Above, Roger Estep - 1 of the Pioneers of The Power - Bodybuilding Method
After laying low on training the past month, going minimalist style with low volume & frequency plus chowing down on lots of food lately, I'm gonna put good use to these calories. I felt my body was needing a break coupled with a super hectic work schedule, listening to my body is crucial to staying healthy.
My appetite is finally back and my motivation is that of a run away freight train.
I am psyched to get back to tearing it up again. When I train less I actually feel less energetic and less motivated. Doing some research on the powerlifters / bodybuilders (Power Bodybuilding) of the 70s got me fired up.
The more I train, the better I feel. Even if it's just a short Kettlebell training session, I need to keep the regular training going. Maybe 1 - 2 x year I go into a minimalist training phase and then I rebound back with greater energy and fire to attack life.
The older I get, the more I think about longevity and the stories of my younger years when guys would run into me after not seeing me for 10-15 years and say, I used to be like you, bro. Always training and in shape. Wait till you get to my age and have a family, kids, work......
I always thought to myself, I am NOT like you. I already work full time and then some. We are NOT the same.
Injuries are what help you become smarter at what you do, ironically. The more training knowledge I acquire the more I say to myself, I wish I knew this when I was younger.
Smarter training helps keep you healthy, reduces chances of injuries and of course, the longer you can train without injuries, the stronger you become.
I'm back to cranking more floor pressing and dumbbell work in favor of traditional flat benching. This is what works best for me, so keep that in mind when you watch my videos as these are inside looks as to what I do and why I do them.
Never copy someone without understanding WHY you are doing something as well as WHY that athlete is training in such a manner.
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Lifting dem weightz, trying to get better. . 30 years of training & still on that journey 🤙🤙🤙 . Swiss Bar w/ Thick handles coupled with band suspended kettlebells and chains. / No more straight weights for me with pressing movements. Beats up the shoulders too much:( / If you are younger, or coach athletes, don’t just think about the immediate results, think about the long-term impact a specific exercise or training style will have on their body for years to come in the future. / Always learning! Learn now so you don’t have to pay later!! . . Healthier is Stronger. 🏆🏆😐 . #undergroundstrengthcoach #undergroundstrengthgym #undergroundstrengthbook #stronglife #strengthcoach #scotchplains #manasquan #strengthtraining #kettlebells #conjugate
Learn from me, but, tweak and apply for your individual needs first & foremost. The one thing I will not and can not deny is my need to lift heavy. I love training heavy, it is the best form of iron therapy!
Becoming stronger has proven to be the best way for me to pack on muscle and improve my speed. I've seen the same with other athletes. They need to get stronger first & foremost. Rep ranges that work great for our high school athletes tends to be in the 5 - 8 range. Our college athletes can handle the 1-5 range but they also get in their rep work.
Here is 1 of our athletes hitting rep work on his floor presses:
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I love being around WORK HORSES 🐎🐎🐎 / The acceptance of mediocrity is mind bending to me. / @mattymazaratti has been attacking the #undergroundstrengthgym for 10 or 11 years now!! / Don’t ever lose your edge, kid 🤙🤙🤙 . . . #stronglife #scotchplains #manasquan #football #undergroundstrengthbook #undergroundstrengthgym #undergroundstrengthcoach #strengthandconditioning #yorkbarbell
Below is a video of incline presses with a T Grip Bar.
Again, we use these specialty bars for less shoulder strain and increasing longevity / health of the athlete.
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Switching up the angles & the bars we use for pressing is crucial for reducing injuries & improving coordination. / If you’re Always pressing with a straight bar, your days of healthy shoulders are numbered 😐😐😐 / #undergroundstrengthbook #undergroundstrengthgym #undergroundstrengthcoach #scotchplains #manasquan #njfootball #strengthandconditioning / @mattymazaratti @tgrip
Moving heavy weights is in my DNA. Maybe I'm part Gorilla, who knows, because I LOVE rope climbs and pull ups. ha ha
I also feel that my lessons learned from my days at Diamond Gym was when I realized that the best built guys were often times the strongest guys. I recall MANY of the Bodybuilders performing 5 x 5 with their barbell lifts.
It was the early 90s when I saw a group of Bodybuilders performing rack pulls inside of a York Isometric Rack. These guys were jacked, traps popping through their sweat shirt with collars cut off (That's how we dressed in the 90s!).
Here's the 5 x 5 method explained:
I have rings & a climbing rope hanging in my garage and although it's close to freezing in there, I'll be bundled up and hitting some bodyweight work in there once or twice a week. Climbing rope is not only good for me, but, for my kids to grow up and have a garage with gymnastics rings and a climbing rope can only be a GOOD thing.
Question for You: How is your health & training going? Got any resolutions that you're about to kick into high gear? Share them and pass along your tips and ideas! Looking forward!
December was good, travelled with my 24kg Kettlebell and rings.
My wife gives me a look everytime I pack it in the car, but the kettlebell still comes on holidays.
As far as tips, I just try and keep my work ethic high, and stay tough when the going gets hard in the gym.
Also, it is summer over here, so if the energy is not there its time for a break. Rest is important. As you know can’t move forward if you are injuried.
Keep up the good work mate
Through hard work i had a great December, made gains in all the major lifts, bench press, deadlift, squat, press. After eating so much good food (a little on the high refined calorie side of things but, oh so good) over the past 2 weeks, it is time to get back to tightening up the nutrition. One exercise saved me over the past month, the KettleBell swing! It has been so cold and snowy here I could not get much outside conditioning accomplished. So I incorporated high volume sets of heavy KettleBell swings in on my non lifting days. 4 sets of 20-35 reps with one minute rest in between sets. This worked miracles for me. If you read Tim Ferris 4HB book, he has an example of a lady that does KB swings and loses an amazing amount of body fat and weight. High volume KB swings will now become part of my conditioning days for ever.
Everyday is New Years DAY! Resolve to be your best today.
My resolution is to improve my numbers on my power cleans and KB snatches. I’m incorporating PC’s into my 531 DL day before my DL and the KB snatch ladders on Oh pressing day before strict presses.
I also will add sets of pullups to the middle of my morning walk.
zach , much respect on the vid’s son
bangin’ em out
cant beat the old school work outs, less of these sugar coated puff pastery FUCKIN fools IN THEIR “FITTNESS” CENTERS.
Matt Schifferle says
Training this dec. was tough. Like you Zach I was sick for most of it, but that never stopped me. Energy was low and every day was a battle in the gym, but feeling better now that I got out into the mountains and got some fresh air into my lungs.
Just got some new rings and I’m hit’n the ring dips hard and combinging them with hand stand work. Pressing down and pressing up work so well together for me. Combine that with come cleans and pull ups and I’m happy like a kid a Christmass!
Using chains seems a good idea. Can anyone explain to me the proper use and advantage of using them. I would appreicate anyone’s comments. Thank you.
Big Chris says
Zach, For a change up give heavy sandbag floor presses a try. Just getting the bag into position is a killer.
December was awesome! Hiked up (& snowboarded down) 60,000 vert.ft.,got some great abbreviated training sessions in and shoveled plenty of snow.
2011 training goals-
Hike and descend 750,000 vert.ft.(splitboarding)
Get down to by 3%BF by summer
Train with a 175# sandbag on shouldering getup w/ lumberjack press
Big Chris, you and Matt Schifferle would get along GREAT, BOTH of you are mountain men and animals!!
Margaret Melise says
Love that you have the pics of my cousin Roger Estep ……may he RIP
He was such a smart man.
Zach Even - Esh says
Margaret, I wish we could learn more about him! Please reach out if you have any of his work / books, etc that you can share! Thank you for the message 🙂