Being a Man: Fitness

What makes a man? What are the core traits and characteristics of a man?

To the Spartans, it was all about ἀρετή (arete: competence together with character), ἀνδραγαθία (andragathía: manly virtue), Καρτερία (kartería: endurance), and ἐγκράτεια (enkrateia: self-control). To the Vikings, it related to mannskarpr (masculinity), styrkr (fitness/strength), þrekr (fortitude), and Óðr expression. All in all, pretty abstract concepts. So, what does all this mean in practical terms?

In this series, we will explore the fundamental, core, and evolutionary traits and characteristics that define men, starting with fitness.

Fitness is the foundation of a man. It requires self-control and character. It builds physical strength and resilience. It is essential for the development of the mind and the acquisition of skills.

Fitness can be summarized with a Roman saying: Mens sana in corpore sano. A healthy mind in a healthy body.

Your path to awakening your ancestral primal instincts, and being a Viking and thus a man, starts with fitness.