I’m a big fan of Bruce Springsteen’s music. He continually comes out with classic songs that will definitely stand the tests of time. His song “Tougher Than The Rest” helped me come up with this blog post…
Toughness is mental. It isn’t physical. Even if it is physical toughness, it has more to do with the mind’s ability to endure, than the body’s ability to persist through pain. Being in awesome shape simply gives you the tools to be physically tougher, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to be.
Toughness isn’t the absence of fear, but rather the acceptance of it. It’s the willingness to face your worst fears even though you’re scared to shit.
It’s hard to find clarity in the middle of the storm… but it’s something that we all have to do. When life is kicking our ass, the best of us will be able to see the opportunity for growth or success.
Of course, it’s easier said than done. If you’re in financial trouble, for example, all you see is what you can’t do – and there’s a lot that you can’tdo. I’ve been there. Limitations surround you, and opportunity is harder to see. Appreciate the struggle, and appreciate the fire that is being lit under your ass because a lot of people don’t rise from this. They remain in a state self-pity.
I grew up watching Naim Süleymanoğlu or “the Pocket Hercules“.
What is Athletic Power?
Power is speed x weight. Or speed x force. The faster you can push a heavy weight, the more powerful you are. Technically.
In sports, it’s a little different than simply pushing a lot of weight. There aren’t many sports where a one rep max is all that you need. Instead, you need have this speed x force for an hour or more. In boxing, if you walk into the ring expecting to throw one punch and knock the guy out, odds are you’re going to gas out early and end up on your ass in a matter of minutes.
In sports we need power that runs throughout our body from our toes to our finger tips and we need this power to last for a long time. The same could be said for the real world. When do you need one single burst of power?
When people talk about a complete, well-rounded fighter, they say “he has a lot of weapons in his arsenal.” But the same can apply to us ‘normal’ guys as well. We also want to be well-rounded, not just having muscle, but lean and athletic muscle. Not just having power, but power that lasts. And not just being in great shape, but being great Dad’s, boyfriend’s, and friends.
You don’t have to be an elite athlete to do the training in the video. Your goal doesn’t just have to be building athletic power – although it will be a side-effect. If you’re looking to build LEAN muscle, or get shredded while improving your athleticism, this type of training is a great method to implement into your routine.
Circuits of 3 exercises focusing on building power and strength. I added a weight vest with 45 pounds in it for a bit of added resistance, which I suggest doing if you have access to one and you need the added resistance. Complete each circuit 3 times with 45-60 seconds rest in between each set. Read the rest of this entry »
Building thicker, more athletic-looking back muscles effects a lot more than just how you look from behind.
Thicker lats and traps make your shoulders look wider and broader, they also make your torso appear smaller. The ultimate for any guy, aside from performance goals is to get that “V” shape. We all want it, and much of it has to do with building lats that are thick, lean, and taper down as they meet up with the torso.
Here are a few quick tips to building a better back, followed by a video of a quick but super effective and intense back workout that only takes about 15 minutes!
As we discussed in the first article in the series, “Building the Body Women Want,” we talked about what type of physique a women finds most desirable. It’s not the massive, steroid injecting, freak that most women will be attracted to. It’s also not the guy who’s carrying too much fat or the guy who has the body of a school-girl.
I’m not saying that guys with these body-types aren’t going to get beautiful girlfriends or wives, because, obviously, a lot of them do. Things like personality, morals, character and sense of humor account for a hell of a lot more than looks do in the long run, but for the purpose of this series we’re only talking about the physical; what type of body will most women find most desirable, and will get you noticed in a positive way.
We touched on shoulders in the last article. Shoulders are a large part of building that “X” shaped physique, or “V” shaped upper body and torso, and so are your chest and back muscles. Even if your waste is on the thicker side, having a thick and lean chest and back will make your waste appear much thinner.
Keep in mind that you don’t just want to build a lean and muscular body, but also an athletic and powerful one as well, and it’s not always the exercise that’ll get you both, but how you do the exercise. On the movement that goes against gravity (pull on a chin-up, or push on a push-up), or concentric contraction, you should push or pull as powerful as possible. Push as though you’re launching the weight into the air on a bench press, and then slowly bring the weight back to it’s starting point. Read the rest of this entry »
I just put up a free program on the site for you guys and gals. Just enter your email on the right and you’ll get an email with a link that’ll give you access to download the program for free.
I’ve always enjoyed getting in shape but I enjoy the benefits about 100x more. Why spend hours in the gym trying to get in great shape, or get a great body when you don’t have to?
I’m not against identifying a goal, and then working hard to get there by any means. But I just don’t get the point. People always think ‘the more the merrier’ when it comes to working out. But it’s just not true.
‘Quality over quantity‘ definitely applies and I think it’s what everyone should be focusing on.
Get a workout in as fast and as effective as you possibly can, then get back to enjoying life, working, spending time with friends and family.