competition in a wide variety of sports. With this new level of competition, comes a variety of negative attributes, which may not be intentional, but are very real nonetheless. Special camps, travel teams, all stars and professional training services are common ingredients in today’s youth sports. Many youth sporting events have grown into big business with large profits at stake. The stress and pressures of these new situations in youth sports, has caused many unforeseen issues to arise, that need to be addressed for the welfare and safety of the children involved (Appenzeller, 2011).

There are many forms of abuse when it comes to child athletes. Different forms of abuse on today’s sports field can include physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, neglect and harassment. It is easier to understand the negative consequences of physical and sexual abuse. The other forms of abuse in the neglect, harassment and emotional abuse categories, are just as real and damaging as any physical abuse. These types of sports abuse were not very widely known or talked about in the past. In recent years, there have been a growing number of these incidents, involving these different forms of youth athlete abuse. Many court cases and litigation have come about as a result. The rising numbers of these incidents have gotten to the point where it is now a known problem, which have been addressed across many different forums (De Lench, 2015).

Another low key form of abuse, that seems to be happening frequently throughout the youth sports world, is a form of pampering or coddling, which leads the youth athlete in a direction that benefits the immediate needs of the team or coach and not the child’s best interests. Increasing performance, with the desire to win at all costs, is a new variable in youth sports that can have many negative effects on the youth athlete, especially long term. Instead of teaching the children involved in sports, how to make good decisions, based upon traditional morals and ethics, many are taught how to excel in the moment, without regard to the long term consequences. This type of abuse covers many different things such as using performance enhancing drugs or different training and sports shortcuts, to maximize performance on the field. Unfortunately, for the youth athlete, these types of shortcuts, hacks and tricks, can have life altering consequences, later in life (Elmore, 2013).

Aside from a child’s parents, a coach is one of the most powerful and influential figures in a young athlete’s world. There are many great coaches in the world today, who do great things for the children involved in sports. As with any group, there are also the bad apples of the bunch, who despite any good intentions, do not belong in a coaching job. A form of leadership or coaching that many coaches employ, revolves around mental and emotional cueing. By reaching the inner mental and emotional centers of a young athlete’s mind, a coach can deliver powerful messages to the athlete. Of course, this can be good or bad, depending on how it is done. Coaches are not psychologists and sometimes a coach’s verbal dialogue and related actions can have very harmful and negative effects on a young athlete. Regardless of the coach’s intentions, negative mental and emotional abuse of young athletes, is just as damaging, as any obvious physical abuses. Self-confidence, self-esteem, self-worth and the passion for playing sports can all be destroyed by a coach, employing negative mental and emotional tactics with a young athlete. This type of abuse is also very difficult to detect and isolate, as there are many variables in a child’s life, which can mistakenly be attributed to a change in behavior (Hartnett, 2015).

As different types of abuses with young athletes become more documented and well known, different agencies are beginning to fund and conduct more research into this complicated topic. Research into the multifaceted topic of youth athlete abuse is not an easy thing to do. There are many obstacles that stand in the way of any potential researchers. Political, financial, ethical and educational hurdles, stand in the way of researchers, who dare to delve into this sensitive topic. Nobody wants their team or school to be called out with an abuse scandal. Regardless, many organizations have been conducting research that will hopefully shed new light on this form of abuse. Physical abuse is probably the easiest form of youth athlete abuse to research, because of its obvious nature. Sexual, emotional and mental abuse and harassment are much more difficult to research, due to the sensitive and complex nature of these forms of abuse. Many organizations have formed child protection in sports offices with designated welfare specialists, who work with researchers, to investigate and take action on information provided. It still has a long way to go to reach optimal levels of effectiveness. Many agencies are now actively pursuing information on youth athlete abuse, in its many forms, and trying to find solutions to this intricate issue. (Tickle, 2010).

While research is important to understand more about youth athlete abuse, in its many forms, there are actions which many think need to be implemented immediately, to try to safeguard children from further abuse. Many think that certain actions and measures can be put into place quickly, which should help reduce the chances of further abuse. Some of these actions and measures include criminal background checks, increased education for coaches, administrators and staff members, policies implemented at school, organization and team level, hotlines setup for reporting abuse, and repercussions for officials, who fail to report and take action on abuse allegations. Many schools and organizations have already implemented some, if not all, of these measures (Hamilton, 2013).

Hopefully, these actions will help reduce the amount of abuse in the future. Many are concerned with the unknown abuses that are ongoing now or have already happened and have not been reported. Part of the issue involves the precarious situation that the young athlete is placed in, when these crimes occur. If a young athlete is doing well, despite being abused in some form; they are less likely to come forward and report an abuse and risk losing all that they have worked for. There is no simple answer to fix this dilemma. Some research has shown that those youth athletes, who have suffered the most abuse, are many times, the rising stars of the team, on the verge of greatness. These young athletes are very reluctant to come forward, with so much at stake. Educational and counseling programs have been implemented at many institutions to educate the youth athletes on these types of situations, and to give them options to report any abuse. It is still a difficult situation, despite many new courses of action that have been provided (Hamilton, 2013).

The threat of abuse, in its many forms, for youth athletes remains, despite many measures being undertaken to mitigate the risk. Awareness, education, standardized programs and policies are needed across the spectrum of youth athletics, to help reduce this type of abuse. Children should be able to participate in and enjoy sports, without the threat of some form of abuse, from adults, in positions of authority and influence. With the high stakes and stress of many youth athletic programs today, the threat of abuse will likely remain into the foreseeable future. This problem is complicated and wide reaching on a global level. Hopefully, the research and preventative measures, now being implemented, will at least reduce, the number of abuse occurrences. More work needs to be done, to eliminate this problem. Laws have been passed for child labor and education. It is time for the government to implement laws, to protect the children on the sports fields, as well (Appenzeller, 2011).


Appenzeller, H. (2011). Ethical behavior in sport. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press.

De Lench, B. (2015). Abuse in Youth Sports Takes Many Different Forms. MomsTeam. Retrieved from

Elmore, T. (2013). A New Kind of Child Abuse in Athletics. Growing Leaders. Retrieved from
Hartnett, T. (2015). The Mental Abuse of Young Athletes. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from

Tickle, L. (2010). Olympics 2012 spark rise in studies into abuse of child athletes. The Guardian. Retrieved from

Hamilton, M. (2013). Abuse in the Sports World, and What Needs to Be Done About It. Verdict. Retrieved from

Eric Dempsey
MS, ISSA Master Trainer