It’s great to be validated by a famous Japanese samurai. Recently I read The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. Written 370 years ago, Musashi discusses battle and warfare, but most importantly using your intuition, being instinctive, observing what’s going on around you and varying your tactics. What does this have to do with health and fitness? Everything. Achieving your goals is not about following a set pattern of exercises or a specific diet plan. It’s about learning, adapting, improving, prevention and, ultimately, formlessness. If you decide the battle (to lose weight or run a marathon) is already won, then you’ve won. All you need to do is put in the work to make it happen.

What amazed me was how modern and applicable the book felt. Written more as a guide or how-to book, I suggest reading it in small bits. Don’t just read it and say you’re done. Absorb and implement his words. I can truly see how this book can be used with athletic teams, businesses and individuals. I highly recommend it if you’re looking to take your health and fitness to the next level.