Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Down to the CORE!!

Not gonna have time tonight to hit the gym but it's not a reason to skip my workout. Gonna do a "garage workout" when I get home. Gonna hit my core and the posterior chain tonight.

Here it goes.

1) 25 Bodyweight Squats
2) 20 Mountain Climbers
3) 25 Hindu Squats
4) 20 One Leg Burpees (10 for each leg)

Main Workout
Homemade 40 lbs. Bulgarian Bag (2 Set Mini-Circuit)
1A) Swings (10 reps to each side)
1B) Power Snatch (15 reps)
1C) Windmill (10 reps to each side)

Homemade 75 lbs. Sandbag (2 Set Mini-Circuit)
2A) Power Cleans (10 reps)
2B) Zercher Squats (10 reps)
2C) Sandbag Shouldering (10 reps to each side)

Sledgehammer Swings in the Air (2 Set Mini-Circuit)
3A) Driving the Fence Post (10 reps to each side)
3B) The Fireman (10 reps to each side)
3C) Chop the Tree (10 reps to each side)

Battling Ropes (2 Set Mini-Circuit)
4A) Alternating Waves (20 reps)
4B) In and Out Waves (20 reps)
4C) Side-to-Side Waves (10 reps to each side)

Cool Down
Light static stretching using several yoga movements to open up my core area from my hips up to my abs.

The heart will be pumping big time after this one folks! One thing about me that I will admit, I LOVE VARIETY!

Monday, November 9, 2009

My workout for today

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! It was a beautiful weekend here in the NW Chicagoland area. It was in the upper 60s and I absolutely enjoyed it. I took the boys out to the playground. We goofed around and I did a playground workout as well. Just moving your own bodyweight can really bust you up! A menu of various versions of pushups, dips, & pullups can really kick @$$!!

Now moving onto today's workout:

1) 25 Bodyweight Squats
2) 20 Mountain Climbers
3) 25 Hindu Squats
4) 20 One Leg Burpees (10 for each leg)

Main Workout (One bar at one weight is all I'll need.)
1) Barbell Complex (3 sets x 8 reps each movement using 115lbs)
* Bent Over Row/Stiff Leg Deadlifts/Hang Clean/Push Press/Good Morning/Sumo Squat *
2) Tri-set (3 sets x 8 reps each movement using 115lbs)
* Power Clean/Power High Pull/Power Curl (I start down on my knees with the bar in front me. I will then pop up to my feet, perform the movement, and then drop down to my knees.)*

Mini-Circuit Core Workout (2 rounds)
1A) Sledgehammer Swings On Tire (20 reps, 10 alternating each side)
2A) Overhead Medicine Ball Slams While Standing on Tire (15 reps, 12 lb. ball)
3A) Battling Ropes (10 waves, 20 alternating waves, 20 in-&-out waves, 10
circle-in waves, 10 circle-out waves, 10 side-to-side waves

Cool Down With Light Static Stretching

I'm gonna hit this later this evening. I should be completing this between 40-50minutes. Fun stuff! Leave me a comment or two about this workout! Thanks and Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Complexes are HUGE!!!

Performing complexes should be HUGE tool in your workout repertoire, whether you're using barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, etc. For an athlete, this can really accentuate the use of one's explosiveness with certain movements, help build up muscle endurance, and even speed up fat loss. Will running ten miles help you do all that? No way!!!

Essentially, the concept of the "complex" is to perform a set amount of movements for a set amount of repetitions in succession without placing the weight apparatus down for a rest. For example, performing six to ten exercises at six to ten reps at a time. You must make sure you are using the appropriate amount of weight so you can finish this gigantic of a set or "complex". This will vary with each individual athlete. If you can't finish out the complex, then you may want to lessen the weight. If you complete the complex fairly easily, you may increase the weight. You may also add or subtract the number of movements or repetitions. If you are familiar with the terms "superset" or "tri-set", think of that but three to four more times INTENSE!! Performing complexes will definitely get your bodies' attention big time!! Be ready to "UP" your intensity and appreciate new gains to your musculature and improved body conditioning!!

Below is an example of a barbell complex that I personally like to use.

6 movements for 6 reps at 135 lbs all in succession, from start to finish

Start with barbell on the floor and in front of you.

  • Bent Over Row - Bend knees slightly and bend over bar with back straight, feet approximately shoulder width. Grasp bar with wide overhand grip. Pull bar to upper waist. Return until arms are extended and shoulders are stretched forward. Repeat until reps are completed.
  • Stiff Leg Deadlifts - While still holding the barbell in front of you, stand with feet shoulder width or narrower stance. With knees straight or just slightly bent, lower bar toward top of feet (with weights stopping just slightly above the floor) by bending at hips. Lift bar by extending waist and hips until standing upright. Pull shoulders back slightly if rounded. Repeat until reps are completed.
  • Hang Clean - Stand with barbell in front of your body with overhand grip slightly wider than shoulder width. Bend knees and hips so barbell touches mid-thigh; shoulders over bar with back arched. Arms are straight with elbows pointed along bar. Jump upward extending body. Shrug shoulders and pull barbell upward with arms allowing elbows to flex out to sides, keeping bar close to body. Aggressively pull body under bar, rotating elbows around bar. Catch bar on shoulders. Bend knees and hips slightly, explosively extend body upward while lifting the weights off the shoulders, and lower the weights in a controlled manner to mid-thigh. Repeat until reps are completed.
  • Push Press - With overhand grip that is slightly wider than shoulder width, position barbell chest high with torso tight. Retract head back. Dip body by bending knees, hips and ankles slightly. Explosively drive upward with legs, driving barbell up off shoulders, vigorously extending arms overhead. Return to shoulders and repeat until reps are completed.
  • Good Morning - Push press the barbell over head to position it on back of shoulders; keeping hands grasped to sides; feet set at shoulder width or slighty past. Keeping back straight and knees just slightly bent, bend hips to lower torso forward until parallel to floor. Raise torso until hips are extended. Repeat until reps are completed. (Note: Do not lower weight beyond mild stretch through hamstrings. Full range of motion will vary from person to person depending on flexibility.)
  • Sumo Squat - Position barbell on back of shoulders and grasp bar to sides. Position feet with wide stance and toes pointing out diagonally. Bend knees forward while allowing hips to bend back behind, keeping back straight and knees pointed same direction as feet. Descend until thighs are parallel to the floor. Extend knees and hips until legs are straight or with a slight bend. Return and repeat until reps are completed.

Set the barbell down slowly, my friend! Cuz' I know you are TOAST!

There are various ways you can implement this type of training using many different movements. The true method of "complex" conditioning is attributed to Istvan "Steve" Javorek. I have studied a lot of his methods and have found them to be absolutely beneficial in reaching ULTIMATE FITNESS!

Please comment about the contents of this post. It would be greatly appreciated!


Friday, October 30, 2009

An Absolute Master of Bodyweight Training

Several years ago, I was introduced to the book, "The Naked Warrior" by Pavel Tsatsouline. I never thought much of the importance of bodyweight training. I thought it was waste of time. I was a so-called musclehead and believed that throwing around barbells and dumbbells were the only ways to go. "Guess who was the real 'dumbbell'"!! I never saw a lower body movement quite like the "pistol" before. WOW! That will challenge you physically and mentally. "The Naked Warrior" made me a HUGE believer in bodyweight training! I was eventually able to conquer the "pistol" and the "one-armed pushup".

If you're interested in this ULTIMATE book, "The Naked Warrior", check it out as well as other ULTIMATE resources on my Amazon book list at the left side of the screen.

I leave you with this. Check out the clip below of Pavel at his best!


Homemade Tornado Medicine Ball

It's absolutely amazing what you can do with a cheap basketball, bag of sand, tire repair kit, wide mouth funnel, knife, and duct tape to make a medicine ball. Using a basketball net, small nylon rope, more duct tape, and 10 ft of manila rope that is 1 inch thick, I am able to convert my homemade medicine ball to a homemade TORNADO medicine ball. Instead of using a sledgehammer to hammer my tires, I used my new tornado ball. HOLY $#!T !!! It tremendously intensifies the movement. That's ULTIMATE my friends!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Homemade Bulgarian Training Bag

Made my own homemade bulgarian training bag this morning and it works awesome! I got the idea to make one from the Underground Strength Coach Forum that I'm a member of. A fellow coach had this link that can be viewed on youtube. Good idea!

Here ya go!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

You do not have core strength unless you have Combat Core strength!!

If you want to get rock solid, you need to check this out. Combat Core is essential if you're serious about reaching ULTIMATE core status! I love the bracing series. I have seen stuff that I have never seen before. This is ULTIMATE!

Check it out!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Even if you have only ten minutes.......

Even if you have only ten minutes, you can fit in a KB (kettlebell) workout! Chris Lopez has a dynamite system that will meet and exceed your expectations. The things you can do with just one kettlebell will for sure bust you up! There is a lot more to just the 10 Minute program that I'm talking about. There is the "KB Workouts for Women" and "KB Muscle Building". The ULTIMATE is the "Turbulence Training KB Revolution" program! And yet there is still more!! I have the system and I know it works!

Do yourself a favor! You need this! Join the Kettlebell Revolution!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Equipment for Less!!

I found this offering by Jedd Johnson of the Diesel Crew and I knew I had to get it. If you want to know how to build yourself quality equipment and not have to pay a bundle for it, get this DVD. These are GREAT ideas for only $27 and it will help you save a lot of cash in the long run. Eight items and a bonus item are featured. I am really looking forward to making my first "Bowling Ball Mace"!! Beastly stuff!!

Click the link below and check it out!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

The start of the "Underground"

This is what I'm talking about!

This is where the concept of Underground Strength came out about. Zach Even-Esh, from Edison, New Jersey, is my feature of the day. This is great inspiring stuff!

Click the link below and check it out!!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Welcome to all!

Thanks for joining me on my blog! The reason why you are here is because you want more out of yourself. You want to challenge yourself to become a better person, physically and mentally. I applaude you for taking a step forward into a healthier lifestyle. Change is always evident! Together, let's make it for the better!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Work in progress....

Still working on my blog. It's coming together slowly but surely. I like what I've done so far. So far, so good.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Hey Everyone!
My blog is in its earliest stages right now.
I have a few things up right now and accessible right now.
When I'm done, I want this to be your ULTIMATE resource to find out what you need and where to get it!