Posts Tagged ‘strength training’

…that we had a president who did more than cardio or basic pickup-basketball games?  When was the last time you saw a picture of President Obama bench pressing or President Bush doing sledgehammer training?  Never.   Presidents can find plenty of time for bike riding, basketball, and (the most useless of sports) golf.   Yet when was the last time the leader of the free world went all Rocky montage and pulled a sled, slammed a barrel, or punched a heavy bag?   You know they have to be frustrated, worried, angry, upset, etc.   Bike riding might be quiet, golf may be a nice slow paced “sport,” but NOTHING is as liberating as a high intensity session of sledgehammer training or pulling a 70lb sled.

A golfer needs to calm his mind to play his best game.  Well, when you are flipping a 250+ lb tire it is hard to think about anything else in the world.  Not only do you find relief from the trouble of the day (and who needs that more than the president), you come out on the other side with a whole new view of life.  High intensity workouts are responsible for more epiphanies than falling off toilets (flux capacitor), sitting on the toilet (so claims at least one Facebook group), near death experiences, and that way you always remember something important just as it becomes completely inaccessible or useless.

So I say that the next election cycle we take into consideration more than politics and personality.  We should consider a candidate’s fitness regimen.  Some bold reporter should ask each candidate “How often do you train?  What kind of techniques do you use to blow off steam in and out of the gym?  How much does the tractor tire in your backyard weigh and how many times can you flip it before your heart almost beats through your chest?  Sir or Ma’am, can you pull a sled loaded with a 100 pounds?  Push a car 400 meters?  Pull a car 100 meters?  Do 3 sets of 12 Turkish get-ups (on each side)?  Slam a stack of pringles?”  Okay, maybe not the last one, but definitely the others.

This especially applies to the presidential candidates in 2012.  (more…)

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Results: in the past two weeks I’ve dropped 7 pounds and 4 inches from my waist (38″ to 34″)….Nothing more to report for now.

TOP360My New System…

I’ve embraced the simplicity of neon cards for recording all my workouts (not to mention the books I read for comps).  I am going to try to do a better job of keeping up with blog posts, but will still probably post twice a week or less.  Still better than I’ve been doing thus far.

So far those who are curious about my cards over the last several days…

Card 1 (09-14-2009) (more…)

P1010550Well let’s just say the meeting didn’t go all that well.  With only three thirty second holds (two of which I was barely able to accomplish), I have to say this was much harder than expected.  I had no problem pressing the bar, and could hold it up for a few seconds with minimal difficulty, but THEN the water started really moving around in that 10 foot long pipe and it was all trying to keep it from tipping from there on out.  (more…)

Allow me to introduce you to my little big friend.  This is my new workout toy (and the first of several I plan on making in different shapes and sizes).  I will call it a hydro-bar.  The design is simple: PVC pipe + water = hydro bar.  Allow me to guide you through the process…

The process is simpe enough… (more…)

KickAssLogoYou haven’t really worked out until you’ve put together an exercise routine that has made you curse the day you were born, beg for mercy, and fear that a heart attack was imminent.  That pretty much describes what I did yesterday.  At some point two days ago I thought, “basic H.I.T. isn’t enough, I need a little something more.”  So, I thought, what if I eliminated the rest breaks and performed 3 rounds of 5-6 minutes of activity with NO rest during each round.    The idea struck me as a good one as I sat in my computer chair- I would later regret this whole line of thought.

So what was the workout?  Well, it looks simple enough on paper until you try to run through, balls to the wall style, with no rest in between. (more…)

313V25BAZXL._SL500_AA280_Anyone can punch one of these things, but where is the fun in that? Well, okay, that can be fun.  But isn’t it more fun to take something intended for one purpose and think up a dozen other good uses for it?  If you’re me, then the answer is an emphatic yes.

Allow me to introduce my heavy bag.  I picked it up from the local used sporting goods store for $35.  At 100 pounds that works out to 35 cents per pound.  Not a bad investment.  Here are three exercises that involve nothing more than you and a heavy bag of your choice.

P1010517Heavy Bag Squat.  Stand the heavy bag on its end, and squat down with the bag between your legs.  Wrap your arms around the bag- a standard bear hug will do.  I like to start on the balls of my feet and drive my heels into the ground as I propel my body and the bag upward.  Head position is up to you.  I like to bury my chin in the bag so I can keep it tight against my chest and hips.  In addition, this helps me keep my hips tucked in and my torso straight. (more…)