I hate them. HATE them.
I’ve been around too many athletes with too much heart and determination to accept that someone can’t get better because of some lame excuse.
As many of you know, I recently moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m not in school anymore (no weight room), I didn’t bring my squat rack or all of my weights with me (although I did some bring some kettle bells and other goodies, but that’s not the point).
Up here, gyms that actually “DO WORK” like the Dungeon, Genesis AP in Houston, or the Underground Strength Gym in New Jersey aren’t as easy to find, and I don’t have the money to open up my own spot right now.
I guess I should give up on training and be a crybaby, get fat, weak and slow, and hate everything right?
More and more, I’m learning that ALL of us are walking around with our very own gym 24/7/365.
What do I mean?
Look at all of the old-time strongmen, or their new-age counterparts, the Underground’s wrestlers. Check out Hershel Walker, who famously claims he did nothing but pushups, sit-ups and sprints during the better part of his career.
All these guys use(d) BODYWEIGHT TRAINING to turn themselves into beasts!
Is it perfect? Maybe not, but is ANYTHING perfect?
Bodyweight training improves body control, athleticism, STRENGTH and power. Maybe it isn’t as “sexy” as a bench press in your eyes, but how many one-arm pushups can YOU do?
I’ve been hitting short training sessions of variations pushups, pull-ups, handstand pushups, and kettle bell work, and I haven’t missed a beat.
I’m using the workouts and techniques in Convict Conditioning (click the pic above for more info) as well as some of the SICK info at The Underground Inner Circle to get as beastly as ever.
Both of these resources are AWESOME and give an extremely high “bang-for-your-buck”. In fact, I consider these some of my most valuable training resources. If you don’t believe me, and you think bodyweight training is for the week, do yourself a favor and HONESTLY tell me if you meet Coach Paul Wade’s Strength Standards (found in Convict Conditioning).
Can you do (from the Convict Conditioning web page):
According to Convict Conditioning a TRUE man can achieve:
- AT LEAST one set of 5 ONE-arm pushups each side—with the ELITE goal of 100 sets each side
- AT LEAST one set of 5 one-leg squats each side—with the ELITE goal of 2 sets of 50 each side
- AT LEAST one set of 1 ONE-arm pullups each side—with the ELITE goal of 2 sets of 6 each side
- AT LEAST one set of 5 hanging straight leg raises—with the ELITE goal of 2 sets of 30
- AT LEAST one set of 1 stand-to-stand bridges—with the ELITE goal of 2 sets of 30
- AT LEAST one set of 1 ONE-arm handstand pushups—with the ELITE goal of 1 set of 5
Well, how do YOU stack up?
Do yourself a favor and pick up your copy of Convict Conditioning and watch your strength grow to new levels. Just click the pic of the SICK book below.
Dedicated to your pursuit of awesome,
P.S. Have you seen THIS yet?