Saturday, November 10, 2007

Too many lies, or, is it 2 many lies?

Since I have began training young athletes, I have met many who tell quite the tale of strength.

Parents tell me stories and kids tell me stories.

For parents to exaggerate boggles my mind, for kids to exaggerate, well, I guess their kids but honesty is still the best policy.

I heard about kids being able to squat 400 + lbs and then they start training at The Underground and can't perform ONE quality bodyweight squat!

I hear of kids who can do 30 + pull ups, then they do pull ups and do not hit double digits.

The only way to test your strength is by shutting up, and training, for REAL.

The truth always comes out when it's time to step up and prove yourself. This came up at the last Natural - Underground seminar. I used to follow the advice of many names on the internet, until I found out they don't even train themselves!

Wow, kinda tough to learn when you type a good game, but nothing more :)

This is why I love finding the OLD books of strength because the authors were men who walked the walk and really trained hard and heavy!

What would you do if you shut down your computer for 4 weeks and only trained according to what YOU learned? This would lead to less confusion and certainly MORE focus on one method as opposed to every new method under the sun.

Don't talk the walk...

Walk the walk!

--zach even - esh--

P.S. - This is me, walking the walk....go ahead, watch the video :)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Just do ONE of these

The more I read about the strongest men in the world, especially those from the days of old, the more I realize they practiced the same few (and I do mean VERY FEW) movements over and over again.

Most of the men from decades and centuries ago did tons of overhead work. Ground based lifts were the norm.

There are days when I do this style of training and throw everything else out the door.

It might be all deadlifts, all pull ups, all clean and press variations, or all sandbag presses or shouldering.

Next time you train, ditch the endless variation of movements and exercises.

Instead, pick one exercise and work as many sets as possible in 15 or 20 minutes.

Do this on a regular basis and watch your strength soar to the sky. Reps can stay in the 2 - 5 range, and rest periods will be 1 minute or less.

Now it's your turn to stand up and attack your workout with unrivaled intensity.

Be different, Be STRONG!


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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Stop walking on your feet

Instead, try walking on your hands as often as possible.

We did this today at The CJA Wrestling club, and man, these wrestlers were workin'!!

If you never walk on your hands you're missing out on a simply and powerful way to quickly develop animal like upper body strength!

I seriously feel bad for the opponents of our wrestlers because they do tons of hand walking movements to transform their upper bodies into bone crushing machines!!

Imagine if you totaled 5 minutes of various hand walking every day...

5 minutes every day

25 minutes every week / weekends off

100 minutes a month

It adds up fast, doesn't it?

Well, guess what else adds up fast? Your upper body strength adds up quickly - and yes, it's almost scarey!

What are you waiting for?!?!

Start making the basics work for you like never before!


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Why aren't you doing this yet?

I'm talking about hand walking.....

ANY variation of hand walking....

If you're not doing this yet, why not?

If you think hand walking can't help you, you're dead wrong.

No matter what you do, all variations of hand walking can help you.

This movement develops tremendous upper body strength and stability through the shoulders.

We often perform these with a partner holding ankles, or, we perform handstand push ups.

But, if you train alone, like I do so very often, you want to try the power wheel because it's UNREAL for hand walking, abdominal training and upper body training.

You can walk forwards, backwards, in a circle, perform walking plyo push ups, lateral plyo push ups, knee tucks, pike ups and MUCH MORE!

We have 2 power wheels in our gym now, and when Jon Hinds left the seminar yesterday, he sold out of ALL of them.

I also learned the RIGHT way to work my abs with this powerful tool, and what used to be done for 15 reps, was now only done for 1 or 2 reps! Ouch!

When you get the Power Wheel, try the 15 / 15 workout Jon took us through.

It only lasted 4 minutes and that kicked our asses pretty badly.

15 seconds work and 15 seconds rest: pike ups and leg curls w/hips elevated....BRUTAL on upper and lower body. My upper body was working so hard during the pike ups it was crazy!

Let me know how it works for you once you get your hands on this bad boy!

Go het em'!

--Zach Even - Esh--

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

What a weekend!

Wow, Jon Hinds blew everyone away with his methods, thinking and powerful knowledge.

I have been chatting with Jon via phone and e mail for over a year now, maybe about 2 years.

Pat Miletich tipped me off to Jon's methods and his gym 2 summers ago, I immediately e mailed Jon and we wound up talking by phone a lot, having the most amazing conversations.

We were always talking about the days of physical culture, and Jon REALLY had profound knowledge in this area.

Which brings me to another point, more on that in a minute...

This weekend really exposed my weaknesses, and, now I'm REALLY psyched to get more hand walking going on with my athletes.

Hand walking with the power wheel, with partner holding ankles, with feet against wall - walking in / out and sideways....the list goes on! You had to be there to experience everything!

Got back pain?

Who doesn't have or has had some form of back pain before? Jon took us through some powerful, yet very simple techniques to work away the back pain so many of us actually "live" with on a daily basis.

Does this mean I am done powerlifting, finished with strongman work? NO!

It means I now have more tools to add to my arsenal allowing me to train more optimally as well as safer, healthier and longer.

I learned I was doing a lot of stuff wrong, A LOT OF STUFF!

I learned because Jon AND his awesome crew of trainers came with him to help with coaching.

Bringing me back to my point...Jon's Coaches have a LOT OF TIME intensive hands on training themselves and others. There are many internet gurus who don't train anyone, but worst off, they never trained anyone. What's worsed than never training others? How about barely ever "Getting Under the Bar" yourself.

If you want to show others, you must learn yourself through the trial and error of training yourself in the real world.

If you train like a p**sy, then it doesn't count.

Till the next time,

keep kicking ass!