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Above the Plain with Jake Lawrence

Above the Plain with Jake Lawrence

By Jake Lawrence
Thoughts on lifestyle: movement, nutrition, longevity, and performance.

Get fit. Be healthy. Stay confident.

Life enhancement specialist since 2005.
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Find Affinity Within Your Lifestyle

Above the Plain with Jake Lawrence

Nutrition: Tracking, Consistency & Importance
In training and in life you have to stay on top of your nutrition and hydration. The importance cannot be overstated. Associate how you feel with what you’ve consumed. Reflect, journal, assess your behaviors on a consistent basis.
July 29, 2022
Experience, Perception & Persistence
Modern life affords us many possibilities. One can focus on a specific area/aspect and go “all in” on maximizing that experience. While this has an appeal, and a genuine attraction (for social media), it creates an extremely polarized, unbalanced existence. How do I know? I’ve lived the “all in” in existence, doubled down on what I’m perceived to excel in, and ended up completely unbalanced. Equilibrium is what life requires of us. To be able to live in the mundane valley, as well as at the peak, is a skill is worth mastering. How can you exercise presence in each of your daily tasks? What happens when you look ahead? Can you slow down and take the time to prepare a meal? Can you take multiple small breaks during the day to move your body? Can you challenge yourself to persist when discomfort, distraction, and dis-ease settle in? Each day composes the totality of your life. You are defined by what you neglect as much as by what you do. From presence comes accurate analysis of behavior as well as pattern awareness. Micro improvements exist at every moment. Have the thoughts that direct you to take the action(s) that cause the effects you desire to have.
July 14, 2022
Musings on Resistance
How you confront the time you are given. Your effort. Your desire. Is a momentary choice in time. The time is always now.
June 09, 2022
Musings on Natural Living
In these times of limitless distraction and endless possibility you must control the inputs and direct your outputs. Focus and intention are the only way through this maze. Clarity is not cheap or easy. Get after it.
May 27, 2022
Find Affinity Within Your Lifestyle
Whether fitness, nutrition, mindset, or any chosen arena of participation it is essential you find your niche and exploit the enjoyment/interest you find. Optimization and longevity will surely follow. Onward and upward.
May 12, 2022
Be a Giver, Not a Taker
Energy is life’s fuel. Contribute, uplift, motivate, inspire, improve, etc. everything you participate in. The student can make the coach better. The coach can make the team better. We are movement. Onward and upward.
May 10, 2022
On Living: Your best self/life is always happening now
Forward. Accumulation has occurred, is occurring. Recognize, then get to it!
March 22, 2022
Longevity: The Process of Quality
Quality vs. Quantity? What will come from longevity if one only lives passively? What will you persist in?
March 17, 2022
Performance: Optimizing our choices to align with our goals/outcomes/desires
Success is a product of repetition. How we use our time either limits or enhances our opportunities. Recognizing that we are always performing is the first step in getting on a path worth living for. Get fit. Be healthy. Stay confident.
March 15, 2022
Movement: Fragmented Training, Tension + Flow
Your workout should be an experience you enter into on a daily basis. Make it accessible and you create the potential for longevity and performance.
December 07, 2021
Longevity: VO2 Max + Cardiovascular Fitness
Longevity is a product of lifestyle. The most effective action you can take right now is to improve your cardiovascular fitness. Improve your base aerobic capacity and strengthen your top-end output. MAF HR = 180 – Your Age. Get fit. Be healthy. Stay confident.
November 23, 2021
Cardio: Extended Endurance + High-Intensity
When each is preferred. Know your ability. Know your desired outcome.
November 12, 2021
Intuitive Transitions: From Fall to Winter
Be ready to pivot and adapt. Life is movement.
November 08, 2021
The Cause and The Effect
What comes first? What comes later? Focus on the cause. Learn about the cause. Small consistent actions create massive change. FIT. HEALTHY. CONFIDENT.
November 01, 2021
Nutrition: Lifestyle is a Choice
How you live each moment is important. Understanding consequence is not a choice, but a requirement. Get fit. Be healthy. Stay confident.
October 14, 2021
Irrational Interest
What drives you? What inspires you? What fills your space and time? Do you own it? Do you control its starting and stopping? When will you recognize and give more to this thing of importance?
October 07, 2021
The Knife Edge (short)
Go deep, yet understand that all action (and inaction) has consequences. Get fit. Be healthy. Stay confident. Direct, simple solutions to live your optimal existence. Move. Eat. Supplement. Perform. Live.
October 05, 2021
STRENGTH: Get fit, stay confident
Engage, adapt, and grow.
September 27, 2021
Lifestyle: thoughts, intentions, actions, and outcomes
Avoid decision fatigue by eliminating options. Do it because you love it not because of an intended outcome. Lifestyle is a product of choosing and persisting. You can’t choose and persist in multiple directions.
September 24, 2021
Transitions: Season Change
As the seasons change so too may your energy, outlook, and desires. Be open to modifying your workout. Variety is your friend. Just as the long summer days shorten with the arrival of the beauty of fall, so may your workout shorten and sharpen into a tranquil period of growth.
September 20, 2021
Results: Slowing Down to Speed Up
Slow things down to speed up your success.
September 17, 2021
Belief + Imagination = Life
It is your fault. It is my fault. We are all responsible. Accept and move forward. Life is happening. Experience is the present.
August 20, 2021
Endure: life, pt. 1
Endurance. To live is to endure. Choose. Everything is a choice. Impossibility doesn’t exist. Give. Effort. Attitude. Possibility. Pt. 1 is an introduction. Onward.
August 18, 2021
Belief + Imagination = Life
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
It is your fault. It is my fault. We are all responsible. Accept and move forward. Life is happening. Experience is the present.
August 12, 2021
Discomfort — An Opportunity for Growth
Voluntary? Involuntarily? Dive deep. Explore. Grow. Be the example you would have liked to have had in your life.
July 22, 2021
Challenge: Dealing with the unexpected (pt. 1)
We are all given the opportunity to partake in challenges. These may arrive at unexpected times, when we are least prepared. It is here we must accept the challenge presented and move forward with confidence and enthusiasm. Get it. Be healthy. Stay confident.
June 07, 2021
Lifestyle: Movement + Nutrition + Longevity + Performance
Lifestyle and it’s four elements. Composing an experience worth living.
May 28, 2021
Think On This: Imitate the Cause, Not the Effect
Stay confident. See the achievement. But obsess over the actions, not the result.
May 27, 2021
Lifestyle Nutrition
Understanding the difference between balance and performance. What is visually appealing is often not successful living. The law of polarity is real. Decrease your swing (high to low) and you remain balanced. Increase your swing (way high to way low) and you’ll struggle. Be healthy.
May 13, 2021
Nutrition: Listen to the Body
Pause the decision. Relax the mind. Listen to the body.
April 29, 2021
“Health” and Nutritional Discomfort
To become “less” we must consume “less” ... analyze, debrief, and plot the course of your new reality.
March 29, 2021
Be Healthy #3
Nutrition in the process of growth, recovery, and potential.
February 09, 2021
Stay Confident #3
From competence comes confidence. Get fit. Be healthy. Stay confident.
February 08, 2021
Get Fit #1
Winter movement focus. Use this time to become an enlightened physical being. Move well. Move with intention. Feel each extension, flexion, propulsion, etc. From the mind, form the physical body.
January 14, 2021
Stay Confident #2
Live from the “I Am”... the world wants us to express the art which lies within. Give it life. Give it importance. Confidence is never given from without (outer world) rather it is manifest from within.
January 12, 2021
Be Healthy #2
What does being healthy look like? What must I include? What must I add? How can I address my dietary and nutritional needs? What really matters? Get fit. Be healthy. Stay confident.
January 07, 2021
Epictetus: A Discourse on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness
A reading from the art of living. Consider what comes first, then what follows, and then act.
December 16, 2020
Stay Confident #1
Get fit. Be healthy. Stay confident. Success strategies to achieve your desired outcome.
December 05, 2020
Be Healthy #1
Be healthy. Change your state. Just breathe. Hyper hydrate. Change yourself, change your world. Onward.
November 27, 2020
Not Ready? Do It Anyway
It’s rarely, if ever, the perfect time. Removing non-essential barriers to movement is paramount to your Heath and wellness lifestyle. If the goal is to enhance the quality of your life, the solution is to improve your health and vitality. Movement accelerates. Movement facilitates. Just do it.
November 23, 2020
Being Consciously Choiceless
Listen to discomfort. Choose to not identify in the moment. Here you are open to experience, not a slave to habit (thought, expectation, fear, anticipation).
November 19, 2020
Mind/Body: Overcoming Barriers to Progress
Overcome the mental barriers to progress. Bodyweight exercise, calisthenics, are simple avenues to achieve small wins and build avenues of success into your weeks.
October 22, 2020
A Short Reading: Life is and Always Will Be in the Way
These readings are from my personal journals. Upon reflection, writing follows, and the experience is lived twice. Enjoy.
October 19, 2020
A Short Reading: Post Morning Run
These readings are from my personal journals. Upon reflection, writing follows, and the experience is lived twice. Enjoy.
October 16, 2020
Living Your Passion
What we feed grows. Choose to align your passion with your purpose... an outcome you can live with will follow.
October 15, 2020
Simple > Complex
The simple solution is always the best option. The insanity is that most practitioners choose complexity to keep the client beholden to their teaching. Here, above the plain, we only care about RESULTS. Onward
October 13, 2020
Precursors to Progress
Where the mind goes all else follows.
July 18, 2020
Thoughts on self-confidence.
July 11, 2020
Do I have to like exercise?
All is perspective. You are “I AM” not the perspective. Change your perspective. Change your life.
July 07, 2020
The (Past) and Future of Fitness
Brief history of my experience with and without the gym on this fitness lifestyle journey.
June 01, 2020
The 5-minute plank
Give it a go. Do it every day. From a positive moment forms your ideal self-image.
May 31, 2020
Mental Fitness — the key ingredient to lifestyle success
Mental fitness. Build it!
May 30, 2020
Movement Modalities: Running + SUP
The mode leads to the experience.
April 20, 2020
Think on This: Mental Toughness
A reading from “The Edge” by Howard Ferguson
April 20, 2020
Think on This: Class
A reading from “The Edge” by Howard Ferguson
April 19, 2020
Think on This: Courage to Succeed
A reading from “The Edge” by Howard Ferguson
April 18, 2020
Think on This: Faith
A reading from “The Edge” by Howard Ferguson
April 17, 2020
Fear. Power. Energy.
Life is process. In order to understand your participation, indoctrination, and relinquishing of control we must study these three words.
April 16, 2020
Thoughts from the Run
Mind flow. What came in. What went out
April 15, 2020
Your Proximity to Anything is Your Proximity to Everything
With a sharp mind and a lean body you approach all desires from a better place. Your readiness is high. Confidence is high. Now, execute. From process comes outcome.
April 08, 2020
Above the Plain
Today ushers in a pivot point. A time to reflect, refocus, and direct ourselves with passion and purpose. Let us explore the possibility, uncover our story and live passionately for the time is always now.
March 29, 2020
Behavior Change: “Triggers”
The smell, sound, time of day, etc. that causes a reaction, often unconscious...
March 24, 2020
“Longevity and Performance”
Understanding parameters of success is essential to achieving the intended outcome.
September 27, 2018
“Coaches and Mentors are Pivotal”
The role of personal coaching and mentorship in our lives. Reflect on how coaches, friends, and mentors may have played pivotal roles at key moments in your life. There is no reason for that to stop.
September 20, 2018
Choice: Small Steps to Success
The power of choice is immense. Rewiring your response to behavioral cues is essential to create lasting change. Get after it!
September 17, 2018
“Clean Your Plate”
The mindset of completion. Finishing what you start day in and day out is a powerful discipline for success in life. Visit for more information.
September 16, 2018
September 15, 2018
September 15, 2018