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The Brotherhood

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I remember walking into the ring for my first fight, I almost couldn’t breathe. The butterflies were unlike anything I’d ever experienced. And it wasn’t because of the likelihood of pain or that chance that I could get hurt, it was because of the notion that all of the hard work I’d put in preparing for this moment could be flushed down the drain with a loss. I was walking into the squared circle alone, in front of a couple hundred people, to fight another human being. It was nerve-racking.

gatti-ward-prieteniThat’s when the bell rings and those nerves flush from your system, your instincts and training kick in, and the battle begins.

There’s a brotherhood amongst fighters. It’s an aknowledgement that you’re – at the very least –  tough enough to step in to the ring, the cage, or on to the mat, and fight. You didn’t wimp out. The rest of your life might be a different story, but in that moment you stood and fought like a man.

When I watch fights I usually watch them with one of two buddies – both former fighters. At the very least we shield one other from the meathead comments like, “I’d do a better job than this guy”, or “this is a boring fight”, or “these guys are wimps”.

We know that if we could do a better job, we’d be in there. That if these guys were wimps, they would have chosen a different profession. And that sometimes appreciating the strategy of a “boring fight” is just as exciting as a brawl between two guys who left caution in the locker room.

For some time now I’ve wanted to bring that brotherhood of boxing to you. I’ve schemed, worked, and re-worked how to give you those Legendary workouts that have been passed through generations of trainers. Those workouts that have forged the most ripped athletes – and humans – on the planet for over a hundred years. Finally, I’ve been able to make this goal a reality, and one that turned out far better than I’d ever hoped it would.

Bringing That Brotherhood to Youdempsey

Boxing brought a new level of intensity to my training. I was never as ripped as I was when I was fighting. I never felt so much pain in a workout, or got the results from a workout, than when I was training like a fighter, as a fighter.

It was the workouts, not necessarily the goal of winning the fight, that led to such incredible results and such Legendary training sessions.

They’re the workouts that were passed down from generation to generation, being perfected and evolving along the way. My trainer’s trainer taught him when he fought, as did his trainer’s trainer, and so forth. When I was working out I felt that link between what I was doing to what Marciano and Ali did, to what Gatti and Ward did. Even without a fight I was a part of this Legendary brotherhood.

I trained with them. The posters that dawned the open brick walls of my boxing made me feel as though Ali had his eyes on me as I trained; that Ray Robinson was critiquing my left hook, or that Arturo Gatti was watching me skip.

Everything was old school, but that hasn’t changed, it still is. The exercises are hard and intense. The equipment, iron, rubber, leather, or rope; a call back to a time before plastic even existed.

Pain was the goal, steel the result.

Brining the Old School, to Light

Fads come and go. If you’ve been here long enough – on this site, or simply training for a long enough time – you know that they don’t work, which is why they don’t last. Zumba, aerobics, and jazzercise have had their time in the sun. They’ve failed you. Now we put an end to that nonsense. Now it’s time to bring back the old school, to uncover the shroud that has kept the everyday man and woman on the other side of what works.

That old school, work your ass off, take no prisoner’s program is Fat Loss TKO.

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I created the PowerHowse Challenge to give you access to the techniques that helped me gain 32 pounds of lean muscle in 32 weeks. It’s stuff that a lot of people don’t know, and won’t know, unless they’re given the specific plan. That plan – the PHC – gives them (you) what they need from a training, nutrition, and lifestyle aspect to transform their body – to bring that warrior from within, out in to the open.

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  • Pete Tansley

    Nothing like old-school workouts that kick your arse. Guys have to go after workout pain, not run away from it by choosing easy workouts or exercises.

    Thanks Chad!

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      No problem man – and I agree!

  • Andrei

    Old school is always better brined ;) !

    Great article Chad.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Well said.

  • Nick Hansen

    Great article I really enjoy your blogs and post. It always pumps me up and gets me ready for my up coming training for boxing. Ever since I have started reading your post and trying to do my best, I have seen great changes in how I feel, at work, and even in dating. I am going to keep it up so I can become legendary . Thanks CHad.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Thanks for the comment man, really happy you found the site and I’m glad I can be of some service.

  • green

    fatloss tko is it same as powerhowse challenge

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Hey man,

      No they’re completely different. TKO is an incredible program designed to be a training camp for a fighter – but for the average person. Did you grab your copy?

      It’s like nothing else out there right now.

      • green

        i got it… i would say its really different.. i am just going throught it before starting out… good thing i can do it in my house with little equipment..

        i have not worked out for like 3 months and i hope it works to get me mobile and get my metabolism going , shed my fat ….

        i will keep you posted…..

  • Sonny

    Brotherhood is right, I always loved the fact that you look your opponent straight in the eyes when you face off and touch gloves…and it’s like, man I’m gonna murder you and he’s thinking the same thing, after 3-5 rounds of trying to kill each other our faces light up when we here that final bell its an elation and then we look each other in the eyes again and instead of that evil intent in our eyes we smile and hug, then afterwards were both sitting at the bar having a beer.
    We fighters know what the other guy went through and we respect that. I feel anyone who steps in the ring, win or lose they are legends.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Agreed. Nuff said.

  • brockmcgoff

    This is an awesome article. I feel the same way about jiu jitsu. It’s the most intense training I’ve ever done, but it’s oddly addictive. Way better than sitting on some machine in the gym. Plus you feel beaten, bruised and very tough after each session (and in the morning…).

    I feel proud when I’m brushing my teeth and notice a giant purple bruise under my arm. As Ryan Holiday would say, it’s savage!

    -B

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/blog/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Well said bro!