When I was younger and competing in sports, wrestling specifically, I was unfortunately training the WRONG way. And as an athlete, time is crucial. You NEVER get that time back and so, you miss out on opportunity. The opportunity to train the RIGHT way is often times the difference maker between you being part of the team vs you being someone who goes down in the history books.
It was the late 80s and the early 90s when I was training complete opposite of The Gladiator STRONG method.
I was training often times 7 days a week, 30 days in a row, isolation exercises and machines were the norm. Long distance running was also the norm.
LOTS of machines and cables. Nobody said anything to me with regards to how one should train as an athlete. This is how EVERYONE was training minus a few powerlifters. Unfortunately, the powerlifters I saw back then did not look like they could perform in sports. They were either skinny or fat.
This early 1990s style of high volume training focused on "feeling the muscles" (Thank you FLEX Magazine). This is what I read about and this is what was available to me.The Strength & Health magazines of the 60s and 70s were what I should have been reading but they were collecting dust in someone's garage or basement and I had unfortunately never seen that information.
Mentors? YouTube? Podcasts? NO. Everything was learned through reading or through other guys in the gym.
Opportunity and Experiences can change your life for the better or the worse.
In most gyms today, I see the experience of training with friends, lots of heads down in between sets as everyone checks their phones. This is "normal" behavior and no one is in shock to see such strange behavior. Well, strange for me, at least.
If you ever read my Encyclopedia of Underground Strength, I wrote about "Andre the Giant" and how if I would have learned Olympic Weightlifting in 1989, it would have COMPLETELY changed my life.
Heck, youtube would have changed my life.
Imagine as a fired up teenager coming across videos from Cal Strength, Mash Elite, Mark Bell, Dave Tate, Westside Barbell...... I would have devoured their information the same way I would stay up all night reading bodybuilding magazines.
Today, Any & All the Information you need is at your finger tips yet people are more confused on what it takes with training? I was reading fabricated articles in the muscle magazines of the 90s which were the absolute worst.
I refuse to try and dupe people into believing this is some complicated scientific explosion that requires all types of fancy BS. That is NOT the truth. The bodybuilders of the 50s through the 70s often doubled as powerlifters of Olympic weightlifters. They had BOTH show AND go.
With Gladiator STRONG, I focus on performance, aesthetics and of course quality of training, NOT quantity.
Train 3 x week, with options to sneak in some "mini workouts". Other options is to stay active. Mountain Biking, Beach Volleyball, pick up Basketball, etc. There is NO need to Live in the gym.
Gladiator STRONG focuses on developing greater strength, athleticism, speed, power and functional muscle. The member of GS are athletes, coaches, military, LEO and Adults who are "Training for Life".
The training I followed in my teen years are a big reason as to why my shoulder and knee got destroyed. 30 sets for chest, drop sets and forced reps every week! It was a recipe for disaster but hey, it sold magazines!
Lack of mentors certainly doesn't help.
Here's this week's Gladiator STRONG sample for you:
Day 1 and 2 in the training cycle above are focused on strength, power & functional muscle building.
Day 3 is a circuit / gut check to build durability of mind and body.
Who are the common athletes who are part of Gladiator STRONG?
Here's a short list:
- Active Military & LEO
- Men & Women from 20s all the way to their 60s
- Special Forces Soldiers
- College Athletes from D3, D2 & D1
- Sport Coaches ranging from High School to D1