Monday, January 19, 2015
A Different Perspective In The Way You Move Weight
Some trainers and "experts" tend to make people feel inferior with the small minded concept that if you did this amount of reps in an exercise or you lifted this much weight you're in a certain class of strength. I'm going to teach you another way of thinking and showing you that you're actually stronger than you think you are. Let me give you an example of my own experience. Thursday night I decided to take my 26 pound sledgehammer and just hit the tire as many times as I felt like doing. I did a total of 350 reps which using a hammer that heavy is pretty insane in itself but I decided to calculate differently and look at it from another perspective. I took the amount of weight moved and multiplied it by the reps I did, want to know what it came out to? 9100 pounds total, that's over 4 ½ tons lifted, talk about moving serious weight. So this got me thinking, why not use that to get a bigger picture of what you can do in your exercise whether it's weights or bodyweight. After reading this and thinking differently, trainers will feel like crap and you'll be the stronger feeling one.
Let's picture this in a bigger concept or idea; when you move weight a certain amount of times you're actually gaining more strength than you perceive to think about. How about we look at it from a weightlifting experiment:
Say you are an avid Bench Presser and you can bench a good amount of weight say for example, 350 lbs. Your average Powerlifter can easily do this within his weight class of 180 lbs. He can probably bench much more in competition but let's say for the sake in Practice he moves 350 in certain amounts of sets and reps schemes. So let's take that weight and put let's say the 5x5 scheme. That's 25 total reps, now let's have a little fun calculating shall we; you take 350 and multiply that by 25, what does it come out to? You got it 8750. You just lifted that amount of weight total and in terms of tons that's just under 4 ½. That's an insane amount of weight moved, so do you think you're not strong enough? Let's look at a bodyweight exercise: Handstand Push-ups…
Say a man is like our Bench Presser, same weight at 180 lbs. He likes to do Handstand Push-ups as an addition to his training. Moving your bodyweight in this format takes a great amount of strength and the heavier you are, the more you have to deal with. So let's say he did the same amount of reps with the bench press totaling 25 reps (this alone constitutes an already insane amount of strength). Let's get our calculators out, isn't this fun, it's like being in school but in a more exciting way. 180x25=4500; using his own bodyweight he just moved 4500 lbs. that's over 2 tons lifted, that alone puts someone in an elite level of strength.
Whether you're a lifter or a bodyweight fanatic, you can generate much more power than you believe to do. When generating a certain amount of force in a period of time in the rep scheme, you're getting far more strength than you would believe. This goes well for women as well who believe about the bulkiness or that they're not strong enough, true women don't have the same ratio of strength as a man but that doesn't mean a woman can't be insanely strong and not only that but can still have an athletic feminine body. These assholes who tell you that if you do this amount of reps you're either a beginner, intermediate or advanced level of training when in fact you're actually stronger than you can imagine. When it comes to bodyweight they make it sound like you can barely do anything, I would love to see a guy who's the same size as me pull off 5-7 pull-ups, that's not a beginner folks, that's insane strength. Let's take at a look at that, at the moment I'm around 260 lbs. My best at pull-ups right now is around 5 reps before it becomes too difficult, the average "expert" would tell me I'm in the beginning stages of pull-up reps (elite is 20). Ok say I 'am in the beginning stages of that so let's calculate: 260x5=1300, that's well over ½ a ton I just lifted total, that's a hell of a lot of strength for a "beginner" don't you think? Yeah some expert huh?
You are far stronger than you think. Don't let others make you feel inferior because you're in a specific level just because you didn't pass some perquisite. People have different shape of body mass so you can't really determine someone's strength by the reps they do, so the next time you lift a weight or moving your own bodyweight, think about how much power you're really generating as oppose to lifting this amount of weight for that amount of reps that equal strength or endurance. Think differently, look at it from another perspective and see the bigger picture. Don't let some moron with his name attached to a piece of paper tell you how strong they think you are. Determine your strength in a different way and when you start to notice it, you're getting far more out of it than you thought before. Hope you learned something and I truly hope this makes sense to you because I'm not looking out for the traditional way of training, I look for things from another perspective and help others see that so they can find out for themselves how to do things that aren't mainstream and in search of the truth instead of a white lie we see every day.