Friday, February 25, 2011

301 Kettlebell Snatches In 10min.

That just doesn't sound believeable. How can a man at 6'2 185 lbs. be one of three men to hit that many reps with a 53 lb. KB when the other 2 men beat him in a massive size advantage. Plus why in the hell would anyone want to do that many reps in that amount of time? On a more serious note the man who has now accomplished this feat is Personal Trainer/Strongman Logan Christopher. What Techniques could you get to get your HGH levels at a height that can shoot beyond the moon and stars? Let him show you the way and trust me as i've seen him upclose he is the best at what he does. For a man his size you wouldn't think he is strong yet from personal experience he is pound for pound one of the strongest guys around and never judge a book by its cover.

Kettlebell Snatch Domination

For more info on Logan & his products check out the banners and text links on the right hand side.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Super Human Workshop Is On The Way

There have been fitness seminars, strongman workshops, health retreats and qi gong classes but there has never been a Super Human Workshop......A place for men and women of all fitness levels to not just take their training to the next level but to create a power inside you shoot through the heavens, over the moon and surge through the stars. Become the person you want to be and get the power and strength to back it up.......Here's a little of what you'll find...

Pushing Your Maximum Strength While Under Extreme Conditioning Loads

How to get the third cardio...Long Conditioning with strength

Correct Your Push-up that 90% of people make one major mistake on

Progress your Strength Work incorperating Bodyweight & Weight Training Exercises

Learn the basic Feats Of Strength (Steel Bending, Phonebook Tearing and Ripping Decks Of Cards)

Increasing Your Strength whether you're a meat-eater, vegetarian or vegan

Faster Results in the Bridge (Wrestler & Gymnastic)

Plus Many More.........

How can you not want to go to this. Any strongman worth his salt should be there and whoever wants to jump start their strength & conditioning. Now who are the Hosts of this Historic Event....

Logan Christopher..........

A premier strongman on the rise and one of the best trainees around as of late....His new record of 301 KB Snatches w/ a 24kg KB is just utterly incredible and the only man on the planet that i've heard (And Seen) that can stay in a perfect wrestler's bridge while holding 2 KB's and have concrete block broken on top of his torso. He is without question one of the strongest men on the planet at his size. You will see that this man is very knowledgeable in his work with Exercise, Nutrition, Mental Power & Strongmanism. Learn his story from scrawny high school football player to a 6'2 185 lbs. strongman with the strength to pull vehicals with his hair.

Bud Jeffries..............

A man who has overcome more adversity in his lifetime then most people will show you point by point, word for word how you can walk over your own adversities and then some. He is the World's Strongest Man at 5'11 and 275 lbs. He has records that can expand an encyclipedia for example....

3000 KB Swings

1000 lbs. Squat (Starting At Bottom Position)

2000+ Push-ups

1000+ Bodyweight Squats

Pulling A School Bus

Thats just a bit of what this man has accomplished but at this Workshop he's not going to brag about his records, he's gonna show you how to create the power you want to take your strength to the next level and how you can amplify your endurance whether you're 150 or 375 pounds. Thats right Bud was once nearly 400 pounds but yet can go long distance in a MMA fight or in a workout that would make most men puke. During a one year span he lost a total of 110 lbs. with the KB Swing as a main conditioning tool along with proper nutrition. That should tell you that he can give you the idea that its not impossible to lose bodyfat and not just lose bodyfat but still leave you with strength that you can still hold. Believe it or not after losing all that weight Bud's strength stayed at a staggering 90%. To most thats pretty good but for someone like Bud with the strength he has thats unbelieveable.

Look For Details in the links below and to get a bit of what these guys are and who has shared their secrets with them here is a little product that they have put together to share the secrets of Super Human Training.

Super Human Training Workshop

Super Human Training


Come Out to San Jose, CA April 15th-17th and find the new you or better yet find the person you want to become. Hope I'll See You There.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Small or Big You Have The Ability To Be Super Strong

When you visualize the image of a strongman what do you see? Cannonball Biceps? Thourobread Legs? Horseshoe Triceps? A V-Taper Back? Thats what many would think you nee to have to be strong when infact you don't need to have major built muscles. When a strongman performs a feat of strength (legit ones) he doesn't just incorperate muscles, he throws in muscle fibers, tendon power and the will to push through pain. It doesn't matter how big you are or how small you are, you can develop your body into a superhuman with proper training, an iron will and the ability to want to reach the next level. Here are the names of some strongmen small and big that you'd be surprised that are as strong and powerful far more then how they look....

Joseph Greenstein aka The Mighty Atom: At the peak of his career as a strongman he was no more then 5'4 and weighed just around 155 pounds. He was able to bend objects that just seemed impossible to the human eye. How can a man that size bend things like spikes, Iron Bars into various shapes, pull a car with his teeth, hold back an airplane with his hair. Its hard to believe that a man did all this but its true. He took various methods and put them together in a way that almost no one on earth can touch and was a feared man at one point because not only was he incredibly strong but he was also a wrestler that rarely ever lost. What was his secret?

Lawrence Farman aka Slim The Hammerman: At 8 years old his parents took him to a market and while the parents shopped, the young boy sat at a table and watched the Mighty Atom in his "old age" bend spikes and talk of nutrition and health. 10 years later this same young boy grew to a rugged muscular man and was still going to the Market to watch Atom do what he does best. This same man was working at a rock quarry where he smashed rock after rock for hours and hours on end. He became so strong that at 6'6 230 pounds, he can pick up a 16 pound sledgehammer from the floor by levering the bottom of the handle. Atom took a look at this and just couldn't believe a man can do this. Atom took on the Rugged man as his protege' and taught him the secrets of strongmanism and 20 years later, this guy sets a world record in all places Madison Square Garden and lifted and levered 2 hammers weighing in at 28 pounds each would put as much as 1760 inch pounds on his wrists. Within a 10-12 year period he started to peak and get stronger. Most men would think peaking is in their 20's and yet this guy peaked beyond 40. How the hell do you do that?

Otto Arco: The man of muscle control is one of the most developed men that ever lived during the golden age of Physical Culture. His poses were not only unique but were the stuff of legends. He not only had a superior physique but he had more then enough power to back up being one of the first men to press double-bodyweight at his size of 140 pounds at a height of 5'5. Where did he get his power from? What were the things he took to get that muscular? Is it genetics? Believe it or not he lifted weights, hand balance, ate whole foods and practiced gymnastics/wrestling, with the exception of surreal muscle control he never took steroids or took so?

How awesome would it be to learn the best of the best and develop a powerful physique whether you weigh 150 pounds or 300 pounds? Is it really possible to create strength and superior stamina, flexibility and nerves of steel without steroids or supplements? Just ask these guys and tell me if it isn't possible.....

Stronger Grip

Friday, February 18, 2011

Whats With All The Damn Links

As many of you have seen, I have banners and text links on the right-hand side of the blog because I'am apart of the affiliate programs and whatever one buys from one of my links I get a certain percentage out of it. Now am I in this for the money? I don't think so, if I was I would need to do far more work to promote them. Unlike wanting just money out of it I want to spread the word on them as well because I have personally used the various products and they work wonders without needing to say it twice. What you see is what I have used and go by. For bodyweight exercise I practice Bridging, squats and Animal Exercise very often & its never boring for me and it shouldn't be for anyone else.

I cannot express enough how awesome most of these products are and the athletes who work these products to me are the best of the best in their profession. Take Logan Christopher for example. A man at 6'2 and 180 pounds can juggle weights that the average man can only dream of. His strength is that much greater then some heavyweights. I'm 250 pounds and there are some things I would never attempt to do. That tells you size doesn't matter if you put yourself in a state of mind where you can be powerful no matter how big or small you are. His flexiblity is just as incredible as his strength as he's got some of the most controlled flexibility i've ever seen....Being able to fall back into a bridge then kicking over and standing up all in one fluid motion is not easy at all let alone being able to do it at 6'2  thats how controlled he is over his body. Anything he has to offer I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. He can take a weak individual and turn him into a athlete and not just on building strength and power but can teach you how to tap into your mind and bring out power within you that you never have done before. He is that damn good.

Bud Jeffries is another individual who has tremendous power. He is the exact opposite to Logan as far as size and strength goes. At 5'11 and 275 pounds he can take 100 pound dumbbells and make them look like 3 pounders. He's one of the strongest men on the planet hitting weight that would make the average man want to run for the hills. He has lifted half a ton in the squat starting in the bottom position, he's been able to lift heavy logs, carry large rocks and move kettlebells like they were lightweights. Regardless of his strength he is also one of the most flexible superheavyweights as well, able to do the splits, get into a bridge (both wrestler and gymnastic) and can stretch further then most men 20-30 pounds lighter then him. If you want to combine the best in weights, bodyweight and odd objects he is your man and if you feel he isn't then get the Twisted Conditioning series and see for yourself how much you can develop for overall strength and pure ferocious power.

Ryan Pitts would be the next guy on this list of athletes because he has helped bring back an old-time physical culture tradition and thats the Indian Clubs and The Mace. These weapons of exercise destruction has taken wrestlers to the very brink of the sport in Europe, Asia, India & Iran and everywhere else inbetween. You think you know conditioning, you haven't seen a damn thing until you have used the Clubs & The Mace. Once you get your hands on these bad boys you'll start to feel more powerful and more agile. Plus if you're a real stud get some sledgehammers and take the Mace to a whole new level of superior strength and power and work the grip unlike anything else. Even if you're not a wrestler these peices of equipment can be used by anyone who is willing to take the challenge and even has light weighted clubs and maces to help you get started or as an advanced athlete you will learn how to move your upper body in various directions to build shoulder and wrist agility that can help recover joint pain and carpal tunnel.

These guys know what they are talking about and are willing to help anyone who is up to the challenge and take his or her first steps to becoming a superior athlete and a rugged human being. Give these guys a chance and take your rightful place in Physical Culture. Spread the word of exercise and health and get rid of weakness and fear. Theres an old saying...

"Weakness is a crime...Don't be a criminal."

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Getting Back To Basics & Why

Isolated training is really only good for one thing and thats rehabbing. The muscles and tendons were designed to be able to do multiple things while doing a single act. Push-ups for example are not just a chest exercise, it works the wrists, chest, arms, abs, shoulders and legs. Why would you need to work one specific muscle when you can get the whole shabang. Say you're in manual labor and had to dig ditches, stack bricks, break concrete blocks or move heavy objects....all of these do not require just one type of muscle group, they work multiple muscle groups so you're getting quite a workout in and of itself. That was just an example but it doesn't matter if you're an athlete, average joe, laborer or what, yes it takes some specific muscles to work something but for the most part you want to be able to use as many muscles as you can because if you work a specific muscle group too long you're prone to injury. Exercise in working multiple groups adds more benefit then just isolating.

Working out doesn't always mean you have to work the same muscles all the time, change things up make it interesting, instead of doing lateral raises why not do presses, instead of leg extensions do squats, why not take out the pull-downs and actually try pull-ups. When it really gets down to it, basic exercises are the way to go. Ask any strongman or look at and read of the old-timers and you will find the same thing. Isolation sucks because the body was not made to function that way it was meant to move and use multiple muscles to work that movement. Even in weightlifting, basic exercises like presses, squats, curls and dealifts are really all one needs to get in awesome physical shape. If you want to add variety why not add a sandbag or a few rocks and kettlebells to the mix. Practice performing basic movements whether bodyweight or weights either way they work like a charm and can build wonders beyond your imagination.

Want to learn the best in basic exercises and take a look at the banners and texts of guys like Logan Christopher, Bud Jeffries, Ryan Pitts and Pavel. Check them out and never look at isolation exercises again.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Changing Gears To Supercharge Your Workouts

Every once in a while or for some of us on a consistant basis, its good to switch things up to not only add variety to our training but to keep our minds sharp and keep the body guessing for whats coming next. It takes just one exercise to change your entire routine and no you don't need to do reps or go for speed but you can just hold a certain position for a period of time.

I would bet you that if you added one isometric exercise to your regimen, it will give a whole new meaning to strength training. Lets say for example you do 100 Hindu Squats then the moment you're done hold a horsestance for exactly 1 min. Is it easy? Well it's hard to say. Test it out and see what happens. Thats one small challenge to conquer but its a change of pace isn't it? I've held positions as long as 10 min. and I can assure you its no picnic but why take the easy road when you can put your body and mind to the test.

It takes a lot more guts to hold an isometric then it is to do 100 reps of something unless its an exercise that couldn't possibly be done at 100 much less 25, 10 or 4. Heres a workout that just would kill the strongest of men and take a min/body connection that would make elite athletes quiver.....Supersets Of Hell

100 Hindu Squats

5 minute horsestance

50 Military Push-ups

3 minute Mid-Push-up Hold

10 Pull-ups

1 minute Handstand Push-up Hold

Now if i'm able to do this workout in under 20 minutes I'd be the new Jack Lalanne. This is not a beginner workout and I don't expect you to ever get to it within a week. What i'm trying to get at is that when you take charge of changing your routine, you're putting in the effort to take your training to levels unlike anyone can imagine. Not saying you need to go hardcore all the time it wouldn't be ethical but theres no harm but amping up your conditioning and create workouts that not only suit for you but nobody else should do but you. If you want to take your workouts to levels that makes the average person want to walk away in shame then check out the best equipment and bodyweight books/dvds that these superhuman athletes have to offer. Look to your right.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Old School Training With A New Twist

A lot of people think these days that training methods back in the day are outdated and have no place in the gyms and are not for strength and flexibility and if you're doing them they would laugh or be confused or better yet have that "what the hell are you doing these for. Those arn't traditional." Well in some ways they're right, they arn't traditional, they arn't your typical modern exercises and most of all they don't belong in the gym today because they're TOO GOOD FOR THAT CRAP!

I really hate to offend these people but you know what, pull your head out of your asses and look at the big picture here. The old school methods are not only better then today's training styles but they're more simplistic and are far more creative. When you trained back in the 20's, 30's, 40's, even the 50's you learned why basic exercises like olympic weightlifting and push-ups, squats, clubs, maces and simple dumbbell and barbell training can turn you into a superhuman. I would bet you if you took a bodybuilder today up against a bodybuilder of yesteryear you would not only see a massive difference in size (not bloated yesteryear's BB) but also in strength. Take John Grimek for example. He was without question the Ronnie Colman of his day, winning competition after competition and was the only man in history to win the Mr. America title 2 years in a row. His training was basic dumbbell and barbell training and every now and then would drop and do push-ups or pull-ups, free hand squats and muscle control. His muscle control at the time was unbelieveable and not many men his size (heavyweights back then were under 200 pounds for most of them, he was no more then 185 at 5'7) were that solid and powerful and can move his muscles in ways that were unmatched.

Its one thing to criticize the old school methods its another to not realize that these methods worked and I may be a bodyweight only trainee but if I was around in that era I wouldn't have minded training the way those guys did. What they did was unique and brought a hell of an outlook on how training should be done. Not just for size and strength but for health and longevity. Yes back then people died younger then they have today. If you were born in 1900, chances were slim if you lived to be 50 but yet if you look at the men and women who trained in that era beat the aging process by a huge percentage. Bernarr McFadden died at 88 in 1955, Farmer Burns died in mid-late 1930's at the "ancient" age of 86-88, Bob Hoffman 1898-1985. What was their secret? How could any of these men lived to be at an age in a era where you were considered to be an old man at 50 or 60. It was their ability to take that govenor in their brains and find a solution to live longer and not only found a way but beat the aging process by a mere 25-30 years longer the average age at the time.

Are you seeing what i'm getting at here? Old methods may be outdated but thats actually a good thing. They worked, they gave the pioneers of physical culture a reason to keep on living, keep being healthy and strong into their 80's, 90's, even 100's. Learn how to take old school methods and put a twist on them for today's methods. Under this article, you will find methods of training that not only are sinple to do but can probably save your life in more ways then what you read in the magazines today. Learn the secrets of the original bodybuilders and athletes of true era of physical culture.

Massive Functional Muscle

Training with Partials

Odd Object Lifting Series

Advanced Bridging Course

Ultimate Guide to Handstand Pushups

Indian Clubs

Mace Training

The Russian Kettlebell Challenge
Xtreme Fitness for Hard Living Comrades

Beyond Bodybuilding
Muscle and Strength Training Secrets for The Renaissance Man

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Grip Strength Is A Must

Whether you're a weightlifter, strongman, wrestler, baseball player, MMA Athlete or just an average joe, it is apperent that you develop grip strength in order to enhance your performance. You can do all the exercises you want but if your grip is not up to par then you're not going to go that far. Grip training is one of the most neglected parts of strength and conditioning because a lot of people automatically think its easy to either lift a good amount of weight or do a few fingertip push-ups or grab a hold of GI in a jujitsu match. Actually the exact opposite is true. When you add a good grip workout whether in of itself or as part of your routine, you're building strength that will go a long way. One of the biggest secrets of the old-time wrestlers and strongmen was they're ability to have strong and powerful tendons in the lower arm, wrist and hands. This can be contributed through isometrics, bending steel, wrist curls, thick bar training, using sandbags, pinch gripping and so on.

One of the oldest peices of equipment is the Indian Clubs. They were used in India for many centuries to help wrestlers develop shoulder mobility, Wrist power and strengthening the arms through a series of movements that targeted the upper body that some methods can't reach. The Mace was another tool for Indian Wrestlers because unlike the Clubs, these bad boys taught the body how to coordinated going from from shoulder to shoulder through a single swing that helped strengthen the shoulders, elbows, arms, wrists and hands. With careful practice these things not only took grip strength to another level but it gave a certain advantage that wrestlers in the US didn't have. One of the greatest wrestlers of all-time the Great Gama trained in many forms and not just doing squats and push-ups in the hundreds but used the clubs and the mace. How great was his strength? Well, how about not losing a single match in his entire career, over 5000 victories. That should tell you something how powerful and useful these tools are. There arn't too many places on the internet to find clubs and maces. Yet if I had to pick a source that not only cells clubs and maces but you get to choose hammers, blobs, levers and Grip Dumbbells and thick bar handles.

Take your grip strength to levels unheard of and grab a hold of the power already in you and take charge of your new found strength and conditioning.

2" Leverage Block

Indian Clubs

Sledge Hammers

Mace Training

Monday, February 7, 2011

Putting The "Fun" In Functional Conditioning

Too many people these days don't have enough fun in their training.

"Man, I can't wait till this is over."

"Jesus Christ when does it end."

"I can't do this its too hard."

"Why in hell do I need to THIS!"

I bet you dollars to donuts you've heard some of these quotes more often then these.....

"Damn that was a great workout."

"I want to go again."

"That was it? Come on man, lets keep going."

"Dude, let me try that out."

Its all about attitude when you train. When you're down and don't feel like nothing is working, nothing will work. When you feel that its a great workout and need to back off a little thats a different story. That tells me you're enjoying yourself and you know your limits. Fun training is when you put fear and awkwardness aside and just go out there and be yourself. Its not easy but its simple enough to learn. Having fun is not goingf out there and making bad form or half-assing anything, its being proud of what your doing, you make an effort to work on your form and you smile while you doing it. Smiling goes a long way not just working out but morely outside of it as well. If you want a fun workout that not only gave you cardiovascular benefits but builds strength, speed and tougness Here is a brutal but great Tabata Workout....It involves Hindu Squats & Animal Exercise

Hindu Squats: 20 sec.

10 Sec. Rest

Hindu Jumpers: 20 Sec.

10 Sec. Rest

Frog Jumps: 20 Sec.

10 Sec. Rest

Hindu Squats: 20 Sec.

10 Sec. Rest

Hindu Jumpers: 20 Sec.

10 Sec. Rest

Crab Walks: 20 Sec.

10 Sec. Rest

Hindu Squats: 20 Sec.

10 Sec. Rest

Hindu Jumpers: 20 Sec.

10 Sec. Rest

Bear Crawls: 20 Sec.

10 Sec. Rest

Hindu Squats: 20 Sec.

Thats a workout that is less then 5 min. but will jump up your heart rate faster then Speedy Gonzalas outrunning Sylvester and plus this type of workout gets your Hormones jump through the roof and can help you stay younger, have a better sex drive and can leave you in a very relaxed state after taking a nice hot shower. Don't you want to feel more alive, more happier then do this workout every once in a while or you can mix up your favorite exercises and you'll still get great benefits.

If you want to find Tabata workouts and add some fun into your conditioning heres a couple great sources...This is also for kids too. Kids should be healthy, strong and happy throughout their lives and one idea which i've given to my 8 year old neice who now everytime sees me wants her uncle to do this type of training with her.   

Friday, February 4, 2011

Take Boring Out & Go Nuts

What can you do to make your lifting more fun? You can speed up a press, try to whistle while you squat, how about even doing frog jumps with a Kettlebell. If you want my opinion if you're a kettlebell fan then why try to Juggle a kettlebell. Seriously if you want to take your KB Conditioning to a whole new level then switch hands every second and try to even walk. Think of juggling a pair of balls but add in an extra 10, 20 or 30 pounds. I tried this a few times and I'll tell ya it is difficult but it is fun as hell. When you learn to literally throw weight around in all sorts of places you're producing more Human Growth Hormone, gaining more power and building unreal grip strength. What if I told you that one guy doesn't just Juggle Kettlebells but he actually shows you tricks and stunts to create one of the best workouts of your life and only need a few minutes a day.

Logan Christopher does just that and then more. Swing around the back, under the legs, flip up in the air and even maybe catch behind the back. For the most part he's got the goods. At first he may not look like much but he is one of the strongest men on the planet and plenty of people can vouch for that. His DVD Kettlebell Juggling has great stuff for beginners, intermediate and advanced athletes. For those that don't know if you order his DVD he would put his Balls on the line to guarantee you results or get the refund back. Nothing he can say can compare to his abilities on handling weight men bigger then him can't even pick up at first. Take a look on the right hand side of the blog and check out Kettlebell Juggling. Your life with a Kettlebell will never be the same again and thats a fact. This will not only make your training fun but after practicing it for a while you can even put on a show and do some tricks that will amaze your friends. KB Juggling is one of the coolest forms of training and its insane the way you'll be handle weight that makes lifting look pointless.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

What Can A Former College Linebacker Teach You About Conditioning?

From High School to College to the European Football Circuit Vince Palko has been nothing but a great linebacker on the gridiron and is a hall of famer in his high school and at his alma marter at Bowling Green. He has not been on a losing team his entire career and has trained by some of the top coaches in the world and knows a thing or two about conditioning. Lets face it the most conditioned athletes on the football field are the linebackers. They are the meanest, toughest and most brutal animals on the field and for good reason. Take a look at guys like Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkus, Ray Lewis and Jack Lambert. What do they all have in common? The Intensity that can make a Army Ranger blush (slight exaggeration). They have to be, they have to outrun the Running Back, tackle like a lineman and every now and then intercept like a cornerback. Add in the conditioning they need that would impress Olympic wrestlers and you got yourself a wildman of the gridiron.

After his football career was over he turned his sights on marketing and took a shot at fitness work and not the pink dumbbells and chrome and fern crap. No...He taught serious conditioning that took intensity and fat burning strength training. For all its worth he's got some of the best products on the planet that not only get you in shape for triathlons but also for football, wrestling and combat training. He gives you less time to train and thats the best type of training you can work with. Anerobic Conditioning is working with high intensity training and getting the heart rate up faster then rocket launch. Take into consideration that if you want to lose weight and burn fat the fastest way possible this is really one of the best guys to go to. Being trained by top coaches and researching on top methods that are less prone to injury and take your power to new heights in the best way possible. Doing some of this training a few min. a day can help you carry over to many other things in your life. This guy also doesn't just do Fitness but can help you take your website to the next level with Ad Toons and Animated Illustrations to draw your website to people that are in your interests.

Take a look at what he does, read his story and his will to make comebacks and the testamonials that prove his systems are not only works but its almost miracle work.

How Can Training Be So Twisted

Whether you like it or not certain training methods are just crap. You do 30 minutes on the treadmill and an hour of whatever weights you lift and that's your workout. Seriously, how generic do you have to be and dull I might add. Training is suppose to be interesting, fun and mysterious. You should be getting cardio and strength training at the same time and using different implements. If I wanted serious conditioning and I was into lifting weights I'd want to be hitting stones, swinging heavy clubs and pressing logs. The way I look at is if you're serious about training, you have to be creative and adapt to heavy training. Most of all you have to be really "twisted" in order to get the results you want. Functional training requires being able to use different angles and move in awkward positions. What you can look at is Bud Jeffries' Twisted Conditioning Series. Work into equipment that can not only build strength but surreal stamina and scary conditioning. The man is one sick bastard to come up with a gameplan like this, but that makes him that much more of a genius at what he does. Check out below and see for yourself.

Twisted Conditioning

Twisted Conditioning 2

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Secrets Of The Old-Time Strongmen

Some of the biggest names in weightlifting shared certain secrets on how to not only increase their strength but how to build tendon and ligement strength as well. Back in the early days of Physical Culture there were strongmen that didn't just lift weights and do bodyweight exercise....They added an arsenal of training methods to not only experiment with but it helped their advantage that much more. Back when gyms were just on the uprise there men across the country who couldn't get to a gym either because it was too far away or because they didn't have the money to pay for the equipment themselves to use at home so they improvised a lot and tested different methods and found exercises that not only made them very strong but it helped carry over to when they could use weights. There were exercises that tackled very differently then weights and challenged the body from different angles and were in different shapes and sizes hence the name Odd Object Lifting. Say you had a barrel laying around or a sandbag....You can do a good amount of training using these objects and can turn your body into a conditioning machine.

Odd Objects are not barbells and dumbbells they are peices of equipment that can come from whatever you have. Here are a few Examples....







Concrete Blocks

All these would be considered odd objects to train with. A man who has mastered these time and time again is strongman Steve Justa. If you never heard of him he is considered one of the strongest men in the world and has written a book called Rock, Iron, Steel. You can find that on the Ironmind Website or at Functional Strength owned by John Wood. Justa is best known for training in his backyard and lifting very heavy weight ranging from 500 pounds to 2000 pounds. He carries scrap iron, lifts heavy barrels and carries a yoke that weighs as much as a beetle car. I have very high respect for what he does and is a genius in the realm of strength training. Another man whom I have high respects is Strongman Bud Jeffries. He has a DVD series covering many exercises on odd object lifting and the way he teaches you how to handle them are just incredible. I've played around with Barrels, Rocks and Sandbags myself and I will tell you without blinking twice they are ass-kickers and once you learn to adapt them into your training you will get stronger.

Think of it this way, with barbells and dumbbells you can only move them in limited directions. Now what if you can move a weight in more directions and still gain strength? That be a better way to look at it in my book. George Hackenschmidt once said that to be strong overall you have to adapt to more then just limited movement. If you want to get strong you have to work different angles while working major muscle groups. If you think lifting a 135 pound barbell is the same as lifting a 135 pound barrel it isnt. It takes far more strength and stability to lift a barrel because you can't tell which way it'll go so you have to shift your weight and grip it much differently and not in the same places as a barbell. Odd Objects teaches the muscles how to stabilize differently and how it makes adapt over and over. Go check out Bud's DVD Series and then find out for yourself how awkward it really feels. Train smart and train effectively according to your training needs.

Odd Object Lifting Series

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What Women Want?

In the fitness world many women have trouble creating the body they want to achieve...Toned Muscles, Firm Thighs, Slim Abs and last but not least a sexy butt. Its harder for a woman to build the body she wants because the less terstosterone they have as oppose to us guys. Whenever they do think about exercise many feel "It'll make me bulky and I don't want to look too muscular." How many times have we heard them say thaty? If someone had a nickle every time they heard it he'd be a millionare.

As far as i'm concerned regardless of how much estrogen or testerone a woman has they are pound for pound ounce for ounce stronger then most men. I once heard of a woman who was 106 pounds swing a 106 pound Kettlebell, now I dont know about you but that is pretty damn strong and from what I heard she wasn't a bulky girl either. Now try picturing a man at 200 pounds trying to swing a KB his own weight, do you think he could pull it off, highly unlikely so that should tell you how strong a woman can be.

I have trained around plenty of women in gymnastics, Core-Performance and Weight Management Training and they have smoked me in areas I can't do and i'm pretty flexible for a 245+ pound guy. Its never easy for a woman to train the same way as a man and why should they? They're build different and need different types of training to enhance their abilities but yet they can become stronger. It takes practice and patience and the belief in yourself to bring out a strong and powerful woman. Women are precious in more ways then one and some are vulnerable to many areas but that doesn't mean they can't get strong and still look super sexy.

There are 2 people I know of who can train not just men but perferably more for women how to become strong and powerful not just on the outside but the inside as well. They're names are Vanessa Bader & Ed Baran. Vanessa to me is one of the best dancers in the world and believe it or not she is one of the strongest women on the planet and yet she has one of the most beautiful bodies you would ever seen. She is a kettlebell, pilates and dance instructor and has performed in shows that would blow you out of the water. She performes with her husband Garin Bader who's a Concert Virtuoso and Magician. If anyone knows how to get women in shape the right way its her. Ed Baran is a former Charles Atlas student and has dabbed in bodybuilding, cycling and olympic weightlifting. At age 35 he studied gymnastics and has never looked back. He is an instructor and author of a plethora of fitness books and dvds. I would consider him one of the best conditioned men in the world and his physique is one of the best i've ever seen. He's in his mid 40's but makes men 20 years younger look like chumps. He's also an instructor on women's fitness and has had testamonials from women all over the world proving without a shout of a doubt he is the real deal and help women reach their goals.

Check out the links below and see for yourself what these 2 wonderful people can do to help you bring new life and create the body you always wanted. Gain strength, flexibility, stamina and power and unleash that confidence that you always wanted to bring out but never knew how. Take charge and prove to yourself that not only can you be beautiful and sexy but have the additude that makes you feel like a badass that can rule over anything that walks in your path. I never judge a book by its cover. I've seen quite a bit of hot women but the real women are not only sexy but could possibly kick your ass at the same time.

What Alternatives Do You Want To Spice Up Your Workouts?

Whether you lift weights, do bodyweight or both they are incredible in various areas to make your training not only efficiant but can turn you into a strength machine. We all have ways to train and we can find many exercises to either build mucle, lose weight, tone up or just become flat out strong. Weights have great value for building muscle and has been proven for decades (even before steroids). Bodyweight exercise have exercises that not only build phenomenal power and explosiveness but are superior to weights in the amount of Range Of Motion used for unlimited amount of exercises.

With all that well and good its apperant to realize there are methods out there that neither weights nor bodyweight exercises can touch. How would you feel to do various training methods that can build power from various angles and take control of greater strength and better stabilization. Here are a few ideas to get you going.....





All of these can turn your body into a machine in ways that nothing else can touch. Building strength in many angles can help you in many areas whether you're in a sport or training for competition or just want to shapen your muscles that put you ahead of the competition. Bud Jeffries on the other hand can help bring all of these things to you if you make the effort. I have worked with cables and hammers and believe me these will take your strength to levels you never knew you had. Even the simplest exercise from a rubber cable can improve your joints and build muscle in ways that not many other methods can touch. Bud may seem like a super-heavyweight that doesn't have a chance of being flexible and he's just all strength but I can assure you he's beyond strong and has strength that most men would kill for. He has a series of DVDs called Alternative Conditioning which features methods of training that people can work on if they can't get to a gym or want to try something if bodyweight exercise don't have the answer.

Take a look at what they can do and get on the bandwagon. Its never too late to learn and build up ferocious strength and power.  Click below and read what this Strongman has to say on the subject.

Alternative Conditioning Series