Showing posts from March, 2007

Bridging- Pros & Cons

When it comes to fitness there is one subject that very few talk about (mostly in martial arts) and thats bridging: Hands alone, head alone and hands/head. There are many people who believe bridging isnt good for you and you're going to snap your neck and ect. These are the people that never bridged in their life and want to give other a bad rap about it cause they feel if they can't do neither can anybody else. Now lets take a look at the pros and cons of bridging and see what we can come up with.

Pro- When done properly it energizes the body by releaving nerve force which causes new life in the bloodstream and to the organs of the body.

Con- First who start out will be fearful of being upside down and are not used to being bent backwards.

Pro- Builds strength/flexibilty/endurance throughout the whole body and with the proper breathing it can a calm and relaxing exercise

Con- Causes of bit of pressure to the head even in the proper position and the trainee must caution himsel…

Push-Ups: Better then the Bench Press?

Thats been one of the world's top questions in fitness and there have been many answers, some good, some bad and some just plain stupid. Heres how I would pan it out by experiencing both. The bench press is the leading exercise in weightlifting and the most famous question "What can you bench" has been going on for decades since the 60's maybe longer. Benching can make you stronger but you will suffer many consequences as you progress to higher weight. Shoulder problems, tendonitis in the elbow, blown out triceps, chest pain, neck problems and torn trapizius joints. There are men and women that are some of the strongest people on the planet yet an extreme few can do push-ups. Whats wrong with this picture? People hitting a hardcore upper body developer and cant do some simple push-ups with their own bodyweight.

What people don't realize (and if they're smart to notice) is that push-ups build the entire body from head to toe from 100's apon 100's of an…

Gama Fitness

Probably my top 5 program out of tons of books I have on strength/conditioning. A program by the controversal Matt Furey that was formulated after the greatest wrestler of all-time The Great Gama of India who was undefeted in 5000 matches and trained like an animal day in and day out. It was said by many articles of the great champion that he trained in thousands of calisthenics plus hours of swimming, running and wrestling and with these sayings its very exaggerated but at the same time you knew this man of a beast trained hard.

In this course you are taught how to develop strength in many areas including the mind. In each lesson out of 12 you will exercises that focus on ways to get your mind and muscles work in ways that are rarely taught today. If you learn what to do in this course alone you can do anything you wanted to do. It even teaches you how to gain/lose weight through the power of the mind and exercise and the obvious by eating.

Get into it, focus on what you want and just …

Strongman And Feats They Attempt

What makes a person strong and powerful that no matter what they do its going to be a jaw dropper? Is it proper training? Is it genetics? Or is it pure fire and determination to pull off such a risky attempt at something dangerous?

Well any one of those things can be a factor but the fact of the matter is there are human beings in this world are just flat out strong as hell small or big they're tough. What are some of the feats these people pull off?

Pulling Boats

Tearing Phonebooks

Deadlifting 800 lbs.

Bending very tough nails

Benching 1000 pounds

Human Turkish Get-Up

Closing The Number 4 COC Handgripper (365 lbs. of pressure)

These are all the things strongman around the world have attempted and some even went beyond what the feat even required. I feel if you want to get strong you have to put in hard work and go through intense mental conditioning to train for your feat(s). I love watching strongman competitions and it never ceases to amaze what these men and women pull off. Theres an o…

The Great Gama Of India

Ghulum Mohammed aka. The Great Gama was born into a wrestling family that had a legendary legacy and He was soon to follow. Started training at the age of 8 in the sand pits. He gradually built up tremendous strength and endurance that by age 11 he was to enter in a contest of 100's of young wrestlers. It wasnt a wrestling competition it was to determine what exercises these young boys finished that would sure them as either winners or losers. They exercised with indian clubs, maces, hindu push-ups, squats, bridging ect. Gama was declared the winner by a great margin.

As for his training, legend has it he trained everyday by doing thousands of calisthenics and swam and wrestled for hours. Although the numbers seem aggerative it was clear that this young man had the will and mental attitude to withstand such physical training that within the peak of his career he was 5'7 at nearly 260 pounds of solid muscle and might. He wrestled with the best of them wrestling men that came fr…

My Story pt.2

After high school, I took time off and just did nothing, cried and just got very depressed and being at home with my dad wasnt making life any easier. He kept pushing me to get a job when I knew i wasnt up for it and not because I didnt want one, I wanted to just be myself and break myself from this depression and anxiety so I left my dads and moved a few miles to live with my mom. I needed the change and this was the only place where I felt safe and get my anger out and create new things for myself.

In september of '03 I went to a small community college in Aptos, CA about 10 miles from where I lived and went to classes for a week and told myself "this isnt you and things wont get easier later on" so I left college to do weightlifting full-time. I signed up for a 2 year application and went to the gym. I lifted around 3 times a week sometimes 6 and had my ups and downs. Tried every routine in the book and all I wanted to do was lift heavy weights and just wanted to power…

My Story pt.1

I was born July 28th, 1984 in Santa Clara, CA at 5:30 pm. Born 6 pounds 8 ounces and as healthy as you can get. Well over a year later, around 14 months I became ill and my parents didnt know what to do. I was rushed to the hospital where I was born and had taken many tests to find out I had Spinal Menengitis a germ that goes directly from the spinal cord to the brain and made switches in my bodily functions so everything went the oppisite way. There were 2 things supposedly were going to happen to me that the doctors told my family: Either I was gonna die from this disease or if I lived I wouldnt have the brain of more then a ten year old.

I lived and had to learn everything all over again, I was more right sided then so everything shifted and had to learn how to use my left side since my right became weaker. Over the years I was in speech therapy, taking tests to see how sociable my lifestyle and attitudes differ from othr people and if I can co-exist in a normal setting. Learning sp…

The Chest Expander

One of the best training equipment is not one thats on weights or kettlebells but rubber cables. The Chest Expander is considered the cable equipment to train the shoulders/arms/back. Once you use over a period of time and using heavier type cables it'll make your upper body have the strength of male gorilla (slight exaggeration) but you know what i'm getting at. At one time during the golden age of physical culture it was used in competitions in europe to determine who was the strongest strand puller (thats what they called it then).

Now unlike weights where you have to switch to a different weight and that can be a bit of a hassel considering people in gyms using the equipment, with the cables take a couple of em and add on either lighter or heavier cables, very simple. When stretched out it works the shoulders from angles you cant get from either weights or bodyweight exercises. It not only builds great strength but you're building tremendous flexibility and that alone…

The Power Of The Mind

No matter what we do in life, we all begin with a thought and end with a thought. Some of us human beings have forgotten how powerful we can really be if we just focused on what we really wanted and how we could achieve a certain goal. When it comes to fitness, most of us today believe if we went on a diet or trained to gain weight that what routine or what we exercise will automatically happen. Anybody who thinks that is way off and full on ignorant for thinking that. If we just trained and ate and figured things will start to go according to that specific idea we'd all be in trouble one way or another and we blame the idea instead of ourselves. When I did weightlifting all I cared about was lifting heavy and being big and eventually I was at nearly 265 pounds, sadly no matter what I ate or lifted I got a little fatter and blown out every time cause I figured if I lifted hard and ate hard i'd be a machine. Far from it brother.

By the time I started reading Combat Conditioning,…

Ripping a Phonebook

This to me is one of the most impressive feats in all of strength. Most people today rip a book by either pushing down on the binding and break the book or sqeeze the pages together and "pop" the book which eventually tear in half but for me I like to tear the book like the old-time strongman and just use pure Grip strength. Now what I mentioned earlier on popping the book thats the cheating way to break the book and thats ok if thats what people want to do but its not nessecarly the only way. Ripping a phonebook is just plain awesome to do and the thing I like is that no matter where you are in the U.S they're usually free to grab in the area you live in.

The best way to get better at ripping phonebooks is just by progessing up to thicker books and as a novice for now my best book is 700 pages, I believe the world record is around 3000 so I have some work to do lol. I learned a technique to rip a book by the best pound for pound strongmen of all-time Dennis Rogers and th…

Conditioned Athletes vs. Bodybuilders

These 2 advesaries have been going at it for decades and many people have different opinions, intrests and experiences. When I talk about conditioned athletes I mean by football players, wrestlers, gymnasts, baseball players, basketball and combat ect. These athletes are a special breed, no matter how you put it these guys are the athletes of the world, they know what they must do to be in shape and they are in shape for that particular sport, doesnt matter whos better at what sport it all matters on their dedication and how they got there and do they have the drive to keep going. Some do some don't but one way or another we as fans have watched them do their thing but never knew how they trained.

I believe the athlete who puts himself in a position where he is the last one to stand and fire up his team or just himself and wants to finish what he started thats a conditioned athlete and he is the strongest of them all. They train hard and they train with fire, thats the slight few. …

Isometrics for Super Strength

This particular type of training is a great way to not only increase physical exercise but it makes you work the mind as well. Unlike other forms of exercises (Bodyweight, weight training or other forms of resistance training) Isometrics are in a class all in their own and lol believe it or not their difficult to do. When you learn to control whats difficult and master my god man you're on your way to achieve higher and higher goals and you just want to keep driving. Isometrics make you flex multiple muscle groups even the joints in your body without having to move. Pushing against a wall or holding onto a pull-up bar thats an isometric your tensing to stay on and when you can hold for a good amount of time, damn man you're building strength. With this training and adding to your current regimen or something to start with, they will help you increase your strength and improve your physique. There are thousands of ways to do Isometrics so you have a wide variety to choose from …

The best routine

There many ways to develop a routine but people always ask what is the best out of all the things you can do. Truth is the best routine is your own, you create it, the goals the sets, the reps and the exercises. Never believe the routine someone else uses will work for you cause that would just be cheating. No matter what bodybuilding magazine or book or course you read only one thing will make you stronger, powerful, full of stamina and enormous flexibility and thats your own goals, everything else is set for you the question is how do you apply it? Heres a few things to get started and see what you can do for yourself.

Hindu Squats

Probably by far one of the best exercises for the legs and overall body conditioning. It strengthens the legs, hips, calves, butt, chest, arms and back. What a lethal combo dont you think. Never be afraid to bring the knees foward, that helps strengthen the knees, it did for mine. Now some people shouldnt do this but I believe 98% of the people who can will benefit from just got to try. If you're in football you will build strength as well as cardiovascular conditioning for the 40 yrd dash or just keep your legs durable for those final moments in the game where most of the guys are warn out. Its great for all sports and better yet its great for your health cause it strengthens the internal organs, heart, kidneys, lungs, liver everything. Give this one a go and soon enough you'll have legs of a tree trunk while having tri-athlete endurance.

Heres the way to do them correctly.

Yours in Power & Might


Leverage Lifting And The Man Who Made It Possible!

Its rarely seen these days and its starting to bubble as a straight shooting training tool to develop a powerful grip. I'm talking about leverage lifting or in other words, train with a sledge hammer. There are quite a few ways to do this for one, take a sledge hammer and hold it straight up with a straight arm, now by using the power of your wrist, tilt the hammer to your face and bring it back without bending too much of the elbow, or two, lift the hammer off the ground from the bottom of the handle, very tough and must coordinated precisely or you just wont make the lift. Thats 2 I can come up with right i'll leave the others to your improvsation. Now how did all this kind of training get started, well it began with an 18 year old worker in a pennsylvania quarry and this young developed a certain natural strength by swinging a 16 pound hammer and cutting stone on a per ton basis 12-14 hours a day, 6-7 days a week. At a small show in gilbertsville this young man was watching…

Power & Might

No matter how you put them, these 2 words always catch some one's attention one way or another. They can be used in any type of definition but I love referring to them in the Fitness World. To me these words means strength, means iron will, means over the top endurance and also the feeling of hitting your personal record with hardcore determination. This will start being a blog that I'd like everyone to check up on, you can read if you wish and if you don't like what I have to say then I'm not worried theres plenty of other people who like to read. I will feed you guys info at the end of every blog that can give you an idea of what I love to use, read or recommend for either the elite athlete or the average Joe.

When it comes to hand crushing strength, there are many ways to built it and make grip strength the key to gaining great strength and power in everything you do. Here's a site that will help your grip get to levels neither you or anybody can imagine, I'…