Monday, November 19, 2007

The Power of Chunking 3 - 5 times a day

Here is a little Q & A from one of our readers :)

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving in case you don't hear from me before then!

Zach ,

you mentioned in one of your e mails a technique where you train off and on throughout the day. You called it clunking. Can you briefly elaborate.

Eric

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Chunking is very similar to what one cna do in business. Instead of cranking it all out in one shot, you perform several, time intensive and laser focused "action steps". I studied like this in college as well.

On weekends, I chunk push ups frequently.

Simply take one or two basic movements and work them several times throughout the day, 1 set at a time.

This can be performed w/free weights as well, not just bodyweight. With free weights, choose a moderate weight to avoid injury since you are working the set when NOT warmed up.....then again, the argument may be in REAL life we are never warmed up and often must take intense, maximal effort / action. I agree w/that point as well.

I have done this with the following list of exercises:

- pull ups

- handstand push ups

- power push ups

- squats

- kettlebell bent pressing

- kettlebell push pressing

- rope climbing

- weighted pull ups

This has been a great way to get strong, and it keeps your metabolism revving all day long.

The set does NOT have to go to failure, it can be a submax effort set but the movement must be executed to perfection.

Imagine if you did this with push ups, pull ups and squats all week - by the end of the week your reps will be over 1,000 for push ups and squats I'm sure, and several hundred for pull ups.

The bottom line is I want you to find a way to make it work, all the time, no matter what, no excuses!

If you're with me, and I'm sure you are, then don't wait to get started, DROP AND GIVE ME 50!

Have a GREAT Thanksgiving,

Thank You for being a reader and subscriber of mine!

All the best,

Zach Even - Esh

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