At age 38 I am NOT supposed to be getting stronger and better, according the naysayers and the “experts” that is.
In fact, even if you are younger OR older than me, you likely hear from everyone else… all the “experts”, that you shouldn’t do this or should do that…. bla bla bla
I’ve been training since 1989 and have been training others literally since my high school days, when friends would call me so I could meet them at the gym and train them.
I wanna share some hard hitting lessons I’ve learned along the way through boat loads of sweat dating all the way back to 1989.
Check it out…..
1) Blast the main lift (squat, bench, deadlift, press, farmer walks, clean & press, etc) – Hit your main lift with variations: heavy weight, lighter weight & explosive, pause reps, high volume, density work for time, etc.
2) Blast the assistance lifts – Strength is EARNED. Be prepared to work your ass off with the smaller exercises that help build the bigger exercises.
AJ Roberts told me he was pretty damn confident when he arrived at Westside Barbell.
He was strong as a tank and could bench with the rest of the guys.
When the assistance lifts came along and the guys were doing triceps, he was using 70 lb dumbbells and the other guys were using 100 and 110 lb dumbbells.
Light bulb went off as he realized he had to remove the boundaries and Push those assistance lifts UP.
3) Remove the boundaries.
The best way to do this is to train with people stronger than YOU.
4) Build Your Mental Toughness While Training –
I prefer to train my assistance lifts as shown in the video below, where I explain the how and why behind this method:
[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFBJ-LGIFjs[/youtube]
When I train I don’t only train to get jacked and strong, I train the mind, the spirit.
I push myself through circuits to face the pain, to chase the pain, NOT to hide from it.
I lose myself in the constant motion of training, my mind gets lost and I find myself, if you will.
Not many can understand this, as many people train for the appearance, or what I call the surface only.
I train primarily for what it does for the mind, the spirit, the soul. Training has always been my meditation, it will always be the place where I lose myself and find myself. Always.
I remember Mark Smelly Bell talking about training with one of Westside Barbell’s most intense, strongest SOB’s, Chuck Vogelpohl. Check out how Chuck pushed the limits to push the boundaries and limits that OTHER PEOPLE set.
[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZkMA4AmNb8[/youtube]
5) If you don’t understand anything, do this:
– Keep technique in check, don’t use sloppy form
– Train HARD
If you wanna kick ass and take names then run with these 5 tips and take action from the lessons shared in this blog post and these videos.
Do me a BIG favor: Please share this blog post with your friends and spread the word if this blog post helped you. MUCH respect.
Till the next time….
Live The Code.
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