The temp was 29 degrees, Winter had finally set in.
I was up that morning at 6 AM, took care of the wife and kids and then drove to The Underground Strength Gym of Manasquan, NJ.
I cranked the heat for 10 minutes, no longer. I don't wanna spoil myself with a cozy gym.
I got warmed up and got to work. Some smashing on the rumble roller. Some light band work for the upper body and lower body. I had been thinking of this workout since Sunday Morning, some 24 hrs prior.
As I was dragging sleds, sweating, breathing heavily, it got me thinking.
Here I am, age 40, dead of winter and most 40 year olds are thinking about retirement, pension, that hot cup of coffee and getting through the day. Not me. NOT me.
That's when it hit me.
The training will never stop. The true competitor is always chasing a challenge and always training, even if you're training for the unknown, you must always train.
Don't lose your edge.
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Some of my training is done at my gym, which is loaded out with all the equipment needed to build dominant athletes and then some.
Other times, I prefer a more Spartan environment, something minimalist, which would be my garage with nothing but a barbell.
The last Garage Gym Workout I had was simple:
1A) Deadlift 4 x 10
1B) Bent Over Row (Underhand for 2 x, Overhand for 2 x) 4 x 10
2) Conventional + Sumo Deadlift: Somewhere around 25 or 30 sets of 1 - 3 reps of each position
Simple. NOT easy.
Crushed a TON Of #Deadlifts today to keep the mind in check & to finish 2016 #STRONGER just 20 days post shoulder surgery. / I probably hit about 75 total reps & I needed this more mentally than anything else. #UndergroundStrengthGym #GarageGym #Edison #NJ #UndergroundStrengthCoach #Manasquan #Hustle #STRONGLife #Relentless #AttackLife
Right now I am 3 weeks post shoulder surgery and feeling VERY good.
I don't go too heavy.
I do a lot of circuit work and think about Wrestling quite a lot. That keeps me going, almost as if I am still training for Wrestling.
I'll hit anywhere from 3 - 6 exercises in a row and do around 5 - 7 rounds.
Here's a Sample Circuit:
1A) Sleds x 100 ft
1B) 1 Arm Row (Weighted or Bodyweight with Rings) x 10 reps
1C) Band Chest Pressing (Multiple Angles) x 15-25 reps
1D) Shoulder Pulls from Various Angles x 15-25 reps
1E) Box Squats with various stances x 2 - 20 reps (start light w/ higher reps and go heavier as I warm up)
Fired UP after watching some #wrestling & training with my best buddy, my son! #Squats for life. / Shoulder feels strong & hitting lots of circuit training. Keeps the mind in check! / #AttackLife #UndergroundStrengthGym #Manasquan #Edison / In the background you hear the film #Terry via @flowrestling - fires me up to a whole Nother level!! #UndergroundStrengthCoach #Hawkeye #STRONGLife #Relentless #Spartan #Warrior #UndergroundStrengthBook #Gym #Hustle
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I Do a lot of shoulder prehab / rehab movements to get range of motion and activation. I am constantly moving. I often finish with glute ham raises or back extensions, band curls for hamstrings, band triceps work and light curls of any type.
The circuits feel great. Sitting around doesn't inspire me. I train alone most of the time so the solitude drives me to do the work while no one is watching. There is no one to impress and I have to prove myself time and again to my OWN high expectations.
Age 40 and I'm still making progress.
Kicking Ass & Taking Names is the ONLY way to do this.
Fads and Gimmicks have NO place here.
See you at The TOP.