Simple, yet Savagely Effective Travel Conditioning Workout

Conditioning Workout

Simple, yet Savagely Effective Travel Conditioning Workout

There are a select few big reasons people tend to not do any form of strength and conditioning work. Money and time are the big ones, which I’ve actually already written about here. The third, less common, but I still hear frequently is “I can’t train when I travel”, or at least a sentiment to that effect.

The key to fitness, health, performance, strength and conditioning is staying consistent over the long-haul.

Being consistent with training when around your home base is one thing, but if the momentum shifts to inactivity during travel, then you’re seriously hurting your long term progress.

I know I mention this over-and-over, but I like to keep things as simple as possible. Over complicating things never ends well. Simplicity, consistency, mastery and grace will always be kings.

The following is my go-to when on the road.

It’s a simple, yet a savagely effective conditioning workout.

I’ve heard the term “minimalist conditioning” used previously and I can’t think of a better term for this.

It works.

It works incredibly well. View Post

3 Things that are Sabotaging your Diet and Fat-loss

Kettlebell Swings Fat loss

Look, I’m far from a “diet” guy.

I’m admittedly an amateur in the nutritional, fat loss and dietary realm.

I’m a strength coach.

I teach movements and get people stronger. By people I mean everyday people, as well as combat athletes – Grapplers, MMA guys, BJJ players and the like.

When it comes to diets I’m of the mind-set that pretty much any will work when one, it’s strictly adhered to, two it’s given the time to work (yes, things take time to work…) and three, the three things below are avoided. View Post

Coming Home

Today I have for you a guest post from John Greaves over at garage gym life.

I’ve not know John for too long, but honestly it takes no time at all to see just how passionate, how driven and how motivated he is towards training, helping others and building a solid community of lifters and friends.

I urge you to take the time to check out his blog and the wonderful things he’s doing for the garage, yard, living room, basement, outdoor, alternative lifters of this world.

Without further ramblings from me, here’s John…

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Too Busy Bullshit and Sandbag Training. The “Sandbag Slaughterer Workout”

Sandbag Training

Ahhhh yes, those days where life becomes relentless and the hours seem to pass by at a hasty, unstoppable pace.

Things get postponed, others cast aside and I’m as guilty as the next person for doing it. Yet for me, training never takes a backseat.

Yes, the workouts may be shortened. They may be abbreviated or changed completely from the day’s plan depending on the situation, the mood and the mind-set, but it never gets missed. View Post

5 of the best Exercises for Unbreakable Grip Strength

Grip strength

Right to the point today – Let’s talk grip strength.

Without grips, you have nothing – Simple as.  If your grip fails, all your experience, techniques and control go out of the window. Grip is where it all begins. It’s the first point of contact with an opponent and remains pivotal in your success throughout the duration of the fight.

What defines Grip Strength?

The fingers, hands, wrists and forearms together make up your grip. The term grip then encompasses acts of grabbing, holding and pinching.

In life, the grip strength is constantly called upon. Actions, even the most mundane like writing, holding groceries and carrying children are all grip based. In sports, specifically here, the grappling arts – sambo, bjj, wrestling, submission wrestling – the grip is vital for controlling opponents, manipulating them, pulling them, takedowns, submissions and the like.

Some will argue that sport alone is enough to develop an iron grip and while there is merit to that argument, as long as it doesn’t take away from the practice of the sport in question, supplementing it in the gym is only going to help.

In my mind, my practice and my coaching, grip is a vital component to being a stronger, better athlete.

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