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Building The Mind/Muscle Connection

Building muscle is a great way to improve yourself but combine it with mental training and you're getting the best of both worlds not only from a physical aspect but from the inside as well. There are many programs that develop this particular aspect of physical culture and many are good but only a few show the true meaning to the term mind/muscle connection. Take Isometrics for example you push against a wall and you're pushing and pushing but if you push the wall with your mind at the same time you may find yourself being stronger and more efficient. Another example is DVR/VRT exercise, you visualize the resistance with your mind and its connecting you to the muscles you working. You flex and move and before you know it you're building nerve force and a powerful connection with your entire body from the inside out. Building strength is great in the physical sense but mental strength is more important otherwise it will be boring. Create a connection and you will master th…

Push-ups & Working Other Muscles!!!!

Doing high rep push-ups is considered to be very beneficial but it isn't for everyone. Now there are people that believe that high rep push-ups is doing mindless reps and are not beneficial. Obviously they don't do that and feel they are experts. Now doing high rep push-ups throughout the day is more beneficial I believe then doing them all at once. Throughout the day your body is at recovery and when you get to a new set your body is refresehed and ready. I have done this plenty of times and got up to about 250-300 push-ups a day for a while. Do you need to do high reps....No but you can use push-ups to work into other muscles. Example on incline push-ups focus on your legs and squeeze them while your doing push-ups. For grip and finger power do fingertip push-ups. There are many ways to work into what you want and any way you choose push-ups can make you far stronger health and strength wise to your body to weight ratio.

Scrolling

This is a method of bending where you design long peices of steel from 3ft to say 20ft or longer. This in my opinion is the most fun out of all the bending feats that usually end in a "U" shape. You can do that if its pretty thick steel say 5/8ths of an inch thick and it won't scroll. This is also where strength/endurance pays off in a huge manner wherein the tendons and ligements need to be crazy strong to keep going on the design and it is a full body workout whether you want it to be or not. If I had to pick 4 of the best scrollers in the world at this feat here they are:

Erik Vining

Alexander Zass

Mighty Atom

Slim The Hammer Man

These men without question are the strongest men at this feat and most iron game specialists would agree. To make a shape out of long rebar or flat steel takes insane strength endurance and a mind/body connection thats just off the charts. The true secret to this exercise is isometrics. If you don't believe it try it.

Update On Warrior Power T's

I have started getting back into doing this strength tool. From what I have experienced using them and learning about them I have come to the conclusion that they are the closest to feel like bending a bar or a tough nail/bolt. The reason why I say this is because it takes a full body effort plus an amount of isometric contraction where you are moving at a place thats far lower then regular push-ups. These are infact push-up handles that are designed to not make you strong as hell but also to make your push-ups as difficult as you can get. Whoever says they are easy is lying because if they were easy everybody would be a strength athlete. These have helped a great deal in my bending feats cause of the tension needed to put into the bend for that isometric movement or in other terms Dynamic Tension. When I mean it takes a full body effort I mean what I say, everything from your neck to your toes is contracted and needs to be to pull this off. I'd be stoked the day I crank out 50+ i…