Zach Even-Esh

Training Economics During a Recession?

Training economics is all about utilizing compound lifts to get a lot done in a short amount of time.

This is why you’ll notice the exercises chosen when Body for Life Champion, Joel Marion rolled up to The Underground Strength Gym.

– The dumbbell snatch

– The Dumbbell Clean & Press

– Barbell Cheat Curl & Press

More footage to come, but, till then, check this video out….

I choose the cheat curl so I can work my back, shoulders, traps, biceps, forearms and abdominals.

I choose to rip weights off the floor over seated and lying exercises.

Sometimes pretty just doesn’t get the job done when it comes to training.

Give it a shot and see what happens yourself!

Kill it!

–Coach Z–

PS: Post your favorite economical strength and muscle building exercises in the comments below. Looking forward to seeing what you choose to kick ass with!

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4 Responses to Training Economics During a Recession?

  1. Walter Dorey says:

    No comments yet?

    I’ll slap one in here!

    Haven’t done the old cheat curls in a long time,ha ha.
    Lotta times when guys try to curl to get their arms big it just don’t work. Problem is, if they strict curl it, they usually couldn’t curl enough weight to beef up the bi’s.

    Enter the power curl or cheat curl. Keep the abs tight and put some hip into it to curl a heavier weight. Even though you are using momentum to hoist the weight up, you are still curling like mad with the biceps. AND that weight is still hangin’ off the ol arms, so it provides great stimulus to the biceps. Especially as you lower the bar. Dirty little secret.

    I remember trying to strict curl 135 years ago. Couldn’t do it. Then this big “O” liftin’ dude tells me to start doing power curls and shows me how. So I’s goes and starts doing a few sets after every workout.

    A number of months later I’m cranking on 185 for sets of 5-6 and 225 for a rep or two. One of the prttey boys asks me why I was wasting my time doing cheat curls. So we had an impromptu curl contest. He maxed at 125. I hit 135 for a strict 5 reps. Cooled off for a minute and jumped to 150. Knocked off one good strict rep and another not quite as strict. He never said another word.

    All that without forced reps, drop sets and all that other high intensity bull.

    Time cruched? Hanging power clean (sort of a heavy reverse cheat/power curl)then with bar racked against chest do a front squat and upon coming back upright, do a push press. That is one rep. Repeat for 3-6 reps.


  2. Stephen says:

    Sometimes you just got to throw the technicality out the window and just lift shit.

  3. Rob Newman says:

    Walter – Hanging power cleans sound fun! Thats my work out for today sorted!

  4. John Cortese says:

    That’s what I’m talkin about!! Love it, Coach Z! You the man!

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Zach Even-Esh is an Author, Founder of The Underground Strength Gym & Creator of The Underground Strength Coach Certification.

Zach's inspiration in training comes from the Golden Era of Bodybuilding & Days of Old School Strength. His mission is to help You kick ass & take names in Life AND Lifting without the hype, fancy fads or gimmicks. Zach's Commitment To Your Success Is Unmatched. He Knows What It's Like To Go From A Weakling To An Unstoppable BEAST In Charge Of His Life, Business & Destiny. Zach Made It Happen Through The Iron and Now it's Your Turn!

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