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Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Eric Dempsey
ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What does earning a medal mean?

Got my medal in the mail today! 

I have been sore and aching all month due to this challenge. 

27.3 miles kicked my ass. 

But I did it!

I can't do the long distance stuff anymore. 

I broke it down into short daily increments. 

It took me about 3 weeks. 

Due to my old injuries, I don't do events like this too often.

The medal itself doesn't mean anything. 

Although it does look cool. 

But what it represents is that I accepted a physical challenge outside of my comfort zone. And I completed it. 

I wasn't the best or the fastest. But I was able to make myself better than I was yesterday.   

That was my competition- yesterday's Me.

Go find a challenge and do it. Compete against who you were yesterday. And beat that person. 

Get out of you comfort zone. That's where all of the progress and success awaits you!

I'm off to search for my next challenge!

Eric Dempsey
Master Sergeant, US Army Retired
MS, NESTA Certified Endurance Sports Trainer 

Wildlife Chronicles of Salem, AL: Jake the Snake

In today's edition of "sights and sounds from the SLLS halt", I was visited by Jake the snake.

I'm thinking he is a rat snake?? Anyone know?

I asked him to hold up a second so I could get a picture of him. And he stopped on cue! It was like he heard me. Pretty cool. 

I took a couple pics and thanked him for his time. And I asked if he could help out with the bugs and such around the yard. 

He flickered his tongue a few time and off he went. 

My snake recognition skills are not as good as my vehicle recognition skills. But he looks like his comrades that I have seen before. 

He wasn't afraid of me and I wasn't afraid of him. We talked and I got some pictures and he went on his merry way. 

I love having calm interactions with creatures of the Forrest. 

Eric Dempsey
Master Sergeant, US Army Retired
ISSA Specialist in Strength and Conditioning 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

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Eric Dempsey
NASM Weight Loss Specialist

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wildlife Chronicles of Salem, AL: Sparrows Regain Control of Contested Area

House Sparrow

New report from the "sights and sounds from the morning SLLS halt".

In a shocking development, elements of the sparrow forces have gained positive control of the contested battlespace in Area of Operations (AO) Backyard.

Today, the sparrow elements saturated the area with numerous forces and effectively seized control of the entire AO.

This was unexpected as the blue jay elements were far larger and more powerful. This brings merit to the old concept of strength in numbers.

A large force of sparrows were able to defeat their larger and more powerful enemy (blue jays) with determination, grit and tenacity.

It must be noted that ground elements of the lizard faction from the Backyard Security Forces were seen occupying observation posts throughout the AO.

It does raises some tactical questions about the future.

Will the sparrow elements be able to hold their ground?

What role did the lizard elements play in this operation?

Have the sparrow forces and the lizard element aligned themselves?

Will elements of the mockingjay or blue jay forces counter attack?

Time will tell. Stay tuned for more updates from this volatile region.

Photo credit: Steve Creek

Eric Dempsey
Master Sergeant, US Army Retired
Dempseys Resolution Fitness

Pepper Joins The Women's Bench Press Club!

Pepper received my class on the bench press and went on to join the women's bench press club by hitting 125lbs and 135lbs on the bench press 1 rep max. 

This is a great achievement for women as strength is something that is usually a challenge for most. Pepper is number 19 in the club and she should be proud of her great accomplishment.

Great work Pepper!

Eric Dempsey
Certified LV1 Underground Strength Coach

Monday, March 14, 2016

Wildlife Chronicles of Salem, AL: The Blue Jay

In this episode of "sights and sounds from the SLLS halt", a new dominant force has emerged.

Last week, mockingbird factions remained in positive control of the battle space in AO (area of operations) Backyard.

Recent developments indicate a shift in power, that could upset the balance of forces and stability in the region.

Reports from the LP/OP (listening post/observation post), indicate the presence of forces from the blue jay element.

It appears that highly mobile, agile and hostile units from the blue jay forces successfully conducted a cordon and search of the entire AO.

All opposing forces from the red cardinal, sparrow and mockingbird elements have been routed and have not been seen in the AO since the time of this report.

It is believed that the routed forces are regrouping and planning for a counteroffensive.

The blue jay forces have reportedly established several blocking positions and engagement areas on the eastern and western boundaries of the AO.

They are also conducting routine combat air patrols to protect the newly conquered airspace.

Blue jay elements have also been reported in over watch positions along all key avenues of approach into the AO.

The LP/OP will continue to provide us with near real time intelligence, that we can use to keep you updated on new developments in the AO.

Will the blue jay forces dominate the region?

Are the badly bruised but not defeated forces of the free bird coalition going to counterattack?

Only time will tell.

Stay tuned for breaking updates from the LP/OP.

Photo credit:

Henry T. McLin

Thursday, March 10, 2016

All Roads Lead to Rome

Another little walkabout for the "All Roads Lead to Rome" Virtual 27.3 mile challenge.

So far I've done 7.3 miles and have 20 to go. 

I forgot how tough ruck marching is, not only physically, but mentally as well.

I've only been doing this challenge for a couple of days and my legs are screaming sore. 

It's good stuff. These challenges help me push myself. 


Sara joins the Women's Bench Press Club Today!

Today, my client Sara, received my class on the bench press.

It was her first time bench pressing ever.

She then went on to join the Women's 125lb Bench Press Club as number 18, by benching 140lbs unassisted. 

On top of that, her weight and body fat% were both down as well.

Great Job Sara!

Keep up the great work.

Eric Dempsey
NASM Weight Loss Specialist 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wildlife Chronicles of Salem, AL: The Mockingbirds

This morning, while drinking my coffee on the back patio, during my daily SLLS halt, I observed mockingbirds, conducting area denial operations.

Two sizable mockingbirds (maybe a couple?) controlled the land and airspace of my backyard and the neighbors.

They aggressively drove off other birds and maintained positive control of the land and air, in their sector of operations.

Opposition was mainly from smaller sparrows, who attempted to establish a foothold in the contested area.

The sparrows were defeated repeatedly and decisively, in a series of small engagements, which resulted in the tactical withdrawal of all sparrow elements.

Of note, was the fact that from my LP/OP position, I could distinctly hear the chirping songs of at least 5 different birds, despite the fact that only two mockingbirds were visible.

Research indicates that mockingbirds are known to mimic the sounds of other species. Could these have been the sounds of the two mockingbirds?

Or were all of the other birds perched outside of the perimeter of this contested area, voicing their protests.

Why was this happening? I have no idea. But it made for an interesting first cup of coffee.

Nature is amazing and the drama of the wild can be interesting and intriguing, for those who take the time to notice.

Photo credit: 
Monte Stinnett,

Eric Dempsey
Master Sergeant, U.S. Army Retired

Monday, March 7, 2016

Get outside and be active!

First walk of the year.

Took advantage of the great weather to crush Monday and get out of my comfort zone.

Strolled around the neighborhood with a 60lb ruck to begin the conditioning process. 

Legs and traps were screaming. 

I enrolled in the "All Roads Lead to Rome" 27.3 mile Virtual Challenge. 

So I've got to drag my lazy butt out and get 27.3 miles done. 

I will do a short walk everyday for a couple weeks to knock it out. 

Short ruck marches are good for me. It doesn't inflame my old injuries and it provides functional full body conditioning. 

Find new ways to add variety and challenge to your training. 

Get outside and be active!